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bikepolo.tv creates unfair advantage?

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bikepolo.tv’s ‘stream team’ by Kev Walsh

The North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships (NAHBPC) received 2972 unique viewers over the three-day event in August this year. The figure is undoubtedly higher as many screens had more than one spectator – some with whiteboards and notepads. European tournament broadcasting has not been as consistent.

bikepolo.tv and Mr.Do’s  Vimeo coverage provide players with resources to review and plan successful responses to the teams being watched. At this time those teams are North American, with the exception of some international teams playing in North American tournaments. Is this creating an unfair advantage for European players?

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WHBPC 2011 Final

Last weekend it was the world hardcourt bike polo championships in Seattle – the mother land of bike polo.

Unfortunately we couldn’t make it out there despite qualifying…but some of our Euro friends did and hell they showed the rest of the world what Europe’s got.

With 3 EU teams finishing in the top 5 and an absolute epic performance by French champions Call Me Daddy to take 2nd, making all those at home watching the live stream feel ever so proud – although the results  also made us wished we’d gone out there even more.

The polo world order is definately changing. Polo has only been played seriously in Europe for the past 3 years, yet already it’s  taking a place at the top. This is only going to improve in the years to come and with the Worlds in Europe next year I’m predicting a home win!

Big pat on the back to East Van for taking this years crown, but massive congrats to Call Me Daddy, Iron Ponies, L’Equipe, DTGP, Polosynthese and Money Punch for repping EU hard.

East Van vs Europe – commentary by Machine: