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Right, I should have noted EST.



The only reason I saw it is that I had to be home at that time anyway. I would have recorded it, though, because I was interested in how ABC was going to handle it.



The race commentary was, uh, not very engaging. I like Schawntz, but he's not much of a broadcaster. The other guy they had tried, but it was obvious that he wasn't really familiar with the sport.



I'd give ABC a B- overall for the first time out.



Steelers players/lousy riders, aside, I'm looking forward to the NFL season very much (as every year), too.
 

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I still have hope for KP.



Then again, I'm delusional.



KP, go out and buy the damn thing already!



(P.S. Chrome rims on your bike are totally cheesey.)
 

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I wonder how many people in the good ole USA are subscribers to MotoGP? I find cable TV overpriced and poorly packaged for my interests, therefore I don't have it. Anybody remember this"... yup, you'll be able to watch what you want to watch and without commercials...". Sorry, gotta go and buy a lottery ticket to pay for education in this state...Sorry couldn't help myself.
 

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LOL good one
 

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Does anybody out there know if taping (recording) the races counts for the ratings?

I don't sit in front of the tube all day waiting for the races to be aired, but I do record and watch all of them. I hope it counts.
 

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Good point thanks.
 

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Unless you have a Nielson box attached to your set or an Arbitron diary none of what you do counts. If you are a Nielson home, recording programs would count.



Ratings are at best an educated guess based on the viewing habits of monitored homes.
 

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If your IQ is above 80 you don't qualify for a Nielson box. They try to pick people who are easily subject to hypnotic suggestion. (The 60 cycle speed of the pictures on TV act as a hypnotic carrier wave. This is why people stare at the thing for hours on end no matter how horrible the programming).



You've probably been checked out 'cause you own a Harley, though.
 

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So what does a 0.2 rating mean? Is that people that tuned in to watch the entire race?



I have a nephew who sits in front of the TV and scans through about 20 to 30 channels in about as many seconds, but only watches one of those channels for at most 5 minutes.
 

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Yep I have wondered about the accuracy of Nielson ratings... May dad did the Arbiton diary once for som free groceries once... Of course if is a true random sample of folks.. statistically it should be a good predictor.. I wonder if Tivo sells their data to Networks.
 

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I'm not sure how they handled that with the advent of channel surfing.



In radio they use what's called AQH (Average Quarter Hour share or sometimes referred to as cumes) which is why radio stations put on the most popular songs at the top of the hour and don't break until 20 minutes after. You pile up 15 minute listening blocks that way.



How long you watch or listen isn't as important as how many people listen which explains why stations play the same 10 songs over and over.
 

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I'm usually out riding, sleeping, or working when the MotoGP broadcast comes on. But I record it on DVR and never miss a race. I have to admit that I usually don't watch AMA Supersport or Formula Extreme, but often watch World Superbike and AMA Superbike races.



But I *never* miss MotoGP. Used to watch F1, but doesn't seem to me as if anything ever happens on it anymore. All the F1 cars look alike, drivers are invisible, and all they do is go around the corners without sliding or leaning (and mostly) without crashing.



Phil Tarman

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1999 Kawasaki Concours "Tumbleweed"

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That hurt :)
 

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Same as US football no one in the rest of the world gives a dam about it. Now real football where you actually use your feet to kick the ball -- an enormous following world wide.

Nascar in the rest of the world, no one could care less but MotoGP, a huge following -- far greater interest than any US racing series. F1 is even bigger.

In the rest of the world compared to these 2 series --- Indy car not much interest, Champ car what the heck is that etc. etc.
 

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Around here you have to have the most expensive cable tier to even get Speed, and that runs around $50.00/mo. I know lots of guys who don't even have the expanded channels. Also, don't forget that in the U.S. a very small percentage of the American public rides motorcycles. Of those few people, how many do you think actually know about roadracing, let alone MotoGP. I suspect it is quite small.
 
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