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Two BILLION people watch Usain Bolt's win... but none of them in America
UK Daily Mail ^ | August 6, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 08/06/2012 5:03:02 AM PDT by C19fan

An estimated two billion people around the world saw Jamaica's Usain Bolt thrash his rivals to win gold in the men's 100m final - but none of them were in the U.S., as NBC declined to broadcast the historic moment live. Bolt sailed through the semi-finals before successfully defending his Olympic title - against a field that included three Americans - at 4.50pm EDT. But, not for the first time this Games, NBC took the controversial decision to hold off broadcasting the hugely popular event until prime time, leaving millions of track and field fans outraged.

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Except for part of the opening ceremonies have not watched one second of coverage. One of the reasons I have given up watching the Olympics is NBCs horrid coverage. The sad part is NBC is getting record ratings so it will continue to give the middle finger to sports fans to cater their coverage, yes I am prepared to be attacked, to women. For example, my mom called me and was so excited about the Olympics and how she and her firends talked about it at the water cooler. She was schocked when I told her I have not watched one minute.
1 posted on 08/06/2012 5:03:14 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

Agree the coverage is awful


2 posted on 08/06/2012 5:04:53 AM PDT by yldstrk ( That is corrMy heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: C19fan

It’s all available live, online, and without NBC’s greasy fingers all over it. A simple internet search will point anyone who wants to avoid NBC’s ridiculous (non)-coverage in the right direction.


3 posted on 08/06/2012 5:07:41 AM PDT by seacapn
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To: C19fan

NBC has always chosen to delay broadcast of “headliner” events for their prime-time program. They pay a lot of money for the broadcast rights, and they want to draw eyeballs to the screen during the biggest advertising dollar windows.

Anyone with a computer, or a smartphone (assuming you have the right TV carrier) could have watched the race live. I am pleasantly surprised the lengths that NBC has gone to allow people to watch as much of the Olympics live as they like, while they continue to use their broadcast and cable networks to show a more traditional Olympic experience.


4 posted on 08/06/2012 5:08:23 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: C19fan

Agreed. My wife is loving the coverage because she enjoys all the “back stories” and fluff. It’s easier to catch the notable events as highlights.


5 posted on 08/06/2012 5:10:36 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: C19fan

Nothing
But
Communists

They are more interested in the marxist in the WH. They’re afraid they might miss him playing golf or going to one of his fundraisers.

The coverage has been the worst ever. They should not be allowed to broadcast the olympics again.


6 posted on 08/06/2012 5:12:33 AM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: C19fan

I watched about 5 minutes of the opening ceremony but *nothing* since.I check ESPN periodically to see the medal count.That’s it!


7 posted on 08/06/2012 5:13:55 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Word Is Out,Harry Reid's Into Child Porn.Release All Your Photos,Harry!)
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To: C19fan
This isn't the Olympics, it is an athletic "Queen For A Day" tear-jerk-a-thon.

Which is standard fare for the Nothing But Crud network and its one and only commentator Bob Costas. Is there anyone else who works at NBC?

How many sports moments have been skipped in order to show a 5 minute mini-crockumentary of how much an athlete has "had to overcome just to be here" and then had to endure an interview with Costas?

And seriously, Olympic tennis with people who have multiple grand slam wins on the pro tour as the competitors? One month after Wimbledon?

Plus the tat-laden thugs of the NBA playing "The World" on a goofy looking "in the paint" zone?

And Jim Thorpe had to give up all of his awards because he played baseball for $6 a game.

8 posted on 08/06/2012 5:16:27 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: C19fan

How could they show the 100 meter men’s when they had to show the entire women’s marathon? All 2 1/2 hours of it, give me a break and not show the main highlight of Track?


9 posted on 08/06/2012 5:17:30 AM PDT by bray (If you vote for a Communist, what's that make you?)
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To: C19fan

They didn’t broadcast it live? Well, by liberal logic - or what passes for logic to them - NBC must be racist. Why else would they fail to “celebrate” Mr. Bolt’s win? Bravo Mr. Bolt, sorry your win was tainted by such racist coverage.


