Level Three May 2, 2020 19:26:10 GMT 12
Post by bikeboy on May 2, 2020 19:26:10 GMT 12
Just reading through this thread. I note it has moved on to matters of national significance, but I am acknowledgeing an earlier comment about what all this coulld mean for speedway events next season.
Alert Level 2 will likely mean a continuation of no large gatherings or crowds, so if we are still in 02 come summer it will impact speedway unless we look at things differently - there may actually be a huge opportunity for our sport.
It is just a thought, but consider our sport in the context of 'all sport'. Who is going to be able to provide LIVE sport? By the time summer comes around I will be pretty sick of watching All Black matches from 1984 for the 15th time on Sky Sport. I don't think the professional sport from the Northern Hemisphere will be doing much and I don't think professional sport in general will be able to do much in empty stadiums - just too much cost with no tickets sold and TV revenue cut by media companies feeling the strain and reduced advertising rvenue.
Speedway has never relied on TV revenue to be sustainable or successful. We don't rely on the sound of large crowd to give our sport tension and atmosphere - we have engines that do that. We already have a few great onsite broadcast groups - the stuff on TV3 recently was not produced by TV3.
I definetly think we can run this summer with closed events and live broadcast. But our thinking needs to be different - it is not just about web broadcast to the already converted to replace ticket revenue.
There will NEVER be another time when all our competitors in the sport and entertainment industries will be constrained and quiet. There are no new TV shows or films being made now - we are all going to be craving new content in the summer, even non traditional speedway fans.
Our sport already has all the thngs it needs to produce live racing on mainstream TV. We should be looking at this as an opportunty to make 'Saturday Night Speedway Night' again and put our sport into 50,000 living rooms every Saturday night this summer and grow a bigger fan and spectator base.
Think of what that would do for all the tracks and clubs in the country the following season when they can open up to the public again.
It is not just this season we need to concern oursleves with - it could be a disaster if we don't take it head on and be creative. Or it could be a massive opportunity for the sport to grow a bigger fan base and catch the eye of bigger sponsors.
Mainstream TV is going to be crying out for original content and live sport..... Anyone else up for it?
I am keen to give this idea a nudge.
how do you fund this model? at the moment, the income from the crowd pays the bills for the club/promotor, D1NZ and most other motorsports charge an entry fee to their competitors to cover the costs, (or at least split them with the spectator income) , i dont see this going down to well with competitors being asked to pay an entry fee,
i don't believe that there is a big market for PPV live streaming of NZ speedway around the world, , I dont know the number of streams sold for big meetings, but it would be a fraction of that figure for a club night, level 2 also does not allow regional travel for non essentials, so you wont be able to run marquee events anyway, and with drivers, crews and officals, any big meeting would be over 500 people (most meetings would be in fact)
I dont think speedway (or most motorsports) can run at all at level 2,