So Beijing is 12 hours ahead of the East Coast, which puts it 9 hours ahead of California. This means that all the events that the US negotiated with China to have in the late morning -- Michael Phelps's swimming finals, gymnastics events -- so that they could be shown before midnight on the East Coast could actually be live on the West Coast during prime-time -- 7pm, 8pm. Sounds perfect, right?
Except that the programming genuises at NBC decided that it would be oh so much better to tape-delay coverage so that we're on the same schedule. So we wait, and dodge spoilers on the Internet, and it's way irritating.
I wonder how they'll work it with London in 2012? I suppose they'll figure out some other phenomenally stupid way of doing it.