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NBC Wins Rights to 2010, 2012 Olympics

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by John Corn, Jun 8, 2003.

  1. Jun 8, 2003 #1 of 11
    John Corn

    John Corn Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Eight years ago, NBC pulled off a pre-emptive bid to secure a long-term Olympic deal. This time, it beat the other networks head-on to retain its five-ring monopoly.

    NBC secured the U.S. rights to the 2010 and 2012 Olympics on Friday in a $2.201 billion deal, extending its run to a record seven consecutive games over 12 years.

    NBC and its parent company, General Electric, were picked by the IOC over bids by Disney's ABC-ESPN and News Corp.'s Fox.

    "It's obvious the Olympics matter to us," NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol said. "There are people walking around here tonight that are proud as peacocks."


    NBC Leading the Pack in Sports World
  2. Jun 8, 2003 #2 of 11

    QualityIsJobOne Legend

    Apr 29, 2002
    ...This is all well and good....however...I usually watch CBC's Olympics coverage way more than NBC's.....:eek2:
  3. Jun 8, 2003 #3 of 11

    RandyAB Godfather

    Apr 4, 2002
    I wish someone else got it, because I cannot stand the NBC coverage. If I have to hear about another heartbreaking story from an American athlete....just show the damn events.
  4. Jun 8, 2003 #4 of 11

    music_beans Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2003
    I hope the other networks push NBC back into the 70s when they were the most underrated network in history.
  5. Jun 8, 2003 #5 of 11

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    And the winners are:

    ABC, CBS, and Fox, which don't have to pay out billions to broadcast the Olympics.

    If the Olympics quintuppled their current ratings, NBC still would lose money on this deal. And the lame theory that "it promotes other things on the network" wasn't ever true, and gets less true as the multi-channel universe gets larger and larger.

    This is a despiration move by NBC management, which simply does not have a clue about how to profitably program the regular schedule, and a corporate junket for GE execs.

    As a NEWS Corp stockholder, I am thrilled.
  6. Jun 9, 2003 #6 of 11

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    I started hating NBC when they got to broadcast the Super Bowl So Much in the earlier and mid 90's. If I remember correctly after 1992 the Super Bowl was on NBC for the Next 3 Season's in a Row Keeping John Madden and Pat Summerall two of the best football announcers of our time not being able to announce the biggest Sports game of the year. I am glad that NFL Football is not on NBC Right now and I hope that it stays that way. Fox, and CBS do a much better job with the games.
  7. Jun 9, 2003 #7 of 11

    HarryD Icon

    Mar 24, 2002
    Oh good! More chances to see and hear Bob Costas!
  8. Msguy

    Msguy Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2003
    Costas is NBC's best announcer. Dick Enberg used to be untill he got smart and left to do football and College Basketball on CBS.
  9. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    I've discovered that NBC Olympic programming is tolerabe with a PVR. not good, mind you, but tolerable. I can skip all that gawdawful alleged human interest dreck.

    I hope that I soon have a BeVu PVR equivalent to a 921 in my future...
  10. HarryD

    HarryD Icon

    Mar 24, 2002
    And that's sad! Announcer? He's more a host of a talk show ! :lol:
  11. invaliduser88

    invaliduser88 Welcome to Torchwood DBSTalk Gold Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    The best part of last olympic broadcast was the HD feed. Events were uncut showing all competitors, not just the top dogs. Too bad it was delayed a day.

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