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  1. Past Olympics Media Coverage

    As we get ourselves prepared and ready for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, let's take an interesting look back at when South Korea last hosted an Olympics almost 30 years ago at this writing. But I'll take an interesting selection taking segments from then-West Germany's ARD as the first clip that apparently taken from its preview hosted by Werner Zimmer when we see the FRG athletes arriving in Seoul like golden slam girl Steffi Graf and Jurgen Hinsen, Michael Gross and Carl Lewis studio interviews, a studio performance by recording artist Min Hae Kyung, how Seoul is getting prepared and promoting itself globally with those slices of Korean culture since its 1981 selection in Baden-Baden, Germany, and the Soviet athletes:
  2. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Media Updates

    Thanks for letting me know about this falling out Ikarus360, though the government should not have dropped Belarussian for Russian. Both languages can co-exist. The IOC launches a brand new campaign this week called "Become The Light", intended to inspire and motive people, not just athletes, from around the world to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship, and respect acting as beacons of positivity to build a better world via sport. A special emphasis goes towards making refugees' lives better by tangible support like lighting resources. The PSA themselves can easily act as the intro and promos for Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasts for broadcasters around the world that can't afford to produce their own with their very limited budgets (and utilize the OBS world feed consequentially), as have been the case in recent times. In fact, that could've been the OBS intro, but I serious think the producers and creators desire to make it distinctively Korean in flavor with it (No, still nothing on the Pyeongchang 2018 OBS intro yet): https://www.olympic.org/news/ioc-launches-olympic-brand-campaign-become-the-light For the likes of the former Yugoslavian nations, based on the TV schedules from Sochi 2014, we can expect to see plenty of alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, ski jumping, snowboarding, short track, and some hockey outside of sports where their respective athletes are in involved on the TV schedules. Can't expect curling unless there's strong cult following since none of these nations are competitive in it. But in the case of Bosnian (all three cases), Montenegrian, Macedonian, Kosovar, and maybe Serbian (likely not the case with the last one), will the coverage be nonstop and wall-to-wall instead of just coming in blocks with movies, TV shows, some other non-Olympic sports, and news in between? Comcast announces a partnership with 13 American Winter Olympian and Paralympian hopefuls like Hilary Knight, Elena Meyers-Taylor, Jaime Anderson, and Joey Mantia. And yeah, the X1 will be involved with the NBC Olympics coverage: http://news.sys-con.com/node/4199729 http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171120005696/en/
  3. Georgia Dome Destroyed!!

    All because of Arthur Blank's greedy desire to have his Atlanta Falcons stay competitive financially and take charge of the revenues. Nothing against the newer and quite innovative Mercedes-Benz Dome. But the Georgia Dome getting imploded after over 25 years of tremendous usage with still lots to offer is indeed a waste. Sad. Should've seen a great as Georgia World Congress Center expansion space for conventions with some sports events with some renovations.
