The Friday Question: Sport on TV


You may have seen the hideous billboards carrying grossly magnified images of Wayne Rooney’s head, proclaiming that the season starts here. You may see the sports pages suddenly expanding in size to cover even more pointless speculation regarding whether some Villa player or other player – who probably earns more in a year than some of us will in our lifetime – might move to the north of England. And you might hate it.

On the other hand you might be shuddering with excitement at the prospect of football on TV again after a pretty barren Summer, what with the Englandless Euro 2008.

Did you love Wimbledon? Do you hate the screaming boy racers in F1? Can you spend hours, using up valuable holiday pay, watching men in white jumpers hitting a gigantic testicle with a stick?

Do you like Sport on the TV?

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25 Responses to “The Friday Question: Sport on TV”

  1. John Q Wagonwheel Says:

    I’m answering on Thursday, like a mad rebel, and my answer is:

    Not really, but the Winter Olympics are good for the nice views and terrific carnage.

  2. indy Says:

    i enjoy the early and late games of the swedish football season. 22 men struggling through mud, rain and snow.

  3. Mikey Says:

    Sport on TV can be really great especially live events. The outcome is not determined and watching the drama unfold can be amazing. This years Wimbledon final for example was just brilliant.
    A lot relies on the commentary. Watching a sport that one knows about is sometimes a little irritating as the commentator wittles on. On the other hand a sport like Rugby which i am not an expert on, the commentary with Brian Moore (the rugby player) I really enjoy. Motor Racing in someways is better on TV, than attending the event.
    What I really dislike though, is the musical montages after a game of football. They make me mad and are just so crass.

  4. indy Says:

    …post game montages in slow motion using grey’s anatomy/ER “sensitive/important moment” rock makes me throw up my nachos and coronas.

  5. george Says:

    I like football on television. It’s our societies greatest equaliser, on our societies other greatest equaliser. But I do think it’s got to the point where there’s too much of it on television. I mean, look at this summer and how the sporting press have reacted and you’ll see what I mean.

  6. Napoleon Says:

    Our society’s greatest equaliser? How the fuck do you square that one? Televised football is a sport that’s open only to those who are very very good at it – where’s the equality in that?

    I also fail to see how there’s too much of it on the telly. There’s not enough of it for those who can’t afford or are unprepared to pay for Sky Sports. There used to be an argument that there was too much of it on the TV, but that was when? Twenty years ago?

  7. Who Says:

    I liked proper It’s a Knockout from the 70’s. Is that the kind of thing you mean?

  8. Napoleon Says:

    Who – That’s the sort of thing Swineshead’s on about, yes. I liked it when they fell over.

    And it’s your turn on my game, by the way.

  9. Louche Says:

    I hate it, but then secretly I watch the motorbike racing on Iplayer.

  10. charliemingles Says:

    Im not really a sport guy, but also enjoy the live stuff if its a big event.

    But I enjoy it the same way I enjoy live televised press conferences, war coverage and journalists reporting ‘live’ from outside a mass murderers home.

    I’ll be watching the live opening games ceremony though as this promises to have all three.

  11. george Says:

    NP: I was basically saying: A) football is an equalizer for our society, because it unites rich people and poor people alike. B) Television is the same for the same reasons.

    As for the amount of sport on television, we’ve just come away from a tournament
    that was broadcast on prime time terrestrial television, despite containing no home nations, for the entirety of it’s month long run. Tell me what else apart from football, or sport, could do that.

  12. Quincy Phd Says:

    No, not really, but since I watch very little TV the question is a quite academic. If you want to see your men running around in shorts so be it. It’s obviously very popular and since the advent of Freeview it’s no longer the most dominant thing on – before it was sport, sport, sport or an old movie – now if you don’t like you can always switch over to one of the many other channels and watch Murder She Wrote or Whose Line is it Anyway.

    On the occasions I have watched it on TV it has seemed a bit… over indulgent? Full of self importance. It’s only people running and not the be all and end all of civilisation.

  13. Napoleon Says:

    George – Soap operas do that all year round, as does stuff like The Apprentice.

  14. Swineshead Says:

    Football’s not much of an equaliser, even in the Prem, when you consider some people watch unfairly rich Chelsea win match after match while others are doomed to support Derby or Reading for the rest of their life…

  15. george Says:

    SH: I’m talking about fans rather then players or clubs. The fact that you probably have to pay 6,000 pounds for a season ticket to Chelsea I take to mean a lot of well off people pay to watch football in the stadiums. In a cup, they can get drawn against somebody like Northampton, where an individual ticket costs about 75p. So you have a bunch of upper middle class people in the same stadium, enjoying the same entertainment as cleaners on 12 grand a year. Apply that to a global context, where man United has significant fan bases in well off Chinese society and dirt poor Nigerian peasants, and that’s why I think it’s an equalizer.

    NP: You’re right, but that’s mainly because television is the main way you’re supposed to enjoy television programmes. Sport is mainly supposed to be watched in sporting arenas, and television as an after thought. I understand this has changed lots in the last 20 years, but in my mind you can compare it to say, broadcasting the major acts of festivals over any summer month, at prime time. The second would never happen while the first is granted. You have the same arguments with music as you do with football; television is more important in the way we watch music as it was 20 years ago as well.

  16. John Q Wagonwheel Says:

    Surely music is a far, far greater equaliser though. Everyone likes music of some kind, some people find football massively tedious and awful.

  17. george Says:

    Yes, I’d agree with you there.

    It’s a bit dead today, isn’t it?

  18. social network Says:

    wow, good job

  19. Gilbert Wham Says:

    When I am President For Life, and my list of things to be Dealt With is being ticked off, you may rest assured that removing all traces of sport from the world is well up the top. After bulldozing all the churches and sending the royal family off to build their own gulag barracks with their bare hands of course. It’s a fairly long list…

  20. kataztrophy Says:

    I prefer sports on tv. I don’t have to deal with slobs if I watch on tv.

  21. Napoleon Says:

    You’d bulldoze all the churches? You fucking phillistine. Does that include cathedrals?

  22. Clarry Says:

    Where is everyone?

  23. Mikey Says:

    The best 21st Century sporting live events. In no particular order.
    England Rugby World Cup Victory 2003, Europen Cup Final 2005-Liverpool AC Milan, Ashes Cricket Victory 2005, Wimbledon Tennis Final 2008.

    All these events were dramatic and full of tension. At the end you felt emotionally drained in a way that no TV program could ever achieve. The European Cup final of 2005 had everything (and i do not support Liverpool, but tend to support the English club) and was just incredible.

    Of course if you do not like sport then you will not understand, but I would say sports coverage on TV can produce the most amazing emotions.

  24. extremelisteningmode Says:

    The best sport on TV is when the BBC, in their desperation to have some, give some really average event the build-up and coverage they’d give a Royal Wedding.

    “Now over to Sunningdale for the pro-celebrity golf, with Bobby Davro partnering Sandy Lyle”

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