An on-going list to why NBC’s Olympic coverage is less than sub-par:
- The network edited out the tribute to the victims of the 7/7 terrorist attack in order to show an interview on Michael Phelps from Ryan Seacrest…because clearly the US audience needed that more than seeing a tribute that also included 2 US Servicemen
- There were 11 commercial breaks during the parade of nations alone during the Opening Ceremonies. They also failed to show the first 2 Saudi women to participate in the games for their country even though they mentioned them. They also cut the lesbian kiss that was even shown in some Middle Eastern countries. The commentators seemed to enjoy making back handed compliments and reminding us what countries were at war or having unrest during a time where we should be setting aside politics (and this complaint is coming from a Political Science major).
- The NBC Olympics APP for smart phones, alerts to results hours before they are even shown on NBC
- NBC failed to show Ksenia Afanasyva’s crash and burn during the Women’s gymnastic floor exercise that wrapped up the US team’s gold. Instead they showed Aly Raisman’s warm up where she fell during a tumble pass and asked if the women could deliver the knock out blow…even though they all would have had to fail miserably to lose the gold. They also just happened to leave out the standings.
- They aired an interview with Evander Holyfield and didn’t even realize who they had spoke with.
- There seems to be more commercials during prime time coverage than there is actual coverage of the games.
- The network spoiled swimmer Missy Franklin’s first gold.
- NBC got Guy Adam’s, a journalist for The Independent, suspended after critical tweets.
- They had to pull Doc Emrick and Pierre McGuire to cover Water Polo because it happens to be set up a bit like hockey. Here I thought I had a whole summer before hearing them again.
- The commentary. There is nothing else to add to that.
If I had to watch the Olympics on NBC, I probably wouldn’t watch at all. Thankfully it’s on the state channels in Norway, which means no commercials, and I doubt they’ve cut anything. Not to mention they had over a dozen livestreams on their website.