Interesting read. First and foremost, full disclosure, I'm pretty obsessed with watching competitive pinball. The amount of work that goes into streaming is immense, so anyone who is willing to do this at a tournament I take my hat off to you.
As is the nature with this topic, this is a pretty negative thread and I don't want to discourage anyone as I absolutely love watching competitive pinball. But there are definitely things over the years that have made broadcasts more difficult to watch and jdelz covered the majority of my bug bears at the beginning of this thread.
Arrogant and unenthusiastic commentary is very hard to stick with, especially when commentating on the best players in the world as if the things these players are doing are every day occurrences. Personality and enthusiasm as a commentator is absolutely essential in my opinion. The enthusiasm of a commentator definitely rubs off on me as a spectator. Don't downplay things, build it up. Please be accurate with information, consistently making mistakes (be it rules, or player based, HIS NAME IS RAYMOND! HE IS THE WORLD CHAMPION!!) as commentators is again hard to swallow.
I guess I would prefer to highlight really really good examples of when it all comes together perfectly. If we can look at superb examples of peoples commentary, superb storylines and games unfolding, then perhaps we can improve the viewing experience.
Karls work is immense and is getting better and better with every broadcast. But even with all the advancements made in streaming, the NW Champs game between Cayle and Daniele, in its raw form, is still the most perfect example of competitive pinball at its best in my opinion.
For those people in the thread who say they don't really like watching competitive pinball, I would encourage you to watch this https://vimeo.com/44970176