Cycling Coverage (Re: NBC coverage)

Cycling Coverage (Re: NBC coverage)

Post by Kamal Karlapal » Tue, 04 Aug 1992 23:11:05


Quote:


>I disagree here. The Mens Road Race coverage was some of the best
>coverage seen to date on the Olympic games. Well done, well paced,
>and despite the focus on the US cyclists (Hell, its being broadcast to
>the US, what did you expect coverage on, the Ukranians?), NBC did a
>Great job of showing the race, including the winners. If you're looking

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Wrong. NBC focused on the greatness of their cyclist Lance A., they did
not show the other vateran that much. They missed the incident where
few cyclists slipped (or what ever) and fell. It would have been of a
great benefit to young upcoming American cyclists to learn from such
incidents and how to avoid it. The technical content in the presentation
of this race was very low. As this is not shown live  if they had focussed
more on the medal winners and how they managed their whole race
instead of Lance A, it would have been good for lot of the cycling fans.
This aspect did not come across well in the telecast. It was more of
an adverti***t for Lance. And a lenghty one too.  

For example, Womens Marathon was covered extremely well. The duel between
the United team participant and the Japanese participant was thrilling
to watch. It was that kind of coverage that one would like to see.

Quote:
>for coverage of French riders, move to France. If yoou're looking for
>coverage of Ukranina riders, you are probably out of luck.

You are missing the point here. We want to see how the medal winners
won their races irrespective of their NATIONALITY. You cannot learn
that much by watching the 14th finisher for  such a long time.
Most of the time he is either drinking something, eating or simply
cruising along.

Kamal.

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Cycling Coverage (Re: NBC coverage)

Post by Tim Moo » Tue, 04 Aug 1992 19:02:55



   >
   >I disagree here. The Mens Road Race coverage was some of the best
   >coverage seen to date on the Olympic games. Well done, well paced,
   >and despite the focus on the US cyclists (Hell, its being broadcast to
   >the US, what did you expect coverage on, the Ukranians?), NBC did a
   >Great job of showing the race, including the winners. If you're looking
   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

   Wrong. NBC focused on the greatness of their cyclist Lance A., they did
   not show the other vateran that much. They missed the incident where
   few cyclists slipped (or what ever) and fell. It would have been of a
   great benefit to young upcoming American cyclists to learn from such
   incidents and how to avoid it.

I'm glad they didn't show the crash in***detail. There was too much
of that in ESPN's Tour de France coverage. They must have replayed
Ronan Pensec's slip on a wet road at 50 mph 20 times. Maybe they'll
come out with a video of great cycling crashes.

Anyway, you can't learn how to avoid crashing by watching TV. You need
to ride with others, race, and crash a few times.

                                    The technical content in the presentation
   of this race was very low. As this is not shown live  if they had focussed
   more on the medal winners and how they managed their whole race
   instead of Lance A, it would have been good for lot of the cycling fans.
   This aspect did not come across well in the telecast. It was more of
   an adverti***t for Lance. And a lenghty one too.  

The eventual winners were doing the same thing that Lance was for a
good portion of the race:*** out in the pack, picking their
noses. Why should they focus on some random Italian or Dutchman,
instead of the Americans? I admit, however, I was getting tired of the
commercial for Team Lance.

I thought the technical content of the coverage was very good. They
showed all the breaks, riders working (and not working) in the breaks,
attacks, blocking, the final sprint, etc. If NBC had canned their
stupid announcer and let Phil Ligget do his stuff, the coverage would
have been close to perfect.

The focus on Armstrong actually revealed some of the subtleties of the
team sport of bicycle racing. Once Bob Mionske got in the break,
Armstrong faced a dilemna. He was a heavy favorite and probably felt
that Mionske had no chance of winning, but he was obliged to block for
him in the pack. You could almost see the conflict: Armstrong chased
the break for a while, then stopped working and blocked.

   For example, Womens Marathon was covered extremely well. The duel between
   the United team participant and the Japanese participant was thrilling
   to watch. It was that kind of coverage that one would like to see.

Cycle racing is different. Two riders won't duel for the lead for miles and
miles because if they do, neither of them will win. The excitment is
in breaks getting away, staying away, getting caught (which often
happens within sight of the finish line) and the final sprint to the
line. The men's road race was an exciting, dynamic road race (in
contrast to the women's road race, which was pretty boring). NBC did a
pretty good job of capturing the elements that made the race interesting.

   Kamal.

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Cycling Coverage (Re: NBC coverage)

Post by Just another theatre geek... » Wed, 05 Aug 1992 02:41:28

Quote:

>You are missing the point here. We want to see how the medal winners
>won their races irrespective of their NATIONALITY.

        No, YOU'RE missing the point.

        "We" is not the rest of America.  NBC is an American broadcaster.

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Cycling Coverage (Re: NBC coverage)

Post by rON » Wed, 05 Aug 1992 10:51:39

Quote:

>You are missing the point here. We want to see how the medal winners
>won their races irrespective of their NATIONALITY. You cannot learn
>that much by watching the 14th finisher for  such a long time.
>Most of the time he is either drinking something, eating or simply
>cruising along.
>Kamal.

No, no, Kamal, You're missing the point that US coverage == Coverage of
US Athletes. 14th place or otherwise. If NBC started focusing their coverage
on, say the winner of this event, Italian viewers who got a satellite feed
of NBC from the US might be all happy, but US Viewers and, more importantly
for NBC, US Advertisers wouldn't quite be a pleased.

r.