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Steve Simon's State of the WTA 2016 address: more livestreaming, new website coming

Press conference: https://www.facebook.com/WTA/videos/10155304022426102/

Podcast version: WTA Insider - Oct 26, 2016 - State of the Tour Address w/ WTA CEO Steve Simon.

Launch of WTA Networks - new digital and social media platform. Article: News | WTA Tennis English
A tagline "The Pulse of Women's Tennis" will support the positioning of this new division and its aim to be the primary destination for fans following the tour.

Summary of big points from the press conference:
  • The website wtatennis.com, social media channels and Apple and Android apps all being revamped by WTA Networks and will relaunch January 1, 2017.
  • WTA Media is taking over production of all WTA events over time to give consistency of presentation across the Tour.
  • All singles matches will be televised.
  • Doubles will be broadcast from QFs to Finals.
  • Total matches televised will go from 800 currently to over 2000.
  • No announcements yet about prices or options for streaming service.
  • Adding off court content including press conferences and original productions showing behind the scenes access, profiles of players and archival footage with history of the Tour.
  • Looking at calendar structure to make transitions between events easier. Considering methods to put a gap before Singapore and make that the last tournament of the year.

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Useless press conference. What a bunch of buffoons. Blah blah blah and no real changes. They've been talking about fixing the calendar for two years and nothing ever gets done in order to shift to a healthier schedule. How about introducing faster hard courts to make the women's game more exciting? How about increasing the number of clay and grass court events that are easier on the body than those slow ass hard courts? How about promoting players for their talents and skills instead of holding beauty contests like "vote for the best dress"? And please get rid of that 18th century British journalist that doesn't want post-match press conferences to be streamed. Invite more competent and up-to-date journalists to cover the sport.
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Press conference: https://www.facebook.com/WTA/videos/10155304022426102/

Launch of WTA Networks - new digital and social media platform News | WTA Tennis English

  • WTA Media is taking over production of all WTA events over time to give consistency of presentation across the Tour.
  • All singles matches will be televised.
  • Doubles will be broadcast from QFs to Finals.
  • Adding off court content including press conferences and original productions showing profiles of players and archival footage with history of the Tour.
  • Looking at calendar structure to make transitions between events easier. Considering methods to put a gap before Singapore and make that the last tournament of the year.

That's actually all good stuff. Thoughts:

1) The WTA streaming stuff sounds great. It always felt a tad anticlimatic when a match ended and they just show palm trees etc. It could be an improved service, if they can get it technically right.

2) All single matches streamed is great. Said that 2 years ago when they signed the contract. Good for doubles to get more also.

3) The calender, good words, but pointless if just more hot air again.

4) WTA finals being the final tournament = good. A weeks break = good. If it happens = excellent.
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Useless press conference. What a bunch of buffoons. Blah blah blah and no real changes. They've been talking about fixing the calendar for two years and nothing ever gets done in order to shift to a healthier schedule. How about introducing faster hard courts to make the women's game more exciting? How about increasing the number of clay and grass court events that are easier on the body than those slow ass hard courts? How about promoting players for their talents and skills instead of holding beauty contests like "vote for the best dress"? And please get rid of that 18th century British journalist that doesn't want post-match press conferences to be streamed. Invite more competent and up-to-date journalists to cover the sport.
Some of this is not in the WTAs hand.

1) Fatser courts. This is as much dependent on the ATP as anythig else for many of them, Ultimately tournment directors are responsible for court surface speed. It will also be hard if venues have other uses and most do.

2) Clay is hard on the body, it can lead to more wrist and ankle injuries. if those joins get injured then the hard courts make it worse. There are also 3 months of clay events in the 10 month calender. Plenty of clay. Agree grass season has to be expanded.

3) Like it or not, women are into the fashion aspect of sports and celebrity. That probaly won't go. And if I'm honest it probably doesn't hurt anyone. Also any business that looks to the future wanst to increase social interaction, not lessen it.

4) Who is this british journalist?
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And please get rid of that 18th century British journalist that doesn't want post-match press conferences to be streamed. Invite more competent and up-to-date journalists to cover the sport.
This is Barry Flatman of The Times (of London). I don't read The Times but I believe he is well-respected and competent. His was the first question to Steve Simon in the Q&A after the address.

