The world has changed a lot since 1972 in ways that are bound to affect viewership, no matter how exemplary the coverage. First, we have countless viewing choices. Second, other nations have become much more competitive over time. Third, most of us have become more comfortable and accepting of other cultures, other nations, and other ethnic groups. Back then, the emphasis was on Caucasian athletes, primarily American. … Over the past week or so, I have noticed that the Olympic games now feature the diversity of nations and races so much better than before.
One major criticism of how the games are televised relates to the huge emphasis on the swimming events, the volleyball matches and the gymnastic competition, to the near exclusion of judo, fencing, equestrian, archery and other events. … Still, I love watching the Olympic Games and that certainly won’t change.