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View Poll Results: Are you satisfied with your Country's TV Coverage of Olympic tennis and other sports?
Yes. my country does excellent coverage 6 14.29%
No. I am not satisfied with the coverage 27 64.29%
No and yes. The local tv station coverage is bad but i have cable or satellite 1 2.38%
Coverage is fair to ok but not entirely satisfied 8 19.05%
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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old Aug 19th, 2004, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Are you satisfied with your country's coverage of olympic tennis and other events?

Without Eurosport and other cable channels, in France, the coverage sucks. I havent seen one point of tennis and not even clips. They barely speak about tennis at all and have been showing fencing every evening, because Frenchmen are competing. Otherwise the gymastics and swimming and some equestrian events have been show. The coverage of these events is just adequate at best. I am not being just patriotic in saying the American tv coverage is so much more in depth, its a joke. We do profiles, going to places like Romania, Russia, Chile what have you, and film them training in thier home town, interviews with their teachers and other maudlin stuff like that. you get like 20 minutes of theif life stories. then for unusualy events they have experts really explain the sport to you and a panel of famous athletes who discuss things and its just 10 times better. Not to dis the French sportscasters cause they are charming, just a mutch smaller scale show and product than USA olympic coverage. Whats your story in your home country?
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It's all over the place, loads of different channels, you don't know when they're going to show what, I've been unhappy with the coverage.

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it's so confusing here at the u.s. and so much of it is taped. right now they are showing this mornings preliminary swimming heats and the semis are on live. the semis will be shown at 8 pm

our tennis isn't bad, at least we get one live match and one taped match per day

on another note, i hate gymnastics...it gets so boring after like 5 minutes
badminton is cool tho

awesome b-ball coverage today, esp. on telemundo

ugh, why do they all suck????????
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I agree France 2 showed the last few games of the first set in Amélie's match, then canal + was showing but left before the end of the match, now france 2 and canal + are showing fencing The bbc is good cause they have interactive. I don't think they will show the full tennis match till it is the medal deciding matches.
They did show Mary/Venus match at about 1.30am.
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Not a word has been mentioned about tennis, not a picture shown eighter. Non too surprising asthey never send tennis anyway. Now it is hours and hours with beach volleyball. Worlds most boring sport in my opinion.


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Not a word has been mentioned about tennis, not a picture shown eighter. Non too surprising asthey never send tennis anyway. Now it is hours and hours with beach volleyball. Worlds most boring sport in my opinion.


They had a blip on the Today show about Venus and Roddick getting tossed.

I figure I get tennis all year, so I'm looking for other stuff during the Olympics.

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The tennis is barely even mentioned by the BBC - especially after Tim's loss.

Even the interactive shows virtually nothing of tennis.

Eurosport has 24 hour coverage, but still shows no tennis. I think Olympic Tennis is rated lower than Badminton, Table Tennis and Beach Volleyball.

So far by hours of coverage I would rank sports as

1. Swimming
2. Gymnastics
3. Rowing
4. Horseriding
5. Boxing
6. Judo
7. Badminton
8. Diving
9. Beach Volleyball
10. Basketball
11. Sailing
12. Hockey
13. Weightlifting
14. shooting
15. Table Tennis
16. fencing

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Not completely! Let me make myself clear, firstly here in the U.S you have to resort to outside channels of the NBC chain of channels, like Bravo and USA. in the other hand i am glad at least those two make an effort to add tennis in their coverage of events. However what has really bothered me is that the main NBC channels dont even update or mention tennis as even part of whats going on. I mean Roddick was a favorite for gold, and not a word on him or the upset he received yesterday nor the other even greater upset of Federer. That really struck me the most, yes tennis may not be as popular a sport when compared to the other major sports like soccer, nonetheless it's a big sport boasting great international ambiance which incluldes world class top athletes. Hopefully Bravo wont go ballistic on me for some reason its got poor reception in Manhattan or it may just be here at my place. Well USA network will have the finals of them mens and womens in tennis if i am not malinformed. Yes i caught most of the Moya Massu match it was anything but a good match. Will they show any of the women's quarters this afternoon at 5 or 6 on Bravo? I hope to catch a glimpse on Henin to see her form, so far going by her results it seems so far so good, but shes yet to face a top 15 player actually a top 25 player? Mauresmo has held to her seed and carrying the momentum she created recently in canada. I HOPE TO CATCH SOME GOOD TENNIS THIS AFTERNOON! Venus' loss was a huge one, yes the unforced errors support it but i thought she was going to give Henin a run for her money in the highly awaited quarterfinal.
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I think Usa coverage has been awesome except for the fact its all shown hours after it happens in primetime. But what can they do most people have jobs during the days and didnt take the summer off like me. THere is 24 hours of coverage here sometimes on 3 channels at once , how anyone can complain is beyond. If its confusing to you just go look at a TV schedule
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Minutes of Tennis in German TV (ARD/ZDF): ~50

20 Kuerten vs Massu
20 Schüttler vs Andreev
10 Other Matches (Venus vs Melinda, Haas vs Roddick, others)

So I am NOT pleased with the TV coverage

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The only good coverage in Belgium is of tennis lol (and with tennis I mean Justine Henin ). It pretty much sucks overall (Belgian tv doesn't have the full rights apparently ). So thank god we get to see Olympics coverage on French, German, British, Spanish and Dutch TV

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bbc's is very good i think
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The only good coverage in Belgium is of tennis lol (and with tennis I mean Justine Henin ). It pretty much sucks overall (Belgian tv doesn't have the full rights apparently ). So thank god we get to see Olympics coverage on French, German, British, Spanish and Dutch TV
exactly, when I'm watching tv these days, the only thing I do, is changing the channels every few seconds to find a sport I like on one of the channels. I usually end up on the Dutch one or on BBC. And Sporza it's a shame they don't have the rights to broadcast more, now they have all those guests with their 'interesting' comments. ok, hearing it from a professional can be interesting once, but not if they stop coverage every few minuts to ask that person's opinion on this or that... plus, after 3 interventions, the guest only repeats the things he/she has said before... but apart from the olympics, Sporza is ok

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every evening when i come from work, BBC Interactive is showing live tennis. i've seen a lot of matches, although they're nearly always just of the main court. but for around 4 hours in the evening there is live tennis. probably more during the daytime as well. if you don't have interactive then I guess you'd have seen none through BBC1 or BBC2.

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