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    So there is the NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, and even Hockey Channel(at least for those living in the US). Would a Track and Field channel ever work? Has there ever been one? I assume it might be but outside of the us(maybe in Europe). The closest I have come to having a track and field channel was Universal Sports but those idiots just had to ruin everything.

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    Why are they idiots? How did they ruin everything?
    It is all about numbers of viewers and advertising revenue.
    While probably everyone on this message board would religiously watch such a channel the reality is that, except for the Olympics, the general sports viewing public just is not interested in watching TNF.

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    • #3
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      The idea of an "Olympic" channel, focusing on those sports has come up several times. Certainly T&F would be a main-stay there, but the $$$ have never come through. We just don't have the fan-base for it.

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        Universal Sports are idiots because they pulled their network from almost every service provider. If they made it available as a premium channel I would have subscribed(so they lost money). I have a tv for a reason and a computer for a reason.

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        • #5
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          Track and Field needs a makeover.... Mixed Martial Arts came out of nowhere to become the number one fight sport and now Boxing is completely on the decline. MMA made it a point to be everywhere(Spike TV, Fuel TV, MTV,FOX, PAY PER VIEW) and increase their visibility. It was Universal Sports believe it or not that turned me from a fan to a fanatic. 2012 was the first year that I had to go hunt down diamond league races on the internet and that was really annoying.

          I think some well placed reality shows could also help Track and Field. For example Usain Bolt racing NFL players or even female sprinters racing NFL players. Show it on primetime or ESPN. Sanya's reality show on a good network would probably bring in women viewers who would be willing to check her out during the competitive season. Things like that.

          I cant fathom how someone could not like TrackandField. It is simple to understand as there are no complicated rules. The adrenaline is always high as the match is often pretty quick and even in the long distance races the last lap is always exciting. For me the excitement of all the other sports is spread out over 2-3 hours with alot of down moments in between. Track consolidates all that into seconds for the sprints and then there is usually another race after that and another. This whole world needs to be converted until every boy and girl can tell you the yearly leaders in every track and field event.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by fasttrack85
            Track and Field needs a makeover.... Mixed Martial Arts came out of nowhere to become the number one fight sport
            There's our answer: Full-Contact Track & Field. Runners can trip and spike each other. Throwers can heave their implements at their opponents. We just need a little blood in the water to chum up some fan interest!

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            • #7
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              Originally posted by Marlow
              Originally posted by fasttrack85
              Track and Field needs a makeover.... Mixed Martial Arts came out of nowhere to become the number one fight sport
              There's our answer: Full-Contact Track & Field. Runners can trip and spike each other. Throwers can heave their implements at their opponents. We just need a little blood in the water to chum up some fan interest!
              Cool.
              Caribbean all TnF champs.
              Bolt v Walcott and his javelin in the 100m "run and dodge the javelin"

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              • #8
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                There was a time when the great Jessie Owens had to run against a horse as part of some freak show to put food on his table. Hopefully, Bolt has saved enough of his millions so he doesn't have to sink to the level of participating in freak shows. How humiliating.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by fasttrack85
                  Universal Sports are idiots because they pulled their network from almost every service provider. If they made it available as a premium channel I would have subscribed(so they lost money). I have a tv for a reason and a computer for a reason.
                  Could not agree more. If you make it harder to purchase your product by "bundling" it with other products that some customers do not want, it only drives more customers away. And IAAF is an idiot by giving the TV rights to such an idiot.

                  Having said that, I am switching from a cable (Charter) to either Direct TV or Dish for the sole purpose of getting Universal Sports. I do not want to be shut out from the World Championships. And if that means having to pay more for TV, so be it.

                  But I bet more people rather give up and stop watching T&F because Universal Sports make it so difficult. Just my two cents...

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by TN1965
                    ...
                    Could not agree more. If you make it harder to purchase your product by "bundling" it with other products that some customers do not want, it only drives more customers away. And IAAF is an idiot by giving the TV rights to such an idiot.
                    ...
                    I'm sure the IAAF sold the rights, and sold them to the only entity that showed an interest.

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                    • #11
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                      "fasttrack85" says T&F is "easy to understand, as there are no complicated rules."

                      Hmmm!
                      How about......

                      wind-aided and altitude-aided marks--all the various "adjusted" marks, and how different levels of altitude affect what??

                      indoor marks being included on outdoor lists??

                      a 7th place runner (Janet Cherobon-Bawcom) making the OG team....and all the other weirdness surrounding OG "A" and "B" qualifying??

                      the controversies surrounding Andrea Geubelle at the NCAA, the Tarmoh/Felix affair, and of course, all the belated drug DQ's.....the latest being when Adams was denied her immediate victory ceremony in London??

                      the question of what constitutes a "pro".......i.e. Mary Cain not competing for her HS, racing as an "unpaid pro"......yet NOT being a pro??

                      all the nation switching, and whether they're qualified to break their new nation's national records??

                      what is eligible for World Record status......for example, can a 2 mile be called a WR??

                      all the different groups who determine what a "High School Record" is??

                      The BASICS of the sport ARE simple---not complicated!!
                      Who runs fastest, jumps highest or longest, throws farthest.
                      Add all the above.......and it's :? !!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Track and Field Channel.

                        Originally posted by fasttrack85
                        So there is the NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA TV, and even Hockey Channel(at least for those living in the US). Would a Track and Field channel ever work? Has there ever been one? I assume it might be but outside of the us(maybe in Europe). The closest I have come to having a track and field channel was Universal Sports but those idiots just had to ruin everything.
                        I posted this ten years ago on there, fast. I was only 13 years old at the time. :wink:

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                        • #13
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                          I don't see it any time soon even in Europe. But I imagine that should be a channel that broadcasts live all Diamond League meetings, World Challenge meetings, many EAA meetings, some national championships, marathons, continental championships, WChamps, OGames, news, analysis etc. Just never gonna happen.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Track and Field Channel.

                            Originally posted by Marlow
                            The idea of an "Olympic" channel, focusing on those sports has come up several times. Certainly T&F would be a main-stay there, but the $$$ have never come through. We just don't have the fan-base for it.
                            It would probably only work if NBC got behind it.

                            I'd settle for an hour feature show on Olympic news and features each night on NBC Sports - sort of like ESPN Sportscenter.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Track and Field Channel.

                              Originally posted by Halfmiler2
                              Originally posted by Marlow
                              The idea of an "Olympic" channel
                              It would probably only work if NBC got behind it.
                              I'd settle for an hour feature show on Olympoic news and features each night on NBC Sports - sort of like ESPN Sportscenter.
                              Wouldn't you think that with all the niche sports that are in the OG, and their small, but rabid fan-bases, there'd be sponsors who'd want to target those specific demographics?

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