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To Channel 7 (The Seven Network),

Throughout your coverage of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, there has been a great deal of concern about the amount of respect and support being shown towards the sport basketball, more specifically, the men's Australian basketball team.

There has been constant promotion of the women's and men's basketball team games throughout the days, telling us all to "stick around", saying that the Opals and Boomers will be on "soon". While the coverage has been good for the Opals thus far, there has been inaccurate and false advertising used for the men's basketball team for both games against Croatia and Argentina.

We're sure you would have received a lot of complaints and concern about this, as basketball is one of the most exciting and inspiring sports to watch for all.

A lot of anger and frustration has been expressed amongst the strong basketball community in Australia when the men's basketball has constantly been interrupted for several hours by events such as Gymnastics, Equestrian (horses jumping sticks!?) and medal ceremonies of other countries national anthems.

There has been a group of almost 1,000 Australians who have joined in less than 24 hours, where people have joined to express their opinions and frustration towards the lack of quality coverage and support for the Australian men's basketball team.

Who decides when to cut away from the basketball? who decides to show horses and a medal ceremony for an hour while the Australian Boomers were playing Live against the Olympic defending champions Argentina? The first game against Croatia, there was only 8 minutes of Boomers coverage in the third quarter, after the network was hyping up the game all day.

While we honestly appreciate your coverage when the basketball is shown and not promoted inaccurately, it's just isn't fair or "Australian" to only show the basketball when we are "winning", especially when thousands of Australians around the country are staying up hoping to support the Boomers and get inspired.

The following is the beginning of an official petition (started on Wednesday 13th August 2008 at 3.02pm) of people across Australia asking for better and more accurate coverage of the men's and women's basketball teams.

Thanks.
This petition was initiated by MSF / Hoopcity Magazine and influenced by thousands of Australians.

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Message from the Facebook group "Channel 7's Olympic Basketball Coverage is CRAP!"

Phone Channel 7, complain constructively and melt their switchboards every time they disrespect the sport- whether it be the Boomers games or USA etc.

This is supposed to be demand creating supply, not supply creating or influencing demand. They need to know it's NOT ok each time they do this and dangle carrots- otherwise they will keep on doing it!

BRISBANE:
Sir Samuel Griffith Dr,
Mt Coot-tha QLD 4066
Ph: (07) 3369 7777
Fax: (07) 3368 2970

MELBOURNE:
160 Harbour Esplanade
Docklands VIC 3008
Ph: (03) 9697 7777
Fax: (03) 9697 7629

SYDNEY:
Wharf 17, 38 Pirrama Rd
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Ph: (02) 8777 7777
Fax: (02) 8777 7778

ADELAIDE:
40 Port Rd
Hindmarsh SA 5007
Ph: (08) 8342 7777
Fax: Not provided

PERTH:
Off Dianella Drv
Dianella WA 6059
Ph: (08) 9344 0777
Fax: Not provided

If you WATCH ball, you are being disrespected.
If you PLAY ball, you are being disrespected.
If you are a BOOMER, you are being royally disrespected.

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Clara McgeeBy:
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