NBC has faced criticism over the last week or so about its coverage of the London Olympics, for trying to turn the real events into something that more closely resembles an easily-digestible narrative. Instead of simply condemning this, though, it raises another question for me: Why didn’t NBC just make a drama about the Olympics?
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I am not a sports buff. Let’s get that out of the way first; I rarely watch sports, and my thrice-weekly trips to the gym are the closest I get to the kind of physical exertion necessary to actually play a sport. And yet, I’ve been sucked in by this year’s Summer Olympics. There’s just one problem: NBC clearly doesn’t want me to check out their coverage of it on television, for some reason.