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(BBC)   Could badminton become the next cool sport that will attract a new generation of viewers?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 69
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2013-02-05 03:35:50 PM  
Oh god there's going to be hipster badminton players going to antique shops to get more "authentic" wooden rackets and vintage birdies. Someone will probably make money designing handcrafted leather holsters or something for the rackets. Probably even be "impromptu" games on less trafficked streets that will be tweeted about roughly an hour before occurring so the food trucks have time to get there.
 
2013-02-05 04:31:01 PM  
Nope.
 
2013-02-05 05:55:45 PM  
No
 
2013-02-05 05:57:00 PM  
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2013-02-05 06:09:02 PM  
Badminton is fun as hell to play.  Watching it being played, though?  No thanks.
 
2013-02-05 06:17:06 PM  
It has every bit of a chance of becoming the next cool sport as curling does.

(And I *like* curling.)
 
2013-02-05 06:19:02 PM  
I would have gone with [unlikely].
 
2013-02-05 06:35:23 PM  
To be fair, this is the Beeb, and they unironically cover Cricket.  So, by their standards, maybe.
 
2013-02-05 06:35:38 PM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: It has every bit of a chance of becoming the next cool sport as curling does.

(And I *like* curling.)


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2013-02-05 06:37:28 PM  

PhiloeBedoe: i449.photobucket.com


I'M A VICTIM OF SOICUMSTANCE
 
2013-02-05 06:53:56 PM  
FARK NO
 
2013-02-05 06:54:01 PM  

Huck Chaser: Badminton is fun as hell to play.  Watching it being played, though?  No thanks.


^that one, right there
 
2013-02-05 06:55:40 PM  
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2013-02-05 06:56:31 PM  
It's accessible economically and anyone can do it.   Seems more likely to be a hit than MMA was at it's inception.   So, I'll say,  "Yes."
 
2013-02-05 07:02:11 PM  
Um
No.
 
2013-02-05 07:06:11 PM  
I can see it now....the Lingerie Badminton League.....or maybe Beach Badminton...
 
2013-02-05 07:12:49 PM  
Please rephrase your question regarding badminton without the unsuitable words "cool" and "sport", and speak directly into my shuttlecock.
 
2013-02-05 07:25:35 PM  
Are we in China or some other Asian country? Well there's your answer then.
 
2013-02-05 07:26:06 PM  
Yes, people will be drawn to the nuances of tanking games for better playoff placements.  Watching two teams trying to lose is a most entertaining WTF moment.
 
2013-02-05 07:29:06 PM  
BOO! Play real tennis, you wankers! BOO!
 
2013-02-05 07:37:58 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Yes, people will be drawn to the nuances of tanking games for better playoff placements.  Watching two teams trying to lose is a most entertaining WTF moment.


That was awesome.
 
2013-02-05 07:39:43 PM  
No grand slam serves, power smashes, just fragile rackets daintily hitting a birdie. No one watches a sport for finesse, just ask the WNBA.
 
2013-02-05 07:42:28 PM  

Huck Chaser: Badminton is fun as hell to play.  Watching it being played, though?  No thanks.


Sounds like fencing.
 
2013-02-05 07:43:47 PM  
Reading the actual headline, I heard it in the voice of Russell Peters saying "Aren't we... Coool?"
 
2013-02-05 08:02:47 PM  
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2013-02-05 08:05:03 PM  
If they go the beach volleyball uniform route, maybe.
 
2013-02-05 08:21:07 PM  

Ennuipoet: To be fair, this is the Beeb, and they unironically cover Cricket.  So, by their standards, maybe.


Cricket is massively popular on this planet. The 2011 Cricket World Cup Final had 400 Million viewers (which is like ten times the Superbowl;s number.).
 
2013-02-05 08:27:58 PM  
Badminton played well is damn exciting to watch.
 
2013-02-05 08:28:32 PM  

Hebalo: Cricket is massively popular on this planet. The 2011 Cricket World Cup Final had 400 Million viewers (which is like ten times the Superbowl;s number.).


4 times. the superbowl gets roughly 100 million. that said, if more indians and pakistani's had TV it wouldn't even be close.


and i watched a bunch of badmitten in the last olympics. it was actually a lot of fun. i was admittedly pretty drunk, but still. better than tennis or golf certainly
 
2013-02-05 08:41:47 PM  

Weenie_Boy: I can see it now....the Lingerie Badminton League.....or maybe Beach Badminton...



www.onthecan.com
/calinte!
 
