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Monday, April 6, 2009

Miscellaneous Notes on ESPN's New Graphics

The death of ESPN2 continues. At least on the SD feed, even the BottomLine is marked as simply "ESPN". About the only indication that this channel is not ESPN is when programs are promoted as being on ESPN2.

A bit odd seeing the new BottomLine alongside the old graphics on Mike and Mike and First Take on ESPN2. Apparently the new graphics will be starting out on SportsCenter only, and ESPN will effectively have three graphics packages: one for SportsCenter, one for games, and one for other studio shows. (I haven't seen any studio shows since First Take, though.)

Funny story on the BottomLine. The old BottomLine was changed shortly after its introduction, at least in SD; apparently the first version wasn't legible enough. For that reason, whenever changing to a new topic, such as from "NFL" to "GOLF", the BottomLine would show a scroll of four sports - with each pair of sports separated by space enough for another sport.

The new BottomLine is actually designed for the font size it's using, which shouldn't be too much of a problem, if at all, compared to the old version - except they found space for a larger, less scrunched font for the sport identifier, and now the sport-switch graphic shows six or so sports. It's also less utilitarian and square, but it's not really obvious that it's a parallelogram.

Though I liked when the old BottomLine would shrink the size of the score in order to show stats, and it looks like that's not happening anymore...

Here's the funny part: I only saw the morning SportsCenter with its PTI-style rundown, but I suspect the new main graphics for SportsCenter will attract its own concerns of having too small a font size!

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