Apparently NBC didn't learn its lesson from the Olympics. Last summer, the network caught flak for tape-delaying coverage of Michael Phelps' pursuit for eight gold medals to viewers on the west coast. Today, NBC Sports stepped up their game and alienated the entire country by tape-delaying the first French Open semifinal and then completely blacking out Roger Federer's thrilling, five-set comeback victory over Juan Martin del Potro in the other match. The move has left tennis fans in the United States apoplectic.
The network showed the first semifinal on tape delay starting at 10 a.m. ET. (The match began at 7 a.m. ET.) As the fifth set of that match was being played live in Paris, NBC was airing the first set. After chopping the nearly 3-1/2 hour match down to three hours (plus commercials), NBC stopped its coverage and aired 'Days of Our Lives' instead. The highly-anticipated Federer-del Potro battle was not on any station in the States.
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