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Boo Hiss: OLN(14 posts)

Boo Hiss: OLNnoveread
Mar 27, 2003 6:58 PM
This is not the way I was hoping cycling coverage would go. Yes, it's better than it was ten years ago, but it's a BIG step backwards from last year.

I watched the OLN replacement for cycling event coverage tonight, the new "Summer SportsZone." This would be a great idea and excellent show if it were in addition to the individual event coverage. Too bad it is a replacement for event coverage. With the increasing popularity of road cycling, I didn't expect a step backwards in coverage. Oh well, I guess I just have to spend more of my $$$ at WCP.

Let's see, last year on OLN I watched (in addition to the Giro/Tour/Vuelta) coverage of:

Tour Down Under
Tour de Langkawi
Het Volk
3 Days de Panne
Criterium International
Tour of Flanders
La Fleche Wallone
Amstel Gold
Tour de Suisse
UCI World Championships
Nature Valley Grand Prix
SF Grand Prix

Did I miss anything? I certainly will be this year apparently.

Too bad this year most of these races will be reduced to 1min 30sec of highlights. I'm very disappointed, and yes, I've let OLN know.

Except for adding Paris-Nice, all of the above races that have taken place and were aired individually last year have been reduced to highlights.

re: Boo Hiss: OLNmosovich
Mar 27, 2003 7:38 PM
They said they were going to cover the classics every thursday in April from 7-8, instead of primetime, that's better than I thought we were going to get. Hell at this point, I'll take anything.
Watching it now (PST).PseuZQ
Mar 27, 2003 9:36 PM
Kinda sucky. The segments are too brief, and pretty dumbed down.
yeah but won't you miss...Tacos Jalisco
Mar 27, 2003 10:29 PM
Yeah but won't you miss those Lincoln Navigator and Shaq Pack commercials every five minutes? I actually had my cable tv REMOVED entirely due to that stuff--I only had it in the first place for OLN and the Tour and Sea Otter and Giro and etc, but the commercials were running through my head constantly while riding, not to mention breaking up the coverage constantly. Blech I don't miss it at all.
How about that smart-@ss in the Navigator advert...serbski
Mar 28, 2003 4:36 PM
...when she tells her boyfriend "Aren't *we* feeling grown-up today?" as he's playing with the side-mirrors and electronic steps? I would've locked her out, knocked the coffee from her hands with the side mirrors and then whacked her repeatedly in the shins with those step thingies. Sorry for the outburst but that song is STILL in my head from that one!
re: Boo Hiss: OLNKrindog
Mar 28, 2003 6:12 AM
I couldn't agree more...First it took a few years for my cable co to even carry OLN. I was so excited when they picked it up...I thought I would be able to see a ton of cycling...well I guess that is not the case...It is disappointing.
re: Boo Hiss: OLNWill Ross
Mar 28, 2003 8:57 AM
Agree: The long, live coverage of Paris-Roubaix last year was especially awesome. I think they might me getting the message, though. The website lists non-live coverage now of Criterium, Flanders, Roubaix and Amstel Gold, and the header says specifically that this is "not a complete schedule." Maybe the puny schedule they originally posted earned them some negative feedback; a little more encouragement might push them to add more races to the lineup.
Yeah, but ya gotta love that RV Today show :-)wolfereeno
Mar 28, 2003 9:55 AM
Can you just imagine what OLN's large hunting contingent think of all of those spandex clad euro biking poofters?

Dang, they prempted the Bird Dogs show again with that Tour Dee France...
Hey, don't dis "Hunting with Hank."PseuZQ
Mar 28, 2003 10:42 AM
Des is hot. And remember, don't spoil your bird dog!
re: Boo Hiss: OLNTheBigM
Mar 28, 2003 10:26 AM
Just be glad you don't live in Canada. We get Le Tour AND THAT'S IT! Nothing else! Well, we'll get the World Championships this year because it's in Canada, but I assume that'll be CBC not OLN.

Hockey Night in Canadahusker
Mar 28, 2003 11:03 AM
But you get Don Cherry!!!! And the greatest hockey coverage on the planet. (The second greatest sport next to cycling). Long live CBC.
Hockey Night in CanadaTheBigM
Mar 28, 2003 1:26 PM
"But you get Don Cherry!!!! And the greatest hockey coverage on the planet. (The second greatest sport next to cycling). Long live CBC."

True, we get to watch hockey almost every night on either CBC, Sportsnet or TSN. That makes those two hour trainer sessions in the winter fly by! A little cycling coverage during the hockey off-season would be nice though....
look a gifthorse in the mouth?juanteal
Mar 28, 2003 12:22 PM
Hey, I've got an idea...

Let's take the only station who'll air unprofitable, boring (to 99.98% of viewers), and lengthy cycling coverage and then write them mean letters about how they're doing it wrong.

Pretty soon it'll be complaint-free bass fishing 24/7.
Once upon a time they hadPhatMatt
Mar 31, 2003 5:37 PM
Good climbing shows as well. Not Global Adventures. It seems that there you could have some goob climbing and cycling with some outdoor adventure stuff. With a little hunting and fishing. For hell sakes if I wanted hunting I would watch TNN or TNT.