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Thread: NBC Olympics Coverage Details? Announcers, HD coverage, etc?

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    Sandra and Scott. ............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    I wouldn't mind ABC doing it. They have the staff for figure skating and their cameramen are as good as any if not better. And I don't hate Dick and Peggy. When they talk nonsense I can just turn them off in my mind. I don't like Peter who during the Worlds could only say Stephane can do interesting spins. (Peter kind of choked on the quads.)

    Since there is no elimination round, and the skaters are not seeded, I can't imagine how they will show30 SPs LIVE. I'm not complaining but that's what they will have to do unless we are going to get it a week later by tape.

    The LP could cut the LIVE time down because the skaters will then have made placements in the SP so that that they could show the last 12 to skate LIVE. I won't like - I want it all - but I understand it.

    I wouldn't worry about a LIVE showing. If you are not busy you can just watch it at home in the afternoon or morning. If you're working just put the tape on and don't listen to the radio.

    Oh, for pay-per-view for figure skating!

    Joe

    When you say the skaters aren't seeded for the SP, what exactly do you mean? I'm just trying to understand this a little better...

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    I think Joe means that there is just a random draw for all 30 or so skaters for skating order in the short program. This means that it would be hard for live television coverage, because the "interesting" skaters might be spread throughout a several hour period. Michelle might skate at 2:00 and irina at 7:00 for instance.

    For the long program, they skate by groups in the reverse order of how they did in the SP. So presumably all the skaters that NBC wants to show will be in the final six, so they can plan an hour or so of live coverage if they want to. (The TV people asked the ISU to let the top three in the final group go last, but I don't think they are going to do that for the Olympics.) Of course the time zone has to be taken into account, too.

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    OK, I see now.

    I think they will just do what they've always done: tape the SPs, pick the most popular (and/or the best) skaters of the night and then show those in primetime, possibly along with another sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Dog
    OK, I see now.

    I think they will just do what they've always done: tape the SPs, pick the most popular (and/or the best) skaters of the night and then show those in primetime, possibly along with another sport.
    That is sometimes better in a way. The problem with having it live like in SLC is that they had to choose which skaters to show before they know how they did, so we got to miss a lot of good performances in the SP because those skaters didn't happen to skate near the time that the big names did.

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    I am also in favor of ABC but with the contract NBC is etched in stone. It would be wonderful if cable coulde show the first few flights of skaters. I could actually picture Bravo doing this. I could also picture compulsory Ice Dance moved to Bravo. But I do pray for NBC to show the final two flights of skaters.

    As for commentators I hate the NBC team. I can't stand Tom Hammond. Worse was Dick Enberg. Give that spot to JIm McKay. Will ABC give him to NBC again? I used to love Scott but after the last couple of Olympics I don't.Remember in 98 he said Michelle could make one maybe two mistakes and still win. That made her loss even more depressing for me. Lets not forget his SLC pairs commentary. "One more jump and the gold is theirs" Remember he said Yagudin was in danger of losing to Plushenko and Goebel and then he called Michelle smart for doulbing her second triple toe in her triple toe triple toe. I wish Dick would Commentate for the Olympics but he is a permanant fixture to ABC. My personal favorite is Brian Boitano he makes a great commentator so maybe NBC will hire him. Last we heard Sandra Bezic cut her ties to the sport but i do recall her choreographing a number for Kurt last year. I find an annoying know at all as well and hopefully she won't be back. Although I think her choreography was genius. Unfortunately this leaves us with Roz who is even more far annoying than Bezic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frau Muller
    * Also, as in Athens, will NBC be offering high-definition coverage of certain marquee events? In the case of Athens, lucky viewers with HD could see the ENTIRE gymnastics event (mens & ladies artistic, as well as rhythmic). Maybe we skating fans may be offered the chance to see the ENTIRE skating competition, in some form, at a premium cost?
    HD coverage in Athens was not that great. They did not show all the gymnastics competition, but they did show more than the regular broadcast. The bad part was that it did not air until the morning after the primetime coverage. Also, there was a lot of wasted time that they filled with stock footage of the Parthenon. It was very strange - they would show some gymnastics and then show 10 minutes of stock footage of the venues set to Olympic theme music.

