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New England Patriots make changes to preseason broadcasts

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; A general view of the field before the AFC championship game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots have announced that they will be making some tweaks to the way they broadcast games during the preseason. Since starters only play for a small portion of the game, the announcers will take the opportunity later in the game to talk football and give the fans more insight.

The news comes from Chad Finn of the Boston Globe

“[The preseason broadcasts will be] a talk-radio-type program without the yelling and the screaming and the agenda-driven stuff,” executive producer Matt Smith said. “We’re looking at the preseason games as an opportunity to try something different. Make it more conversational, make it more analytical and insightful.

“How long are the starters in there for? The first game, a couple of series. The fourth game, a couple of series. When they’re in, we’re going to cover the game in a very traditional way. But that’s a small portion of the game. In the fourth quarter, it can get pretty stale. A preseason game is the perfect outlet to try it.’’

It is an interesting concept, but perhaps one that will get viewers to stay tuned in for longer.

We do know that everyone loves their football, so if they can catch something that resembles a football game on the field with intelligent conversation accompanying it, the broadcast could be a success.

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