NBC Appears To Hide Wikipedia Articles In Its Player Intro Graphics, For Some Reason
Not that there are a lot of options to chose from, but NBC has arguably the best NFL game presentation on television. The on-screen graphics and fonts are flashy and classy, the scoreboard is easy to read, and they don't rely on a football-playing robot to provide emphasis like other large networks of note.
For the most part, these graphics are just window-dressing. No one tunes into Sunday Night Football because they love NBC -- they tune in because there is a football game going on between two good teams. So the number one rule of the presentation is not to take away from the game. And NBC does that. But Block & Tackle, the AV Club's column on pro football, noticed a detail that I'm willing to bet NBC never thought anybody would look into.
The player profiles, which usually appear just before a brief highlight reel, are only on screen for a moment. But you ever notice the block of text that appears under the name and position of the player -- ostensibly their profile/biography or other description? Here's an example with Clay Matthews:
Turns out, if you zoom in, which Block & Tackle did, you'll see that it's the first paragraph of the Wikipedia article on the NFL, though perhaps slightly outdated (the first sentence is different):
Jeez -- they couldn't even dig up Clay's Wikipedia bio? We'll have to check back this Sunday to see if the Wikipedia article is still there.
As subliminal messaging goes, it could have been worse. At least it wasn't: "You love the NFL. You'll never leave the NFL. Even when the NFL turns a blind eye to domestic violence and drunk driving and drug problems, you'll always come back to the NFL. And hey, if you're watching the NFL on NBC, why not come back on Thursdays and watch 'Parenthood,' Thursdays at 10 p.m., right here on NBC, which you also love, and will never leave, even when 'Parks & Rec' ends? Illuminati."
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