Why does NBC feel the need to make a mess of their major tennis coverage every year?  Novak Djokovic is live right now in a nice matchup with Marcos Baghdatis, and as we write, Robin Soderling is down a set and a break to young aussie Bernard Tomic (above).  Good tennis really.  If you can get it.  Which, if you are in America, you probably can’t.  The Mix Channels, which offer coverage on several courts, are blacked out when in NBC’s realm, which applies to Saturdays and Sundays during the French Open and Wimbledon.  We were happily watching Roger Federer have his way with old nemesis David Nalbandian…until NBC knocked out the feed.  So we switched over to NBC at noon and?  Some fucking cartoon was on, is on.

What the fuck is going on?  Far be it from us to criticize the mighty NBC, which is about to cut to pre-canned, taped mish mosh Wimbledon coverage in a few minutes, and who probably will show a taped, clipped Sharapova or Federer match while there is live tennis going on.  This is what we don’t get.  In 2009, while Robin Soderling was historically upsetting Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, we had to hear the news from an impish Justin Gimelstob, who blurted out, ‘Nadal is about to lose, though I probably shouldn’t say so’ on TTC supplemental coverage because NBC had denied us the live feed.

Major tennis coverage should be better on the weekends, not worse.  CBS picks up the US Open at 11 AM on Saturdays and goes on indefinitely.  NBC?  They’ll give you the men’s and women’s finals live, and that’s it.  Maybe part of one semi-final, leaving us to watch the other on The Tennis Channel on tape at 11 PM, some 12-14 hours later.  So NBC has the 1-5 PM time slot blocked for live tennis coverage.  Okay, and thankfully, they are joining Djokovic/Baghdatis live right now, but all of us who are privileged to have the mixed package are now forced to watch whatever half assed tennis coverage NBC subjects us to.

BTW, Djokovic took the first set 6-4 and is downa break, 2-1 in the 2nd.  And we are by no means faulting the announcing team of Ted Robinson, John McEnroe, and Mary Carillo.  It’s tops.  But 6 live feeds with limited commercial breaks, and the ability to watch Soderling/Tomic right now would be better.  FYI, Soderling trails 6-1, 6-4, 3-3 at the moment.  A Soderling upset could theoretically make life a lot easier in Roger’s quarter.

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