Monday, October 07, 2013

Ultimate is not 'Entertainment'

Is Ultimate entertaining? Yes! Is Ultimate then "Entertainment"? NO.

Our entertaining sport of Ultimate is being broadcast by ESPN3 in 12 days for USA Ultimate's Club championships, but ESPN continues to miscategorize our sport.

ESPN's listing for USA Ultimate's Nationals Championships:
Screenshot of October 19th schedule from ESPN3
And, again on the October 20th schedule:

Entertainment? Or sports programming? Every other sport - volleyball, auto racing, football, futbol - are all listed by their sport's name. Ultimate should be similarly listed - just like in the summer.

A brief history of the categorization of Ultimate on ESPN: 
May 2013: "Games"
July 2013: "Poker"
October 2013: "Entertainment"

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