  4. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Media Updates

    Goes without saying that seeing Central Asia/Belarus pulling out in Russia's solidarity over the obvious doping and cheating would make for very bad optics and very bad boycott memories, not to mention for its national Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasters. Really don't expect Eastern Europe nations to emulate what they did with Los Angeles back in 1984, except for maybe Belarus, a longshot though but which is unconditional in its support with Russia under Alexander Lyashenko. Yet it is a biathlon powerhouse with a bit of a rivalry in that with Russia and a little bit of in ice hockey, which Belarus failed to qualify. As of right now, Belteleradio has yet to officially announce its general Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasting plans. Just several threads earlier here I wrote about KAZSport, we can still expect KAZSport to actually strike a deal very soon--I say by mid-December--to get these Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics covered on an agreeable price. If not that maybe Khabar TV. In fact, we really shouldn't expect any nation to boycott come next February because of the lack of holding water doping has as far as solidarity goes. Earlier this month at the 100-day mark on November 1, CBC's French arm Radio-Canada Television/SRC announces its Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasting plans--got more detailed than the English version--saying it will go from 20-22 hours daily on its side with partnerships from RDS, RDS2, and RDS INFO that will total 559 combined hours. Radio-Canada Television will offer, unlike the CBC with its 3 segments, 5 (15x Olympic anchor Marie-José Turcotte providing prime time coverage from 6pm-12am CT on weekdays and from 5:30pm--12am on weekends that's actually the beginning of the competition day with figure skating, snowboarding, freestyle skiing, and alpine skiing events will be presented primarily in the evening as that blanket will also feature prominently in the men's and women's hockey games and in the playoffs; Diane Suave makes her Olympic anchor debut from 12-4am at late night with lots of men's and women's hockey with analysts Enrico Ciccone and Martin Leclerc; 5x Olympic anchor Guy D'Aoust will feature predominately short and long track speed skaters as he takes over at 4-9am. This morning segment will also include bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, biathlon and curling; and during what's the South Korean nighttime at 9-11am and 11:30am-3pm Canada/US/Mexico CT Martin Labrosse first will make a return on the day's performances with the athletes, analysts, vision-sharing collaborators and personalities visiting the SRC's IBC studio that will be act as an opportunity to review the best moments of the day of the just-completed competitions and highlight the performances regardless that have been crowned with a medal or not; and then finally Alexis de Lancer will summarize the day's events from 11:30am-3pm on weekdays (or until 4pm on weekends) and as well between the daily highlights of Radio-Canada will introduce French-Canadians to South Korea while granting a taste of the atmosphere and of the Olympic-prevailing atmosphere during the Games. 16 commentators and 16 analysts will be onboard to follow each Winter Olympic sport with 2 special Radio-Canada on-site reporters in Kansas City Chiefs star guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and freestyle skiier and coach Dominick Gauthier with the former acting in the Chris Collinsworth Olympic role on NBC with an angle on his fascination and curiousity towards Olympic athletes and the latter putting into perspective the daily sports exploits of Canadian athletes as he meets them and their teams in learning about their mindstates in the hours leading up to competition and afterwards. Plus, Jean-Rene Dufort returns to the Olympics in offering his spin on the Pyeongchang 2018 and South Korean life. Marie-José Turcotte also kicks things off with the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and co-hosts the Opening Ceremony with Patrice Roy, live from 4--7:30am and gets rebroadcast from 5:30--8:30pm. She closes things with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, February 25 with Dominick Gauthier live from 4:30-8:30am and replayed from 4:30--7pm. Correspondents Anyck Béraud and Pascal Poinlane will follow daily information developments from the Pyeongchang 2018 sidelines. On the online/mobile platform side, Radio-Canada/SRC will present 2500 hours including in the programming in the days leading up to