Mailbag: Moving Away From Tournaments, State of Ultimate Commentary

How can we improve ultimate broadcasting?

Evan Lepler (right) and Ian Toner.

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Q: You have spoken before about the (un)sustainability of the current tournament format. I completely agree that the current format cannot be sustained as the sport grows, and therefore should be changed, in the long term, to a more league-based system where teams have one or two games per week (or weekend). This topic would benefit the athletes as they do not have to risk an injury in a weekend where they play 16+ hours of ultimate, as well as the viewer since they would watch games with athletes that are at their full potential in the most important games (e.g. semis and finals).

How do you think that, realistically, the sport could transition to such system? Do you think the amount of teams has to be exponentially increase? Or what do you think has to radically change?

– Jesus O.

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