Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Al Michaels: fearless NBC welcomes London Olympic challenge (Reason for no live coverage)
Guardian ^ | 29 July 2012 | Robert Booth

Posted on 08/05/2012 9:06:34 AM PDT by JimWayne

NBC has calculated that the TV audience for the Olympics in the US is 56% female, and this conditions what it calls its "storytelling model" of presentation.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012olympics; nbc; olympics; women
This is why NBC does not carry events live. Their aim is to appeal to women who watch TV and tell them a story to keep them interested. Guess liberals would love this too.
1 posted on 08/05/2012 9:06:44 AM PDT by JimWayne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

And NBC emphasizes events in which Americans are competitive. So we can forget about seeing table tennis and soccer, for example.


2 posted on 08/05/2012 9:10:15 AM PDT by The people have spoken
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

Well, this reinforces my feelings of manliness, because NBC’s coverage has really not appealed to me at all. It just seems “blah” in so many ways. But maybe the ladies love it.


3 posted on 08/05/2012 9:12:22 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Roger Taney? Not a bad Chief Justice. John Roberts? A really awful Chief Justice.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The people have spoken

Soccer and basketball are available on other channels on DISH.


4 posted on 08/05/2012 9:12:28 AM PDT by Rennes Templar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

An added bonus: if there is a terrorist event, we won’t see it live, like we did in 1972. It can be edited out.

If we want, we can read about it. But we won’t SEE it. And the WH will fax the words for the talking twits to read.


5 posted on 08/05/2012 9:14:04 AM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne
From the article:
NBC is using the main feed from Olympic Broadcasting Services but will have its own cameras at most venues. "They show the whole of the competition while we zoom in on the guy's face to see the emotion," says Fritsche. "We have our stories to tell."

Some of us ladies would like to see the whole of the competition. I wonder if there's anywhere online to see that main feed?

6 posted on 08/05/2012 9:20:07 AM PDT by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

Also why they keep showing the moms in the stands.


7 posted on 08/05/2012 9:20:19 AM PDT by TigerClaws
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rennes Templar; The people have spoken; ClearCase_guy; combat_boots; All

I am sure you can find some foreign TV channel and watch their live stream.


8 posted on 08/05/2012 9:20:19 AM PDT by JimWayne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: RightField

I think there is an online feed from NBC.

Also, between Bravo, NBSSports, NBC, CNBC and even MSNBC there are a lot of sports and non-US competitions being broadcast.

I’m burning up my DVR.


9 posted on 08/05/2012 9:24:27 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: RightField

Sorry. NBCSports channel. 603 on direcTV


10 posted on 08/05/2012 9:25:21 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne
Last night was the first night I didn't have to use my DVR to skip massive segments on gymnastics and synchronized diving that I am not interested. Finally I could enjoy most of the broadcast. When they kicked off Friday night with over a half hour of past gymnastics at the expense of watching the many interesting events that went on all day, I was disgusted at the loss.
11 posted on 08/05/2012 9:26:27 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

I love to watch golf but I will NOT watch it if it’s on nbc for the same reason...storytelling.

While live golf is being played on the course, they are storytelling.


12 posted on 08/05/2012 9:28:27 AM PDT by RetSignman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Proud2BeRight
"I was disgusted at the loss.

I like to watch volleyball (Beach and regular)

Misty and Kerri were on last night so I sat down to watch. They were playing well and had a nice lead. Score was like 9-6 in the first Set. NBC goes to break. They come back the score is like 17-11. Its a freaking tape delay and they can't show the entire game. Next set they did the same damn thing. I switched it off and got some work done. I am finished with NBC and the Olympics.

13 posted on 08/05/2012 9:32:58 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

It must work. My wife DVR’s almost everything on the Olympics and watches it at night. I haven’t seen any of it, not interested.


14 posted on 08/05/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT by jeffc (Welcome to the United Socialist States of America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne
The BBC coverage is IMO superb, with experts commentating live on each sport AND with catch-up available for every single event since day 1.

American FReepers can tap into BBC iPlayer if they carry out the steps here.

15 posted on 08/05/2012 9:47:14 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

Anyone else remember the good ild days when ABC broadcast the Olympics like it was theWide World of Sports. I miss those days. I want the thrill of victory and not the agony of another profile.


16 posted on 08/05/2012 9:49:53 AM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne
Their aim is to appeal to women who watch TV and tell them a story to keep them interested

I'm a red blooded American male and have been watching the Olympics nearly every day..

