It sure is disappointing not to be able to watch some of the Wimbledon tennis matches live. I'm not nearly so interested in watching tape delays or reruns, and I'm especially not interested in watching them when I receive scoring updates, live, every thirty seconds or so on my iPhone. It was pretty silly today, especially, because the Williams-Safina match was nearly completed by the time NBC got around to showing any of it.
If I am like this, I wonder if many other sports fans have similar views. And if that is the case then surely there is some money being left on the table by the contractual combinations that have been negotiated requiring ESPN not to show some matches (and not even mention the matches or their scores, if they are in progress).
Either NBC should alter its day-time programming so they can show those matches live, or Wimbledon should negotiate contracts that capture more of the surplus.
And note to advertisers: I don't watch as much or as intently if the tennis being shown is tape-delayed. I hope you are not paying as much for that ad time.