>Just a note that even though the Regionals won't
>be on tv, I did get to see the National Spelling
>Bee on ESPN twice last night, and once was even
>during prime time.>>
Brains should always be valued over brawn.
But more to the point, it doesn't take an Einstein to note that it takes one guy with a handheld camera to produce a TV show from the Spelling Bee (or billiards, or any of a number of things that people like to compare track to).
To do a track meet you need multiple cameramen with fixed camera positions, talent (and I use that term loosely) for commentary, a production truck, a stadium which meets stiff lighting criteria, etc,. etc. In short, many (or many-many) thousands of dollars.