I read tafnut's posting about field events' lack of respect, and it reminded me of a beef I've had for a while:
Why is the reporting / displaying of field event information so poor at track meets?
Typically, spectators have to crane their necks to view a posting board positioned right at the location of the event, and the information displayed reflects only the most recent mark.
This makes it profoundly difficult for the average fan to really follow the competition, unless they're scribbling results all the time (which many of us do, I know).
Why in this day and age can't someone design a board or display to list all competitors and their marks/attempts?
Nearly all popular invitational meets and championships have huge electronic displays that show everything from startlists to instant replays to close-ups of feet on plasticene; you would think the least they could do would be to display field event placings after each round.
With T&F being a three-ring-circus, it's hard enough to actually witness every throw, jump or vault, but the lack of information during an event can often suck the drama right out of it.
I think this contributes to field events' general lack of popularity. Running events don't suffer this fate because fans can always visually identify who won or lost, and by how much. Think about it: if it wasn't for announcers, we'd have no clue as to the leading mark in a field event, or the eventual winner.
Unless we consulted our scribble sheet.