French Open tennis and timing volleyball matches

French Open tennis and timing volleyball matches

Post by SportCt » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00


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?  

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.  

Is there a message in here for us?  

 
 
 

French Open tennis and timing volleyball matches

Post by Jeff Pier » Thu, 20 Jun 1996 04:00:00

: 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.

: 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!

: Is there a message in here for us?  

--
If it ain't fun don't do it;
if you gotta do it - make it fun!

 
 
 

French Open tennis and timing volleyball matches

Post by Pat Sulliv » Fri, 21 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:

>I did not see this on TV so I am hoping some enlightened RSVer will help
>me out on this one:
>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?  

I totally agree.  Timed matches are a crime.  At least when it comes
to the finals.  Is volleyball just not that popular in many states, or
do the networks just have their head up their .....

Merk

 
 
 

French Open tennis and timing volleyball matches

Post by Ernie Schuler 4/2311 x22 » Fri, 21 Jun 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>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?  

>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.  

>Is there a message in here for us?  

My understanding is that they showed the match on tape delay in the U.S.
and they cut most, if not all, of the first set.  It didn't run over the
alloted time becaused they tailored it to fit.

Tennis fans complained that this format ruined some of the drama because
they knew that there would be a third set because they knew there was enough
time left in the network schedule for it.

Tennis gets a little more respect than volleyball from U.S. tv but not a lot more.

Ernie

 
 
 

French Open tennis and timing volleyball matches

Post by David A. Henr » Sat, 22 Jun 1996 04:00:00

==========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!

 
 
 

French Open tennis and timing volleyball matches

Post by J. Andrew Lipsco » Mon, 24 Jun 1996 04:00:00

Quote:
> 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!

Actually, all grand slams except the US Open require a two-game margin in
the last set, as does Davis Cup (it was only around 1994 that Davis Cup
even allowed tiebreakers in ANY set).


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