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Thread: Why so little coverage of the NCAA in the media?

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    Default Re: Why so little coverage of the NCAA in the media?

    Quote Originally Posted by tmwellsworth View Post
    I'm in my mid-40s and belong to an internet wrestling club. Get together with guys all over the world to do freestyle wrestling. All ages, all skill levels. Many of the guys wrestled in HS or College, some just picked it up later.

    Just about everyone I've met has one thing in common (besides wrestling): they don't tell their "non-wrestling" friends that they do this. It seems wrestling is the one sport that guys cannot continue to do after college because many people think there is something weird about it. I let it slip at a dinner party once and a woman looked at me and actually said "but, it's so gay, isn't it?" And that's not an isolated comment.

    A woman who used to clean for me had a son who was going off to college. I met him. He was 5'8", very muscular and compact. My first thought was to ask her if he had been on the wrestling team in HS. She said he started it but she felt it was "kinda gay" so she convinced him to quit and do football instead.

    I was flabbergasted. I also got weird looks like that from my local newspaper editor when I suggested more wrestling coverage.

    It seems like there needs to be a lot more education on this subject and, perhaps, that could lead to a better understanding and more coverage of wrestling in the media.

    PS: I live 45 minutes from the Iowa border. We don't have a major sports team of any kind within 3 or 4 hours of here. Still no wrestling coverage but lots of every other sport including Figure Skating!
    Wow, that would make Oklahoma, Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania the gay capitals of the country. Please don't tell this to California Baptist or Liberty University either. They would be very disappointed.

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    When I e-mailed the sports editor for the local paper (Ventura Star) I got the following response:
    We apologize; with all the things that was going on that weekend, we
    failed to see the wrestling championships on the wire.
    Once again, we are sorry that we weren't more diligent in getting the
    result in the paper.


    I guess next year I should e-mail ahead of time to warn them that the event is going to take place. This is better than the response I got from the LA Times, which I am still waiting for.

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    Default Re: Why so little coverage of the NCAA in the media?

    Two reasons: Betting & basketball; oops that's the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Souffle View Post
    Two reasons: Betting & basketball; oops that's the same thing.
    Good call!

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    Default Re: Why so little coverage of the NCAA in the media?

    photo of downtown Chapel Hill after Carolina's last NCAA basketball championship.

    Wrestling will never, ever, ever be able to compete with this for media coverage. No matter what time of year the wrestling season is.

    Super 32 Challenge - October 26-27, 2013

    "Good things happen when you wrestle for a full seven minutes." -- Jayson Ness, post-finals press conference

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    Is quite a daunting task isn't it. I love the Chapel Hill area. Hope to retire west of there in the Asheville area.
    See you in St. Louis!

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    None of this will change either, unless the leaders of the sport 1) look at the problems with the rules, 2) set up a viable league, regional and national tournament system, 3) have a real National Dual Tournament with all teams involved and 4) stabilize the rules when they change them for the better so non-wrestling fans can understand whats happening.

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