Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins gold in the Men'’s 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica wins gold in the Men'’s 100m Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 5, 2012 in London, England. Getty Images

London coverage hard to work out

YES, I'm suffering sleep deprivation because of the London Olympics and yes, I get a bit crankier than normal when I'm weary but I'm getting very annoyed with Nine's coverage of the 2012 Games.

Now look, I love swimming and I love Usain Bolt but do we need to see replay, after replay, after replay, from every conceiveable angle and in slow motion and very slow motion, on not one but two channels?

Nine has me dumbfounded. They have exactly the same coverage on GEM as on Nine.

Why?

Well that's what I wanted to know.

I thought with the introduction of digital television and all the new channels we would get the best coverage of the Olympics ever.

I had apparently high expectations.

I thought maybe the sporting public would be able to watch full games of team sports like hockey, water polo and basketball on one channel and then on the other shorter sports like swimming, gymnastics and athletics could be screened.

It would have been great if the channel you were watching could tell you what was on the other Olympics channel and you could pick and choose what you wanted to watch.

Apparently that's not possible.

When I tweeted Wide World of Sports to find out what was going on, they replied with this: "Rights preclude more than one free-to-air feed being shown in Australia, meaning both Channel Nine and GEM have to simulcast''.

Well, why have another channel with the Olympics on it at all?

They might as well show non-stop repeats of the Big Bang Theory and at least give the Olympic haters something to watch.

What sealed the deal for me Tuesday night was getting ready to watch the second half of Australia's hockey match.

Did we get to see any second half? Of course not.

We had to watch Bolt in trackies setting up his blocks to run his heat of the 200m.

We even got to see Usain as he sat on a pink cone waiting to run. Riveting stuff.

Next Olympics I'm investing in Austar.

 

Good week

The Gympie Devils beat the Caloundra Sharks to stay in Caloundra RSL Cup finals hunt for 2012.

Bad week

Cooloola Heat hockey side went down to Granville at home.

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