>Hey, hey, calm down. Sexist or otherwise, those are the demographics
>NBC is aiming for. Remember, they'll always get the male audience because,
>like you, they'll always watch for the athletic events. The female
>non-sports fans (flame me, you fool!) are being served by the "up close
>and personals" and the storybook-style reporting you are seeing.
So the obvious answer is for us SPORTS fans to write off the NBC
olympic coverage. I taped the stuff I wanted to watch (bicycling and
whitewater) and ignore the rest. I wrote a letter to NBC telling them
they went too far with the fluff instead of sports and will not watch.
I also told them that my grief at missing the olympics will probably
last for a year or two, and that I will avoid NBC for the duration.
For me, a boycott is called for.
Normaly I would be glued to the set for the entire olympics. I am
sort of a fringe sport junkie. However, NBC in it's infinite wisdom
shows fluff instead of sports, and virtually no fringe sports. Where
is fencing? Team handball?
So in this case NBC is NOT getting this male audience because I'm
pissed that they are not realy showing the athletic events. What we
get are closeups of parents and touchy-feely stories that have NOTHING
to do with what the atheletes do best. I'd rather watch the athelete
doing what atheletes train to do - be excelent at their sports.
As some other poster elegantly stated, we the veiwers are the PRODUCT,
not the CUSTOMERS. The only way NBC will listen to the viewers needs
are for us PRODUCTS to not show up for the CUSTOMERS.
Oh, and as a fringe sport junkie I wouldn't pay for the triplecast
anyway. Re-runs of bad exhibition basketball games are a waste of my
time. I'd rather ride my bike.
PS: The whitewater coverage was a bright spot in the NBC coverage.
Even though they only showed a few runs it was almost pure slalom coverage.
NBC did well getting a 9 time national kayak champion to cover the whitewater.
(Though Eric "Hammer" Evans was hamming it up a bit. Hi, Hammer! Say
hello to your dad for me.)