2017 Official F1 Thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Paebr332, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. ontrip

    ontrip Been here awhile

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    I miss James Hunt and Murray Walker
  2. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    Ralph Sheheen, who has all of Diffey's annoying habits and none of his expertise? Please no.
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  3. MotoChuck250

    MotoChuck250 Not older than dirt

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    Don't recall ever seeing them on this side of the border. :dunno
  4. GhoGho

    GhoGho Adventurer

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    I read somewhere that NBC didnt get the rights due to lack of money, but rather their insisting on a longer term contract.
    If that is true then I can see coverage going to a pay channel/ PPV, just like MotoGP did, in the near future.
  5. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    That would be the death knell for F1 in the USA. I can't believe a US media company would be so tone deaf.
  6. GhoGho

    GhoGho Adventurer

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    Lets hope that that is not the case.
  7. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    NBCSN is a US media company, and look who they hired to announce F1.
  8. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    Yep, Four guys that I like listening to during the F1 broadcast.
  9. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    Shrill-Leigh, Absolutely Matchett, Drunk Uncle Dave, and Mr.

    Dramatic.

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  10. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    I read that two issues came up.

    1/ Length of contract. Liberty Media feel that their product is undervalued. They expect the value to rise and don't want to be tied-in to a low-paying, long-term contract.

    2/ Digital rights. NBC wanted them. ESPN was willing to let them go.
  11. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    Shrill-Leigh, I like it. :lol3
  12. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    Got a link? What does #2 mean? Is ESPN going to forgo online streaming availability? If they do, will someone else be allowed to purchase them?
  13. Moronic

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    Indeed. But they were widely derided at the time - same sort of complaint that people have about others now. Walker was over-excitable, didn't pay enough attention, didn't know enough, was always warbling along about something irrelevant and missing the action, couldn't tell one driver from another etc.

    "Mansell is slowing it down, taking it easy. Oh no he isn't! It's a lap record."

    And with Hunt:

    ''Berger's car is on fire!''
    ''No Murray that's his rainlight''

    It's true that we rarely appreciate what we have until we've lost it. Probably because what we have is rarely what we had been hoping we'd have.
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  14. MotoChuck250

    MotoChuck250 Not older than dirt

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    ...and will we have to pay for the privilege of watching the race online at a more convenient time?
  15. JBSmith

    JBSmith Ink-stained wretch

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    I've heard clips of Walker's commentary. It's pretty funny in a two-minute-YouTube-blooper-video sort of way but if I'd had to listen to that for the whole race I'd have stuck pencils in my ears so far they met in the middle. The length of his career and the esteem in which he's still held* baffle me.

    (A girl I knew way back in high school had the perfect term for it: She called such people "adorable incompetents.")
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  16. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    Not worth it. There's generally only enough excitement in a modern formula 1 race for a three minute highlight reel. Those will be free.
  17. RedRocket

    RedRocket Yeah! I want Cheesy Poofs

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    I'd guess the F1 website will be the place.
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  18. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    ESPN used to actually attend the races when they broadcast them before. I doubt that will happen now.
  19. wxwax

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    Correct on #2. Not just streaming, but all digital products, I would think. As for who executes that portion of it, it wasn't reported. I figured F1 itself might do that, but that's just me spitballing. Thy might well sell it separately, I don't know.
  20. wxwax

    wxwax Excited Member

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    That's a thorny area. In theory, the rights seller wants to protect their TV partner's product because, historically, that's where the big money comes from. Digital revenues still can't match TV revenues, so that equation still holds true. So ordinarily, the licensor would not condone products which might steal audience away from their TV partner.

    But if the digital rights are being held separate, who know what they might choose to do?