I don’t often get into causes dependent on viral or social media. Nor am I in the habit of following sports — even less so for televised sports. The lack of this televised sporting event is something I would like to rally support for. NBC is not airing the bulk of the Paralympics on its main channel, it is casting it to a paid cable sports channel at the wee hours of the morning or during the work day. I don’t have a website for a formal petition. I did put this together for people like me to submit.
The TeamUSA website lists the Paralympics broadcasting schedule with an article trying to convince and distract readers from the fact, the households without paid premium cable or satellite subscriptions or without easy access to the internet to stream will not eve know the Paralympics are taking place. The review of the Paralympics is the only thing which will be aired on NBC (and not just NBCSN, NBC Sports Network). A meager 50 hours is what will be shown. NBC set aside 230 hours for 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics according to NBC’s own website, http://www.nbcolympics.com/viewers-guide.
UK Government news Channel 4 planned 150 hours of coverage during the Paralympics, according to the article on Paralympic.org
Help advocate for equal media coverage. The template and information needed is provided for you below. There is no dedicated webpage or website with a petition. Please pass this on. Even if you are not a huge sports fan, support your fellow Americans.
Please take 2 minutes or less to fill in this template and email it to NBC.
Send an email to : NBColympicsfeedback@NBCuni.com
Subject: 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics
Message: It is appalling to learn NBC is not being equal with it’s broadcasting of Olympic sporting events.
This message is to implore NBC to air Paralympic events on NBC (and not just NBCSN) in the same fashion and time slots as the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. I would like to watch and show support for U.S. Athletes, witness the culmination of training and see the athletic abilities compared to competing teams.
Please do not discount the importance of Paralympics, as the media has previously and wrongly misrepresented other cultures and minority groups throughout television and news media history. Some of those athletes are United States veterans, some are working class. Every single one on the United States team represents America, and the American ideals. Show the diversity of people sports embodies and empowers.
Last Friday, on my way back to my house I noticed an SVU turning down a side street with a wheelchair in the backseat with its windows rolled down. I casually mused as I gave a starting hard push forward down the curb. The SVU stopped midturn. Uh-oh. Here we go again. Some civilian on their way home needing to make me their good deed for the day.. This would make it offer number 17. Maybe more. I was the one people came to in order to feel good about themselves. Depending on the day and the person, and how haggard I was feeling, I accepted. Sometimes for selfish reasons stemmed from laziness, convenience, and/or fatigue. Other times out of gratitude. Most of the times, I just declined. I had never been offered so many rides home from complete strangers until I had moved here.
Instead, the driver idled her SVU and turned on her blinkers. I wanted to actually have a conversation, but I was worried about her getting rear-ended. Which, everyone claimed this state blamed you for someone else rear-ending you.
The slender lady with medium-length, blonde hair leaned over to call out, “Hi. Excuse me, I hope you don’t think I’m some creepy weirdo. I saw you and, I wondered—I well,—I have a wheelchair too, in the back.”
“Yes, I know. I noticed as you were turning. Can I help you?”
“Well, I was wondering if you were interested in any wheelchair sports.”
[ BING-O! This was the jackpot.]
“Actually to tell you the truth, I’ve been trying to find some. but all I could find was some bowling thing. If you know of any let me know. My name’s A. What’s your name?”
“P. I used to live in the area, I’m just here visiting. Look, when I lived here, there was a wheelchair basketball team I used to play on. In fact they just had their first practice yesterday. I could have Jenny contact you if you want to join.”
I told her it would be great, it’s been a long time since I’ve played and I’m not too good, but I’m definitely interested. I gave her my phone number, and we awkwardly parted. As I increasingly eyed the traffic on the main street she had just turned off of.
Today I received a call from JR. I asked her all sorts of questions to get details. I’m so excited and nervous about it all. JR said the team sometime plays the U of A. Which I also find intimidating. If the team is good enough to play again U of A., I know I hardly have those kind of mad skillz. The membership is roughly $500 a year. But I guess it’s an incremential thing and many chances throughout to raise the money.
I’m super excited and not sure what to expect when I go tomorrow. JR said she can’t be there but told me who to speak with. We will see.