Is Derby in the right size venue (or too big or too small)?

Is Derby in the right size venue (or too big or too small)?.

Many leagues have found out that the venue they are playing in is not the right size anymore……if you are not getting a crowd that satisfies your needs, do not wait too long to move….cost must always be a deciding factor…..and don’t be concerned if you have to move “smaller”, the larger venues will be always happy to take your money later….the venue must always fit your crowd expectations……1000 people in a 10,000 seat venue is like playing in a tomb….I know, I have been there.

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The end of an Era: Derby News Network, in memorium.

Jerry Seltzer:

This is the Scottish Roller Derby blog…….check them out and follow

Originally posted on scottish roller derby:

By now, those of you reading this are probably aware that Derby News Network is no more.

In what appears to be a final update (posted on the 9th of September, after the completion of their coverage of WFTDA D1 Playoffs), the DNN team announced that “As of today, Derby News Network is retired.”

For seven years, Derby News Network worked to provide third-party coverage of roller derby, first in the USA, and then increasingly worldwide. They brought, usually free, streamed video from bouts as they happened. They provided bout recaps for the most important bouts (without DNN, the coverage of the first ever Women’s Roller Derby World Cup, an internationally important event, would have been almost non-existent), with impressively rapid turn-around, licensed for free use and reproduction by the entire community. They provided scores and rankings and news about all of the derby that they could know about (not…

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what if Roller Derby controlled all the media sources?

It is ok if it is a benevolent dictatorship… least that was my justification.

Because I did……but such a different situation.

I know, with DNN gone, Leadjammer magazine and Blood and Thunder not printing (but going online), it doesn’t leave much choice in getting information on all skating, games, scores, upcoming events by USARS, RD banked track, MADE, Renegade, or even the multitude of WFTDA and affiliated leagues, and other forms of Derby.

When I started operating Roller Derby there was no cable, satellite, personal computers, social media, whatever you are so used to.

There were radio, newspapers, and television…..and except for New York and Los Angeles, never more than a handful of TV stations in a market.

We hit at exactly the right time: videotape (2 inch for broadcast) had just been developed and KTVU in SF/Oakland had a machine……so for our live telecasts on Sunday they would tape the last hour, which would be replayed the following Saturday morning, getting good ratings for the station and us a boost for the weekend games. And we didn’t have to pay the expensive pick up costs to videotape games.

And when we had a request to provide a tape for a station in Portland (KPTV), we found a sponsor to cover the cost from KTVU ($400!) and our syndication was under way. Within a few years we were on 120 stations in the US and Canada and shipping tapes and copies to all of them.

Of course we controlled the content within the tapes, having our own information (training schools, mailing lists, rules, promos for upcoming games throughout the US) and this was generally the only information the 15 million viewers weekly had about this game.

And we published the Roller Derby Reporter…..a monthly “house” journal of all the activities within the sport. I was publisher, need I say more?

Herb Michelson, an excellent sports reporter with the Oakland Tribune and AP, moonlighted as editor and writer. We had such fun with it, reporting on rule changes (well, maybe one) the Commissioners had decided on during the annual meeting in exotic locations (I believe 1970 was the Bahamas), and the skater of the month, the feuds within the league, the potential for games in Mexico and on and on.

But it was all in fun and aimed at promoting our profit-making (well, not all the time) play for pay enterprise. And believe or not, a number of newspapers were reporting our upcoming tours, scores and features.

Today there are so many ways to let the world know about Derby. Unfortunately, the best one to date has disappeared.

For those who think the best way to get your news out is to limit how it can be done, you are wrong.

Roller Derby is a DIY, maverick, cult, empowerment enterprise by tens of thousands of individuals……let us hope the gap will be filled.

PS. Scott Pio just informed me that Rollin’ News will soon be picking up the mantle soon…..I hope so……

Points Per Jam: Roller Derby’s Default Difficulty

Originally posted on WindyMan's Roller Derby Notes:

It should be difficult for a roller derby team to score points. So why does it often seem so easy for them to be scored instead?

Derby scoring has seemingly been getting easier and easier over the last several years, with point totals climbing higher and higher. This year’s rules updates appear to have addressed this trend, sure. But even taking games played in 2014, it is still not abnormal for many of them to end with a combined total score of 300, 400, 500, 600 (!), or even more than 700 (!!!) points.

Press me for 5 points. And again. And again…

Press me for 200 points.

Whether point totals of such magnitude were reached in a close game or a blowout, if it is possible for two teams to together score that often in a 60-minute game, any individual pass for a point, let alone the non-scoring initial passes, must be relatively easy to accomplish.

If it were really that difficult to get points, there wouldn’t be so…

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