Tonight, after watching the Jets game on MNF, I decided to take it upon myself to see which broadcaster actually gives the viewer more of the screen decicated to the actual game and not lattice or blackened out portions that NEVER get used (unless they go to a replay in which usually all bugs are gone except for a grayed network identifier).
The snapshots I used were either taken by me or by other users on AVS.
If I've made any errors, please let me know.
The numbers in parenthesis denote how much room is taken up by graphics while a play is being run live, with a screenshot provided.
I used x,y coordinates and simple algebra to figure out how many pixels were taken up by graphics, and divided by the total number of pixels to get a percentage.
#1. NFL Network (~2.7778%)
#2. CBS (~7.66333%)
The scoreline used to denote other scores around the league takes up 4.8% of the screen.
#3. FOX (13.8889%)
This could be could down to a little as ~1.56%, taking away portions of the graphic that never get used. If you still want to see out of town scores, the graphics could inflate to as much as ~2.36%.
#4t. ESPN (15.8333%)
Look at the bottom at how much of the screen ESPN gives us. Oh, wait, it's completely covered up with a nice red and black. ESPN could shrink this down to as little as ~2.23%. And if you need to be constantly remind that that football game you happened to stumble upon on Monday night is ESPN Monday Night Football, it could take up only ~3.45%. And if you forget what the down and yardage is, it would balloon up to $4.44%. Still, not too bad.
#4t. NBC (~15.91%)
Could be shrunken down to ~3.953% without all that lattice that serves the important purpose of...