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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 2HBStrat, Jul 24, 2021.
Nigeria and AUS beat USA in mens basketball...
Empty spaces, what are we living for?
Abandoned places, I guess we know the score, on and on
Does anybody know what we are looking for?
Another hero, another mindless crime
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime
Hold the line
Does anybody want to take it anymore?
The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah
Inside my heart is breaking
My makeup may be flaking
But my smile, still, stays on
I don't watch television.
Thanks for reminding me why.
There’s a bit of crowd noise because the venues aren’t completely empty: VIPs, dignitaries, staff, teammates, etc. Depending on the event and venue it might not feel so lonely.
Naturally I have been paying a lot closer attention to the lead up this (whole) year, particularly the attitude of most Japanese people regarding holding the games this time around, and it has given me a much more cynical view of the whole Olympics machine, but when you actually watch the athletes in action, man it’s still pretty magical stuff...
Been skateboarding and surfing my whole life.
Neither are Olympic sports.
The commentary is painful, you can’t just explain these activities to a casual viewer.
+1. Yup, it was a great thing until they ended the amateurs only era. I’ll still try to catch a couple events, but the Olympic money machine will keep on going anyway. No doubt that it should have been delayed yet another year or even go back to the winter and summer Olympics in the same year. The whole issue is very sad. Especially to such a gracious host nation that has been caught in a pickle.
Lot of surfing and skateboarding when I was younger, but these two sports are actually being introduced in this year’s Olympics. Not sure why or if they should be though.
Just keeping it real.
I bet Japan disagrees entirely.
Building all these mostly one use venues... Is not cheap.
I would watch a crowd before I would watch the Olympics.
Well, the advertising companies (a couple of which have a truly shocking amount of sway here, apparently) CERTAINLY disagree.
The focus of the Olympics is money.
Yeah, I haven't watched a minute of it, nor do I plan to.
Completely agree. Watching privileged children from wealthy families and East Germany civil servants was much more pure. Poor kids making it through a professional system just tainted the whole thing.
Well, I’ll admit you make a good point, but I enjoyed the college athletes much more than the highly paid professionals of today. I know that there has always been issues in the modern era of the Olympics, but no doubt, TV money changed the whole dynamics … even including college sports.
Your right, I'm sure the 100's of millions of lost dollars in ticket revenue, parking, concessions and hotels and tourism etc... isn't affecting them all.
Yeah college sports (especially the money ones like football and basketball) are at LEAST as screwed up as the Olympics now, arguably MORE so.
Oh yeah, that’s been a huge disappointment, but I think it’s a small percentage of the tv rights. I’m basically agreeing with you about the competition/entertainment thing, but most people here are not benefitting that much from the parking, hotels, etc., especially with things...as they are... I think it has been pretty clearly demonstrated that the costs of an Olympics are broadly distributed across the host country, while the PROFITS are effectively focused on a very limited number of people.
Yup, no doubt, I suppose this is why I always root for the underdog no matter what. As I became cynical about … well, just about everything, I realized that money wins in every competition … even and especially outside of athletics. I suppose that is why I yearn for the yesteryear of sports in general.
Yeah, and don’t get me going about athletes from big rich nations competing “for” their heritage tiny countries.
Nevertheless, on a positive note, I think the Olympics provides one of the best venues for people and countries to demonstrate to the world that we can all get along with each other if we want to.
If you’ve ever been to the Olympics, you know that for many events there are almost no spectators anyway…so not much difference really.