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CBS: "Crappy Bicycling Show"(13 posts)

CBS: "Crappy Bicycling Show"Large Cyclist
Jul 14, 2002 11:26 AM
I'm dreading it already... And I probably
i shouldn't
dread this, right? I mean, the three single hours of TDF action on the next three consecutive Sunday afternoons is actually a
i good
thing, right???

So why the hell does CBS get to inflict this "embargo" on the daytime OLN broadcasts? Why do they get to cut out the real cycling action on OLN???

You lucky folks up in the Great White North don't have to worry about this, I hear. You get to see all the good OLN stuff, and live, too!

Large Cyclist
re: bike racing is boring????wheelsucker
Jul 14, 2002 2:49 PM
most people that aren't into racing or riding think bike racing is boring, hence the 1 hour coverage that just recaps the stage results. I don't get it, millions of americans can watch 30 bubba's for 3 hours go around a tri-oval in the same order in cars yet bicycle racing is boring?????
Jul 14, 2002 3:16 PM
CBS is utterly clueless. They devoted time to looking at pretty buildings, talking about WWII, and just about everything but the racing. Don't bother. Just wait until the evening to watch the OLN version.

CBS: How about showing the racing?

classique des alpesWise
Jul 14, 2002 4:55 PM
OLN aired the classique des alpes this afternoon. They've probably played it several times in the last handful of weeks, but this was my first time watching it.

Anyway, it was a nice break from watching all the TDF footage and it was a crazy race! Botero and Sevilla made winning it look so easy.

For example, when Sevilla sat up in the saddle to zip up his jacket while tearing down the backside of some French mountain at 40 mph in the rain.

look mom, no hands
that sucked, toomr_spin
Jul 15, 2002 7:17 AM
Every once in a while you hear people bitch about Phil and Paul, then you hear someone else and you realize just how great Phil and Paul really are. The guy who did Classique des Alpes was so incredibly bad, it was infuriating. It wasn't even a good race, but the commentator made it unwatchable. Or unlistenable. Is that even a word? I fell asleep.

It just goes to show that Phil and Paul are gods among men.
Agreed, but.........Len J
Jul 14, 2002 6:07 PM
let's remember that the CBS coverage is not aimed at anyone who frequents this board. It was aimed at the casual american sports fan who knows nothing about cycling, and even less about cycle racing. My sister called me up after the broadcast to tell me how much she enjoyed it & then asked me several questions to clarify points raised on the CBS broadcast. It's the first time she's expressed any interest.

Looking at it from the prospective of their target audience (which is much larger than cycling enthusiasts) they did a pretty good job.

That being said I'll stick with OLN also

what about me??? my cable company does not have OLNlaffeaux
Jul 15, 2002 1:55 PM
My cable company does not have OLN. I'm pretty much screwed. I can read about it on the web and that's it.
IT TOTALLY SUCKED!!!!!!scottfree
Jul 15, 2002 8:05 AM
Remember last year, when their big 'wrap up' show on the Tour's last day focused almost entirely on the damn PROLOGUE?
Thank goodness for OLNflashgj
Jul 14, 2002 5:07 PM
If we had to rely on the major networks for our coverage of TDF we would have to put up with more programs like todays CBS coverage. I am just glad that OLN gives us the opportunity to at least see it live 6 out of the 7 days, and to actually see alot of the action that is going on during the race.
Jul 14, 2002 9:29 PM
YES FOLKS - this CBS thing means the worst of worst.

NO LIVE COVERAGE FOR Sunday, July 21 - Stage 14 Mont Ventoux!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The granddaddy of all stages religated to an evening replay which also means a stage that would normally run longer than the two hours live coverage will run exactly 2 hrs. Please OLN - at least if you are not going to give it to us LIVE then give it to us in its entirety (or at least the entirety if you started broadcasting at 9:30am).

Here is what OLNs schedule reads:

Live audio race coverage available on - 9:30am-11:30am

CBS Coverage
2:00pm - 4:00pm ET

OLN Coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET / 10:00pm-12:00am PT - Commentary & analysis of day's stage
aimed at who?pukka
Jul 15, 2002 4:56 AM
the casual sports fan ,they talked to you like you are a 4 year old child,found coverage of the soccer world cup the same,i was so annoyed that at the end they didn't show the top 20 riders but just the americans,couldn't they show the complete list and highlight the usa riders,i dont have cable so i listen to live audio streams and have to make do with eurosport and oln video highlights online and was excited to see coverage but i dont want to see armstrong wife feeding the kids,its a case of the material they show is just buff between commercials
THAT'S MY POINT!!!! gggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrLarge Cyclist
Jul 15, 2002 7:49 AM
Hey, let CBS do whatever they want!

If they wanna condense an entire week of racing down into 30 minutes...

If they wanna focus on trees, flowers, chirping birds, fields of sunflowers, French farmhouses and
i "oh my look at that jersey! It looks like it has colorful cubes of jello on it"...

If they wanna get Carson Daly, Ray Romano, and Marge Helgenberger to host the damn thing...

b But why keep OLN off the air?!?!?

I hope the Tour organizers soon recognize the senselessness of letting CBS run roughshod over the rest of us dedicated viewers. OLN has made a commitment to professional cycling far above and beyond anything CBS has ever done for the sport. Why penalize OLN--and their viewers--for these efforts?

Damn... and I was looking forward to this!

Large Cyclist
Pretty Bad...funknuggets
Jul 16, 2002 9:57 AM
I can sit and watch old replays of previous tours and classics all day if necessary. I saw it coming on network and thought... oh, cool! I sat to watch it and was asleep within 10 minutes... I will go back to just listening to it online while I eat my cornflakes.