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Martin, you are a freaking maniac dude. that was awesome. You gave Rich a lot to think about, problem is, is that it made too much sense. I have traveled with USA wrestling and it is all by the dollar. ESPN offers the dollars and FLO offers coverage. Coverage that you say would have been totally awesome. Matches that MILLIONS would love to watch but can't get away to Vegas to watch in person. With access like that more people would come just to be apart of the excitement. They'd make sure that they made it their vacation. but since they've never been, it's hard to make that commitment.I applaud you and your efforts, and if I were to ever win the lotto, you my friend in wrestling, would be hearing from me. Support needs to go where there is true passion and love for the sport and that is with you. Thank you for all you have done and for sharing all your videos with us.Big Jim
You are right- who cares about being mainstream. And if we do things correctly we dont need to lose college programs, but add programs while staying an underground sport. The community needs to be connected. We need to be able to follow the sport better than you can follow college basketball or college football. It is a tall order but we can do it. No it wont be the traditional route through ESPN, but our own route...through online video interconnected all over the web. This difference will make us better. Our openness and diversity of videographers will make us better and more interesting than ESPN.
It would be even more badass, after he was done those storm clouds behind just opened up and God came down and told USA Wrestling to let Flo film.Nice On-The-Fly speech Martin.
why do we want wrestling mainstreamed. Besides losing college programs what's it matter if we're not popular. Not meant to be rude. Just playing a little devils advocate.
if wrestling was mainstream it would be the best thing to happen to the us it would cure laziness lol but i think he has a good point one thing tho we wrestlers have prided ourselves on not being mainstream
Martin you have the passion, now you have to make this vision a reality and in doing so our sport , WRESTLING,can only grow in ways no one thought possible just five years ago.Keep asking why not .....GREAT JOB FLO!!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=USAWrestling2008&view=videoshere are some of these videos we thought we might not see
Great Job . Way to lay it on him . Why shouldn't you be able to film these matches . You're right , if they let you film , it would only promote their brand more !!
I love Anonymous Cowards' posts and this is a CLASSIC opening line that sent me running from my office cubicle in tears laughing. Now I want to post something and just start with "Flo, I have changed my mind about you....in the past I really thought you were a NO TALENT BIG JERK who deserves a slow torturous demise but after watching this video, I now think you are thenext coming of Ghandi." You gotta love an opener like that!
Martin and Zebber, I think you guys should just take all of your cameras and video equipment along with a couple of AK-47s and that insane machine gun that Jessie The Body used in Predator to the World Team Trials and when the beaurocrats at USA Wrestling attempt to stop you from filming, just go Rambo on them. I bet they never think about copyright laws or monopolies again!
I feel that although the market for wrestling isn't nearly as mainstream as the NFL or NBA, but the fans enthusiasm for the sport is second to none. My son and I search for every match that we can access all season long. I think that a good point is made in the video about many of the matches in the NCAA tourney that we cannot see. If ESPN does not air the match they should let flo record them. Who wouldn't have wanted to see how some of the number one seeds got upset. Every match at the tourney was worth having access to. These wrestlers are the best in the country!
I gaurantee NOT ONE PERSON changed their internet provider to watch NHSCA nationals. What a bad move on their part. My favorite is when people complain about the coverage on flowrestling of NHSCA. NHSCA is consumed by their own greed. I think USA wrestling feels that when their contract is up with whomever that they will go with flowrestling, hopefully.
I believe the inaccessibility to watch wrestling is the single most detrimental thing in the sport. As a life long fan and coach Flo has brought the sport we love into our homes. Most people can't travel to all these events and if we could where would you put everyone. USA wrestling needs to make the sport more fan friendly. The ESPN contract isn't available everywhere so it is useless to me. USA could have done a pay per view on Flo and everyone that wanted to see the Open could have. Martin keep up the good work and where can we buy Flowrestling Gear.
He is so right, share don't restrict. Look what NHSCA did, they had ESPN 360 do the finals, how many people changed their Internet provider to watch that. That is just a small example of how we are hurting wrestling. We would film every match at the Open and team trials if they let us. What is better, no matches or a couple finals?