September 28, 2018
Lost in the all-day Congressional spectacle involving U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was the first NFL regular season TV broadcast ever exclusively called by women.
Veteran sports reporters Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm called the Sept. 27 “Thursday Night Football” featuring the Los Angeles Rams’ 38-31 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Amazon Prime Video – the first of 11 games the e-commerce behemoth will stream (and Kremer & Storm will call) this season.
To the casual viewer – on Prime Video – watching the women make history was as challenging as listening to the pair try and keep up with the live game video.
With Fox Sports having exclusive TV broadcast rights to “Thursday Night Football,” Prime viewers were by default linked to the broadcast called by veterans commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman.
It took a Tweet on social media by Storm to inform anyone who cared that to access her (and Kremer’s) webcast required going into the “audio & language” setting and clicking on the “Kremer & Storm” link. Other options include Spanish and English U.K.
Doing so displayed the live video feed with Kremer & Storm calling plays and offering analysis, respectively. The duo appeared at times caught off guard by the tempo of the game – issues that would undoubtedly affect anyone calling live sports in Los Angeles from a studio in Connecticut.
Kremer did her best injecting anecdotes from conversations she had earlier in the week with team general managers and related personnel. Storm never missed a play or player’s number.
Actually, hearing what the pair said was tough, however. A situation only partly remedied by increasing the volume. In addition, never once were the pair ever shown on camera. In fact, after one commercial break, the webcast defaulted back to Buck and Aikman – requiring the viewer to exit the webcast and go back into settings.
Kremer and Storm offer a fresh approach to NFL broadcasts. Too bad Amazon appears indifferent to their actual presence.