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OldRightHander
08-23-2008, 10:06 AM
This happens every time I watch the Olympics. There are sports that I really enjoy watching and I always say to myself, "I'd watch that if they would have it on tv more often." Which sports do that for you? Which ones would you watch if they were on tv at other times?

For me:

1. Water Polo. I've always enjoyed watching that game. This year's US team doing well has been nice.

2. Volleyball. Sometimes you see college games, but that's not at this level.

3. Some of the field events: pole vault, high jump, etc. Those always interest me a bit, probably because they're not seen that often. I still think I would watch them more if it was on more.

improbus
08-23-2008, 10:25 AM
I would watch more running events.

Many of these sports could replace annoying things on TV like Poker, Arena Football, Extreme Sports, etc...

Unassisted
08-23-2008, 11:04 AM
Team Handball. It's an interesting combination of indoor soccer and basketball. Plenty of scoring and physical play. I don't understand why it hasn't caught on more in the US.

I don't like volleyball as much since the substitution rules and scoring system were changed, but I'd definitely watch it over most of the other filler that's on sports TV networks now.

westofyou
08-23-2008, 11:20 AM
Team Handball. It's an interesting combination of indoor soccer and basketball. Plenty of scoring and physical play. I don't understand why it hasn't caught on more in the US.


When I was in Europe, it was on TV... I changed it.

Rocky in French is way more interesting IMO.

nate
08-23-2008, 11:27 AM
Taekwondo, Judo and track and field events where they "throw things."

Hoosier Red
08-23-2008, 11:52 AM
I've never been all that interested in Track, I mean people running is pretty boring but the High jumps, pole vaults, etc... are pretty cool.

RedsManRick
08-23-2008, 12:20 PM
Good soccer. Part of the reason soccer hasn't caught on in the US is because we don't have the quality of play that really stands out as it does in the big 3 sports.

MWM
08-23-2008, 12:32 PM
Good soccer. Part of the reason soccer hasn't caught on in the US is because we don't have the quality of play that really stands out as it does in the big 3 sports.

A lot of cable/dish packages have tons of European soccer on it. The Fox Soccer Channel shows a lot of EPL games along with UAEFA and FA Cup as well. For those who like high quality soccer, there's lots on TV these days, just not on major networks.

westofyou
08-23-2008, 01:17 PM
A lot of cable/dish packages have tons of European soccer on it. The Fox Soccer Channel shows a lot of EPL games along with UAEFA and FA Cup as well. For those who like high quality soccer, there's lots on TV these days, just not on major networks.

Yep, I watched a game this AM.. plus I'll say that the available Premier League games on Fox Soccer Channel is the best soccer to view in the world and has also been playing a couple of replay games a week on the regular Fox Sports in everyones town for about 10 years now so it's there... you just have to look for it.

*BaseClogger*
08-23-2008, 02:05 PM
a cool ESPN would show these things...

OldRightHander
08-23-2008, 02:41 PM
This canoeing and kayaking they're showing right now. Now I can't wait to get home and get my canoe out. I need the next load to Cincinnati now.

ochre
08-23-2008, 02:51 PM
gol tv covers the Spanish top level pretty well too. They hit south american futbol in the European futbol interregnum.

Degenerate39
08-23-2008, 03:32 PM
I wish they showed more wrestling. I never see it on.

Caveat Emperor
08-23-2008, 04:42 PM
a cool ESPN would show these things...

Word is that ESPN is going to buying the US rights to the EPL when the contract comes up next year...

Highlifeman21
08-23-2008, 05:13 PM
I wish they showed more wrestling. I never see it on.

Every Monday night on USA from 9 to 11, duh.

ochre
08-23-2008, 05:19 PM
Olympic soccer coverage was/is atrocious anyway. The commercial breaks make it marginally unwatchable.

Degenerate39
08-24-2008, 09:17 PM
Every Monday night on USA from 9 to 11, duh.

Not that kind :D

15fan
08-24-2008, 10:15 PM
Indoor volleyball. But I'm biased. I played for about 1/2 my life.

All of the other things are interesting to watch during the Olympics. But I don't know if I'd watch more if it was on more. Only so many hours in the day, you know?

Plus I think that's what makes watching things like badminton, table tennis, etc so interesting to watch during the Olympics. Because you only get to see it every 4 years, it holds your attention a little more when it's on.

On the handball debate - I went to the men's medal matches in 1996. First time I'd ever seen the sport. After the games, it was pretty popular in some local rec leagues. It's also one of those things that's interesting...but not enough to watch it on a regular basis.

Yachtzee
08-24-2008, 10:18 PM
Word is that ESPN is going to buying the US rights to the EPL when the contract comes up next year...

One one hand, that could be good, in that it would mean live EPL matches in HD on ABC on the weekends. On the other, hand, it could mean a significant decrease in the number of EPL matches available on TV. I hope it means greater access to soccer and more exposure for the MLS. Maybe they could even work a weekly highlights program into their coverage.

Caveat Emperor
08-25-2008, 12:49 AM
One one hand, that could be good, in that it would mean live EPL matches in HD on ABC on the weekends. On the other, hand, it could mean a significant decrease in the number of EPL matches available on TV. I hope it means greater access to soccer and more exposure for the MLS. Maybe they could even work a weekly highlights program into their coverage.

I haven't read anything about it recently, but I remember reading a while back that ESPN was going to convert ESPN Classic into ESPN3 or ESPN World and would make EPL games the centerpiece of the "new" network.

I tend to think EPL on ESPN is going to be a reality. Their coverage of the Euro Cup this summer looks and smells an awful lot like a dry-run for future soccer coverage. They devoted a LOT of resources to promoting it, including nightly recap shows and prominent slotting on SportsCenter during the tournament.

The idea certainly doesn't seem as far fetched as it once did.

Highlifeman21
08-25-2008, 09:39 AM
Not that kind :D

Ohhhhhh.

You want to see more amateur rasslin'....

Jpup
08-25-2008, 11:50 AM
Olympic soccer coverage was/is atrocious anyway. The commercial breaks make it marginally unwatchable.

DTV had a soccer and basketball channel without commercials. I actually started enjoying basketball again because of this. Soccer is unwatchable, for me, anyway.

Team Handball was great. I would love to see more of it. I also really enjoy the diving and gymnastics.

redhawkfish
08-25-2008, 12:21 PM
My junior high phys. ed. students have been playing team handball in my class for years, and they love it!

Roy Tucker
08-25-2008, 12:46 PM
More women's gymnastics and swimming. I don't think they covered these sports enough.

:rolleyes:

Caveat Emperor
08-25-2008, 03:05 PM
More women's gymnastics and swimming. I don't think they covered these sports enough.

:rolleyes:

Gotta love the broadcast choices on the Olympics.

The only major sporting event broadcast not designed to appeal to sports fans.

Chip R
08-25-2008, 06:03 PM
Gotta love the broadcast choices on the Olympics.

The only major sporting event broadcast not designed to appeal to sports fans.


Exactly. The Olympics are like the Super Bowl in that a lot of non-sports fans will watch it. They are designed to appeal to the non-sports fans cause they know the sports fans will watch anyway.