Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Walter Blickn » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 08:37:14


C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.

Bob offered like a hundred different excuses for the sea of empty
seats, including:

-- Everybody in Greece goes on vacation in August.

-- This is early going; later on, during the finals, folks'll show up.

-- The expensive seats, the ones you see on TV, are empty, but the
cheap ones you can't see, well -- they're JAMMED.

I thought of a few more than are equally plausible:

-- Nobody in Greece cares about half-*** women.

-- Everybody just happened to go to the bathroom all at once.

-- All the residents are Greek Orthodox, and their religion forbids
them from throwing their money away.

But, you know, Greece was pretty dumb to spend so much on this stuff.
Goes to show Americans aren't the only ones in denial:  you can build
it, but that don't mean they'll come.

 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by who-y » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 09:32:27

with all due respect, NBC is not responsible for the empty seats, and it's
pretty difficult to avoid showing them.

I'm the biggest NBC basher there is, but empty seats is not their problem.


Quote:
> C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
> there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
> think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.


 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by who-y » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 09:41:30

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Quote:
> with all due respect, NBC is not responsible for the empty seats, and it's
> pretty difficult to avoid showing them.

> I'm the biggest NBC basher there is, but empty seats is not their problem.



> > C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
> > there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
> > think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.


 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Auzerais3 » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 11:05:57

Quote:
>with all due respect, NBC is not responsible
> for the empty seats, and it's pretty difficult to
> avoid showing them.
>I'm the biggest NBC basher there is, but
> empty seats is not their problem.

While this thread is in rec.arts.tv, it is probably worthwile to ask,
what numbers of empty seats have there been in front of NBC's TV
screens?
 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by who-y » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 11:30:52

plenty, believe me.   I've only watched a few events... and definitely seen
WAY more empty seats than those with bodies in them.  I have no way to
quantify what I've seen.


Quote:
> >with all due respect, NBC is not responsible
> > for the empty seats, and it's pretty difficult to
> > avoid showing them.
> >I'm the biggest NBC basher there is, but
> > empty seats is not their problem.

> While this thread is in rec.arts.tv, it is probably worthwile to ask,
> what numbers of empty seats have there been in front of NBC's TV
> screens?

 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by GayNJpoliticia » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 12:18:09

NBC has got to be giving the ABSOLUTE WORST coverage
I have ever seen for any televised sporting event, bar none!

They cut to commercials 8 times in a 30 minute period and
put those g-ddammed USELESS animiated preview-blurbs in the
lower right hand corner of the screen for 30+ seconds
when they come back with coverage.

Bob Costas' is a f--king retard. I wish someone would stuff
a g-ddamed package of tube socks down his throat to shut
him the phuck up. (..as well as that ditzy *** with him in the
anchor's chair too!)

I AM CURRENTLY WATCHING ON THE DISH ON THE
GREECE TV STATIONS (..AND OTHERS) AS NBC TELEVISION'S
COVERAGE OF THE OLYMPICS IS SO COMPLETELY F-CKED
UP THE A-S AS TO BE UNWATCHABLE AND UTTERLY
DISTRACTING FROM THE SPORT/SPIRIT OF THE GAMES.

If I was an NBC/GE shareholder, I would be shitting bricks
right now and would issue a "sell" order to my broker first
thing in NYC tomorrow as NBC has completely screwed
up Athens 2004 for USA viewers. Get a small dish and
watch other channels which are far superiour in their coverage
and commentary.


Quote:
> C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
> there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
> think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.

> Bob offered like a hundred different excuses for the sea of empty
> seats, including:

> -- Everybody in Greece goes on vacation in August.

> -- This is early going; later on, during the finals, folks'll show up.

> -- The expensive seats, the ones you see on TV, are empty, but the
> cheap ones you can't see, well -- they're JAMMED.

> I thought of a few more than are equally plausible:

> -- Nobody in Greece cares about half-*** women.

> -- Everybody just happened to go to the bathroom all at once.

> -- All the residents are Greek Orthodox, and their religion forbids
> them from throwing their money away.

> But, you know, Greece was pretty dumb to spend so much on this stuff.
> Goes to show Americans aren't the only ones in denial:  you can build
> it, but that don't mean they'll come.

 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Mister Fixi » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 13:55:08


Quote:

>C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
>there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
>think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.

>Bob offered like a hundred different excuses for the sea of empty
>seats, including:

>-- Everybody in Greece goes on vacation in August.

