Two thoughts on BBC Sport from the Olympics

It’s all still ongoing, but I wanted to set these down before I forget them.

First, the Olympics Live red button coverage has been great. Just getting to flick through and watch everything that’s going on live, without someone deciding what we should be watching is a whole new way to watch sport. So why not continue this after the Olympics? Every weekend, there’s lots of sport going on across the country – and further afield – so why not make the live coverage (there doesn’t have to be commentary) available? They could even rebrand the multiple feeds as a revival of Grandstand, which always had the aim of showing viewers a range of different sports in an afternoon.

Second, should BBC Sport introduce a system of parity for men’s and women’s sports? Not just in terms of one-off events, but as a culture – if Football Focus and Match Of The Day are concentrating on the Premier League, then there should be equivalent programmes covering the Women’s Super League, for instance. There have been lots of laments recently about there not being enough live sport to cover because Sky have bought it all up, but that only seems to apply to the men’s versions of them – why shouldn’t the national broadcaster focus on the sport played by the majority of the population instead?

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