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February 14, 1992 | LARRY STEWART
Remember ABC's coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics? For starters, there was one commercial break after another. Making matters worse was the placement of the breaks, which often intruded on live action. More than one hockey goal was missed. The coverage--some live, some delayed--was disjointed, and there were more technical glitches than there should have been. Host Jim McKay stumbled and fumbled.
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February 17, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
U.S. athletes have earned mixed marks at the Sochi Games; for every triumph in a sport such as slopestyle or luge, there's been a disappointment in skiing or speed skating. The same might be said of NBC, whose decision to broadcast the most hours ever of Winter Olympics coverage has resulted in not only compelling television moments but also weirdness and awkwardness. This past weekend demonstrated this tale of two runs. Though the network didn't skimp on the hype for Saturday's U.S.-Russia hockey matchup, essentially a pro-forma group-stage game - "Some Cold Wars don't end," intoned veteran play-by-play man Mike "Doc" Emrick in a pregame package - it also rose to the occasion.
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SPORTS
February 20, 2010
Even though I'm Jewish, I've decided to give up something for Lent. I'm giving up saying anything negative. This means I can't send you the letter I want to write with my opinion of NBC's "all-USA, all-the-time, no-one-else-matters, is-there-anyone-else-even-here, nope-just-us Americans" coverage of the Olympics. Sorry. No letter. Maybe next time. Mel Powell Sherman Oaks :: If NBC wants to increase the number of viewers, and thereby their income, I would make the following suggestion: Switch from their current "We interrupt these commercials to bring you a few minutes of Olympics" to a program where they have three minutes of commercials no more often than every 15 to 20 minutes and run a banner along the top or bottom with advertising and bragging about the decreased interference by commercials.
SPORTS
February 14, 2014
Bill Plaschke's Feb. 13 article about disappointing Olympic performances should never have been printed. Has he ever competed for or received an Olympic medal? Our fabulous, hard-working athletes have spent their lives achieving a spot on the US Olympic Team. They deserve better than Plaschke's ridicule. After putting so much effort in their events, we know their hearts are broken, which happens by mere fractions of a second. They are our heroes and should be lauded as such! Joann Duray Playa del Rey :: I find it disgusting that Bill Plaschke called Shaun White "the biggest loser of all" in his Olympics rant.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Comcast Corp., which last month acquired majority ownership of NBC Universal, may not be feeling the love for the Olympics. Long one of NBC's most prestigious properties, the Olympic Games have given the broadcasting company huge ratings, leverage when negotiating new deals with cable operators and sweeteners to attract marquee advertisers willing to pay hefty premiums. NBC's previous parent company, General Electric Co., also used sponsorship of the Games as a calling card, helping to open doors of commerce in China and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 1988
Nice graphics. Brief Olympic coverage. Continuous commercials. JULIE BUSSELL Los Angeles
SPORTS
June 25, 2005
Tuning in to the U.S. Open, I was hoping to see coverage of the golf tournament. NBC must be gearing up for Olympic coverage, because all I saw for the first hour and a half was family home movies. NBC, let's watch golf. Tom Davidson Orange
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1992
Thank you, Howard Rosenberg, for your column July 29 ridiculing NBC's mishandling of its Olympic coverage ("Some Olympic 'Moments' Worth Forgetting"). NBC was our preferred channel prior to the Olympic event. However, we are so disgusted with its performance that my family vowed not to watch NBC after the Olympic broadcasts. TIM WU Adelanto
SPORTS
February 27, 1988
Once again, we are witnessing the travesty that ABC terms "Olympic coverage." These near-sacred events are prostituted by the network to the point that viewing is painful. The introduction to each evening consists of one-half hour of pap to permit strike-while-the-getting-is-good commercials. We are then titillated with promises of what is to come by less than astute analysts. Finally, we have a moment of action, yet again interrupted by messages. Two goals in a U.S. hockey game were missed because of commercials.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 2008 | Martin Miller
The Television Critics Assn. Press Tour, the semi-annual gathering of television journalists from around the country, began at the Beverly Hilton on July 8. This is our final dispatch. -- The NBC brain trust behind the network's herculean Olympic coverage that begins Aug. 8 wants desperately to make one thing clear -- we're live! With an intensity not unlike that of Dr. Frankenstein upon discovering the lightning-juiced status of his pet project, NBC executives emphasized during its panel Monday morning that the Summer Olympics in Beijing will feature live coverage.