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38 minutes ago, Stoke Potter said:

For the most part it isn't, essentially that's the point.  That's why "Marketing" initiatives such as the one carried out by Mr Pairman, and countless other before him, don't work.

The thousands of fans that have stopped going these past decades didn't stop going because the local band that used to play on the centre green split up and stopped performing. Many stopped because of the way the sport was being run.. by promoters who know best but then have to try outlandish methods to get the numbers back. There are only so many times that a speedway fan can be mugged off, and then they become an ex-fan. A team sport isn't a team sport when fans don't have any bond with the riders who are riding for it. It is a major turn off with speedway, that has the makings of a decent sport. That is the first problem to solve, the doubling up and down all over the leagues. But that's easier said than done and will no doubt send more fans through the exit gate one last time. The way it is now, speedway is just raced to allow riders chance to earn a living. It is a bit wild west, all over the place.

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11 minutes ago, moxey63 said:

The thousands of fans that have stopped going these past decades didn't stop going because the local band that used to play on the centre green split up and stopped performing. Many stopped because of the way the sport was being run.. by promoters who know best but then have to try outlandish methods to get the numbers back. There are only so many times that a speedway fan can be mugged off, and then they become an ex-fan. A team sport isn't a team sport when fans don't have any bond with the riders who are riding for it. It is a major turn off with speedway, that has the makings of a decent sport. That is the first problem to solve, the doubling up and down all over the leagues. But that's easier said than done and will no doubt send more fans through the exit gate one last time. The way it is now, speedway is just raced to allow riders chance to earn a living. It is a bit wild west, all over the place.

I think we're actually agreeing - if the core product is decent then you don't need the sideshows.  The problem is the core product - the actual racing - is rarely good enough.

The first problem to solve is make the racing more entertaining more of the time.

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