New for­mats for TV? What about field?

Bow International - - Opinion -

Field archery, with its ex­tra strate­gic el­e­ments, mul­ti­ple an­gles, and tar­get va­ri­ety, could make for in­ter­est­ing TV view­ing for the ca­sual arm­chair sports fan. The fi­nals of the World Field Cham­pi­onships in Cortina, with the dra­matic fi­nal shot right up the Olympic ski slope, was likely the most in­ter­est­ing broad­cast of the sport yet made. Get­ting us­able TV footage of field archery’s usual home – deep in­side hilly wood­land – is much more dif­fi­cult, and the hand­ful of tele­vised 3D tour­na­ments have ended up look­ing a lit­tle murky and flat when watched on the box – so far, any­way.

A hy­brid of field archery and golf, shot on golf cour­ses, might be a way for­ward for the sport. ‘Archery golf’ has been around for a while; but fol­lows the lat­ter sport more closely. Essen­tially, it would in­volve shoot­ing from mark to mark, a sport that was widely prac­tised in me­di­ae­val Eng­land, and re­quires all-round skill with a bow. In­deed, ‘rov­ing marks’ archery has of­ten been cited as a di­rect an­tecedent of golf. If the safety con­cerns could be al­layed and the TV cov­er­age was as spec­tac­u­lar as the Masters at Au­gusta - would you watch it?

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