Last weeks blog wasn’t even supposed to be on here, but have material, will upload and all that. Having cleared it with “Blog Lord Barrie” he assured me it was fine, as long as I keep up my obligations to have one uploaded this week!
Now me being me and not wanting to let anyone down, here I am once again and luckily it just so happens there is actually plenty to speak about, so here we go…
As the previously mentioned and much talked about recent live streams from Belle Vue have proved, there is a market for speedway to do such a thing.
Now admittedly the sports hand has essentially been forced given the global situation we find ourselves in, but good often comes out of bad and live streaming of meetings could well be a massive part of the future of the sport moving forward.
Sure it’s nothing like the live experience of actually being there but if restrictions of crowds are still a thing in 2021, it may well have to be. Even if these restrictions are fully lifted though, whats to say that live streaming can’t still be a thing? It would allow fans to still see the meetings they couldn’t get to in person and it potentially opens up the sport to a whole new audience.
We all know that when it’s done right, there is nothing quite like speedway, in fact, it’s absolutely glorious so why wouldn’t you want more eyes on it?
Which brings me to the British Under 21 Final which is now being streamed live from Shielfield Park on October 21st, but not only that you can pay whatever you like to watch the meeting.
Now whilst this might seem like a bold move, it may actually prove to be the litmus test for meetings being streamed in the future in terms of figuring out a price people are willing to pay.
Hopefully people embrace this and pay what they believe to be a fair price for the meeting, allowing the sums to add up as they should. As with anything like this, there will be freeloaders, but they will be in the minority as most truly genuine speedway fans understand and appreciate the efforts and subsequent costs involved in putting an event like this on.
At this stage we obviously don’t know whether spectators will be allowed in attendance but what we do know is that there will be no shortage of eyes on the meeting itself.
Hopefully the weather plays ball and we get to see the best of Britain’s young riders strut their stuff in front of a huge paying audience. Dan Bewley starts as the obvious favourite, but the likes of Drew Kemp and Jason Edwards may well have something to say about that.
Then of course there is the likes of Jordan Palin who looked so impressive around Belle Vue, so with that in mind the wide open spaces of Shielfield shouldn’t hold too many fears for him and I could see him being a spoiler at the very least.
Talking of which, there will be plenty of Berwick related interest in the event with Leon Flint and Kyle Bickley in the meeting. I may well be wrong here, but I don’t think I can recall a time where we had two Bandits riders in this meeting.
In the grand scheme of things this meeting is huge on so many levels. It’s obviously huge for the riders involved in the meeting and it is a huge honour for Berwick to be staging a meeting with such rich history and prestige.
But it is also huge in the regard that the viewing figures and buy rate may have a huge bearing on the way the sport is presented to the masses moving into 2021.
With the announcement that Eurosport are on board to promote the sport for the next ten years, this meeting is an excellent opportunity to show that speedway deserves its place in the spotlight and deserves a huge audience.
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Until next time…and there will be a next time.
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