Do you have any insight into why ISU can't get a decent TV contract to televise Worlds in the USA?
I remember the 20 million + contract ISU had only a few years ago for broadcasts in the USA.
Last season ISU gave Worlds to NBC - what was it for $0.00?
That is one heck of a change from only a few years ago.
This year, the ISU Figure skating World Championships were not shown on network TV. I don't have the numbers - but the deal with Universal had to be a pittance compared to the ESPN/ABC deal that was not renewed.
I am sure seats for events in Torino were not cheap either - but 2, 500. is not the same as 20 million.
At the moment there is no US TV network with a bid to cover the 2014 Olympic games. I am sure someone will broadcast it and win with a much lower bid than in the past. Much, much lower.
Is part of that based on the fact that figure skating, once the jewel of Olympic broadcasts in the USA has seemingly lost much of it's lustre?
NBC got raked over the coals and skating this Olympic year did not have anywhere near the ratings from previous Olympics.
I am not so sure if that is a sign of such good health. Not when looking at the big picture , mass market, or whatever we want to call it.
Is this all Michelle's fault for getting older? Hmmm