Amy Donaldson: Gymnastics needs to evolve to thrive in changing college sports world

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  • FYI Taylorsville, UT
    April 21, 2014 9:19 a.m.

    "why drop the high and low for team, when all four judges count for individual events?"
    Yes 4 scores count on individual events, however, there are 6 judges so high and low scores are still dropped.

    @Ganana, ESPN has taken a big step in streaming the national championship live. While not on broadcast TV, they were on ESPN3 so that you could watch it on your computer. Their broadcast was well done, certainly much better than what the NCAA tried to do with the semi-finals. However, even as bad as the NCAA production was, at least it was better than nothing.

  • GANANA Athens, GA
    April 21, 2014 8:12 a.m.

    I agree with the other comment. Let's see some of the gymnastics televised and then it will get more following. This was the national championships and ESPN was televising reruns of other sports events! I love to watch any gymnastics even when it isn't my team but it is never televised live. Gymnastics is one of the most popular summer olympic sports so I would think that sports stations would realize that at least regionals and nationals would have lots of viewers.

  • fcbenjamin Chittenango, NY
    April 21, 2014 7:12 a.m.

    I'm not sold on the neutral-site idea. Women's gymnastics finals needs to be televised live on national channels, and it won't look good at all if you are televising the Championships, and there are only a few thousands fans in a 15000+ seat arena. I like Greg's idea of eliminating the drop-the-lowest score. One more thing for fans to keep track of, and it's too confusing. The judging needs changes: why drop the high and low for team, when all four judges count for individual events? Consistency is also an issue. For example, Georgia Dabritz's scores on floor in the preliminary round ranged from 9.9 to a 9.6, which is actually a huge disparity. How about go to 8 regionals, regional champions go to finals, two sessions of four, with events going one at a time (no more 4-ring circus), and the top four compete for the championship, one event at a time, so you can FOLLOW ALL THE ACTION (and the scores)?