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ESPN faces backlash after its yellow down-and-distance graphic confuses fans

There has been another controversy with Monday Night Football and ESPN is at the very center of it. During their Monday Night Football opening match between the New Orleans Saints and Houston Texans, ESPN used a big yellow marker on its screen which showed the down and distance meter. 

This confused and infuriated fans as they tough it to be similar to the occurrence of a penalty being thrown. This is because the penalty flag also has the same color as that of the marker.

Football fans took to social media to express their concern and anger and it seems like ESPN got the drift. In the second half, ESPN changed the color of the marker to a darker colour and it seemed to do the trick of calming its viewers.

ESPN faces backlash after its yellow down-and-distance graphic confuses fans
ESPN faces backlash after its yellow down-and-distance graphic confuses fans

Bill Hoffheimer, ESPN’s PR acknowledged on Twitter that ESPN’s production team had understood the complaints and also their feedback on the down and distance graphic.

ESPN’s production team had quickly changed the marker after the first half which seemed to satisfy a few of the people who had vehemently complained against the yellow down and distance graphic.

Usually, during a penalty, the marker turned yellow and this confused fans this time around. With the marker being yellow all the time, fans often thought the penalty was being given. 

To further increase the confusion and annoyance among fans, the marker turned black whenever a penalty was actually awarded.

Twitter was flooded with posts and memes about the tragic use of the yellow marker. Soon, the yellow marker became a trending topic in the country.

Fans were shocked as to how the crew at ESPN looked at the yellow marker and approved to use it for the Monday night game.

Users on social media called out ESPN and stated that they were stupid to let the marker have a yellow color, confusing fans around the world.

Users also asked ESPN to change the colors of the markers, as there were a host of colors that could have been chosen as the marker, except the only one which is used to signify whenever a penalty is given. 

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