What are you doing? Your network is already in the dumps nowadays in general and more so because of the Jay Leno and Conan debacle but then you pull this stunt. You chose to show Bonny Hunt’s talk show over USA’s men’s hockey single elimination quarterfinal game against Switzerland.
I am disappointed in you.
I love the Olympics and it’s been difficult watching it with the host city being half a world a way. You would save your best events for prime time even thought the athletes had already completed sometimes up to 16 hours earlier and it’s almost impossible to avoid hearing or learning about the end results before having a chance to watch it myself.
Sign onto any news sites and unavoidably the top story in large font and huge picture tells me Michael Phelps won another gold medal in his quest for eight. Sign onto facebook, or twitter now, and people are already posting their thoughts on the gold medalist before I can watch the athletes compete.
But with me living in California and this year’s Winter Olympics being in Vancouver, I mistakingly thought there would be more live events with both California and Vancouver being in the West Coast, specifically both in the Pacific Time Zone.
But I turn on my television to watch the US men’s hockey quarterfinal match against Switzerland and find Bonny Hunt’s talk show on! Come on!
I’m a huge hockey fan and there is this little thing I’m not sure if you are familiar with called the East Coast Bias. ESPN explains it here if you want to read up on it but in short it’s that you favor East Coast over West. And I’m starting to feel NBC has an East Coast Bias too.
Why is it that East and Central Time Zone get to watch US Hockey vs. Switzerland live and not the West Coast? It’s not like watching it live at 3 p.m. in the East Coast is going to get more viewers than at noon in the West Coast. They’re both during work hours. So what’s the point in having the West Coast delayed until 3 p.m.? It’s still during work hours. And who really in the West Coast is going to watch it at 3 when we’ll already know the final score?
All you have are West Coast people pissed off after they skipped work or after changing their work schedule around to watch a noon hockey game and angrily finding out it’s been delayed until 3.
It’s not like the US is playing Germany. For most of the US games, I knew it was going to be a blowout but the Swiss pushed the Canadians to a shootout so this game with the US is going to be close.
Olympic hockey is single elimination. If the US lose, they are done. So, this game has major implications. The conclusion of this game will be big news and it will be unavoidable to ignore. I can’t just cover my ears or hole myself up in a corner just to avoid hearing the score until I myself have seen the end at 5 p.m PST.
Please stop screwing up the Olympics. Please fix your East Coast bias by the semifinals.