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Overwhelming Outrage About NBC’s Winter Olympics Coverage Should Move IOC To End Exclusive TV Rights Deals

COMMENTARY: The criticism and outrage about NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver is both overwhelming and pervasive. The time has come to end exclusive television broadcast rights for a single television network here in the United States.


LOS ANGELES — As the heavy criticism of NBC’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia gets louder and more overwhelming, if that’s possible, it is clear that the time has come for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United States Olympic Committee, assuming they have a say in the matter, to end the exclusive broadcasting deal with NBC for future Olympic Games.

Indeed, the criticism of NBC’s coverage has been vehement and unending since these Games began. But with their piece-meal, tape-delayed coverage of the Games, despite the fact that they are in Vancouver—not only in the same hemisphere as the United States, but also the same continent—NBC has no one to blame but themselves. Read more of this post

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LA Kings Olympians Chomping At The Bit For Tournament To Begin

LOS ANGELES — With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games now in full swing, the hockey world is now focused on Vancouver and, more specifically, on the men’s Olympic hockey tournament beginning today.

Five Los Angeles Kings players are in Vancouver, including right wing Dustin Brown (United States), defenseman Drew Doughty (Canada), center Michal Handzus (Slovakia), defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick (USA), and they are chomping at the bit, raring to go.

“I couldn’t wait for it to happen,” Doughty said about the Olympic tournament. “It’s been in the back of my mind even though my main focus is the Kings. I can’t wait to get to Vancouver and get the games going.”

Speaking of being unable to wait, Johnson left the Kings with permission on February 12 to participate in the Opening Ceremonies. Read more of this post

LA Kings Place Three On Team USA For 2010 Winter Olympics

BOSTON AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On January 1, USA Hockey announced their men’s hockey team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (February 16-28, 2010), and the Los Angeles Kings will have three players, right wing Dustin Brown, defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Jonathan Quick, on the team.

Johnson, 22, has never participated in the Olympics before, but has represented the United States in international competition several times.

At the 2009 World Championships, the 6-0, 218-pound native of Indianapolis, Indiana scored five goals and contributed two assists for seven points in nine games. His five goals led all defensemen in the tournament and tied for fifth overall while his seven points tied him for fourth most among defensemen in the tournament. Read more of this post

LA Kings Defenseman Drew Doughty Named To Team Canada For 2010 Winter Olympics

]SASKATOON, SK AND EL SEGUNDO, CA — On December 30, Hockey Canada announced its roster for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been selected to represent Canada in the tournament.

Doughty, 20, will represent Canada at the Olympics for the first time, but has played for Canada in the 2009 World Championships (won the Silver medal – 9 games played, 1-6=7, with his seven points tied for fourth among defensemen in the tournament and his six assists third most among defensemen in the tournament and tied for eighth overall); at the 2008 World Junior Championships (Gold medal – 7 GP, 0-4=4, was named Top Defenseman of the tournament); the 2007 World Junior Under-18 Championships and the 2006 World Junior Under-17 Championships.

“This means a lot to me,” said Doughty. “I didn’t expect to make the team. I’m just ecstatic.It’s a dream come true and to be able to play in Vancouver makes it that much better. I’m happy to be a part of the team in any way, shape or form.” Read more of this post

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