Inter-county resistance over yellow sliotar not based on fact – The Times

When Sir David Attenborough was controller of BBC2 in the late 1960s he successfully pleaded for the introduction of colour television, having been turned down by the British government “over and over again,” he said in the Radio Times years later. Sport, with its rich palette of colours, was bound to be an instant star of this new departure for the small screen.

There was an unexpected hitch, however: tennis coverage was a staple of the BBC’s sports output but in those days tennis balls were white and, on a colour screen, a white ball was surprisingly hard to follow. The International Tennis Federation understood that television was a far more dynamic ally than tradition and in 1972 they introduced the fluorescent yellow ball. The

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