Monday, July 21, 2008
Someone mentioned in the comments last week that there was no way NBC would send all 106 commentators to Beijing for the Olympics and today the Chicago Tribune confirms that thought. NBC is choosing to cover ten events from their studios in New York rather then shipping a handful of play-by-play men and women over to China.....
The 10 events (out of 34) that NBC will cover remotely are archery, badminton, baseball, equestrian, fencing, handball, shooting, soccer, softball and tennis. Some basketball games also will be called off monitors in New York.I understand the costs associated with sending people overseas, but in this case what is 20-30 more people after you've already sent over 2,000 in total? It continues to bother me that stations decide to use this practice and especially at an event as crowd driven as the Olympics. Popular Olympic Sports like Soccer and Softball have passionate fans and taking that element away from the viewer seems unfair.
Walker said that NBC had done "a little bit" of remote event coverage for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
He said the network had not intended to announce its remote Beijing plan but also had not attempted to hide it from the public.
An official from a competing network called NBC's plan "stunning," although it is certainly not unprecedented.
NBC to commentate on at least 10 sports from New York, not China (Chicago Tribune)