I love the comments and e-mails I’m getting from those defending NBC’s coverage. Look, NBC has its reasons for holding events, but if it’s going to do that, it should at least allow us to watch it live online and then cut it up as much as they want in primetime. It really is an insult to those of us who want to watch the Olympics live. Those who want to watch in a short form can, but don’t penalize the ones who want to see the entire event live. NBC continues to treat viewers like little children and in this day and age, it’s not right.
Ok, to the links.
The Sports Business Daily/Journal Winter Olympics sites notes that NBC got a big ratings win over American Idol on Wednesday.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell has a suggestion for Tiger Woods on what to say in his statement on Friday.
Rick Chandler at NBCSports.com looks at a statement that may or may not be the leaked Tiger statement. I tend to doubt it myself.
SportsbyBrooks confirms that the statement is indeed false.
Laurie Sullivan at Mediapost writes about a new animated series that will launch at FoxSports.com in March.
Business Week picks up a story written by Mark Long of the Associated Press in which NASCAR is pleased by the TV coverage of the sport this year thus far.
Writing for the Indiana University National Sports Journalism Center, Dave Kindred says when writing a story, it’s the details that can make or break it.
The Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay answers questions about NBC’s Olympic coverage and Tiger Woods’ statement.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand writes about Tuesday’s Olympic ratings which did not quite match American Idol.
Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch has your Olympic viewing guide.
SI’s Michael Rosenberg is frustrated by NBC’s tape delayed Olympics.
In the New York Times, Bill Carter and Richard Sandomir write that American Idol remains the gold standard in the ratings, but what will they write about last night’s AI defeat?
Brian Stelter of the Times wonders why there isn’t more live streaming available at NBCOlympics.com.
Jerry Barmash of the New York Examiner notes that WCBS-TV’s sports anchors will be heard nightly doing the late night update on WFAN radio.
Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times Union looks at a website that is taking amusing bets on Tiger Woods’ statement.
Pete also has the New York Mets spring training TV schedule.
Ken McMillan in the Hudson Valley Times Herald-Record says New York doesn’t share the same interest in the Olympics as Canadians.
Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News notes that the Olympics also beat American Idol in Western New York last night.
Michael Kline in the Lansdale (PA) Reporter feels NBC puts any Olympics competition on the back burner at the expense of creating drama and storylines.
Jim Williams in the Washington Examiner wonders why DC’s regional sports networks don’t rank higher in the ratings of all RSN’s in the nation.
In the Washington Post, Dan Steinberg in the DC Sports Bog notes that NBC’s Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick went all out arguing about Alex Ovechkin.
Gary Smits of the Florida Times-Union has one Golf Channel commentator calling out Tiger Woods saying his appearance on Friday is a sham.
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News has some thoughts on the upcoming Tiger Woods dog-and-pony show.
Barry is amazed how the Olympics trounced American Idol on Wednesday.
Bob Wolfley in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says local viewers are watching the Olympics in droves.
Ed Sherman in Crain’s Chicago Business feels the timing for Tiger Woods’ announcement is rather strange.
Jim O’Connell of the Chicago Sun-Times says Tiger will push the Olympics to the back pages for one day.
Bob Mayhall of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat says Gateway City residents are watching the Olympics.
Eric Sorrentino of the Lawrence (KS) Journal-World writes that Big 12 fans are frustrated by the runovers by Big East games during ESPN’s Big Monday college basketball doubleheader which involves teams from both conferences.
Mike Tokito of The Oregonian reports that the state legislature is getting involved in the dispute between Comcast SportsNet Northwest and several cable companies that is preventing fans from seeing the Portland Trail Blazers.
Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star feels one CTV analyst went too far in his comments.
William Houston in Truth & Rumours talks to a veteran Olympics TV producer about the Vancouver Games.
And writing for Yahoo.ca, William says hockey should give CTV a big ratings boost, not that it needs it.
The Sports Media Watch says the Olympics pulled a huge ratings upset on American Idol on Wednesday.
Chris Byrne at the Eye on Sports Media wishes NBC would explain the rules of curling during the Olympics.
Using the tragedy at the luge track at the Olympics, Joe Favorito looks at how to handle crisis management.
Steve Lepore at Puck The Media says NBC is treating hockey fans like dogs.