The thing I don’t get is the public’s ugly response to NBC’s “coverage.” Every two years, those who grew to value the Olympics as a news/sports event — as opposed to taped and packaged primetime programming — rage as if they expected better, or even different, from NBC.
There are even intelligent folks who think that the IOC might be upset with NBC for what it has done to (that somewhat frightening and vague term) “Olympic movement.” [emphasis added] But as long as American TV remains the No. 1 underwriter of the Olympics, the IOC wouldn’t care if NBC showed speed skating in slow-motion and downhill skiing from the bottom up — unless the check bounced.
I find Phil’s comment I highlight most interesting because it is finger pointing and as much as he tries to dress up the criticisms as those of others they really sound as if they are his.
You know despite the tremendous unemployment rate there are still more people watching TV during prime-time than during the middle of the day. NBC can broadcast the events during the day but the complaints they would get from soap-opera watching couch potatoes would drown out those from those who were actively watching the Olympics.
Yeah, I find frustration in the fact that we do not get the full deal when it comes to skiing events but we can’t always get what we want. I find frustration, in the notion that “coming up” means “within the following two hours” rather than “immediately following”.
Fortunately, for us US skiers, the US Ski Team is taking care of business and this may spark better coverage of the ski events in 2014 when you will have a better chance at watching live coverage. This is because they will occur live at 2:00-4:00 am CST when nothing else is on. Just be careful you do not get Olympic-lag!