The Sports Business Daily was among several who reported Monday night that NBC spoiled the results of Missy Franklin’s win in the 100-meter backstroke before the race aired during its delayed primetime broadcast.
After NBC’s Dan Hicks finished calling the men’s 200 meter final, sandwiched between Franklin’s qualifying for the 200 meters final and her race in the backstroke when he said going into a commercial break: “How good can Missy Franklin be tonight? Finals of 100 back coming up.”
On the East Coast, a promo for Tuesday’s morning’s episode of “Today” then aired, with the voiceover: “When you’re 17 years old and win your first Gold Medal, there’s nobody you’d rather share it with. We’re there when Missy Franklin and her parents reunite.”
Then they showed Franklin eventually winning that first gold.
On the West Coast, the NBC “Today” show promo was swapped out with one instead that promised a feature on men’s swimmer Ryan Lochte and the U.S. men’s gymnastics team.
The New York Times reported (linked here) that the promo wasn’t properly screened by NBC’s marekting people before it aired in the East and Central, but not in the West or Mountain.
“They said, `Let’s try to crash the spot and rush it to air,’ and I think they miscalculated a little bit about where the show was,” said John Miller, the chief marketing officer of the NBC Universal Group.
Miller said he was a “little surprised” by the vehemence about the Franklin promo on Twitter.
“It’s not as if these results are a secret,” he said. “The race was seven or eight hours old, so the number of people who were surprised was somewhat small, and a few people said, `Look what they’ve done!’”
== Update on Twitter messiness: Guy Adams, the L.A.-based London Independent writer who had his Twitter account suspended because of an NBC protest, was back to tweeting today.
Day 3 of the London Olympics have finished — just not on TV yet. There’s still five hours of prime time waiting to be rehashed. Still, among the stuff we’ve come across from watching, and reading about, these events so far before we retire for the afternoon:
== A Swiss soccer player and a Greek triple jumper have already been expelled from the London Olympics for sending an offensive Twitter comment.
But neither had their Twitter accounts suspended, which is what happened to the London Independent’s L.A. correspondent Guy Adams after he tweeted out to readers that they should complain about NBC’s tape-delayed coverage — and included the email address of NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel.
“The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven’t started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think!” it read, before going on to provide his corporate email address.
“If this Gary Zenkel doesn’t want to hear from the many tens of thousands of customers he upset with his network’s coverage, I think he’s in the wrong job,” Adams said in an interview with The Associated Press. “His address is not a private email address. It’s a corporate address. It’s not his private email address. It’s a corporate account. It’s company information.”
The London Independent Deputy Editor Archie Bland called the suspension heavy-handed that that Twitter had “over-reached itself and strayed into censorship were heightened” by the social media platform’s deal with NBCUniversal to be the official partner (linked here, via the Sports Business Daily).
Adams also did a column (linked here) highlighting the Twitter trend of #NBCfail messages relating to the network deciding against show the Opening Ceremonies on Friday live. It was delayed some six hours on the West Coast.
It was one of several columns we found, including those from the Associated Press’ David Bauder(linked here) and the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir (linked here) that focused on Twitter-related complaining about NBC’s coverage.
“I think almost definitely we would have done the same thing,” CBS Chairman Les Moonves told Broadcasting & Cable about whether his network would have delayed live coverage and folded it into the prime-time telecasts.
What does the sniveling Twitter reaction reveal about those watching the Olympics and sending constant messages out about their experience?
That we’re showing ourselves to be nothing but “a nation of self-absorbed whiners,” writes Monte Burke of Forbes.com (linked here).
(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
U.S. gymnast Kyla Ross, center, is hugged by teammate McKayla Maroney, as coach Jenny Zhang, left, approaches them during the Sunday’s Olympic qualifying in London.
Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:
THIS WEEK’S BEST BET
London Summer Olympics: Women’s gymnastics team final, Tuesday, 8 p.m. (delayed), all-around competition, Thursday, 8 p.m. (delayed), Channel 4:
Those of us who’ve been following the storyline of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” sadly saw the end come last week. No worries. That gymnastics-related reality show has been replaced by the U.S. women’s gymnastics team trying to win gold on those ultra-pink North Greenwich Arena mats, dressed in their own Barbie-themed uniforms. Pass the Pepto Bismol.
“It’s a little weird but I love it,” said U.S. all-around star Jordyn Wieber (right). “I like it better than plain colors.” Wieber — or “Weeee-Beer” as her teammates are calling her with a stretched British accent — would complete a perfect Wheaties team photo (they’ve already been on the Sports Illustrated cover) with so-called “Fab Five” teammates Gabby “The Flying Squirrel” Douglas, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross if they win the squad title on Tuesday. Thursday’s all-around competition has Douglas and Raisman qualifying after favorite Wieber didn’t make the cut. Individual apparatus medals happen next week. Men’s team gymnastics (Monday) and all-around (Wednesday) alternate in during the week.
The rest of the week’s highlights: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings continue their three-peat quest in women’s beach volleyball, the women’s and men’s tennis finals happen in Wimbledon (Saturday and Sunday), Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte team up in the U.S. 800 meter freestyle relay team (Tuesday) then competing against each other again in the 200m IM (Thursday) before Phelps’ final solo event in the 100 meter butterfly (Friday), and Usain Bolt returns to the men’s 100 meter dash (Sunday) trying to break his world record of 9.58 seconds. Also, Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee, tries to qualify in the men’s 400 meters (Sunday).
MLB: Angels at Texas, 4 p.m., FSW, ESPN:
It’s understandable if Jered Weaver gets all shook up when Elvis Andrus steps up to the plate. The Rangers’ shortstop has hit .431 against the Angels’ Cy Young candidate during his career — 22-for-51, with a 1.130 OPS. Even as Weaver recorded a 6-1 win against the Rangers less than two weeks ago, Texas’ only run came from a Andrus’ solo homer. Weaver (13-1, 2.26 ERA) goes against the Rangers in the second game of this four-game set on Tuesday ( 5:15 p.m.), pushed back a day to allow Ervin Santana (4-10, 6.00) to open the series against Roy Oswalt (3-1, 5.22), who has been battling back stiffness. The Angels’ Mike Trout, who sat out with an injured knee on Sunday, is a ridiculous 20-for-48 with a .417 average, two homers and 10 RBIs against Rangers’ pitching staff this year. And the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton is a ridiculous .115 over the last 17 games, dropped from No. 3 to No. 5 in the lineup. The rest of the series includes Dan Haren vs. Yu Darvish on Wednesday and C.J. Wilson vs. Matt Harrison on Thursday. This is also the Angels’ first of 10 road games in 10 days.
MLB: Dodgers vs. Arizona, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
Plenty will be pumped up to see Hanley Ramirez in person for the first time but there’s the added incentive of a Kirk Gibson bobblehead giveaway on Tuesday (7:10 p.m., Channel 9). This one features a right-hand fist pump to commemorate his 1988 World Series Game 1 homer. Way to embarrass the D’backs manager. This series ends with an afternooner on Wednesday (12:10 p.m., Prime). No Trevor Bauer sightings, though. The former UCLA star out of Hart High (1-2, 6.06), who won his first major-league game against the Dodgers before the All-Star break in Phoenix, has been sent back to Triple-A and likely won’t come back until September callups. The D’backs have beaten the Dodgers five out of nine meetings so far this year.
Keep this show on for more rumors than you can handle in one seventh-inning stretch as the Angels and Dodgers may not be finished pulling other guys onto the roster. Especially pay attention to what teams like Texas, San Francisco and Arizona are trying to get done. ESPN also has a 90-minute trade special starting at noon leading up to the 1 p.m. deadline.
MLB: Baltimore at N.Y. Yankees, 10 a.m., MLB Network; Detroit at Boston, 4 p.m., ESPN:
Scheduled Yankees starter Phil Hughes (10-8, 4.08) is 7-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 13 starts since May 12.