the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games and can watch up to 7 streams at once, live and on-demand, including competitions and catch-up ceremonies, real-time news, an interactive medal board, athlete portraits, and on-demand events and reports, at any time. Fans can see in the ceremonies and some other Winter Olympic events in 360-degree action on a VR app that returns as if you're present right at the action. For Radio-Canada Premiere radio, journalist Robert Frosi will be working on-site from Pyeongchang for both Gravel in the morning and Medium Wide as he reports on Canada's athletes' performances and Olympic news throughout the day. Fellow journalist Maxime Coutié will be on hand to contribute to the radio Olympic journals. Facilitator Pierre Brassard, through his offbeat look, will make listeners experience the Olympic Winter Games on a different plane during these two shows from Pyeongchang on Saturdays February 17 and 24, from 3-4pm. Starting with the Wednesday, November 1st at 7pm, on ICI RDI's Medium Gros' second hour, the Marie-Jose Turcotte-hosted Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games 100 Days show with COC Chef de Mission Isabelle Charest, analysts Alain Goldberg, Jean-Luc Brassard, Martin Leclerc, Enrico Ciccone, Dominick Gauthier, and Francois-Louis Tremblay (Turcotte also took the pulse of the Canadian team in the preparation for these Olympic Winter Games and presented Canada's best prospects and discussed with analysts the chances of them climbing the podium.), Radio-Canada will broadcast many reports and news leading up until the Opening Ceremony. Such as the following: a series of four shows on Radio-Canada Télévision will focus on athletes who can make an impression in Pyeongchang, on Saturdays, from 11:30am-12pm, from January 13-February 3, 2018 come as follows: Érik Guay: Even Faster (Jan. 13), Alex Harvey & Co.(Jan. 20), The Taste of Gold (Jan. 27) that presents the figure skating duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and The Trio (February 3), with riders Mark McMorris, Sébastien Toutant, and Maxence Parrot. Three original reports, all at 7pm, will also be broadcast on ICI RDI: My Dad's Korea (January 4, 2018), De Sochi at Pyeongchang (January 25, 2018) and Charles and Marianne, until the last round runway (February 1, 2018). Marie-José Turcotte and Robert Frosi will be offering on Mondays starting January 8th, a weekly Premier Plus podcast that transporting to the athletes' entourage just before they leave for Pyeongchang 2018. Finally, at ICI Radio-Canada Première, the programs C'est fou des dimanche focus on the theme of competition in a perspective of reflection and understanding of the issues associated with it hosted by Serge Bouchard and Jean-Philippe Pleau, January 28 and February 4, 2018. The upcoming program Aujourd'hui l'histoire (Today's History), hosted by Jacques Beauchamp and discusses the Olympic Games and Korea in a historical perspective from Monday, February 5 to Friday, February 9 from 7-7:30pm, will be inspired by the Olympic Games. Beat the English CBC arm to it in terms of being fully detailed in its Olympic programming. But you can certainly expect some of these things to on the English Canada side of things like the VR. As for the RDS channels Pyeongchang 2018 plans, their contributions will be 215 live hours depending on the scheduling of the different events presented on the three different channels. Claude Mailhot will act as your friendly neighborhood daily lead primetime anchor on RDS with his 40+ years of sports broadcasting experience. RDS , RDS2, and RDS INFO will feature great moments in speed skating, ski jumping, biathlon, cross-country skiing, hockey, curling and more as their focus with both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games broadcasting on RDS. Radio-Canada Television will go for 344 hours: http://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1064475/vivre-les-jeux-de-pyeongchang-a-radio-canada-comme-si-vous-y-etiez http://communiques.radio-canada.ca/accueil/7402/PyeongChang-2018-A-Radio-Canada-Et-RDS As Discovery Communications place tremendous priority in Eurosport Player for Pyeongchang 2018, it is really going to be forcing Europeans to subscribe behind the paywall to Eurosport Player, starting with the Winter Olympics, for the multiple live streams if they seek the top-notch 4000-hour, 100-event wall-to-wall Olympic action, highlights, digital exclusives, and social media. Public broadcasters with a sublicence agreement like NOS, ZDF, LTV, and TVP and would formerly used to get online/mobile Olympic Games access for free will only be allowed to live stream their own live