How Come NBC Broke Away From Olympic Coverage As Team USA Entered The Stadium? For A Commercial?

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    Aug 06, 2016 4:58 AM GMT
    How come NBC broke away for a TV commercial before the entire US team had entered the stadium? All the other teams got full coverage.

    I realize the US team was the largest, but NBC has a monopoly on TV coverage in the US. What about all those World Class US athletes who weren't shown on TV, to their family & friends? I'd like to have seen them, too.

    Shame on you, NBC! For some extra bucks from your advertisers.

    Well guess what? I'm not watching NBC TV anymore, plenty of other satellite choices. From whom I can get Olympics news, if not your obviously poor live reports. And I can avoid your sponsors, too. You stepped on it big time, NBC, your Olympics producers should be handed their heads.
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    Aug 06, 2016 5:09 AM GMT
    NBC's coverage of the olympics is all about $$. They have to get their commercials in , and they could care less abut what is happening at the time. TV coverage of the olympics in the USA has always been abysmal.
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    Aug 06, 2016 5:18 AM GMT
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    NBC's coverage of the olympics is all about $$. They have to get their commercials in , and they could care less abut what is happening at the time. TV coverage of the olympics in the USA has always been abysmal.

    I think you state the sad truth. And the fact that exclusive Olympic coverage in the US can be sold to the highest bidder. To the exclusion of everyone else.

    Just like coverage of all sports is sold in the US. Except those are events controlled by leagues or other limited organizations, for which one might make the case.

    But I thought the Olympics was world-wide. Isn't that what they promote about themselves, representing many nations? Well, I guess not. They're for sale at a price like everything else these days.
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    Aug 06, 2016 11:20 AM GMT
    As ever, the good old BBC showed the entire 4 hours uninterrupted. It didn't start until midnight UK time and I managed to watch the opening ceremony into the team marches, falling asleep around Cape Verde.
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    Aug 06, 2016 1:23 PM GMT
    HikerSkier saidNBC's coverage of the olympics is all about $$. They have to get their commercials in , and they could care less abut what is happening at the time. TV coverage of the olympics in the USA has always been abysmal.
    What do you expect, these television networks are owned by wealthy shareholders who can never get their goddamned fill of money.
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    Aug 06, 2016 2:36 PM GMT
    go figure; Americans always want their stuff for free.icon_lol.gif
  • Nakedman1969

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    Aug 06, 2016 8:03 PM GMT
    I don't watch NBC Sports for NASCAR because their announces don't know shit about it!!!! Yes I know this this is about the Olympics but that what NBC does they don't care about the people.
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    Aug 06, 2016 8:13 PM GMT
    I didn't see the opening last night... But if i recall from previous openings, the cameras are not set up *right* at the arena entrance... And even if there are some cameras there, they may mot be the US's NBC cameras...

    So while we knew USA was entering, they might have had 3 minutes before our team walked past our cameras.

    Perfect time for a "coming up next..." Type of announcement and the a commercial break so those of of watching and waiting can grab a piss, and the sponsors get their wares hawked...

    Like i said... Just a guess... So don't y'all get your knickers in a twist over it... :-D
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    Aug 07, 2016 4:56 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidHow come NBC broke away for a TV commercial before the entire US team had entered the stadium? All the other teams got full coverage.

    I realize the US team was the largest, but NBC has a monopoly on TV coverage in the US. What about all those World Class US athletes who weren't shown on TV, to their family & friends? I'd like to have seen them, too.

    Shame on you, NBC! For some extra bucks from your advertisers.

    Well guess what? I'm not watching NBC TV anymore, plenty of other satellite choices. From whom I can get Olympics news, if not your obviously poor live reports. And I can avoid your sponsors, too. You stepped on it big time, NBC, your Olympics producers should be handed their heads.


    Did you pay NBC to watch the Olympics? No. NBC is free to you and advertisers pay the freight.
    You can be pissed if you paid a subscription and it was interrupted.