Devening role for sports fans: weaned from major competitions for a year, they had to make a choice between cheese and dessert. Or rather between caviar and truffles. On the one hand, the Roland-Garros semi-final between two tennis monsters, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. On the other side, the opening match of Euro 2020 (one year later) between Turkey and Italy. Two XXL events at the same time and a viewer who must be agile in the zapper – with the risk of missing a point of mutant on the Philippe Chatrier or the Italian goal – or invest in several screens.

We can only deplore the choice of Roland-Garros to program a tennis classic in the second match – the first semi-final took place at 3 p.m.! The meeting stretched in the early evening and spilled over into the start of the Euro. The management of the tournament, which has had it all wrong since the start of the fortnight by scheduling posters in the evening (in an empty stadium) to honor its contract with the new sports rights giant Amazon, did not for a second imagine that the two halves could last hours and they would compete with Turkey-Italy (while the history of Nadal / Djoko could have put the chip in their ears).

Frustration

In this story, everyone is the loser. Roland-Garros could not benefit from optimal exposure (3.6 million viewers on France 3), the start of the Euro did not have the expected power (only 5.1 million on TF1) and the viewer is frustrated in the story. A question arises: do rights holders like the events they organize? And better: should we give them complete freedom to program? The interest of the fan must come first.

The only satisfaction of this nocturnal dilemma: the return of the fans to the stadiums. With a huge surprise: at 22 h 43, a derogation “from the authorities” came to allow the public to defy the curfew to watch the end of the match between Djokovic and Nadal. Between the football evening and the tennis evening, the President of the Republic had made his choice.


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