NBC Asked to Move in Olympic Boxing Arena

By: AP
By: AP

LONDON (AP) -- NBC's boxing announcers have left the building.

Officials who oversee Olympic boxing said Friday that they had asked NBC's announcers, Bob Papa and Teddy Atlas, to move back from their workspace close to the ExCel center ring to one further back. International Boxing Association spokesman Sebastien Gillot said the announcers were "very disturbing" for officials, even for bouts they were not announcing.

Rather than move, Gillot said that NBC decided to leave.

NBC Sports spokesman Greg Hughes said there were two sides to every story. He said the Olympics' final bouts will be on CNBC as anticipated.

Papa and Atlas have been critical of boxing judges and referees, saying that some decisions have been unfair and they don't like the way fights are judged. Several defeated boxers have appealed decisions.


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