• Petitioned International Olympic Committee

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Keep broadcasting rights away from NBC so Americans can see the Games Live

    1. Petition by

      David McNally

      Wyckoff, NJ

Rather than airing the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony live and uninturrupted (like every other network in the world) NBC (the only network with the IOC's broadcasting rights for the Olympics in the United States) decided to keep Americans from seeing the Ceremony until 7:30PM EST, 3.5 hours after the Ceremony began, so that they could make more money from the commercials by airing it at primetime hours.

NBC decided to air the Ceremony with a 3.5 hour delay and slather it in commercials, while most other networks around the world showed the Ceremony completely live and with little or no advertising. NBC ran commercials (many of which were political) over parts of the Parade of Nations and skipped many small countries, instead of showing each country march in the Parade the way each country deserves. Micronesia, Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Columbia and many other country's athletes appeared on screen for less than five seconds. NBC also used commentators who were criticized on Twitter and Facebook for speaking too often and saying things that were rude or unnecessary, like "I think that baby is creepy". There was even a 30-minute break from the Ceremony in which commentator Ryan Seacrest talked to the athletes about pop-star Justin Bieber, rather than discussing the Games or the athletes themselves. Commentator Matt Lauer even made a joke about the name "Djibouti".

NBC has failed Americans by not letting us join the world in such an important event, and has failed to do its duty to bring the Olympic Games to the United States. While it is too late for the IOC to take away NBC's broadcasting rights for London 2012, it is not too late to prevent them from covering (and delaying) future Olympic Opening Ceremonies. The IOC should not grant NBC broadcasting rights for Sochi's 2014 Rio 2016's Opening Ceremonies in the United States. There are many other networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, ESPN, PBS or BBC America, which would all do a better job of presenting the most important sports events in history than NBC did this year.

The Olympic Games are a way for the world to come together as one, and it must not be fragmented into separate times for each country. It should be an event to celebrate peace and unity and athleticism, and should definitely not be inturrputed with commercials as often as NBC's coverage was.

Please sign and share this to help ensure that in the future Americans will be able to join the rest of the world in the Olympic Games by watching them the way they should be watched: live, with the rest of the world, without constant advertising and without such incredibly rude commentary.

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    Reasons for signing

    • L R Barnes FORT DIX, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      The political commentary during the abridged Opening Ceremonies was out of place. The Olymipcs are a time to set that aside and walk side-by-side during the Parade of Nations.

      The incessant chatter of the commentators over the competitions is unnecessary, distracting, and detracting from the events being aired. If they MUST speak, keep it to short, relevant comments spoken in a loud whisper. I don't care for the opinions of the commentators. Keep it to reporting the facts, not your personal opinion.

    • Daw Lorentson NEW HAVEN, CT
      • about 2 years ago

      I view television content on-line only and was blocked from seeing the Olympics streaming live as had been advertised by NBC because I do not have a cable account. Shameful.

    • Alexander Turoff COLD SPRING, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      NBC sucks.

    • Karen Bennett EMU HEIGHTS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I am signing this because our telecaste in Australia was disgusting. Channel 9 only showed what they wanted to show and some of the comments was uncalled for regarding our swimmers we cannot be winners all the time.I really hope that they never get the rights to broadcaste again.I am usally stuck to the TV when the games are on but not this time, I got sick of seeing the same things over & over again. You are a utter disgrace Nine Network.

    • Daniel Thompson CENTRAL, SC
      • about 2 years ago

      Horrible coverage of fencing. Bouts aren't categorized by competitors, just lumped into long videos like "Piste 4, women's saber 64-qf." No videos of events more recent than women's individual saber, only highlights of "exciting" moments. Horrible browser interface.


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