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Report: No more Players Only, baby

Eastern Conference Finals - Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game Six

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 25: Reggie Miller and Chris Webber commentates during the game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals on May 25, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Good sports telecasts have balance – a sharp and enthusiastic play-by-play person, an insightful analyst who clarifies complex ideas, a sideline reporter who gathers new information.

TNT’s Players Only telecasts have… former players.

Former players often greatly contribute on TV. They provide unique perspective. Many are funny.

But jamming a broadcast full of former players with minimal regard to balance… nah. It might have gone over well among the former players who work for TNT, stroking their egos. But it was unbearable to many viewers. Those Players Only games were also often during relatively big games.

Fortunately, that experiment is ending.

Richard Deitsch of The Athletic:

If Players Only accomplished anything, it was getting that catchphrase – “Players Only, Baby” – stuck in everyone’s head. That’ll probably be scarred there for a while.

At least game coverage will revert for the better.