Born Slow, if it were that easy, don't you think it would be that way right now? It's a work in progress, and sometimes it's not perfect, but it's getting there. If you have any tips on how to navigate a TV package for a five-hour live event with two classes overlapping, and riders who need at least an hour for halftime, please let me know, you have my email address.
For the record, what the network sent us in the first place was incorrect, and when they corrected it, we failed to make the correction the first time. I apologize for the inconvenience.
DC, you arent new to this. This isnt your first trip into this arena. You know for a fact, wether its live, 2 hours later, the next day, the ratings stay the same. This isnt speculation.
So, why are you trying so hard to fit a square peg into a round hole? The goal, and you said this, is to get more exposure for the sport. But this year especially, you seemed so intent on live coverage for the hardcore fans.... the fans you will almost never lose unless you make it such a trial to even find the coverage.... you lost sight of the fact that tv is for growth and exposure. We moto heads, you included, we will go thru about anything to get any snippet of coverage. We moto heads arent growing the sport tv wise per se. Cater to the noob, let us bitch piss and moan while we eagerly watch everything we can get our hands on.
But the square peg? You can NOT take a 5 hour day, and do every bit of it live and on tv in one shot. If we ever get to that place where its wanted and feasible, we will be a nascar level. So, instead of trying to, why not try for the evening of the race or the next day, or a monday? Anything thats in a desirable time slot, where you can take all the motos, develope stories in the pits and knit it all into a nice, highly informative, polished package. Why not make it a 3 hour show in a consistent time slot on a network that is in the popular Dtv, Dish, and most cable packages? You dont have to reinvent the wheel and explore new ground every rattle out of the box. Shine up, polish, and present what you already have.
Look, you already have the announcing and production values. Get 2 or 3 camera/reporter teams, get little clips of the goings on, the little back stories. Just have them roam and gather. Let matthes say hey go ask this over there, and you go ask that of those guys. Then you have your race coverage, which is WAY better now than ever as far as going thru the pack, knit it together, you have 2 to 3 hours to do it, and you are already doing it on the fly so you can relax a bit.. boom. K.I.S.S. and it is that simple. just need coordinated and you already have the guy to do it. and thats not me being biased. hes just the best suited for the job besides you or weege who already have a full plate on race day.
and the boohoo hardcore fans, that bitch about a 3 minute delay in "live" coverage... no offense, screw em. They would bitch if it was on their tv 3 minutes before it happened! If it wasnt that, it would be something else.
But this is the first time in my life, that I have literally said screw it and stopped trying to find the coverage. You know the first moto is fuel, 618 on Dtv, after that, I have managed to get 3 2nd motos and 2 was because the dvr got them, and 1 was because I found it, and the rest, well, i damn sure didnt get anything from 603. Now if a person that lives this sport says screw it... how do you expect new people to try to find it?