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Thursday, March 27, 2014

No Holds Barred: Arm Wrestling TV Show Games Its Viewers 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman comments upon the AMC network arm wrestling "reality show" called "Game of Arms", and it's not pretty. The presentation of arm wrestling not as a sport but as a spectacle, the typical "reality TV" emphasis on disrespect and trash talk among the athletes, and the absence of any serious discussions about the structure and rules of this sport, all have essentially made this a stupid show and have given a negative and false image to arm wrestling, even though the show has garnered more publicity for the sport than it has received in many years. In addition, the collapse in the show's ratings, which have dropped by about half in the U.S. from the first to the fifth episode, is analyzed. Also discussed is the setting up of a separate and exclusive arm wrestling league by the show's producers, which competes with existing arm wrestling organizations. Still, there is hope for arm wrestling, as discussed is that other TV shows are planned for this year which will likely present it as the exciting and compelling sport that it is.

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