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Barnhart says no more SkyCam

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We can all let out a sigh of relief now.  Mitch Barnhart says UK will no longer approve the SkyCam camera location in the future. The UK A.D. posted the news on Twitter, where most of the complaints went down last night during the game.  So far there has not been one positive thing said about ESPN’s test run with the SkyCam.  Complaints range from constant vomiting to inability to track the ball on a shot, and Josh Harrellson’s vertical looking the same as everyone else’s.  Many Kentucky fans went as far as turning their TVs off and listening to the radio broadcast.  Thank God… er… Barnhart, we won’t have to deal with it again.

The SkyCam ranks high among ESPN’s worst ideas ever, along with The Decision, TitleTown USA, Who’s Next, and putting Barry Melrose on television.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

56 Comments for Barnhart says no more SkyCam



  1. Alamo_Cat
    2:19 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Kenny skycam walker



  2. Alamo_Cat
    2:20 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    oops, wasted a 1st, sorry



  3. knightynight
    2:20 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    i actually got used to it.



  4. UK_Believe
    2:20 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    just for that, lets sign barnhart another 3 years!



  5. knightynight
    2:23 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t think i had ever been that angry before watching a basketball game.



  6. minton
    2:23 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I liked a little skycam. It was nice to see it from time to time because you could get a better view of the spacing of the players which is key in the dribble drive. I don’t want to see it all the time, but a little here and there is nice if you like to study the plays like I do.



  7. 430 West Vine
    2:26 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Give that man a raise



  8. bung
    2:27 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    wow….that must have been a hard decision…and people say he doesnt know what is going on in bball….so who reviewed the quality issue and let them do it to begin with ?



  9. Handsome Jimmy's squat belt
    2:28 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    If that is such a good view why wouldnt they put seats there? Because its horrible! Only Duke attempts such ridiculous ideas.



  10. reasonablecat
    2:29 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Thought the skycam gave a fresh, new perspective. Obviously took some getting used to and to its discredit, it was was extremely difficult to track shots. I would like to see it used in the future, even if that’s solely when ESPN’s commentators go through their strategy/”logistics” spiel.



  11. voice of reason
    2:30 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    that camera may be the nuts at a small venue like cameron, but not at a basketball mecca like rupp



  12. Brian
    2:30 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I agree that it gave a great perspective of the spacing on the floor. You could see the lanes that the motion was trying to create. I think they should just use it less.



  13. truehling
    2:30 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    i do believe there should be an exception to this rule when ashley judd is in attendance…



  14. bosshogg24
    2:34 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA’s worst decision was putting Bobby Knight on the air, the 2nd worst was the Sky Cam!



  15. UKHistory
    2:35 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Use the camera on replays or breaking down what a team does or tried to do.

    But the flow of the game is ruined with it. I got sick watching it. Horrible. Just horrible.



  16. David Jeff Cox
    2:35 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    THANK GOD!!!! Sky cam was more annoying than Jimmy Dykes



  17. gocats
    2:36 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Should only use it when dance team performs.



  18. Ontheroadagain
    2:36 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    use it to show replays…not live action. It is interesting to watch the plays develop from that angle-but only during replays or trying to find that daggone nail. I could not stand it and agree with #5 that I have never been that pissed at TV coverage in my life.



  19. true blue through and through
    2:37 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Update on “the nail” Doesn’t seem like a lot of people know the history of the nail. It is used for putting the lines on the floor….Although this cannot be seen from the sky cam. So I’m glad it will not be used anymore, and I would say that Dykes is too! haha



  20. magic
    2:39 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Emmit Smith



  21. Johnny Utah
    2:46 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Look at Mitch, already earning that bigger paycheck, haha!



  22. Pitino's Pant Leg
    2:46 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    This is the greatest day in the history of Kentucky basketball.



  23. Larry Vaught
    2:47 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I hear ESPN is going to use an new feature in an upcoming UK game. It’s called a sky cam and gives the viewer a birds eye view of the game. I can’t wait to see it im thinking it’s gonna be great.



  24. Larry Vaught's Droid
    2:47 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Just found out that Mitch Barnhart has said that SKYCAM will not be used in RUPP again!



  25. SexnNursinHomes
    2:50 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I am with #13- if they are going to use a sky cam, at least show the cleavage of the hot chicks in the crowd. I mean, what’s the harm in showing women’s titty meat during the time outs?



