ESPN debuted a new down-and-distance graphic on for their 2019 Monday Night Football opener between the Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints. The graphic was yellow, leaving viewers annoyed and confused.
MNF has a new scorebug, and uh…. pic.twitter.com/iuzfeUCIUQ
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 9, 2019
That’s the same color viewers are used to seeing on football broadcasts when a flag has been thrown for a penalty.
And for penalties, the down-and-distance graphic turned black with “FLAG” (featuring a yellow outline and yellow letters) to only make things more confusing.
Here’s a look at it in action:
And here’s a sampling of Twitter reaction:
Checks to see if anyone else is wildly annoyed by ESPN’s yellow graph … OK, you’re on it.
— Dan Hanzus (@DanHanzus) September 10, 2019
RT this if you want @ESPN to change the color of the down and distance graphic on MNF.
We must stop this horrendous yellow penalty flag pump fake.
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 9, 2019
— Riley McAtee (@RileyMcAtee) September 9, 2019
Ugh why is ESPN still using yellow rectangles on the score bug to indicate the down. It looks like there’s a flag every time and my dumb brain can’t handle it 😩
— Jessica Smetana (@jessica_smetana) September 9, 2019
ESPN needs to change the yellow graphic on the bottom right of the screen. I keep thinking it’s a flag. Whose idea was this?
— Landry Locker (@LandryLocker) September 9, 2019
i still cant get over how ESPN thought the yellow down markers were a good idea. Love thinking there is a flag every play
— Jon Reed (@Jon__Reed) September 9, 2019
ESPN YOU CAN’T USE YELLOW IN YOUR BOTTOM GRAPHIC IT MAKES ME THINK A FLAG HAS BEEN THROWN PICK LITERALLY ANY DIFFERENT COLOR PLZ
— Laura (@lbrgdl) September 9, 2019
Well, after just one half of the Texans-Saints game, ESPN got rid of the yellow down-and-distance graphic on MNF.
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, 2019
Here’s what the down-and-distance graphic looks like now (the “FLAG” graphic remained the same):
So, while the original graphic was nonsensical, at least ESPN quickly listened to the viewer complaints and made the adjustment.