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If people don't like Screamy and Shouty then the option is to mute or don't watch.

The broadcaster need to make it appealing to the masses and not the few (us actual Speedway fans).

This is something the BSPA get wrong in just trying to appeal to the few and still get it wrong.

 

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On 24/03/2018 at 6:08 PM, ytsejam said:

I know that in your eyes EVERYTHING connected to speedway is always perfect, but put your tongue away please just for ONCE and actually LISTEN to his commentary next time two riders pass each other on the final lap of a GP race for example.....it will be screams and noises, NO WORDS. Now go and compare that to how a proper professional commentator i.e. Lanning, used to do it. 

Then come back with your stupid comments if you still think Pearson doesnt sound like a monkey in comparison!

Yes, and effective it is to convey excitement.

Which is what speedway is meant to be.

Seems some just want it to be like at their local track, an amazing race greeted by a polite ripple of applause (if lucky) or a raised programme board. The kind of atmosphere that sends anyone new to the sport to sleep.

There was a classic run off race in 1996 between Mikael Karlsson and Ryan Sullivan at Peterborough. I have the race on two tapes with different commentaries. One was full on excitement and the race to this day still give me chills. The other is a mundane commentary with no excitement shown at all. No chills whatsoever, totally destroyed by the commentary. Exactly the same race, two very different results in terms of effectiveness.

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22 hours ago, BWitcher said:

Yes, and effective it is to convey excitement.

Which is what speedway is meant to be.

Seems some just want it to be like at their local track, an amazing race greeted by a polite ripple of applause (if lucky) or a raised programme board. The kind of atmosphere that sends anyone new to the sport to sleep.

There was a classic run off race in 1996 between Mikael Karlsson and Ryan Sullivan at Peterborough. I have the race on two tapes with different commentaries. One was full on excitement and the race to this day still give me chills. The other is a mundane commentary with no excitement shown at all. No chills whatsoever, totally destroyed by the commentary. Exactly the same race, two very different results in terms of effectiveness.

Spot on....

Watch any of the PDC darts streams from the 'floor tournaments' that take place almost weekly around the country as qualifiers for other TV tournaments. Many have no commentary at all....

Many are played in sports halls in front of 'one man and his dog' and sometimes played out in front of no public whatsoever. If a stream has any commentary it is often just someone detailing the scores..

It can very often be therefore mind numbingly dull, with the only sound heard being the match score announcer and the 'thud' of a dart going into the board. There's no way on earth watching that would get you 'into the darts'...

Then equate that to watching darts on Sky and ITV...

The SAME 'sport'. The SAME players, MVG, Anderson, Cross, Wright, Lewis, Wade etc etc have to play these 'floor tournaments' but its millions and millions of miles away from exactly the same thing played out on a Thursday night in the PL, in front of huge 10,000 crowds with commentators shouting out loudly what's happening above the ear splitting crowd noise. ..

Tatum and Pearson bring their passion to the Sport, and as it's a high adrenaline, high octane Sport, there is nothing wrong with trying to impart how exciting it can actually be to a (often ignorant of Speedway) watching nation..

More power to their elbows (and vocal chords)...

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I agree with the above, Pearson and Tatum convey excitement, which on TV is important.  Otherwise you are sat in a quiet room looking at a small-ish screen.  Which is not like seeing something live, where the event is all around you and you fully experience the sounds and smells.  The best atmosphere can easily be lost through TV because of how it is experienced, which is why experiments with not having commentators have not been successful.

I am not sure what is that different about Rowe and Ermolenko on Eurosport, they just do not draw me into the meetings and make them feel completely flat.  But I do like Dave Goddard on Premier Sport/FreeSports, even though he is just on his own describing what he is watching on a TV.  Just shows how difficult a job it is to do well.

There are definitely times I find Pearson can get irritating, but very few commentators are not hated by some.  And those who get the most vocal criticism tend to be by people who would watch anyway, yet are very popular with neutrals who would not watch without someone to help make the experience an enjoyable one for them.

So he gets the biggest jobs with BSI and BT because he makes the sport come alive on TV to more than just those wanting dry technical analysis.

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9 minutes ago, someone said:

I agree with the above, Pearson and Tatum convey excitement, which on TV is important.  Otherwise you are sat in a quiet room looking at a small-ish screen.  Which is not like seeing something live, where the event is all around you and you fully experience the sounds and smells.  The best atmosphere can easily be lost through TV because of how it is experienced, which is why experiments with not having commentators have not been successful.

I am not sure what is that different about Rowe and Ermolenko on Eurosport, they just do not draw me into the meetings and make them feel completely flat.  But I do like Dave Goddard on Premier Sport/FreeSports, even though he is just on his own describing what he is watching on a TV.  Just shows how difficult a job it is to do well.

There are definitely times I find Pearson can get irritating, but very few commentators are not hated by some.  And those who get the most vocal criticism tend to be by people who would watch anyway, yet are very popular with neutrals who would not watch without someone to help make the experience an enjoyable one for them.

So he gets the biggest jobs with BSI and BT because he makes the sport come alive on TV to more than just those wanting dry technical analysis.

Well said my sentiment exactly 

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