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Sports Talk Radio Keeping NFL from Releasing All-22 Film Angle

The Wall Street Journal's Reed Albergotti has a great piece on the NFL's all-22 video angle (all 22 players on the field are visible) and why you can't have it. Sports talk radio and the possible revelation of just how bad sideline reporters and analysts are:

Charley Casserly, a former general manager who was a member of the NFL's competition committee, says he voted against releasing All-22 footage because he worried that if fans had access, it would open players and teams up to a level of criticism far beyond the current hum of talk radio. Casserly believed fans would jump to conclusions after watching one or two games in the All 22, without knowing the full story.

"I was concerned about misinformation being spread about players and coaches and their ability to do their job," he said. "It becomes a distraction that you have to deal with." Now an analyst for CBS, Casserly takes an hour-and-a-half train once a week to NFL Films headquarters in Mt. Laurel, N.J. just to watch the All-22 film.

Regardless, the NFL released a survey to see if fans would pay to have the video. Titled The NFL is evaluating an online streaming product providing consumers with exclusive Coaches Film footage of all 22 players on the field for every play and game -- one has to assume that the reason it hasn't been released is that not enough respondents answered the 'How Much?' question with '$100-$75 per year.' League spokesman Greg Aiello said, "There's not a product in development. This is a long way from becoming a reality, if ever."

The most interesting reason given by Reed's article for non-release is that the film makes FOX, CBS, NBC and ESPN's reporters look bad:

Without the expanded frame, fans often have no idea why many plays turn out the way they do, or if the TV analysts are giving them correct information. On a recent Sunday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith threw a deep pass to tight end Delanie Walker for a 26-yard touchdown. Daryl Johnston, the Fox color man working the game, said Smith's throw was "placed perfectly" and that Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Corey Lynch was "a little bit late getting there."

Greg Cosell, producer of the ESPN program "NFL Matchup," who is one of the few people with access to All-22 footage, said the 49ers had purposely overloaded the right side of the field so each receiver would only be covered by one defender. Lynch, the safety, wasn't late getting there, Cosell says. He was doing his job and covering somebody else. Johnston could not be reached for comment.

Jeeze, imagine Phil Mushnick and Awful Announcing getting ahold of Tony Siragusa's greatest hits.

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