Last year, on myOpera blogs (and repeated here
(https://sprytelyblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/dakar-missing-it/ )), I posted
something regarding the television coverage (rather the lack thereof) of one of
my favourite events, “The Dakar”.
This year unfortunately I can only echo those same comments.
It appears that nothing has been done to improve this situation. Although The
Dakar website mentions that there are two Canadian broadcasters, one
broadcaster does not have any Dakar coverage, the other has a couple of
mentions on the website,but as I do not have a subscription I cannot say if
they actually have TV coverage. Also mentioned is an American broadcaster
and likewise there is never a mention of the Dakar.
I had written to A.S.O. (Amaury Sports Organization who sponsor the Dakar) and to the English Canadian broacaster who is listed as carrying the Dakar without response.
Now in 2014 with the Dakar almost over I have just about given up hope of ever seeing any television coverage of the Dakar in Canada (perhaps North America) again.
When this first happened I went out and purchased an iPhone/iPod app so I’d not miss anything. It was not great I have never repeated the purchase. I am tired of clips on a choppy internet.
Also I am tired of writing to people who obviously do not care to ask why authorized broadcaster(s) are not carrying the event. To me it simply shows they do not want to promote the Dakar in Canada. (It strikes me as odd that these same folks make sure I get three weeks of Tour de France coverage, but not one hour of Dakar coverage. Do not get me wrong here, I do enjoy the Tour.)
I am beginning to think it is me an audience of one, preferring Formula 1 to NASCAR, Football or Rugby to NFL, Snooker to 8 Ball or 9 Ball… and My Dakar.