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Big Harvey
Post subject: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 17:04 on 15th Dec 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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This article slipped under my radar last week, but is worth a read:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/c ... 6531617177

That was written before the announcement of worse than expected attendances and TV ratings for the early games this season. For example I've heard an unconfirmed report that there were only 11,000 at The MCG to watch Warney's team in their most recent fixture. If correct I make that 79,000 empty seats!

So pending a big TV rights deal that might not even happen, state associations are actually having to cut grass roots funding in order to bankroll this Frankenstein monster. Shocking!
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wickets
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 02:52 on 16th Dec 2012

Joined: 22:49 on 30th Apr 2008
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Location: Swindon
Even the Aussies have worked out that T20 franshises are crap.
And Aussies aren't that bright!
Says it all.
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peado
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 12:03 on 20th Dec 2012

Joined: 09:29 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Harvey,
I think you made similar comments about the IPL, which now sadly, looks to have taken over cricket in India. Bit early to talk about the demise of Big Bash. Apart from the ashes, where the attendances are swelled by English support, first class and test cricket in Australia are very poorly attended.
Average attendance for domestic T20 in Australia is 15K. Average attendance for domestic first class is 5K. Highest daily crowd for the recent SL test was 6K.
Don't write off Big Bash just yet !
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 15:29 on 20th Dec 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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peado Wrote:
Harvey,
I think you made similar comments about the IPL, which now sadly, looks to have taken over cricket in India. Bit early to talk about the demise of Big Bash. Apart from the ashes, where the attendances are swelled by English support, first class and test cricket in Australia are very poorly attended.
Average attendance for domestic T20 in Australia is 15K. Average attendance for domestic first class is 5K. Highest daily crowd for the recent SL test was 6K.
Don't write off Big Bash just yet !


I'm still not convinced about the long term viability of the IPL as it stands. TV audiences are on the slide, and it's TV money the IPL depends on. Of course as long as attendances hold up, an IPL game remains a spectacle, and it remains a draw for TV companies, but that's not happening with the Big Bash.

Today's clash between the Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers drew a record low BBL crowd to the ANZ Stadium: 4,101 in a ground with a capacity of 82,500!

If you scroll to near the bottom of the following pages, they give the results of the games together with attendances for last season and the current one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011%E2%80 ... gue_season

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012%E2%80 ... gue_season

Draw your own conclusions.
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Cuthbert Rizla
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 12:58 on 21st Dec 2012

Joined: 20:14 on 21st Mar 2012
Posts: 224
THE TWENTY20 Big Bash League has stalled at the start line of its heavily promoted second edition, with ratings down 30 per cent and crowds dipping nearly 40 per cent from the same stage of the competition last year.


www.smh.com.au/sport/cricket/secondyear ... z2FgeOiOFA
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Maidenover
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 17:11 on 21st Dec 2012

Joined: 09:13 on 23rd Apr 2008
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TV ratings of 200,000 per game ... that is impressive
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wickets
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 01:03 on 23rd Dec 2012

Joined: 22:49 on 30th Apr 2008
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Location: Swindon
Maidenover Wrote:
TV ratings of 200,000 per game ... that is impressive


199,999 of them thought the "Big Bash" was a new porn channel.
Very impressive that 1 tuned in for the cricket!
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anothercricketfan
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 10:47 on 26th Dec 2012

Joined: 15:57 on 16th Jul 2012
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big bash is just something to watch when theres no other cricket on tv. i quite like it although its on a bit to early for me to watch all of it so have just watched a little and the highlight program is only 30 mins long so you dont see much.
what ya think about the zing bails?
its just entertainment to me and not the be all and end all. t20 cant get exciting as england proved the other day against india with people becoming heros very quick but as i said its just entertainment.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 11:01 on 26th Dec 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
I had absolutely no idea what Zing bails were, so I googled.

The innovation has been designed to enhance the in-match experience for fans at the games and during broadcast on Fox Sports, adding to the fun and excitement that is BBL.

The Zing Wicket System, created by South Australian manufacturer Zing International, has a sensor in the bails that can determine within 1/1000 of a second when the wicket is broken.

Once the wicket is broken the bails instantaneously flash bright red LED lights and then send a radio signal to the stumps which also ignite. They are powered by low voltage batteries in each of the bails and also in the stumps.

After the tripe 'modernspeak' that is the first paragraph I was enlightened. Strangely it crossed my mind that this innovation may be just slightly superfluous. For example, one of the players/umpires could notice that the stumps are flattened and the bails are flying 40 metres through the air. This may then elicit some sort of appeal and possibly even a dismissal, without any electronic wizardry.
Just a thought
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: The Truth About the Big Bash
PostPosted: 11:18 on 26th Dec 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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blueandy1mac Wrote:
I had absolutely no idea what Zing bails were, so I googled.

The innovation has been designed to enhance the in-match experience for fans at the games and during broadcast on Fox Sports, adding to the fun and excitement that is BBL.

The Zing Wicket System, created by South Australian manufacturer Zing International, has a sensor in the bails that can determine within 1/1000 of a second when the wicket is broken.

Once the wicket is broken the bails instantaneously flash bright red LED lights and then send a radio signal to the stumps which also ignite. They are powered by low voltage batteries in each of the bails and also in the stumps.

After the tripe 'modernspeak' that is the first paragraph I was enlightened. Strangely it crossed my mind that this innovation may be just slightly superfluous. For example, one of the players/umpires could notice that the stumps are flattened and the bails are flying 40 metres through the air. This may then elicit some sort of appeal and possibly even a dismissal, without any electronic wizardry.
Just a thought


Might be useful for deciding on marginal run-outs and stumpings. Only having watched a few minutes of Big Bash cricket in order to laugh at the crowd sizes I wouldn't know how effective they've been so far in this respect.
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