I don’t know if I’m late to this party or what, but when I wanted to watch Michael Phelps’ last Olympic race, a relay, where the USA took gold, I expected it to be shown on the network that is covering the games live. NBC has 4 channels that have shown Olympic events, and on Saturday, when Phelps and his team took to the water at 3:37pm (on a Saturday), I turned to NBC and NBC Sports Net to see which of them was showing the live Olympic event.
NBC was showing the end of a USA water polo match where they
were down by 3 in the last two minutes.
Ok fine, USA is playing, I kind of figured that they would at least
switch over or do a duel-screen set up since NBC is the main channel and this
is an “event everyone is watching” but ok, fine. They show the USA basketball games on NBCSN
and sand volleyball so I’ll give that a shot.
I turn over and there are a bunch of rich white people with motorcycle helmets
jumping horses over poles and water and bushes.
Mind you I turned to NBC at 3:30 so now this is about 3:33. In the afternoon. On a weekend.
Ok fine…horse jumping. I’m sure
they are going to switch over. Any
minute now. Michael Phelps is swimming
in his last event as the greatest Olympian in American and World history ever. Any time now.
It’s 3:36 and then 3:38. I switch
back and forth, check out Bravo, they are showing real house gold digging
skanks of NYC or LA or Omaha or whatever.
CNBC? MSNBC? No sports, just the
magic bullet and INSANTITY workout infomercial.
I go to twitter. I ask about the
station that is showing the relay. I am
getting updates from reporters there.
Phelps crushed it. USA wins
gold. Not on tv. Not on tv from a company who is broadcasting
live Olympic events. They purposely did
not show the race so they could show it during primetime. If you think I stuck around to see if they
even mentioned it, you are dead wrong.
F*ck you NBC. F*ck you with no
At the start of the games, there were a lot of bitching
about NBC and their tape-delay coverage.
I really didn’t see the big deal, since I am at work during the weekday,
I can stream events here and there (which is a whole different problem), but
since it’s during the work week, not many Americans get to sit at home and
watch every event on tv. That’s
fine. I assumed they aired the “main”
events and then showed them at night, like a normal company would. And even if they didn’t, I’m sure on the
weekend, where a majority of the people are home to watch, they would show the
big events live and then replay them at night.
NBC HAS BEEN DELIBERLTY NOT SHOWING THE EVENTS PEOPLE ARE MOST
INTERESTED IN SO THEY CAN SHOW THEM (WITH THE RESULTS ALREADY KNOWN)
LATER. It’s like they are showing live
bowl games, but when the Rose Bowl starts at 4:00, they not only don’t show the
game, highlights or talk about the result, they show the Rose Bowl taped at
8:00 (when anybody who cares already knows that Oregon beat Wisconsin and
Thomas had 200 yards and 3 tds). They go
out of their way to NOT show THE LAST EVENT IN MICHAEL PHELPS’ career so they can
show it later that night. On the
weekend. I am turning bright red as I
type this. How can this happen?
THE EVENT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE SHOWING LIVE OLYMPIC EVENTS. THEY ARE IN THE POOL RACING RIGHT NOW. SHOW THE F*CKING MEET. YOU ARE BROADCASTING LIVE OLYMPIC COVERAGE
AND THE EVENT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW. I DON’T
WANT TO SEE HORSES JUMP OVER POLES. I DON’T
WANT TO SEE THE USA LOSING IN WATER POLO BY 3 WITH 2 MINUTES LEFT. SHOW THE LIVE EVENT HAPPENING RIGHT NOW OVER
ONE OF YOUR FOUR CHANNELS. How can this
happen? I have to go online on a
Saturday, stream live ((which buffers every 30 seconds but the commercials
about Dwight Howard loving basketball as long as it’s not for the Magic run
seamlessly every 3 minutes) and missed Usain Bolt’s 100M dash), in order to
watch Michael Phelps’ last race as an Olympian?
How can this happen?
I hope and pray, on September 1st, when Notre
Dame plays Navy in Ireland live at 9:00am, that NBC shows the game LIVE at
9:00am and not at 8:00pm that night.
F*ck you NBC. F*ck you now and
then again at 8:00.