Originally Posted by JCL
American propaganda tonight .... . NBC promised the USA-Brazil Women's Volleyball Final in prime-time tonight -- on tape of course.
Fact: The match was played earlier -- the USA won the first set, but Brazil stormed back to win the next three sets, and therefore the Gold Medal.
NBC knew this, and they know many people already found out during the afternoon. So they've chosen to shuffle their evening line up to hide this disappointment (apparently people love to see their athletes win, but not when they're losing) .So NBC show all the exciting track and field races in the stadium (even the one race that the Jamaicans won -- spending 15 minutes on it alone) , and all six rounds of the Platform diving (won by an American -- 30 minutes of coverage). The volleyball game, which was lost, was buried to 11:26 pm to 11:50 pm, just 24 minutes of airtime (including commercials).
And it is interesting what they have chosen to show to their audience: They showed the second half of the first set (won by the Americans). Then they took a commercial break, then cue David Gregory to talk briefly about tomorrow's "Meet The Press". Then back to the volleyball ... they've fast forwarded past the next two sets won by the Brazilians (didn't explain why such a turnaround), and right to the final 6 minutes of the fourth set -- by that time the game was out of reach by the Americans. Why? Nobody explained.
Such disrespect for the Champions !!! When the team shook hands, the commentators said the Brazilians were underdogs, and repeated as two-time Olympic Champions. Again, no explanation. Then seemingly to pour cold water over the Brazilians, they showed two minutes of highlights of their Soccer defeat at the hands of the Mexicans. Then back to show their American Diver receiving the Gold Medal (but not the silver and bronze winners beside him!) , and the broadcast ended with "Stars Spangled Banner", Such a strange and unbalanced presentation.
I know... this is a story about something that happened about a year ago! But believe it or not, I only got to watch it for myself last night. I've been "slowly working my way through all the HDTV coverage" of last summer's Olympics (including producing commercial-free clips for all actual competition shown on copy-freely NBC), which for me included everything presented on NBCSN, MSNBC, and NBC. That was almost 700 hours of recorded TV via Windows Media Center (on several external 2TB USB drives) and quite frankly I have other things to do.
Anyway, I'm finally down to the final two days of the 2012 Olympics... including this insult to NBC viewers that occurred on that final Saturday night in the edited presentation of the Gold Medal match for women's indoor volleyball. Like you, I couldn't believe it... I thought I accidentally fell asleep while watching when after the commercial break at the very end of the first set (which of course the USA women won handily) it was suddenly 2-1 Brazil and we were almost done with the fourth set with Brazil again pummeling the US women in what would be the final set. I thought I'd just come through a time warp and had lost at least an hour of my life! Of course I already knew something was wrong when they saved the TV coverage for the final 25 minutes of the night
So NBC gave us maybe 15 minutes total (including commercials) of the Gold Medal match, and spared us just about the entire ignominy of the US loss, for this "event final" coverage which had received so many many hours of coverage of many many preliminary matches throughout the previous two weeks. I know... too bad the US women lost. But this was the Gold Medal match!!!
Therefore, even one year later, I have to add my own comment here... about one more terrible injustice to sports fans done by that NBC Sports network decision on that final Saturday night, to editorially minimize the US loss in a high-profile event.