Out in the Cold
Winter Olympics struggle to compete in a crowded sports worldFebruary 11, 2010 | by Brendan Cosgrove
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Unseasonably warm temperatures, the lack of compelling stars and sluggish advertisement sales are just a few of the issues NBC is facing as it projects at least a $250 million loss on the broadcast of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Irving Rein, professor of communication studies at Northwestern University, is the co-author of the book, "The Elusive Fan: Reinventing Sports in a Crowded Marketplace." In this audio commentary, Rein discusses the declining popularity of the Olympics.