The Olympics have become a giant sponsorship competition NOT a sports competition. Do I have issues with how China treats their employees, foreign press and the environment? Yes. But my boycott is based on more personal reasons.
NBC. A friend trained for the last three years (that I’ve known him, but longer than that I’m sure) for the shot put U.S. Olympic Trials. During the Olympic trials this year, NBC chose to ignore all but four of the twelve finalists for the shot put while showing all the heats in the track competitions. NBC showed repeated ads for their sponsors but would not take the time to show a list of the finalists for the shot put.
NBC does NOT care about the athletes or the competition. NBC seems to only care about covering its sponsor’s contracts. NBC fails to comprehend that it covers this historic athletic competition and owes a duty to the ATHLETES who trained, including those who were simply finalists on the American stage.
I will be boycotting the Olympics, inspite of the fact that I truly enjoy the competition. Alas, this seems to be the only way to make my point since NO ONE at NBC responds to email.