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AC starts tommorow and not a mention on SF stations!

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Just watched channel 2 and 7 late news (SF stations). Not one mention of the AC starting tomorrow. Though, 2 covered "highlights" of a high school football game and 7 covered the last place Giants, tennis in NY and a panda birth! 7 did mention the AC in passing as one of three events on Saturday with regard to a traffic advisory. So...they DO know about it!

Ellison must be thinking "WTF do I have to do to get some coverage?!".

I'm betting most (probably all!) NZ stations covered it.

If one of the boats eats it, you can bet 2 and 7 will lead with the story, as they did with the first OR 45 pitch pole, OR 72 pitch pole, Artemis accident, and the NZ nose dive.

Apparently, when it comes sailing in the US - If it bleeds, it leads...Otherwise - forget about it!

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Can definitely confirm it's big news here in NZ, major sports news story ... Radiosport took a casual caller poll this morning asking what would be the lead story on the news tomorrow (not just sports news) ... consensus seemed to be "the Americas Cup, unless Argentina beat the All Blacks for the first time ever tonight". So yeah, it's up there!

 

Pumas first mistake was at the kick-off, so I'm still backing the AC for lead story at this stage.

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IIRC most of the sports boffins are ex-US Rules Footballers or Baseball players ... probably have never been sailing?

 

These fine folk should be invited out to sail on an AC72 at least once ... they always manage to get someone up to puke in a Blue Angels jet for fleet week ... crapping their pants after a 45+ knot ride in the bay on an AC72 would get their attention big time ... the *big* difference is they can get to drive an AC72 and that is probably not going to happen with the Blue Angels ...

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This is where ACEA has fucked up big time. They've tried to channel every AC34 public initiative as an ORTUSA-centric affair, when they could have invited these key TV anchor people out and get LR, ETNZ and OR boats to take them out for a ride so they can relate to what's happening this weekend.

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rocked my Oracle gear tonight after work in Hermosa Beach CA (SoCal)... i got a lot of anti-Oracle (the company, not the team) comments and a very few AC comments, most of which were on the "oh, is that the cheating team? i heard something about that?" or "didn't they crash their boat?"

 

i tried to just say "watch NBC at 1:15pm tomorrow and see awesome boats sailing" and I really hope NBC doesn't fuck it up, but I could see them doing something ludicrous. At least ND vs Michigan is an evening game.

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^^

That's a real bummer swims, sort of backs up what Indio said earlier: they seem to have missed a trick in getting the media on board so that the message got out loud and clear.

 

Hopefully - if there's a bit of swings-and-roundabouts with the results, the media will belatedly jump on the bandwagon and people will see what you were trying to say.

 

It is tricky though, one company's name being so firmly attached to one syndicate where that company is in such a polarising industry. Prada (Luna Rossa) is probably less vulnerable as those who like one luxury brand, tend to like them all (so probably don't get a lot of shit from Gucci fans, for example).

 

Chris Dickson (love him, hate him, or both) - in a TV interview here in NZ - said something quite interesting, along the lines of how the Oracle (company) would be well-pissed-off with the small sailing team off-shoot damaging their brand with the cheating scandal. Your experience seems to have been the converse: the company's market reputation damaging the sailing team!

 

I have no answers, but really interesting to read your post, hope it doesn't put you off supporting your team, and truly hope your experiences improve dramatically once racing starts and media step up to the plate.

 

(The interview with Chris Dickson is here: http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/former-skipper-s-inside-view-cheating-scandals-video-5570369 if you want to watch it, just FYI. It's 7 mins. Please ignore the bimbo asking questions, she's a breakfast tv host, clueless but unavoidable. He's surprisingly candid and interesting).

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Two amazing races today, got on the bottom line on SportsCenter right next to Division II college football, no video coverage.

 

Oh but hey a MLS play on the top ten list as always ... and .... not a fuck was given.

ESPN has gone to shit in the past few years trying to force feed soccer to Americans.

No time for the oldest trophy in international sport as they don't own the broadcast rights.

 

The only mention on ESPN.com is a cut and paste from the associated press in, get this, the "Olympic Sports" section buried on the webpage.

 

http://espn.go.com/olympics/sailing/story/_/id/9651656/oracle-team-usa-wins-race-4-america-cup

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Irony is ... Radio Sport in NZ has a an intermittent - yet raging - debate going on between AC tragics and AC denouncers along the lines of "whether or not the US media are covering the AC" ... and that of course, is bumping up the NZ-is-covering-it hours hugely.

 

The whole "No-one but us cares about the AC" versus "It has a huge global following, it's the oldest trophy" conversation is new(ish - in the last 10 years here) but I think it is closely related to the "why should the NZ taxpayer fund this when it's a small elitist sport?" argument (which I think has been much-fuel'd by the legal wranglings and on-water slights of hand). It's Kiwis' battle of big-brother syndrome defences vs cultural cringe (not a criticism, every other "mature" nation went there by necessity).

 

Any which way, the AC is not a patch anywhere on what it has been, and the question I wrestle with is how to get it back there without destroying the essence of it (where commercialism LE/F1 style clearly has some potential but also has some huge contradiction to overcome). So back off to the "AC 35: AC 72 One Design?" to see what ideas people have, cos I think the future of the AC depends on navigating that minefield pretty spot on this time where there's only a few billionaires left still playing the game. FWIW.

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