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  1. Is it confirmed that NASCAR switched to the new graphics, or will MLB and NASCAR continue using their existing packages they've been using since 2017 and 2018, respectively?
  2. They finally got rid of the minimalistic look, but it kind of surprised me that FOX was upgrading the graphics right before the Super Bowl. However, FOX did tweak the FoxBox on its NFL broadcasts before Super Bowl XXXVI. During the 2001 season, the scores were shown in white boxes, which were changed to yellow for Super Bowl XXXVI and the 2002 season. That being said, I am curious to how the new graphics will be like when FOX rolls them out to NASCAR and MLB later this year. For NASCAR, the network ought to revert to the scrolling ticker; and for MLB, I think the FoxBox should be moved back to top left corner of the screen with a conventional layout, or revert back to a bar at the top of the screen (much like what we had in the 2000s).
  3. Despite the minimalistic look, I like that FOX is using the score banner again. That being said, I hope they'll synchronize the graphics update for all of its properties. That is, I'd like to see MLB getting the new graphics for the 2017 postseason (perhaps and hopefully, MLB will revert to the score banner as well but at the top of the screen), and then NASCAR getting them in February 2018.
  4. I'm quite curious is to why FOX's MLB broadcasts continued to use the 2001 package in '04 and then finally upgrade the graphics at the start of its postseason coverage. I'm also wondering why MLB on FOX continued to use the late 2004 graphics package in 2007 while NFL and NASCAR telecasts had their graphics packages upgraded starting with the 2006 NFL season. Could it be because of budget issues at those times? Maybe we'll never know for sure, but FOX has been notorious with their shady treatment of MLB. It always seems that for every ounce of effort they put forward toward baseball, they give three ounces to the NFL, and the results could not be more apparent. From the announcers to the graphics, from the advertisement to scheduling, I always had a feeling FOX just washes the baseball car in terms of their coverage, whereas they wash, jet dry, wax, buzz and sparkle the football car and leave a scented tree to top it. But going back to topic, it also bothers me how FOX never aligns their graphics packages for all of their sports. Everything was alright in late 2004, with FOX having this futuristic package-type for both the NFL and MLB that fall (let's call the package, "Warp," for the sound effects you would have heard): Then for the 2005 World Series, this particular set got a chrome finish and was applied to all leagues thereafter (let's call it "Chrome Warp," which to this day still irks me that they had such change): But starting for the 2006 fall sporting season, things drastically changed. The NFL switched their package to this set (let's call it "Click," for the mousepad-click sound effect made when a team scored): Soon, FOX gave the "Click" package to other leagues, like NASCAR. Yet, they stubbornly left the "Chrome Warp" package for MLB to use for the 2006 and 2007 postseasons, and wouldn't adopt "Click" to baseball until 2008. But this isn't even the worst part. For the 2009 MLB season, FOX stripped MLB of "Click" and gave them this abomination of a package ("Letterbox"): This hideous presentation was used for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Meanwhile, FOX kept "Click" until the end of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. They, then, underwent an extreme makeover in time for their 2010 NFL coverage, changing their graphics to the current scheme. The one in 2010 is called, "Hubble-1": FOX applied this package for MLB for 2011: Then, for both the start of the 2012 NFL season and the 2012 MLB postseason, FOX finally synchronized the graphics update to "Hubble-2," the current graphics set (which I am impressed): I wished FOX's MLB broadcasts used "Click" from 2008-2010 and not gone with that hideous "Letterbox" package in '09 just because FSN used it at the time.
