Ha. Remember the other day when we said that if we heard about one more “fake” incident at the Olympics we were going to start to suspect the whole show was a CGI broadcast from the basement of 30 Rock? Well turns out we weren’t so far off! According to today’s Times 13 Olympic sports including archery, badminton, baseball, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, handball, shooting, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, and weight lifting are being called from the NBC studios here in the city.
The announcers are at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, nearly 7,000 miles from Beijing, sitting inside 14-foot-wide booths that are equipped with 24-inch HD monitors and headsets that pipe in the ambient sounds from the game sites in China. The announcers never see anything more than what the viewers see.So they are also watching on twelve hour time delay? The answer is apparently no, most of the events are called as they happen. Also, this is not the first time that sporting events have been called off site, many of the World Cup games were done in the same manner. Meaning that NBC isn’t the only network who seems to conclude that “live” is actually only a state of mind.