No shit Olympic ratings are down

Eliminate the extended wait during prime time

On one of the first days, I was excited for beach volleyball. NBC repeatedly said “Coming up, beach volleyball!” Three hours later, still no volleyball.

Oh good, let’s mix in some Springboard Synchro Final to push out gymnastics.

Streaming was an afterthought

Who uses the NBC Sports app on Roku or Apple TV? Thanks for the laundry list of random broadcasts with no rhyme or reason. I am an avid watcher of the “Gold Zone,” which flips around to whatever sport is competing for a medal. I’m pretty sure this is staffed by NBC interns.

Screen seen most often while streaming the Olympics.

Spread the olympics out

Two weeks already seems like a long time. We all have jobs and following March Madness on Thursdays and Fridays is hard enough. March Madness is 20 days. The World Cup is 32 days. In the best case, the MLB playoffs are 25 days. Don’t even get me started about the NBA playoffs…

Olympics hold championships for 35 sports in 16 days.

That’s cray cray.

This is only sports from A-F…

Too many things at once

With 35 sports and 300+ events, there’s no way to possibly catch what you want. Table tennis might interest you — good luck figuring out when and where to watch it. There’s 4 live streams at 2pm on a Wednesday titled “Table 1” through “Table 4”. Huh?

A sampling of the Olympic sports on August 18 before 11:04am local time.

What are these sports?

One day the television showed this obscure sport called Keirin. Let me tell you about it — a person on a motorized bike paces the field for 1.4 kilometers and then peels off for the regular bicycles to sprint to the finish.

Keirin. Not at the Olympics, because rights to Olympic photographs cost a lot of money.

Bob Costas

No Olympic list is complete without Bob Costas. Last Olympics, there was the botox/pink eye Costas scandal. This Olympics, despite limited appearances, SI put him on the level of gods.

Bob, sit up straight!



Pilot 🧑‍✈️, sailor ⛵️, product leader 👨‍💻

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store