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Right, rugby (and other contact sport) friends, gather round and let me try to share with you some slides & ideas I presented at the @NFLResearch Conference on Collision sport in London last week. This set was on nudging safer behavior, it’s a thread. But it’ll have pictures…1/
2/ First, a philosophical issue that *SHOULD* influence actions (subtly). Change is hard. It’s resisted. That’s as true in the #NFL as it is in #rugby, and in any other sport. These quotes are basically interchangeable - players, coaches, media etc - push back against change.
3/ However, we also can’t allow the tail to wag the dog - if risk is too high, change IS necessary. But how much? The key question, for me, is how you achieve “change without change?”, as this slide asks? Change X but not Y (the sport) (too much). That’s key to getting buy-in.
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I have used ESPN3 for streaming rugby. What ESPN has done is taken away (it seems) *all* rugby content. In some cases they've done this somewhat gradually, like cutting out almost all @ChampionsCup @ERChallengeCup to where only a few games were streamed each round. (1/x)
The @top14rugby was dropped completely. They kept @SuperRugby coverage, where all games each round have been streamed. Now I've found that after taking away all rugby coverage from ESPN3, I can now get "additive" and "complementary" coverage of just some of that lost... (2/x)
... coverage for an additional $5 a month on top of the $ I already pay them in a cable TV pkg. Frankly, I find this pretty shitty. Maybe I'm wrong and someone will adequately explain how this is actually a great thing. But for this to make sense to me, you'd have to... (3/x)
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