broadcasts on their website and apps though Eurosport will offer more streams of more sports to personalize one's Olympic experience. An interesting and expected development as Discovery seeks to recoup on its massive Olympics investment and bypasses current broadcasting rights with traditional platforms. Hope the tech issues won't come into play like it did with the Bundesliga games: https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/11/20/key-olympics-role-for-premium-eurosport-player/ For 15 evenings, Jon Almaas (Practical Info With Jon Almaas) and Anne Rimmen (Monday Club) will be TVNorge's co-studio evening anchors for its portion of the Norwegian Pyeongchang 2018 coverage. But neither will be on location in Pyeongchang. Instead, both will host TVNorge's Olympic Evening direct from Oslo's Central Station that will be converted into a TV studio and present the event replays, highlights, disappointments, news, interviews, and the Olympic spirit. Of the two, Rimmen, being previously at NRK, Norway's longtime Olympic broadcaster, has the experience of doing things live. Humor will also be provided there almost like with the traditional Mexican Olympic broadcasts through stunt reporters Calle Hellevang-Larsen, folk reporter Magnus Devold, and Lene Kongsvik Johansen in the form of the Wenche and Espen Eckbo characters in his many disguises: https://www.vg.no/rampelys/tv/jon-almaas-og-anne-rimmen-skal-soerge-for-ol-stemningen/a/24176123/ NBC is bringing in renowned celebrity chef David Chang to its Olympic team as a special correspondent with his knowledge of Korean food, culture, and traditions. He's seen as chiefly responsible for bringing Korean cuisine into the American food consciousness. Doesn't say with this link but I wonder if Chang could be called upon to act as ceremonies co-host to help bring the Korean cultural context. Wouldn't be surprised if that happens: https://www.eater.com/2017/11/16/16666106/david-chang-nbc-olympics-south-korea-chef-2018 Swedes can catch a 6-part documentary airing on Mondays at 20:00 (8pm Sweden time), each with a new episode, on Eurosport 1 about the Swedish ski cross team called Skicrosslandslaget (National Ski Cross Team) that will follow them from last fall all the way to February 2018 with Pyeongchang 2018, becoming close to the whole team along the way. It follows the likes of Anna Holmlunds, Victor Öhling Norberg, and Sandra Näslund in their pursuits. Those with Eurosport Player or DPlay in Sweden will also be able to watch on demand: https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/a/xxLRR/bilderna-som-visar-anna-holmlunds-vag-tillbaka Roster of YLE's Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics sportscasting team, now getting more complete, that Finns will see on YLE's TV2, Areena, and Speech Radio in all the Olympic events including the ceremonies and the studio presenters. The list now expands to include Jussi Eskola (cross-country skiing), Johannes Oikarinen (biathlon), Jere Nurminen as the alpine skiing editor and Laura Arffman in the cross country skier. Experts in skiing are Kalle Lassila, Jussi Piirainen and Sami Jauhoiärvi. Among other sports specialists are Laura Lepistö (figure skating), Kalle Palander (alpine skiing), Kai Suikkanen (hockey men), and Saara Niemi (hockey women). Marko Miettinen, Mari Pekkanen, Jere Pehkonen, and Jouko Vuolle are named as your Speech Radio's Olympic hosts. This also includes the "Korea Hours" program coming on at 18:00 co-hosted by Mikko Kekäläinen and Kristiina Kekäläinen. On-site in Pyeongchang, South Korea will be Tero Karhu and Kimmo Porttila. Remember TV5 holds the exclusive Finnish men's Olympic hockey TV broadcasting rights which has its own team: https://yle.fi/urheilu/3-9935457 Baba Shrimps' "Hurry Hurry" was selected in a blind vote as Switzerland's SRF's official rock song for its Pyeongchang 2018 TV, online/mobile, and radio platform coverage regardless of language by a jury of 2014 Swiss Olympic medalists and SRF specialists from music, sports and marketing. Baba Shrimps and the song were among four candidates from Radio SRF 3's Best Talent winners to compose an original Olympic-themed song. Hurry Hurry made its premiere this past Friday morning on Radio SRF 3 and Radio SRF 1 with the band making a live performance of the song on SRF 3-Morgensendung that same day: https://www.srf.ch/sport/mehr-sport/in-eigener-sache/best-talent-baba-shrimps-singt-srf-song-zu-pyeongchang-2018 Some newer details emerged regarding Polish Eurosport's Pyeongchang 2018 plans: It will not use the international feed as much in the past that was very commonplace in the Olympics before the big acquisition