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IRONMAN coverage on NBC -- 3PM EST (nm)(7 posts)

IRONMAN coverage on NBC -- 3PM EST (nm)globalhelipimp
Aug 16, 2003 11:20 AM
re: IRONMAN coverage on NBC -- 3PM EST (nm)Spoiler
Aug 16, 2003 12:44 PM
It's nice that they bother to cover it, but network coverage of Triathlons sucks, much like their TDF coverage.

They always spend most of the time with "inspiration" stories involving a 120-year-old grandmother with one leg finishing at 4 a.m. the next day.

ESPN and OLN do a better job covering the compeition, if that's what you want to see.
re: IRONMAN coverage on NBC -- 3PM EST (nm)globalhelipimp
Aug 16, 2003 1:06 PM
I fully agree with you, and was thinking virtually the same
thing while watching it. Regardless, it's enjoyable to
watch triathlons in-person and on tv, even if the coverage
isn't that great.
re: IRONMAN coverage on NBC -- 3PM EST (nm)Akirasho
Aug 16, 2003 1:34 PM
... it's about as good as you're gonna get on network TV... fortunately, it was a rerun and I'd already recorded it (just walked in from weekend home DIY shopping when I caught the tail end (BTW, while I loathe the shopping and searching, my new bathroom fixture is b!tchin'... and it doesn't leak!)

Be the bike.
On observation on TV coverage,TJeanloz
Aug 16, 2003 4:15 PM
We like to think that the Networks provide crap coverage because they don't care about cycling. But I realized today, watching the Red Sox and Mariners game, that they do the same thing to every sport. The baseball game today was a national telecast game on Fox, so it had the National announcers instead of our Don and Jerry. These national guys were idiots. Don't know a damn thing about the players, except the "gossip" about the injury they overcame two years ago or whatever. I've taken to listening to Joe and Jerry on the radio, while watching the muted T.V.

The conclusion is that the networks must do these bits because some people, somewhere, like them. But they put sports fans through utter misery with them.
On observation on TV coverage,Akirasho
Aug 16, 2003 5:13 PM
... it's not so much the color commentary as... how networks deal with subject matters that don't easily conform to the media (indeed, most televised major US sports have been modified to make them TV friendly)...

I grew up listening to baseball on the radio long before it became the tv juggernaut it is today... and I still remember my own Dad would turn the volume off on a televised game... and listen on the radio!

Network TV, probably moreso than other visual electronic media forms... relies on ad dollars... and that means... ads... kinda hard to run while doing moment to moment commentary on an event that at it's best, is gonna take about 8.5 hours over varied disciplines (I'll admit, I'm a bike leg junkie).

It's not to say it can't be done... Phil and Paul prove it (while I'm sure the high drama of this year's tour didn't hurt... they're really good at keeping their color fresh and relavent to the moment), but I'm at a loss to remember which broadcast network aired the tour...

Anyway, I still feel relatively good about coverage of sports where most of the viewers are active participants as well at some level.

Be the bike.
T. you always seem to come across as an apologist.Sintesi
Aug 16, 2003 5:40 PM
just an observation.