Date: 19th June 2012 at 9:36am
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Is there too much sport on TV?

In the last few days I`ve sat down and watched Football, Cricket, Rugby League and Baseball – all thanks to the big black box in the corner. (Though saying I watched baseball, I didn`t really understand it!)

And, in the next few weeks there is going to be even more sport with Wimbledon just around the corner and then the 2012 London Olympics to look forward to.

I say ‘look forward to` – but that isn`t the case for everyone is it? There are people out there who don`t particularly like sport or prefer watching it live.

I was speaking to someone last week who said that every time she switched her television on, football was on. Well, I didn`t actually say that`s not true, but thinking about it, last week if she had her TV on between 5pm and 10pm, yes, football was on at least one channel. And, if you are talking about the hour build-up to the game and the hour after-math, yes, I can see where she is coming from. But, on the other hand I could say every time I switch my TV on for the other forty-nine weeks a year there is a soap on (Eastenders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale (when did they lose the farm from the title by the way?), Neighbours, Home and Away etc etc) but I know that`s not strictly true either.

Sport, I always feel, is a British way of life – most people ‘support` a football team even if they`ve never actually been and most people want the Brits to do well in any current sport, even if they haven`t a clue what is really happening.

I do like my sport and watch a fair bit on TV. There are places I know I won`t get to, like Football World Cups, Australia to watch the cricket and the like and can only watch these because of TV broadcasts.

I know there is the argument that sport on TV could actually be harming sport by people being content to just sit and watch in their own homes and not get out there and watch it live. And, actually, that is probably correct. I`m lucky, I can do both. But could it work the other way – could people watch a sport on TV and think ‘I`d like to go and see that`?

What I`m thinking is that, for instance, there are four BBC Channels (not including HD`s and the children`s channels and +1 hours) and perhaps two of those could be used for sport when it`s on? Same with ITV?

And, if there wasn’t sport on TV, what else would you be watching?


What do you think – too much sport or not?

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