The yellow first line down is regarded as one of the television football’s greatest innovations, second to the instant replays. This season, they mark the 20th anniversary of it as it has become an invaluable asset in the game and, more than that, people are not accustomed to it. But with the debut of ‘green zone’ recently at the Sunday Night Football, it seems like the yellow line is not of a use anymore.
The green zone came into visuals this at this Sunday Night Football’s game as NBC decided to test it up for few games this season. The effect will turn the third downs a little darker as our digital view moves across the field, with the green zone being a darker shade of green, showing us a specific zone situated between the point where players have to reach to gain first down and the line of scrimmage.
Considering that, it pretty much shows us almost the same thing as the yellow line, which does the work similar to the first down marker. However, in case you found both of those confusing, the green zone will ease the trouble for you by turning that particular area in the pitch darker green while the sides will remain lighter.
Most of the people are freaking out on this new innovation, stating that it is completely useless and unnecessary. According to the words at Deadspin, from the producer of Sunday Night Football Fred Gaudelli, an explanation has come up.
Guadelli said that green zone was developed mainly to aid the Skycam view. It helps in identifying the distance ball carrier went past the LOS and got close to the first down line a little easily as compared to the other innovations. It aids the tech which is why they have decided to adapt it for third down and it goes on with the regular play by play cams.
Adding to it, he also said, “[W]e don’t profess that it’s better than the yellow line—we see it as a complement, or evolution, of the yellow line. Throughout development I was referring to it as the ‘First-and-10 Line 2.0.’ We picked green because we didn’t want it to be distracting, yet we need it to be distinctive. I think we accomplished both.”