* ChannelHop: The Olympic Games have, in many countries, rarely done so, either because of tradition, long-term contracts with the IOC, or being the only broadcaster in a region with the resources needed to broadcast them.
** The first televised Olympics in the U.S. hopped between ABC, CBS, and NBC for a while. By the 1990s, CBS had the Winter Olympics, while NBC had the Summer Olympics. Beginning with the 2000 Sydney Games, and to this day, NBC has been the exclusive U.S. broadcaster of every Olympics.
** Creator/{{CBC}} lost the 2010 Vancouver Games and 2012 London Games to a consortium backed by [=CTVglobemedia=]--later Bell Media--and Rogers Media, only to gain them back in 2014 and reach a sub-licensing deal with the two companies to air coverage on Sportsnet and TSN.
** Historically, Seven Network had been ''the'' Olympic broadcaster in Australia, but Nine Network and Foxtel nabbed the 2010 and 2012 Games under a deal that was ultimately a financial disaster. So much so, that the IOC had issues selling rights to the 2014 and 2016 Games, and ultimately had to sell just the 2014 Sochi Games to Network Ten. Seven has since re-gained them through 2020.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: A Polish newspaper stuck [[MemeticMutation Pedobear]] [[http://i.imgur.com/4oadu.jpg in with the rest of the Vancouver mascots]]. It was apparently an internet meme, and the newspaper nabbed a Photoshopped image without knowing better.
* PromotedFanboy: A huge chunk of Olympians grew up watching the events on television and being inspired to join the sport to emulate a particular athlete, only to find themselves participating in the Olympics themself--Kristi Yamaguchi signed up for skating lessons after watching Dorothy Hamill's gold-medal winning performance in 1976, only to win her own gold medal 16 years later at the Albertville Games (and receiving a "good luck" hug from Hamill herself).
* TroubledProduction: Every now and then there are installments with either: overspending, in both the Summer and Winter Games of 1976; boycotts, in all Summer Games between 1976 and 1988 inclusive; construction behind schedule, in the Summer Games of 1976, 2004, and 2016; terrorism, in the Summer Games of 1972 and 1996; faulty infrastructure, in the Summer Games of 1996 and 2014...
** Overspending in particular is becoming such an issue that it's starting to affect the bidding process: hardly anyone wants to host the games anymore, citing the costs. It's gotten so bad that in the bidding for the 2024 games it was decided that the loser (for there were only two bidders) would get 2028...because the IOC were afraid ''no one'' would bid for 2028.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Creator/StevenSpielberg dropped out of the creative team for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Games in protest of China's inaction in the Darfur Civil War. What the ceremony would have looked like in Spielberg's hands is anyone's guess.
** For the 2012 London Games, various parts of Danny Boyle's opening ceremony were left out due to time restraints from public transportation: stunt bikes [[http://theolympictorch.com/latest/174-danny-boyles-london-2012-opening-extravaganza-to-be-shortened were to be involved]] and a ''Series/DoctorWho'' segment--or at least, music--[[http://www.hypable.com/2012/07/28/doctor-who-cut-from-olympic-opening-to-save-time/ was cut]].
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