SBD/Issue 197/Sports Media
Viewers Upset Over Federer Match Being Shown On Tape Delay
Published July 1, 2009
|Federer Match Shown On Tape Delay On NBC,
Upsetting Fans Who Want To See It Live
DELAYED REACTION: FANGSBITES.com's Kenny Fang writes, "This was quite maddening to tennis fans who wanted to see the Federer match. ... This is a disservice to fans and an insult to their intelligence. Fans want to see matches live, they don't want to be stuck with tape knowing they can find the results elsewhere" (FANGSBITES.com, 7/1). The BUSINESS INSIDER's Henry Blodget writes under the header, "NBC Sports Wrecks The Wimbledon Quarterfinals Again." Blodget: "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" (BUSINESSINSIDER.com, 7/1). Meanwhile, SI.com's Arash Markazi noted, "The tweets regarding NBC and ESPN's handling of their Wimbledon coverage have been classic. As entertaining as the matches in my book" (TWITTER.com, 7/1).