In what could be the biggest news story of this coming weekend, we receive this from an anonymous tipster:
NBC giving serious consideration to airing Saturday’s prime-time Olympic coverage live in all time zones due to Michael Phelps‘ potential 8th gold medal. This would allow full network to show race as it is happening. Otherwise, West Coast viewers would see it three hours after it takes place. Final decision may be made late Thursday night EDT.
Thus far, the games have been on a standard time zone broadcast schedule. The final event is the Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay set for Sunday morning Beijing time (10:58pmET / 7:58pmPT Saturday night). However, it’s still not determined if Phelps would be among the four swimmers in this event. That decision will most likely be made after Friday night’s (ET) 100m Butterfly.