NBC Sports Will Take A "Wait & See" Approach To Sochi Olympic Games Broadcast
Demands that NBC end its contract to broadcast the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia started to echo around the country have been noticed by big wigs in charge of the sports portion of the network.
During a press conference at the TCA Summer TV Tour, NBC Sports Mark Lazarrus told reporters that the peacock network was going to "wait and see" how the massive human rights violations due to Russia's new anti-gay law play out in the months ahead of the Olympics.
Russia's draconian anti-gay laws are stirring up controversy for NBC Sports as the division prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus would not directly address the issue at the division's Saturday afternoon Television Critics Association press tour session. But he promised that if the controversy was still front and center come Feb. 6, when the company's 18 days of coverage begins, it would not be swept under the rug.
"We'll address it at the time because it's still unfolding," said Lazarus, adding that the IOC has taken up the issue with the Russian government. "The IOC has addressed it with the Russian government and has assured athletes, fans and media that there won't be any issues," he added. "Governments across the world have different laws. I don't know now it's going to [affect] us. If it is still their law and it is impacting any part of the Olympic Games we will make sure we are acknowledging it and recognizing it."