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Old 08-27-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Note to moderator: please do not move to Sports forums as they tend to be American-dominated and I am looking for perspectives from other countries.

Now that the Olympics are over, I got to thinking that in my country at least, many of the sports only get attention during the Olympics and are then basically forgotten for the next four years. Although competitions take place all the time - not just at the Olympics. The one exception is if a local person wins a world championship or something and then everyone pays attention - for that day anyway.

Is this true in all countries?

To start the ball rolling, here is an idea of more or less international sports that are almost always covered by the mainstream media where I live in Quebec, Canada, even if no one from Quebec or Canada is involved:
- ice hockey
- auto racing, especially Formula 1, but also other series like NASCAR, etc.
- ATP and WTA tennis
- PGA and LPGA golf
- figure skating
- major cycling events like Tour de France, Giro d'Italia
- alpine and cross-country skiing
- World Cup, Euro, UEFA Champions League
- curling (much more in English Canada than in Quebec)

Occasional non-Olympic coverage (often dependent on Québécois involvement but not always):
- synchronized swimming
- diving
- speed skating
- boxing
- athletics / track and field
- boxing (never amateur, always pro)

Sports that are almost never covered here:
- motorcycle racing
- volleyball
- weightlifting
- rowing (although Canadians are pretty good in this - rarely covered anywhere in Canada)
- equestrian
- bobsleigh/luge
- biathlon
- gymnastics
- handball
-swimming other than synchro or diving
- rugby
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Sweden
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We are drowning in football.
Ice hockey is of course big, but I would like more coverage, especially since that is a sport that we are actually successful in. There are plenty of swedes playing in leagues all over Europe and various minor and junior leagues in North America that you never hear a word about.
Then one tv channel has a special winter studio every saturday and sunday during seasons that covers biathlon, cross country and downhill skiing.
There are some covering of rallying and speedway and sports like bandy, hand ball and basket ball can only be seen in the play offs in the aforementioned winter studio.
There also is one tv channel that has pretty good coverage of track and fields, but I still feel there is too much football.
I would like to see more swimming, boxing, wrestling,rowing, canoeing, different shooting sports....
There could room for so much for if they just could cut down a little on football.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I was always amused (frustratingly) the way the BBC World Service would drone on an on about every insignificant sport in every remote corner of the world, from Uruguay to Fiji, but absolutely exclude any US baseball scores from their coverage, even during the World Series.
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Old 08-27-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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rugby isnt in the olympics op , its on tv all the time here,if you exclude our domestic sports , its second only to football
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Old 08-27-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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We don’t have any subscription (pay, cable or whatever you like to call it) in our house back in OZ; in short the free to air sports coverage is totally dominated by AFL, Rugby League, International Cricket, international Rugby and our local touring car Championship.

As for Olympic sports you will see some of the following on free to air TV
- Tennis (The majors)
- Basketball (One local game a week)
- Swimming (A major event like the world championships)
- Athletics (Golden League or world champs)
- Soccer - Euro Champions League, and other "Games of the Week" which could be anything from any country, but not england or Australia (To Get the Premier League, Local A League and Asian Champions League you need pay.)
- Road Cycling - All the Major European Tours.

We also get Ok coverage of F1, NASCAR, and Major League Baseball, which is surprising because hardly any one actually plays baseball in Australia.

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Old 08-27-2012, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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We get ice hockey.

For some reason we don't get Olympic coverage of Finnish Baseball.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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The "traditional big 4" in the U.S.:

- Basketball (especially with blacks)
- Football (probably now the #1 sport)
- Baseball (traditionally identified as the "American" sport, but seems to have peaked some time ago)
- Hockey (in certain parts, at least)

Not traditional sports, but big, at least among certain crowds:

- Wrestling
- Boxing
- Mixed martial arts
- NASCAR racing
- Tennis
- Golf
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:06 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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^ Don't forget Soccer and Lacrosse
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Originally Posted by irish_bob View Post
rugby isnt in the olympics op , its on tv all the time here,if you exclude our domestic sports , its second only to football
Sorry if it was confusing. I used the Olympics as a pretext, but my question wasn't necessarily limited to Olympic sports.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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I have coverage of every sport I enjoy like Football, Rugby, Tennis, MMA, Boxing, Toure de France, Giro d'Italia etc so I like my options. I like just enjoying olympic sports like Swimming, Track Cycling etc at the world championships of their ovents, commonweal games and olympic games all of which we get coverage of.
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