NBC's family stories

NBC's family stories

Post by W. Roland Gehre » Thu, 30 Jul 1992 06:42:01


Sorry if I missed anybody complaining about this before but what REALLY
gets on my nerves in NBC's coverage is all the family background you
get on all the athletes. This one has a father who just had a triple
bypass, that one has a veeeery speeeeecial relaaaationship with her
boyfriend because of his heart problems, this victory is for his
mother who passed away. YUUUUUUUK.
Why is this? CBS did the same thing during the winter olympics. I am
from Holland and used to a focus on the athletic achievement of the
athlete. I never feel that I am watching a sports event, but merely
a documentary. Take the women's bicycling road race. Every e***ment
was taken away by background stories (I don't even talk about the
commercials). I wish they would show a complete race. You can perhaps
cut up diving by showing a few dives at the time, but not a bike race.
Only coverage of sports that are popular in the States like basketball
are good to watch because of continuity. There is no difference with
watching a race from the Olympics 20 or 40 years ago. I never get the
feeling that what I am watching happened today. Tape delay does not
have to be a problem to get the "live" feeling (basketball and
swimming are good examples) Although the victory of Morales was clearly
overdramatized. It is embarrasing to watch Bob Costas (was it him)
druel when he askes Pablo what was said between him and his father
during their hug. NBC tries everything to show the human face of the
athlete. They clearly overdo it. Give me a bucket.

Roland Gehrels

 
 
 

NBC's family stories

Post by Bruce Glet » Fri, 31 Jul 1992 06:56:55


Quote:
>Sorry if I missed anybody complaining about this before but what REALLY
>gets on my nerves in NBC's coverage is all the family background you
>get on all the athletes. This one has a father who just had a triple
>bypass, that one has a veeeery speeeeecial relaaaationship with her
>boyfriend because of his heart problems, this victory is for his
>mother who passed away. YUUUUUUUK.
>Why is this? CBS did the same thing during the winter olympics. I am
>from Holland and used to a focus on the athletic achievement of the
(stuff deleted)
>athlete. They clearly overdo it. Give me a bucket.

Welcome to USA olympic coverage. ABC did the same thing when they coverred
tho olympics (Up Close and Personal). I personally think it sucks. Also,
I wish they would leave out the medal ceremonies. Clearly something        
more interesting is going on! Especially since the whole thing is tape
delayed!!!! All three of our major networks royally suck when it comes
to olympic coverage.

 
 
 

NBC's family stories

Post by Zaichun » Fri, 31 Jul 1992 07:29:29


Quote:
>... I never feel that I am watching a sports event, but merely
>a documentary.

Me tooooooooooo...

Quote:
>Take the women's bicycling road race. Every e***ment
>was taken away by background stories (I don't even talk about the

I still can't understand why they are doing this over and over again.
I am really tired of this. You have to wait half an hour for only one
of swimming finals (to make you have the *live* feeling?!).

Quote:
>commercials). I wish they would show a complete race. You can perhaps
>cut up diving by showing a few dives at the time, but not a bike race.
>Only coverage of sports that are popular in the States like basketball
>are good to watch because of continuity. There is no difference with

I am a NBA fan. However, I don't think there are many people out
there want to watch the (basketball) game from a-z, since there is actually
no competition what's so ever. I'd rather watch the NBA finals.

Quote:
>watching a race from the Olympics 20 or 40 years ago. I never get the
>feeling that what I am watching happened today. Tape delay does not
>have to be a problem to get the "live" feeling (basketball and
>swimming are good examples) Although the victory of Morales was clearly
>overdramatized. It is embarrasing to watch Bob Costas (was it him)
>druel when he askes Pablo what was said between him and his father
>during their hug. NBC tries everything to show the human face of the
>athlete. They clearly overdo it. Give me a bucket.

>Roland Gehrels

zack

 
 
 

NBC's family stories

Post by Ed Suran » Fri, 31 Jul 1992 07:45:07


Quote:
>Sorry if I missed anybody complaining about this before but what REALLY
>gets on my nerves in NBC's coverage is all the family background you
>get on all the athletes.

American Olympic coverage has always included this, since they were first
broadcast on TV in 1960.  Americans are used to watching professional sports
where most of the players are always well known to the viewers.  The theory,
correct or not, is that people cannot relate to athletes when they don't
know anything about them.

Ed