Thursday, April 27, 2006

That Sinking Feeling...

Those of you who recieve Scuttlebutt's daily email will have already read San Diego Union Tribune journalist Bill Center's diatribe on the "sinking" appeal of international sailing events (see "Interest in top events seems to be sinking")...but I thought it worth mentioning as his thoughts involve who follow the big yachting races and our country's participation (or lack thereof) in them. He pinpoints the 1983 America's Cup in Newport, RI when ESPN made a last-minute decision to televise the final race...the ratings were suprisingly high. That led ESPN to televise the entire 1986-87 America's Cup from Australia. The exposure turned skippers Dennis Conner, Tom Blackaller, Chris Dickson and Iain Murray into sports celebrities.

Eleven years later, Center asks, does anyone care? Though you may not agree with every point he makes...
I think it's a very good question.

Thanks to Jarrett and Andy Burton for their comments...

2 comments:

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Jarrett said...

Yeah. I have often wondered why sailing doesn't get on TV. I mean, fishing makes it on, and that is the worst kind of tv I can imagine. And with a proper/Jobson explanation racing can be very interesting.

And it was driving me crazy during the last AC that the pieces were on in the middle of the night, AND were sponsored by Lincoln cars and Lincoln only. I still have the music from the commercial burned into my head. Annoying.