Are Live Football Film Rooms The Next Big Thing?

If you enjoy learning about the X’s and O’s of football as much as I do, I hope that you tuned into the Film Room broadcast on ESPN News during the Monday night BCS National Championship game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers as college coaches Steve Addazio, Paul Chryst and Kevin Sumlin did an excellent job of breaking down the game as it happened with ESPN’s Matt Millen, Chris Spielman and Tom Luginbill.

While the Film Room part of the “Megacast” certainly can be improved on with maximized views of the All-22 and less Millen, it was a hit with fans and hopefully just the start of the next big thing when it comes to an interactive game experience.

So, now that our taste buds have experienced such sensory overload, maybe Fox Sports will follow suit with something similar to it during Super Bowl XLVIII. Could you imagine having a few head coaches or coordinators that played against the two opposing teams during the regular season sitting around and breaking down the biggest game of the year as it happened? I know that I would certainly be tuned in for it even given the opportunity.

What about moving past this season? Is this something that we could look forward to every Sunday? Of course it wouldn’t include coaches that have jobs, but there are plenty of out of work college and pro head coaches that would more than likely be up for such a gig. It wouldn’t have to be every game to start with, but Thursday, Sunday and Monday night games could certainly be handled one would think.

We live in a very interactive world and you can bet that if this is what the fans want, the networks will give it to them and find away to monetize through advertising or paid subscriptions.

In case you missed the Film Room broadcast, you will be able to watch the re-air of it Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNU.

  • steeltown

    I like watching the game and only the game. Just my preference. I say that because after the game is over we have the rest of the week or year even to break down the game. Sometimes I don’t even like listening to the in-game commentators and I sure as heck avoid pregame and halftime analysis by old coaches and players.

  • Shea Fahr

    I mute the volume on games and crank up the Metal. Like you, I break it down a few days later.

  • JT

    I doubt you’d get active coaches to do this in the NFL. But hey, it can’t be any worse than NFL network’s Redzone coverage. But like Redzone, they’d take a brilliant idea and crap all over it.

  • RW

    Loved it last night. Would love more of it.

  • cencalsteeler

    I’d pay extra to have a channel that only broadcasts the sounds on the field. Replace announcers with a stat ticker and lets hear whats going on down on the field and sidelines.

  • steeltown

    2nd that

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Interesting idea…only how do you censor all the cursing that goes on down there on the field and sidelines? There are kids that enjoy aspects of the game as much as the grown ups do. But to your point it would be neat to hear all the X’s and O’s, adjustments being made as well as coaches “freaking out” over plays, etc.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    What…!?! No commercials, constantly showing only the best happenings of games at the moment, double box, triple box, cutting away to teams in the”red zone”, no endless chatter and banter from announcers, etc. JT, are you the kind of person that only watches the Super Bowl for the commercials and halftime entertainment? I kid, but I have to disagree with your assessment of the Redzone program, probably the only thing I like on NFL network even more than their horrible Thurs night matchups.

  • JT

    They play favorites and the host is awful. They need to tap into camera feeds instead of network broadcasts as well. Like I said great idea, poor execution.

  • steeltown

    parental guidance.. if we’re paying extra for it and initially its not available to the general public, then its up to parents who actually purchase the channel to decide if their kids can enjoy or not

  • cencalsteeler

    Yes, no different than a pay per view.

  • Shawn S.

    You mean I would get to hear more than “At the end of the day,…” at the start over every other sentence, which is all the creativity that current commentators can muster? I’m all for it.

  • HopalongCassidy

    I switched back and forth a few times. I found the film room to be an annoying distraction. I’d rather just watch the game. Perhaps this might be worthwhile to run later…like about 3 AM or so.