Viewers watch tape even when they know the score
NEW YORK – NBC researchers are finding that people who know Olympic results before the network’s tape-delayed telecast are more likely to watch it.
The preliminary research undercuts an assumption that has guided production of Olympic broadcasts from locales outside of U.S. time zones for decades.
NBC has been criticized for not televising live some of the London Games’ marquee events such as swimming and gymnastics so they can be aired in prime time.
NBC chief researcher Alan Wurtzel said that two-thirds of people who said they knew the results ahead of NBC’s tape-delayed telecast said they would watch the events anyway.
People who watched the events earlier in the day via computer stream watched the tape-delayed broadcast for a longer time than those who hadn’t, he said.
Boxing referees expelled, suspended by officials
LONDON – An boxing referee from Turkmenistan was expelled from the London Olympics on Thursday for his handling of a bout in which the result was overturned on appeal.
Boxing’s governing federation, known as AIBA, released a statement saying referee Ishanguly Meretnyyazov “is on his way back home.”
The federation also suspended German referee Frank Scharmach five days for his decision to disqualify an Iranian heavyweight, and expelled technical official Aghajan Abiyev of Azerbaijan.
“I deeply regret that we had to take these decisions,” AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo said. “However, our main concern has been and will always be the protection of the integrity and fair play of our competitions. I will take all possible steps to reinforce this.”
Both sanctioned referees made unusual decisions during Wednesday night’s card.
Cycling fatality 10th in London this year
LONDON – Police on Thursday identified a cyclist killed by an official games bus near London’s Olympic Park as 28-year-old Daniel Harris of London.
He died late Wednesday after being struck by one of the double-decker vehicles that carry journalists between Olympic venues and hotels in central London.
The accident occurred near the boundary of Olympic Park.
London’s Metropolitan Police said a 65-year-old man – reportedly the bus driver – was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He later was released on bail.
Cycling campaigners said Harris is the 10th cyclist to be killed in London this year.
British cyclist Bradley Wiggins, who won gold in the time-trial race earlier Wednesday, said the death on the doorstep of the Olympics underscored the dangers of cycling in urban Britain.
He urged cycling helmets to be made mandatory.
“It’s dangerous, and London is a busy city ... a lot of traffic,” Wiggins said. “I think we have to help ourselves sometimes.”
NCAA ready to add first international university
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA is close to adding Simon Fraser University in Canada as its first international member.
The Division II Presidents Council is asking the Executive Committee to change the governing body’s constitution to allow admittance to the school in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Current rules require all NCAA schools to be accredited by a U.S. agency. The Division II presidents want the language changed to include schools in good standing in their own nation’s accreditation program.
The President’s Council also said the schoolmust be a candidate in one of six U.S. accreditation programs to be considered.
If the language is modified, Simon Fraser likely will be approved Aug. 9 in time for games beginning Sept. 1.
The NCAA adopted a 10-year pilot program for Canadian schools in 2008.
Simon Fraser has competed against U.S. schools in ski racing (outside the NCAA) for decades.