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  1. Eurosport really dropping the ball on this one - not only has the Eurosport Player disappeared off many devices since these rights were won their parents battle with Sky last year means none of their extra channels are being broadcast on any Sky platform across Europe and in Italy even Eurosport 1 & 2 have been pulled by Sky at the last minute and replaced by a version (from Russia I think) not screening the Olympics.



    And a good general overview of the rights situation:


  2. Well the BBC is now restricted to just one TV channel and one red button stream as part of the (poor) deal with Eurosport.


    Really think (and hope) Eurosport make a huge loss on all this - obvious they were more interested in profitting from the rights than establishing themselves as THE Olympic broadcaster, and it's all been very last minute and low key for them.  Today they've announced you can subscribe to the Eurosport Player for just 99p for the games - just not understanding their business model at all.   I'm convinced the IOC would have made much more by selling directly to the PSBs (full rights, though non-exclusive) and then as they used to letting Eurosport pay for the pay-TV rights on top.

  3. On 3/18/2017 at 10:54 AM, Alexjc said:

    :angry: well ain't that just a kicker in the between legs area!

    Athletics NZ and NZOC has decided to cut funding for NZ's qualifying Track and Field athletes who wish to attend next year's CWGs. Instead giving full focus on team sports!

    Athletics NZ will now focus funding towards the London World Track and Field Champs instead...So clearly you can see where NZ is focussing it's T&F future in building up to the Olympic Games. I guess logic dictates our limited funding be allowed to place athletes among sports power nations not in the CGF. Waste of time disrupting them with a diminishing event.

    Oh well...another nail in the coffin. :(

    Obviously NZ have had great success in team sports but it's completely the opposite strategy of Team GB where the focus has been on individual sports with multiple medals up for grabs rather than team sports with just one or two medals to be won. 

    As long as Liam Malone gets a race though all should be good.

  4. Re: London vs the rest of the UK.   I think given the circumstances apart from a few officials in the cities themselves there wouldn't be much outcry if London hosted over Birmingham/Manchester/Liverpool - financially it makes sense and actually putting the London venues to use once again for a major multi-sport event should quieten the complaints about the legacy.   My biggest complaint about the legacy has always been that hosting future multi-sport events wasn't really part of the plan.   I suspect to with bloody Brexit on the horizon the government would be keen to show we're welcoming the world and use the games to strengthen the links across the Commonwealth.

    Obviously in terms of benefits to a city the likes of Liverpool and Birmingham would benefit much more from the exposure than London.  I quite like the idea of Liverpool hosting but practically in such a short time frame it doesn't seem viable.



  5. Kuala Lumper seems the most realistic option to me with them hosting the SEA games this year.  I really don't think Liverpool, Birmingham or even Manchester could cope with the quick turnaround, mainly due to the stadium, so London would be the best UK option.   I really think though it would be in Liverpool and Birminghams interest to push for it to go to KL in 2022 then stay on track for their 2026 bid, preferbly from Liverpool rather than Birmingham.

    If the Gold Coast weren't hosting in 2018 then Melbourne would probably be the favour - you get the impression they could host any multi-sport event with less than a weeks notice.

  6. Liverpool shouting the loudest but practically that's a tough ask - can't see either Everton or Liverpool providing the stadium (or getting one built in less than 5 years) and they'd have to build the pool too.  I agree cycling would end up in Manchester.

    Birmingham isn't in much better a position either - practically speaking London is the obvious choice for London but it does seem that despite all the talk of "legacy" there was little thought put into hosting future multi-sport events when planning the Olympic park post-2012.   Of all the UK cities Glasgow would be best positioned for a quick return, but I don't think there is any desire for them to do so.

    I'd love it to go to Singapore but they've shown little interest in hosting them.  Kuala Lumper might be an option too but not sure they've hosted any multi-sport event since the 1998 games.   As things stand even Delhi looks attractive.


  7. On 8/23/2016 at 4:59 PM, Rob. said:

    Technically, track cycling isn't a core sport so if Birmingham doesn't want to construct a velodrome they could just decide not to have that sport in 2026. Durban has dropped it for 2022. In reality of course, a British Games dropping track cycling would rightly cause a huge stink.

    But these days even cities like Derby are building velodromes. Surely Birmingham can support one! And maybe theirs won't look like a sad face.


    Derby Velodrome, why you so sad??

    Well there would be the venue for any Birmingham bid - difficult to justify building one in Birmingham if a suitable relatively new venue is less than an hour away.

  8. Dan Walker has been superb, as have all the BBC presenters to be fair.   Clare Balding gets all the credit once again but I think cycling turned out to be her krptonite - she didn't seem to grasp the basics of it and with her increased workload these games as the primetime presenter she wouldn't have had the time to study it in the way she could the swimming in 2012, where she had very few studio presenting shifts. 

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  9. Agree about Torino - that is by far the best OBS intro.  Also love the CBC reworking of their Olympic theme for those games too.

    I hate though how OBS take priority on the end card - wasn't so bad when they had a nice logo but this year it's just the Olympic rings and "OBS" in big letters - would be much better if the games logo took prominence, though I do think countries who use the OBS titles can edit the ending of them.

    As for the BBC the Rio 2016 titles are probably now my favourites, though as a theme tune nothing will ever beat Barcelona.

