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(Slate)   How much do we hate NBC's Olympics coverage? Let's go to the rage-o-meter   (slate.com ) divider line
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2014-02-10 02:24:33 PM  
6 votes:
I quit watching when the networks (NBC et. al) decided I'd rather see features about the Olympics. I don't care about the heartwarming struggles to get to this point. Mommy and Daddy had to drive you to the rink every day. Oh boo farking hoo. You fell down and broke your coccix, big farking deal. Everyone competing had struggles. Just quit talking and show the damn event. Show the damn thing live. I want to know when it happens, not 10hrs later. It has been too much to ask so I quit watching.

/quit watching when MTV stopped showing music videos
/yeah I'm old, get off my damn lawn.
2014-02-10 01:42:02 PM  
3 votes:

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


No, the Summer Games are way better. There are a million track & field events, swimming, handball, basketball, gymnastics. Tons of exciting stuff.

The problem with the winter olympics is that there's very little direct competition. With the exception of speed skating, how many events feature people going against each other at the same time? If you watch luge, you see "guy going fast around a corner, fast around another corner, there's his time. Now here's the next guy going fast around a corner..." If you watch running or swimming it's "Okay, we're gonna fire this gun. Swim/run back here as fast as you can." Seeing one athlete run by another is way more rewarding than seeing a skiier hit a checkpoint 0.09 seconds faster than the current leader. There's no "photo finish" potential at the Winter games (again, aside from speed skating and cross-country skiing).

And yeah, whoever mentioned the scoring confusion upthread is right. I had no idea what was going on with the slopestyle stuff.
2014-02-10 01:23:22 PM  
3 votes:
Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.
2014-02-10 12:05:53 PM  
3 votes:
I just don't get it.

Yesterday I watched the NBCs coverage in the morning, then the NBC prime time coverage later in the day. But most of the coverage was of the same events-ski jumping and figure skating. Seriously? There is so little going on at the Olympics that we have to repeat coverage?  And while we are on the subject, an hour of ski jumping is just a bit much....they all sort of look the same.

But then we have to rush through the men's downhill-which has to be one of the premier events of the Winter Olympics.

And to the color analysts- maybe stop screaming and explain WTF is going on? We watched hours of the slope snowboard stuff- but not once did anyone explain the scoring. Do all the ramps count for all that much? Is distance worth more or less than style? What about cool goggles? Maybe it is not obvious, but many of us watch events we have never seen before (or see very seldom) when we watch the Olympics.

And yes, I am sure I could stream something better...but really- all I want to do is sit in the chair in front of a fire and click on the bigscreen. I don't want to run an IT lab, or fight with some website somewhere.

OTOH, there are just some events and performances that even NBC can't fark up.
2014-02-10 06:27:34 PM  
1 vote:

mr_a: dustman81: Dear IOC,

Asking as an American, please, please stop giving NBC the rights to broadcast the Olympics in the US. All they know how to do is fail. They screwed up London 2012 and are screwing up Sochi 2014. I would rather watch the CBC's or BBC's coverage since they cover the events live, in their entirety.

Thanks,
An American who wants to watch the Olympics as it was meant to be watched

Dear IOC,
What he said.
Another American


thirded
2014-02-10 06:15:18 PM  
1 vote:

dustman81: Dear IOC,

Asking as an American, please, please stop giving NBC the rights to broadcast the Olympics in the US. All they know how to do is fail. They screwed up London 2012 and are screwing up Sochi 2014. I would rather watch the CBC's or BBC's coverage since they cover the events live, in their entirety.

Thanks,
An American who wants to watch the Olympics as it was meant to be watched


Dear IOC,
What he said.
Another American
2014-02-10 05:55:31 PM  
1 vote:
Dear IOC,

Asking as an American, please, please stop giving NBC the rights to broadcast the Olympics in the US. All they know how to do is fail. They screwed up London 2012 and are screwing up Sochi 2014. I would rather watch the CBC's or BBC's coverage since they cover the events live, in their entirety.

Thanks,
An American who wants to watch the Olympics as it was meant to be watched
2014-02-10 04:23:44 PM  
1 vote:
Commentator 1: Oooh! This is getting very exciting now...
Me: Hmm.
Commentator 2: Yes, this cross country skiing race has come down to these last few hundred meters.
Me: Interesting, I think I'll continue to watch this.
Commentator 1: Over the next couple minutes XYZ will need to attack on this hill as she doesn't have the skill to beat them in a sprint.
Me: Wow. This is intense.
Commentator 2: XYZ is attacking on the hill, ABC counters the attack!
Me: Holy Crap! Look at them go, this is awesome!
#### NBC Sports: <Commercial break> ####
....5 minutes pass.....
Me: <All excitement lost.>
#### NBC Sports: <Commercial break over> ####
Commentator 1: <Right back into the excitement since this was taped.>
Me: Interested, but nowhere near as excited as before the commercial break.
Commentator 1/2: <finish off the last 60 seconds of the race>

I know I didn't miss anything because of the commercial break, but why did they need to cut to commercial with only 60 seconds left in the race? Some robot is probably following some predetermined commercial break schedule, but still, they managed to kill every ounce of excitement I had built up in the 10 minutes I had been watching. It's like cutting to commercial between the 2nd and 3rd outs in the 9th of the 7th game of the World Series....
2014-02-10 04:21:10 PM  
1 vote:
I think all sports should be shown over the air without any ads free in my time zone without any extras or talking or stories that I dont like on the clearest channel I recieve. Oh and dont show the dumb sports that in my head are not important sports. Otherwise i'll be really cheesed off with steam and I shall send strongly worded* Tweets and Facebook posts and FARK posts and Reddit posts to show I mean business!


