The ESPN broadcast took flak on social media for the color display of the down and distance graphic during the Texans-Saints “Monday Night Football” contest.
The graphic, which was in the bottom right corner of the screen, appeared yellow, resembling a penalty flag alert. After numerous complaints on Twitter, producers changed the color to something more neutral at halftime.
“Our ESPN production team is aware of the feedback on the #MNF down and distance graphic,” ESPN PR spokesman Bill Hofheimer tweeted. “We have called an audible and adjusted for the 2nd half of #HOUvsNO and for the #DENvsOAK game to follow.”
The graphic was originally supposed to appear lime green, but to make things more confusing, it changed to black when there was a flag on a play.
No one was happy.
Like 80 percent of my timeline has complained about the ESPN down and distance marker being bright yellow and therefore looking like the usual graphic for “the ref threw a flag” and I really have no idea how multiple people looked at that and approved it.
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) September 9, 2019
ESPN needs to change the yellow graphic on the bottom right of the screen. I keep thinking it’s a flag. Whose idea was this?
— Landry Locker (@LandryLocker) September 9, 2019
It seems like #NFLTwitter is ready to make as much of an impact as #NBATwitter.