Dear Network Ten,
Your coverage of the Ice Hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics is nothing short of appalling and you should all be ashamed of yourselves. The Olympic Games is a special event and frankly, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) should really be stepping in at some point since you are limiting our viewing of said ‘special event’. Most of the hockey games are on in the middle of the night, which generally means the people who are watching are actual fans of the sport, so why short change us?
I mean really, must I see a bloody McDonalds’ advert just when Canada have a breakaway goal run? MUST I? Because I really would have preferred to see what happened with that play rather than be encouraged to add to Australia’s increasing obesity problem. The issue is not just that you are showing commercials at inopportune moments, it is the astounding frequency for which the commercials appear. Just horrible.
Don’t even get me started on the commentary. Who is that posh bastard anyway? He gets the player’s names wrong more often than he gets their names right, is frequently struggling to keep up with the game and listening to him is about as exciting as jamming thumbtacks into the soles of my feet. Seriously, it is better to have the TV muted than to listen to that.
Fortunately, you still have time to make amends during the qualification and finals rounds. I suggest asking the US network or Canadian network politely if we can tap into their commentary (both NBC and CBC have their NHL commentators in Sochi), and don’t switch to a commercial break UNTIL THERE IS A BREAK IN PLAY.
All we are really asking for is fluid coverage with minimal interruptions and commentary that is both exciting and knowledgeable. Sort it out.
Jaime, on behalf of hockey fans everywhere.