July 10, 2004
Armstrong's Athens avoidance to annoy audience?
One effect of Lance Armstrong's decision not to compete at the Athens Olympics will be to worsen NBC's already abysmal coverage of the road race.
We can all look forward to 35 seconds of footage of the finishing sprint.
Time trial coverage, since you can't see the other competitors while someone is riding, will still be the standard 10 seconds of each American plus the winner down in their aerobars.
On the plus side, we'll have plenty of coverage of the modern biathlon and trampoline team members standing around waiting to do something. You know, sandwiched between the human-interest stories about their stunning courage and perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds, that is.
Posted by: Freddy at Jul 10, 2004 1:04:08 PM
Maybe it'll be different this year. NBC appears to be advertising that all of their affiliate stations (such as Bravo) will covering events.
Not that I really hold any hope of that, though.
Posted by: sarah at Jul 10, 2004 2:21:38 PM