I love the " human interest stories" about the athletes behind the scenes..the one on Gabby Douglas was great..showed her training in her youth and what she went through...also showed her praying and said how much God was in her life...same with Missy Franklin.

The "human interest" stories make the Olympics better IMO

17 posted on 08/05/2012 10:00:28 AM PDT by trailhkr1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

NBC trashes their coverage of horse racing with their “story telling,” hardly even mentioning the names of the people who make the game go—the owners, who pay the bills. They concentrate on a handful of trainers, most whom hardly train but are skilled at making themselves prominent. Do they show much in the way of past races? Heck no. Do we even see much of the horses? Heck no. Do they get a lot of content just plain wrong and incorrect? YES.


18 posted on 08/05/2012 10:02:46 AM PDT by Nepeta
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trailhkr1
The "human interest" stories make the Olympics better IMO

If you give priority to sob stories over live telecast and can put up with delayed broadcasting, you probably have a some feminine wiring in your brain.

19 posted on 08/05/2012 10:04:16 AM PDT by JimWayne
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: The people have spoken
. So we can forget about seeing table tennis and soccer
If I'm not mistaken, the men's soccer team was so bad they didn't even qualify to play in the Olympics.
20 posted on 08/05/2012 10:06:45 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne
you probably have a some feminine wiring in your brain.
21 posted on 08/05/2012 10:10:40 AM PDT by trailhkr1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

There is exactly one team of broadcasters at the Olympics for NBC that are professionals. They are the team from Versus that broadcasts the Tour de France. Now that NBC owns Versus I guess they will be replaced by idiots shortly. When you start saying Dude and reporting on twitter comments you know your hopeless.


22 posted on 08/05/2012 10:27:22 AM PDT by A Strict Constructionist (We're an Oligrachy...Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Thomas Jefferson)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All


Just A Reminder
Please Don't Forget
To Donate To FR
This Quarter

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!

23 posted on 08/05/2012 10:28:45 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

They’ve carried tons of events live. But remember by the time our prime time rolls around London is saying hello to tomorrow. It’s not possible for them to show anything live in prime time because there’s nothing happening live during prime time. Now 2AM through about 4PM lots of stuff is live.


24 posted on 08/05/2012 10:32:34 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

I’m retired, but my wife is still working. I know the results of every event usually at the time they happened. My wife has threatened me with severe consequences if I tell her who won what. So I have to sit through the events knowing the result without being able to tell my wife. Keeping these things delayed on weekends is especially ridiculous.


25 posted on 08/05/2012 10:43:57 AM PDT by driftless2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jim Robinson; colorcountry; glock rocks; Pete-R-Bilt; Godzilla; reaganaut
Another famous wearer of the Tbird hat and a producer at the Olympics is Al's brother. Also conservative like his brother.


26 posted on 08/05/2012 10:44:40 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The people have spoken

My kids go to school with one of the girls on the table tennis team. We had to watch her event live on the computer. We tried to even find coverage of it on the NBC coverage, and couldn’t find anything.

At least there was the computer!


27 posted on 08/05/2012 10:48:51 AM PDT by luckystarmom
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne
"sob stories"

I actually missed watching a few Olympics because of the human interest stories preceding every darn event. "Joe Blow is playing this Olympics for his second cousin twice-removed who went to the hospital for a torn hangnail." Then they'd show a scene of Joe weeping over his cousin's dreadful torn hangnail. That got tired real quick, and I figured out that they were doing it for the female audience.

28 posted on 08/05/2012 10:52:27 AM PDT by driftless2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: hecht
Anyone else remember the good ild days when ABC broadcast the Olympics like it was the Wide World of Sports. I miss those days. I want the thrill of victory and not the agony of another profile.

You are so correct. We were just talking about this the other night. ABC had far superior coverage. Roone Arledge knew how to broadcast an Olympics.

I especially loved watching EVERYONE receiving their medals during the awards ceremony, not just the Gold Medal winners. On the big events they used to show the winners walking into the arena, having the metals placed around their necks and having the announcer say each of their names.

It's interesting that this comment is coming from Al Michaels,(whom I adore). He was a part of that old ABC team., remember, "do you believe in miracles!"

29 posted on 08/05/2012 10:59:18 AM PDT by nicksaunt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: trailhkr1

I so agree with you! There is plenty of Olympics coverage on other channels, but I’m just so taken with the behind the scenes stories, and not just the Americans. I love watching.


