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Could it be? The TDF in the US?(8 posts)

Could it be? The TDF in the US?Mel Erickson
Mar 7, 2003 8:34 AM
http://sports.yahoo.com/sc/news?slug=ap-usa-tourdefrance&prov=ap&type=lgns
re: Could it be? The TDF in the US?Jon Billheimer
Mar 7, 2003 9:28 AM
I seriously doubt it due to the logistics, effects of jet lag on athletes, etc. Besides which, if this sort of "globalization" happens, the Tour will no longer really be the Tour de France, but some sort of Disney type mega-sports event.
This raises a very good questionKristin
Mar 7, 2003 10:45 AM
I've heard people complain on this board that they wished cycling could be a more mainstream sport--like football, baseball and soccer are. But would that really be a good thing? I can't imagine anyone could ever charge to watch a criteium race, but what if there were so many people there you had to get up at 5 am to get a good spot and then had to fight crowds all day. (okay, its kind of alreayd like that at the finish line of major races, but the rest of the course is usually great!)
Agreed, bigger is not necessarily better...indymac
Mar 7, 2003 10:54 AM
but an overall increase in awareness would be good don't you think?

I can't help but remember a local radio station downplaying Lance's achievements and almost scoffing at the idea that winning the TdF was even newsworthy...it went something like...I gave up riding my bike when I got my driver's licence...riding a bike isn't for grown men...now basketball/football, there's a sport...

I'll bet they got some deserved nasty emails from members of the cycling community...
Would public opinion allow it in the country?retro
Mar 7, 2003 9:39 AM
People are changing the name of french fries to freedom fries, selling doughnuts instead of French crullers and boycotting the wine. Will they accept a Tour de Frog in the U.S.?
Why?indymac
Mar 7, 2003 10:39 AM
Wouldn't quite be the same, would it?
Aren't the hills the whole point? nmKristin
Mar 7, 2003 10:47 AM
Not in the first week...BergMann
Mar 8, 2003 2:18 PM
They've been talking about a NY leg to the tour for years.
Quite frankly, once Lance stops winning the race, I don't think we'll see any major US sponsors willing to step up and fund the whole circus.

As for the first post regarding not wanting to multinationalize/commercialize the race -- too late!
Ever seen the TDF promotional caravan? Giant rolling sausages on wheels? OLN might not devote a lot of footage to it, so you might have missed it, but the TdF is the closest thing to France has to 100% commercial sporting hooplah that would do a superbowl halftime coordinator proud.
Don't get me wrong, it's a magnificent event, but a quick glance at the list of race sponsors should dispel any illusions regarding business side of the what is already a thoroughly multinational affair.