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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old Mar 18th, 2006, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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All-Williams final beats football with 23 million viewers

This post is for the people, which to my surprise are many, that thinks people believe Sharapova's accomplishments are more unbelievable that that of the Williams'. It is also to address that those of you who think Americans would prefer to watch Sharapova. This article is to prove how much some of us need schooling, in particular this individual

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When Maria won Wimbledon in 04 I remember going to my local pub that night and hearing old men, young children, black and white, gay and straight everyone you can think of all discussing it . I couldn't believe it, none of them had a major interest in tennis but there they were all around bar stools discussing the Russians amazing achievement. They all were talking about Yuri and the hardship the family endured in order for Maria to play tennis. It was a remarkable moment and I never remember that reaction for Serena or Venus
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Venus and Serena Williams helped make tennis more popular than football, for one night at least.

Nearly 23 million viewers watched at least part of Venus' 6-2, 6-4 victory over her younger sister on Saturday night in the first prime-time women's U.S Open final.

The preliminary national rating for CBS Sports' telecast was 6.8 with a 13 share.

That means an average of 6.8 percent of all of the country's TV homes were tuned in to the tennis at any given time, and 13 percent of in-use televisions were tuned to CBS.

It was the largest TV audience of any program Saturday night, including ABC Sports' coverage of No. 5 Nebraska's 27-10 win over No. 17 Notre Dame. The college football game's ratings might have suffered because Nebraska opened a 17-point lead early.

Venus and Serena didn't play exceptionally, and their match was rather lopsided, too.

Still, the TV audience for the first Grand Slam championship match between sisters in 117 years increased each half-hour during the broadcast, peaking with a 7.7 from 9:30-10 p.m.

The high numbers might prompt the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the tournament, and CBS to keep the women's final at night. It previously was played on Saturday afternoon, sandwiched between the men's semifinals.

"It was a one-year experiment. We agreed to try it for a year, and we will talk to the USTA about it in the next few months," CBS Sports president Sean McManus said Sunday.

"Judging from the viewer interest, it was a phenomenal event. It really transcended sports and became a news item. People who wouldn't normally watch a women's tennis event tuned in to see what all the buzz was about."

A potential sticking point for next year is that CBS owns the TV rights to the college football game between national powers Miami and Florida scheduled for Sept. 7, 2002, the same Saturday as the U.S. Open women's final next year.

"It would take some working out," McManus said.
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i thought it was gunna be nfl if it was that i'd say wow this is good though
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thats really great! I would have thought that the 2002 us open would have had more veiwers though. Does anybody know how many tuned in for that one?
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^^ Not sure, but I am sure it was a lot. I have heard several commentators saying that wehenver a williams play, the ratings immensely increase.
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yeah the 2004 finals where serena played sharapova was down in the tv rating compared to the 2003 final where serena played venus
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3 Serena matches are the highest rated tennis matches in espn 2 history... enough said
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i definitely think the williams' are more intriguing to the general US public...

although i'm not a big fan, they are basically the one largest reason that women's tennis coverage increased in the early 2000s despite many events moving overseas...i remember when tons of mini events were in places like vermont, houston, oklahoma city (not so long ago!) etc, and it made for lots more tv coverage

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3 Serena matches are the highest rated tennis matches in espn 2 history... enough said


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More people no Venus and Serena than Sharapova...and Venus and Serena have clearly achieved more...I don't know what you're trying to prove here...

plus this is old news...

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i definitely think the williams' are more intriguing to the general US public...

although i'm not a big fan, they are basically the one largest reason that women's tennis coverage increased in the early 2000s despite many events moving overseas...i remember when tons of mini events were in places like vermont, houston, oklahoma city (not so long ago!) etc, and it made for lots more tv coverage
Another issue for Sharapova is that she's .... I'm NOT talking about her tennis here, a bit generic.

If you're looking at a tall, slender Black woman playing tennis, you know you're watching Venus. If it's a more averaged-height Black woman with an enormous chest (playing in lingerie) it's Serena.

If she so tiny she's waif-like, but with HUGE cuts at the ball, it's Henin-Hardenne.

Lindsay, Kuzzy, Mary Pierce, Clijsters, they all have a look unique to them, relative to the world's top thirty.

If it's a pale skinned Russian over 5'10, it's Sharapova. Or Dementieva. Or Bovina. Or Safina.

How many newbies who tuned in for today's final is going to have an easy time picking out Dementieva for Sharapova next time around?

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Volcana:

If you're looking at a tall, slender Black woman playing tennis, you know you're watching Venus. If it's a more averaged-height Black woman with an enormous chest (playing in lingerie) it's Serena.

Wonderful observation!!
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Americans, that's who. Any more silly questions?

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More people no Venus and Serena than Sharapova...and Venus and Serena have clearly achieved more...I don't know what you're trying to prove here...

plus this is old news...
If you could read, you would probably know what I am tyring to prove
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Wow.I know their finals sucked, but they did bring viewers to the game.

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