I've heard a similar point brought up before this year about player press conferences. He was saying that The Washington Post no longer has a tennis correspondent, due to budget cuts. His point was that if the whole press conference is live streamed where is the incentive for a newspaper to send a journalist all the way to the tournament to ask the questions. So he sees it as bad for tennis journalism.

Their response was that they still believe there is a room for a journalistic interpretation of what is said, even if it's livestreamed. And then they said some rubbish about prioritising journalists but I'm not sure what they mean by that.

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This is Barry Flatman of The Times (of London). I don't read The Times but I believe he is well-respected and competent. His was the first question to Steve Simon in the Q&A after the address.

I've heard a similar point brought up before this year about player press conferences. He was saying that The Washington Post no longer has a tennis correspondent, due to budget cuts. His point was that if the whole press conference is live streamed where is the incentive for a newspaper to send a journalist all the way to the tournament to ask the questions. So he sees it as bad for tennis journalism.

Their response was that they still believe there is a room for a journalistic interpretation of what is said, even if it's livestreamed. And then they said some rubbish about prioritising journalists but I'm not sure what they mean by that.
Ah. This is a very good point made by the "18th century british journalist". If journalists are not there then it's basically the WTA controlling the flow of information. That may be desirable for them but it will lead to lower quality journalism, few tennis stories breaking in the media, less coverage overall and therefore more bleacher report style junk beng presented as insight.

That doesn't mean I don't think there shouldn't be interviews streamed etc but there can be a place for streaming and journalistic exclusives.
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And please get rid of that 18th century British journalist that doesn't want post-match press conferences to be streamed. Invite more competent and up-to-date journalists to cover the sport.
This is Barry Flatman of The Times (of London). I don't read The Times but I believe he is well-respected and competent. His was the first question to Steve Simon in the Q&A after the address.

I've heard a similar point brought up before this year about player press conferences. He was saying that The Washington Post no longer has a tennis correspondent, due to budget cuts. His point was that if the whole press conference is live streamed where is the incentive for a newspaper to send a journalist all the way to the tournament to ask the questions. So he sees it as bad for tennis journalism.

Their response was that they still believe there is a room for a journalistic interpretation of what is said, even if it's livestreamed. And then they said some rubbish about prioritising journalists but I'm not sure what they mean by that.
I have to agree with everything the WTA are proposing, as well as the live streaming of press conferences and the job of the journalist. Journalists aren't recorders and dictators. I think their are a great deal of weak journalists who hide behind this task as though that is the be all and end all of the job. A good journalist will make you want to read their take on something, and will include and link into their report PRIOR facts that relate to that press conference more. A real journalist will take enough interest in their job to know the full subject, and not just repeat what the player has said. And a journalist not being at thepress conference to ask his question is the sign of a journalist who has no real interest and perspective on the subject.

Anyway, it all sounds really exciting
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How about promoting players for their talents and skills instead of holding beauty contests like "vote for the best dress"? And please get rid of that 18th century British journalist that doesn't want post-match press conferences to be streamed. Invite more competent and up-to-date journalists to cover the sport.
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The new website better be good. It needs to be at least as good as the ATP website.
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How much is this going to cost us?
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Well it is a Murdoch paper.

All I know is he's been doing this a long time and is one of the few dedicated tennis correspondents still out there. I won't make any claims about his writing. Like I say I don't read The Times/Sunday Times, mainly for the reason above.

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Journalists aren't recorders and dictators. I think their are a great deal of weak journalists who hide behind this task as though that is the be all and end all of the job. A good journalist will make you want to read their take on something, and will include and link into their report PRIOR facts that relate to that press conference more. A real journalist will take enough interest in their job to know the full subject, and not just repeat what the player has said. And a journalist not being at the press conference to ask his question is the sign of a journalist who has no real interest and perspective on the subject.
But journalists go where their editor tells them to go, unless they are self-employed/freelance. They might not have a choice even if they want to be there.

You are right about a lot of tennis articles these days. Many seem to be cut-and-paste jobs from articles that went out on news wires e.g. AP/Reuters. That usually means the original story wasn't written by someone with a deep knowledge of tennis and neither was the revision that got published. For example, I noticed the tennis articles on the BBC News website went down drastically in quality when they got rid of their tennis correspondents due to tighter budgets a few years ago. They tend to be a declaration of the score and a single pull-quote from the press conference transcript which tells you almost nothing.

They should let journos submit questions by Skype. Problem solved.

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