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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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August 9, 2008 12:33 AM

NBC, online viewers engage in 'digital Whack-A-Mole'

Posted by Ron Judd

Great overview in the New York Times of the NBC-versus-rest-of-planet-earth tussle over control of live Olympic broadcasting on the Internet. The piece includes this lovely response to widespread criticisms over tape delaying from Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics: "We have a billion dollars of revenue at stake here, so that means we're not public television, for better or worse."

Could've fooled us. Maybe it's all those pledge breaks.

Media experts, meanwhile, are pointing to the Beijing Games as a possible major turning point in the migration of watching eyes, and the ad dollars that go with them. The prediction: Online streaming, not even a factor as recently as two years ago for the Turin Games, could rule the media roost by the next Summer Games, in London in 2012.

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