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ESPN's Hollywood-Style Sam Ponder Camera Angle Was Weird

For Samantha Ponder's halftime interview last night with USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, ESPN used an approach rarely seen in television: a long lens, with shallow depth of field. It looked less like live sports programming—and more like Hollywood.

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That Sarkisian wasn't even visible for most of the interview made it all that much weirder. (ESPN eventually cut to a SkyCam-based angle for the end of it, which wasn't any more normal.) We understand that ESPN uses bowl season for experimentation, but this is just uncomfortable.

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