with Eurosport 1 Polska's coverage built with the Polish sports fans' interest in mind and will change to that when felt needed. That "most important" Polish Winter sports coverage interests mean no freestyle skiing aerials/moguls, biathlon, and cross-country skiing with those three instead shown side-by-side with also a center Eurosport Polska leadership. No sportscasters with commentators, experts, and studio hosts announced yet but expect some big names and Poles who won Olympic medals. Maybe Adam Malyz could be one of them? A daily hourly studio program with a mixture of studios as already reported and materials produced by the team in Pyongchang, under the Polish contingent. So it has to program its still-developing schedule with respect towards time zone difference from Poland and South Korea, live coverage with the reporters, and studio times: http://www.wirtualnemedia.pl/artykul/zimowe-igrzyska-olimpijskie-wracaja-do-eurosportu-stacja-planuje-specjalne-transmisje-dla-polskich-kibicow At first, I wasn't sure that TVE Espana or any of the Discovery Spain's terrestrial channels will handle the required free-to-air TV portion for the latter's Pyeongchang 2018 rights. No mention of that when I saw the articles with the links provided earlier upon Eurosport Spain's announcement. But strongly sensed it was entirely Discovery. Now we know: It's DMAX Spain taking over from Teledeporte on the terrestrial side. It will likely present it close to 24 hours a day: http://prnoticias.com/television/cadenas-de-pago/20165745-jjoo-invierno-pyeongchang-eurosport-dmax-cobertura https://www.panoramaaudiovisual.com/2017/11/06/peter-hutton-ceo-eurosport-participara-la-4k-summit17/ A small detail here but still something in that RTV Slovenija will house its own studio at its own Slovenia House in Pyeongchang: http://novice.najdi.si/predogled/novica/92fc97989aa3af2557b22bc0c50d55d6/Ekipa24-si/Sport/Slovenska-hiša-v-Pyeongchangu-bo-središče-športa-poslov-in-slavja NHK at the 2017 Inter BEE Show in Tokyo reveals as a highlight at its booth that it will use two full-size 8K remote-production units at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in February acting as the backbone of eight hours of live 8K/HDR coverage each day on NHK. Plans to double that total by the end of 2019. Currently building a 8K studio set at the NHK Tokyo headquarters with three audio trucks. Even helped successfully tested the tuners under the ISDB-S3 signal standard with help from US-based SiTune Corporation and German technology company Rohde & Schwarz: https://www.sportsvideo.org/2017/11/17/inter-bee-2017-highlights-8k-360-tech/ https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017/11/14/japan-gears-up-for-8k-olympics-in-isdb-s3-standard/
  5. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Media Updates

    Situation gets serious with Russia. No Russia participating in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics by the December 2 announcement because of the still-ongoing widespread doping controversy there, no Russia's Channel 1 and VGTRK's Rossiya 1 getting involved in the TV broadcasting and vowing to do so with the Kremlin's support. Since interest in the Winter Olympics there rests heavily with the Russian Olympians to the Russian viewing public--and the Olympic TV schedules on both reflect this on the last Olympic cycles if you saw them when it was all pro-Russia--the opportunities to get profit revenues will be low in the face of increasing rights fees. Gazprom-owned Match! TV will meanwhile carry on broadcasting Pyeongchang 2018 regardless but likely with a smaller schedule and smaller revenues with enough ratings if the Russians are punished from going to South Korea with lower Russian interest: http://www.pravdareport.com/sports/games/17-11-2017/139207-russia_olympic_games-0/ https://themoscowtimes.com/news/kremlin-backs-media-opt-out-if-olympians-are-barred-59612
  6. Just saw this right now as I'm getting into the boards today. I didn't even know and surely many of us here knew that he was sick for quite a while with his variety of ailments. So much strength with such a small frame. Let's not forget that Naim came from Bulgaria's Turkish minority that was harshly cracked down upon by Bulgaria's Communist government during the 1980s through violence and issuing passports with assigned new Slavic names in the name of improved assimilation they certainly didn't consent to, among other things, that he spoke harshly about. Became a national Turkish hero when he defected and certainly didn't disappoint. The saga of obtaining this "unconditional" change of athletic citizenship is interesting in of itself prior to Seoul. Very sad day for Turkey and of Bulgaria's Turkish minority with a national hero now gone who meant a lot to them http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2017/11/18/pocket-hercules-dies-naim-suleymanoglu-olympics-weightlifting-turkey/
