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ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1992
Thank you, NBC, for lowering so effectively our national public standards of decency, sportsmanship and fair play. Keep this up, and you might rise to the level of the 1936 Olympic coverage in Berlin by Hitler's radio crews and newsreel cameras! JOHN F. McQUAID Los Angeles
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May 26, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Justice, as expected, has notified the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games that it will not be prosecuted for its corporate role in the worst corruption scandal in Olympic history, officials said Thursday. In a letter dated May 12 that was received Wednesday by the committee's Washington attorneys, the department said it has "no present intention" of seeking an indictment of the nonprofit corporation.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1992
I wish to express my disgust with the appalling TV coverage of the Olympic Games by NBC. As a Briton living in the United States, I can only compare my own country's first-class job of bringing the world's premiere sporting event into living rooms at no extra cost. If NBC had decided to do such a poor job and only offer Olympic coverage to the select few who have cable and the ability to pay, why did they get the right to cover the event in the first instance? CLIVE HICKMAN San Diego
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1992
I have had it with NBC butchering the Olympics! It seems that every athlete has overcome some sort of life-threatening problem to make it to Barcelona. Is this a prerequisite? And we all know that every time someone wins an Olympic gold medal the hometown is proud of them. Why interview everyone from the mayor to the high school janitor? This lousy Olympic coverage makes one wonder if the network is promoting their TripleCast subscriptions. How do the sponsors that pay $200,000 or more for a one-minute prime-time commercial feel about encouraging the American consumer to buy a commercial-free option?
SPORTS
May 26, 2000 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Justice, as expected, has notified the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games that it will not be prosecuted for its corporate role in the worst corruption scandal in Olympic history, officials said Thursday. In a letter dated May 12 that was received Wednesday by the committee's Washington attorneys, the department said it has "no present intention" of seeking an indictment of the nonprofit corporation.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2000
In the letters responding to the pulling of Nike's "Slasher" commercial, the word "hypocrisy" came up ["Nike 'Slasher' Commercial a Loser at the Olympics," Letters, Sept. 24]. Sure, the commercial can be seen as making light of violence toward women. Then again, it can be seen as empowering by showing how a woman can survive an actual attack. What was missed is the fact that the "Slasher" commercial was pulled, while Nike's "Gladiator" commercial still airs. I guess it's OK to depict violence against a man (specifically, a gladiator trying to decapitate, skewer and otherwise dismember a man on a skateboard)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1992
I wish to express my disgust with the appalling TV coverage of the Olympic Games by NBC. As a Briton living in the United States, I can only compare my own country's first-class job of bringing the world's premiere sporting event into living rooms at no extra cost. If NBC had decided to do such a poor job and only offer Olympic coverage to the select few who have cable and the ability to pay, why did they get the right to cover the event in the first instance? CLIVE HICKMAN San Diego
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