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    I admire Scott Hamilton as a person and skating champion, and I very much hope he has a full recovery because he doesn't deserve the cards he's been dealt. Having said that, I concur, his commentating at 2002 Olys was so disappointing. If I recall correctly, he said something to the effect that Alexei was holding back and that he'd obviously conceded his LP to Plush. That comment was so far out of line, actually depressing to hear - a real downer. And his comments during the pairs competion - yikes. I'd never thought of it, but I agree, Bezic was a bit smug.

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    I hated Scott's commentary. Though they weren't as bad as the other guy they had commenting on the Olympics. I don't remember his name, he wasn't a skater or anything, and he was the one who was talking when Fontana was skating about her father's suicide. My favorite comentator is Tracy Wilson.

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    I wouldn't mind Nancy Kerrigan.{Please do not confuse your bias towards Nancy's skating. This is commentating} She knows exactly what is going on out there on the ice. She now has the mature voice of a lady. and she did a nice job with the juniors and even the fluff pieces. She is not obtrusive.

    I wonder if she is contracted to the ABC family?

    I find Boitano's voice somewhat effeminate like. Scott, of course and so many other skaters have the squeaky voice or the little boy voice. Actually Gannon's voice is perfect but he does lack the knowledge of skating elements.

    How about Kurt Browning and Nancy Kerrigan?

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    Ughhh. I'm pretty sure that when Kerrigan did her commentary for World Juniors, it was all scripted and dubbed in after the fact. Her "live" commentary for the recent Liberty Open was dreadful, by comparison. Nonstop jabbering during the performance about stuff that often had no relevance to what the skater was doing on the ice, a lot of stumbling over words and having problems speaking in coherent sentences, and in some cases just being totally off-base in her comments.

    OTOH, I personally do not find Sandra Bezic objectionable. She doesn't talk too much during the performance, her comments seem well thought-out (even if somewhat opinionated), and she expresses herself well without getting tongue-tied or yelling when she gets excited. Tracy Wilson is also quite good.

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    One thing that a lesser-known skater can do to be shown by NBC is to tell Scott Hamilton that s/he is skating on a broken foot. Scott will 'take pity' and squeeze him or her into the telecast. It happened last time!

    Remember that unknown Uzbek couple that somehow 'miraculously' shown on both the SP and LP telecasts of the Pairs? Their big 'selling point' was the girl's injury. Bottom line: If your'e not a medal contender or a North American, YA GOTTA HAVE A GIMMICK! Either ya have an intersting injury or are the first Israeli skater or won the Lotto Sweepstakes or were born on an island in the middle of the Indian Ocean...or...or...or....

    I would prefer: Show young, unknown skaters who have special style & talent. No gimmicks. I suppose that that is too boring for the marketing dept at NBC.

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    Well to be fair regarding the UZbek couple, they showed all the skaters competing. I actually think this was on CBS rather than NBC (b/c CBS has the '92 and '94 games) b/c CBS showed a majority of the skaters and Scotty worked for CBS with Verne Lundquist for many years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dr.frog
    Ughhh. I'm pretty sure that when Kerrigan did her commentary for World Juniors, it was all scripted and dubbed in after the fact. Her "live" commentary for the recent Liberty Open was dreadful, by comparison. Nonstop jabbering during the performance about stuff that often had no relevance to what the skater was doing on the ice, a lot of stumbling over words and having problems speaking in coherent sentences, and in some cases just being totally
    off-base in her comments.
    Why do I get the feeling you hate her skating?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz
    Why do I get the feeling you hate her skating?
    I dunno. Maybe because your feelings are completely out of touch with reality?

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