The 2012 London Summer Olympics have really flown by, and now it's time for people the world over to say goodbye to the world's biggest athletic event until the next Olympiad. Of course, most Americans might assume that they'll be saying goodbye a little later. After all, NBC's delay in coverage of the Olympics has resulted in ire from many internet commenters, who are frustrated at not being able to view the games live with the rest of the world. Well, worry not -- NBC appears to have grown a conscience and will be streaming the whole thing live.
The closing ceremonies are slated to take place on Sunday, at 9 p.m. London time and 1 p.m. PST.
During his announcement of the network's decision to stream the ceremonies, NBC Sports Chairman Mark Lazarus acknowledged some of the controversy the network's coverage of the Olympics Opening Ceremony attracted. "Going into the opening ceremony, we didn't have a sense for what our ratings would be and what streaming would or wouldn't do to our broadcasts. But we think we've learned enough and have promised to innovate and continually evolve our broadcast coverage."
But lest you already start getting excited for competent coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the network noted that the streaming of the closing ceremony will be an experiment, and will not necessarily be the way NBC treats future Olympics. Here's a translation: if the televison ratings for the closing ceremonies suck, this probably won't happen again.
The closing ceremonies, unlike the dramatically staged opening ceremonies, will feature quite a bit of live music. Muse, whose song "Survival" (from their upcoming album The 2nd Law) was the official song of the Olympics, will perform, along with Spice Girls, The Who, and George Michael. Other performers are being kept under wraps, but we wouldn't be surprised if Paul McCartney, Coldplay, and other British musical greats (are we foolish to hold out hope for a Sting appearance?) will appear.
The NBC broadcast of the ceremonies will be hosted by Bob Costas.