I believe that i Derby is one of the best community sites for the game, and so do about 10,000 others….you get a great mix on the page.
And today there seems to be quite a few complaining about Championship day being on ESPN3, taking the crucial day away from those in the game. Of course this only applies to those in the US, everywhere else people can see it on WFTDA.tv.
This is perhaps the best opportunity to date for those outside our rather incestuous circle to see what the fuss is all about; why tens of thousands around the world have been attracted (and/or participate in) the modern version of the sport. And I know there are those out there who seemingly don’t want that to happen.
I know better than any of you what television can mean to the game; on our own independent “network” we had (by ratings) some 15,000,000 people watching every week our one hour videotapes on 110 stations. And those who never roller skated became huge fans and attended our live games in their areas, and many tried out for the sport.
I feel this effort by WFTDA is a great attempt to broaden the audience without really harming any of you. First of all, so many cable systems throughout the US can allow you to stream ESPN3, and if you happen to not be in an area where you, or someone in your league does not have cable, go to a local sports bar, indicate you will bring a large contingent there (which will increase your enjoyment) if they stream ESPN3 on one of their many screens, and others in the bar will watch. And you would probably be surprised at the limited audience that individual streaming has been able to achieve to date……what if hundreds of thousands were exposed to Derby?
I hope this is a godsend to increasing fan interest and could be so helpful to leagues that are having problems in drawing audiences on a consistent basis outside of the sport’s particpants, friends and family. And the super strong international particpation this year makes the event even more appealing.
Take this opportunity to make others aware that Roller Derby is being played on part of the leading sports network (ESPN) in the world.
It is important to know the track is flat, but not the world.