One thing I did notice, or didn't, was I do not remember anything on ABC in the weeks leading up to the race saying it would be on. I know "Dirt Nation" knew, but how many would have tuned in out of curiousity if they would have advertised more.
My Tivo didn't record it live but its on tonight @ 10:30 Pacific.
Its was auto racing and I had to read the discription to find it.
Its not under TORC or Traxxis
This needs to be high on TORC's priority list for next year. the generic "autoracing" badge stinks. no one in their right mind will dvr all of them and we are a perfect example, we forgot to DVR this weekends race and we are at the track so now we'll get it tonight.
I imagine it would be tough to get a good rating on labor day weekend. How many people do you think were actually home this weekend?
Torc is "The Greatest Show on Dirt" it will be just fine. First year out and they will have a few things to learn the hard way. The racing this summer in the midwest has been the greatest yet. Now raise the bar for next year. How about Monster puts up $50,000 for first place in pro 4 for every pro 4 race next year? That might change everything.
I would be curious to see what the Atlanta Cup race ratings are compared to a non-holiday weekend race. Wonder if that is down also??
One thing I did notice, or didn't, was I do not remember anything on ABC in the weeks leading up to the race saying it would be on. I know "Dirt Nation" knew, but how many would have tuned in out of curiousity if they would have advertised more. Also from what I am hearing there were areas that it didn't even show up live on ABC.
Best thing to do is get out there and truly see it LIVE!!
"Live TV" seems to be a buzzword that off-road promoters like to use to get race teams to join their series, and it works! (Baldwin proved this) But what would be way more powerful is for the series to not only offer Television, but also a very strong promo effort leading up to it.
To me Live off road TV is a total waste of money. Outside of a small handful of off road people who really cares if it is live?
Like I stated in my previous post, "Live TV" is just a buzzword that some people in the off road community seem to get excited about (whether it makes sense or not)
Live network TV is only relevant to shows that have large followings. Off Road does not YET have a large enough following to justify live television.
The fundamental organization of our sport needs to be fixed way before live tv should ever even be a consideration. Then once the fundamentals are fixed we can focus on growing our core following, and then at some point thereafter live television may start to make sense. For now, I say keep it on the smaller networks (speed, espn2 and the internet) and focus on crafting an awesome show and building the core following.
As far as fixing the fundamentals, boy I can't say it enough: Have only one elite top level (not two) and make so that a person must qualify for that top level. Any professional sport that allows beginners to buy their way to the top main event is never going to become successful. Also, focus on establishing sound long-term venues. All the time, energy and money that goes towards live tv could be spent on finding and establishing new venues so our sport has a place to run in the future. Jim Baldwin could've probably purchased and established 5 excellent new venues in this country with the money he spent on live television.