Originally Posted by Cirquerider
This pretty much sums it up for me, and you have to respect that it comes from the network that managed to get into the Jay Leno and Conin O'brian mess.
How many people would watch football, if instead of broadcasting a game, they created story-lines around all the games on any given Sunday, and showed that instead?
NBC has redefined sports as we know it.
course the Leno and Conan thing was mostly planned manipulation and a publicity event.
'Redefined' is true for many sports - Football being one. I stopped watching football when a broadcast game couldn;t get thru an entire set of downs without a commerical. And then attending a game, I first wondered why the players were just standing around, aimlessly, instead of running the next down. Realized that it was a broadcast game and they were all waiting for the commercial to finish.
When sports were first being broadcast, the technical part of showing the 'sport' was a primary objective of the network, figuring they would capture more viewers with 'better than being there' viewing.
Now they're into manupulating the audience to max their revenues, which means manipulating the actual event - A LA football - to match their broadcast/revenue plan.
So I stopped watching manipulated sports, like football.
Things will come full circle to where, if you want to see unmanipulated sport events, you'll have to be there, live. Which also means we don't see many great events because we can't be there.
For now the online raw feeds from WC events are great, when they work...
but when they crap up that chance to watch, I'll just jump on the bike and go for a ride, or break out the board and go out for a session or do something...
I'll leave "'Ice' Dancing with the Stars", along with the daytime drama "As the BoardCross Turns", for the TV herd...