NBC STUDIOS-- In front of a packed conference room and live television cameras NBC Studios announced that they had no other choice but to broadcast the Olympic Games in Athens opposed to the Special Olympic Games in Atlanta this year.
NBC stated reasons like they desperately needed the viewers because of failed shows like "Next Action Hero" and the more than likely flop "Joey" which airs sometime in September.
"We at NBC feel that the Olympic Games in Athens will garner a substantial amount of viewers to get us out of our slump in the ratings we have been experiencing lately," stated an NBC official. "We feel terrible that we can't cover the Special Olympics like we normally do, but tell me why did they have to schedule them at the same time as the games in Athens?" the official questioned.
The Special Olympics Committee was extremely outraged about this decision. "What are we going to tell the kids this year?" stated a member from the Special Olympics Committee.
"The athletes will have no morale whatsoever because they know that everybody will be watching "Athens" instead of them," stated the member.
"I guess you can say this is America at it's best, greed and money is the only thing on NBC's mind!" exclaimed Jon Fisher, a Special Olympics fan for countless years. "If I can't watch it on T.V. this year, I will personally drive to Atlanta to watch them and boycott the games in Athens." He also urged others to participate in this boycott as well.
There was some hope found in this saga though. Thomas Fish, a 50 meter walk athlete, said he will try his hardest and still come out a winner no matter what happens in Athens. "I've been training for almost 2 weeks now!" shouted Thomas.
"That's what it's all about right there," stated Jonathon Dillard, the Special Olympics President. "Young Thomas has the spirit that shall be contagious and trickle down onto other athletes and these games will go on, NBC or no NBC coverage.
As of press time, NBC still has decided to go on with their decision to broadcast the games in Athens instead of Atlanta.