NBC Olympics Coverage is Unbelievably Bad

Posted on August 12, 2008
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[Whoops, I forgot to press publish on this last night. The specifics change but the basics are always the same.]

It’s 10 PM and the NBC coverage of the Olympics just went something like 30 minutes without showing any actual competitions. We got people talking in the studio, mind-numbing preproduced bits about the Great Wall of China and lots of assorted nonsense that had nothing to do with the actual competitions taking place.

I think you could do a lot better by just having a few channels on digital cable that just aired uncut, live footage of competitions with no commentators at all. Instead, we get coverage that is time-shifted, edited to where we see only the USA and the bits that affect the outcome of the finals, lots of schmaltzy bullshit set pieces. I hate the way NBC covers this event, and they screw it up the same way every two years.

Update: I turned in tonight to find Mary Carillo doing a piece on food in China. For Dobb’s sake, you have got to be kidding me! They truncate the coverage but they have time for this? I think I am just about done even bothering with this. NBC coverage is so execrable as to make the Olympics more pain than they are worth to watch. I’ll check the medal count via the web every now and, but screw NBC. For reals, hoss.

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4 Responses to “NBC Olympics Coverage is Unbelievably Bad”

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  1. gray on August 13th, 2008 9:32 am

    Watching in Asia (Singapore) and the coverage kicks mfing ass. 6-7 channels, COMMERCIAL FREE, and a single announcer–usually British–thus spot on descriptions without bungled cliches. No DickieV’ing or McCarverizing for miles!

    I wish I could bottle it and ship it home. Let’s all go to Singapore in Oh-Twelve!

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  3. dave on August 13th, 2008 6:56 pm

    Gray my brother from another mother, always good to see you here. What is there to say about that but “break me off a piece of that!” I think there is a large untapped market for completely commentary free, uncut and complete coverage of sports of all types but particularly in sprawling events like this.

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  5. Anna on August 14th, 2008 5:19 am

    I can’t stand nbc. They made watching the gymnastics competitions so difficult to watch. We would see someone from Japan perform then we would not see the athletes score. Instead they move on to someone else. Or even cut into the live gymnastics for a taped Phelps interview. Which could be played latter! Sadly nbc will be covering the 2012 games. I am totally going, I can not stay home and watch nbc!

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  7. David Jacobs on August 14th, 2008 10:39 pm

    Maybe it’s just me, but coverage has been ok for me. Of course, I don’t watch much of the prime time main network stuff. You get the more interesting stuff on msnbc and usa in the off hours. I will say, a little too much vollyball for me.

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