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WOOOW figures 2 months after i get at&t u verse and pick up fuel this happens. Not a fan of this at all im not mad at MMA or anything but it get's plenty of coverage on numerous networks and pay per view. I hope in the long run this hurts fuel and they get back to their roots but i doubt it will
Oh Sweet, more man on man action. Yah they are tough as fuck, but I dont wanna watch them getting all sweet for eachother. That shit is not a sport, and deff not an action sport. What does it take for anything to stick to its roots these days?
Fuck you fuel tv. Went from having sick shows to promote good unknown athletes (unsponsored was one of my favorite shows ever) to now showing what every fat redneck fuck in america likes to watch. Leave that shit to spike fuel, go back to being somewhat underground please.
A couple thoughts. First, I don't think everyone watching Wallisch's Firsthand and buying the episode was wasted effort. It's wrong to think of any big organization as a homogeneous group of like minded sheep. Here is some background. Fuel was moved into the Fox Sports Division at the beginning of the year. David Hill, head of Fox Sports, wasn't happy with the network. He mandated some changes and it's pretty clear that a large segment of the employees are not happy.
The good news, regarding Wallisch, was that it did make a statement. As the inevitable exodus from Fuel begins, the former employees--dedicated and passionate snowboarders, surfers, skaters and even skiers themselves--who have heard that message will take it to wherever they go. As the lessons from Bluetorch lead to the creation of Fuel, so too the lessons of Fuel will inform the next incarnation of action sports on TV.
I think the best case scenario is that good action sports oriented programming will continue. That is the stated intention. Hopefully, there won't be too much of this bull shit:
on October 11, FUEL TV premieres “Cubed,”
comedy series, which debuted on FoxSports.com’s groundbreaking
“Lunch with Benefits.” Corporate cube culture meets sports humor in
this weekly, featuring sports-crazed coworkers as they creatively weave in
pranks, sketches, and ridiculous scenarios that take the form of imagined music
videos and mock TV talk shows – all encompassing the world of pro sports
The network’s signature prime time show “The Daily Habit” re-launches
on October 18 featuring a dynamic opinion-driven, panel-talk format.
Capitalizing on the frenetic pace of pop culture, the revamped show includes a
mix of stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment who comment and
discuss anything and everything, from the day’s craziest viral video to
the latest celebrity train wreck. “The Daily Habit” continues to
showcase contemporary musical performances that you can’t find anywhere
else on TV.
but come on, racing and mma aren't extreme sports. extreme sports as a name sucks anyway and now anything that goes near the x games like rally racing becomes extreme? I don't even know how the fuck mma got in there.
The next 20 years will be pretty interesting for this kind of stuff. It will be a push and pull between television and internet and core individuals passionate about their niches vs corporate conglomeration seeking NOTHING more than additional revenue.
This doesn't add up. If Fuel is trying to go to a wider audience (which, in my opinion, should include our sport) then why choose MMA and such? From what I know, MMA and such isn't nearly as popular as snowboarding or skateboarding (which is why I watch Fuel. I may be wrong, but isn't that one of the main reasons Fuel is popular, because they conduct interviews with unknown boarders and all?) . Also, if they are trying to go a bit mainstream and play what people like, then why not include skiing? It's obviously very popular to someone if all these kids buy Tom's Firsthand on iTunes.
Oh well, we may very well never understand their reasoning for these changes. At least we know we can make a statement by buying and watching any skiing on Fuel.
I'm not exactly sure what you are suggesting Blake. As I've said before, it's wrong to think of TV in general and FuelTV specifically as monolithic and homogeneous. It's also wrong to think that corporations and consumers have mutually exclusive interests, even when the consumers in question constitute a passionate core. Simply put, if the corporations work against their consumer's desires, they'll be out of business or they'll give way to new competitors. For example, when ski companies refused to engage with snowboarders, they ceded a place in the market for companies like Burton and Rome.
It is certainly easier to think of corporations as monolithic because it's hard to understand what is happening when a corporation sends contradicting messages at the same time, for example paying for a show about Wallisch and then writing this bullshit article. Human beings need a cohesive narrative: something is good or evil. We hate middle ground. The fact of the matter is corporations are no different than other social institutions, like newschoolers. They are both complex groups filled with people who have different agendas and certainly don't always agree.
Yes, the mission of a corporation is to make money, but to attribute that as the sole or even primary motivating factor belies the complexity of human, and by extension, corporate nature. Corporations are made of people and people are not solely motivated by money, thus, as in inconvenient as it may be, corporations are not always motivated by money.
I can say, having been in the discussions regarding Tom's Firsthand, money did not play a role in the decision. Tom, in the estimation of me, the Senior Producer of Firsthand and the VP of Programming, was simply the best option for a show at the time. If money was a primary factor, we would have chosen another athlete also being considered because his sponsorships lined up better with the network's.
I also have to say, as much as I disagree with him, I believe Brad Farmer's blog post was not indicative of a grand plan. It was Brad Farmer stoking an old reliable flame he thought would please his audience--just like we were. Neither group was out for money. Our group just seems benevolent because you agree with the outcome. More importantly, our group is more at the core of programming decisions than Brad Farmer.
At a meta level, what you are witnessing on the outside is an internal struggle at FuelTV. Do we embrace skiing or do we kiss snowboarder's asses by making fun of it? I don't know what the result of that struggle will be, but as an important participant in the debate, I know which side I am on.
Where Fuel has fucked up is that they have not sufficiently invested in a feedback channel for their community. They are pretty much flying blind, making poor decisions because they aren't listening. If we want to see their money put behind projects we want on TV (Traveling Circus on Fuel, anyone?) then we need to ignore their ignorance and make them hear us.
That's why I thought it was so important to engage with Mr. Farmer and his pathetic drivel. It's easy to ignore skiers saying they're better than snowboarders. That's the logical response. It's attracts a little more attention when you have skiers AND snowboarders tell Fuel they're out of touch, the debate is old and we want integration. I'm tempted to call Brad and see what message sunk in.
Since this is already reeeeeeeeally long, what's one more thought? If you believe that corporations only do thing in their self interest, consider the Banksy opening for the Simpson. I can guarantee you that the same lawyers that were pissed about Wallisch's beer bottle weren't amused by this either.
^^^^^^thank you, I thought your first post in this thread was really dumb considering you are a producer of first hand and totally beat around the bush when this thread was about the possibility of more skiing on fueltv.
I should add, the changes at Fuel are a setback for skiing and all action sports. I too am disappointed in the changes. Like I said in the above post, I believe Fuel made some stupid decisions because they aren't listening. There is one of two outcomes: either a new action sports channel that better fulfills our needs emerges or we engage them as a community and convince them to listen to us. But to believe that all corporations are greedy and not interested in the consumers actually prevents us from getting a result we can be happy with.
I guess if you ask me tomorrow, I'll have a different outlook for skiing on Fuel. haha.