USOC Announces NBC/Universal Wins Olympic TV Rights
USOC Press release announces NBC/Universal wins Olympic TV rights for 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2020. See at www.TeamUSA.org
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NBC retains right to screw up the Olympics broadcast
Sigh. I am sorry, my fellow American skate fans, but despite the exit of Comcast takeover (with the expected belt-tightening) and the long overdue firing of NBC sports honcho Dick Ebersol, the last place network somehow scrounged up enough cash to bid for the next 4 Olympics. We can look forward to most competitors being skipped from the tape-delayed broadcast and Sandra Bezic's paradoxically shrill yet monotonous commentary. Truly, a tragic day.
I saw this news on a gymnastics forum earlier today. I expect terrible commentary on both sports for the next ten years. Sad, sad, sad. How I miss Dick Button's commentary.
If NBC is to do the Sochi Olys, watch for America's Sweetheart Vonn, get the hype as she sails down the slopes, and further, at what time will we see Senior Ladies figure skating on TV? Isn't it a 9 hour difference between Russia and NYC? Maybe Sochi is 10 hours. I do not think Russia will bend their schedules for Americans.
As long as NBC can post raw footage of all the figure skating programs and gymnastics routines, I'm happy. I don't bother watching the broadcast version until after I see the raw footage.
Their coverage of Beijing 2008 was ok, great online coverage but too much Phelps/oversaturation of fluff/tape delays on TV.
However, I was very disappointed w/their Vancouver 2010 coverage. They could have done so much better given that it was IN THE SAME TIME ZONE as the (west coast of the) US!
For that reason, I was hoping for another network to get them (would be nice to get a different perspective as well)- but the promise of live coverage is a good thing. Let's hope they stick to it.