Reusse: For U.S. sports fans, track and field barely registers anymore

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 22, 2013 - 12:19 AM

Anyone notice the World Championships held in Moscow?

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Tex21Aug. 21, 13 8:58 PM

I'd take track and field over NBA every day and twice on Sunday.

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tjsnellAug. 21, 13 9:32 PM

It is unfortunate that no one pays attention anymore as the US has some phenomenal story lines going in T&F right now. Last week an American girl, just a high school Junior, made the 1500m final beating several east Africans along the way. The men medaled in several events for the first time in decades, such as the 800m. And of course we had our usual strong performances in the sprints. For a sport in which more adults participate on a daily basis than any other (running), it's a shame the governing bodies haven't found a way to make it more relevant. And it's a shame that doping by some athletes continues to taint many of these story lines.

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FrankLAug. 21, 1310:53 PM

Thanks to Title IX enforcement, men's track has been scaled back across the country. The problem is not the intent of Title IX, but how it is enforced with strict quotas, thus men's sports like track, swimming and wrestling are being cut.

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panktainterAug. 22, 1311:35 AM

Used to be on TV all the time years ago. Cable TV has killed my interest in most sports as I won't pay the money for cable or the prices for games. Used to know the members on the NBA, NHL, and MLB teams but don't care anymore. Out of sight out of mind. If football goes all pay-for view I'll pass on that as well. I always enjoyed Wide World of Sports for it's variety.

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JPetersen3Aug. 22, 1312:32 PM

Out of curiosity "panktainter": do you ever buy any tickets for a sporting event or donate to a high school, college or kids sports program? FrankL: The great god King Football and AAU-sponsored clubs are far more responsible for the decline of college track programs than Title IX.

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options44Aug. 22, 13 2:16 PM

Yes, it is too bad that the big $$ goes to FB, MLB, BB, NHL, WNBA, etc. It's also too bad that Patrick was so unaware of the Moscow event, because if he had any inclination to follow it, he would have been able to write about Minnesota's own Liz Podominick, who competed in the Women's Discus Throw. A good word or two from Patrick about Liz just might encourage some deep pocket support for Liz as she continues to train for her passion...the disus throw. American athletes require financial support from outside sources if they hope to train at the elite level.

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crackfrogAug. 22, 13 2:37 PM

Well, what TV coverage of the meet was there? All I saw was 1.5 hours on Sat -- the typical NBC 'coverage' of track. Let's see, a couple dozen replays of the 100m; a few throws or jumps for field coverage; the start and finish of a distance race; and lots and lots and lots of talking by 'analysts' who should learn to shut up. Ato Bolden is the Joe Morgan of track -- so useless that it's better to turn off the sound. With the proliferation of cable channels, it seems that coverage could be provided of every day of the meet, not just a weekend wrap-up. Until that happens, you'll see the same declining interest in track. It seems the sprints are considered the marquee events of track and field. How that came to be is a mystery, but the TV coverage of meets follows that same predictable pattern. When watching an American Football game, we get a play; a replay of the play; another replay from a different angle; a replay with screen drawings; then, maybe, on to another play -- or, just as likely, a commercial. While that seems to be what American Football fans want, it's useless and distracting in track. Show the event, show a replay, move on. The beautiful thing about a track meet is that there's always something happening. It shouldn't be rocket science to figure out that people won't be interested in something they don't get to see or experience.

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Harry_PotterAug. 22, 13 3:21 PM

Once upon a time when track and field would be shown on ABC's Wide World of Sports...now all we get on regular TV on weekend afternoons are infomercials.

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kingchrosAug. 22, 13 3:36 PM

I watched the world championships every night, but I understand I'm an outlier. The point is well taken, as for the most part track was only shown on Universal Sports, a niche channel not yet available in HD. Still, the United States remains the world leader in track and field. We have world-class athletes at nearly every event, and there is a vibrant if niche college and high school track community. I don't think the sport itself needs reform, as it's still very popular in other countries, but the United States has done a terrible job telling the stories of our athletes. They are just names and a time on TV, but with better marketing they could be much more than that.

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kingchrosAug. 22, 13 6:03 PM

I watched the world championships every night, but I understand I'm an outlier. The point is well taken, as for the most part track was only shown on Universal Sports, a niche channel not yet available in HD. Still, the United States remains the world leader in track and field. We have world-class athletes at nearly every event, and there is a vibrant if niche college and high school track community. I don't think the sport itself needs reform, as it's still very popular in other countries, but the United States has done a terrible job telling the stories of our athletes. They are just names and a time on TV, but with better marketing they could be much more than that.

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