5. The Golf Channel
4. Outdoor Channel
This channel has loads of impact shots. That is my best summation of the content of this television station. Outdoor Channel's programs annihilate every species on the planet using a variety of weapons ranging from bows and arrow to shotguns. I'm not going to digress into some rant about hunting or animal cruelty because honestly, if you enjoy hunting, good for you. Does anybody else see the contradiction of this channel? What kinds of people watch outdoor sports? People that engage in hunting, fishing, and trapping. All of those activities are usually done outside of the house, far from a television? You see where I'm going with this? People that hunt are not inside watching television, so please take this channel off of my guide.
3. Speed Channel
Like the previous channel, the appeal of NASCAR and other racing leagues lies not only in the race, but also in the culture that surrounds the sport. Living close to Pocono Raceway has taught me that a greater number of "fans" would rather tailgate than watch cars make left hand turns. Is that professional racing or professional drinking? How many shows about crashes and racing history can I watch? Since NASCAR airs on TNT or NBC, this channel is devoted to showing alternative programming centered around racing. I believe they created an eerily similar channel for people in this target demographic called Spike TV.
2. NHL Network
For those who didn't know, the Detroit Redwings recently won the Stanley Cup. If you're not into hockey, Lord Stanley's Cup is the biggest prize a team can earn outside of an Olympic Medal. Hockey fans are probably so enraged with my inclusion of this channel on the list that they have thrown their gloves off, and are ready to earn five minutes in the box by smashing in my skull. Calm down for a minute tiger and listen to my reasoning. On what channel did the Stanley Cup finals air? NBC? That sounds like a major network. Did you know the most coveted prize in hockey only pulled in a 4.0 national rating on a major television network? If your most important event is comparable to army wives (3.1 on Lifetime) then you don't get your own channel, period! I love hockey and am a lifelong Rangers fan, but we don't need a whole network that airs year-round.
1. Horse Racing Television
I "grew up" in the shadow of the Meadowlands, and will admit that I spent far too much time during college at "the track." Individuals who place bets on horse racing either go 1) to the track or 2) to the OTB. Thousands more make "holy" pilgrimages to Belmont, Pimlico, and Churchill Downs. If one cannot make the journey, they watch those races on the major networks. So I wonder, what is the target demographic of this channel? People that are too lazy to drag their asses to the track/OTB and place a bet in person? While I'm sure there are people like that, do they need their own TV station? I think not.