Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Post by Sam » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00


Just read in the local paper that*** Ebersol, president of NBC, is
considering farming out some of the less televised events to NBC's
cable partners:  CNBC and MSNBC.

This seems like a great idea and an evolution from the TripleCast in
1992 (good idea, poorly done).

This could be a chance for the fans of track and field to campaign to
have those events shown (outside of the coverage the main network will
provide to the 100,200, 110H/100, 400, 400H, LJ, a few field events
finals.  If we can campaign for this and then watch (I will be taping
since I hope to be there), it might lead to more track on TV.  Rating
talk especially when those ratings reflect people who spend money (see
golf and NASCAR).

So, e-mail support for this idea to Ebersol and write letters.  This
may actually be something that we can make grow.  I plan to write to
Craig Masback and see if he can meet with NBC to discuss how to
attract sponsors.

I realize that not everyone has cable and some of those who do may not
have one or both of the networks, but this is a good option.

 
 
 

Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Post by Troy McCallist » Mon, 28 Jun 1999 04:00:00

What was wrong with "TripleCast," at the 92 Olympics?  It was awesome
watching every second of every single race.  They even showed all of the
heats in every round.  The announcing was perfect too.  It was also
nice, not having to watch those sappy athlete profiles.  I know they
lost tons of money, but who cares!  I want TripleCast 2000 and I want
Pay-Per- View track meets!  I know it will never happen, but it would be
great.

Troy

 
 
 

Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Post by Oleg » Tue, 29 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Emails should be sent to :


by the way,*** Ebersol has been a president of NBC sports
since 1989 and is personally responsible for NBC buying
TV rights to both 2000 Summer and 2002 Winter Olympics.
Maybe there's a chancethe idea will survive after all...

Oleg.

: Just read in the local paper that*** Ebersol, president of NBC, is
: considering farming out some of the less televised events to NBC's
: cable partners:  CNBC and MSNBC.

: This seems like a great idea and an evolution from the TripleCast in
: 1992 (good idea, poorly done).

: This could be a chance for the fans of track and field to campaign to
: have those events shown (outside of the coverage the main network will
: provide to the 100,200, 110H/100, 400, 400H, LJ, a few field events
: finals.  If we can campaign for this and then watch (I will be taping
: since I hope to be there), it might lead to more track on TV.  Rating
: talk especially when those ratings reflect people who spend money (see
: golf and NASCAR).

: So, e-mail support for this idea to Ebersol and write letters.  This
: may actually be something that we can make grow.  I plan to write to
: Craig Masback and see if he can meet with NBC to discuss how to
: attract sponsors.

: I realize that not everyone has cable and some of those who do may not
: have one or both of the networks, but this is a good option.

--
 Oleg

 
 
 

Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Post by Oleg » Tue, 29 Jun 1999 04:00:00

: What was wrong with "TripleCast," at the 92 Olympics?  It was awesome
: watching every second of every single race.  They even showed all of the
: heats in every round.  The announcing was perfect too.  It was also
: nice, not having to watch those sappy athlete profiles.  I know they
: lost tons of money, but who cares!  I want TripleCast 2000 and I want
: Pay-Per- View track meets!  I know it will never happen, but it would be
: great.

: Troy

The problem with counting money - the networks go after immediate returns,
ads revenues etc.
I think as a nation US would save much more long-term.
After all, heart deseases is #1 killer and U.S. is the fattest nation in the world,
despite all fat-free food and tae-bo crazyness.
Maybe some kid out there watching track meet will be encouraged to go out for a run.
Maybe he'll convince his friends to join him. It's all many-level chain reaction,
I know, but you get my drift.
Meanwhile government spends millions to fight tobacco and drug use with
"Just SAY NO!" campaign, which of course will never worked. Since when kids
listened to "NO!"?
--
 Oleg

 
 
 

Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Post by Sam » Wed, 30 Jun 1999 04:00:00

There may not have been anything wrong with the production but very
few cable companies offered it.  Back then there were far fewer cable
channels so it was hard.  On top of that NBC marketed it poorly.  I
thought at the time it was a great idea and still do.  Apparently
Ebersol and I think alike.  

What makes this even better is that it would be free (at least
included in cable bill and one can upgrade for that month and pay less
than TripleCast).

Quote:

>What was wrong with "TripleCast," at the 92 Olympics?  It was awesome
>watching every second of every single race.  They even showed all of the
>heats in every round.  The announcing was perfect too.  It was also
>nice, not having to watch those sappy athlete profiles.  I know they
>lost tons of money, but who cares!  I want TripleCast 2000 and I want
>Pay-Per- View track meets!  I know it will never happen, but it would be
>great.

>Troy

 
 
 

Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Post by Lenore Beak » Wed, 30 Jun 1999 04:00:00

what is the e-mail address that one would send to?

Lenore Beaky

 
 
 

Track on TV in 2000 Sydney Games

Post by Phil. G. Felt » Wed, 30 Jun 1999 04:00:00

Quote:


> : What was wrong with "TripleCast," at the 92 Olympics?  It was awesome
> : watching every second of every single race.  They even showed all of the
> : heats in every round.  The announcing was perfect too.  It was also
> : nice, not having to watch those sappy athlete profiles.  I know they
> : lost tons of money, but who cares!  I want TripleCast 2000 and I want
> : Pay-Per- View track meets!  I know it will never happen, but it would be
> : great.

> : Troy

I agree the TripleCast was excellent, however they realized that if they sold
too many that the ratings would drop for the highlight show on the network so
they made no effort to sell the package!

Phil.

Quote:

> The problem with counting money - the networks go after immediate returns,
> ads revenues etc.
> I think as a nation US would save much more long-term.
> After all, heart deseases is #1 killer and U.S. is the fattest nation in
the world,
> despite all fat-free food and tae-bo crazyness.
> Maybe some kid out there watching track meet will be encouraged to go
out for a run.
> Maybe he'll convince his friends to join him. It's all many-level chain
reaction,
> I know, but you get my drift.
> Meanwhile government spends millions to fight tobacco and drug use with
> "Just SAY NO!" campaign, which of course will never worked. Since when kids
> listened to "NO!"?
> --
>  Oleg