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post #1 of 16
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So I went on to espn.com this afternoon to check some standings in other sports. I was looking for some basketball scores from last night. And the front page story was who won the men's downhill. I had been trying really hard not to know who won. I am really dissapointed with ESPN on this. It would have been one thing if I would have clicked the olympics page or gone to a skiing section, but no, front page. I can't believe how inconsiderate people are when it comes to this kind of thing.
post #2 of 16
I think you are asking a little much to not want a major sports news outlet to report results where the majority of people can see them. THAT IS THEIR WHOLE FUNCTION.:

Okay fine, ask people not to post results in their headlines here, but c'mon the world does not revolve around you and your need for unbearable suspense when watching it for yourself. If you don't want to know - Don't watch the news and don't go to the sports pages. Put a bag over your head and cotton in your ears until you can watch it - but don't expect the world to stop and wait for you.:
post #3 of 16
What's downhill?
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by FRAU
I think you are asking a little much to not want a major sports news outlet to report results where the majority of people can see them. THAT IS THEIR WHOLE FUNCTION.:
Ditto!
Did you really think that ESPN wouldn't have the Olympic Results? I think the Olympics is a sporting evnet and Sports is thier business.

I have a tougher time relating to some of the other stuff I see on ESPN that really doesn't qualify as sports.
post #5 of 16
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ESPN is an american sports outlet. They don't post about who won between chelsea and Man. U (i think they would play at some point) but they post about Football, basketball, baseball etc. I just think it would be nice for them to have a little more consideration for their dominantly american audience. If you want to have skiing on the front page have a headline that says Men's Skiing and make someone click the link to get the results. I am not saying don't report it, I am saying don't front page people into seing it if they wanted to go to your website for other reasons.
post #6 of 16
don't blame espn for covering a major sports event and then deciding to post an article on the front page about it. [gasp] it's not as if they haven't done it before. :

when lance armstrong won the 2005 tour de france, espn had a front page article about it and the tour de france is a lot less interesting to most people than the olympics.

if you wanted just nba scores and info you should have gone to www.nba.com so if you want to be upset about it, be angry at yourself.

ps. had you logged into this forum earlier, then you would have seen atskier blowing the whistle on the dh results anyway.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by KennyG
So I went on to espn.com this afternoon to check some standings in other sports. I was looking for some basketball scores from last night. And the front page story was who won the men's downhill. I had been trying really hard not to know who won. I am really dissapointed with ESPN on this. It would have been one thing if I would have clicked the olympics page or gone to a skiing section, but no, front page. I can't believe how inconsiderate people are when it comes to this kind of thing.
C-4
post #8 of 16
Why not bash the peacock for not showing us the DH closer to WHEN IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED? Instead they have rednecks chasing their tails all afternoon...
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by AlterEgo
don't blame espn for covering a major sports event and then deciding to post an article on the front page about it. [gasp] it's not as if they haven't done it before. :

when lance armstrong won the 2005 tour de france, espn had a front page article about it and the tour de france is a lot less interesting to most people than the olympics.

if you wanted just nba scores and info you should have gone to www.nba.com so if you want to be upset about it, be angry at yourself.

ps. had you logged into this forum earlier, then you would have seen atskier blowing the whistle on the dh results anyway.
However OLN was actually broadcasting that live.

I would love to bash the peacock for this. I find they are too worried about the 1980 model of broadcasting the olympics. They need to modernize to the internet generation. They have 6 networks, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, TNT, USA. If you pay that much for the ******* olympics at least have the decensy to show the olympics. I have to say that they are really dropping the ball by not showing stuff live pretty much ever. OH YEA! Womens Hockey is live on USA! good call tools.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by KennyG
However OLN was actually broadcasting that live.

I would love to bash the peacock for this. I find they are too worried about the 1980 model of broadcasting the olympics. They need to modernize to the internet generation. They have 6 networks, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC, TNT, USA. If you pay that much for the ******* olympics at least have the decensy to show the olympics. I have to say that they are really dropping the ball by not showing stuff live pretty much ever. OH YEA! Womens Hockey is live on USA! good call tools.
Okay, so the real problem is nbc, not ESPN???
I remember the days when my parents let me stay up to watch the Olympic coverage. In fact it was a whole family experience. We thought it was so cool and have loved the games every since.
post #11 of 16
I recorded the olympics on my DVr box to wait for the wife to get home and watch them. I have been watching discovery and science channell and cleaning the house for the baby to arrive. Then my dad calls and starts to talk about the DH he watched on canadian channell I had to start screaming so I wouldnt hear anytihng then yell WTF, I didnt see it yet. Thank god I did not hear anything. Please America, don't dissappoint me. Ready to sit down for dinner with the wiff and start watching.
post #12 of 16
If you really want to be surprised by delayed sporting events I find you need to do a total news blackout. No TV. No radio. No internet (I usually see the US Ski team emails in the AM - but nothing today so perhaps they are respecting the Olympic delays). If it has happened already it is out there -- if you don't want to know you need to stay totally unconnected.

That being said, I think the advent of the internet is going to force the networks to rethink their coverage. In the old days most people really might not know what had happened -- but with 24 hour TV news and instant access to information on the internet they may find that delaying results to prime time is no longer a good strategy. Its just not that intersting when it is already a day late!

Plus, with the Olympics saving the best stuff till 11:30 PM (even if it happened in the morning!) I TIVO it anyway (I can barely stay up and will not let my kids) -- so we watch another day delayed. The kids will watch the downhill TOMORROW night even though it happened this morning (watching last nights coverage now). Old events just aren't as exciting -- I think by another 4 years we might see more live coverage.... I hope. Why not show it live for those that want and then a packaged summary prime time version for those that want that. With the internet there are no secret surprises anyway.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
It should be interesting in the coming years to see if NBC gets the message that the low olympic ratings aren't necessarily based on the fact that people don't care about the olympics but that people don't care for the way they are being presented to them. The want to sit down to watch an event, and when they like the event nothing makes them more mad then having them switch to another event they don't care about. Like snowboarding going on right now. We just watched 15 minutes of snow boarding now we are going to luge, it's hard to get in a rythm with this piss poor coverage.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by KennyG
It should be interesting in the coming years to see if NBC gets the message that the low olympic ratings aren't necessarily based on the fact that people don't care about the olympics but that people don't care for the way they are being presented to them. The want to sit down to watch an event, and when they like the event nothing makes them more mad then having them switch to another event they don't care about. Like snowboarding going on right now. We just watched 15 minutes of snow boarding now we are going to luge, it's hard to get in a rythm with this piss poor coverage.
I hear ya. I am waiting for the DH baby go Bode go! w00t w00t
post #15 of 16
I'm able to watch both CBC and NBC. CBC had the race live at 6am Eastern and selected races in their programing after noon.

CBC also jumps around between events, but has more sport and fewer "features" in the broadcast.


Ken
post #16 of 16
ESPN is a sports network. They should show all results as soon as possible, regardless of network or when the event will be shown. If you don't want to know the results leave ESPN off until you see the race. What NBC should do is show highlights in the morning instead of wasting time with talking heads like Katie, Matt and Al.
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