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Larry Brown Sports:
NBC has been roundly criticized for its insistence on airing most Olympics events on tape delay, and its refusal to broadcast events live backfired on Monday night.
The network was about to air the women’s 100m backstroke that took place earlier in the day in London, but a “TODAY” show promo (seen above) spoiled the outcome of the event for unwitting viewers.
The promo aired during a commercial break before NBC aired the race won by Missy Franklin.
“When you’re 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with. We’re there when Missy Franklin and her parents reunite … a ‘TODAY’ exclusive … live, tomorrow,” the promo says.
Between the chatter on social media networks as well as other news outlets, NBC is making it difficult enough to avoid learning the outcome of events. They just proved how impractical it is to tape delay things. Maybe this will be the wake-up call it needs to make a change for the future, though based on the strong ratings the ne
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NBC has decided to tape delay many of the big events and show them in prime time. We don’t particularly like it, but we understand. It’s all about making the money.
And though, we have to deal with results being spoiled by journalists in London and Twitter, the last thing we thought we would have to deal with is NBC themselves spoiling results. But that’s exactly what happened...
In case you haven't heard, NBC has faced a wee bit of criticism for their tape delaying of this year's Olympics. Just a wee bit. However, there are indeed some individuals out there that are successful in their endeavor to not have results spoiled before enjoying the primetime broadcast. Maybe they don't believe in having the internet or cable. Maybe they...
Tang Yi of China qualified fastest in the women's 100-meter freestyle preliminaries at the London Olympics, with defending champion Britta Steffen of Germany back in the pack.
Tang won her heat in 53.28 seconds on Wednesday. China has only won three medals in the event, though two of them were gold in 1992 and 1996.
Melanie Schlanger of Australia was second-quickest in 53.50...
Missy Franklin is a 17-year-old from Colorado, and already has one gold medal, with five events to go. Missy is from the Aurora area, and was recently shaken up by the shooting there. But that didn’t slow her down at all. Neither did swimming in back to back races. Even Michael Phelps was impressed by [...]
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Let's spend 1.5 billion dollars to cover the Olympics and air everything on a tape delay. But we'll top it off by airing a commercial on a feature for tomorrow's Today in which we'll look at Gold...
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Someone at the NBC will have to explain how a TV promo which ran on the network, on Monday, gave away the results of the 100-meter backstroke.SPOILER -- 17-year-old Missy Franklin won the gold in the 100-meter backstroke event, which NBC had held for it's prime-time tape delay. According to USA Today, six minutes before NBC aired the race, a promo ran for the Today Show, which...
As the Olympic Games continue in London, the Americans are sending home plenty of hardware and giving fans a reason to cheer. On Day 4 of the competition, Aurora, Colo. native Missy Franklin gave her hometown a reason to smile when she took home the gold in the women's 100-meter backstroke. The Americans dominated in the men's 100M backstroke, as Matt Grevers took the gold...
"She just won," Ryan Lochte deadpanned.
This monotone, exhausted and somewhat deflated three-word sentence is what amounted to play-by-play for Missy Franklin's gold-medal winning and frankly somewhat unbelievable 100-meter backstroke swim -- unbelievable because that swim came 14 minutes after she had just finished a 200-meter freestyle semifinal.
After U.S. struggles early in pool, Missy Franklin turns it around with gold in 100 back.
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Let me remind all readers that I am not accustomed to spectating. And I have learned that spectating is a rough sport. It's not my gift. I like to compete, to be in control, to swim in wide-open water. Before the preliminaries of my fiance Matt Grevers' 100 backstroke, I was shaking in my nosebleed seat, crammed in between Missy Franklin's Uncle Doug and...
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