>-- This is early going; later on, during the finals, folks'll show up.

>-- The expensive seats, the ones you see on TV, are empty, but the
>cheap ones you can't see, well -- they're JAMMED.

>I thought of a few more than are equally plausible:

>-- Nobody in Greece cares about half-*** women.

>-- Everybody just happened to go to the bathroom all at once.

>-- All the residents are Greek Orthodox, and their religion forbids
>them from throwing their money away.

>But, you know, Greece was pretty dumb to spend so much on this stuff.
>Goes to show Americans aren't the only ones in denial:  you can build
>it, but that don't mean they'll come.

It will be interesting to see what happens on Monday. August 15th is a
major religious holiday for Greek Orthodox, (Dormition - anniversay of
the death of Mary) they fast for two weeks prior. This may include not
going out to special events.
 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by *bicker » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 22:23:53

A Sun, 15 Aug 2004 23:18:09 -0400, "GayNJpolitician"

Quote:
> I AM CURRENTLY WATCHING ON THE DISH ON THE
> GREECE TV STATIONS (..AND OTHERS) AS NBC TELEVISION'S
> COVERAGE OF THE OLYMPICS IS SO COMPLETELY F-CKED
> UP THE A-S AS TO BE UNWATCHABLE AND UTTERLY
> DISTRACTING FROM THE SPORT/SPIRIT OF THE GAMES.

The Greek TV stations didn't have to invest as much money in
acquiring the rights to broadcast the games, nor are they
driven by their owners to provide as consistently high
return on their investment.

--
bicker?
http://abcnews.go.com/sections/GMA/DrJohnson/Diet_registry_040602.html

 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Crank » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 22:27:29


| plenty, believe me.   I've only watched a few events... and definitely
seen
| WAY more empty seats than those with bodies in them.  I have no way to
| quantify what I've seen.
|
|

Rowing is the worse.

 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Kori Lawren » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 23:11:31

Well, the August vacation could explain why a lot of Greeks aren't
there. Europeans take that stuff seriously. I lived in Europe for 3
years and when I went to see the 'flower carpet' in Brussels (a
capital city no less) it was like a ghost town. Almost scary. Even the
American Embassy was closed. Plus, much like Boston during the DNC
they might not want to deal with the hassle. As for other countries,
including the US, first we heard for years about how Greece wouldn't
be ready, venue and hospitality-wise which can cause a damper and then
for months we've heard about the security precautions and how you
could be a sitting duck if you go. People don't do these things on the
spur of the moment (esp from the US--quite a distance) and might just
have figured***it. I think some events WILL pick up but was
surprised at the empty seats during the swimming events--they're
usually pretty popular--but then they were outdoors (unlike that great
swimming stadium in Sydney) and I saw Michael Phelps' mother in the
audience and they looked like they were BAKING in the 90+ heat. Unless
I was going to be in the AC during some of those events, knowing it's
Greece in August, I wouldn't want to be there.
 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Argyl » Tue, 17 Aug 2004 23:35:44


Quote:
> Bob Costas' is a f--king retard. I wish someone would stuff
> a g-ddamed package of tube socks down his throat to shut
> him the phuck up. (..as well as that ditzy *** with him in the
> anchor's chair too!)

How I miss Jim McKay!
 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Prat » Wed, 18 Aug 2004 00:50:01

Quote:

> C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
> there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
> think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.

> Bob offered like a hundred different excuses for the sea of empty
> seats, including:

> -- Everybody in Greece goes on vacation in August.

> -- This is early going; later on, during the finals, folks'll show up.

> -- The expensive seats, the ones you see on TV, are empty, but the
> cheap ones you can't see, well -- they're JAMMED.

> I thought of a few more than are equally plausible:

> -- Nobody in Greece cares about half-*** women.

> -- Everybody just happened to go to the bathroom all at once.

> -- All the residents are Greek Orthodox, and their religion forbids
> them from throwing their money away.

> But, you know, Greece was pretty dumb to spend so much on this stuff.
> Goes to show Americans aren't the only ones in denial:  you can build
> it, but that don't mean they'll come.

Maybe they're all "super jazzed" about the new series 'Joey' and they
just got O.C.D. (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and they're checking
and rechecking and checking again their TiVos! :-D~

---
http://SportToday.org/
'Joey': The biggest thing to hit U.S. network primetime since 'The
Charmings'!!!

