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    Having the WC this late is simply dumb.
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    And here in the U.S. good luck competing against the NFL, College Football and MLB Playoffs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beebee View Post
    And here in the U.S. good luck competing against the NFL, College Football and MLB Playoffs.
    All the world's premier soccer leagues are in full swing, which is even 'worse' than these.
    On the other hand, when sport seasons over-lap, especially in their critical phases, that tends to increase niche-sport interest, because the appetite for competition is already whetted.
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    I think it is way too late also....but I don't think it will make much difference to the non track crowd....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    All the world's premier soccer leagues are in full swing, which is even 'worse' than these.
    On the other hand, when sport seasons over-lap, especially in their critical phases, that tends to increase niche-sport interest, because the appetite for competition is already whetted.
    On the third hand, I'm not sure having WC during summer holidays is good for increasing viewership, either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Conor Dary View Post
    I think it is way too late also....but I don't think it will make much difference to the non track crowd....
    Hey, anything that extends the international elite T&F season has to be a good thing, right? That said, early to mid-September feels about right, as that pesky cross country is in full swing by then.

    We need to set some ground-rules, at least for the USA athletes:

    Jan to Mar: indoors
    Apr to May: national season
    June: nat'l championships
    Jul to mid-August: int'l season (DLs)
    late Aug: WC (every year but)/ OG
    early Sep: DL finales
    Sep-Nov: XC
    Dec: OFF!
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    If athletes were used to, fine but this meet is almost always in August so they arenít used it and I think results will show that!
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    USATF in June continues to be an incredibly bad idea
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    Quote Originally Posted by gh View Post
    USATF in June continues to be an incredibly bad idea
    But what would be the right time to have the US nationals? Having them later would mean the top stars have to miss a significant part of the European DL season and the earning opportunities that come with it. I don't think they would take it well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Atticus View Post
    We need to set some ground-rules, at least for the USA athletes:

    Jan to Mar: indoors
    Apr to May: national season
    June: nat'l championships
    Jul to mid-August: int'l season (DLs)
    late Aug: WC (every year but)/ OG
    early Sep: DL finales
    Sep-Nov: XC
    Dec: OFF!
    Aren't we just a tiny bit Americancentric? There is life outside the US of A you know. We should have WCs every year, so American fans don't get bored once every four years? I prefer the old way, where WCs and ECs were once every 4 years, gave athletes one year every cycle to take it easy, treat injuries properly, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by norunner View Post
    Aren't we just a tiny bit Americancentric? There is life outside the US of A you know. We should have WCs every year, so American fans don't get bored once every four years? I prefer the old way, where WCs and ECs were once every 4 years, gave athletes one year every cycle to take it easy, treat injuries properly, etc...
    Also, September XC is very much an American phenomenon. The international XC season is December-March. And how many people running US collegiate XC are likely to make WC teams anyway?
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