And I can't say I disagree with his thinking.
Time Warner Cable announced Tuesday that for the first time, it will air live the 4-AA Eastern and Western finals on two of its Special Events channels. To see the games, you have to have a cable box and you must be a subscriber to Time Warner's Sports Pass service.
Despite that, Bailey's still not crazy about the idea.
"I think it's hypocritical,'' Bailey said. The reason is the N.C. High School Athletic Association's policy toward live television of high school games.
When it comes to the regular season, the NCHSAA is firm and won't let schools play on TV on Friday nights. Bailey said the NCHSAA even said no to a game Britt had been looking at in the future that was going to be played on a Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
"I don't know how you can say one is OK and one's not,'' he said.
Bailey's main concern, as it is the concern with nearly everyone involved with high school athletics, is money.
"With finances the way they are, we need everybody there,'' he said.
He's afraid, with good reason, with the game being televised live Friday night, a lot of Britt fans may choose to stay home and watch TV online on the biggest shopping day of the year rather than travel to Garner to cheer for the Buccaneers in person.
He's seen that already even when the game wasn't televised.
"Middle Creek had more people at our field (last week) than we had,'' he said. "I don't think we need anything else to discourage people from coming to games. I'm just not big on live television.''
I agree. I think the NCHSAA should consider a tape-delayed broadcast, like we used to do for years here in Cumberland County.
If there has to be a live broadcast, limit it to the Internet. Maybe I'm crazy, but I think people would be less likely to stay home and watch on the computer than they would for a game on television.
Time Warner is one of the official sponsors of the NCHSAA and is obviously paying a rights fee for these games. Maybe to offset losses at the gate for fans who stay home to watch, some of that sponsorship money should be put directly into the accounts of the schools playing Friday night who could see their gates hurt by fans who don't come to the stadium.
Bailey's right about fans not needing much of an excuse to stay home. Attendance has been poor at every state playoff game I've attended this fall. Adding live television to the mix isn't going to improve the numbers.END AKISMET -->
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