Leading Off: NBC prime-time show is on TV far too late

08/05/2012 12:00 AM

10/08/2014 10:37 AM

Hey, NBC, some folks have lives – jobs, families, obligations – so they're relying on you to provide the best of the Olympics each night.

No one seems to care that the network's prime-time show is taped; most of the biggest events are worth watching even if you knew the outcome hours before. And most folks actually enjoy sappy profiles about overcoming long odds.

But why does NBC broadcast the taped show so late at night?

Many folks can't stay up until midnight, especially if they need to be at their jobs by 8 a.m.

For the next Olympics, NBC should just do two action-packed hours from 8-10 p.m.

Tonight's prime time

Ch. 3, 8 p.m.-midnight

Track and field: Finals in men's 100 meters, women's 400 meters and triple jump

Gymnastics: Finals in men's floor and pommel horse, women's vault

Diving: Women's springboard final

Beach volleyball: Women's quarterfinals

Locals watch

Stephanie Brown Trafton, Galt, track and field: The defending gold medalist in the discus failed to medal Saturday, finishing eighth with a best of 206 feet, 8 inches.

Becky Holliday, Penryn, track and field: The pole vaulter cleared 14 feet, 11 inches in Saturday's qualifying to advance to Monday's 11 a.m. final.

Jamie Nieto, Sacramento, track and field: High jump qualifying begins today at 11:05 a.m. PDT. The final is 1 p.m. PDT Tuesday.

Jill Camarena-Williams, Woodland, track and field: Shot put qualifying begins Monday at 2:45 a.m. PDT; the final is 1:15 p.m.

Medal leaders

Team	G	S	B	T	

U.S. 26 13 15 54

China 25 16 12 53

Britain 14 7 8 29

Russia 3 15 10 28

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