2013-02-05 08:46:55 PM  

Hebalo: Ennuipoet: To be fair, this is the Beeb, and they unironically cover Cricket.  So, by their standards, maybe.

Cricket is massively popular on this planet. The 2011 Cricket World Cup Final had 400 Million viewers (which is like ten times the Superbowl;s number.).


Well, when you have an audience of two nations that are a billion people a piece that don't really follow many sports (indians aren't particularly athletic) that isn't hard to have such huge numbers.
 
2013-02-05 08:48:41 PM  

Huck Chaser: Badminton is fun as hell to play.  Watching it being played, though?  No thanks.


I have that sort of thought about various sports.

Baseball: Fun to play, boring to watch.
Football: Fun to watch on TV, marginal in stadium, I wouldn't play it myself.
Hockey: Fun to watch from first tier or boxes, I don't watch on TV, and can't play myself.

Badminton is something you can pack in for a picnic. I think the fun in playing it is more about who you're with. I can't imagine how you'd make it a TV sport. Maybe if you had hawks circling the court to snatch at the birdies.

/Full contact croquet sounds good
 
2013-02-05 08:51:33 PM  

tlchwi02: Hebalo: Cricket is massively popular on this planet. The 2011 Cricket World Cup Final had 400 Million viewers (which is like ten times the Superbowl;s number.).

4 times. the superbowl gets roughly 100 million. that said, if more indians and pakistani's had TV it wouldn't even be close.


and i watched a bunch of badmitten in the last olympics. it was actually a lot of fun. i was admittedly pretty drunk, but still. better than tennis or golf certainly


Men's tennis isn't nearly as fun to watch as women's tennis, to me, if only because there is a lot more volleying and less reliant on aceing a serve.  (huh, girl's fundamentals better than watching dunks) and golf... oh my. I understand how fun it would be to play, a nice walk in a field and all, but on tv is like watching flies fark. No, less interesting than that.
 
2013-02-05 08:55:21 PM  
Oh, and world-class badminton still has to live down the match-throwing hijinks of the Olympics, which resulted in, at least one case, *both* teams being DQ'd for trying to throw their match to avoid facing a team they didn't want to face during round-robin play.
 
2013-02-05 09:00:57 PM  

wildcardjack: Huck Chaser: Badminton is fun as hell to play.  Watching it being played, though?  No thanks.

I have that sort of thought about various sports.

Baseball: Fun to play, boring to watch.
Football: Fun to watch on TV, marginal in stadium, I wouldn't play it myself.
Hockey: Fun to watch from first tier or boxes, I don't watch on TV, and can't play myself.

Badminton is something you can pack in for a picnic. I think the fun in playing it is more about who you're with. I can't imagine how you'd make it a TV sport. Maybe if you had hawks circling the court to snatch at the birdies.

/Full contact croquet sounds good


I've found that baseball is great on the radio while you're working in the garage. It's good background filler because there's a lot of lulls between action. Hmm, maybe I'd like soccer better if I listen on radio.

I agree with your other assessments: The advent of that yellow first down line and replays makes going to a football stadium redundant unless you have great seats and a kickass tailgate beforehand. Hockey seems not to benefit as much from tv to me, maybe it's the visceral thrill of seeing/hearing guys get boarded in person that makes the game more exciting.
 
2013-02-05 09:03:06 PM  

Fano: wildcardjack: Huck Chaser: Badminton is fun as hell to play.  Watching it being played, though?  No thanks.

I have that sort of thought about various sports.

Baseball: Fun to play, boring to watch.
Football: Fun to watch on TV, marginal in stadium, I wouldn't play it myself.
Hockey: Fun to watch from first tier or boxes, I don't watch on TV, and can't play myself.

Badminton is something you can pack in for a picnic. I think the fun in playing it is more about who you're with. I can't imagine how you'd make it a TV sport. Maybe if you had hawks circling the court to snatch at the birdies.

/Full contact croquet sounds good

I've found that baseball is great on the radio while you're working in the garage. It's good background filler because there's a lot of lulls between action. Hmm, maybe I'd like soccer better if I listen on radio.

I agree with your other assessments: The advent of that yellow first down line and replays makes going to a football stadium redundant unless you have great seats and a kickass tailgate beforehand. Hockey seems not to benefit as much from tv to me, maybe it's the visceral thrill of seeing/hearing guys get boarded in person that makes the game more exciting.


