I would like to ask ice network to consider providing subscribers the option of hearing the skater's music uninterrupted by commentary. Being able to hear the skater's music uninterrupted by commentary is one of the reasons I renewed my subscription to ice network.
True, some portion of Nationals broadcast has had commentary, but unless I am misreading the recent release about Sectionals having a sports desk, it appears that this year Sectionals will have commentary as well.
I am pleased to hear that icenetwork will be offering live coverage of the 3 sectionals from the 2012-2013 qualifying season, but my excitement will be nullified if it means every time I return to ice network to view the on demand video, I have to listen to commentary, and hear the skater's performance being dissected jump by jump.
I understand that skating has largely disappeared from TV in the US, and ice network may be trying to fill the broadcasting void, but for me, this would be a disincentive to continue patronizing ice network.
I know that I am not alone in wishing to hear the skater's music uninterrupted. For those of us who prefer our skating without commentary, the erudition and charm of the commentator does not matter. What the commentator adds is never entirely unbiased, and while it may enhance the athletic competition aspects and make some viewers nostalgic for #### Button, it makes the performance less pleasant to re-visit.
If expert commentators want to share their insights, I would appreciate it if they could do so after the skater has finished and is taking his or her bow.
One must buy a ticket and view live in person to escape the commentary. Sad to see all the empty seats today even with modest ticket prices $15 to $40. Eurosport broadcast typically had the most quiet, sparse and unobtrusive commentary. Waiting to see how Universal Sports handles this starting with Skate Canada. The old ABC coverage was very good in spite of all the talking especially with human interest and behind the scenes. My biggest televised thrill still 1999 Grand Prix Superfinal Irina vs. Michelle.