Ray wrote:I don't think anyone has mentioned that a big problem with watching quiz bowls is that the viewer rarely gets to hear the whole question being asked. For anyone trying to play along, it is a great frustration.
Ken Jennings wrote:Ray wrote:I don't think anyone has mentioned that a big problem with watching quiz bowls is that the viewer rarely gets to hear the whole question being asked. For anyone trying to play along, it is a great frustration.
That's usually the big "format" objection given to quiz-bowl-for-an-audience, and I mentioned it briefly in the original blog post.
When I hosted the Minnesota show, I was under strict instructions to take a minute after the fact to explain tossups that were interrupted too quickly, so the audience might be merely annoyed rather than confused. But everyone was surprised how infrequently this was necessary. Maybe the kids were a little rattled by the cameras, or maybe we just underestimated the format, but the buzzers were almost always late enough that the audience understood them...well, at least as well as they would have understood them at the end of the question.
metsfan001 wrote:While not exactly quiz bowl, someone told me an excellent idea a while back: a National Trivia Tournament. The specific format logistics would have to be worked out, but the general idea is that the country (or continent, or world, even) is split up into regions, each of which has a qualifying tournament. The top people qualify for a national tournament (perhaps about 200 people total), which is televised/webcast. Successful players could return year after year, gather followings, and so on (like WSoP). Money could be gotten from entries fees, but funding would probably be needed to get it off the ground (hello, Ken).
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