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Hello Alois and Jeff,
I know there was a show with a PQOTH about this but i can not find it. How can i find this discussion? Actually it belongs to that discussion.
I have an Opinion to this, that i think, There is no need to make this game faster. I think opposite is the case. I think, people dont get much into it, cause it is too fast for them. Most people who watch sports on tv, want actually a show. The extreme case of is american football. For an european like me, a completely strange sport. But if you see it from another angle, like probably many americans do, just having a party with friends and looking at the game simultaneously. You need those lots of brakes to drink beer, eat barbecue and icecreme and have fun with friends.
Table tennis is at the moment extremely not that case, because of the fast and quite complicated features it has. A good comentator can barely keep up with what happens (Adam Bobrow does it great) but, as a spectactor, you have to stay concentrated/focused all the time. and its hard. especially if you dont play tabletennis.
So here is my solution. May be its somehow strange, but i think it would work great. I think, time limits between the points would solve a lot. And i dont mean just a time limit how long you can wait, but also one how long you have to wait between the points. there would be a rule for broadcasted matches, lets say, of at least 10 sec. brake and at most 20 sek. Execution very simple, with kind of traffic lights. after each point the umpire presses a button, the light goes red for 10 sek. in this time its not allowed to play the next point. afterwards the light turns green for another 10 sek in this time the server has to make the serve.
So this precious time is great for in my opinion neccesery sowed down replays and a thorough commentary with some analysis. may be also some gadget things like computers wich show how fast the ball was, or at what rate it spun. Once people start to understand things they will follow a lot more.
So is also a kind of rythm set inbetween the points. Very often the players leeding want to make the game fast, and the loosing want to slow down a bit between points. Such a regulation would even such things out.
And the most importand spectactor will have always his 10 to 20 sek for a beer.
What a unique and really interesting idea. At first you look at it and think that can't work... however, you might just have a great idea if not at least a discussion point.
Cricket, even the newer faster version has breaks of at least a minute in between balls.
Having had the chance to commentate some matches, it is difficult to even review the previous point when there is a decent break between points. When they are rushing it is impossible. As a spectator it would be difficult to analyse what is happening.
What do other PingSkillers think?
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