NBC has gotten our favorite sports fan in a tizzy.
Well, the Games of the XXX Olympiad are finally underway, and the controversy started almost immediately.
This is probably the biggest thing that is bothering Americans about this year’s Olympics.
No one had a problem with this idea four years ago when the Olympics were held in Beijing.
Now, however, it is one of the biggest stories of the Olympics.
Most people were infuriated to find that the Opening Ceremonies, in addition to most of the Olympic events, are being recorded and broadcast much later in the day.
For instance, the Opening Ceremonies started at 4 p.m. locally, but NBC decided that the event needed to be broadcast during their primetime slot.
I understand that the network needs to keep their ratings up (not that they will really fall during the Olympics), but why start the event two hours later and cut parts of the ceremony for interviews with athletes?
Show it live, or don’t black it out on every other network in the country.
As a child, my parents would spend hours watching the Olympics at night, allowing me to watch as often as I could (due to school, I was often forced to go to bed long before I wanted).
They did have a great technology, however, that allowed me the chance to watch some of the events the next day — the VCR.
Now, Americans are much more advanced than they were 20 years ago, and they have a newer, better recording device — the DVR.
This device, if you don’t know, allows you to choose your show to record (as much as a week in advance), allowing you to watch it whenever you want.
So, the Olympics start in the wee hours of the morning here and wrap up by 6 p.m., but we could watch them whenever we want, if NBC would allow it.
Come on. This isn’t the 70s. We want our Olympics now.
Another big question posed on social media over the weekend was whether Bob Costas’ moment of silence was ‘silenced’ by NBC.
Let me set this up a bit.
The International Olympic Committee made a decision that stirred up bad blood to begin with when they made a decision to not mark the 40 year anniversary of the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Olympics in 1972.
Costas made the personal decision to hold a moment of silence to remember those during the opening ceremony, albeit without contacting his bosses.
The controversy arose, however, when after a five second silence by the commentator, the network went to a commercial before Costas could say another word.
Thousands of people raised the question almost immediately as to whether the network intentionally cut the moment short, and, as of this writing, I have yet to hear the network’s stance on this.
I would hope that someone who had not been paying attention to what was airing flipped the switch, but who knows?
I’m going to err on the side of caution and say that was what happened because I hope there aren’t that many insensitive people in the world.
Those two events really have gotten Americans riled up, and we are less than a week into the Olympic Games.
Let’s watch and see what happens next!
James Leigh tries to find the darkest conspiracies within the world of sports, but he often leaves readers more confused than concerned. Questions and comments can be directed to him by calling 246-5525, e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending a message on Twitter to @DSHSports.