Five Sports I Want To See on TV More Often
Living in the United States, many of the sports that I love can be viewed on my 50" television screen in my living room.
Sometimes nothing can be better than sitting down and watching a football, baseball, or basketball game on a weeknight.
But what about the other sports? I'm always open to trying new things out.
With that, here are my five sports I'd like to see on TV more.
No. 5: Air Racing
When I say air racing, I mean more specifically the Red Bull Air Race.
Although there are only six races and they are shown on FSN, for some reason I have never been able to find them on my DirecTV guide (maybe I'm not looking hard enough).
After attending the Detroit race last year, I definitely think that this sport deserves a spot on Fox. These pilots are nuts—it's incredible what they do.
If we can watch NASCAR, then I think Americans would love the air races.
No. 4: Team Handball
Handball (the team kind) has got all the things that we love: physicality, speed, and lots of scoring.
Granted, the United States doesn't have a good enough team to qualify for the Olympics, but I think that showing the European tournaments could get people interested.
I personally love watching handball during the Olympics—it's exciting, entertaining, and definitely a sport I would like to see on TV.
No. 3: Rugby
We love football. Every year we go crazy about the No. 1 most popular sport in America. The day the schedule is released is so popular that it could almost be a national holiday.
Rugby has all the qualities football has, minus the pads. Sorry, football and hockey players (which pains me to say because I've played hockey all my life), but rugby players are the toughest athletes.
Bone-crushing hits, scoring, and the team play that's involved would make rugby a big success in my opinion if it was given a chance.
No. 2: Lacrosse
The two biggest lacrosse leagues in the nation—Major League Lacrosse and the National Lacrosse League—both have TV contracts (MLL has ESPN2 locked in), but there is only one game shown at most per week, and most of the time it's not even live.
Lacrosse is one of the oldest sports out there—the Native Americans invented it many moons ago—and today it is still popular at the high school and college level. I'm thinking of playing it next year because it has so many similarities to other sports.
Big hits, lots of goals, and great athleticism are what I see when I watch lacrosse, and I want to see more of that on television.
No. 1: Hockey
I could go on and on about why I love hockey. In the many debates I've been in over the years about hockey, I think I've used just about every aspect of the sport in favor of it.
Another thing I've learned, though, is that it's very hard to change one's opinion about something, especially on a topic like sports.
Whether you like it or not, hockey is the No. 1 sport I would like to see on TV more.
Yeah, there are a couple of games on Versus per week, and one on NBC every Sunday, but that's not enough. Versus isn't on many people's cable/satellite package, and in this economy, not many people would be willing to shell out the extra bucks to get it.
Mr. Bettman, if you're reading, please change something so I can remove the game I love from this list in the near future.