Indeed, if I'm going to watch something on TV, I'd rather spend my time watching people strive to fulfill lifelong dreams and achieve at the best of their abilities when it counts. That's why I do like watching the prime time coverage yet and why I don't completely tune out of the whole thing. I just would, following your lead, rather not set my life aside to do so. I will watch when it fits my life.
It was disappointing to see the DNFs. As someone who has had to DNF, I have mixed feelings. I don't want to see someone ruin the rest of his or her career just to finish at a level that is meaningless to that person. That said, at that stage, I'd have trouble picturing dropping out for anything short of potential serious injury. As for letting alternates take your space, I also wonder about that. Ritz was already out, running on the track. Would you rather have Hall trying, even if not at 100%, or Brett Gotcher, probably training for a fall marathon, stepping in? Nothing against Gotcher, I'm a fan of his, but I'd take Hall. He has the greater potential, even if he's not 100%.
I agree that I'd like to see coverage that is not too American-centric but, at the same time, I'd like to know what's going on with the Americans. There's a balance, keeping in mind you're broadcasting to an American audience while also not taking away from the race developing up front.