Promoting Squash – the key to the Olympic door

We do not see squash on TV, and so it’s not appreciated as a sport, very simply because of the problems the game has being seen let alone being effectively televised!


We do not see squash on TV, and so it’s not appreciated as a sport, very simply because of the problems the game has being seen let alone being effectively televised!

Even for many active Squash Players, the images both on court and on TV, both the OBVIOUS images, as well as the equally important rally and game DEFINING images are hard to see!

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4 thoughts on “Promoting Squash – the key to the Olympic door”

  1. Thers are many sports boring to watch that make it onto tv all the time I.e golf , formula 1 , cricket etc..

    So if they can then there has to be something else missing than your simple explanation .

    To conclude any sport that lasts over 1 and half hours risks failing into the boring category including a 5hour epic Nadal tennis match .

    Squash avoids this bracket most of the time so should be considered a sport people are willing to watch on tv as it doesn’t take the whole day up like golf or silly test cricket .

    In the winter Olympics all sorts of boring sports curling that nobody does was shown continuously and publicized if a medal was won it’s just a crazy world we live in when IT comes to TV !

  2. Thanks for your comment. We agree, but not in the way that you have phrased it! Cricket, tennis and golf maybe boring to you but clearly not to their enormous and dedicated audiences. Could they be seeing something in their sports that you may be missing? I find squash thrilling to watch from every perspective. The point that we are trying to make is that squash would similarly NOT be boring for a broader audience – i.e. if you could catch the whole picture as do, the other slower sports. The opinion of most squash players comes from a participant’s and not from a spectator’s perspective! The specific reason this particular point came up, was a comment made by the Editor/Blogmaster of the racquetball blog, Restrungmag, my friend Freddie Ramirez. In dissenting with my comparisons of various racquet sports he applied that characterization in the article – ‘repetitive’ is his word. But we would welcome anything that you infer ‘must be going on.’ And of course given the numbers of uncontrolled variables – its always a possibility.

    Finally going the Winter Olympics route would further isolate squash from the other racquet sports and place it in visual competition with Ice Skating, Giant Slaloms, Down Hill Skiing. Not the ideal place for the game in its bid!

    1. The same applies to these sports. I enjoy Golf to play but to watch it on TV ? I cant see how the TV captures the game that well its too difficult to appreciate a 340 yard drive down a tight fairway. As for F1 all we can tell is cars appear to be travelling around a track quite fast and very repetitive until something happens like an overtake or crash.

      Basically All sports except maybe very short events i.e 100m provide long periods of repetitiveness for the viewer. Depending on the viewer will determine how they appreciate this activity. For example I enjoy watching Barcelona have 70% Per session of the Football and going about their business in this way were others find this boring.

      The main ingredient to watch any sport is to become indulged in the contest/ battle between players/teams. For example I can watch golf in the masters on the last day if two players are tied at the leader board. Where find impossible to watch on the first few days. So basically squash needs to build up the event / match beforehand to the audience with good commentary and also some play acting between players/ ref to increase the tension that the wider audience can appreciate the competitiveness of the occasion.

      In few months time many people that hate football will probably tune in to watch the world cup because the event has been talked up so much !!

      1. All valid points. I agree that the idea of the sporting contest, ‘Mind Over Biology/Adversity’ is symbolically as powerful as anything in history. The problem with our sport, squash, is in viewing the details. It is hard for an informed player to see them – let alone a general audience. And the answer comes from capturing the whole image and commentating to interest them. Otherwise, there is too much that is visually captivating on network TV, for squash to stand a chance.

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