I think the league wants more special teams play each game, creates more excitement, attracts more fans. Maybe they're getting a few new fans here and there, but they're pissing off the die hards they've had all along. Frustrating to say the least. In saying all this thou, the good teams prevail.
Ever since the beginning of the game he's been quietly calling the game himself throwing out little potshots that the refs are from NY state and stuff when something questionable isn't called in the Panthers favour.
i suppose that kind of announcing 'sells' in some places...but i think it's a real disservice to the viewer. it assumes they're dumb and can't see a game for what it is.