30 posted on 08/05/2012 11:06:36 AM PDT by myrabach
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: trailhkr1

The big problem with the human interest stories, over and above being girly, is they’re a waste of time. The Summer Games are literally the largest sporting event on the planet, hundreds of hours of sports happen every day for 17 days, and yet most of the prime time coverage isn’t showing any of the sports, it’s blathering on the soap opera of the people. The prime time show should be the ultimate high light package, condensing everything that happened that day into a 4 hour Sports Center. Unfortunately they know their primary audience are not sports fans, it’s women that only watch the Olympics every couple of years. Thus human interest stories instead of sports. The biggest travesty is that they have all these channels but they focus everything down in prime time, they should use one of the channels to do the Sports Center version.


31 posted on 08/05/2012 11:06:36 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: discostu; myrabach
The Summer Games are literally the largest sporting event on the planet, hundreds of hours of sports happen every day for 17 days, and yet most of the prime time coverage isn’t showing any of the sports, it’s blathering on the soap opera of the people

That's not what I have been experiencing. It's mostly 90%+ sports and 10% human interest.

Lettuce be real, you can only watch so much soccer, basketball etc without being bored to tears. Swimming, gymnastics etc that have as short, competitive time span are different...way more interesting..of course I have a very short attention span.

32 posted on 08/05/2012 11:21:08 AM PDT by trailhkr1
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: jeffc

Sounds like here. Bummer for me is there is some home network glitch.

Our PC systems are the same in most of the important respects but NBC live stream cuts out on hers at random off and on. Mine holds fine. She is hooked on laff a lhmpics and has to watch every thing that is streamed or aired.

I careth not at all for any of it and don’t think I ever did.


33 posted on 08/05/2012 11:24:53 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: trailhkr1

It’s not 90% sports, it’s maybe 25% sports, the rest is yabbering. Even when they’re showing the sports they’re doing it stupid with that “as if live” thing that makes them show lots of stuff that didn’t matter, and they know it didn’t matter cause the game already happened. Highlight package. Or at least hire some guys from the NFL channel that do the Replay, they know how to condense a 3 hour game into an hour in a way that maintains a solid narrative, skips the stuff that didn’t matter AND adds in some insight using the post game interviews.


34 posted on 08/05/2012 11:26:00 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

Can’t figure these guys out. They will show “hours” of 1500m swim prelims and ignore medal events in other sports that are running simultaneously


35 posted on 08/05/2012 12:22:10 PM PDT by llevrok (2012 : Elect Adults)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mad Dawgg

Well, London IS 8 hours ahead of us (Pacific).

When you were watching last night, it was probably 5AM in London. Everybody is still in bed.

Of course you got a tape delay.

Doesn’t excuse NBC from not coming on at 4AM east coast time (7AM west coast) to show it to you live, though. Or are they doing that...I don’t know.


36 posted on 08/05/2012 12:34:33 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

NBC is owned by Comcast, the most vile, greed driven company on the planet, like a true dictator, Comcast feels they know what’s best for it’s customers; however, Comcast knows very little, it’s why they are tucked in at night by Obama himself! Comcast is an upside down pyramid, and I hope for the sake of it’s customers, it is pushed over by the competition!


37 posted on 08/05/2012 12:52:40 PM PDT by IslamE (epiphany)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

This female viewer is torqued off because there was only about 5 minutes of coverage of equestrian events.


38 posted on 08/05/2012 1:28:44 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: hattend
"Of course you got a tape delay."

Ahhh you are missing the point. When they left for commercial break the score was like 9-6 when they came back from commercial break the score was like 17-11 They didn't show 13 scores AND THEY WERE ON TAPE DELAY! If they were live I could understand it. THEY WERE ON TAPE DELAY. That means they could have shown the points scored they just didn't want to. They wanted to instead tell me stories. I want to watch the sports if I wanted to listen to gossip I would watch the freaking "WE" channel.

39 posted on 08/05/2012 1:42:39 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: RightField

If you have an “On Demand” feature on your TV, try that. We wanted to see more of the fencing competition, so I went to On Demand, and lo and behold! The entire competition (so far) was right there! NO commercials!

Best,


40 posted on 08/05/2012 1:57:30 PM PDT by VermiciousKnid (Sic narro nos totus!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

Al Michaels?

Blah.


41 posted on 08/05/2012 2:37:49 PM PDT by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they were.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JimWayne

Women are where the advertising revenues are. Men are irrelevant dinosaurs from politics and pop culture to the consumer economy.


42 posted on 08/05/2012 3:59:56 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Pontius Pilate 'voters' are arrogant, delusional, lilly-livered collaborators.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cloverfarm

Are you my wife? She’d like to see about four hours worth.


43 posted on 08/05/2012 4:02:17 PM PDT by driftless2
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson