Stunner! Olympics Going back to CBC

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  1. Bronko

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    Who woulda thunk it? CBC has picked up the next two Olympics for TV coverage.

    Must be some long, long faces at TSN/CTV/Bell today.

    Especially limp-a-longs like Rob Faulds, Jenn Hedger, Jay Onrait, Dan O'Foole, Russ Anber, Chucky Beirness, Rod Black who were milking both summer and winter olympics for all its worth.

    Some commentators, like Catriona LeMay will simply switch over to CBC. Same with Russ Anber.

    But does CBC have enough depth (and channels) to do the job properly? Thats the billion dolllar question..
     
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    Yeah! 3 cheers for the state broadcaster!

    PUKE.
     
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    Can't wait to watch them on CBC Country or Bold or whatever other obscure channels they have that make no sense to have Olympic coverage.
     
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    Bold will be off air by the time the next Olympics comes around.

    It will be interesting.

    Conversely in the States the anti-NBC sentiment has been pushed forward by people without a clue. On my tier 1 cable package (to have cable + high speed internet you might as well have tier 1 cable for the extra $5) I get all the channels that are broadcasting the Olympics live during the day and routinely watch the evening program to catch the moments I missed on the main NBC network. Not sure why it's a shock that NBC would broadcast the Olympics on a channel called NBC Sports but to some it is. They would like to go back to the 1976 version of broadcasting where a network basically took 2 weeks off and only showed the Olympics for 16 hours a day but they conveniently forget that even back then they would take the last few hours (aka primetime...) to show the highlight moments of the day.
     
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    I won't miss CTV/TSN. They have some of the worst broadcasters on the planet working for them. Like Rod Black.
     
  6. Stamps Rule

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    From what I've heard, most Americans are pissed with NBC because they time delay everything for prime time.

    I watched the Mens 4x200 where Phelps broke the overall medal record live and posted the result on an American site and people were PISSED at me for spoiling the result.
     
  7. Bronko

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    Quite right Al as I won't miss vermin like Black, Onrait, O'Toole, Chucky, Faulds, etc.

    And other specialists like Anber, LeMay Doan, etc. wil simply float over to CBC, probably even Brian Williams makes his last stand with the state broadcaster, too, joining friends Donald S. Cherry and the CBC's top threat to host the thing, Ronny McLean.....

    CBC is superior to TSN/Bell in many respects - mostly production skills and announcer training but they have fewer guys to chose from these days - no more Don Wittman, B Williams, others.

    Have to reach into the garbage back to bring in Steve Armitage, Mark Lee.

    I will miss Sgt. Bilko (aka Rod Smith) from TSN, he's very good.
     
  8. Rids

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    Remember when the Winter Olympics were in Japan and you had to stay up to 2 or 3 in the morning to watch hockey live or wait and watch it during prime time. It's always been this way when broadcasting an Olympics outside of North America.

    People forget that those same Europeans/Asians/Africans are stuck with tape delay when things are held in North America.

    The Vancouver Olympics were 11 hours ahead of Moscow.
     
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    Rids, North America is the only thing that matters. Otherwise why would the opening ceremonies be on so late in London? ;)
     
  10. iso_55

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    Onrait brings some comic relief so that is okay. Rod Black is a joke. The only problem is that he is being serious. CTV/TSN don't have a lot of talent behind the mic.
     
  11. Bronko

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    My only concern is CBC (the taxpayer) paid over 200 million for the rights and in the worst case scenario (an economic downturn) could potentially lose 125 million. Add to the 200 million at least 95 million in talent, production, equipment, travel, food & misc. costs and the thing approaches 1/3 BILLION..... if the economy stinks then they won't be able to coax big coin out of traditional sponsors like Cdn Tire, Tim Hortons, Rona, RBC, etc.
     
  12. Rids

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    What was the last Olympics that lost money? 1984?
     

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