With the racing season over, at least in the northern hemisphere, it might be time to ask racing fans whether you watch races live, or at least when they’re televised, or do you take advantage of the many TV recording options to watch on your own schedule. During the season, especially with MotoGP and World Superbike, many of the races are long over before they are shown on U.S. television, but the results are easily available from the sanctioning bodies and many different news sources. In their rush to be first, many sites report the results as soon as they can on the front page and if you happen to drop into their website, there it is staring you in the face which pretty well kills the suspense in any close race. Watching races can be a great way to relax and often the time available for relaxation does not coincide with televised schedules.
It used to be that I would post results after the race had been televised until I received an email from a fellow who watches on TiVo and raised the issue of spoilers. After that I began to post results where you had to click the “more” link for their display. Of course, discussing the race is impossible if you always have to hide the results and some races are notable for unusual events and a discussion soon after can be interesting, so how long do you delay for all of the time shifting viewers?
Toward the end of the season I just stopped posting about races altogether, there are obviously many sites where results are available and The Kneeslider is not a site primarily about racing anyway so I don’t believe it’s a big issue. On the other hand, I still would like to discuss races if they have some unique happenings so here is my question: How do you watch races? Do you always watch live, recorded, depends on your schedule, doesn’t matter because missing a race is no big deal, or what? This is probably a good post for a poll and I may toss one up later today when I have a little more time.
This all applies differently to viewers around the world because I suppose many European races are live for viewers on the continent and delayed for the U.S. Of course the U.S. has AMA Superbike with the same problem of timing.
The time shifting viewers also have to realize you can only delay so long before you’ll run into results eventually, no matter how much others work with you to keep results behind a curtain. It’s an interesting issue though since more and more viewers are watching television very selectively by recording what they want to see.
So, what do you think?