Personally, I think they should let NBC decide and I am sure they would want as much swimming as they could film. Heck, they are paying for it.
The Times Online article is not very fleshed out but this would certainly effect Rebecca Adlington who is quoted in the article.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is considering a request by FINA, swimming’s governing body, to add eight new events in time for 2012. They include a 1500m freestyle race for women and an 800m race for men.
Sources say the IOC, which is keen to limit expansion, is unlikely to grant such a request and could instead opt for a compromise favoured by the American-led equality lobby that would see Adlington’s strongest event dropped and allow women to step up to 1500m for the first time. The IOC’s executive board will decide on the matter later this year.