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Nice Olympic Hockey coverage, NBC

Hockey is about the only sport I care about these days.  The Olympic hockey rivalry between US and Russia has been epic ever since the Lake Placid games in 1980.  Why then, does NBC not broadcast the game live?  In order to see the game live, one has to subscribe to NBCsn, which is in the premium tier on my cable system.  No, they would rather force people to pay lots of money because they can.  Such if life in the land of Monopoly.

Well, for every problem, there is a solution.  Mine involved a VPN connection to somebody else’s network.  I watched the game, but the commentary was in Russian.  I didn’t understand most of it, however, as to the results of the game; I got the general feeling that the Russians were not amused:

Not time (for/to) smile

Not time (for/to) smile

It seems the referees made a few controversial calls, including denying a Russian goal because the US net was out of place.  I wonder how that will be mentioned on the repackaged replay.

There were other streaming options as well, one just needs to hunt around to find things.

In the information age, it seems the establishment’s control of the narrative is slipping away.  I view this as a positive development.


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