The ESPN Monday Night Football yellow down graphic took criticism by fans on Twitter.
ESPN's "Monday Night Football" returned this week, and the network caved to viewer's frustrations about a new neon yellow down scoreboard graphic that appeared during the first half of the telecast.
In the night's first game, the Texans took on the Saints, but it was the scoreboard that had fans talking as ESPN made its down-and-distance graphic yellow.
But ESPN's PR man Bill Hofheimer tweeted, "Our ESPN production team is aware of the feedback on the #MNF down and distance graphic. We have called an audible and adjusted for the 2nd half of #HOUvsNO and for the #DENvsOAK game to follow. New look pictured here."
The orginal look confused fans as it made every play look like a penalty due to the traditional yellow flag graphic. The box even turns black during a penalty, further confusing fans.
This complaint comes after fans ripped ESPN’s crew of Joe Tessitore, Booger McFarland and Jason Witten last season.
Here's what Twitter users had to say about the marker before it was changed:
Like 80 percent of my timeline has complained about the ESPN down and distance marker being bright yellow and therefore looking like the usual graphic for “the ref threw a flag” and I really have no idea how multiple people looked at that and approved it.— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) September 9, 2019
What do you think will be the fate of ESPN’s yellow/green down marker:— Mitch Goldich (@mitchgoldich) September 10, 2019
A) ESPN quickly caves to pressure and gets rid of it in 2 weeks.
B) ESPN doubles down, refuses to change this season and says that people will eventually get over it.
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
This yellow down and distance marker on the bottom of the screen for ESPN makes me think there's a penalty flag on every play. Who thought that was a good idea?— Frank Schwab (@YahooSchwab) September 9, 2019