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There are a lot of sports now but not all of them have time slots in ESPN. Of course Basketball and Football need their airtime, but I think some sports should have less airtime (like baseball and soccer) and some should have more airtime (like beach volleyball). What do you all think? Which sports should have more air time ans which should have less?
Hey man I understand definietly where you are comming from my name is Christopher Barbieri and I love espn, and feel like it is and may be too opionionated towards a few particular ones but I also feel like baseball football and basketball are where the ratings are and will always be. What do you think.
I was watching water polo for the first time on msnbc it pretty
I love beach volleyball! That would be great.
Although volleyball is my sport, and I would love to see more of it on TV, I think it's a matter of game speed. Football, baseball, and basketball (kind of) are all rather slow, but still eventful. Where as in volleyball it's still a bit slow, but no one gets excited from a great tip, and each team only moves on their own side as opposed to running all over the place. I think sports that have the best chance of getting more air time have pauses in between, then the reporters have time to analyze everything, and big plays or hits are frequent. Beach volleyball is fun, but I feel like attention goes in the wrong direction when it comes to women playing.
There are two ways to look at this question.
One) ESPN needs more viewers, what sports need to be shown for this?
Two) As a sports promoter what league is missing the boat by not being represented on ESPN?
I think ESPN is doing fine as a sports network. So I will answer it based on my belief that as a fan of the NHL, I believe we're missing the boat by not having a contract with ESPN.
I'm an Eastern Canadian who gets to see 90 percent of the games I wish to see through my local cable and non-cable stations. I have no worries about it. But, if there is one thing that could help bring Hockey to the mainstream it would be a place in proper sport network stations.
VS is a joke. Sorry for it, but it is. NBC attempts a Sunday afternoon game (after the NFL season is over) and some playoff games. If NHL was concerned about the growth of the product they would be looking for a group who are geared for sports, be accepting of the fact that sometimes games go into Overtime (unlike VS who has shut games down due to "having already filled contractual obligations with a 3 hr slot").
The NHL needs a partner in the US to maintain those fans who have been with the league for years, but also so that new fans can be generated. Visibility is the issue.
But please, no more highlighted pucks... its an embarrassment to the sport and the Canadian fans (despite population, it is my belief that more Canadians watch this sport).
Soccer (other than the MLS) needs more airtime. It is the world's greatest and most popular sport. The US sucks with soccer...perhaps if ESPN showed more international games, the sport would start to grow on people and we will join the fantastic world of soccer.
Have you ever seen how together a soccer stadium is during an international game!?
A popular spectator sport where I come from
Mark, I agree with just about everything you say in the religion forum, but leave it out of the others! By saying something like this, you are just antagonizing people and that's not what we want!
Rugby and Wrestling
Although if youd like to know about Wrestling check out my latest Hub. Cheers.
That is a good point. I spoke to a friend who said that he can very rarely watch rugby matches in the US despite the fact that it is one of the fastest growing sports. Think this is mainly because it is cheaper to organise than American football because it is a similar sport but with no padding/helmets. Also football is something I have heard is very hard to watch other than MLS.
Agreed! Especially rugby, it is very fun to watch and there are hardly any breaks in the action which makes it more exciting. Good ideas!
Rugby more airtime - Yes
Beach Volleyball - Yes & NO, keep it on public TV channels.
Pro Tennis -
Take some crap off like Bowling, Spelling Bees and WTF thinks a dam card game is an athletic sport.
Poker is NOT a Frickin' sport. If you put that on there put Chess, Checkers, Uno, Darts, Dog shows, etc on there. Just dumb if you ask me (and I did hear someone ask me)
NHL hockey, AHL hockey, Division I hockey, Division III hockey, Travel hockey and High School hockey...Did I mention hockey?
Rugby Sevens - (and Rugby of course) - sevens is an amazing spectacle to watch and it's sure to be a big hit in the US if they'd air it more!
Interesting that I'm actually seeing a lot of Rugby League, Aussie Rules etc but not much Rugby Union in New Jersey!
I agree, Rugby is just one of the best sports ever if it would just become popular! I asked myself this question a lot...
I wish they would do college wrestling, one of the most competitive/hardcore sports in the world.
It all comes down to money. ESPN has to cater to the masses. If midget pro wresting suddenly becomes the talk of all sports and ESPN does a test-run on it where on a Sunday night, it gets a Nielsen rating of let's say 7, you better believe that it's going to be shown more and more.
As long as there is a market for any sport, there will be exposure.
right after hockey season is over!
Because ESPN is so tired of having viewers, actually selling advertising time and making money?
Well timezone difference can make it possible to broadcast both games, one will be surely missed anyway lol..
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