AP Photo/Ben Curtis David Beckham, center left, chats with Britain’s Prince William, center right, at the end of the men’s soccer match between Britain and the United Arab Emirates at the Summer Olympics on Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London.
Soccer: Galaxy vs. Real Madrid, Home Depot Center, 7:30 p.m.:
Before we buy our tickets, are Beckham and Donovan being shipped somewhere for another meaningless exhibition? This is part of the World Football Challenge, so we’re glad to participate. But we won’t get fooled again by the advertisements. That may be the real Real team, but we gotta know if the real Galaxy shows up, too.
MLB: Dodgers vs. Chicago Cubs, Dodger Stadium, 7:10 p.m., Prime:
What are the odds that Ryan Dempster is pitching for the Dodgers against his old team by the time this series rolls around? His next scheduled Cubs’ start it Tuesday against Pittsburgh, but if the Dodgers grab him in time, he could start Wednesday in the series finale against Arizona on Wednesday. This series finishes Saturday (6:10 p.m., Prime) and Sunday (1:10 p.m., Prime).
MLB: Angels at Chicago White Sox, 5:10 p.m., FSW:
They’ve only played twice this year, with the White Sox’s Chris Sale (11-3, 2.37 ERA) beating the Angels 6-1 on May 17. Interesting how the White Sox’s Paul Konerko (.330, 17 HRs, 51 RBIs) has similiar numbers to the Angels’ Mike Trout, except he’s 20 points lower in the average department. The series continues Saturday (4:10 p.m., FSW) and Sunday (11:10 p.m., FSW).
UFC: Mauricio Rua vs. Brandon Vera, Staples Center, 5 p.m., Channel 11:
You know how these made-for-Fox events can change at an injury’s notice. What they’re calling “UFC on Fox 4″ had a main event set with Brian Stann, but his ailments forced this to change to this one between light heavyweights Rua (20-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and Vera (12-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) for a five-rounder. Rua, competing for the first time since Nov., 2011, has split his last six fights. He had been set to go against Thiago Silva at UFC 149 in Calgary until Silva was injured. Rua-Vera is the last of a 10-fight card, with some of them also available on Spike TV. The doors at Staples Center open at 1 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame inductions, 4 p.m., NFL Network:
The additions of cornerback Jack Butler, center Dermontti Dawson, defensive end/linebacker Chris Doleman, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, running back Curtis Martin and tackle Willie Roaf bring the total members number to 273.
A year ago, Kelly Slater rode to his 11th championship, ending local star Brett Simpson’s back-to-back title run. “There’s no other event that attracts so many people. To surf in front of a stadium audience like this, nothing compares,” said Slater. “It’s surfing on the main stage.” According to Surfline.com, the report isn’t so swell: “An overlapping series of small Southern Hemisphere Southwest and South swells and small, local Northwest windswell that will provide contestable waves for the first few days of the event. A slightly better South-southwest swell is on track for the last few days of the event.” More info: USOpenofSurfing.com
NFL exhibition: New Orleans vs. Arizona in Canton, Ohio, 5 p.m., NFL Network:
Drew Brees, start earning your money.
MLS: Galaxy at Seattle, 6 p.m., ESPN2:
The Sounders have arleady handed the Galaxy a sound beating in Seattle this year, 2-0, back on May 2 against Galaxy backup goalkeeper Bill Gaudette. These two end the MLS regular season on … .wait for it … October 28, in Carson.
What’s included in today’s weekly media column (linked here): Kings longtime TV analyst Jim Fox (that’s a video of him above getting emotional during the parade) has his day with the Stanley Cup — well, four hours — which is longer than he’d ever got to touch it during his 10 years as a player. More notes on the Kings’ Stanley Cup DVD release, too.
What’s not included:
Photo by Evan Gole
== Kings senior director of communications Jeff Moeller explained more of the details that he and team vice president Mike Altieri have been involved with in coordinating player and staff time with the Cup:
“No day is the same,” said Moeller. “A lot depends on where the Cup is coming from and where it goes next – travel plays a big role in it.”
