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NBC deserves praise for showing women's Olympic gold medal hockey game live

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According to NBC Sports on Thursday, the Olympic gold medal game in women's hockey between Canada and the United States was seen live on the peacock network.

The fact that NBC decided to showcase the game as it happened is significant because they are not giving the same status to figure skaters, alpine skiers and speed skaters on the main network at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

There is simply nothing like live sports on television, and the Canada-USA battle was a classic with the Canadian team battling back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the final three minutes and winning in overtime on a goal from Marie-Philip Poulin.

Let's hope the ratings for this game was through the roof--not just because it will hopefully help female hockey participation in the United States, but that NBC will learn that in the 21st century, taped sporting events are extremely old fashioned and should simply not exist.

NBC is showing live sporting events on their affiliate channels, but those channels are not accessible to all.

The only other event NBC will be showing live is the men's gold medal hockey game (Sunday, 5:00 a.m., mountain time).

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