Throughout the Grand Prix Series it dawned on me several times that ABC treats
Worlds like just another figure skating competition. Parts of Skate America
made it on the air quicker than any portion of the men, pairs and dance
competitions from Worlds will. I can fully understand taped coverage of the
Grand Prix Series, but Worlds? I think its ridiculous. I dont want to
hear Terry Gannon brag about the networks wonderful coverage. How are all
of the hours of coverage worth it in the long run when we see little coverage
I know the reason ABC doesnt show pairs, dance and men live: they cant
devote four nights of primetime to figure skating. Pairs and dance especially
will not attract the desired rating for primetime. I still think the men are
popular enough to show on a Thursday night on ABC, instead of the zillionth
So my suggestion is, if ABC cant show the free skates live (and hence, have
to tape delay the event by a few days to show it on the weekend) why cant
ESPN, ESPN2 or LIFETIME show the pairs, dance and mens free skates live?
Then ABC could repeat the top performances the Sunday afternoon they are
scheduled to show skating. Why not give fans with cable a chance to see the
World Championship live? Then the fans without cable could see the free skates
I also think more days should be devoted to Worlds. Instead of packaging Worlds
to look like a four day event, why not go on the air Monday through Sunday and
broadcast the whole competition in its entirety? Wimbledon and US Open command
two weeks of daily coverage that usually is about 6 hours a day. Skating is
more popular than tennis, yet you wouldnt know it.
I think ABC should really devote more hours and live coverage to Worlds.