Did anyone else think that the PDGA's coverage of Worlds was lacking to say the least. Even the daily video highlights was just a bunch of random shots and showed nothing of the competition. USDGC and Memorial were covered much better IMO.
I thought Crazy John Brooks was great as a commentator.
We get spoiled watching ESPN coverage of Pro Sports. Imagine how good disc golf would look with multiple state-of-the-art cameras and the resources to put together coverage like a major ball golf tournament.
While we can't afford that kind of coverage what we might be able to afford is bloggers and twitterers. Maybe we should seek volunteers for next year.
Art and Film schools are great to approach with this kind of idea. Instructors love walking into their classrooms and saying "Guys I have an opportunity for you. It probably won't pay but its a live event and they need people to cover and edit." They would probably look at some of the current videos and then give it a shot if there are any willing. As a graphic designer we relished people asking us to create flyers, books, and all kinds of stuff for free because it was something we could stick in our portfolio. Shoot.. once I get moved and my schedule figured out I could volunteer but there are a lot of people better than me at video... I mostly do print and web.
I agree that the focus and quantity of the coverage itself could be better. But the quality of the coverage from this year's Worlds is a big improvement, IMHO. Check out a similar conversation I started about that here:
I agree 100% and I would be content with some hyperactive twitterer giving me the play by play of action on the lead card in the semis and final nine as well as sporatic updates in the other divisions. I really enjoyed the dot technology at the USDGC in the past, but even just having updates every 1-10 minutes was sufficient for me. The live comments this time around were few and far between.
I do want to see more of Crazy John Brooks. Despite the name, he seemed pretty poised and professional. I kept waiting for him to sport a beanie and do an Irish jig or something. Terry Miller satisfied the desire for more substantial interviews of the top competitors with his video blog. Thanks Terry!
Poor cell service and no internet except an air card for the scorekeeper restricted the coverage. The staff workers used radios with headsets to keep up with water and course issues. It's potluck which provider will have the best (if any) service at each Worlds venue. I had no T-Mobile at the Am Worlds host hotel, 5 bars at the Tournament HQ at Pro Worlds and zero bars just 1500 feet farther south by Blue holes 4-8. I was a player at Pro Worlds and not involved trying to provide any event coverage. You can't expect the PDGA to have contracts with all providers just in case, and the volunteer scorers have a mix of providers also. Much of the coverage you did see had to be uplaoded when people got back to their hotels.
I thought that the daily highlight show during the week was pretty good, and I agree with Mark that Crazy John Brooks was an excellent commentator. I'm glad he introduced himself, because I would not have recognized him at all - he never used to talk in that lower register "commentator" voice, and what happened to his big glasses and curly blonde locks? I first met him 30 yrs ago, and that moniker may not be applicable now, but it was back then.
Eric McCabe is (as some already know) from Emporia, KS, which is 60 miles south of me (Topeka). One of the local sportscasters is at least a casual player of disc golf. What I find bothersome is that when something like the actor who played Cooter on the Dukes of Hazzard is at the local race track with the General Lee, that local sportscaster goes cuckoo for cocoa puffs. But when something slightly more important, something that may be a once in a lifetime event happens, nada. Yes, we are a fringe sport, but so were the X-Games at one time.
Maybe that's the ticket. Maybe the PDGA petitions to be included in the X-Games. If traditional golf can be an Olympic sport, then Disc Golf can be an X-Game. Anything to grow and get exposure.... then again.... I like courses that aren't overly crowded... let's me practice more!
I have just recently sent an email to thegolfchannel.com suggesting they should augment their slow winter coverage of ball golf with disc golf. Use some of the film from the PDGA, Disc Golf Monthly and some of the high quality stuff from Europe. There is nothing funner for me than watching good coverage of a tournament, live or taped. The other thing I suggested was to have a 4 man challenge pro vs. pro ball golfers against disc golfers, each play the other's game and see how they do in relation to par. The Mixed Golf Championships .... held in Kapalua Hawaii just prior to the January ball golf tournament there. Maybe by then Tiger will be switched to disc golf and could play for our side.