NBC Sports Network to Show 2012 Olympic Games
NBC (CSTV Channel 6; HD 206) will broadcast 272.5 hours of London Olympic coverage over 17 days, the most extensive coverage ever provided by an Olympic broadcast network, and nearly 50 hours more than the 225 hours for Beijing in 2008.
Daytime coverage has increased significantly for London. Coverage will begin on most weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT, immediately following NBC News’ TODAY, which is originating from London. Al Michaels and Dan Patrick will host NBC’s weekday and weekend daytime coverage, and Mary Carillo will once again host the NBC late night show. 22-time Emmy Award winning Bob Costas returns as the primetime host for NBC’s coverage, his 10th Olympic broadcast assignment and his ninth as the primetime host. Additionaly, Ryan Seacrest, tennis legend John McEnroe, famed gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi and Carillo will serve as Olympic correspondents during primetime coverage. On weekends, NBC’s daytime coverage will begin as early as 5 a.m. ET/PT.
NBC SPORTS NETWORK (CSTV Channel 27;):
NBC Sports Network will serve as the home to U.S. team sports, with 292.5 hours of total coverage from 2012 London Olympics this summer, including 257.5 hours of original programming – an average of more than 14 hours per day – the most-ever for an Olympic cable network.
NBC Sports Network coverage, originating from Olympic Park in London, will air up to 20 medal rounds and 22 Olympic sports, including Team USA basketball, women’s soccer and field hockey. NBC Sports Network, distributed in nearly 80 million homes – an increase of three million homes in the last year – will also carry soccer qualifying on Thursday, July 26. There will be no coverage on July 27 as there are no events scheduled on the same day as the Opening Ceremony. Coverage will conclude on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, August 12, the final day of competition. On most days, coverage will air from 4 a.m. – 8 p.m. ET, which covers the live Olympic day in London.
CNBC (CSTV Channel 34; HD 234):
CNBC – NBCUniversal’s fully distributed cable business channel – will serve as the home of Olympic boxing this summer, including the debut of women’s boxing. The channel will televise 73 hours of boxing coverage over 16 days — from elimination bouts to the men’s and women’s finals.
Fred Roggin, the longtime lead sports anchor at NBC’s owned-and-operated station in Los Angeles, KNBC, will reprise his Beijing role as Olympic boxing host.
MSNBC (CSTV Channel 33):
MSNBC, NBCUniversal’s 24/7 cable news channel will carry 155.5 hours of a wide variety of long-form Olympic programming over 19 days.
NBCUniversal’s 2012 London Olympic coverage begins on MSNBC on Wednesday, July 25 – two days before the Opening Ceremony — when Great Britain faces New Zealand in women’s soccer, the first official competition of the Games, live from Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT.
The channel will also carry soccer qualifying on Thursday, July 26, but there will be no coverage on July 27 as there are no events scheduled on the same day as the Opening Ceremony. Coverage will conclude on MSNBC on August 12, the final day of competition.
On most weekdays, coverage will air from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET. There will be longer programming windows on Saturdays and Sundays.
BRAVO (CSTV Channel 78; HD 278):
Bravo, NBCUniversal’s fully distributed lifestyle cable channel, will act as the home of Olympic tennis this summer, televising 56 hours of long-form tennis coverage from July 28-August 3. The channel will televise 56 hours of long-form tennis coverage over seven days, from July 28-August 3. Live coverage will air from early morning until mid-afternoon (ET) on most days.
Pat O’Brien, a veteran of five Olympic Games as a commentator, will serve as host. London will be O’Brien’s fourth Olympics for NBC and sixth overall. He last worked for NBCUniversal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, the same year Bravo last carried Olympic competition.
FACTS ABOUT THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES IN LONDON
- The official dates of the Games of the XXX Olympiad are Friday, July 27, through Sunday, August 12, 2012. The Games will last 17 days, including one day for the Opening Ceremony, and span three weekends with the soccer preliminaries, there are 19 days of competition.
- London will be the first city to host the Olympic Games three times (it previously hosted in 1908 and 1948).
- London was awarded the Games on July 6, 2005, when IOC members voted in Singapore. London beat out Paris, Madrid, New York City, and Moscow.
- The Games of the XXX Olympiad have been organized by the London Organizing Committee (LOCOG). The organization’s Chair is Sebastian Coe and its Chief Executive is Paul Deighton.
- The 2012 Olympics will welcome approximately 10,500 athletes and 204 countries.
- There will be 302 official events on the 2012 Olympic program, 259 more than were on the 1896 program 116 years ago.
- The London Games will take place across 34 competition venues.
- Four sports – fencing, gymnastics, swimming and track & field – have appeared in every modern Olympics.
- The United States has won a medal in every sport on the 2012 Olympic program except for badminton, table tennis and team handball. (Rhythmic gymnastics and trampoline, disciplines in which the U.S. has never won an Olympic medal, are both under the sport heading of gymnastics.)
- Great Britain has competed in every modern Olympics and ranks third in the all-time medal standings, behind the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
- Great Britain finished fourth in 2008 with 47 medals (19 gold, 13 silver, 15 bronze).
- There will be 8.8 million ticketholders at the London Games.
- There were 240,000 Games Maker (volunteer) applications; up to 70,000 Games Makers required – 1 million hours of training and 8 million volunteer hours will be delivered
- 42 sport test events have been or will be held in London’s Olympic venues over 12 months, including Olympic qualifiers, World Cups, British Championships, and International Invitational events.
- The Olympic Park is 2.5 sq km in size, equivalent to 357 football fields, and includes 9 major competition venues.
- 8,000 Olympic Torchbearers will travel 8,000 miles over the course of 70 days and will pass through 33 London boroughs.
- It took three years to construct the Olympic Stadium, which is 53 meters high and contains 10 tons of steel.