ESPN televised two NFL matches at once on Monday night — and not everyone was behind it.
Monday Night Football’s double header began in Buffalo and ended in Philadelphia in week two.
The Buffalo Bills faced the Tennessee Titans before the Philadelphia Eagles faced the Minnesota Vikings.
But unlike years past, Monday Night Football’s double bill overlapped.
In previous editions, one game started at 7:00 p.m. ET, and the second didn’t start until 10:00 p.m. ET.
But on this occasion, the second game started around 8:30 p.m. ET.
That meant the games overlapped and ESPN’s coverage caused a stir.
Sports broadcasters chose to separate the in-action screen from the other game.
And they also added a scoreboard in the top corner with updates of the game happening on the other channel.
That meant viewers who later wanted to record and watch the second game had their experience ruined.
And fans weren’t happy with the coverage.
One tweeted: “ESPN please stop this split screen. A game has just begun.
“I’m trying to see that in the last minute of the second quarter.”
Another said: “Dear ESPN this split screen is so disrespectful to the fans watching the current game.”
“Hey ESPN, I don’t need a split screen showing Eagles-Vikings. If I want to watch this game I’ll change the channel, thanks.”
ESPN will air three double headers on a Monday night next season.
The times of these games have not yet been confirmed.
Some suggested the company could run a split-screen option on ESPN2 and keep games uninterrupted on both ABC and ESPN.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/nfl/6280674/nfl-espn-monday-night-football/ NFL fans are highlighting a major issue with ESPN’s coverage of overlapping Monday Night Football doubleheaders