Among the worthless stories on NBC tonight was a note about the failure (again) of the system that is to provide scores and results to the print media pool at the Olympics. We'll skip the question of where the bloggers are for the moment, but a quick look at the official website of the ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games shows RSS could have gone a long way to easing the problems. Wouldn't it be great to have a feed for each of the sports areas that are already on the schedule and result pages.
What should have happened is that there should have been an RSS system in place to offer results feeds to the print press and the world alike. Viewers at home could skip the repetitious hours of watching rowing crews navigate straight down the lane, or bypass the unbelievably bad coverage of the Russian men's gymnastics team (which only showed their mistakes) and could instead get what they are interested in. Oh, yes, we would have missed the description on CNBC about the server being a sink holding the scores and the drain is not big enough to get them out to the print media.
This also brings up the question... where are the bloggers? The Olympics would have been a great opportunity for bloggers. It would have been a big mistake to repeat the convention attempt to make bloggers into regular parts of the press, but it would be great to have a volleyball blogger, equestrian blogger, etc. Get somebody good in each area (or better yet several people) and send them to cover the events and the story behind the events. Have some bloggers live in olympic village.... the possibilities are endless. We have eighteen months until the winter Olympics in Torino. Maybe the recently freed from daily jobs, Dave Winer, can organize blogging of the Olympics.