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August 19, 2010

2 speed sports and 1 speed sports

Filed under: Football — notyalcsdrawkcab @ 11:34 pm

The Aussie sporting market is an interesting place – and I figure the sports competing for attention in this market can be split into a 1 speed group and a 2 speed group …

Rugby League and AFL are the 1 speed sports.  If they are on, they have got people’s attention, and love, and money.

Swimming is probably the best example of a 2 speed sport.  At the Olympics and maybe at the World Championships, we love our swimmers, they’ll be flogging Wheatbix on TV and get a lot of attention.  But the rest of the time they will struggle for attention, love and money.  I’d also put Rugby Union into this category – WC time, and Super 15 time feel very different in terms of public interest.

A lot of people thought that Soccer would become a 1 speed sport – up there with AFL and Rugby League at the top of the Australian sporting hierarchy.  But it doesn’t look like its gonna happen.  Since the dawning of the A-league, it has been one of the 2 speed sports.  High interest when the big games are on, low interest for the rest of the time.

Can the A-league (and Soccer in general) gain that kind of constant, high level popularity?  Maybe.  But I don’t think it is the end of the world if it doesn’t.

PS.  I forgot to mention about the 0 speed sports – the sports don’t get attention.  Are the Kookaburras world champions at the moment?  Hehe, do you know what sport they play?

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3 Comments »

  1. Thanks Clayton san

    Interesting view. To breakthrough, soccer needs to host the world cup in 2010. Not all the press has been supportive.
    I wonder why?

    Comment by john — August 22, 2010 @ 5:02 am

  2. sorry 2022 – decided Dec 2010

    Comment by john — August 22, 2010 @ 5:03 am

    • Hi John,

      I’d love to see a breakthrough, but I’m not expecting it to happen. Well, it might happen, it might not.

      I’m a bit worried, some of the stuff on the Pitch Invasion blog about the lobbyists that we are paying lots of money to, and their links to Jack Warner, seem to pretty much tarnish our bid.

      You get dirty when you deal with FIFA by the looks of it.

      Comment by notyalcsdrawkcab — August 22, 2010 @ 9:03 am


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