It’s that time of year again. The time when the boneheads at NBC take over broadcasting the big matches at Wimbledon–and ruin them for every tennis fan in the country.
Continuing their ignominious tradition–and apparently never having heard of the global rollout of something called “The Internet”–the network bigs have again elected to broadcast the Men’s Quarterfinals via tape delay.
If you live in a retro isolation tank served only by cable TV, you might flip on your boob right now and figure that Roger Federer and Ivo Karlovic are in the middle of a boring first set. But they aren’t. The match is already over. Federer won 15 minutes ago. And the whole thing was boring, so there’s no need to watch.
Meanwhile, of course, Tommy Haas may be heading to a major upset victory over Novak Djokovic (he’s leading 2 sets to 1). And Andy Murray has just started slugging it out with Juan Carlos Ferrero. And, soon, Andy Roddick and Leyton Hewitt will begin crushing balls at each other. But NBC won’t broadcast any of those matches until they’re done and every tennis fan on the globe knows who won.
The only hope for us fans is that one good match will extend later than 1PM ET when NBC goes off the air and ESPN gets the rights again. Because ESPN will be smart enough to show Wimbledon live. Which might make it interesting enough to watch.
It’s ironic, of course, because one of the only areas where the network TV business looks impregnable right now is live sports: Crazed fans will pay anything to watch. But NBC, at least, seems intent on blowing that gold mine, too.
Want to save yourself three hours of boring Karlovic-Federer and follow what’s going on at Wimbledon RIGHT NOW? Then check out the live scores widget on Wimbledon.org. For now, it’s only point by point. But some year soon, we hope, perhaps when NBC has dinosaured itself out of existence, we fans will be able to watch LIVE VIDEO OF EVERY MATCH ONLINE.
That day can’t come soon enough.
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