ESPN drops ball on major achievment

Discussion in 'Pro Match Results and Discussion' started by aprilfool, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. aprilfool

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    Arguably the greatest tennis player of all time breaks another record at an event that is second only to the Majors and ESPN decides that college football is more important than the post-match ceremony. Brilliant.
     
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  2. decades

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    Americans have more important things to worry about than check and trophy presentations. tennis is laughably for the privileged among us. A Rolex anyone?
     
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  3. Netspirit

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    Make tennis more popular by simplifying the rules and speeding matches up, and ESPN will follow the crowds.

    It's all about sports' popularity and ad potential, just business as usual.
     
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  4. TennisLovaLova

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    Aljazeera was displaying the match on 2 different channels. They're still analysing the match at the moment with karim alami.
     
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  5. Winner_DownTheLine

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    I think I can watch it again on tennis channel tonight.
     
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    So unless every sport is as popular as the NFL, the championship presentation can be skipped?

    BS

    If the popularity is so low, then don't broadcast it at all. Tennis channel was doing a great job all week. It's just disrespectful and inconsiderate.
     
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  7. nikdom

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    Tennis is truly a third class sport in USA.
     
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    I was just happy they showed the whole match. Did not really care when they cut through the ceremony.
     
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    LOL I should move back to India then :D

    Good point, can't complain too much I guess.
     
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  10. Agassifan

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    They did it to poor Del Potro at the USO
     
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    I prefer listening to Adel Al Shatti on commentary and analysis, his reactions are so engaging, he makes watching a better experience, plus he has really good insight being a former pro. Karim is good though, I think he beat Sampras in the 1994 Doha, so he's a more accomplished player.
     
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  12. Mike Sams

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    No it's not. It's just that the USA needs top american players to represent the country which then means more american fans take notice which means more popularity. Nobody cares about the Williams sisters. The USA needs american male players with charisma. Somebody like Agassi to be specific.
     
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    Well for a big Federer fan, like myself, it was no big deal. I was going to look for it on youtube later anyway. :)
     
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    Thankfully, one Voice of Reason. They ran over - if Roger had won it in 2 we would have seen it.

    You didn't miss much - I sat through a few of these at the TMC in Shanghai. They say nice things about the local pols, each player say nice things about each other and the sponsors, then they pose for pictures.
     
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  15. madmanfool

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    If it makes you feel better the BBC did the same..
     
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  16. Mike Sams

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    if you want to see photos of the players and trophy presentation, just go to Getty images. The photographers who cover events put the photos up on Getty immediately.
     
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  17. nikdom

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    No, the sport would be more d!cky then.
     
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    Ha ha, please. It wouldn't matter if the top 10 were all Americans; football (NCAA or pro) is 20 times more popular than tennis, and I am quite probably underestimating.

    Tennis has been an inconsequential sport in America since at least the early 90s. It is on par with darts, windsurfing and bowling, and noticeably behind poker, UFC or Formula 1. It can't be mentioned in the same sentence with football, basketball, baseball, the Kentucky Derby, NASCAR, Indy, golf or even hockey.
     
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    That's the reason. Tennis needs to become faster, more furious, more TV-friendly to get more air time and popularity.

    It means, among other things, 1 serve, no toweling within games, no lets, no-ad, no sitting after every 2 games. It would be a completely different game then and it may lose some of its elegance and wits, but you can't eat a cake and have it.
     
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  20. TTMR

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    And an especially big problem with it for network broadcasting is the lack of clock. A tennis match can go from 1-5 hours. It can be less than an hour if there is a retirement, and more than five hours if there are rain delays. If tennis rules were completely changed and you simply had to win so many points within an alotted time period, the sport would probably become more popular. It would also make for more comebacks and fewer 'fluke' wins. I'm not saying I personally endorse this, but it would make the game more TV-audience-friendly.

    However, there is a bit of a chicken and the egg conundrum with regard to tennis. Is lack of popularity the reason for terrible coverage? Or is terrible coverage a part of the reason for lack of popularity?
     
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    Part of the reason tennis isn't as popular as other sports is because you have to watch it online half the time. It's a mess.
     
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    Meh...who cares. At least they showed the entire match live and not on tape delay. Anything after that is gravy.
     
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    who cares abt what is popular in the US ( I say that as an american and big football fan) -- it is a global sport.
     
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    Tennis is down but putting it behind F1 and Horse Racing is quite an exaggeration. The Kentucky Derby is more of an event than a true sport, there's many more regular tennis fans here who follow the sport than horse racing fans who follow the sport year round. Go around and likely more Americans will know who won the US Open than who won the Kentucky Derby. Same with F1, there are likely more who know who won the USO or Wimbledon than who know who won the F1 World Championship. It's not inconsequential, but it's down since the 90s.
     
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  25. sportsfan1

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    As tennis fans in the US, we are *not* a spoilt lot, coming in way down the pecking order :( . This was an unkind a cut as the USO Del Potro pre-empt for the sitcom 'How I met your mother'.
    Oddly I tried to switch from espn2 to espn3 and couldn't get it there either.
     
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  26. nikdom

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    Amen brother. Plus I hate it when people say tennis has to change to entice a crowd who could care less. Skrew them.
     
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    I'm sure if they cut away from the BCS, World Series, Stanley Cup, etc. trophy presentations we'd be complaining about that too. The dogs.......
     
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    I don't necessarily disagree. But no crowd means no broadcast, meaning less interest, meaning poorer quality.
     
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    Wow, not just football but college football. Yeah, let's watch juiced guys with helmets in tights instead of historical ceremony. tennis>>>>football any day and there is no ball what so ever in football :) How ridiculous is that?
     
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    Was watching ESPN3 and hoping it would stay on while ESPN2 moved on....but nope.
     
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    What did you expect? There are no fights, no broken bones, nobody's getting knocked out, nobody's dying in a crash.... it's boring.
     
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    Watched it on TC coverage, nothing special at all.
     
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    I watched ESPN's replay of the Federer v Ferrer semifinal. At 5-5 in the first set they went to an ad break during a point being played. When they came back Federer had already broken and was serving for the set. Nice coverage guys.
     
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    My Tennis Channel recording ended at the beginning of the third set- but they are repeating, I think Friday. I can't stand Brad Gilbert-blowhard....
     
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  35. lefty10spro

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    Do you all really stay tuned for the trophy presentation and the lame speech making after these finals?
     
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  36. decades

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    espn is lucky hardly anybody noticed.
     
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  37. groundbreaker

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    Sad, but true.:(
     
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    Or hamburger eating contests.

    AMUR-KAH!!!!
     
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  39. norbac

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    What does it matter? All trophy presentations are pretty much the same.
     
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    You didn't see The Footfault did you?

    Academy Award for best Actress.
     
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    They probably watch something stupid like cheese rolling in your country. :rolleyes:
     
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  42. beast of mallorca

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    What they did to Delpotro was unfreakinforgiveable ! It was his first GS and he had to beg to get a minute or two for his speech, only to show a college match. That was really lame.
     
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  43. aprilfool

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    Well, the same could be said for the Oscars and any other award ceremonies.
     
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