Kropotkin wrote:Faster1 wrote:Kropotkin wrote:For sure, the viewing figures dropped when Rossi was injured.
, I have no doubt of the accuracy of your claim. But I have no idea who would watch racing for the singular reason of seeing one (even the best) rider, then completely ignore, or stop watching the same series because said rider is not there. I understand that polarizing personalities can only add to the spectacle and I acknowledge their value but,, seriously, who are "these people", who place these qualities above all,, housewives? children? smitten teen girls? Would "these people" pay to watch said rider ride around the track by himself? Does the rest of the grid even need to leave the paddock?
The vast majority who watch all professional sports are casual viewers, watching for entertainment only. They need heroes and villains, the rest is unimportant.
,, gonna have to respectfully go the other way on this one DE, at least here in the states. Try calling a NASCAR fan casual and you'll have a brawl on your hands. It takes hard-core commitment (and a sh*itload of beer) to fixate on a bunch of cars turning left for 2 hours.