I think the reality of all sports (save hockey) is that it's better on TV.   Both football and baseball are really games of inches and finesse  so having the six different camera angles and replay options is far better than what you will see live.

Hockey is just too damn fast for TV, which is a shame because it is an absolutely glorious sport.
 
2013-02-05 09:04:57 PM  

Fano: and golf... oh my. I understand how fun it would be to play, a nice walk in a field and all, but on tv is like watching flies fark. No, less interesting than that.


I can watch a major tournament with mild interest, but otherwise...I will say though, watching a golf telecast when I'm already tired is like listening to those "relaxation CD's" for sleeping. The hushed tones from the commentators, ambient sounds like birds chirping and the breeze...I've intentionally changed the channel to a golf tournament before if I want to nap on the couch and it can put me right out.
 
2013-02-05 09:11:06 PM  

Killer Cars: Fano: and golf... oh my. I understand how fun it would be to play, a nice walk in a field and all, but on tv is like watching flies fark. No, less interesting than that.

I can watch a major tournament with mild interest, but otherwise...I will say though, watching a golf telecast when I'm already tired is like listening to those "relaxation CD's" for sleeping. The hushed tones from the commentators, ambient sounds like birds chirping and the breeze...I've intentionally changed the channel to a golf tournament before if I want to nap on the couch and it can put me right out.


I might try that some time. I'll have to record it, of course, because I doubt I'll be home at that sort of time.
 
2013-02-05 10:35:16 PM  

naughtyrev: Oh god there's going to be hipster badminton players going to antique shops to get more "authentic" wooden rackets and vintage birdies. Someone will probably make money designing handcrafted leather holsters or something for the rackets. Probably even be "impromptu" games on less trafficked streets that will be tweeted about roughly an hour before occurring so the food trucks have time to get there.


That's why we gotta stop those booger-eating jerks before they get any ideas.
 
2013-02-05 10:40:59 PM  

Relatively Obscure: Nope.


Krymson Tyde: No


unlikely: Um
No.


Pretty much these.

Primitive Screwhead: Weenie_Boy: I can see it now....the Lingerie Badminton League.....or maybe Beach Badminton...


[www.onthecan.com image 640x544]
/calinte!


...That's naughtyminton.
 
2013-02-05 10:41:25 PM  
no
 
2013-02-05 10:53:05 PM  
I'd watch it if the only other option was watching "wrestling".
 
2013-02-05 11:34:25 PM  

naughtyrev: Oh god there's going to be hipster badminton players going to antique shops to get more "authentic" wooden rackets and vintage birdies. Someone will probably make money designing handcrafted leather holsters or something for the rackets. Probably even be "impromptu" games on less trafficked streets that will be tweeted about roughly an hour before occurring so the food trucks have time to get there.


They would also insist on "auhentic" shuttlecocks that use feathers from only the left wing of a goose.

Which reminds me:

"Why do shuttlecock makers use only left wing of the goose?"
"Because if they used the right wing they wouldn't be able to make black shuttlecocks"

/try the veal
 
2013-02-06 12:34:47 AM  
It would be better than the wnba.

Make it beach badminton.
Beach volleyball outfits and a shuttlecock.

hell yeah
 
2013-02-06 12:37:35 AM  
"What strange ritual do the Beastie Boys perform to keep in shape? The Beastie Boys, to keep in shape, actually play a game that's a cross between badminton and hand grenades... known as... badass-minton."
 
2013-02-06 12:50:59 AM  

Primitive Screwhead: Weenie_Boy: I can see it now....the Lingerie Badminton League.....or maybe Beach Badminton...


[www.onthecan.com image 640x544]
/calinte!


is that alyssa milano?
 
2013-02-06 12:51:07 AM  
One of the more interesting things about my training as a barrister in London was seeing the huge hall of the Royal Courts of Justice turned into badminton courts after hours.

/csb and all that, what...
 
2013-02-06 01:00:22 AM  
I'm sort of a contrarian anyway but my interest is honestly piqued. I'd Give it a shot.
 
2013-02-06 01:07:56 AM  

Pardon Me Sultan: As a spectator sport, badminton falls behind ... Target shooting


No, no it doesn't.
 
2013-02-06 01:26:53 AM  
People watch poker on television so I'm not ruling it out.
 
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