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Old 07-08-2023, 11:46 AM
 
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I'll probably be pretty much alone at my indignation of the lack of TV coverage of both sports unless it's the Olympics and suddenly both sports are the media darlings given they're hauling in 80% of the medal hardware for the US, only to be relegated to obscurity until the next Olympics. Meanwhile NBC and ESPN are covering such riveting competitions as Pickleball, Cornhole and Rugby. The argument is that people aren't watching but the fact they're not broadcasting on cable (streaming only) or marketing the meets in promos does zero to make a potential audience even know.
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Old 07-08-2023, 12:01 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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I'll probably be pretty much alone at my indignation of the lack of TV coverage of both sports unless it's the Olympics and suddenly both sports are the media darlings given they're hauling in 80% of the medal hardware for the US, only to be relegated to obscurity until the next Olympics. Meanwhile NBC and ESPN are covering such riveting competitions as Pickleball, Cornhole and Rugby. The argument is that people aren't watching but the fact they're not broadcasting on cable (streaming only) or marketing the meets in promos does zero to make a potential audience even know.
Pickleball and cornhole are the "in" plebe "sports" right now. Jurisdictions are spending millions configuring courts for the former (and having police response to fights between its players and others who want to use multi-use ones).

Cornhole is that backyard thing you do when you've had a couple or six too many beers.

Both are fads and will fade out.

Rugby is probably being covered because so many people wish we were Europe. Plus, people can get pretty well mangled playing it, which makes it attractive. Who doesn't want to see someone's shin bones sticking out through the skin?

The sports you want to see have never been widely publicized. They're not "money" sports and are supported in most colleges by football and basketball.
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Old 07-08-2023, 12:36 PM
 
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Pickleball and cornhole are the "in" plebe "sports" right now. Jurisdictions are spending millions configuring courts for the former (and having police response to fights between its players and others who want to use multi-use ones).

Cornhole is that backyard thing you do when you've had a couple or six too many beers.

Both are fads and will fade out.

Rugby is probably being covered because so many people wish we were Europe. Plus, people can get pretty well mangled playing it, which makes it attractive. Who doesn't want to see someone's shin bones sticking out through the skin?

The sports you want to see have never been widely publicized. They're not "money" sports and are supported in most colleges by football and basketball.
Actually they are "money sports" even without the support of American sports media (until the next Olympics anyway). The American sports media is complicit in my opinion to keep both sports "unpopular" in order to protect the big four pro sports league network deals/revenue. Heck even the MLS with it's supposed increase in popularity has to scratch/claw for coverage. Here's a deep dive taken in 2018 of T&F endorsement dollars.
https://www.letsrun.com/news/2018/09...ggest-secrets/
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Old 07-09-2023, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Modified limited hangout
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NBC has been broadcasting the Diamond League.

I was glued to the TV during Eugene 2022.

IAAF has an ambitious goal of making track a top four sport in the USA by 2028.

https://www.kgw.com/article/sports/t...2-892e5286618c
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Old 07-09-2023, 08:45 AM
 
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Also mentioned in that article is a problem shared by both track and cycling in the U.S., athletes go where the money is - Europe.
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Old 07-16-2023, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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I think the rights owners pulling in the billions of Euros don't wont to let their product get deflated by letting American sports networks getting away with only paying millions of dollars for a secondary hour filling sport. So the cheaper American only sports fill those extra hours for the sports broadcasters.
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Old 07-16-2023, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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NBC has been broadcasting the Diamond League.

I was glued to the TV during Eugene 2022.

IAAF has an ambitious goal of making track a top four sport in the USA by 2028.

https://www.kgw.com/article/sports/t...2-892e5286618c
To me Track and Field IS a top four sport. I've enjoyed watching the Diamond League broadcasts this last year. Lots of exceptional athletic performances. I'd rather watch T & F than any (NBA, G League, WNBA) professional basketball. The games quite frankly, are boring. This from someone who LOVES college basketball.
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