I've written emails to versus, I'm sure to deaf ears, to let them know how much the Paul/Phil commentary has degraded. It's interesting since I personally started noticing a few years ago, before LA's comeback how really second rate they had become in their commentary. Unfortunately, I record my tour stages on DVR and have no other option other than watch versus's feed. What's more unfortunate is that the entire stage today for me, as will most stages, was reduced to 10 minutes plus the last 6 kms, about 20 min total, as I have gotten to the point where I just cannot bear listening to those guys. It disappoints me that it's the only real viable choice for me to watch the tour.
Does anyone have any other ideas as to how we can let versus know how so many of us feel?
Unfortunately, I would venture a guess that those of us that really dislike the commentary and it's angles are by far the minority as a percentage of viewers in the USA.
The entire complex that it has become has placed the advertising revenue and the money steamship first and foremost for anyone at versus to look through any other lens in order to maintain any quality tv or journalism. Is there any other means that we can utilize to avoid and not patronize any affiliated business/parent company related to the above entities and to let them know how we feel?
I will tell you this.
In Canada, we exactly ONE race on TV in the course of the year - one.
The TdF - courtesy of Phil and Paul.
I expect that next year will be a pale imitation of this year's coverage - with a lot of " that isn't the way Lance would have done it" type commentary and the following year we will have no TV coverage at all.
What I think is sad is that Vs over the last 2 or 3 years could have been trying to expand the viewer base / viewer interest by trying to engage people in the stories of other riders than Lance.
Instead they have gone the other way and turned into the all-Lance, all the time station.
I don't know how that figures to maximize their advertising revenue in the short term, but in the post-Lance world they will be left with no stories at all. And the viewers that should have been turned into cycling fans will simply drift away as Vs become ever more marginal. having been served up a menu of nothing over the years but - Lance.
You can only re-broadcast stories about the Lance years for so long.
A tremendous opportunity squandered and ultimately the story will be " Americans just didn't take to cycling".