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CBS ignores the Green Jersey!!!(6 posts)

CBS ignores the Green Jersey!!!Michael Y.
Jul 29, 2001 6:13 PM
I did not go on line this morning so I could enjoy the sprints between Zabel and O'Grady in todays stage with out knowing who would win. It was destined to come down to the final sprint. I guess they thought it was more important to show video of riders in Funny Wigs, week old footage of US Postal carrying Water Bottles and a bunch of silly floats than to show a dramatic and closely contested battle for the points title. They completely ignored the sprints. I was very disappointed and will probably write a letter of complaint to CBS about this.

Since my cable company does not carry OLN, I almost got Direct TV just so I could watch the Tour. I did not bother with it since I was in Europe for the first week and a half of the tour. I was spoiled with live full stage coverage and an hour of post stage coverage. When I got back, all I could do is follow the stages on the Net and watch the half hour of the stage coverage on Fox Sports Net a day after each stage.

In the mid 80's, CBS had fantastic coverage of the tour. It was able to capture the both the beauty of France while also covering the race. They were able to balance the video postcard, human interest and race coverage in an entertaining and informative show. Now, it may as well be called the Lance Armstong show.

Well, I will have all of my friends and family call AT&T to try to get OLN. Maybe they can drop one of the 8 home shopping networks to make rom for it!!! If I am not able to do that, I guess I will have to put one of those little DSS recievers on my roof.
Agreed, the CBS coverage was for the average viewer...Only300
Jul 29, 2001 7:22 PM
and not the diehard fans. Oh well, I just taped the OLN coverage. I know that will be much better.
I didn't even bother watching the CBS coverageSpyder Ryder
Jul 29, 2001 9:20 PM
I knew the coverage was going to suck and I didn't want to see the highlights since the last piece of shlt CBS coverage.

I figured that they would just say, "Oh yeah, some guy named Zabel/O'Grady won the green jersey" and spoil it for me when I watched the real coverage. The only thing that sucked was that I had to wait til 6PST to see the coverage.
CBS-post race coverageak
Jul 30, 2001 9:11 AM
well, I got to the bike shop at about 12:30 (CST) on Sunday morning and went straight to the computer so I could find out what had already happened that day in the TdF. By 1:00 I had read the entire "newsflashes" section and flipped around in the Standings to find my favorites. I knew everything I wanted to know by the time the shop opened at 1:00. I turned on the TV and was about to pop in a video of an older race when I noticed that CBS was just starting their coverage. I know CBS doesn't have anything near good coverage of the race, but I was under the impression that they would at least show it at the same time the race was going on, not 2+ hours after it was over! The only network with the rights to air any live coverage on Sunday decides to wait a few hours???? That's total crap! I'd be extremely pissed if I had a TV and knew that not only was the coverage crappy, but it was two hours late. I'm not sugesting anyone do it, but if the CBS building were blown up, I wouldn't cry.
re: CBS ignores the Green Jersey!!!Beth
Jul 30, 2001 9:31 AM
My local CBS affiliate didn't even bother showing any TdF coverage.
The local NBC affiliate didn't show the Wimbledon finale. What rules here? NASCAR, football and bass fishing. Oh, and WWF. Now, I have nothing against any of those, but... thank goodness for OLN.
re: CBS ignores the Green Jersey!!!Seven
Aug 3, 2001 6:27 AM
I totally agree. I was astounded not to see any coverage of the green jersey, since that was the only remaining source of suspense (although, frankly, I would not have been surprised to see only 30 - 60 seconds coverage of that aspect!). the CBS coverage was directed at the casual observer who may have tuned in only because of LA. pitifully reminiscent of NBC'S hack job at the Olympics, focusing on fluffy 'human interest' to the exclusion of the competition.

On the brighter side, you'll probably be happier with the dish anyway.