*with curse words like mature people use! So I can sound crazy angry to prove how serious I am about this
2014-02-10 03:42:34 PM  
1 vote:
Guelph35:Which means it is not a sport, it is a talent show.  American Idol is just as much a sport as Figure Skating or Slopestyle.

Curling is definitely not a sport.  One of my tests of whether or not something is a sport is whether or not they can do it while smoking or getting liquored up.  If the answer is yes to either of those questions it is a hobby.  Golf is a perfect example of that, which brings up another test:  Can a 70 year old guy compete in it?  If the answer is yes it is just some old fart jacking around in the grass hitting balls around.
2014-02-10 03:42:11 PM  
1 vote:
just another prolonged dose of nbc talking heads attention whoring which is momentarily interrupted with a glimpse of competition.

fark nbc
2014-02-10 02:56:05 PM  
1 vote:
What exactly are you all biatching about?  These were the events that occurred yesterday:

 -  Alpine Skiing - Men's Downhill
 -  Biathlon - Women's Sprint
 -  Cross-Country - Men's Skiathlon
 -  Figure Skating - Team - Men Free
 -  Ice Hockey - Women - Group B
 -  Luge - Men's Singles
 -  Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual
 -  Snowboard - Ladies' Slopestyle - Semifinal
 -  Speed Skating - Ladies' 3000m

On a lazy, snowy Sunday yesterday, I decided to stay home and watch the Olympics all day. I saw all of these events except for luge and Group B women's ice hockey, but it may have been on MSNBC or some other sister network.

And for everyone complaining about not being able to see it in real time, NBC has been showing events in real-time from 1am - 4am if you're so hard-pressed to pull an all-nighter to watch speed skating semifinals

So what exactly is the problem with NBC's coverage?
2014-02-10 02:54:40 PM  
1 vote:

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Somebody in the Fark thread suggested that they have an SAP-like button that would block the announcers and let the audience enjoy the pageantry for what it is.


Step One:  Set up 5.1 surround sound.  Step Two:  Unplug center channel speaker.
(Suggested by a Farker long ago; works pretty well for football and baseball, but haven't tried yet for the Olympics.)

I feel like the rage could be split between NBC and the IOC.  Maybe someone who understands more about building fanbases can explain:  Why doesn't the IOC *require* events to be covered (like, "gold-winning performance must be aired; all performances by your country's athletes must be aired" at a minimum), or something?  You'd think they'd want to make sure their events were being broadcast, preferably in a reliable and accessible way that garners interest and draws in new fans, before granting *sole* ownership to one broadcaster!  If you're not going to do that, why not allow competition, or just sell off "you get [something that many watch] but you -must- air [something with a smaller audience]"?

But, specifically, NBC, WTF?  You have 3? 5? a brazillion? channels.  Why am I seeing pantloads of figure skating and very little else?  And, really, who gives a flying fark about the human interest stuff -- the sporting event, you know, could actually be made interesting, if you had any respect for the sport, the athletes and your audience.

Then again, if it didn't pull viewers of some kind, they'd be doing something else.

/ I know, I know:  $$
// hockey sure looks a lot like soccer on NBCSN
/// if the pre-olympic match or two I saw is any indication, the US Men's Curling team is going to get its ass kicked
2014-02-10 02:35:29 PM  
1 vote:
I actually prefer the Winter Olympics over the Summer competitions. There are fewer 'team' sports and more individual competitions, and I enjoy watching the alpine events especially. The biathlon competitions this weekend were actually entertaining to watch, but then NBC decided to show them both live in the morning and then recorded in the afternoon. Apparently quite a few of the matches are being played at night at these Olympics late enough to be seen live if you're near a TV during the daytime.

What bugs me the most are the inevitable puff pieces and build-ups for upcoming taped competitions. Last night's promo for the men's downhill final, they mentioned the eventual winner, Bode Miller and an "up and coming" young American skiier. I told my wife that even if I didn't know that Miller hadn't won, I would have known something was up because no way would they have mentioned the other American skiier unless he did something notable, and wouldn't have mentioned the Norwegian skiier at all.

And of course there was ice skating, and ice skating, and MORE ice skating, then there was ice DANCING. They should at least have people throwing things at them while they're performing their routines, just to make it more interesting...
2014-02-10 02:34:11 PM  
1 vote:
Whatever.  The winter Olympics are for women and gays.  I have no desire to watch dudes in spandex riding a sled or people prancing about ice dancing.  BTW, Sidney Crosby is the favorite for the gold in ice dancing.  Hockey (both men's and women's) is the only thing worth watching.  And even that annoys the crap out of me because it jacks around with the the NHL schedule.
2014-02-10 02:04:52 PM  
1 vote:
you would see an actual outcry if the majority of americans watching had already seen the cbc and bcb programming models.   most people have no reference point of pure suck on the suck spectrum.
2014-02-10 01:48:58 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-02-10 01:45:58 PM  
1 vote:

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


They should move some of the indoor summer olympics sports into the winter olympics to combat some of the summer bloat. There's no reason weightlifting, judo, etc couldn't be done in the winter.
2014-02-10 01:13:34 PM  
1 vote:
The #NBCFail hashtag is in full force.

Also check out An Open Letter To NBC
2014-02-10 12:56:38 PM  
1 vote:
So basically it's the same tape-delayed human interest nonsense that we've dealt with for decades. Except now people have the power to broadcast their disproportionate hissy-fit rage all over the world instantaneously. Thanks Slate.
2014-02-10 12:09:45 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-02-10 12:08:12 PM  
1 vote:
Don't we do this every 2 years, and NBC ignores us and does its thing anyway?
2014-02-10 11:56:57 AM  
1 vote:
My favorite part was during the opening ceremonies when the lady newscaster told everyone if they wanted to know more about the Russian alphabet they should, "google it."  Gee, newslady, that's very helpful.
 
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