CHICAGO – Every four years, non-NBC television stations across the country struggle to cover the Olympic Games. Why’s that? NBC has exclusive rights to the event and limits the amount of video non-NBC stations can show to just two minutes within a six-hour period.
Pat Tomasulo, sportscaster for FOX 5 affiliate WGN, decided to have a little fun with the limitations during his sportscast Monday night.
"Because when you only have the rights to use two-minutes of 'Olympics' highlights in a six-hour newscast -- you gotta do, what you gotta do," WGN posted on their website.
Instead of covering the Olympics, the Chicago sportscaster opted to cover "The International Athletic Competition Run by One of the Most Corrupt Organizations in the World" and aired footage of his own high school wrestling career while finding a clever way to report on the events in Rio without specifically talking about them, KPLR reported.