For 30 years, I have dreamed of bass fishing being a legit, live sport being broadcast on TV on a Saturday afternoon. Channel 1, baseball. Channel 4, golf. Channel 10, bass fishing. B.A.S.S. and FLW were not moving in that direction. The shows were delayed several weeks and were more of a recap. BPT is moving in that direction and has actually had live shows on CBS. That is huge.
First, you don't have a sport unless the viewers and the participants know the score while the event is going on. Golfers don't take off and find out who won when they get done with the 18th hole. You have to know where you stand in relation to the other competitors to be a sport and for people watching to understand it. That is where ScoreTracker makes the difference.
Second, while watching a live event, whether the event is best-five or every fish counts is not the point. I would equate that to a golf event being low score versus match play. It is a competition and the competitors know if they are winning or not.
I will admit, I love seeing big fish get caught and the 1-pounders get old at times. That is an easy fix ... BPT could simply add up the best five caught so far and that was the fisherman's score ... wouldn't be that hard to add 5 numbers up. At the same time, there needs to be enough fish caught to be interesting for TV viewers ... we wouldn't want long spells of no catches because the fisherman were fishing for fewer bites/better fish and not catching enough for constant TV action. Needs to be a balance there.
All in all, I like where BPT is heading. I love that fish are released and not dragged around in a livewell all day. I look forward to someday having a good day of fishing on Saturday morning and coming home to my recliner to tune into the live BPT event.