  26. Pete Thamel
    2:51 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think SkyCam was a NCAA violation and I am working on an article about this…more to come soon



  27. NKY_UK_fan
    2:51 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Why didn’t they just put one on top of each backboard? That way, you can still see from the “point guard view” and more level on the floor. You could see plays develop, how high guys jump, and the trajectory of the ball.



  28. TennCAT
    2:51 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Thought it was a nice new look at the game, but it should not be used for live action, too hard to follow the action. Let it show the tip off and be used for commentators to draw up reviews. Kind of like what they do in football slow it down and show how each stage of the play.



  29. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    2:53 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    How is Skip Bayless left off of the list of ESPN’s wors idea’s ever?



  30. Cheap Seats
    3:02 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like the same view I get from my seats in the upper desk.



  31. Bruce Pearl/Jesus
    3:03 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Like a view from Heaven.



  32. Mr. Always Ice-Cold Wristed
    3:09 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    hahaha nice Mitch, get that weak sh*t outta here



  33. Rush3Redux
    3:11 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    This is the reply I got from ESPN (I sent them a complaint via the link that was in the Live Blog last night):

    “Hello,

    Thanks for contacting ESPN.

    The use of varying camera angles is part of a larger weeklong initiative to give fans different perspectives of coverage via new and innovative production techniques and enhancements. While some fans are enjoying the different perspectives, we realize that some are not. We will be sure to provide all of the feedback we receive to our Producers for their review.

    Sincerely,
    Sean
    ESPN Viewer Response”

    I’m not sure anybody was really enjoying it, but I guess it was nice of them to respond. This is what happens when you screw with something that works.



  34. UKGOBIGBLUE
    3:14 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t mess with the Big Blue Nation !! I almost feel sorry for the ESPN employees who had to have gotten bombarded with complaints from the BB



  35. Champ
    3:29 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    i HOPE YOURE JOKING ABout melrose! that dude is the MAN



  36. Don Cherry
    3:30 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    If only Barry Melrose would wear nicer suits on TV…I could hook him up…



  37. For reals
    3:40 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I like it for replays only. But watching the actual game that way is horrible.



  38. kentucky
    3:40 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I still think whoever first thought of the skycam should simply and quickly be executed. No one that stupid should be allowed to exist.



  39. BlueFins
    3:59 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    BAM!! There’s an executive decision right out of the gate! Who says he’s not a great AD? Well worth the new contract.



  40. Operation Win-Ter
    4:01 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    The Skycam actually has a place, just not as the main camera. Remember the floorcam? Opps – don`t look Margret!



  41. uklaw95
    4:06 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 6, 10, 12, 15, 18, 28, and 39. It was great to see how a play develops. However, if I had been drunk watching this game, I believe I would have thrown up.



  42. BCG
    4:08 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Come on skycam I know a few places we can go have a drink and forget about Kentucky



  43. uklaw95
    4:14 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I liked the camera angle showing Jorts kicking Rerun’s ass down the court.



  44. theoledog
    4:20 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    now everyone knows what it looks like from the back row… terrible camera angle from that high up…



  45. Rob
    4:22 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    The over head camera is great, for replays!! It give’s a different angle on the court. I say keep it but only show me replays from it.



  46. tdr76
    4:24 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Shucks,right when I was getting use to standing on my head! That was the worse idea ever.



  47. AC
    4:26 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Does anybody have a video of the skycam? I was at the game so I didn’t see any of it.



  48. Women Everywhere
    4:26 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    44 — awesome



  49. kyeric
    4:49 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Can someone also contact Mitch about the Gizmodo madness?!! We have to get sh!t right.



  50. kyhank
    5:02 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I am just glad it’s over, thanks Mitch



  51. KYBLUE
    5:06 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    i liked the skycam idea but not on every play. It is going to be a good coaching tool for the coaches, just not great for the fans.



  52. Ukspat
    6:34 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #35 I got the same email



  53. catcrawler
    6:52 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    Skycam should be used only to support the regular view during a timeout when Jimmy Dykes and show us the NAIL that we need to get to, Violent Cuts, or Cautious Closeouts on Lamb and Knight.



  54. Eli
    7:05 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    I liked the skycam. I wouldn’t want it on all the time, but it’s very useful for replays, at least. You’re able to see positioning a lot better. There’s no “right” camera angle. Each angle has a different perspective that loses some things and gains others.



  55. weezy
    8:51 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    @#14 the ncaa had nothing to do with bob knight being on air its all espn



  56. ukgameday
    9:48 pm February 16, 2011 Permalink

    #35 & #54 same here.