Fox Sports likes tinkering with their NFL scorebug. Over the years we’ve seen many iterations of the scorebug with most years it being a small box on the upper left hand corner of the screen. There was also a stretch where Fox used the top bar across viewers’ screens that contained all of the relevant information.

This year Fox has gone a completely different direction as seen in their preseason debut telecast between the Bengals and Redskins.

As you can see above, Fox is going with a bar across the bottom of the screen with bright backgrounds for the team names and a very simplified look.

The response from NFL fans was mostly mixed.

The biggest takeaway just might be that it doesn’t really look like Fox because it is so stripped down. Pretty much all of their competitors are now using a scorebug along the bottom of the screen for NFL games so perhaps this is Fox aligning themselves with the other networks to give a more uniform presentation for the NFL.