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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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June 28, 2008 12:55 AM

Ahem: NBC doesn't know when it's broadcasting its own coverage

Posted by Ron Judd

Important notice regarding the Olympic Trials TV schedule posted below: Don't trust it. It occurred to us tonight, tuning in at midnight to watch the Track and Field Trials coverage advertised on the schedule, and seeing only an Ashley Judd movie -- not that there's anything wrong with that, itself -- that perhaps the schedule is wrong.

Further examination reveals that the network officials who provided the schedule -- and who we questioned multiple times about the accuracy of the "ET/PT" designation, and were assured it was correct -- apparently do not, in fact, know what time the network's coverage will actually run on the West Coast.

Our suspicion, based on TV-grid sleuthing, is that if you take all the times for USA Network programming on the schedule below and subtract three hours, you'll have the correct West Coast broadcast time. (UPDATE: Thanks to reader Aaron who saw USA's coverage at 9 p.m. Sunday night and confirms this is in fact the case.) But the NBC programming apparently will be shown on the West Coast at the times indicated, meaning it's delayed three hours.

So, sorry, and stay tuned. We'll clear it up as soon as we can find someone at NBC who can tell us exactly what's on its networks, and when.

Meanwhile, all we can offer is the proverbial "check your local listings" for USA and NBC. And point you to Steve Kelley's coverage here. He's on the ground and actually knows what time the meet itself is running.

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