By the time you read this the Beijing Olympics’ Opening Ceremony will have already started, and depending on when you read this they may already be over, but here in the U.S. we will not see the Opening Ceremony, scheduled for 8:08 PM local time in Beijing (GMT +8), for another 12-15 hours.Beijing 2008 None the less, I wait with anticipation for 7:30 PM Eastern/Pacific when NBC will (re)broadcast the Olympic Opening Ceremony here in the States. Now, most of you who know me well know that I do not particularly care for sporting events, but something about the Olympics is different – I think that it is the spectacle of it all.  NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams” began broadcasting live from Beijing yesterday evening and will be there for the duration; of course, the network has the U.S. broadcast rights for the Olympics through 2012 so sending the flagship news team is really a no-brainer.  But, something about these Olympic games are especially important, I believe, because of their location: inside the world’s next great superpower.  We have already seen a multitude of stories coming out of China about the government’s determination at any cost to get this right, tearing down entire complexes of homes, mandatory factory closures and taking cars off of the road to ease pollution.  So, with every news outlet in the world focusing on Beijing, I heard that NBC alone has some 4,000 staffers there, it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.  Oh, and I guess to see all those amazing atheletes compete too.