  5. I call it, "Banner." For fall 2001, FOX discontinued its original "FoxBox" rectangle in favor of a horizontal strip for both MLB and NFL: In 2003, "Banner" was tweaked for MLB, with different sounds and motions (such as for the 2003 NLCS above). Meanwhile, "Banner" was dropped for the NFL, opting for "pre-Warp:" Things between the two leagues stood the same until late-2004, when "Warp" was applied (the last time before 2012 FOX synchronized the graphics update for both leagues). I call it, "Banner." For fall 2001, FOX discontinued its original "FoxBox" rectangle in favor of a horizontal strip for both MLB and NFL: In 2003, "Banner" was tweaked for MLB, with different sounds and motions (such as for the 2003 NLCS above). Meanwhile, "Banner" was dropped for the NFL, opting for "pre-Warp:" Things between the two leagues stood the same until late-2004, when "Warp" was applied (the last time before 2012 FOX synchronized the graphics update for both leagues). "Warp" initially had the team logos with the abbreviations in white text when the 2004 NFL season started (call that version warp-1); when MLB dropped "Banner" in favor of "Warp" in time for the 2004 postseason, the team abbreviations were in dot-matrix display in the teams main color (warp-2). I think sometime after the 2004 World Series, NFL adopted "warp-2". Also "banner" actually debuted in early 2001 for NASCAR and was applied to MLB at the start of its 2001 coverage and then applied to NFL.
  6. I'm quite curious is to why FOX's MLB broadcasts continued to use the 2001 package in '04 and then finally upgrade the graphics at the start of its postseason coverage. I'm also wondering why MLB on FOX continued to use the late 2004 graphics package in 2007 while NFL and NASCAR telecasts had their graphics packages upgraded starting with the 2006 NFL season. Could it be because of budget issues at those times? Maybe we'll never know for sure, but FOX has been notorious with their shady treatment of MLB. It always seems that for every ounce of effort they put forward toward baseball, they give three ounces to the NFL, and the results could not be more apparent. From the announcers to the graphics, from the advertisement to scheduling, I always had a feeling FOX just washes the baseball car in terms of their coverage, whereas they wash, jet dry, wax, buzz and sparkle the football car and leave a scented tree to top it. But going back to topic, it also bothers me how FOX never aligns their graphics packages for all of their sports. Everything was alright in late 2004, with FOX having this futuristic package-type for both the NFL and MLB that fall (let's call the package, "Warp," for the sound effects you would have heard): Then for the 2005 World Series, this particular set got a chrome finish and was applied to all leagues thereafter (let's call it "Chrome Warp," which to this day still irks me that they had such change): But starting for the 2006 fall sporting season, things drastically changed. The NFL switched their package to this set (let's call it "Click," for the mousepad-click sound effect made when a team scored): Soon, FOX gave the "Click" package to other leagues, like NASCAR. Yet, they stubbornly left the "Chrome Warp" package for MLB to use for the 2006 and 2007 postseasons, and wouldn't adopt "Click" to baseball until 2008. But this isn't even the worst part. For the 2009 MLB season, FOX stripped MLB of "Click" and gave them this abomination of a package ("Letterbox"): This hideous presentation was used for both the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Meanwhile, FOX kept "Click" until the end of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. They, then, underwent an extreme makeover in time for their 2010 NFL coverage, changing their graphics to the current scheme. The one in 2010 is called, "Hubble-1": FOX applied this package for MLB for 2011: Then, for both the start of the 2012 NFL season and the 2012 MLB postseason, FOX finally synchronized the graphics update to "Hubble-2," the current graphics set (which I am impressed): The package FOX introduced in 2001 for NASCAR and then to MLB and NFL thereafter should be called "extend-and-retract", because of the animation of the scoreboard at the top of the screen when it was turned on (extends from very top of screen) or turned off (retracts to very top).
  7. The FSN graphics were used again at an Arizona Cardinals game during the 2007 season, for an unknown reason.
  8. I'm quite curious is to why FOX's MLB broadcasts continued to use the 2001 package in '04 and then finally upgrade the graphics at the start of its postseason coverage. I'm also wondering why MLB on FOX continued to use the late 2004 graphics package in 2007 while NFL and NASCAR telecasts had their graphics packages upgraded starting with the 2006 NFL season. Could it be because of budget issues at those times?
  9. This was one of my favorite packages; I liked it most in '04 because then, gone were the futuristic background graphics from 1999-2003 and in came more traditional background elements such as stars being used in many of the animations. Remember the MLB on FOX logo with the stars around it going into and coming out of replays?
  10. The 1999 graphics package was actually used during the first month or two of the 2004 season before the 2004-2006 package debuted.