10 posted on 08/06/2012 5:20:10 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: C19fan

They didn’t broadcast it live? Well, by liberal logic - or what passes for logic to them - NBC must be racist. Why else would they fail to “celebrate” Mr. Bolt’s win? Bravo Mr. Bolt, sorry your win was tainted by such racist coverage.


11 posted on 08/06/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: kevkrom
“They pay a lot of money for the broadcast rights, and they want to draw eyeballs to the screen during the biggest advertising dollar windows.”

Good points and everyone here should listen up. They are a business (making a profit which is a good thing) and not an entitlement for viewers. People here of all places should understand that.
People complain way too much.

12 posted on 08/06/2012 5:20:54 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: C19fan

If I actually cared about the Olympics, I’d be livid.

But now I just kinda laugh.


13 posted on 08/06/2012 5:22:19 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Sure - they’re a business. But its customers are also free to seek other services if they aren’t satisfied with NBC’s delivery of the product. That’s the nature of a free market.


14 posted on 08/06/2012 5:25:54 AM PDT by seacapn
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To: seacapn

agreed- i watched it live, online, on NBC’s olympic site, with no announcers...


15 posted on 08/06/2012 5:27:41 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: seacapn
If NBC were Fox they will be calls for their license for the gymnast commercial
16 posted on 08/06/2012 5:29:27 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: C19fan

The Olympic coverage is no longer a sporting event, but rather a soap opera.


17 posted on 08/06/2012 5:34:14 AM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: seacapn

>>It’s all available live, online, and without NBC’s greasy fingers all over it. <<

Not quite. MUI the online live coverage is being done by NBC as well.


18 posted on 08/06/2012 5:36:19 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (obozo could bring back literal slavery with chains and still he will get 85+% of the black vote)
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To: C19fan

We are getting a lot of our news from UK reporting of news that is omitted int the U.S. media.

It is telling both of us and them.

For us, it clearly demonstrates what our “news elite” consider important to report, ignore, or sweep under the rug.

However, I think there is more to learn. The British media is just as guilty or more of these omissions, so why the preoccupation with odd little stories from the U.S.?

I think it is a matter of bread and circuses. The strange happenings in the U.S. offer a distraction from the Orwellian society that is devouring the UK.


19 posted on 08/06/2012 5:43:47 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: freedumb2003

NBC has its live online coverage for cable subscribers, but that is by no means the only live coverage actually available online...


20 posted on 08/06/2012 5:49:37 AM PDT by seacapn
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To: seacapn

It’s horrible that they stay panned in on just 1 person while the rest of the field of athletes would be nice to view as well. That drives my husband nuts - he hates NBC coverage and wishes FOX would get the Olympic Games...


21 posted on 08/06/2012 6:11:07 AM PDT by princess leah
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To: C19fan

NBC’s cover IS horrible! I was so ticked off that they wouldn’t show the entire men’s singles medals ceremony at Wimbledon....I think it was about six hours later that they showed a brief clip of the GB anthem being played. Oh gosh! I was so disappointed! Was able to see some online, but NBC totally failed with this. Then last night, watching the gymnastics vault competition, they broke about every two minutes for three more minutes of commercials, and then when it was over, failed to show the medals ceremony, which I felt would have been most interesting in light of McKayla Maroney’s silver medal win instead of gold. OMG! What horrid coverage!


22 posted on 08/06/2012 6:11:07 AM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: bray

I’d like to know who at NBC is such a big fan of diving and equestrian events. If you watched NBC to figure out what the important sports were, you’d think that diving is the most important event in the entire olympics.


23 posted on 08/06/2012 6:24:27 AM PDT by pie_eater
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To: C19fan

Bolt may be fast, I’ll grant him that, but who can stand half an hour of his annoying, clownish theatrics and posturing pre-race for less than 10 sec of race? (Followed by yet more annoying, clownish theatrics and posturing. You betcha.)

That is to say, no one who did not see this race missed anything.


