The Olympics are over. I didn’t watch it at all. I’d rather watch a Yankees game, than waste time on the Olympics.
I don’t like the way NBC spends way too much time taking about the athlete’s personal history, instead of showing the events.
In 1992, in Greco-Roman Wrestling, the USA wrestler was against a Russian wrestler who had never lost. They spent a ton of time hyping the match. Finally, it was time for the match. They showed the first 5 seconds, then said “And the USA wrestler won in overtime!”, and cut to the medal ceremony. After that, I stopped watching the Olympics.
It’s also silly that the events are on tape-delay. I can just read a summary on Yahoo Sports, and avoid wasting time watching lousy TV.
Also, the qualifying rules are unfair. If you’re the 4th best runner in the USA, you don’t qualify for the Olympics, even if you’re the 4th best in the world. National boundaries are an arbitrary creation of the State. Why should some top athletes be excluded, just based on where they were born?
Here’s another example. There’s a rule that says only 2 athletes per country can qualify for the overall final in Gymnastics. One woman from the USA was 4th overall, but 3rd in the USA, and was unfairly excluded from the finals.
It’s also funny how the Olympics say “It’s all about the athletes!”, while being one of the most heavily commercialized businesses. Technically, the IOC is a “non-profit”, but the executives pay themselves huge salaries.
They make a lot of money merchandising, “The Official X Of The Olympics”. This story was amusing. Yohan Blake wore a $500k custom watch during his race. He got into trouble because it wasn’t the “official” watch sponsor of the Olymjpics.
This story is interesting. London passed a law, imposing draconian penalties for anyone who scalps Olympic tickets. However, the “official ticket stores” are not in good locations. The Internet ticket store is an buggy mess. Fortunately, there’s a nice “underground economy” in scalping Olympic tickets. Even though it’s illegal, the “official” sales are so inefficient that there’s an opportunity for scalpers. It’s risky, but the sellers are using a good model for an agorist economy.
This story was interesting. For the women who compete in the Olympics, they have to work out excessively. They look more like men than women. One Turkish newspaper writer observed the Olympic women look like men, and got into trouble for saying a forbidden truth. Very often, “attractive” female celebrities look like men and “attractive” male celebrities look like women.
Overall, the Olympics are a waste of time. They are heavily commercialized. It’s not fair to exclude some athletes, based solely on what country they represent. I don’t like the way NBC talks about the athlete’s personal history, instead of showing the actual events.