Re: Rule Changes
Ignoring for the time being that each of us on here have our connections and people that we know/support which doesn't necessarily mean that we are that person, let's consider the potential tv benefit of a format change. Plus, I think it is pretty bad form to "out" someone if you did happen to know who they are while posting under an alias yourself. Okay, I guess I didn't ignore your effort to identify me. Maybe right, maybe wrong.
Even if the collegiate tennis match is shortened to an appropriate time format, I really don't see it ever being successful on television because watching a single match on the screen just doesn't convey the drama of a match that you experience being at the match and having your head whip back and forth between 3 doubles courts or multiple singles courts.
People watch collegiate sports to root for one team versus another, and the drama of the team score in a tennis match will be very hard to properly convey on television. Televising a collegiate tennis match won't ever be like watching a softball or soccer game where a single screen can capture what is going on. I wonder how many of us watch the live scoring pages at the NCAA Championships or for certain conference championship matches instead of watching the live streaming of a single court.
I know they could have cameras and cover six courts simultaneously, but look at how they used to broadcast the NCAA Championship matches on ESPN. They would pretty much stick with one court that the commentators were watching and only break away to another court for little glimpses that were usually nothing other than a match point and a handshake.
Furthermore, while it would be great to see college tennis on television, I don't think it is worth the price that college tennis would have to pay by no longer being a true reflection of the sport of tennis.