  10. Absolutely ridiculous this got back in.  Nobody missed it and from a cost point of view it's about the most expensive thing they can add - needs it's own venue (which isn't a standard sports stadia) and being a team sport it's adding hundreds of athletes to the programme.

    Pretty much all the additions this time around are a joke - skateboarders don't want skateboarding in, climbing surely isn't of the standard to even be considered for Olympic inclusion while squash still sits on the sidelines for reasons nobody really understands.

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  11. 22 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

    Most Americans would probably not wake up at 2 in the morning.  These hours are hardly "ungodly."  A little inconvenient, but especially with the swimmers, they lost their case to be upset when they were smashing world records left and right in Beijing despite the claims the schedule would negatively affect them.  NBC has that much power because they pay that much money.  What demands should the IOC make of NBC?  As if the IOC isn't already well-versed in making demands.  If by grow balls, you mean accept less money to get their way, you know that's not going to happen.

    I managed to just wake up in time for Adam Peaty's final last night - left it to my body to decide if it was worth waking up for and woke up about 5 minutes beforehand.   Unfortunately my body also decided to keep me awake during the Opening Ceremony despite me getting bored of it rather quickly.

    NBC are probably as good as anyone as prepackaging highlights into a show, so no reason not to give network viewers the live option and the highlights option.   The next two Winter Olympics at least should offer some live skiing in primetime without disruption to the schedules (they're normally held in the morning, so that'll fall in primetime).   I don't see what NBC have got to lose in 2020 by giving viewers the chance to watch the evening events, including the ceremonies, live in the mornings and then having a mixture of live morning events and highlights of the days key moments in the evening.  I'd be surprised if the overall ratings dropped for the ceremonies if they had a live broadcast in the morning and an encore in the evening.

  12. 1992-1998 the most interesting evolution of the graphics (I particularly liked Nagano), but got a boring from 2000 when everything was just tweaked slightly from games to games, probably a result of the creation of the OBS rather than local host broadcasting companies for each games.  Rio is the biggest evolution but still basically the same as London - a nice design though but think the yellow text is awful.  

  13. NBC possibly the only rights holder in the world that doesn't show it live - was ridiculous with the ceremony when they could surely have started at 7pm.  Yes they pay the most for rights but collectively the rest of the world puts their hand in too - and the latter starts don't favour the Europeans.   It's notable with the Paralympics that the swimming and athletics will begin about 4 hours earlier, much more suitable for UK audiences and still primetime for Rio.  Anyone know what is "primetime" in Brazilian television?

    I guess in Tokyo we might get morning swimming finals again.   Notice in Rio for the athletics though they're having finals in both the morning and evening session, so some (less appealing) finals are early evening in Europe.


  14. 9 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

    Supposedly, the daytime show is going to split between the IBC and Copacabana.  Primetime will be at the IBC.  NBCSN will probably make use of both

    Similar arrangement for the BBC, though their Olympic Park broadcasts are from within the park rather than the IBC.  Most of the BBC1 coverage is from Copacabana, except primetime which is from the Olympic Park with Dame Clare Balding of Olympia.  Reverse for BBC4 with daytime from the Olympic Park and primetime from the Copacabana - and so far all on the beach rather than in the studio.


  15. They seem to be keeping the second cauldron a secret - only a couple of quite unofficial videos around of it's lighting in the middle of the night and not seen a single shot of it on the broadcasts today.   It's as if the IOC are wanting to downplay the cauldron and make it just about the lighting rather than it burning for the games.

    If the Maracana was the Olympic Stadium it would have been fine - the cauldron is just about visible above the roof line and it would look superb overlooking the athletics, and be one step up on the London cauldron.   But it's not - it's only used for football and to be honest I would be surprised at all to discover it's been removed for those games.

    Hopefully Tokyo will return to the tradition but if this is the future of the games I'd rather see the torch arrive in the stadium earlier in the ceremony and then travel through the streets to the location of the city Cauldron to be lit at the end of the ceremony.

  16. Not sure "bid" is the right term for the Commonwealth Games anymore.  Last one standing is usually more apt.

    A shame Cardiff backed out but understandable, and I'd rather not see it back to England quite yet, although Liverpool is probably as close as it could get to me - although the all-Wales CG bid had the athletics just 10 miles from me, but that would never have been the final outcome.

    I take it there is little interest from Singapore in hosting, or it returning to Kuala Lumper.  Canada seem to have backed out too.   Would be good to see the games return to New Zealand though, but again is 2026 too soon after Australia in 2018?

  17. I loved the lighting of the cauldron in London (one of my faves, and for once something mechanical worked), but hated how it didn't shine over London for the duration of the games.  Having the cauldron locked inside an empty stadium for half the games is not what it's supposed to be about.

    Therefore Athens probably wins for me - simple, elegant and quite modern.  

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  18. On 7/25/2016 at 7:29 PM, zekekelso said:

    The GB Rugby team is mixed?? I thought they were just going with one of the home nation teams.

    No, unlike football rugby has a history of the nations combining with the British Lions, so that's been the template for this.

    Wales I think have 24 athletes according to an article at the weekend - what would be interesting is how many people from both countries who aren't going would qualify if the Home Nations were each represented individually at the games.  

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