Why isn't NBC televising the medal ceremonies?
February 14, 2010 7:14 PM   Subscribe

Why aren't the Olympic medal ceremonies being televised?
posted by jackypaper to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total)
NBC usually shows some in the late night program, airing after the late local news.
posted by ALongDecember at 7:31 PM on February 14, 2010

Best answer: Here's an NBC press release with info on late-night medal ceremony coverage.
posted by ALongDecember at 7:43 PM on February 14, 2010

The medal ceremony for yesteday's women's moguls event are being aired right now, in prime time.
posted by puritycontrol at 8:02 PM on February 14, 2010

"The medal ceremony for yesteday's women's moguls event are being aired right now, in prime time."

Looks like USA got gold and bronze in that.

NBC is not going to use prime time for medal ceremonies if USA got nothing.
posted by massysett at 9:39 PM on February 14, 2010

They hold up quite a few of them until 7:00 PM PST each night for a centralized Victory Ceremony. So it may be that the event that NBC finishes showing at 9:00 PM EST, that took place during the day, hasn't even had its medals awarded yet. Only a few sports are being awarded at the actual venues.

Technically, NBC could show it live during the 10:00 PM EST block, but it's not the most exciting thing in the world and like massysett says, that would chew up a big chunk of prime-time. I'm also a bit doubtful they can really get it done in the 30 minutes that schedule allocates.
posted by smackfu at 5:53 AM on February 15, 2010

Olympic medal ceremonies are as boring as most other medal ceremonies. They're not good TV. The only thing that would make them good TV is if someone does something controversial (throw the Black Power sign), but you really can't count on that, can you?
posted by musofire at 6:34 AM on February 15, 2010

As smackfu says, most of the medals are being given out at the end of the day in centralized fashion in Vancouver and in Whistler plaza. Not sure why they doing it but it appears that they did the same in SLC and in Torino.

Now for why NBC doesn't offer this as a stream at the end of the day (i.e. after the main primetime and after primetime shows) is anyone's guess. It would seem to be cheap and easy and wouldn't step on their broadcasts.

Also, I couldn't imagine sitting through a few of these let alone a half dozen.
posted by mmascolino at 6:42 AM on February 15, 2010

Here's a page on NBCOlympics that seems to be mostly video of medal ceremonies. (This is probably restricted to US internet visitors.)
posted by ALongDecember at 10:43 AM on February 15, 2010

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