When do they do that? You talking Espn3 streams? Tennis channel is only one channel.Just in general this switching back and forth. ESPN or Tennis channel at least give you an option to watch one of 5 matches
To be fair, they had no where else to put them. only five courts have TV feeds and you'd have to switch them pretty quickly cause matches started roughly at the same time. Logistics nightmare.They put the Williams sisters on a court that where there is no TV hookup or availability. It was mentioned on the NBC broadcast to justify to the USA audience why the Wiliams sisters were not on. Unreal.
To be fair, they had no where else to put them. only five courts have TV feeds and you'd have to switch them pretty quickly cause matches started roughly at the same time. Logistics nightmare.
Not only that but Singles >doubles any day of the week.
Part of it goes on the WTA but I'm not sure how much say they have in this tournament specifically. I don't think the ITF is thinking we need to have the williams sisters on a TV court for a second round doubles match.. That's just me.
I'll tell you what was interesting.Blame Tsonga Raonic
The men showed that you can still have a great, if long, match that is best 2 out of 3. So...let's make it happen ITF.
Anyway, they needed to get the doubles in today, just to give Vee some rest , so they moved it to a nontelevised court. Now why so many nontelevised courts for the Olympics, I don't understand, seemed like a mistake at the start.
I think NBC wanted to let people wrapped up in Tsonga-Raonic see the end. Little did they know that the last set would be three hours long.
The rain has severely messed up the original court assignments and broadcasting schedule. Venus was originally going to be second on court 1 on Sunday which would have been a fine court assignment. She was then rescheduled to 2nd on court 2 which I thought was wrong and could have been better decided, but the original intent was fine. Today she was on CC and she and Serena were originally scheduled to be 3rd on court 2, once again a fine assignment for doubles. Then you had a 2+ hour rain delay and a men's match that took 4 hours and backed up matches on that court and so the organizers most likely asked Venus and Serena did they want to be moved to a court that would be available quicker and they accepted. If Hewitt had lost the second set of his match the Sisters might still be out their now playing if the original court assignments and schedule had been kept.I know that's the party line. But that's not an excuse.
If Golf were in this situation, they would find a way to get Tiger Woods on TV.
If the NBA were in this situation, they would find a way to get Kobe Byrant and Lebron James on TV.
If the ATP were in this situation, they would find a way to get Federer and Nadal on TV.
The only time, literally in all of sports that this issue comes up, is with Tennis and the Williams Sisters.
Think about it.
Nobody in sports has a more difficult time with their top stars than they do. Its gone beyond sheer coincidence.
We have had lots of rain delays before. This isn't anything that new. When was the last time Federer or Nadal played an afternoon match on a court where TV hookup literally was not even available, during a highly televised tournament?
We wont know cos we have choice of 24 Olympic Channels, 3 were tennisI'll tell you what was interesting.
Did you guys notice that Tsongas/Raonic took presidence over the Sharpaova match on center court on USA TV?
We wont know cos we have choice of 24 Olympic Channels, 3 were tennis
The reason you didn't see much of Sharapova is because Tsonga's match went long...I think NBC wanted to go there.. they showed more points of her match then then they did Wozanaki's when I think they were showing Fed's doubles match..Good post.
I'll tell you that's a story coming out of these olympic games. Has anybody missed any guy playing 5-sets in this tournament? I know I sure haven't.
The Tsongas contest today was close, exciting, well played, long........................................... AND IT WAS A 3 SET MATCH!
I think the case is rapidly closing on that debate.
Apparently NBC agrees with our assessment. Because the Tsongas match pushed our girl Sharapova right off the air.:lol: