and there were half-hour wrapup shows that dealt with each rally. Then they moved to one-hour shows, then the excess (to my eyes) of same-day, hour-long coverage, then the two-hour shows of last year.
Indeed. There should be gratitude that we get the coverage at all. Unfortunately, none of the drivers for this sport came from a town anyone in this country grew up in. That hurts us as fans. The amounts of coverage and exposure the WRC gets will be extremely varied in the coming years. With the FIA not able to settle on what the f@#$ they want for a rule structure, and the ISC trying like a teenager for sex, to get over a billion viewers for 2004, they will need our help here in the US. The economics have forced more than one team to rethink its involvement in the series (Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Ford, Skoda, Seat). Even SOA is withdrawing its factory team, from a lack of factory competition.
One thing is for certain, things will be very interesting for the next 2 years...