I adore the Dakar, and originally, the nightly highlights were an hour long, then half hour, now 26 minutes.
We used to see a lot more detail in the coverage of the participants, now we just seem to see the top few racers, all happen to be Red Bull riders/drivers.
Last night on the rest day, instead of catching up with amateurs progress or other riders who were in the top 10 but hadn't been given any screen time for the last 6 days, they chose to interview the Red Bull WRC driver who isn't even racing in the Dakar.
This is a classic example of the decline in sports coverage. Have you noticed it in other sports, or is the Dakar the exception, because of it's small but global market?
(I need to add, I still adore the Dakar, it is the best racing in the world to watch - and the benefit of social media, is that you can piece together what is not being shown on the TV footage. I wish they'd go back to the hour long broader coverage)
I can't say I have noticed a decline. What I have noticed, however, is what channels sporting events are broadcast on. More and more they are moving over to subscription channels so that you have to pay extra to see them.
I haven't noticed a decline in coverage, at least not in Canada, but I have noticed a decline is the viewing audience. It just seems like not as many people are enjoying televised sports anymore. This doesn't bother me in the slightest, I'm a big fan of story-driven TV, but I do find the change interesting