24 posted on 08/06/2012 6:32:22 AM PDT by Moltke ("I am Dr. Sonderborg," he said, "and I don't want any nonsense.")
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To: seacapn

I’ve looked and only found NBC sites online. What is the site you have watched it on?


25 posted on 08/06/2012 6:44:03 AM PDT by bramps
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To: C19fan

On a weekday, I could understand that decision on the timing; but this was a Sunday...


26 posted on 08/06/2012 6:44:53 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Moltke
Bolt may be fast, I’ll grant him that, but who can stand half an hour of his annoying, clownish theatrics and posturing pre-race for less than 10 sec of race? (Followed by yet more annoying, clownish theatrics and posturing. You betcha.)

A lot of folks felt that way about Muhammad Ali...he cried all the way to the bank.

27 posted on 08/06/2012 6:48:42 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: C19fan

I watched it live over the internet. I don’t wait.


28 posted on 08/06/2012 6:54:49 AM PDT by driftless2
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Bolt sailed through the semi-finals before successfully defending his Olympic title - against a field that included three Americans - at 4.50pm EDT

I bet, MORE people would have seen it at 4:50 pm EST than actually did see it at, what?? 11:22 pm last night??

It was ridiculously late! What's the point of tape delay if you don't show it at a good time? Maybe, 9:30? 10 even??

29 posted on 08/06/2012 7:00:12 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: C19fan

Worst coverage ever! And I’m a woman. Hate the fluff and overtalk, the whole mess is like a bad soap opera. (Is there such a thing as a good soap opera?)


30 posted on 08/06/2012 7:05:22 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of a Voter ID Law?)
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NBC has out done themselves in inane, ridiculous and just plain stupid coverage of these Olympics. Instead of covering OLYMPICS the jackasses that ran this debacle decide that a full section on BAGPIPES AND JAMES BOND are current Olympic events. The complete inattention to the actual Olympic events just prove that they are so far out of touch that they should never be allowed to cover it again.
31 posted on 08/06/2012 7:05:59 AM PDT by JayAr36 (America is swirling around the drain, someone put in the plug.)
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To: C19fan

NBC’s coverage is horrible. If only we could fool the internet into thinking we were Brits or Canadians which would allow free access to the BBC of CBC or other non-US outlets providing coverage online.


32 posted on 08/06/2012 7:12:19 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: kevinm13

Install ExPat shield....it will give you a UK IP address.


33 posted on 08/06/2012 7:14:34 AM PDT by LexRex in TN ("A republic, if you can keep it.......")
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To: C19fan

Two billion people need more cable choices to watch.


34 posted on 08/06/2012 7:31:54 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: C19fan

I’ve watched about one hour total. TV is a wasteland.


35 posted on 08/06/2012 7:42:28 AM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

I watched about 5 minutes of the opening ceremony but *nothing* since.I check ESPN periodically to see the medal count.That’s it!

Me too except I did watch the entire Opening Ceremony...unfortunately. I am just not interested this year at all. I do like the Winter Olympics better...I will watch those in 2014.


36 posted on 08/06/2012 7:51:54 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: SampleMan

Not really. The British media (particularly the Daily Mail and the Guardian) has been making a huge effort to get into the lucrative US market for their online editions for some years now (hence the Daily Mail using Americanisms like ‘mom’ instead of ‘mum’ for example). I can also assure you that the British media does not ignore controversial domestic issues concerning society and government the way the American media does for their domestic issues.
America’s mainstream media is shockingly bad considering it is supposedly operating in a free country. Britain’s tabloid media may be very sensationalist at times, but it is quite rightly feared by our elites for the sheer glee it takes in attacking them whenever the opportunity arises, which frankly, is as it should be...


37 posted on 08/06/2012 7:54:32 AM PDT by sinsofsolarempirefan
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Even their LIVE coverage is not Live. I just finished watching gymnastics supposedly LIVE. But I knew how a girl’s routine went before NBC showed it. As in, I went to other sites which had Tweets from the meet.


