How do you make an arena as good as a house?
I would think that someday soon – and when I asked last week about when it would be I got a “shortly” as the answer – you’re going to get a look at the Raptors broadcast schedule for the coming season.
It will, I’m sure, be the usual mishmash of different networks, different broadcast teams and different channels and this year, don’t forget, it’s likely they’ll have to split the radio broadcasts between Sportsnet and TSN to satisfy the various ownership groups and since Sportsnet now owns The Station Formerly Know As The Score, I’m sure that will be in the mix as well.
It’s a jumble and it makes no sense except to the two media groups that own the team and their desire to split the schedule while satisfying the pucks fans and also keep all 82 HOTH games on the air.
It’s a basically unworkable situation that they are trying to make work; it creates different voices and attitudes in the broadcast teams, if they do split the radio network they could very well split that style, too.
It’s odd and unique to the league and I do think at some level it’s quite counter-productive. As we know, I don’t see a lot of games on TV or hear them on the radio – maybe 10 or 12 a season – so I don’t have the most expertise in the issue but how anyone thinks it could be optimal is incomprehensible to me.
But I will say this, which is the point I was trying to make before that tangent developed:
Is TV still a better “experience” than being in the arena.
I think in many ways it is and I don’t know how teams – not just the Raptors but any pro sports team – deals with it.
On TV, you get better and quicker replays and explanations that you cannot get in the arena. There is more information available more quickly to those at home than there is to those in the stadium and that has to be troubling to those putting on the show.
Take contentious replays as a prime example. You see them at home, see them dissected to understand if a call is blown or not; that doesn’t always happen in a stadium or an arena.
It’s better to be on a couch than it is to be in even a prime seat on floor or right on the field.
Injuries? Information comes quickly most nights to viewers; people in stadiums are often left wondering just what’s going on.
Now, I understand the buzz that’s in the arena and what it means. There’s a sense of involvement you get hearing the crowd and being part of it that cannot be replicated fully by television or radio. I give some teams credit for trying to enhance the stadium experience with those silly games and over-the-top hollerers as in-game hosts and June Taylor Dancers and, yes, The Chicken.
But in this age of instant information, people at home get more than people in the arena do and that strikes me as dead wrong.
Not sure what it is. Perhaps teams need to make better use of video replay and audio explanations, maybe someone can come up with some technological way to provide the paying customers with as much, if not more, than the people at home get.
I doubt that it’s possible, but someone has to try harder. And the ones who figure it out will be mimicked across every major sport in the world.
Forget John Goodman, when this guy was wiped out of Treme it was the most startling moment of the show.
Mail? Hardly any got there yesterday and there are two weekend days to worry about so …
Help a fella out, would you?
You know who you are.
Okay, the FIBA Americas thing gets started tomorrow (we’ll handicap it and explain what has to happen here in the morning) and EuroBasket begins the middle of next week and aside from Labour Day coming and the end of Summer Hour for you folks with real jobs and offices those two events are a sure sign that fall is upon us.
Best thing about it these days: You can see it and follow it much more closely through TV or the interweb.
And that’s a good thing, it gets everyone ready for the coming NBA season.
Can’t wait, actually.
Not sure if this is one of the great regrets in my life – there’s more than a couple of them – but in the wretched dietary world I inhabit, I’d had to think that the McLobster season is over.
Anyone try one?
It sounded so bad, it had to be good, right?
Now, when it comes to fast food, I am among the many forward thinkers who’ll stop at the local McDonald’s to pick something up on the way home but somehow I never go there during what I think was the duration of McLobster season.
But I can be sure of one thing, though:
It could not have been as bad and distasteful as the McRib, which in the pantheon of bad ideas ranks right up there with New Coke and “The Raptors draft Rafael Araujo” on the all-time list.
Now, seasonal goofy fast foods are always worth a try, aren’t they?
I remember back in the day, and I’m talking way, way, way back in the day, someone had a little veal parmigiana sandwich that I remember being quite good. It’s gone the way of the wind, it seems, and it’s our loss.
Anyone else got any favourites? Figure one day soon we should revisit best fast foods but for now, we’ll just stick with this one.
But if anyone knows if McLobster exists still, let me know and I might have to pass up dim sum at lunch today. Or do both.
Yes, this vacation stuff is something a guy could get used to.
Okay, as Life As A Loafer continues with no Niagara trip today I think I need to catch up with missed episodes of The Newsroom and then just connect with people electronically and have a non-day.
Yes, this vacation stuff doesn’t suck.