As a sports junkie, I love all aspects of the Olympics. The world's best athletes competing in non-stop coverage over two weeks. There's the feel good stories, heartbreak and upsets. I'm completely enthralled every day. At least, that's how the Olympics have felt in the past.
This year, NBC committed the biggest FAIL I have ever witnessed in the history of sports broadcasting. I don't feel like I'm exaggerating in the slightest. Please force me to disconnect from the world in order to watch the coverage deemed appropriate at the time of some random executive's choosing.
To keep up with the coverage, I stepped away from social media/news outlets and tried staying up late as swimming and gymnastics (my favorite events) were often shown well after my normal shut eye time. I don't function well as a zombie at work, so I tried a different approach. I watched the first half of the crap ass coverage at night, and would fast forward through the remaining coverage in the mornings. Not ideal.
Growing up, my parents may or may not have had a questionably legal black box during one of the summer Olympics. All events were available live and we could choose what we wanted to watch. With all the advances in technology since, I never thought we'd take such a huge step backward.
NBC, the fix is simple. Show all event finals, on TV, live throughout the day. Internet does little for those who actually have to work during the day. Allow me to record/watch what I want. Then, by all means, keep your primetime coverage at 8pm. I would actually be interested in the fluff pieces and prelims. I might be less annoyed and wouldn't laugh at your poor attempt to compare the trampoline to snowboarding with Shaun White.
I have faith there will be improvements before 2016. If not, I'm moving to Canada!