I was just beginning to settle into NBC as my go to network for figure skating. I was almost over the days of figure skating on ABC. Since the invention of Ice Network and since NBC started covering more events...things were on the up and up.
That is until the Men's Free Skate took place this past Sunday. I joyfully watched the guys skate their heart's out on Ice Network until we reached the half-way point of the competition. Ice Network couldn't show the final two groups live because NBC bought the rights to those final two groups. Perfect...NBC did a great job of showing the final two groups of Pairs the day before.
I turn to NBC only to find the Wendy's DEW TOUR. Next, I start getting tweets from Japan about what's happening on the ice. What? NBC bought the rights to show the skaters ranked 7 - 12 and is not showing them! Japan got to see what was happening in Spokane Arena, American's did not.
NBC, can you please answer this question...if you weren't going to show the performances...why didn't you allow Ice Network to show them live. Was the annonymity of those performances important to you? Did you just buy the rights to that group "just in case" one of the top contenders found himself there? A 'cya' if you will.
NBC, you basically screwed the American people out of 6 skaters' live performances...feel good about that? I think NBC should apologize to Brandon Mroz, Grant Hochstein, Keegan Messing, Richard Dornbush, Jason Wong, and Douglas Razzano on their Saturday telecast. It won't happen...but it should.
Most importantly, I hope NBC, you've learned a lesson here. Make sure this mistake doesn't happen again.