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(Original post by meepmeep)
Back on track, it shall be interesting to see the viewing figures when ITV take over next year. Does anybody know exactly what "commericialising" of the evnt is going to occur that made the BBC ditch it for ITV?

Having always thought that the boat race was on the list of "crown jewels" which had to be shown on television, I've just checked and found it not on here.
Interesting. I didn't realise they had rules about that. I dunno what this "commercialisation" that is being talked about is - all the rowers already have the sponsor's names on their vests, and on the cup, I guess it must be involving getting more sponsors or something. As long as they still show the race, I don't mind.

Joey, I'm not lying about the viewing figures - that's what they said, and it's on the net as well. People listen to it on the radio, the World Service, all sorts. Don't get so uptight about it. And for God's sake, must you bring rugby into every damn thread?
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Hehe, yes I dont doubt you are lying at all. I trust you. Its just I dont beleive that figure at all. Like I said, it is never mentioned in the top sporting viewing ratings so the BBC are telling porkies. If only 9m watch it in England, surely where the biggest audinece will come from, the rest of the world isnt going to make it up to 400m. That in terms of TV is a VERY huge figure.
Well, I don't care anyway. Tis what they said, they must have got it from somewhere.

Am going to Brownies, who won't care about boats or rugby.
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
Have fun with your little nippers

I will be going home in a mo Had a ******* amount of stuff to do today
what u doing now in ur gap?

i'm sure i might have asked u before...
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
I think they are telling porkies to be honest. The boat race never comes close to making the top watched events worldwide. At 400m it would be one of the top watched events.

The fact is, IT IS one of the top watched events. Go to the official website:

http://www.theboatrace.org/therace/faq/

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How many people watch the race?

The Boat Race is one of the most popular events in the British sporting calendar and attracts a massive crowd of around 250,000 to the banks of the River Thames between Putney and Mortlake. For the last five years, the BBC Television audience for the Boat Race has averaged over six million, making it a top five live televised annual British sporting event (along with the Grand National, the FA Cup Final, Wimbledon Men's final and the British Grand Prix). In 2003 the TV audience for The Race was 7.7 million. The event also has a huge international following with an estimated global audience of 400 million in around 180 countries.



As much as you hate the truth, you can't change the facts.
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joey johns: your obviously very biased,never mind steve redgave not knowing anything about sport, you blatently dont. its only once a year anyway, so whats the problem. and its not usually so late in the day, it was because of the tide this year. so unless you usually have your tea at 3 or 4 then the argument is kind of invalid.anyway, its not going to be on the bbc anymore, itv are taking it over.

it was a shame it was a little contriversial, but i think since oxford were being warned at the time it was mostly their fault. the cam cox was great, i must admit that at the time i thought it was the ox cox but taped it anf watched it on fast forward, so missed a few things.
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
Hehe, yes I dont doubt you are lying at all. I trust you. Its just I dont beleive that figure at all. Like I said, it is never mentioned in the top sporting viewing ratings so the BBC are telling porkies. If only 9m watch it in England, surely where the biggest audinece will come from, the rest of the world isnt going to make it up to 400m. That in terms of TV is a VERY huge figure.

1. IT IS mentioned in the top viewing ratings.
2. England has a very small population compared to the rest of the world. I do believe that around 400million people watch it.

People are very interested and curious about this 175 year old tradition, which involves 2 of the best educational institutes in the world. They are obviously more interested in it than the general British population.
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
I would have seen both boats to sink because rowing is a minor sport and should not be on national TV apart from druing the Olympics and world championships like the rest of this countries minor sports. The BBC count this as part of the licesnse payers fee when the majority of the country dont give two hoots about it. Events like this should be on sky.

It's moving to ITV next year anyway, so they won't waste any of your precious licence fee on it. Anyway, have you ever seen World#s Strongest Man (or something like that) or the snooker? The boat race is only a couple of hours, and it had something like 7 million viewers I think. It was the biggest in 10 years anyway.
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
I kind of disagree. A lot of players who play for Oxbrdige do go on to represent their country. But accordingly there are players who choose careers over rugby, who I have no doubt would have got into an international side.

