The following is an Open Editorial, it is not the opinion or position of the UNAA. It is my personal musing. I have watched ANW for years – NBC does a great job of promoting TV shows and providing entertainment. And ANW is an entertainment product.
I have been involved in several conversations about ANW. How fun it is to watch; how fun it is to see people you know; how great it is to see a person overcome difficult life situations and move forward; what an awesome feeling it is to see a person come back from adversity and succeed. It truly is all of this and more and for that, I love the show.
Some people have that desire or goal to be on the show, and the feeling is that being on the show is the pinnacle. But I scratch my head at times and wonder why is it the pinnacle? Competition I can understand – and it has been argued by me that ANW is not the Super Bowl or top of the heap. How can it be?
Let’s use the Super Bowl; Stanley Cup; World Series; you pick any other pro sport. From my best recollection, any sport that has a championship game or series – the top teams or players earn their way there. So one get’s there by competing over a designated time and wins the games that matter to qualify for the big dance.
So does ANW require a playoff series or qualifying season to get there? No! It goes back to the fact it is an entertainment product – and a good one.
I want this to be a recognized sport, as of yet it is not. And how can you define a pro from an amateur when the only measuring stick is a television show. Unless someone can let me know (please correct me if I am wrong) nobody makes a full time living from competing in Ninja Obstacle Competitions. Maybe someone get’s hooked up with a sponsor or endorsement, or perhaps being on the show creates excitement for a gym owner and that drives up business. But does anyone get paid directly from competing and makes a living from it?
Sooooooooo, does ANW need a playoff series? And perhaps not one that NBC controls? Should this stay an entertainment product? Or maybe it will take other associations, leagues and organizations to provide the avenue for a playoff series and allow any and everyone to compete.
The UNAA does this exact thing – allow anyone and everyone to compete and attempt to get to the championships.
I love playing devil’s advocate, stir up the pot and get people riled up. So please let me know what you all think!