Rod Woodson explains why hot mic caught him saying 'Nobody's watching, nobody cares' during AAF broadcast

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The Alliance of American Football is a fledgling sports league trying to grow in an area where the National Football League has absolutely dominated for the last several decades.

Nobody expects a league trying to do what the AAF is attempting to become appointment television overnight, but the image of success vs. struggle can be vital in the league’s first few years. So, it’s probably not great when an analyst covering the league is caught saying, “Nobody’s watching, nobody cares,” on television. Unless they have a really good reason.

Rod Woodson and the AAF have a regrettable hot mic moment

Hall of Fame safety Rod Woodson had some explaining to do after he was apparently caught mocking the AAF’s ratings and relevancy when a broadcast got its wires crossed on Saturday.

A transcript of the exchange, via Deadspin:

Lewis: “Before we get there. Hack….Hack’s about 50 percent [laughs]”

Flanagan: “[inaudible] say that on TV coach, I got you. We’re not on TV, we’re on Bleacher Report. It’s different.”

Woodson: “Ahh nobody’s watching, nobody cares, no one’s listening.”

A strikingly similar comment was captured on a similar broadcast, with “Nobody’s watching, nobody’s listening, nobody cares.”

Taken separately, those comments are mortifying for both the league and analysts. However, Woodson and his co-host Alex Flanagan had a pretty convincing story for how those words reached the microphone in the aftermath of the incident.

Rod Woodson: Hot mics can ‘miscapture a moment’

The way Woodson explains it, the three phrases are a mantra for broadcasters to basically forget about the thousands or millions of people watching them speak (and possibly post their lowlights on Twitter).

That backs up Flanagan’s earlier story in which she explained that Woodson was merely repeating the mantra she had learned earlier in her career. Flanagan said Woodson was joking with her and lamenting the criticism being thrown he co-worker’s way.

That story seems to track, especially since the same phrase was captured at two separate sources. Of course, it does say something about the AAF broadcast that two moments like this were caught on the same day, but at least those mistakes don’t indicate the league’s analysts secretly think their ratings are awful.

Rod Woodson had a surprisingly good explanation after a hot mic caught him seeming to mock the AAF’s ratings. (Getty Images )
Rod Woodson had a surprisingly good explanation after a hot mic caught him seeming to mock the AAF’s ratings. (Getty Images )

Some people are watching AAF games

Woodson’s comments appeared especially perplexing on the surface because, well, some people actually are watching, and listening, and possibly caring about the AAF.

The league debuted two weeks ago on CBS and reportedly beat a Rockets-Thunder NBA matchup on ABC, scoring a 2.1 overnight rating. Ratings weren’t so good the second day, but there has been plenty of positive buzz surrounding the league’s rollout.

From Yahoo Finance:

The AAF’s mobile app became the No. 1 sports app in the iOS store, the league quickly amassed more than 200,000 followers on Twitter and Instagram, and ESPN showed highlights from Saturday night’s games on SportsCenter.

The AAF has had its struggles and will certainly continue to have them going forward, but everything seems to be going as well as could be reasonably expected. Outside of a broadcast issue or two, obviously.

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