The possession marker on Thursday Night Football looks like a minus sign

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Well, I’ve been quiet about this for a couple of weeks, but I can’t shake it. It bugs me every time I watch Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network.

Their possession marker on the score graphic looks like a minus sign.

It looks like the team that has the ball actually has minus points.

Example. If the Denver Broncos have scored 10 points and currently have the ball, it looks like minus 10 points.

Now, if you’ve watched the Broncos play this year, I wouldn’t rule out that team actually finding a way to get negative points but you know what I mean.

It’s just strange because TV producers are normally so cautious when it comes to clarity for their viewers. And the product is just so good otherwise.

I suppose they expect their viewers to be savvy enough to understand the game of football and comprehend you can’t get negative points, but it could still throw off some people that aren’t as familiar with the game.

Is this a big deal? Absolutely not. Should we be grateful that we’re even getting football this year? Absolutely yes.

And at the end of the day, you could just look at the action on the field and probably figure it out just as easily.

But I know I’m not the only one who has thought this.

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7 Comments

  1. I have been confused about this minus sugn for months

  2. I agree with you. They could have come up with a better indicator of possession!

  3. I just asked my husband about this. He didn’t know so I looked it up and found your article.

  4. HAHA.
    Just saw this in rhe Denver game.
    -6…..WHAT?

  5. Just seen it today on TV I had to look it up they should use a star it be better to explain special if you tune in half way in a game and don’t no you can’t get negative points

  6. The girt gam I watched this year surprised me to see a ( -10 score 3- ) on the screen. I had to look up “New rules for 2021 NFL football.” No, just a bonehead mistake which confused even veteran fans like myself. Wake up NFL!

  7. Don’t usually what football game but when I took a look at the game I was confused that the game was going so bad that they got a negative score lol
    Had to go to Google foe answers and found this site NFL and TV could just high light the name yellow or put an arrow instead of a negative sign
    SMH thought they had more sense than this

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