NFL's Thursday Night Football looked like a video game. Plenty of fans didn't like it.


Fox Sports’s SkyCam Wildcat camera hangs over a margin during an NFL game in Chicago on Sept. 13, 2015. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

NFL fans and commentators were again divided on Thursday night, usually this time it wasn’t about players kneeling during a inhabitant anthem. It was over a camera angle.

Thursday Night Football’s matchup between a Tennessee Titans and a Pittsburgh Steelers looked an awful lot like a video game. That’s given a broadcast’s primary angle was from SkyCam, a relocating camera trustworthy to wires that hangs about 15 feet over a field. The fact that it looked like a video diversion was partial of a interest for a NFL.

It offers a viewpoint from above and behind a quarterback, permitting a spectator during home to see things as their favorite passer might. It also fast follows behind a transformation as it unfolds rather than a wider side angle traditionally used, that offers a sincerely immobile viewpoint of a vast apportionment of a field, with a transformation maturation horizontally on a screen.

Take a look:

Fred Gaudelli, NBC’s executive author of Sunday Night Football and Thursday Night Football, told ESPN a pierce was “an experiment” to see either fans like it.

True to form, NFL fans sounded off on Twitter. Reactions were churned and, this being football, flattering fiery.

One fan called it “wonderful” and requested a NFL keep SkyCam “as a primary viewpoint for all broadcasts forever.” Another said a angle was “a good hold to see how plays develop.” Another said: “I need skycam in all sports. This would be good for NBA games, too.”

ESPN comparison author Mina Kimes tweeted that a camera “makes it easier to conclude players’ talent and harder to sign a outcome of any play,” adding that she suspected “neutral observers like it some-more than fans.”

The fans who hated it, though, unequivocally hated it.

One said a SkyCam will “get me to stop examination football. Make camera angles good again!” Another tweeted to NBC, “enough with a beyond camera. We get it, you’re edgy. Go behind to a camera that shows a whole field.” A third called it “beyond lame, adding, “Please only stop. If we wanted views like this I’d play Madden 14.”

The SkyCam isn’t new, as many users suggested, yet has been partial of a NFL’s arsenal of cameras for years.

It was initial used in a 1984 Super Bowl between a Washington Redskins and a then-Los Angeles Raiders, as Wired noted. But it wasn’t used consistently in a sport’s coverage until 2001, when it became a buttress of Sunday Night Football for replays and highlights.

Using it for an whole game, though, combined a totally disproportion knowledge for viewers.

Breaking down a pros and cons of a SkyCam, a Ringer’s Danny Heifetz argued it’s many useful during using places. With a classical sideline view, “running backs make violation by piles of lineman demeanour like a sorcery trick,” he wrote. The SkyCam offers a blunt viewpoint of a linemen, permitting a spectator to see holes open for a using behind to gain on.

But that same view, he noted, creates it formidable for a spectator to establish how many yards are gained on any play. The sideline viewpoint creates it easy to count yardage, given fans can see a whole margin and a tiny white crush outlines imprinting any uninterrupted yard. With a SkyCam, other players mostly problematic a crush marks.

The viewpoint also creates problems on flitting plays. It allows viewers to watch far-reaching receives run their routes from a viewpoint of a quarterback. But once a round is thrown, a camera contingency wizz in on a receiver and following his post-catch route. That transformation can turn treacherous for a eye to follow, generally deliberation that it can pierce faster than 25 miles per hour.

If a NFL decides to use SkyCam as a primary angle some-more often, it will be one of a bigger developments  in a sport’s display — yet substantially not a last.

The NFL is constantly seeking new ways to broach a product. Its even study practical existence record to emanate a 360 grade observation knowledge for fans during home, something a NHL has already done, ESPN reported.

For now, though, we have SkyCam.

“Football radically has been lonesome a same approach from a initial day it was covered,” Gaudelli told ESPN. “The diversion itself has been lonesome a certain way, and we consider this is a possibility to somewhat mangle divided from that.”

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