  7. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Media Updates

    Got belatedly the general Kiwi TV brodcast developments from SKY NZ that actually came around at the 100-day countdown mark. With this Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea four hours behind New Zealand, Kiwi viewers can enjoy an advantage of seeing live Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic action usually from 1pm-4am NZT daily that's 15 hours. Seven SKY Sports channels including six designated pop-up channels generally running from midnight February 9 with the Opening Ceremony until the Closing Ceremony on February 25. But don't worry Kiwis mixed curling (and very likely the snowboard slopestyle, team figure skating, ski jumping's normal hill qualification on the 9th) will get covered coming on at 1pm to start things with. No word on what PRIME TV NZ will do as SKY NZ's FTA arm, but I'm sure it'll go wall-to-wall with a special focus on Kiwi Olympians and popular Winter Olympic events to Kiwis: https://www.sky.co.nz/-/100-days-to-go-olympic-winter-games-pyeongchang-2018 NBC Olympics selects Leyard again in providing those visually and artistically stunning and versatile multiple LED 27" TWS video walls we will see from its Pyeongchang 2018 IBC studios: https://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1057963/nbc-olympics-select-leyard-to-provide-pyeongchang-2018-video-coverage http://www.multichannel.com/prfeed/nbc-olympics-selects-leyard-its-production-2018-olympic-winter-games-pyeongchang/416578 Fraunhofer's Stefan Meltzer speaks with TV Technology in Q&A session that details further on the South Korean Olympic TV broadcasters--MBC, SBS, and KBS--in how they're trained and utilizing MPEG-H ATSC 3.0 immersion audio for two years for their respective Pyeongchang 2018 broadcast productions on 4KTV. Still working on what events that will be used on surely both ceremonies, figure skating, ice hockey final, short track, curling, snowboarding, and speed skating. Or any event the South Koreans are involved in. Other ones will just be at 5.1 audio. Possible that we could see multiple languages used with this and for future Olympics presentations even when watching South Korean commentary: https://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0002/immersed-in-training-for-immersive-audio-stefan-meltzer-qa/282240
  8. Russia 2018 World Cup - Qualification

    One more nation to go for entry in about two hours or so! Between New Zealand and Peru in Lima at National Stadium. Like to see the All Whites get in again, but Lima perhaps has high altitude like with Mexico City might make it difficult for them. Peru is hungry after a very lengthy WC drought. Watching a Peruvian live stream as I write this. Good on ya, Socceroos! With the USA shamefully out, you'll be my top World Cup nation I'll root for in Russia. Just qualify the easier way next time for Qatar. More Arab teams in Russia this time than in recent World Cup memory than with many Sub-Saharan African teams being sidelined. Interesting this time.
  9. Russia 2018 World Cup - Qualification

    Very interesting idea proposed: US Soccer exploring into this NIT/CBI-like alternative soccer tournament with the USA, Italy, Ghana, The Netherlands, Chile, and maybe Ireland and Jamaica and maybe others. Better not schedule during the FIFA affair because the world's mainstream sports attention will obviously be elsewhere--planned prior to the World Cup in Russia. And we likely won't get other nations' stars like Buffon, which would hurt attendance. Why would he go out in an "inferior" second class outlet that's not the real thing? Could give younger players, who largely lack the Q rating to the public, some tournament experience on the other hand: http://www.espnfc.us/united-states/story/3269935/us-soccer-exploring-pre-world-cup-matches-with-netherlands-italy
  10. Russia 2018 World Cup - Qualification

    Just how excited Sweden is to be back on soccer's premier stage upon qualifying? Enough to happily bum rush Eurosport Sverige's on-pitch San Siro Stadium's set in Milan, Italy presenting Karin Frick, Kim Källström, and Simon Bankwent that viral and surely was simulcast on Kanal 5 there. Wasn't this rambunctious days ago back in Stockholm with the first win as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was with that same Eurosport/Kanal 5 soccer trio. Should've been prepared...
