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    Quote Originally Posted by deca View Post
    What drove me nuts was during the Pan Ams when they played every single victory ceremony and national anthem. Huge amounts of wasted viewing time.
    I enjoyed watching the medal ceremonies.
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    Speaking of Halcyon Days....44 years ago....how the sport was covered then. I doubt we will ever see that again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Speaking of Halcyon Days....44 years ago....how the sport was covered then. I doubt we will ever see that again.

    Similarly, I can recall the death of Steve Prefontaine getting headline attention in the Lexington Herald Leader. My mother saw the news and that was the first thing she told me when I woke up.

    It saddens me that the things about Track and Field that excite me (it's basic simplicity, it's representation of individual achievement, and even playing field) are, in large part, what keeps it from being as popular as it once was.

    But, to cite the chicken and the egg scenario, if we could just get a more interesting presentation of the sport on television for younger athletes to watch, I think we could expand youth participation.
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    I don't think the problem is youth participation. We have lots of kids participating in USATF and AAU youth programs and a million kids on HS track teams. They are not growing up to be adult fans in large enough numbers.
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    I don't think the problem is youth participation. We have lots of kids participating in USATF and AAU youth programs and a million kids on HS track teams. They are not growing up to be adult fans in large enough numbers.
    Noted. So where are we losing them? More emphasis on collegiate competition? Bring back dual meets? Find a way to squeeze it into the Winter X-Games? Set the hurdles on fire?

    I am just frustrated that not everyone sees the beauty of this sport.......

    Should I take this over to the Old Farts thread?
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    In a regular tack and field meet there are a lot of winners in a short period of time, making winner-interviews take a lot of screen time. In the Olympics there are only a few and US TV focuses on US athletes that medal - much less screen time.

    But, interviewing the athletes after great performances is another thing - Norman after his NCAA 43.61 and RB after his 47.02 (see the thread about racing 400s in the rain).
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    In high school, kids and parents are interested in their team/individuals but not so much in the meet overall. It is one reason why I have little interest in the Nike XC meet which emphasizes teams which almost no one cares about (and why I like the Footlocker much better). In college, the reach of teams is much greater, but even then the NCAA T&F meet is not that much about teams for me. XC is a big contrast because that is a team event with very few individuals being the focus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 26mi235 View Post
    In a regular tack and field meet there are a lot of winners in a short period of time, making winner-interviews take a lot of screen time. In the Olympics there are only a few and US TV focuses on US athletes that medal - much less screen time.

    But, interviewing the athletes after great performances is another thing - Norman after his NCAA 43.61 and RB after his 47.02 (see the thread about racing 400s in the rain).
    Amen. After they get to enjoy it however they like, let us celebrate those feats with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 26mi235 View Post
    In high school, kids and parents are interested in their team/individuals but not so much in the meet overall. It is one reason why I have little interest in the Nike XC meet which emphasizes teams which almost no one cares about (and why I like the Footlocker much better). In college, the reach of teams is much greater, but even then the NCAA T&F meet is not that much about teams for me. XC is a big contrast because that is a team event with very few individuals being the focus.
    I do not know what part of the country you come from but have to disagree. In NJ, at least, the team competition at the HS Level is very real and a big deal. At the college level, much less do. For most colleges, the only team competition that matters is the league meet. A few colleges are competitive at the NCAA team level but for most, it is mostly about trying to get an athlete or two to qualify for the meet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    Speaking of Halcyon Days....44 years ago....how the sport was covered then. I doubt we will ever see that again.

    Bill Freehan certainly seems pretty worked up about Walker's great feat.
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