BBC and Wimbledon - more concerned with ratings than success?

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by Laurie, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Laurie

    Laurie Guest

    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?
  2. ollinger

    ollinger Legend

    Nov 24, 2004
    New Jersey
    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!
  3. Wuppy

    Wuppy Professional

    Mar 25, 2012
    Prediction fail
  4. Russeljones

    Russeljones G.O.A.T.

    Jun 27, 2011
    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.
  5. Laurie

    Laurie Guest

    Yes probably.
  6. Laurie

    Laurie Guest

    Indeed, Murray made it in a knick of time.
  7. kishnabe

    kishnabe G.O.A.T.

    Dec 16, 2008
    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!
  8. marc45

    marc45 G.O.A.T.

    May 29, 2008
    he was second the other day and is on court one surprisingly on monday
  9. TheF1Bob

    TheF1Bob Banned

    Dec 4, 2011
    NON-Pigeon City
    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. :)

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