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(Japan Times)   Despite the pandemic NBC says it's looking at monstrous profits for the Olympics   (japantimes.co.jp) divider line
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2021-06-15 3:12:52 PM  
Like many, I find the Olympics interesting in concept - you get the best of the best athletes from around the world, competing at the highest levels in the interest of the sport in a friendly, politics-free setting (well, mostly, a bit of national pride comes in, but again, we're just talking about the concept).

But then you get coverage like we see with NBC.  Fifteen minute backstories on the US athletes in key sports, live coverage of the events that the US tends to do well in, maybe a few highlights from a few athletes from elsewhere, and virtually no coverage of 90% of the games.

F*ck off NBC. I hope your sponsors realize how many of us aren't watching.
 
2021-06-15 3:14:36 PM  

eKonk: Like many, I find the Olympics interesting in concept - you get the best of the best athletes from around the world, competing at the highest levels in the interest of the sport in a friendly, politics-free setting (well, mostly, a bit of national pride comes in, but again, we're just talking about the concept).

But then you get coverage like we see with NBC.  Fifteen minute backstories on the US athletes in key sports, live coverage of the events that the US tends to do well in, maybe a few highlights from a few athletes from elsewhere, and virtually no coverage of 90% of the games.

F*ck off NBC. I hope your sponsors realize how many of us aren't watching.


Well put and basically what I came to say, but I'll add that also the IOC can suck my balls.  Glad Boston told them to go fark themselves.
 
2021-06-15 3:16:07 PM  
And, while NBC may make money off of this, seems doubtful to me that Japan will recognize any payoff except for their yakuza concrete mixers.
 
2021-06-15 3:20:44 PM  

eKonk: Like many, I find the Olympics interesting in concept - you get the best of the best athletes from around the world, competing at the highest levels in the interest of the sport in a friendly, politics-free setting (well, mostly, a bit of national pride comes in, but again, we're just talking about the concept).

But then you get coverage like we see with NBC.  Fifteen minute backstories on the US athletes in key sports, live coverage of the events that the US tends to do well in, maybe a few highlights from a few athletes from elsewhere, and virtually no coverage of 90% of the games.

F*ck off NBC. I hope your sponsors realize how many of us aren't watching.


What if I told you that NBC doesn't care what you think because they are busy making money off of their target audience?

A lot of your complaint is outdated in a streaming world where more and more events area available live in their unaltered form
 
2021-06-15 3:56:11 PM  
NBC counts on the Olympics for almost 4 years of funding.

RogermcAllen: What if I told you that NBC doesn't care what you think because they are busy making money off of their target audience?


Not only that, but the sponsors are already paying for spots.
 
2021-06-15 4:07:50 PM  
Kaiju level profits?
 
2021-06-15 4:17:11 PM  

eKonk: I hope your sponsors realize how many of us aren't watching.


You (we) are in the minority.  I think the focus on the human interest stories are overdone compared to the actual event coverage, but people eat that shiat up.  NBC continues to do that because it works.

As for the non-coverage of 90% part of your comment, that's just not true anymore.  Between their linear channels and Peacock, you can find coverage of pretty much everything.
 
2021-06-15 4:46:28 PM  

RogermcAllen: eKonk: Like many, I find the Olympics interesting in concept - you get the best of the best athletes from around the world, competing at the highest levels in the interest of the sport in a friendly, politics-free setting (well, mostly, a bit of national pride comes in, but again, we're just talking about the concept).

But then you get coverage like we see with NBC.  Fifteen minute backstories on the US athletes in key sports, live coverage of the events that the US tends to do well in, maybe a few highlights from a few athletes from elsewhere, and virtually no coverage of 90% of the games.

F*ck off NBC. I hope your sponsors realize how many of us aren't watching.

What if I told you that NBC doesn't care what you think because they are busy making money off of their target audience?

A lot of your complaint is outdated in a streaming world where more and more events area available live in their unaltered form


"The demo" apparently likes this stuff or NBC wouldn't do it. But Peacock should mean that at least the big events - track & field, gymnastics, etc. - can be shown live while NBC does its human interest, show only Americans thing.° Plus there will be plenty of streams of dubious legality.

°although people who know things tell me other countries are worse in this regard
 
2021-06-15 5:03:07 PM  
These brave athletes, some of them getting up as early as 5 a.m. on a Sunday.  Doing this for years, stoically facing Covid.  All so they can come in fifth and join ib the all night Olympic Village orgies.

There. I just gave you NBC's entire Olympic reporting.
 
2021-06-15 8:12:10 PM  

Nadie_AZ: NBC counts on the Olympics for almost 4 years of funding.

