I love sports and I love the Olympics. I sack out in front of the television and watch them. The summer games were at times fantastic because there were sometimes up to four channels with coverage. Yes, tape delayed to bring the best stuff in prime time was annoying… but at least I had options to watch events that NBC wasn’t as concerned about ratings wise.
Cut to the Winter Games. I want to watch something that I know is on live. No dice. There isn’t wall to wall Olympic sporting events. Suck. It is Presidents Day and CNBC isn’t covering business news because the markets in the US are closed. Did we get anything there? Nope. We got a few hours from noon to about three pm on NBC. Nothing on any of NBC’s other channels. Zippo. On a day when markets are closed. It is depressing. What we get in primetime is tape delayed events that NBC is happy to spoil for me with poor timing with Tom Brokaw. (He didn’t say you could turn your head back to the screen. Instead, he started talking about the Chinese pair’s figure skating while NBC left medal info on the screen.)
The major events that we get involve Americans where we think that they will perform better than any other Americans have before or where we think that they have medal chances. We don’t get profiles of athletes outside of Americans. … Unless they are figure skaters. I’ve yet to see curling on screen. I didn’t get to watch an American women hockey game.
Just fail fail fail. NBC is ruining my experience as a fan who wants to watch games on television or through streaming media. If you didn’t want to broadcast the games NBC, you should have figured out how to get out of your deal. How you handled it (and the Leno situation) sucks.