  11. Russia 2018 World Cup - Qualification

    Oh I can't wait to see the headlines coming out of Italy, general news and sports alike, that will treat this as a national tragedy! The wrath is coming in Italy. Yes, BTHarner the signs were definitely there since 2006, despite the Azzurri going to the Euro 2012 final, with all the World Cup regression. There's quality. Maybe it's time to emulate the USA and go young like with rising star and Buffon's likely #1 successor Donnarumma. Shocker because Italy is a blue blood there with a far deeper love for soccer in its national heritage. Obviously far more so than the USA. I actually picked Sweden because of motivation for Sweden in part and because of the Italian regression. Nobody of course has a divine right to be there in the World Cup, yes, but pedigree indeed matters and would feel weird not seeing Italy and the United States. Does seem like Italy's taking a taste of its own medicine Do feel bad for Gianliuigi Buffon on the sad end to his international career. Sorta. Does cap a disappointing soccer year for him with the UEFA Champions League loss to Real Madrid with Juventus and leaves the Azzurri in tears. Mina Rzouki brings some needed insights as to why this happened And Ventura has just resigned. Buffon's teammate at Juventus Andrea Barzagli and Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi also ended their Italy careers, with Giorgio Chiellini expected to follow suit. Ventura just now resigned as coach. Wonder if Balotelli would've helped. BBC: GIANLUIGI BUFFON RETIRES FROM THE AZZURRI IN TEARS AFTER NOT QUALIFYING FOR THE 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP Not that Sweden has qualified, would Zlatan Ibrahimovic reconsider his international retirement and finally play for Sweden in Russia in the World Cup? If so, there must be a way for the megastar with the coaching staff to not seriously disrupt the team dynamics Sweden built after his departure.
  12. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Media Updates

    Sorry Intoronto, I already beat you to the new CBC Olympic Korean theme. Visit the previous page for the post when I discuss the Korean-inspired CBC/SRC Olympic studio set. Thanks for the separate Soundcloud, though. Is very nice. I too will take a grain of salt on this until we all see the confirmed TV schedule regarding the re-airs with a strong daytime presence. But it's something I hope to see as well. For one thing, it can devote a couple of hours towards the previous day's highlights for American fans waking up in the morning to keep abreast of what happened. 24 hours is no doubt an American Winter Olympics TV first and good to see. But will we see the fuller version of both the figure skating and snowboarding on NBC Sports Network before it reaches NBC primetime? Figure skating without a doubt is a glamour Winter Olympics event that will attract many. Freestyle skiing, like snowboarding, is very popular in the winter sports realm and quick to show within a TV programming time frame. Sure we can see those online, but there's a increasingly shrinking amount of people who lack constant online access of their own to devote to that. Going to Poland here, in the midst of the Olympic-year World Cup ski jumping competition season opening in Wisła and Zakopane, Poland next weekend shown on TVP1, TVP Sport (live training), and Eurosport 1, TVP journalist Justyna Szubert-Kotomska will host "Halo, Here Pjongczang" a preview that brings closer the host city of upcoming games next Sunday on TVP1. As for its Pyeongchang 2018 broadcasting plans, TVP will have them shared on channels TVP1, TVP2, and online/mobile at sport.tvp.pl with the Polish broadcaster focusing mainly on the White-Reds (referring to the two Polish national flag colors of course), especially on ski jumping, cross-country skiing, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and Justyna Kowalczyk. First Winter Olympic TV broadcast from Pyeongchang will take place on February 8th, the day before the opening ceremony, when the jumpers aptly qualifying for the normal hill competition, as the sport is very popular in Poland. Eurosport 1 Poland will premiere the special Kamil Stoch: My Story documentary on Thursday 16 November at 18:30 (6:30pm Poland time) in Eurosport 1 and later repeated several times later during its portion of the ski jumping