Saying that it will in all likelihood make the final product better, BT Sport commentator and former footballer Michael Owen has revealed that for the first time today he will actually watch the game he’s commentating on.
“I was a little suspicious of it at first,” said the former Liverpool man. “But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. By actually watching the game, I might be able to offer more insight on it.”
Owen said that the idea had been first suggested to him last season by a producer at the station, but that he rebuffed it initially.
“I thought it was pointless, usually I can get my point across really well just by listening to the stadium noise and replying to cues from my co-commentator,” said Owen, adding that for the 90 minutes he generally reads horse racing magazines and stares at walls.
“The walls are really nice around the Premier League stadia,” he added. “The variety you get is something else. Pink, white, at Selhurst Park they have red on the walls. It’s wild.”
Owen said that though he’s a little nervous about watching the games, he’ll give it a go.
“It’s going to be a bit of a culture shock, that’s for sure, I’m really not a big football man generally,” said the former striker, adding that he felt comfort in the knowledge that if it gets boring at all, there’s four walls around him.