Olympics spoilers?

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Thanks so much for printing the outcome of the basketball game I was going to watch tonight. No point in watching it now, is there? Guess I’d better avoid your website in the future.

Fred A.

We’ve received several e-mails similar to this one in the course of the Beijing Olympics.

I hear what you’re saying, but we offer our readers timely coverage of the Olympics as a news event, and that includes putting major news in our headlines.

As I write this reply, the AP’s lead online sports headline is US beats Argentina, shoots for gold Sunday. Likewise, the New York Times online headline says U.S. Men’s Basketball Advances to Final, and the Washington Post tells us U.S. Beats Argentina, Reaches Gold Medal Game. MSNBC carried it live. So clearly it’s very difficult to avoid learning this news, whether you come to reuters.com or not: GBU Editor

REUTERS photo by Lucy Nicholson

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This practice bothered me also. My main problem with it was the fact that the headlines were often posted on the main Reuters news page. It would have been one thing if I had to click on the sports section first, and it would have been even better if I had to go into an Olympics section, but I couldn’t even read the general news without the spoilers staring me in the face. Boo!

Posted by AJ | Report as abusive

Fred A. – Hilarious. If you don’t want news – even sports news – stay away from news websites. Sheeeeeesh!
Reminds me of an episode of the great UK TV sitcom ‘The Likely Lads (Whatever happened to…)’ where the lads try and avoid hearing the score of an England game so they can enjoy it on the TV replay later. As we all remember – that game was f******. (forefeited??)

Posted by cetriasa | Report as abusive

Funny chap, what did he expect to view if not the news on your website? Perhaps, you should put a warning sign: “This website may seriously ruin your game” ?

Posted by JEAN-FRANÇOIS GAUTIER | Report as abusive

With due to respect to all readers of this website,we need to understand the situation faced by such websites,sincein the modern world of competition they need to be costantly updated with their content,So according with them i wud just reinstate that being part and parcel of their professional etiquettes, we need to respect them in all due sense while updating us whether they tend to be spoilsport or vice-versa.

Posted by Abhishek | Report as abusive

Hey Fred –

If you know you’re planning on watching a tape-delayed live event, what in the world are you doing surfing news web sites where they strive to…report the news in a rapid manner?

Posted by Daniel J. | Report as abusive

Reuters coverage of the games was great, and I found the score news helped me keep up with events I couldn’t tune in to. Ultimately the score is only one part of a sports story, and watching the spectacular feats of the Olympians is the reason to tune in. Some of the Olympians who earned medals have set up athlete profiles on the Loop’d Social Network. Check some of them out like:

Lauren Wenger, Water Polo
http://www.loopd.com/Members/LAWenger/De fault.aspx

Mike Day, BMX
http://www.loopd.com/Members/mikeyday/De fault.aspx

Mark Gangloff, Swimming
http://www.loopd.com/Members/Gangloff/De fault.aspx

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