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@ 563 cricketfairyBut the paying public still aren't interested in womens cricket. The only reason the WC final had so many in attendance is that they gave the tickets away for free. For the semi-final the tickets had to be purchased and the crowd was 2k.It will take the number of girls starting to play cricket to increase 100 fold (plus 15 years) to break even on any investment.
Why not, except it would lose money and nobody is interested? The BBC would more than likely cover it and give it equal status to the men’s but no one will care. Good luck though!
567 Red Hare "Which is actually a smaller marginal cost than if you had to hire them from scratch."Obviously it is a lot cheaper to run the Women's tour in parallel with the Men's, however it is still an additional cost with nothing in return.Might be better to sell the rights separately while the BBC are desperate to prove they are not as biased as their pay data suggests.
If women want a tour so badly, then why dont they go fund one themselves?I was taught to always stand on my own two feet. It would be nice it others did the same.
Did this article really need to be quite so long?It needed about 3 paragraphs1) in viewing figures for cycling showing the difference in audience for male and female events2) the revenue raised by male ab female cycling events3) A conclusion showing there is very little interest in female cycling
Make your own ladies tour. Call it something different, see how it goes. I wouldn't be watching, no interest at all
Looked like an interesting article but lost interest after the first paragraph. Surely the second '?' comes after "sexism", starting a sentence with 'And' plus 'anytime soon', here in the UK simply using 'soon' is all you require.
I'd like to support the thrust of this article.That would be easier if I could find the blow-by-blow live coverage of the Giro Rosa on the website so I could relive it as I can every day with the TdF.
@566Which is actually a smaller marginal cost than if you had to hire them from scratch. I don’t have exact costings in France but for the Women’s Tour, if they held it alongside the Tour of Britain then they’d spend roughly £150k a day rather than triple that or higher. They can’t afford that, so they cut the helicopter time right down.Rough numbers only, I don’t remember exactly.
560. Red Hare "The highlights shouldn’t cost too much to produce, there are already tv motos and helicopters hired for the day." Surely they are hired based on what is needed to fully cover the men's race, covering a second race would either mean more cameras, reduced coverage of the men's race, or longer hours for the camerapersons.
Why haven't women organised and funded a women's Tour de France ?
Part of the problem is that women’s cycling does not have the mythology and stories that have developed around men’s cycling. That’s why the quick fix of borrowing the glory of Paris Roubaix or the Tour is suggested. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it would be better for women’s races to develop some of their own stories. That takes time, and so the races need to be protected at this point.
Seem to remember the same being said a few years ago about women's cricket.Since there has been more coverage on TV, more girls have signed up to cricket clubs wanting to emulate their heroines and maybe get on the cover of Wisden's like Anya Shrubsole. Give it a chance boys. After all we are in the 21st century.
All that's required is the will. Of the organisers and of the sponsors.In Britain we have a Men's Tour and a Women's Tour, run in Sept and June respectively.This year the prize money was the same for both events.TV coverage for both on terrestrial TV.Crowds on the roadside for both.
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