Blah blah, never mind.
Blah blah, never mind.
Last edited by R.D.; 11-14-2009 at 12:26 PM.
It actually has a negative effect on skating popularity when the star skater does not do well in the featured prime time. This happened with Miki last year or two years ago when she had a meltdown at NHK. The hype turned out to be like a funeral.
Last edited by Bennett; 11-14-2009 at 10:14 AM.
In this case, it is clear mathman meant "tba" = Michelle
He is right and having both of them back would have definitely raised interest for US skating fans and even casual viewers of figure skating.
well i know i am not going to buy pepto bismol because of her.
but you should here how pg people talk about athletels or people of different race, religion creed, on the bus to/from work. you might be surprised at what they really think of people that dont fit into their way of thinking or lifestlye.
My post was in response to Bennett, who said,That is, Mathman's argument was that the networks were concerned about viewership--not necessarily skating popularity in a more general sense--and that they were counting on Sasha to increase said viewership. And I agreed.Originally Posted by Bennett
What is incorrect about all this?
The "TBA = Michelle" is more speculation than USFSA/NBC wanting to attract viewers with Sasha; and Bennett, accordingly, did not even mention Michelle.
Last edited by prettykeys; 11-14-2009 at 11:48 AM.
Looking back, I do think USFS would have been better off inviting the top three US skaters from Nationals (Alyssa/Rachel/Caroline). But I suppose they had to bow to the pressure and give Cohen a spot when she announced the "comeback". I wonder if they told Em Hughes in advance "be ready" just in case Cohen was to bail out. But then again, she has done this late substitute thing before- I just hope she does well for herself. It does NOT bode well for her Oly chances if she bombs...
Last edited by R.D.; 11-14-2009 at 11:57 AM. Reason: fix quote
Maybe I missed something but I believe mm's point was that having both "tba" and Sasha would boost ratings.
Hardly anbody from USA would believe Sasha alone would have much effect on TV viewership but having Michelle and Sasha both back would.
I don't think it is very speculative at all (o% in fact) to connect SA's "tba" with Michelle.
I know you are not a Michelle fan, and you are also not from USA. A Canadian view is as good as any but Michelle trumps Sasha in every possible way, from skating titles to endorsement deals and popularity with skating fans and the biggest area, Michelle's name recognition with the general American public.
I was only adding a comment, I was not criticizing you - but take my remarks anyway you choose to.
And perhaps mathman will clarify who he meant "tba" was being reserved for.
Geez, such a fuss over a contributing type of remark feels strange. I say enough odd and highly opinioned things at GS that I am surprisewd you would be touchy over this.
Here is what you said that I commented about in my previous post:
"Mathman's words were, "to maximize viewership."
"Yes, I think they were banking on Sasha to be able to do it. Who else could"
Sorry, but imo the heaviest banking was always on Michelle's possible comeback, not Sasha's.
Last edited by janetfan; 11-14-2009 at 12:15 PM.