Requiem for The Ice Channel
Here's a link to Michael Rosenberg's "thank you and farewell" concerning the demise of the plans to establish a 24/7 cable television channel exclusively devoted to figure skating. Bad economy, investors pulling out, etc.
Sigh....it was a lovely idea, anyway.
Awww, what a bummer. So people will pay to finance a *golf* channel, but try and put something actually atheletic on the TV and no one will finance it.
Well, here's hoping the idea gets revived down the road.
Wait a minute. Don't you consider football, baseball, and basketball to be "actually athletic"? Hello. There are millions of team sports fans, and the networks realize that these legions of folks watch those football, baseball, and basketball games from their home televisions.
Originally Posted by Kurt's Girl
Figure skating just isn't in the same league, as far as fan appeal is concerned, and the networks know it. It's been 11 years since the Kerrigan/Harding scandal skyrocketed the marketability of figure skating. Nowadays, we're lucky to have a few hours of network coverage for the Nationals and Worlds. Many events are televised on cable, and IMHO, it's going to be that way until something happens to spur the legions of would-be skating fans to again watch the televised coverage of skating competitions.