ESPN sounds like it’s broadcasting Suns-Rockets from a submarine

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The ESPN broadcast for Wednesday’s game between the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns sounded pretty bizarre.

Playing NBA basketball during a pandemic is tough, but we didn’t realize it’d sound like a war-time radio broadcast from the 1940s!

On Wednesday night, the Phoenix Suns traveled to Texas to play the Houston Rockets in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Unfortunately, the audio was so choppy and distant, it sounded as though the game was being broadcast from a submarine … underwater … again, from the 1940s.

This Suns and Rockets game was hard for viewers to listen to

For most fanbases, being able to watch their favorite team play on a nationally televised channel like ESPN or TNT is a real treat. The Rockets are still mentally and emotionally recovering from the James Harden trade but remain an interesting team to monitor with John Wall, Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins set to take over.

The Suns, meanwhile, have been an NBA laughingstock for most of the last decade but are once again one of the league’s most intriguing teams after going 8-0 in the bubble and trading for Chris Paul in the offseason.

Unfortunately for fans outside of the respective Phoenix and Houston markets, watching their favorite team on this ESPN broadcast was a downright unenjoyable experience, since the wonky audio problems persisted through the entire first half.

Hopefully, whoever’s in charge of this Suns-Rockets broadcast can send a timely telegraph to whatever underwater submarine ESPN is in charge so maybe someone can correct the audio for the second half.

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