We’ve been big fans of the NCAA Tournament choosing to mix up the floor design after a few years with the very bland and sanitized black-and-blue design. The unique designs at different sites have been a great addition to the way we remember the “where were you moments” the NCAA Tournament is so great at providing.
But something about the camera angle, floor design, lighting combination put viewers in an odd spot when Villanova-Oklahoma got underway. The reflection of the NRG Stadium lights, along with the reflections on the Jumbotron, has given the audience at home a full view of the color spectrum.
The Final Four court is looking good pic.twitter.com/rSs7YdIFpW
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) April 2, 2016
Watching #FinalFour game on this shiny floor is like: pic.twitter.com/vXqIUd9yki
— Billyjon (@billyjon) April 2, 2016
Next year’s Final Four court. pic.twitter.com/P8bszbIfnc
— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) April 2, 2016
The glare on the court is horrible. It’s so bad the coaches have a freaking shadow. #FinalFour @TBSNetwork pic.twitter.com/honwg30Mln
— Peter Robbins (@gatortakes) April 2, 2016
A cool top down angle of the Final Four court glare pic.twitter.com/3Q5oiYPn2C
— Dan Rubenstein (@DanRubenstein) April 2, 2016
Deadspin’s Timothy Burke pointed out that it’s likely a result of different camera angles, as the Team Stream feeds seem to be glare-free in comparison.
PSA: Teamstreams > TBS pic.twitter.com/IJpCJL8BTD
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) April 2, 2016
It appears the stadium blacked out the ribbon boards surrounding the stadium to prevent the glare from continuing and it looks to be working, as Deadspin points out.
Stadium blacks out ribbon boards in response to TBS viewers’ complaints of glare: https://t.co/yaYTVdNhzB pic.twitter.com/rA3gMtCJmE
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 2, 2016