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Some Post-Wimbledon Thoughts

Tuesday, July 7, 2009 , Posted by Christopher Byrne at 2:56 PM, under , ,

I spent the better part of yesterday and last evening rebuilding a computer after finding out that even though Microsoft has labeled Windows 7 "release ready", it still has a ways to go. So I was unable to post my thoughts on Wimbledon coverage by NBC Sports.

It's A Business Decision...

I do not want to address the logic behind why ESPN could not show the premier match last week. It was a business decision, plain and simple. If people have a problem with that, they should step into management shoes and see if their perspective changes.

But NBC Sports Could Have Exercised Some Common Sense...

I do, however, think it is stupid and silly for ESPN to have been banned from showing updated scores from the match they were not showing. People will still get updated scoring elsewhere while watching. NBC Sports did not gain anything from this tactic. In fact, they ended up angering more people than they may have cared to. You would think they would realize the fallacy of banning it in a new media age, since they are heavily investing in new media?

A Cure for Insomnia?...

Ted Robinson is a nice guy and a competent talent. But he is no Dick Enberg when it comes to calling live events. His call of the dramatic action did little to excite me, especially when paired with the often monotone Mary Carillo.

Why Did We have To Have the Post-Win McEnroe Interview?...

Immediately after the match, the BBC sideline reporter did a great job of interviewing Roger Federer on court. NBC Sports showed it. So why did they then have to have John McEnroe do another on-air interview with Federer? It added nothing and was for the most part pretty lame.

Champions Row...

It was great having NBC Sports talk to Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras, and Rod Laver in one place. Of course McEnroe looked very tiny next to Borg. But to hear from three Tennis legends at one time was fun. Even though it was clear that Sampras picked out his own wardrobe? Did he not know how to properly knot a tie?

That is all...

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