Another Reason To Hate NBC's Olympic Soccer Coverage

beijing-olympic-20082.jpgWatching Brazil against Argentina in the semi-final of the Olympic games this morning, I felt like I was in a timewarp back to the late 1980’s. That’s because NBC, in their infinite stupidity, are breaking for TV commercials in the middle of the game.

And just as it routinely happened in the late 1980’s (including the 1986 World Cup when televised by U.S. TV), the broadcast of the game came back to show that a goal had been scored during a commercial.

Wake up NBC. It’s 2008. Let’s come up with a better solution for televising soccer matches that doesn’t include breaking for commercials.

17 thoughts on “Another Reason To Hate NBC's Olympic Soccer Coverage”

  1. The channel I was watching it on was MSNBCs HD channel, which broke for a commercial right before Argentina’s second goal and returned after the ball had already gone in the net.

    The Gaffer

  2. When this backward mentality is going to end? Those executives are out of touch with world reality, that is very disrespectful to a soccer fan.

  3. And all you had to do was watch the game online, just like I will be when I get home.

    And let’s be thankful we even got the Olympic Soccer event on TV at any level. I was honestly expecting only the US games to be broadcast and the rest to be left for viewing online.

    There are some battles that just aren’t worth it. This to me is one of them.

  4. Couldn’t agree more. I was curious to see if this would get a mention. They also missed a goal during the Nigeria game. I do however, agree with the comment above that it is surprising that they televised any of the games that didn’t involve the USA.

  5. pretty pathetic expectations for paying customers if you ask me. the issue isnt that they went to commercials, its that the channel that offers all the matches uninterrupted in HD is actually available…just not to everyone. I am paying nothing for ths extra channel. The point is, its available to get the matches without commercial…obviously NBC is doing it. yet some of you find it excessive to actually expect that sort of coverage? the people content with an inferior will continue to be sold shit.

  6. Watched it online without commercials or announcers. I’ve watched other matches on the Olympic Soccer channel with no commercials as well. I certainly don’t want commercial interruption in my viewing, which is why I will not watch the matches on MSNBC or whatever they were on. I will watch the final online. It’s free, the video quality is excellent, and I don’t have to put up with stupid American announcers.

  7. You know, the first time I came across this mention today, I thought there must be some mistake. Surely no broadcaster could be THAT stupid. Now the real truth has sunk in and I am somewhat speechless. If I had been watching and not at work, I’m not sure my TV would have survived.

  8. Well said BC and AP ,you go online. What bothers me is that only soccer well merit having the game being described half a world away. Why only in soccer is this allowed to happen. To imagine any other sport on US tv doing that is beyond imagination.

  9. I watched the game on Telemundo and it was commercial free. I wouldn’t even attempt to watch it on NBC with all the interruptions they have. Anyway, GO ARGENTINA!!!

  10. I switched to Telemundo when NBC went for commercials planning to come right back but I didn’t.

    No idea what the announcers are saying but they have soccer in their blood. Contrast that with the announcers at NBC who lack emotion besides their every now and then stupid/ irritating comments that spoil your whole experience.

    I couldn’t believe my eyes and I was laughing my azz off when I watched the goal at Telemundo and switched right back to see NBC’s commercials.

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