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M67
July 31, 2006, 05:59 PM
Does the TV coverage of a sporting event directly reflect the popularity of that sport?

If it does, I guess there is still hope for the shooting sports. This week's high power matches are getting more than 13 hours on national TV. :)

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Aggie's Revenge
July 31, 2006, 06:15 PM
What the 16 hours of Olympic Curling didn't tell you that it was the coolest sport to hit the streets in decades?

Mal H
July 31, 2006, 08:35 PM
"Does the TV coverage of a sporting event directly reflect the popularity of that sport?"

I'd have to say it is a good indicator.

Is that 13 hours of Norsk national TV or US national TV? If the latter, which network is it being carried on?

mp510
August 1, 2006, 12:47 AM
I only recall a couple hours of biathalon on TV during the olympics, and most of that- correction, nearly all- was skiing. :rolleyes:

I don't really see shooting as a spectator sport- it may be novel- but I would much rather be behind the trigger than watching some other guy.

akodo
August 1, 2006, 04:06 AM
I watched the biathalon, and you are right, the coverage was mostly skiing, but then, the sport is mostly skiing. I figure the ratio of time spent skiing to time spent shooting is 20 to 1.

I personally really liked it, how a few misses could drastically change the makeup of the top 10.

I do wish that they had spent a little time before demonstrating exactly how far they were shooting. All you ever heard was 'Target the size of a silver dollar' and that by itself means nothing, how far away you are is important.

They should have had a talking head stand next to one of the targets, then film him walking back to the shooting line, to show people exactly how far away those silver dollars were.

I also think the shooting display part went by way to fast to appreciate what was going on. I think they should have gone into slow motion for the shooting phase, at least for the top 10 people. So what if the real event finishes 3 minutes before the televised event.

M67
August 1, 2006, 02:20 PM
Aggie, who says curling ain't cool? It is after all played on ice...

Mal, that's Norwegian TV, the main channel/network here, which is sort of a Norwegian "BBC".

mp, akodo - this is high power rifle shooting, not biathlon. We don't call it "high power" in Norwegian of course, but it's quite close to its American counterpart. Think Camp Perry.

This year the Norwegian national match is held up north, as in a couple of hundred miles inside the Arctic Circle, so there are only around 3500 competitors, there are usually 5000-7000 depending on how far from the main population centers the match is held. I just saw a news story about an 87 year old man who drove more than 1000 miles to shoot this year. He shot his first national match in 1947.

Shooting isn't the greatest spectator sport in the world, but Norwegian TV is quite good at presenting it in a "viewable" package, interesting even for those who aren't active shooters themselves. They use "regular" sports presenters, but I think those who work shooting events have at least some competitive shooting experience. One of the senior sports anchors on the channel actually shoots the match himself as well as presenting it, a couple of times he has needed a stand-in presenter during the finals because he was busy shooting. His best result was a second place in the main event. That means the man can shoot, reigning world champion rifle shooters have tried and failed to place that high in the nationals.

akodo, you should watch biathlon on Norwegian TV. With a good producer it's possible to show the targets and close ups the shooter and more, during a live broadcast. "Our" TV people usually have a camera showing the Norwegian competitors' targets in a corner of the screen, with the team's shooting coach making running commentary during the shooting stages. The reporters generally know what they're talking about and actually ask sensible shooting related questions during interviews.

But then shooting is a national sport here. The high power finals on Saturday are usually watched by 450,000-550,000 people - in a country of 4.5 million. That's like an American network showing the Camp Perry finals and getting 30 million or more to watch. On a Saturday afternoon in the middle of the summer.

Nation of riflemen anyone? ;)

M67
August 7, 2006, 07:42 PM
Update

Norway's best rifleman this year turned out to be a riflewoman. For the first time in the 113 year history of the match. The second place was also taken by a woman. That has happened before, but women in 1st, 2nd and 5th place is kinda cool thinking about future recruitement to the shooting sports. A lot of people who normally show no interest in shooting sat up and took notice.

And one more thing about the national matches this year: The sponsors. A bank, a power company, the military - nothing remarkable. But you're gonna get a kick out of the last one, a "charity sponsor", don't know what you call it in English, like letting the Red Cross set up a stand to recruit blood donors or something. Anyway, would you believe (drumroll please): The UN. Actually a campaign run by UN organizations to reduce world poverty. They shared a stand with the Norwegian Peace Corps in the spectator area of the shooting grounds. The shooting sports seem to be a bit less political here.

Just a report from the non-American part of the world. :)

igor
August 9, 2006, 03:30 PM
M67, good for you!

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