Friday, June 13, 2008

How not to promote the Sport

Let see, This Saturday only one week after the Belmont Stakes we have Curlin running in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill against some pretty good horses-Einstein, Grasshopper, etc. Curlin is having a monster 4 year old campaign and everyone not talking about the Big Brown follies is talking about this horse. This is also the Northern Dancer stakes on the undercard featuring Pyro, Visionaire and RecapturetheGlory. Perfect for one of the ESPN channels right? Especially since Disney owned ESPN/ABC will be telecasting the Breeders Cup this year. Fresh off the Belmont what a way to keep the sport in the spotlight. Well of course, TV minds think differently and the Churchill card will only be seen on Horse Racing Television Network (HRTV) which can only be found on certain Satellite Systems. If you have regular cable, such as Time Warner or Comcast, etc you are out of luck. Green but Game blogger posted an excellent open letter to the NRTA on this. As a cable subscriber myself,I will have to rely on waiting for a reply are a posting of the video clip on You Tube, bloodhorse.com, etc later in the day. As Curlin was known to be racing in this race for months, why wouldn't ESPN get on the phone and get this race live on one of their channels???

1 comment:

Handride said...

the races need context for casual fans, and the races don't have that, they would if they used standigns, and that's what the TBA does, hopefully you'll incorporate them when you can