“Less Yack, More Track” – Olympic Coverage Much Improved
During the last summer olympics, NBC seemed to think we'd be more interested in watching their biographical vignettes than the athletes' performances. It was the low point in a string of olympics that made me really wish they didn't have the exclusive U.S. broadcasting rights. And I really didn't like Bob Costas.
Based on this year's coverage, I think it wasn't all Bob's fault -- I've been pleasantly surprised to enjoy his role, along with the majority of everything else I've seen.
There have been imperfections, like the ridiculous interviews of people who'd just made a big mistake. For example, why on earth do we need to hear what a runner has to say minutes after they've been disqualified and lost their bronze medal for having stepped on a line? If the reporter had just lost their job because of some mistake they made, would they want someone shoving a camera in their face and asking how they feel? Let's have a little more class, folks.
Still, overall I've really enjoyed the coverage (not to mention the performances!) It's nice not to have to say "less yack, more track" this time.