NBC is a corporation with shareholders. Their "job" is to make money, to run a successful business, NOT necessarily to produce the greatest snowsport coverage, though one would imagine it is in their interest to do the best they can, given that some want alpine, some want luge, some want figure skating, and some want curling.
I, too, am extremely frustrated by not getting alpine covered the way I want it covered. (If it were covered the way I want it covered, and I were the head of programming/production, I would not long be the head of programming/production.)
There's almost no way, given the scope of the games, the logistics of covering them, etc., etc., that everyone (anyone?) is going to be pleased. And, certainly, there are people making decisions that have probably never stepped into bindings. (These people are not paid to step into bindings.) This is the manifestation of capitalism, which takes places in other parts of the world, not just here, and it's about inevitable that it's going to get mucked up per "our" mostly collective sensibility about, for example, alpine coverage.
To sit back and get pissed at NBC, or whomEVER is covering it, is a waste of time and seems to me to forget about the cold, hard reality of the situation. I don't like a lot of it, either, but I'm not going to delude myself by wishing and waiting for "them" to finally get it right.
This ain't OLN, and it ain't SpeedVision covering F1. (Both OLN and SpeedVision are companies with their eyes on the bottom line, too. They are out to MAKE A PROFIT. To pretend otherwise is ridiculous. It just happens that their coverage, because of the vast differences in aim and logistics, is more likely to meet "our" general satisfaction. And, as should go without saying, the demographics of the target audience(s) are immensely dissimilar to that watching summer/winter Olympic games.)
(SpeedVision knows, for one, that I WILL get up at 4 a.m. to watch a race live.)
"Whaddaya want for nothin', rubber biscuits?" (That's probably a little too "inside" for mass consumption.)
I hear you and feel your pain. but...no, I don't think NBC bought the rights just to black out and ruin the games.
Unless, of course, the widget counters sent out a company-wide e-mail/memo proclaiming that route to be the most profitable.
Could be. But I doubt it.
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