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Laurie
06-30-2012, 01:30 PM
I've been thinking about this a lot today but wasn't online until now to pose the question. It seems to me that the BBC and the All England Tennis Club are more interested in ratings than giving Murray a good schedule to give him every chance to get to the final.

In 2001 when Henman and Ivanisevic played the 2nd match, the forecast was for heavy rain. But they still took the decision to put Henman on 2nd, knowing full well that Agassi v Rafter could well be a long match considering their five set battles in Australia 2001 and Wimbledon 2000. That proved to be the case again with Rafter winning 8 -6 in the 5th set after almost 4 hours. As we know, Henman's match was interrupted with rain when he was 2 sets to 1 up.

In the last few years, the BBC and Wimbledon have continually scheduled Murray to play last match on centre court, to give people time to get home from work and watch it on television. It is a risky ploy because Murray has to burn all of that nervous energy, not knowing what time he will get on to play, now we have a situation where his match against Baghdatis will not finish tonight or is nowhere near finished.

Will the BBC and Wimbledon learn their lesson? Or are they really more concerned with ratings and the brand of Wimbledon?

ollinger
06-30-2012, 01:42 PM
Is the OP wondering why BBC is preoccupied with ratings and Wimbledon is preoccupied with their brand?? Ummm, because broadcasters care mostly about ratings and businesses care mostly about their brand and profits? It sounds almost as if you think Murray's success should be a priority of the BBC!

Wuppy
06-30-2012, 02:26 PM
now we have a situation where his match against Baghdatis will not finish tonight or is nowhere near finished.


Prediction fail

Russeljones
06-30-2012, 02:30 PM
It isn't just Wimbledon. Tennis as a product (surfaces + balls et.) is what it is today at the TV networks' behest. They want drawn out drama for more advertising and more financial gain. Simple as that.

Laurie
06-30-2012, 02:32 PM
It isn't just Wimbledon. Tennis as a product (surfaces + balls et.) is what it is today at the TV networks' behest. They want drawn out drama for more advertising and more financial gain. Simple as that.

Yes probably.

Laurie
06-30-2012, 02:32 PM
Prediction fail

Indeed, Murray made it in a knick of time.

kishnabe
06-30-2012, 02:34 PM
It would be helpful to make things go for Murray to suceed once here. Then go back to rating and hype the hell out of Murray!

marc45
06-30-2012, 05:02 PM
he was second the other day and is on court one surprisingly on monday

TheF1Bob
06-30-2012, 06:17 PM
True dat. They never shut up about Murray, even when he's not playing, he's more priority than the No.1 player of the world and when does play, boy.... you know that so-called mute button on ya remote, it's come handy. :)