Tuesday, for example, the Cup was in Orange County in the morning, went to Angel Stadium for about an hour, then to a Kings’ Premium Seating event at 2 p.m. where it stayed until 10 p.m.
The day before, it was in Alberta, Canada, with coach Daryl Sutter, then came back to L.A. for NHL DVD video premiere event at L.A. Life.
The cup will end up going to some 200 events this summer — about half are Kings-directed, but some are also connected with the league and Hockey Hall of Fame, a balance of requests from players and staff as well as TV partners and community relations.
The Kings will also have the Cup for about a week as it gets engraved in Quebec in late September.
“You talk to the clubs who have won the Stanley Cup in recent years, but there is not a manual for this and the number of ways you get tugged at, and the events you get requests for, are — needless to say — plentiful,” said Moeller, who was with the Cup and its handlers when it went to Russia for two players and then Slovenia for Anze Kopitar.
“I think it took us 27 hours to get from Los Angeles to Chelyabinski, Russia, near Siberia. But as soon as we got there, that player — Slava Voynov – was ‘on the clock’ when it came to his time with the Cup. So you hope you got your sleep on the plane because you were no longer on your own schedule there and then.
“When the day ends for one person, another person’s time with the Cup begins. It is like a rock show.”
== Our video contribution from the Redondo Beach Cafe visit (linked here). Some more on the events of Wednesday (linked here).
== The Kings’ “Stanley Cup 2012 Champions” DVD and Blue Ray (Warner Bros., $24.99, 184 minutes) includes plenty of on-air commentary from Kings’ broadcasters Bob Miller, Nick Nickson, Jim Fox and Daryl Evans, as well as media members such as the L.A. Times’ Helene Elliott and ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. Those hoping to hear Miller’s call of the championship clinched won’t be disappointed to hear Nickson’s radio caption used twice, once in the opening highlights, and then in a condensed Game 6 rewind: “The long wait is over. After 45 years, the Kings can wear the crown. The Los Angeles Kings have won the Stanley Cup!” A Miller-Fox CD is still in the works for a team-created multi-media project that will be produced to benefit the team’s charity foundation. Miller, however, gets the last word on this DVD: “They had been loyal, devoted fans for years,” he says at the end while on camera. “For all of them, to see that Cup paraded down Figueroa Street right by Staples Center is a tremendous highlight for all of us.”
Scott Varley/Staff Photographer Wednesday’s special time with the Stanley Cup started with Kings broadcasters and Alumni Association members Jim Fox and Daryl Evans delivering it to some 500 fans waiting at the Redondo Beach Cafe. It ended with Fox hosting a party in Rancho Palos Verdes, where all four Kings’ broadcasters attended.
The clock was about to strike midnight late Wednesday – curfew time — and the Stanley Cup had to prepare for a graceful exit.
Cup keeper Mike Bolt put on his white gloves, but then asked Jim Fox, the Kings’ longtime TV analyst and host of the party, if he would like the honors of personally escorting out one of the world’s most revered sports trophies.
Photo by Evan Gole
Fox didn’t hesitate.
He and his wife, Susie, got on each side of the 35-inch tall, 34 -pound hunk of engraved silver and gently carried it out the front door of their friends’ Palos Verdes Estates home, down the stairs and up the driveway into the darkness.
Bolt opened the back hatch of his rented Chevy Traverse. Fox angled the Cup just right so it fit snug into the large black trunk, and Bolt closed the lid and latched it shut.
The Stanley Cup, L.A.’s latest rock star, was about to make another road trip, flying to New York on Thursday where Dustin Brown and Jonathan Quick were awaiting its arrival for the full day they’d been planning to spend with it.
Photo by Evan Gole
But as he stood there, watching the life of the party be driven away after nearly 200 of his family and friends got some intimate time with it, Fox was hardly bittersweet.
“I wasn’t sad at all when it was leaving,” Fox said. “I really wasn’t. We had such a great time with it. I was just so glad it was there and everyone at the party got what they wanted.”