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post #1 of 64 Old 08-01-2012, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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Am I the only one mad about Olympic coverage?

So many sports get their time on TV, but to watch the eventing I have to go online and watch. I just feel... left out and disrespected:( Once in awhile I see like "Oh hey and Karen O'Conner is warming up.." But never good coverage. And when I watch online they don't cut at all. I'd love to see it covered like the other sports *cough gymnastics and swimming cough* where they show the important USA parts mostly, but you know what's going on.

Maybe I'm not trying hard enough to see it on my local station? Grrr. I had to rant.
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post #2 of 64 Old 08-02-2012, 12:09 AM
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I have been disappointed with the equestrian coverage on tv here in Canada. It has so far been nonexistent in my area. And, when I pvr an event on tv that states equestrian there is only a mention lasting a few seconds. Shame on you CTV!
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Well, I'm miffed too.
We don't have a functioning TV at my house (since the digital switch, we don't have cable and we leave on top of a "mountain"-like hill so the signal is TERRIBLE up here) and therefore have no TV "service provider". So, I haven't watched a lick of the Olympics because I can't watch online without a TV service provider and I can't watch on the actual TV.

Soooo mad. I love the Olympics, even without the horses (which would be even more ideal+I agree with you about feeling mildly disrespected), but the fact that I'm somehow "not good enough" to watch because I don't have a TV? Ridiculous.
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Nope I'm feeling it to.
I have to watch it online because we don't get live broadcast. No commentary you can't even hear the live commentary so I sit there and content myself with watching the horses. Though I do enjoy watching the other sports they get wayyyy more glimmered up in contrast!
Later today I heard a rumor that some reporter said that equestrain show jumping was a gentle sport. So I think it's because no one knows about. Outside the circle of horse world when people think horses (at least in north america) you think cowboys on the range, trail rides, fat ponies and the pink sparkly horses down the Barbie isle. No one is really introduced to the Olympic extreme. This really saddens me because I don't think you have to be in the loop to enjoy watching it but it simply leaves the fact that a lot of people remain ignorant to the equestrain sports.
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I'm in San Diego CA and they showed probably 60 of the 75 riders go for their eventing round....it was in the morning from 6-9 pacific time for me. It really is sad that we don't get air time but niether do some of the other sports. There are what, 26 "major" sports and only a handful get the air time fans think they deserve?

I have to argue that you do need to be in the loop of being an equestrian to enjoy watching for a prolonged amount of time. To, for lack of a better phrase, the untrained eye all horse go rounds look the same, especially dressage. I, and I love to ride, can even tire of watching (I much rather do...) it's hard when you have no one to root for....don't know the rules....don't understand the premise etc to watch a sport, I get it.
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Nope I'm feeling it to.
I have to watch it online because we don't get live broadcast. No commentary you can't even hear the live commentary so I sit there and content myself with watching the horses. Though I do enjoy watching the other sports they get wayyyy more glimmered up in contrast!
Later today I heard a rumor that some reporter said that equestrain show jumping was a gentle sport. So I think it's because no one knows about. Outside the circle of horse world when people think horses (at least in north america) you think cowboys on the range, trail rides, fat ponies and the pink sparkly horses down the Barbie isle. No one is really introduced to the Olympic extreme. This really saddens me because I don't think you have to be in the loop to enjoy watching it but it simply leaves the fact that a lot of people remain ignorant to the equestrain sports.
The bolded statements spoke my mind. I want some commentary! I love horses, but I don't know squat about eventing so it would be great to have commentary. That's why I'm able to enjoy watching gymnastics or volleyball despite not having experience. Then that leads me to agree that you really don't need to be a part of something to enjoy it! How many people watch events in the Olympics that they don't know anything about? Why can't eventing be one of those? UGH.

I seriously want to find out who I could actually talk to about this and change it four years down the road...
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I agree that it can get boring, especially if you're not in the loop. But that's why it just needs to be highlighted with commentary like the other sports. And dressage definitely can get boring, but I adore it.
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Well the way it's presented plays a role like rosie said. For example I got into rowing, beach volley ball and a whole bunch of other stuff I know diddly squat about. I just cheered on my country and waited for the people talking on the screen to explain it to me. But I will give anything under grand prix dressage is dull, I myself will probable only watch the freestyle.
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the sports that get coverage are the sports people watch. The sports people watch are the ones they understand or have pretty girls. TV's need to sell advertising. So they show what they feel will get the highest ratings
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Im ticked too! and when I went to watch online I couldn't because i had to have all our Direct tv account stuff and it was the middle of the night so I wasn't gonna wake my dad for that!

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