Those that have known me for some time, March Madness is one of my favorite sports events. Opening of College/Pro football season, any lazy Saturday at a ball game, High School Swimming State Championships, and March Madness. And when the opportunity arises to attend any of those, I take the opportunity to jump on it.
And that was the case yesterday for the 2nd round games at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee. I think this was the 4th or 5th time I have gone to the games at the BC.
But this blog has nothing to do with the games. This has to do with technology, and how poor the consumers in the sports world are treated when it comes to internet access.
Other industries have caught on and have catered to some extent to the consumer. Look at the airline industry and airports. Some require paid service, some have free service; yet they have extended support to the consumer with charging stations as well. Fast food has figured it out as well. Any Culvers, Chili’s, McDonald’s — all with free WiFi. Department stores like Target also have it figured out.
Why is it taking so long for sports to figure it out?
Yesterdays games were atrocious when it came to knowing the stats of our game, and the stats of the other games all being played at the same time. The Highlights from other games happened close to 25 minutes earlier when the score and outcome were already determined. There was 27 minutes in between games in both Session 1 and Session 2. Why were not shown other games on the scoreboard. CBS and the NCAA own every aspect of this, so put them on. The scoreboard showing the “Out of Town Scores” was posting the wrong scores. ((NDState beat Oklahoma, but you would never know looking at the scoreboard))
I am sure that the almighty dollar and naming rights is the ultimate answer. But in the mean time, the consumer is taking it in the shorts.