I watched the Saskatchewan â€“ Winnipeg game tonight on CBC. I think the no-announcer coverage completely sucks, and is a disservice to the CFL product, and an insult to CFL fans.
But now the stadium announcers are climbing into bed with CBC management.
I didnâ€™t see the entire game, but I listened to a lot of it from the other room. It was pretty clear to me that the â€œstadium announcerâ€? wasnâ€™t just announcing for the stadium â€“ he was announcing for the TV audience he knew was listening.
At the end of a play in the third quarter, the CBC music came up, and the â€œstadium announcerâ€? said â€œFlag on the play, weâ€™ll pick it up when we come back.â€? Mix to commercial.
Later, near the end of the fourth quarter, the same scenario: the music comes up, and the announcer reads, â€œItâ€™s the three-minute warning, from Winnipeg, itâ€™s the Banjo Bowl, Saskatchewan 19, Winnipeg 17!!â€? Mix to commercial.
Clearly, he knew when they were going to commercial. Why would a â€œstadium announcerâ€? throw to commercial?? How would he know WHEN to throw to commercial, if he wasnâ€™t getting cues from CBC?
Clearly, that means a couple of things:
The â€œstadium announcerâ€? is doing what is called â€œscab labour.â€?
CBC management is engaging â€œscab labourâ€? to make the product a little more like real coverage.
The CFL product is getting sucked in to what may become a very ugly industrial dispute. Imagine when hockey starts.
I wonder how the â€œstadium announcerâ€? feels doing someone elseâ€™s job. I wonder how â€œsomeone elseâ€? is going to feel working with him, in the future. And I wonder how CBC managers will try to justify this to their CMG colleagues after this lockout ends.