It’s about time we got some sports highlights shows
As a fan of most sports (either televised or not), I am getting more and more concerned that those of us who don’t have pay television are getting less access to coverage of games.
It’s all very well having a 10-second grab of Kevin Pietersen scoring a double century, or Italy beating France in the Six Nations, played in the sports section of an obscure news broadcast, but what is there for those of us who hanker for further information or analysis?
As a youth, I grew up watching Match of the Day religiously every Saturday night, and that was my exposure to Division 1/Premier League football.
Likewise, the 30-minute cricket highlights that I could watch in the evening after I’d finished my homework – I rarely watched live sport, and really didn’t notice the difference.
With the exception of AFL/NRL/EPL, which do have very good panel and highlight shows, what do we get?
Things I’d like to see shown on a decent hour on one of the free-to-air digital channels:
1: Super Rugby round highlights.
2: Cricket day’s play highlights for local Test matches, shown in the evening – instead WIN like us to watch “Two and a Half Men” and “Big Bang Theory” repeats on all channels.
3: Weekly highlights show for cricket when matches are played elsewhere in the world.
4: International rugby panel show – showing Six Nations, Tri Nations, and spring/winter tours.
I can’t imagine the rights to show a five-minute highlights package would be that extreme.
And yes, I can go to websites and watch things. But, you know, I’m just a watch TV on the lounge kinda guy.
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