Indeed. But thats to be expected, if you have a much smaller pool of people going for one position it is obviously easier to be world class in your selected field. Similary it is much easier to become a pro rugby player compared to a footballer due to the stiff competition within football.
There are very few English players who play for Oxbridge and go on to play for their country. It might be true that Oxford this year had one international and I don't think Cam had any, but on the whole, a couple try turning pro every year and more often than not they fail to reach the expected standard!

As for the rowers, someone in the Cam boat turned down a very good chance of amedal at the Olympics to compete in this "minor" race. Also, one of the Oxford crew turned down the chance to trial for the world champs squad last year to race in the boat race and for his college. The boat race is of such a standard that it makes it intersting to watch and also the tradition is a real draw. Ifor one was at the river yesterday cheering on Isis and the Blues, with a pint in my hand having a joly good time. How on earth can you call it minor when as many people watch it as cleary do, and they all enjoy it.

BTW, the 400 million is an estimate including viewers in countries outside Europe, which are not taken into account in that Times list.
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
We have already been through this one. Because rowing IS a minor sport there are less people competing for the same positions, thus making it much easier to become 'world class'.

Erm, no your incorrect. Those figures are 'worldwide' my friend. I will take the rugby example because I know about the rough figures, 12 million from the UK, about 7-8 million from Australisia and the rest is made up from the rest of the world.
Youare suggesting that only 3 million people from France, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland watched it? Makes me laugh
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http://users.ox.ac.uk/~quarrell/BRcollection/
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
Again its off an Oxbridge site.

I just dont believe people would get up at silly times around the world to watch it live. Especially not 400m people.
Is it necessarily live?
That figure includes radio audiences as well.
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(Original post by Joey_Johns)
Again its off an Oxbridge site.

I'm not saying 400m people have watched the last few seconds of the race on a news program worldwide. That is very believable. I just dont believe people would get up at silly times around the world to watch it live. Especially not 400m people.
From the Boat race site:

The UK television audience averages about 9 million viewers and the BBC figures for worldwide TV and radio audience for all or part of each year's Boat Race is above 400 million.

The Boat Race remains unique not simply because of its national and international profile, but because, despite the changes of the last hundred years, it remains as it was in the outset, a private race between eighteen young men (and sometimes women*) from the two most famous universities in the world.


This shows that is both tv and radio....400 million might be possible...and might help sum up why it is importnat to so many people!
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would it not be cool to have an international boat race?
say, the winners of cam vs ox against the winners of harvard vs yale.

or an "all brit" cam-ox crew vs an "all american" harvard-yale crew.

think about the potential viewing figures for that!

problem is - where would you race?
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(Original post by Hash)
1. IT IS mentioned in the top viewing ratings.
2. England has a very small population compared to the rest of the world. I do believe that around 400million people watch it.

People are very interested and curious about this 175 year old tradition, which involves 2 of the best educational institutes in the world. They are obviously more interested in it than the general British population.
175 year old tradition? Someone aught to have told the organisers that...
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175 year old tradition? Someone aught to have told the organisers that...
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If this is to do with it being the 150th boat race then...

The first boat race took place 175 yrs ago. it doesn't mean that it happened every single year. Obvioulsy 25 of those 175 years, the boat race didn't happen.
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Joey, why does it matter so much? It's over, don't let it drag on by bickering over these silly things.
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Read my last post. I was right anyway
:rolleyes: whatever. You just wanted another excuse to **** off rowing and remind everyone how fantastic you are at rugby
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Read the thread again. Twasn't me who brought rugby into it, it was this marabara fellow who seems to have a problem with the fact that I decided a career over rugby.

So far I believe I am the only person who has admitted the arguement was pathetic. I dont see any of the rowing bummers doing so do you?
Can't be arsed.

And it was you who started it.

It's getting more pathetic by the minute....
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Yeah me as well! I much prefer the Oxford cox - he is class.

By the way, the umpire is a Cambridge graduate who took part in the boat race years ago.
oohh....... SCANDALOUS! lol despite supporting oxford and initially thinking it was all cam's fault, when they went thru the thinking behind the decision i thought it was fair cos it was a bit of a case of "6 and two 3s"!

however, great race, what i saw after work that is, and yes acer seems class compared to that scrawny, ugly, rude little cam cox!
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however, great race, what i saw after work that is, and yes acer seems class compared to that scrawny, ugly, rude little cam cox!
The Oxford cox was swearing just as much - but unfortunately the Cambridge one made that one rather unfortunate comment while his sound was being broadcast.
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