Weekend Tube Review: Tough Spot for NBC

Kentucky Derby
↵NBC's airing of the 134th Kentucky Derby was rather impressive and they were in the midst of a seamless broadcast on Saturday when tragedy put them in an awkward position. Immediately following the race, NBC began showing the celebration of those involved with Derby winner Big Brown when the cameras focused on the second place finisher – Eight Belles -- who was on the ground. NBC went immediately to one of their on track reporters who went through the numerous situations that could have occurred from seizures to heart problems. The equine ambulances were dispatched to the track and blocked the view of the fallen horse. ↵

↵As NBC scrambled to cover both the injury and the winner's circle, Tom Hammond threw it to Dr. Larry Bramlage, the on-site vet, who broke the news to millions of viewers that the horse had been euthanized: ↵

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↵For the next ten minutes or so NBC tried its best not to show what happened to the horse by cutting off the replay before the fall, but finally showed a brief overhead shot of the horse collapsing after crossing the finish line. ↵

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↵I don't envy the spot that NBC was in, and they did a great job of covering both the triumph and tragedy. Overall, NBC's coverage was spot on for the day and even the Billy Bush red carpet event was done well. The day ran the gamut of emotions, but overall NBC did a commendable job. ↵

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↵NASCAR
↵FOX always does well with their race coverage, and Saturday night’s Sprint Cup race was no different. The trio of Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, and Darrell Waltrip did an excellent job of explaining a late crash in the race by Dale Earnhardt Jr. The 88 car was sent into the wall by Kyle Busch with only three laps left to go during the night race in Richmond this past Saturday. After a series of replays and different angles, it was shown that there might have been some intent on Busch's part: ↵

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↵The Playoffs have been getting amazing ratings throughout, but this weekend they might have taken a bit of a hit after four blowouts. All four games went to the home teams and ABC's coverage of Game 7 in Boston quickly got boring after the Celtics went up 30-plus early in the third quarter. Those who stuck around though got the treat of watching an NFL-like hit/pick that Kevin Garnett pulled off on Zaza Pachulia, along with this WWE style takedown by Marvin Williams on Rajon Rondo: ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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