If the Big Sky Conference has protocol on how and when scoreboards can be used, then it needs to revisit the issue. The worst offender is Portland State. PSU added a jumbotron-style scoreboard at Stott Center two years ago. The thing is ridiculously large for an arena that seats fewer than 2,000 people, but that’s not the point. The scoreboard is positioned so that it does not line up with the court, but it’s nevertheless in the line of sight for players on offense at that end of the court. While watching the Weber State-Portland State game last week, you could see the scoreboard flashing DEE-FENSE while Weber State had the ball. The green light was so brilliant it was reflected off the court. For Weber State, players to the left of the lane were shooting directly into the obnoxious flashing sign. The scoreboard should not be in use when the ball is in play.I know the Stott Center has a good sized scoreboard, especially relative to the size of the gym. For those that have been there, do you see this happening (scoreboard flashing like that during the game) and do you think it is an issue? Would love to hear thoughts.
EDIT: Below is a picture taken by Brett Hein of The Upset, which gives a good indication of the glare on the court:
And here is a reaction I got off Twitter:
@bhein3 @bigskybball absolutely! It was distracting as an observer to watch... Can't imagine being on the court!
— Chappy (@itschappy) December 28, 2012
EDIT 2: Just going to quote Brett Hein again, because he stated the point succinctly on twitter:
"The issue isn't with the board itself. It's with the graphics being used during play... when just showing video, it's okay. But flashing DEFENSE graphics affect the game... and are of course not going to be used when PSU is on offense facing that basket"
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