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Bob Costas' eye infection that has been causing American Olympics viewers much discomfort while watching NBC's coverage of the Games has finally sent the sportscaster back to the bench. Costas will be sitting out NBC's primetime and late-night coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, while he recovers from the infection that was just in his left eye when the Olympics began, but has now spread to both eyes. "Today" host Matt Lauer will be filling in for Costas, who has been told to rest (and give some relief to viewers who were complaining about Costas' uncomfortable look on social media)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Want to relive the 1980 Miracle on Ice or see Mark Spitz swim into the record books? Now you can, thanks to an agreement between the U.S. Olympic Committee and the Paley Center for Media that will make more than 1,300 hours of Olympic footage available to the public. "The U.S. Olympic Archive presented by Gordon Crawford" covers the TV history of the games from 1960 through 2012. Crawford, a prominent media investor and Paley Center board member emeritus is also chairman of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation and played a key role in bringing the exhibit together.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Critics might have complained about the TV coverage of the London Olympics, but NBC has already draped itself with a gold medal - for ratings. The network on Monday said that the 2012 Games were the most-watched U.S. TV event in history, with a total of 219.4 million viewing at least part of the coverage, according to data from Nielsen. That is up 2% from the No. 2-ranked Beijing Games four years ago and dwarfs the records for single broadcasts of major events. The Super Bowl, for example, has in recent years set ratings records with about 100 million total viewers.  Of course, the Olympics unfolded over 17 days and across multiple networks in the NBC family, a record-breaking 5,535 hours in all, so the company had plenty of time and channel space to rack up that Everest-sized total.
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August 12, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON - Sunday is the much-anticipated closing ceremony of the London Olympics, titled "A Symphony of British Music. " Expect the tone of the program to be much different from the opening ceremony. Don't expect to see any belching smokestacks or tributes to children's hospitals. You may see a Spice Girl or two, though. Like the opening ceremony, much of what will happen is being kept under wraps. But a few details have trickled out, and some interesting people have been spotted around town, so we can make a few educated guesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2012 | By Todd Martens
  The five members of the U.S. women's gymnastics team are coming home from the London Olympics with gold medals. Their success has also unwittingly touched the burgeoning career of "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips , as NBC has numerous times over the last 12 days shown the likes of Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney discussing their Olympic dreams in a promo piece scored to Phillips' "Home. "  Just as Maroney has her ups and downs on the vault, despite being widely considered the world's greatest at that event, a career after winning "American Idol" isn't exactly a given either.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012 | By Meg James
NBC could yet earn a gold medal for its controversial decision to delay televising marquee events from the London Olympics until prime time in the U.S. The company approached the London Olympics, which officially opened Friday, expecting to lose about $200 million on its coverage. But ratings for the Summer Games have been much higher than expected, which should allow the company to escape a huge financial loss. "We are off to a very, very successful start," NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke said Wednesday morning during Comcast's second-quarter earnings call.
SPORTS
February 25, 2006
Sunday's Daytona 500 broadcast on NBC was a tremendous disappointment. I bet that a review of the tape would show that the commercial time exceeded the coverage of actual racing. They would show two laps and go to another commercial. They always left the race with a promise that they would return if there was a crash. I would like to see them come back for a brilliant pass or block. Even when they were showing the race, the announcer was reading a plug for their Olympic coverage or some other sponsor.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2012 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
NBC's telecast of the London Olympics is toppling ratings records. But as they unfurl in the age of social media, coverage of the Games appears to be setting another record: for gripes. Fans online have blasted the network for blacking out live coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, and saving marquee athletic contests for a taped and heavily edited prime-time TV package. Jeff Jarvis, a prominent media guru, criticized NBC as struggling, whack-a-mole style, to maintain old-world business models in a new age. On Twitter, detractors are uniting with the hash tag #nbcfail, and one British reporter based in Los Angeles had his account suspended after a series of blistering tweets attacking NBC. GRAPHIC: Your Olympics TV-watching guide And yet hordes are watching.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Music was in many ways the star of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony to the London Olympics. A theatrical take on the Industrial Revolution was staged to a propulsive, rhythmic score; athletes paraded into the stadium to a track by the Chemical Brothers; and the centerpiece of the ceremony was an extended tribute to British music of the last four decades. Yet NBC's broadcast of Friday's opening ceremony wasn't entirely in tune with Boyle's mission to showcase U.K. music. One of the lovelier, more subdued performances during the Olympics celebration was axed for American audiences.
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