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Are You Watching The Winter Olympics? Because I’m Not

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The 2018 Winter Olympics are currently in full swing in South Korea but for many Americans simply watching the events is sort of a hard thing to do. Primary reason? It doesn’t line up with the sports fan.

Due to the time difference between the United States and South Korea, the NBC broadcasts are all taped from earlier in the day with the live events not lining up with primetime broadcasting slots or really anytime the average American can watch. Of course many are watching these prerecorded events with no issue. But the millennial who is on Twitter or any type of social media the results of all these events are being highly reported ahead of their NBC broadcasts.

Sports are meant to be live, watching games or events on DVR have become next to impossible in the up to the second world we live in. The Winter Olympics occur every four years and have some great quality events but just turning on the TV is becoming increasingly harder and harder to do.

Now you could certainly disagree. But as the saying goes, ball doesn’t lie.

The Opening Ceremony on Friday night that really occurred on Thursday was down big over the 2014 Sochi numbers. The broadcast brought in 27.8 million viewers which was down 12%. Many point to the fact that the live stream and other streams occurred well before the USA broadcast window.

Day 1 viewership on Saturday was down 9% from 2014. The tough thing about the ratings is more and more of viewership is coming via the live streams of the events. That being said even with those numbers being added in the drop off was still 12% for the Opener and 9% for day 1 of events.

The delay and the broadcast of fully tapped broadcasts kills off the modern day sports fan that requires everything to be fast-paced, instant, and live.

How about you are you watching? Why or why not?

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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WEEI To Close Its Doors On Friday

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Boston sports radio station WEEI is set to close its doors on Friday amidst some highly controversial storylines.

The station is going to be stopping all broadcasts this Friday between 6 am- 6 pm with the entire company attending an all-day mandatory sensitivity training.

The company claimed in a press release that it is trying to put in place policies and procedures that are more align with their listeners and the City of Boston. This move comes after two major national incidents portrayed the station in a highly negative light with Alex Reimer calling Tom Brady’s daughter a “pissant” and Christian Fauria imitating Brady’s agent Don Yee.

These two incidents are not truly isolated though with morning show host Kirk Minihane always stirring the pot and going after anyone he dares too including media giant Boston Globe which is owned by Red Sox owner John Henry who has a radio contract with WEEI.

WEEI’s decision to go dark and refocus their staff has been met with some serious controversy with some supporting the decision but the general feeling is negative. The people who are looking at this in the negative light are seeing it as a serious form of censorship, a censorship that was clearly heard on the airwaves on Wednesday with Minihane saying repeatedly that they are going to do the worst radio show in America and hope they finish last in the rating book.

Ultimately this will likely kill WEEI as a radio station once again which is unfortunate since the Kirk and Callahan program has helped the station launch itself back into relevancy.  At this point, it looks like Minihane might be thinking of greener pastures.

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Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Title Should Be Vacated For Illegal Play

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The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII but they did so illegally.

According to the NFL rulebook, former officials, and common sense the Eagles ran an illegal play on the Nick Foles touchdown catch trick play. Philly lined up illegally on the play with the officials during the game going with the wrong judgment call on the play. With the play being in the trick variety the officials during the game should have been even more aware of what is legal and what isn’t legal.

While this particular play didn’t decide the game it did result in points for the Eagles and impacted the final outcome of a Super Bowl.

Generally, when the Patriots are accused of doing something illegal it becomes a massive national story that doesn’t die with calls of win and to have their title stripped from them.

For that reason, I have taken it upon myself to demand that the Eagles have their title vacated and a long painful investigation with massive reports and then have counter reports with the team’s notes released.

None of this will happen, and it shouldn’t. But in the pursuit of being fair, it may be necessary.

If you haven’t guessed it at this point I am not actually serious about any of this, but the purpose of this was to point out the hypocritical nature of the media and their hatred of the New England Patriots.

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WEEI Censoring Kirk And Callahan With Station Advertisers Pulling Out

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The number one morning program in Boston is getting a makeover.

That program is, of course, WEEI’s Kirk and Callahan program that has been number 1 in the rating book for the last 6 months. Much of the show’s success can be attributed to Kirk Minihane who is widely known as a host that is willing to say anything and go after anyone. But now it is looking like WEEI is putting a muzzle on their prized horse in a move that might tank the station.

WEEI’s bosses have allegedly directed the show’s personalities to tone down the rhetoric and avoid certain subjects like attacking the hypocritical Boston Globe and their writing staff.

The reason for this censorship is unclear but with some advertisers pulling out from WEEI it could be the primary reason for WEEI’s change of heart. Advertisers have been pulling out for a variety of reasons with national incidents occurring with Alex Reimer calling Tom Brady’s daughter a “pissant” and Christian Fauria making a poor impression of Brady’s agent Don Yee.

Both incidents occurred at different times but within weeks of each other. The Boston Globe among other media outlets have crucified WEEI for these incidents.

Interestingly enough the Globe and their writers have gone out of their way to write negative outlook articles on WEEI which may or may not have attributed to censoring of radio personalities whose main job is to drive in ratings.

Always interesting to see a station running away from ratings by killing the only product that has them in first. Can’t imagine this will end well for the personalities involved or the station which is owned by Entercom.

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