There was an audio issue in the first half of Saturday night’s Oregon-North Carolina Final Four game that bothered CBS viewers and people in attendance at University of Phoenix Stadium.
That’s because the CBS audio was piped over the University of Phoenix Stadium PA system:
Not sure why the TV broadcast is being piped in over the PA system. But it's super distracting.
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) April 2, 2017
It led to CBS viewers hearing an echo. Here’s a video/audio example:
And it meant the North Carolina and Oregon players could hear what Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill were saying about them:
The CBS echo thing is allowing players to hear what announcers are saying. "Both teams are out of sync here early."
— Mandy Mitchell (@MandyWRAL) April 2, 2017
It even angered Nantz:
Jim Nantz is clearly frustrated with the audio issues, yanking his headset off twice when the echo started up.
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) April 2, 2017
Here are some of the many tweets from viewers noticing the echo:
Here in the arena, we're hearing bits and pieces of the CBS broadcast through the PA system… Weird audio issue to have on this stage.
— Jeff Jones (@JeffJonesSports) April 2, 2017
Have to agree with Twitterverse: CBS audio mix is messed up – sounds like it would if there were 2 TVs on same channel in a sports bar
— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) April 2, 2017
CBS audio on the PA sounds like every sports movie ever made. #Distracting
— Sam Walker OBX??? (@SamWalkerOBX) April 2, 2017
This is so weird that the CBS audio is going over the PA in the stadium.
— R.L. Bynum (@RL_Bynum) April 2, 2017
Is the CBS audio playing in the stadium? Why do I keep hearing an echo?
— Ryan Stickel (@RStickel24) April 2, 2017
Is the announcers' audio on CBS a little echo-ey for anyone else?
— Jesse Gavin (@JesseGavin1) April 2, 2017
It sounds like Nantz and the boys are on the PA. Is it just me or is there an echo?
— David Buck (@DavidBuck21) April 2, 2017
@CBS turn off the echo
— Victor Sutherland (@VictorES_Inc) April 2, 2017
@cbs @CBSSports we are getting echo from your stadium feed! Turn that crap off. #marchmadness @marchmadness
— The OG (@original_greg) April 2, 2017
Hey @CBS can we please turn off Jim Nantz's echo/arena live stream???
— Taryn Nichols (@TarynNichols) April 2, 2017
Anybody watching the #FinalFour on @CBS and noticing that the audio and the video is not syncing up when you see the game callers?
— Movieman Steve (@Movieman_1970) April 2, 2017
It’s certainly not a good look for CBS on this stage, but the echo was likely a local technical issue at the venue. Either way, it left many viewers annoyed, and it seems that nobody was more upset about it than Jim Nantz.