RogermcAllen: What if I told you that NBC doesn't care what you think because they are busy making money off of their target audience?

Not only that, but the sponsors are already paying for spots.


beats working for a living.
 
2021-06-15 8:13:25 PM  
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2021-06-15 8:13:28 PM  

OkieDookie: These brave athletes, some of them getting up as early as 5 a.m. on a Sunday.  Doing this for years, stoically facing Covid.  All so they can come in fifth and join ib the all night Olympic Village orgies.

There. I just gave you NBC's entire Olympic reporting.


how many of these "brave" athletes are financially independent and/or trust fund babies who have 24/7 to practice their sport instead of having to work for a living??
 
2021-06-15 8:33:17 PM  

Linux_Yes: OkieDookie: These brave athletes, some of them getting up as early as 5 a.m. on a Sunday.  Doing this for years, stoically facing Covid.  All so they can come in fifth and join ib the all night Olympic Village orgies.

There. I just gave you NBC's entire Olympic reporting.

how many of these "brave" athletes are financially independent and/or trust fund babies who have 24/7 to practice their sport instead of having to work for a living??


Bob "Pink Eye" Costas never tells us that.
 
2021-06-16 7:01:39 AM  

Linux_Yes: OkieDookie: These brave athletes, some of them getting up as early as 5 a.m. on a Sunday.  Doing this for years, stoically facing Covid.  All so they can come in fifth and join ib the all night Olympic Village orgies.

There. I just gave you NBC's entire Olympic reporting.

how many of these "brave" athletes are financially independent and/or trust fund babies who have 24/7 to practice their sport instead of having to work for a living??


Pfft. I don't know for most sports but for cycling, where I'm familiar with the domestic pro level, being among the best in the country with all the sponsor support you can get maybe nets you a decent middle-class life in somewhere like Boulder CO. The sport is essentially a hard blue-collar job, or even second job to their real job, for many of them. I've seen US national champions sleep the night before races in cargo trailers in the parking lot at the venue. The vast majority of these athletes do this for love. True devotion, obsession, and sportsmanship are the typical order of the day. No trust fund can buy the monastic dedication necessary to reach the top. Relatively few of them can earn an independent living or become well-off from being an athlete alone. If they can do that you probably know who they are already.

And nowadays being a low-level pro bike racer also typically means having to be your own social media/PR person and internet content creator pumping stuff out there and interacting with the public. It's farking exhausting and you know how much the public sucks. It's not enough to just be a great athlete anymore, you have to create some sort of media experience around yourself to draw interest in order to draw sponsor support.
 
2021-06-16 7:29:09 AM  

GregInIndy: Linux_Yes: OkieDookie: These brave athletes, some of them getting up as early as 5 a.m. on a Sunday.  Doing this for years, stoically facing Covid.  All so they can come in fifth and join ib the all night Olympic Village orgies.

There. I just gave you NBC's entire Olympic reporting.

how many of these "brave" athletes are financially independent and/or trust fund babies who have 24/7 to practice their sport instead of having to work for a living??

Pfft. I don't know for most sports but for cycling, where I'm familiar with the domestic pro level, being among the best in the country with all the sponsor support you can get maybe nets you a decent middle-class life in somewhere like Boulder CO. The sport is essentially a hard blue-collar job, or even second job to their real job, for many of them. I've seen US national champions sleep the night before races in cargo trailers in the parking lot at the venue. The vast majority of these athletes do this for love. True devotion, obsession, and sportsmanship are the typical order of the day. No trust fund can buy the monastic dedication necessary to reach the top. Relatively few of them can earn an independent living or become well-off from being an athlete alone. If they can do that you probably know who they are already.

And nowadays being a low-level pro bike racer also typically means having to be your own social media/PR person and internet content creator pumping stuff out there and interacting with the public. It's farking exhausting and you know how much the public sucks. It's not enough to just be a great athlete anymore, you have to create some sort of media experience around yourself to draw interest in order to draw sponsor support.



yea  the Grind isn't what most trust fund babies would be willing to put themselves thru.   Path of least resistance is for those who can afford it.   human nature
 
2021-06-16 7:29:29 AM  

OkieDookie: Linux_Yes: OkieDookie: These brave athletes, some of them getting up as early as 5 a.m. on a Sunday.  Doing this for years, stoically facing Covid.  All so they can come in fifth and join ib the all night Olympic Village orgies.

There. I just gave you NBC's entire Olympic reporting.

how many of these "brave" athletes are financially independent and/or trust fund babies who have 24/7 to practice their sport instead of having to work for a living??

Bob "Pink Eye" Costas never tells us that.


because he's on TV
 
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