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Bob Babbitt: Breakfast with the man himself (part 2)
Episode 13827th July 2022 • Inside Tri Show • Helen Murray
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In part two of this special interview, Bob Babbitt gives his thoughts on triathlon coverage, why long distance coverage doesn't engage with non triathlon fans, his work with the Challenges Athletes Foundation and his friendship with Poncho man.

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06:00 We talk about the coverage of long distance triathlon, because Bob tweeted after the Ironman St George World Championships: "Triathlon cannot be considered a big time sport until our big events receive rights fees. When that happens everything changes" The problem is that other sports TV pays to broadcast them, golf, Tour de France. At this point, Ironman pays for coverage. And for our sport to get where it needs to be, there needs to be money coming in. Maybe it's pay per view dollars. You aren't going to get terrestrial TV covering 140.6 miles. But it's stories that drive new people into triathlon. In terms of people just watching the pros, will someone pay for that? Will someone pay for 8, 9 10 hours on terrestrial television?

08:12 How does triathlon engage non-triathlon fans?

17:51 Why are people happy to watch a grand-slam tennis final that lasts for 4-5 hours? What is missing from triathlon in comparison? Why do people watch the TdF all day long?

22:42 Does it hurt Bob that triathlon and the athletes don't get the attention that he feels they should?

32:00 Bob talks about the Challenged Athletes Foundation and what it means to him to be and co-founder of it and still heavily involved in changing other people's lives.

35:45 Bob gets choked up when he talks about the friendship between Laura Siddall and Lauren Parker.

42:00 Who will fill Bob's boots with Breakfast with Bob?

43:20 We talk about poncho man

Find out more about this week's guests

Bob Babbitt Twitter

Bob Babbitt website

Challenged Athletes Foundation

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