 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Karen E » Wed, 18 Aug 2004 01:47:53

Quote:



>>C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
>>there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
>>think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.

>>Bob offered like a hundred different excuses for the sea of empty
>>seats, including:

>>-- Everybody in Greece goes on vacation in August.

>>-- This is early going; later on, during the finals, folks'll show up.

>>-- The expensive seats, the ones you see on TV, are empty, but the
>>cheap ones you can't see, well -- they're JAMMED.

>>I thought of a few more than are equally plausible:

>>-- Nobody in Greece cares about half-*** women.

>>-- Everybody just happened to go to the bathroom all at once.

>>-- All the residents are Greek Orthodox, and their religion forbids
>>them from throwing their money away.

>>But, you know, Greece was pretty dumb to spend so much on this stuff.
>>Goes to show Americans aren't the only ones in denial:  you can build
>>it, but that don't mean they'll come.

> It will be interesting to see what happens on Monday. August 15th is a
> major religious holiday for Greek Orthodox, (Dormition - anniversay of
> the death of Mary) they fast for two weeks prior. This may include not
> going out to special events.

Hee! I just won a free lunch for two today. A local station was looking
for Olympic viewers' drinking games. My offering was "Every time Bob
Costas gives a new excuse for all the empty seats." Thanks, Bob!

Actually, at least in gymnastics, the empty seats are just the expensive
ones. The upper levels have been pretty full.

Karen E.

--
_______________________________________
"What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody
had said it before."

Mark Twain

 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Marlene Blansha » Wed, 18 Aug 2004 02:10:54


Quote:
> with all due respect, NBC is not responsible for the empty seats, and it's
> pretty difficult to avoid showing them.

> I'm the biggest NBC basher there is, but empty seats is not their problem.



> > C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
> > there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
> > think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.

Apparently yesterday was a big national holiday in greece. They mentioned it
on CBC as well. A lot of the locals go out of town on that weekend.
 
 
 

Olympics: What's with NBC's excuses for all the empty seats?

Post by Peter » Wed, 18 Aug 2004 05:14:11

Are you new?  You can recycle the same complaint from one Olympics to the
next.  It's always the same thing.

So what's a better Olympics coverage?


Quote:

> NBC has got to be giving the ABSOLUTE WORST coverage
> I have ever seen for any televised sporting event, bar none!

> They cut to commercials 8 times in a 30 minute period and
> put those g-ddammed USELESS animiated preview-blurbs in the
> lower right hand corner of the screen for 30+ seconds
> when they come back with coverage.

> Bob Costas' is a f--king retard. I wish someone would stuff
> a g-ddamed package of tube socks down his throat to shut
> him the phuck up. (..as well as that ditzy *** with him in the
> anchor's chair too!)

> I AM CURRENTLY WATCHING ON THE DISH ON THE
> GREECE TV STATIONS (..AND OTHERS) AS NBC TELEVISION'S
> COVERAGE OF THE OLYMPICS IS SO COMPLETELY F-CKED
> UP THE A-S AS TO BE UNWATCHABLE AND UTTERLY
> DISTRACTING FROM THE SPORT/SPIRIT OF THE GAMES.

> If I was an NBC/GE shareholder, I would be shitting bricks
> right now and would issue a "sell" order to my broker first
> thing in NYC tomorrow as NBC has completely screwed
> up Athens 2004 for USA viewers. Get a small dish and
> watch other channels which are far superiour in their coverage
> and commentary.



> > C'mon.  We aren't stupid.  During every competition I've seen so far
> > there've been five times more empty seats than occupied ones.  You'd
> > think the folks in the stadiums could hear Bob Costas' commentary.

> > Bob offered like a hundred different excuses for the sea of empty
> > seats, including:

> > -- Everybody in Greece goes on vacation in August.

> > -- This is early going; later on, during the finals, folks'll show up.

> > -- The expensive seats, the ones you see on TV, are empty, but the
> > cheap ones you can't see, well -- they're JAMMED.

> > I thought of a few more than are equally plausible:

> > -- Nobody in Greece cares about half-*** women.

> > -- Everybody just happened to go to the bathroom all at once.

> > -- All the residents are Greek Orthodox, and their religion forbids
> > them from throwing their money away.

> > But, you know, Greece was pretty dumb to spend so much on this stuff.
> > Goes to show Americans aren't the only ones in denial:  you can build
> > it, but that don't mean they'll come.