From the Tour de France blog--OLN was roasted for not showing Armstrong's finish in the final stage of the Tour. The joys of a shared feed, guys--you show what's being uplinked. And there was more going on with the last stage than Armstrong's finish for that particular stage.
And then from one of the comments, OLN, for the evening re-broadcast, did insert video of Armstrong's finish, but then deleted all the award ceremonies *except* for Armstrong's. For the record, there was the stage win, the spinter award, climber (aka "king of the mountain"), under 25, and team award.
And they didn't show the T-mobile team shaking Armstrong's hand after they took the team award.
You know, I'm not sure if they would have shown other awards if a US Postal member had won, or if a US cyclist from another team had won. I'm really hoping this was a "Lance is the story" marketing decision, instead of a "viewers are only interested in the US winner" story, especially given they didn't show the handshake. Combine that with the constant anti-French bitching and moaning among a good chunk of the US media during the Tour, and you have to wonder if someone decided to downplay the post-race sportsmanship to make their own political statement.Posted by lsefton at July 28, 2004 12:56 PM