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NBC announcers for at least 10 sports to be working out of New York

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by ondeadline, Jul 21, 2008.

  1. ondeadline

    ondeadline Active Member

    This according to a Chicago Tribune report:


    NBC claims the IOC mandated this, but the Tribune couldn't get a comment from the IOC:

  2. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

  3. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    That's weak. I'd refuse to write a story off TV. Think any announcers will refuse to call the action off TV?
  4. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    C'mon Ace, it's NBC ... home of plausibly live.
  5. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Not a surprise at all to me. I guess that means less equipment that won't be lost.
  6. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Bingo. Plausibly live sports described from NY. Shown 10 hours after the fact. Makes perfect sense for the asshats at NBC sports.
  7. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    Wow, they're going to do some basketball games by remote.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    knowing the answer before I say this, but the IOC needed to say "NBC is our largest TV partner. They can send all the announcers they want."
    Anything less than that response is weak on the part of the IOC AND NBC.
    Strain on a host city of 17 million people by leaving 10 announcers home? Jeebus Keyrist...
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    So which of the 10 sports will consist of 70% feature stories sugary-sweet enough to make my teeth rot?
  10. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Actually this doesn't surprise me. ABC/ESPN has been doing this with soccer since at least the 2002 World Cup. And other countries' network rightsholders do the same thing during the Olympics.
  11. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It can work if everything goes right, but you have a riot in the stands, someone badly injured, a serious weather issue and you're screwed.
  12. suburbia

    suburbia Active Member

    Maybe NBC is the one who wants to send fewer announcers and broadcast teams over there, and they want their public statements to come off sounding like they're doing the host city a favor.

    Including air fare, hotel, meals, etc., I would imagine it costs at least US$5,000 per person to send one of their employees to Beijing for those two weeks, plus a week or so of prep time beforehand. You cut out 10 announcing pairs plus a producer for each of those teams, that's US$150,000 saved.

    And before you say that's ludicrous, let's remember that CBS didn't send their studio analysts on site for either their NFL conference Championship Game or the Final Four this year, two things they've ALWAYS done.
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