ESPN drops the ball

Local fans didn't get to see Shay Doron cap the second-half comeback.

April 6, 2006 03:37
1 minute read.
shay doron 88

shay doron 88. (photo credit: Associated Press)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


An Israeli was starring in one of the biggest championship games in the US, but local fans who were either watching or recording the live broadcast didn't get to see her cap the second-half comeback. ESPN Israel, which was broadcasting the college women's basketball national championship final, lost its satellite signal for about 10 minutes early Wednesday morning. The block of time that we missed ran from eight minutes left in regulation, when Duke was leading by five, to 3:33 left. Shay Doron and the Terps had completed a comeback from a 13-point deficit and the game was knotted at 62. Interested fans would have to read later that Doron herself had tied the game at 58-58 with 6:15 remaining by nailing two free throws. To add to the frustration, the channel did not broadcast the game on tape delay later Wednesday night, as its published schedule had indicated. Instead, ESPN Israel was broadcasting Tuesday morning's men's championship game. Many might view this cup as half-full. Just a few years ago the chances were extremely slim that any Israeli channel would have even broadcasted either of these games. However, I must concur with the "half-empty" crowd, as represented by a comment sent to one Israeli Web site that denounced ESPN Israel's poor broadcast quality in this day and age. Unfortunately, ESPN Israel does not publicize any method for viewer feedback - especially not from Hebrew-speakers. While the cable and satellite companies' customer and technical support departments may have been surprised by a wave of calls from irate viewers shortly after 4 a.m. on Wednesday, it sure would be nice to make our voices heard directly with the content provider. The writer is Deputy Sports Editor of The Jerusalem Post.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

dudi sela
August 31, 2014
Sela steamrolled by Dimitrov


Cookie Settings