Tone Deaf: 9/11 Memorial used by Fox Sports to display Baseball Night in America graphic
During Saturday night’s “Baseball Night in America” Fox Sports found a puzzling way to utilize the 9/11 memorial in their broadcast.
Watch: Fox Sports tone deaf use of 9/11 memorial
At the end of the sixth inning, with the Yankees taking a 10-1 lead, the broadcast cut to a skyline shot to head into commercial. The camera pans over One World Trade Center and hovers over the 9/11 memorial. There we can see that the geniuses at the Fox Sports graphics department decided to superimpose the logos of the Red Sox and the Yankees over the memorial.
Of course there was immediate outrage about this.
Not the best look for Fox Sports here. It was probably some intern or Gen Z kid that was too young to remember the events of September 11th and the significance of the One World Trade Center memorial.
For those that may not be aware, The 9/11 memorial is the final resting place for thousands of people that were vaporized in a horrifying act of violence. Each one of the two squares is a reflecting pool inscribed with the names of 2,983 people that died. The Fox Sports graphics team just basically turned two massive grave markers into billboards.
Maybe next time they’ll stick to using The Empire State building or the Brooklyn Bridge for their commercial outros when they’re broadcasting from NYC. They’ll have to stay away from the fake emergency alerts too.
Currently, there hasn’t been any response from Fox Sports regarding this graphic or the subsequent reaction to it.
Mandatory Credit: Fox Sports