With all eyes on the network for the biggest game of the year, Fox broke out its new graphics package for Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, gracing fans watching the game at home with a new scoreboard and down-and-distance markers.
While many welcomed the change, it didn’t go over well with everyone.
Fox moved its scoreboard bug to the bottom-middle of the screen, with both the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs’ scores sitting above the time and down-and-distance info rather than in one long bar. It added the down-and-distance overlay to the field, too, similar to how TNT adds the shot clock onto the court for NBA games.
New Fox score bug for the Super Bowl. Old bug on the left. pic.twitter.com/66ilq0pXOf
— Cork Gaines (@CorkGaines) February 2, 2020
The network also broke out a new touchdown graphic on Sunday.
Fox's new touchdown graphic seems a bit excessive pic.twitter.com/AdbXOAgUzA
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) February 3, 2020
The changes surprised fans in the opening minutes of the game, and generated mixed reactions. Some loved the update and want it to become the new permanent graphic next season, while others, well, weren’t as happy.
New scorebug for Fox?
— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) February 2, 2020
TV nerd observation: love the new graphic look from FOX. Score & time easy & clean to read.
— Evan Doherty (@YSportsEvan) February 2, 2020
Fox comic book graphics are a stretch...meh
— Scott Gulbransen (@LVGully) February 2, 2020
The center scoreboard on the screen...something. #SuperBowl
— Sebastian Posey (@SebastianPosey) February 2, 2020
Getting MNF vibes from the new Fox scorebug pic.twitter.com/hohZ5K65yC
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) February 2, 2020
Hey @SuperBowl YOUR ON SCREEN GRAPHICS ARE TOP NOTCH 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
— Cassidy Miller (@CassMill_) February 2, 2020
Fox, keep this score bug for next season.
— Andrew Hammond (@ahammTNT) February 2, 2020
really like the new score graphic pic.twitter.com/DQTj4kbZwB
— SB Nation (@SBNation) February 2, 2020
New FOX score bug graphics stink. Why mess with perfection smh
— Tramel Raggs (@Raggs_No_Riches) February 2, 2020
The new Fox score bug is sexy.
There. I said it.
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) February 2, 2020
Haaaaaaate the new Fox score bug
— Alex Del Barrio (@alexdelbarrio) February 2, 2020
The New Fox Scoreboard Bug looks very ESPN-ish. #SuperBowl
— Jay Scott Smith (@JayScottSmith) February 2, 2020
Fox has got to lose that enormous “Second and 3” graphic immediately after the snap (if it feels compelled to use it at all). Totally unnecessary and very distracting.
— Jay Posner (@sdutPosner) February 2, 2020
really not a fan of that new fox score graphic
— casey morell (@csymrl) February 2, 2020
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