38 posted on 08/06/2012 7:56:31 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: Sgt_Schultze

My wife is loving the coverage because she enjoys all the “back stories” and fluff.

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I am a woman and I HATE that stuff. Just show me the competition.

This is the first time since the Olympics were in California that I have watched any more than 5 minutes, and that is because of the annoying coverage. The only reason we are watching this time is that we now have DVR, which vastly improves all of our TV experience.


39 posted on 08/06/2012 8:00:57 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: pie_eater

If you watched NBC to figure out what the important sports were, you’d think that diving is the most important event in the entire olympics.

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Aren’t a lot of the male divers homos? Just sayin’....


40 posted on 08/06/2012 8:05:11 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Moltke

To be honest, I had never heard of Bolt before last night. We are not exactly track fans, and we watched — with DVR — only so we could cheer on USA.

I was happy for him because it looked like he worked so hard, but, then, when I saw how obnoxious he acted afterwards, I just thought he was a jerk.


41 posted on 08/06/2012 8:09:08 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: yldstrk
Agree the coverage is awful

I miss ABC's Olympic coverage. Even though they didn't devote near as much air time to the games, they seemed to show more stuff. Of course, that may just be nostalgia messing with my brain.

Has anyone else noticed that their track and field coverage is all track and no field? No hammer, no javelin, no discus . . . a very little shot put. They've shown a couple of "jumping" events. Are the field events simply not popular in the United States?

Track and field is supposed to be the heart and soul of the Olympics. I can understand their wanting to telecast it in prime time, but still . . . no field at all? Will they even cover the decathlon? Or the pole vault?

And what happened to the women's marathon? Isn't that supposed to be on the first day of track and field competition? I haven't heard a word about it. Maybe the men and women are running together this year?

Even the old ABC Wide World of Sports would occasionally show field events. This is pitiful.

42 posted on 08/06/2012 8:14:34 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: C19fan
Me either. I could care less about the olympics. When these liberals yell about wasted money, then they spend billions and billions for these types of events so they can strut around talking about how great they are and the events are. Pure garbage. I used to be a huge, huge sports fan. But every day I find myself caring less, and less, and less about the crap, me me me, etc. of sports. They are always in a fight about millions and billions they are making and blaming owners, or players and the people footing the bills are the ones getting the shaft. DirecTV contacted me about the NFL plan and I told them no thanks. I am not interested in paying yet more for channels that I never watch. Most NFL games are on Sunday afternoons and my Sundays are tied up in something much more important to me that games.
43 posted on 08/06/2012 8:16:02 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (If you cannot read the sign of the times, I suggest you read the Scriptures. They are CLEAR!)
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To: C19fan

I haven’t watched any of it either. I tried, but everything seems so packaged and artificial. It all seems irrelevant and unimportant, compared to so many other events that are taking place in our lives.


44 posted on 08/06/2012 8:23:24 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Bigg Red

He’s the biggest sports star in the world.


45 posted on 08/06/2012 8:59:23 AM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: pie_eater

That and beach volleyball. The PC shove these sports down your throat is pathetic.

Pray for America


46 posted on 08/06/2012 11:05:24 AM PDT by bray (If you vote for a Communist, what's that make you?)
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To: the scotsman

He’s the biggest sports star in the world.

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Sorry, I just don’t follow sports much. It’s a shame he’s a jerk.


47 posted on 08/06/2012 12:43:08 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: JayAr36

That five minute James Bond segment — right in the middle of major gymnastics and track coverage! — was absolutely the low point of the NBC coverage so far. I thought I’d accidentally changed the channel!


48 posted on 08/06/2012 12:55:55 PM PDT by oilwatcher
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To: C19fan

We just had the biggest moment of the games so far, if you’re watching you’ll know what I’m talking about.


49 posted on 08/06/2012 2:17:30 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Bigg Red

He might be arrogant, but he showed more respect for our National Anthem than some foreign reporter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8J2EiF4LcY


50 posted on 08/06/2012 2:29:00 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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