@hydro11 Sky dedicated a channel to Netball throughout the World Cup, plus there were regular segments on all the breakfast shows etc, it's certainly a sport on the rise in the public eye. Maybe they could have played it in the evening, but I doubt that was going to make a huge difference to viewing numbers in NZ and Aus - what time would you propose? Playing in the evening could well have turned people in the UK off too.
Why doesn't the final just start on Saturday night, giving a Sunday morning viewing time down here. No reason for it to be at five in the evening.
So play the final a handful of hours after the semi final?
They could probably think up something imaginative like having the semi final on a Friday and pushing every thing forward one day.
So have the semi finals on the same day as pool games?
You missed the pushing every thing forward one day in my previous post. Not sure how...
Well as long as it suits NZ perfectly eh! Who really cares about the audience in the country where it's held? Friday night after work sounds like it's really easy to organise getting the kids picked up and settling off for the game in time.
This tournament had multiple games played during the day. Also it is the school holidays in the UK until near the end of August so I don't see what the issue is. I don't see why a night game wouldn't suit English audiences. If they made a decision to hold a World Championship's games at times suiting the host country, I would just comment that most international tournaments don't seem to do that. Most tournaments seem to consider what time would work best for most of their viewers.
The games when they were played seemed to suit pretty good, judging by the crowds. Have you got the viewing figures?
Nope. Agreed crowds were good.