NBC, you suck. Your coverage of this year’s French Open Men’s Semifinal matches was AWFUL. You grab the rights to broadcast but you do an absolutely horrible job, making it thoroughly un-enjoyable. Instead of airing at 7 AM to cover Nadal v. Djokovic live, NBC obviously aired their stupid morning show. They started airing the French Open at 10 AM and decide to air the tape of an already completed match (Nadal v. Djokovic). Not only that, over 3 hours they couldn’t even air the complete match because literally half of the 3 hour period was filled with commercials. Maybe more! Seriously, I’d walk away when a commercial came on, come back, watch tennis for 30 seconds, and another commercial break would start.
They skipped almost the entire second set. Commercials aired every few minutes. It was so unbearably annoying. I understand TV networks need to make money but it was just so obvious NBC cared nothing about covering the French Open but instead just wanted to fill a weak spot in their schedule to sell ad slots.
While airing an already completed match pumped full of damn commercials, the Federer v. Monfils is going on live and they decide not to air that. NBC’s tennis coverage ended at 1 PM so they opted not to air Federer v. Monfils at all. NBC, have you ever heard of a player named Federer? He’s this guy that’s ranked #1 in the world with 12 grand slam titles. I think people want to see a grand slam semifinal match featuring Federer.
If I were NBC, I would’ve aired highlights from Nadal v. Djokovic and went straight to the Federer match. Or at least if you’re going to do such a half-assed job you should’ve just let ESPN2 air it like the rest of the tournament you greedy asses. Instead you air a tape of a completed match so you can sell a whole bunch commercials. NBC, you suck so bad. Seriously, god damn it NBC, you fail.
This is why TV today sucks. This is why people like DVR and the ability to skip commercials. This is why TV programs get pirated and downloaded. This is why I rarely watch a show through my television anymore.