Olympic Sailing TV Coverage

Hobie Dog

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Just getting pumped up for the Olympics and checking out the TV schedules and at least in Southern Maryland there is ZERO sailing coverage! WHAT THE FUCK OVER!!!

I realize sailing is not a mainstream sport but EVERY other sport is at least getting some coverage on one of the networks. Rhythmic Gymnastics and Synchronized Swimming are even getting coverage and they aren't even fucking sports!!! Talented athletes yes but they belong at Zumanity in Vegas!

So what gives? Cost of putting cameras on the water not worth the overall level of interest? Will SA be able to get anything?

 

umpire

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At one of the sailing venues, there is a seaside park - neighborhgood with execellent public viewing. Well, there was. They built a ginat screen or wall to block the view and force people to buy a ticket to come over to the otherside.
There is only one sailing venue here for the Olympics (Weymouth) and all of it is being covered by tv, it just requires the Us networks to buy/use tis

 
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Hobie Dog

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At one of the sailing venues, there is a seaside park - neighborhgood with execellent public viewing. Well, there was. They built a ginat screen or wall to block the view and force people to buy a ticket to come over to the otherside.
There is only one sailing venue here for the Olympics (Weymouth) and all of it is being covered by tv, it just requires the Us networks to buy/use tis
Thanks for the info. Well it looks like they are not. Like I said EVERY sport is at least getting some TV coverage here except sailing! Really sucks!!!

 

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Possibly because sailing is one of those sports that is difficult to televise. The action takes place on wildly different scales of time and space and is spread out over a large area. Look how much technology and expense it takes to make a bicycle race into an exciting TV program. The potential audience may not be large enough to justify the expense. Just a theory.

OTOH, there is a whole network channel for golf, which as far as I can see is just footage of people standing around. So I may be wrong.

 

jesposito

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Just getting pumped up for the Olympics and checking out the TV schedules and at least in Southern Maryland there is ZERO sailing coverage! WHAT THE FUCK OVER!!!

I realize sailing is not a mainstream sport but EVERY other sport is at least getting some coverage on one of the networks. Rhythmic Gymnastics and Synchronized Swimming are even getting coverage and they aren't even fucking sports!!! Talented athletes yes but they belong at Zumanity in Vegas!

So what gives? Cost of putting cameras on the water not worth the overall level of interest? Will SA be able to get anything?
Plant some grass seed and watch it grow, it's kind of like the same thing.

That's why no coverage.

 

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Possibly because sailing is one of those sports that is difficult to televise. The action takes place on wildly different scales of time and space and is spread out over a large area. Look how much technology and expense it takes to make a bicycle race into an exciting TV program. The potential audience may not be large enough to justify the expense. Just a theory.

OTOH, there is a whole network channel for golf, which as far as I can see is just footage of people standing around. So I may be wrong.
the sport is already being televised, theyre just not showing the feed here in the US, because theres no audience for it.

yes, golf is just people standing around. solid observation

 
The sailing competition for the London 2012 Games is taking place on the windy stretch of the coast off Weymouth, but residents – already upset about the disruption being caused in the town – said they will not be able to catch a glimpse of gold medal hopefuls Ben Ainslie or Brony Shaw.

Officials plan to wall off the 430,000 sq feet Nothe Gardens at Weymouth and Portland, the venue for the sea-based events at the Games. The park is a popular waterfront space that lies alongside one half of the harbour. Many residents had hoped to watch some of the action from the park for free, but this will not be possible under the plans, which will ensure only ticket holders, who will have paid up to £50 for a seat, get a view.

 

Ramona

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Different time zone and lack of popularity is the killer. American TV schedules mean the Australian volley ball women's team are playing at 2300. Looks like they will be wearing their bikini's over their tracksuits!

 

fogmachine

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AFAIK, if you pay for just about any US home cable or satellite service you can sign up at nbcolympics for the "Live Extra" service at no additional charge. It's supposed to have live feeds of all 32 Olympic events, though there may not be any commentary (at least there wasn't any from Beijing). Don't know how they're covering; in Beijing they used on-the-water gyro-stabilized cameras and some helicopters.

Coverage is set for noon in London, 4am Pacific except for the first day which start ten minutes earlier.

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The sailing competition for the London 2012 Games is taking place on the windy stretch of the coast off Weymouth, but residents – already upset about the disruption being caused in the town – said they will not be able to catch a glimpse of gold medal hopefuls Ben Ainslie or Brony Shaw.

Officials plan to wall off the 430,000 sq feet Nothe Gardens at Weymouth and Portland, the venue for the sea-based events at the Games. The park is a popular waterfront space that lies alongside one half of the harbour. Many residents had hoped to watch some of the action from the park for free, but this will not be possible under the plans, which will ensure only ticket holders, who will have paid up to £50 for a seat, get a view.
Whoever you are and wherever you stand around there all you would see is a little clump of white dots. The only views would be on TV or from a boat.

The only people who would go down there to watch sailing from the shore either don't know the area or don't know sailing.

 

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Possibly because sailing is one of those sports that is difficult to televise. The action takes place on wildly different scales of time and space and is spread out over a large area. Look how much technology and expense it takes to make a bicycle race into an exciting TV program. The potential audience may not be large enough to justify the expense. Just a theory.
Mr Clean could do some great OTW coverage like he just did in Chicago...

 
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