To anyone involved with programming, editing, content inclusion, and airing of the Olympic broadcast --
I hope for the Rio games you learn from your mistakes and actually show the entire Opening and Closing Ceremonies unedited and uninterrupted by your agenda. Not only is it a slight to your viewers, who have no other choice of US TV network to watch the games, it's an absolute insult to the host country who worked hard and put so much time and planning to create these showcases. In the world of global connection and instant information, you can no longer deny that you are editing out content. While I am indifferent to your choice to delay the broadcasts to primetime, I am enraged that you decide what content the American public gets to see without input. Yes, you have the live streaming available on nbcolympics.com but people work, have school, or the odd hours of the games don't allow for someone to be on the internet 24/7. And let's be honest, there's something wonderful and social about watching it on a television instead of a computer screen. It's my belief you are abusing your power as the sole carrier of the Olympics when you decide to edit out content. The summer games only come around every 4 years and should be what's remembered, not the television network that failed and caused controversy due to editing choices.
In general I found your coverage of the games and competitions quite well done. While some of your commentators had something to be desired (specifically the basketball commentators) having the choice of many TV channels and live streaming was a welcome addition. I hope that you choose to include the live/online streaming for the winter games.
One last comment. I wish you would reconsider your choice to air/buy rights for the Paralympic games broadcast. While I do not know the reason why you chose not to include it as part of the Olympic coverage, I think you're doing a disservice to these athletes and the American public by not showcasing them. I think it's terrible that you highlight a South African double amputee participating in the regular games but completely overlook hundreds of similar athletes. Also, now that I have interest in Oscar, why not show his races in the Paralympic games? You've got an invested/interested public, follow through.
I hope you take time to think about what went wrong with the 2012 games broadcast and start listening to your viewers; instead of your executives and money.