Ryder Cup 2010: NBC to Show the Second Day From Wales on Tape Delay

Chris PolsonContributor ISeptember 28, 2010

NEWPORT, WALES - SEPTEMBER 28:  (L-R)  Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Stewart Cink, Jeff Overton, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Phil Mickelson and Team Captain Corey Pavin pose with the trophy during the USA Team Photocall prior to the 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort on September 28, 2010 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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The Ryder Cup is one of the most prestigious events in golf - possibly in all sports - yet NBC has decided that during the second day of play on Saturday that they are going to show it on a tape delay.

And not once have I heard a good reason as to why its being done this way.

ESPN is showing the first day live from 2:30am eastern until 1pm.  The singles matches on Sunday will be live on NBC.  There's no reasonable excuse for the network to not air Saturday's pairings live as well.

I personally enjoy watching the Ryder Cup.  Its the "Us vs. Them" thing I guess.  Plus, golf is usually an individual game, so its nice to see the guys and their respective teams bond together, even if its only for three days.

What I don't enjoy is waking up seeing the team of Tiger/Furyk or Mickelson/Stricker 1-up on the 16th hole only to know that the match is already over and was halved.  I want to see it as it unfolds.

If I want spoilers for something, I can go onto pro wrestling websites and look up what happens on Friday Night Smackdown, since its taped on Tuesday night.

I obviously wouldn't purposely go looking for spoilers, but what if it goes to commercial and I'm flipping through to ESPN and I see the outcome already?  What if my dad calls me and complains about the fact that he read a newswire saying the U.S. is down 7 to 5 even though on TV they've only played four matches?


I think you see the point I'm making.

Of course, I shouldn't expect much from a network that in the late 90's had great TV shows like "Seinfeld" and "Friends", but now puts out stuff like "Undercovers" and "Chase" that can only beat the CW in ratings.  And their best shows like "Chuck" and "Community" get left on Monday and Thursday "death-slots" going up against "Dancing With The Stars", "House", and "Big Bang Theory".

I'm not even going to begin to get into the Leno-Conan fiasco.

Maybe I'm in the minority as far as being angry at NBC goes, but I just feel that sporting events should be seen as they happen.

Whether it be the Ryder Cup, the Olympics, or the Ping-Pong championships, I want to feel the taste of victory or the agony of defeat when the players do.  Not after the fact.