Yet another 'sport' for ESPN to show instead of T&F


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Yet another 'sport' for ESPN to show instead of T&F

Postby trackstar » Tue Dec 27, 2005 8:29 am

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Postby utkvol80 » Tue Dec 27, 2005 7:34 pm

I used to do "doughnuts" in my old man's car when I was in high school, if it had only been a "sport" then......
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Postby big mac » Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:03 am

They have been doing World strongman competitions for the last week. I wish I had ESPN
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Postby Cooter Brown » Wed Dec 28, 2005 10:35 am

I shit you not, they had a Scrabble tournament on about a week ago.

Come on, are we below board games!?!??!
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Postby gh » Wed Dec 28, 2005 11:05 am

I'm making the numbers up, but cost to ESPN to broadcast a half hour of Scrabble is $25,000; the cost to do a half hour of track is $250,000. If you're a bean counter armed with this fact (and you also know/suspect that more people care about Scrabble than track) it's a no-brainer.

Same applies to poker, pool, spelling bees; anything that requires merely one fixed camera and 50 feet of cable (again, I exaggerate).

If you've ever been involved in setting up a facility that's going to host a televised meet, you'll know that they roll in an 18-wheeler chock full of equipment 2-3 days early and have a crew of a dozen or more people to get the place set up, let alone provide the talent to do the telecast. So think about paying all those people for 2-3 days and also covering housing (and at least some of the food) and you'll understand why so little of track gets on TV.
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