==========Jeff Pierce, 6/19/96==========
: I did not see this on TV so I am hoping some enlightened RSVer will help
: me out on this one:
: The sports page this weekend headlined a Steffi Graff marathon victory in
: the French Open finals over a Spanish player. Evidently one of the
: longest finals in the history of the event and a "match for the ages."
: My question is this: If it went that long, did they cut off the end as it
: went over the time the networks alloted to the event?
No they showed the whole thing, but fortunately they did not cut down on the
volleyball trials scheduled to follow.
I watched both the tennis and the volleyball on the Dayton, OH NBC affiliate,
and, at least in my area, they did not show the entire tennis match. It was
tape delayed due to the significant time zone difference between Paris and the
U.S. They skipped almost the entire first set in order to focus more on the
exciting second and third sets.
: If it was not a live broadcast, do you think they would have cut out the
: second set? I doubt it. Someone, somewhere, sometime in network
: television decided that tennis is worthy of being on TV and further rule
: changes to better control the length of time of a match (after changing to
: include the tie breaker) were unnecessary.
Actully I think it was live, it was teh final of the French Open. This may be
the only event that does not have a tiebreaker in the final set. The final
set must be one by two points and hence it can get long. Reminds me of what
volleyball USED to be!
It was tape delayed due to the significant time zone difference between Paris
and the U.S. They skipped almost the entire first set in order to focus more
on the exciting second and third sets.
Actually, the no tie-breaker rule that is in effect at the French Open is the
norm rather than the exception as far as grand slam events are concerned. The
U.S. Open is the only grand slam tournament that utilizes a tie-breaker in the
final set. BTW, the final set must be won by two games, not points.
: Is there a message in here for us?
No message from the Dayton affiliate. It made for quite an enjoyable Saturday
in front of the television for me since I play and watch both tennis and
volleyball on a regular basis.
If it ain't fun don't do it;
if you gotta do it - make it fun!