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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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NHL: Only Two “West-Friendly” Games On National TV In 2008-09

NATIONAL TV: The Los Angeles Kings are not on the national television schedule in the United States in the 2008-09 season; only two games are on the schedule with start times that will allow most West Coast viewers to watch the entire game.


LOS ANGELES — One sign that everyone knows that a team is going to be dreadful in the coming season is when they are not scheduled to be on national television, and that is exactly the case for the lowly Los Angeles Kings.

On August 14, the National Hockey League released details of its 2008-09 regular season television schedule, and in the United States, the Kings will not appear on Versus.

To be sure, much of this is because the Kings are very, very likely to be nowhere near competitive for a playoff spot this season. But a more influential factor is that the league caters and prostitutes itself to Eastern Time Zone cities at the expense of most Western Conference cities. Read more of this post

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