ESPN has advertised MOST of their big events weeks in advance this year. Indy THREE weeks from Sunday and not a mention from what I've seen.
Anybody read the comments on the pole?
1) Because the horses are allowed to be from more than one stable.
2) Because they can choose from more than three feed suppliers.
3) Because Churchill Downs doesn't slow the horses down under the bogus auspices of safety.
4) Because a 'little guy' breeder is still allowed to participate without having to use one of Churchill Downs' pre-approved trainers.
the only way to fix these numbers is if churchhill downs canned the thoroughbred in favor of the donkey.
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I've spent the day at Churchill Downs and I had more fun watching the "race" between the Belle of Louisville and the Delta Queen. Now that's a "race"!
Have a very blessed day!
How does the casual TV viewer minimally watch the 4-5 hours of 500 coverage? More time is required to watch, understand or enjoy the Indy 500 than the Derby.
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If Indy had 15-minute segments of 8+ (at the start or end of the race, perhaps), you might be on to something.
Even still, I'm pretty sure the Derby rating covers the entire broadcast. This year, that's three full hours on NBC.
The Derby offers more for people that would otherwise never watch a horse race and probably won't again until next year. I'm not a gambler or into big hats so it doesn't do anything for me personally. I'll be at Indy this year and as many as I can after that and could really care less what the rest of the country or world thinks of the race. To me its the most exciting day in all of sports.
"Unfortunately, the business types who now permeate the sport don't share this same gut centered devotion. I can only hope that the truly addicted will prevail, and that the original spirit of open wheel competition will somehow manage to survive and prosper into the future."
-Dr. Stephen Olvey
OPERATIONS SCHEDULE FOR:
KENTUCKY DERBY SPECIAL PART 1 - SATURDAY MAY 5, 2012
SHOW STARTS AT 04:00:00 PM/ET AND RUNS FOR 00:30:00
KENTUCKY DERBY SPECIAL PART 2 - SATURDAY MAY 5, 2012
SHOW STARTS AT 04:30:00 PM/ET AND RUNS FOR 00:30:00
KENTUCKY DERBY PRE-RACE - SATURDAY MAY 5, 2012
SHOW STARTS AT 05:00:00 PM/ET AND RUNS FOR 01:00:00
138TH KENTUCKY DERBY - SATURDAY MAY 5, 2012
SHOW STARTS AT 06:00:00 PM/ET AND RUNS FOR 01:00:00
Now that doesn't include the 50 minutes of 'bonus' coverage they provided due to the Hockey coverage under-run.
I'd be happy just to know that there would be a 138th Indy 500.
"The series may be hesitant to say it, but the day is here for everybody that loves IndyCar racing to link arms and help each other out. Anybody who doesn’t want to do that needs to find something else to do with their time.”
-- Eddie Gossage, President, Texas Motor Speedway, ICONIC Advisory Committee & TrackForum member
Well, at least the 500 has better celebrities.
The two I saw mentioned today on NBC were Cindy Lauper and Bill Belichick. WTH?
The Derby is hitting record crowds, and unlike the 500... Louisville still shuts itself down during the week of the Derby. Schools aren't scheduled to be in session. The Oaks and other events leading up have not lost attendance levels but are actually growing, unlike qualifications and practice during May.
I know everybody likes to pretend ticket sales and fan interest are still somewhere close to what they were 25 years ago for Indy... despite being nothing near the case. The Derby is not an event who's heyday was in the past. The tradition lives with the derby, not just a few traditional acts like at the 500.
And since this is now in Biz... answer this:
Why does Indycar need a 17 televised races to "support" (heavy on the sarcasm) the 500? You certainly don't see that many for Grade 1 thoroughbred racing.