season: http://skijumping.pl/wiadomosci/23753/Puchar-Swiata-20172018-na-antenach-TVP-i-Eurosportu/ With this, TVP Poland will send a team of 35 people to Pyeongchang to cover the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics there that includes commentators Włodzimierz Szaranowicz, Przemysław Babiarz, and Sebastian Szczęsny (ski jumping); Dariusz Szpakowski, Jacek Laskowski, and Mariusz Czerkawski (hockey); Jarosław Idzi (cross-country skiing), Piotr Dębowski (speed skating), Piotr Sobczyński (figure skating), seven roving TVP reporters, and publishers, producers, editors, and operators that total 19 from that last collective. Eurosport Polska meanwhile will send a 26-member team whose lineup has yet to be announced with an additional 60 people back in Warsaw involved in the project: http://www.press.pl/tresc/50787,tvp-wysle-do-pjongczangu-35-osob_-a-eurosport---26 Polskie Radio will send again a team of just 8 people to Pyeongchang to cover this Winter Olympic project just like it did with Sochi. Personnel is fronted by Polish Radio chief executive Cezary Gurjew. Apart from him the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games are reported by Sylwia Urban (deputy head of sports editor), Tadeusz Kwaśniak (Radio Kraków), Marek Solecki (Radio Kraków), Krzysztof Klepczyński (Radio Katowice), Michał Gąsiorowski (radio Trójka) and Tomasz Gorazdowski (radio Trójka) with the eighth person will be an unnamed technician: http://www.press.pl/tresc/50753,polskie-radio-wysle-osiem-osob-do-obslugi-zimowych-igrzysk-olimpijskich SKY Sports NZ presents the 9 young athletes representing New Zealand in Pyeongchang 2018 for us to meet: https://www.sky.co.nz/-/nzwo_17_ceremony_web Estonia's Postimees newspaper's online 2018 Winter Olympic subsection. Currently running a contest where fans vote for their favorite past Winter Olympic moment, not limited to Estonian ones. Had I read this right, the moments will be counted down on a TV2 Winter Olympic special airing on December 27: https://om2018.postimees.ee/ We can certainly expect Paul Cubera, formerly of the 15 minutes portal and newly-promoted sports news director for Lithuania's TV3, to make a strong appearance for that TV channel's coverage of Pyeongchang 2018 with TV6. As it typically happens for head directors. Though what exactly he'll do remains to be seen. Maybe top studio anchor and host both ceremonies: https://www.15min.lt/vardai/naujiena/lietuva/zurnalistas-paulius-cubera-tapo-tv-sporto-ziniu-vedeju-1050-873472
  13. Hockey

    The KHL may give Olympic hockey next February another serious participation hit with its stars if Russia gets kicked out of Pyeongchang over doping. Not good if that happens: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/11/4/16606486/2018-olympics-russia-doping-ban-khl-hockey-participation
  14. PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Media Updates

    And I also think with the re-airs, there will be events that it couldn't cover live the first time because events were going on simultaneously. Also I too wouldn't count on same presenters with NBC Sports Network going morning/daytime, evening, and late night for presenters. Definitely unprecedented for American TV Olympics going 24 hrs. And now also see why NBCSN wouldn't touch the NHL and even Atlantic 10 NCAA men's basketball for much of February. Bit strange MSNBC isn't part of this year, but we all know it'll come back for Tokyo 2020 because obviously there's so much more events to help cover. On the other hand, there's going to be so much (often topsy-turvy and unpredictable) news to break outside of the Winter Olympics anyway. Plus that also answers the question I had on whether NBC proper will show the pre-Opening Ceremony Olympic events like it did with Sochi showing the highlights from the men's and women's snowboard slopestyle qualification and team figure skating on primetime. But since it was just two events, it was easier to do. But I wish those were on NBCSN in full form. But as I said back then, it was likely a respect act to NBC proper to get everybody to watch initially. Not so much with Pyeongchang 2018 with several more events and lengthier that can't really lend itself to easily fit in the primetime window this time.
  15. Hockey

    Did you notice that Norway's has a Viking ship subliminated on its new Nike Olympic hockey jersey?