ESPN changed 'Monday Night Football' down-and-distance graphic at halftime to satisfy fans

Andrew Joseph, For The Win
Published 9:14 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2019 | Updated 9:21 p.m. ET Sept. 9, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYLast season’s “Monday Night Football” broadcasts were plagued with criticism for ESPN’s announcing crew of Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland and Jason Witten. Witten – who struggled at times his first year in the booth – returned to football, but his exit didn’t stop fans from finding something wrong with the latest edition of “Monday Night Football.”This time, it was the presentation.ESPN rolled out a new graphic package for the Saints-Texans game, including a new scorebug. Yet, that scoreboard graphic broke the easiest rule in the book for football: Don’t make the down-and-distance graphic yellow.It makes every play look like a penalty because viewers have grown accustomed to the yellow “flag” graphic in the past two decades of football broadcasts.To make matters even more confusing, that box turned black for a penalty. It made no sense, and fans justifiably ripped ESPN for the ill-advised graphic, so much so that ESPN actually changed it at halftime. Breaking: ESPN is switching away from the new Down-And-Distance graphic it debuted in the first half of Monday Night Football. ESPN heard the fans’ feedback and acted, quick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2019Coming out of the break, the down-and-distance graphic was now white. When a flag came out, it turned the standard yellow. All is now right in the world.  AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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