Saturday, October 25, 2008

NBC tries to play catch-up

(Originally published May 13, 2008)

I was glad that NBC decided to hold a roundtable to discuss the horse safety issues that have become the focus of public debate ever since the death of Eight Belles two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby.

However, what was billed as a 30-minute roundtable actually lasted only 13 minutes. One got the feeling that NBC was doing only the bare minimum in response to viewers' protests over the way the network covered the Derby.

Also, I heard no one point out that not only is roundtable member Gary Stevens a former jockey and a commentator for NBC Sports; he's also a consultant to IEAH, the company that owns Big Brown, the Derby and Preakness winner. Ever hear of full disclosure, guys?

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