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Author Topic: why is strongman on tv and not powerlifting  (Read 6462 times)
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« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2007, 10:23:24 AM »

my english is niot that bad ijust said that for commercial reasons these strongman events require much more than brute strength . and yes ibeleive that jumping and running are not strength demonstration
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« Reply #26 on: October 06, 2007, 10:42:16 AM »

Strongman is more exciting to watch.
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« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2007, 08:48:46 PM »

A lot of it has to do with willingness of sponsors to put up money for one type of broadcast vs. another.  Powerlifting was broadcast in ESPN in the '80s, but it got swept off along with bodybuilding.  It's too close to that & it makes people in sports bars where ESPN is broadcast uncomfortable.  They can laugh at the WSM stuff, though, since it's so cartoonish.  Beyond that, powerlifters are intimidating to the general public.  They can't picture themselves doing it, & don't want to associate with anyone who does.  Much of sports broadcasting is a fantasy wish fulfillment for viewers--they want to be able to do what they're watching.  The general public doesn't want to powerlift. 
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« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2007, 08:55:57 PM »

A lot of it has to do with willingness of sponsors to put up money for one type of broadcast vs. another.  Powerlifting was broadcast in ESPN in the '80s, but it got swept off along with bodybuilding.  It's too close to that & it makes people in sports bars where ESPN is broadcast uncomfortable.  They can laugh at the WSM stuff, though, since it's so cartoonish.  Beyond that, powerlifters are intimidating to the general public.  They can't picture themselves doing it, & don't want to associate with anyone who does.  Much of sports broadcasting is a fantasy wish fulfillment for viewers--they want to be able to do what they're watching.  The general public doesn't want to powerlift. 

People dont want to associate with powerlifters? That makes no sense. People may not be able to relate to powerlifters, thats for sure. Even people who powerlift dont want to watch powerlifting. If they do then its just to watch form or to see the "world record bench press," not because its entertaining.
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« Reply #29 on: October 27, 2007, 05:29:38 PM »

Sorry, I should have said, "people don't want to emulate powerlifters."  I misspoke about associations. 
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