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AP Sources: NBC retains Olympic rights for 4 games
Yahoo News ^ | 6/7/11 | Yahoo News

Posted on 06/07/2011 10:33:03 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Officials with knowledge of the decision say NBC has retained the U.S. Olympic television rights in a four-games deal through 2020 worth more than $4 billion.

The two officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not yet been officially announced by the International Olympic Committee.

NBC won a three-way bidding contest against ESPN and Fox. It will have exclusive rights to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the 2018 Winter Games and 2020 Olympics, whose sites have not yet been chosen.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: comcast; nbc; olympics
Will they do an Olympics Channel or two? Online Streaming?
1 posted on 06/07/2011 10:33:05 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa
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To: Keith in Iowa
Looks like I'll have to bring back my Olympic tagline.

New Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!

2 posted on 06/07/2011 10:38:41 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

Awwww..how sweet it is when you are a sellout crony and propagandist for the marxists in the White House.

Pay attention folks...this is how you now get somewhere in America now....either suck up to the commie overlords or get a hand-out from the crime syndicate sitting in the WH!

God Help Us!


3 posted on 06/07/2011 10:38:55 AM PDT by penelopesire (Let The Congressional Hearings Begin!)
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To: KarlInOhio

You can’t say that enough.


4 posted on 06/07/2011 10:40:01 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: Keith in Iowa

The Olympics have been unwatchable since ABC gave up the broadcasts.


5 posted on 06/07/2011 10:40:15 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Keith in Iowa

They’ll probably lose $ 1 billion on the deal..


6 posted on 06/07/2011 10:41:22 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: KarlInOhio

In light of your Costas remark... did you hear SeeBS Sports has hired Marv Albert to do NFL (if they have a season)? - Only thing more nauseating than Marv is his offspring on Fox.


7 posted on 06/07/2011 10:41:53 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

I was hoping ABC/ESPN would get the bid. Now we have to put up with watching events that everyone knows the results to since they occurred almost a day before the TV airing.


8 posted on 06/07/2011 10:46:37 AM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: ken5050

Watch for some sort of “embargo” against “unauthorized” broadcasting online of events. Watch for proposals of several governments getting together to criminalize such broadcasts, in cooperation with the UN.

They have to do whatever it takes to protect their monopoly.


9 posted on 06/07/2011 10:47:25 AM PDT by abb
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To: KarlInOhio
How can anybody get excited about synthetic sports like synchronized snowboarding aerobatics? (Or whatever else that the IOC approves for the next Olympics)
10 posted on 06/07/2011 10:49:52 AM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Tallguy
How can anybody get excited about synthetic sports like synchronized snowboarding aerobatics? (Or whatever else that the IOC approves for the next Olympics)

My favorite sports in the winter Olympics are those where opponents share the track and can crash: hockey, short track speed skating, some snowboard racing event. Next time I want wide track bobsledding with four sleds on the track at once. And if they insist that equestrian events are real sports, at least have some circus maximus style chariot racing in the summer.

11 posted on 06/07/2011 10:53:47 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: Keith in Iowa

It’ll probably be the same way they’ve been doing it, taking over most of their channels. Of course now that they’re owned by comcast they also have VS. If you stay away from NBC proper there’s some cool sports at the olympics, and good coverage actually, no Bob, no fireplace, no weepy “human interest” stories.


12 posted on 06/07/2011 10:53:51 AM PDT by discostu (Come on Punky, get Funky)
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To: buccaneer81

Totally agree. They actually covered the events and gave equal coverage to all the players. Now, NBC covers it as if it’s the US Olympics. Can you magine how they would cover Munich, now?


13 posted on 06/07/2011 10:57:12 AM PDT by peridot (don't need)
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To: Keith in Iowa

May have to invest in whatever system gets me Canadian and European coverage. NBC’s sucks.


14 posted on 06/07/2011 10:59:00 AM PDT by Desdemona ( If trusting the men in the clergy was a requirement for Faith, there would be no one in the pews.)
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To: peridot

NBC turns their coverage into a two week Oprah production. Like most television today, it’s geared toward women.


15 posted on 06/07/2011 11:05:10 AM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Keith in Iowa
NBC - Five minutes of Olympics (usually curling, synchronized swimming, zzzzzzzzzz), to be followed by ten minutes of commercials. Repeat 4X per hour.
Oh yeah, don't forget to throw in a 20 minute "up close and personal" with some Euro-nobody.
Borrrrrrrrrrrrrr-ing!

16 posted on 06/07/2011 11:10:15 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Keith in Iowa

This STINKS! NBC completely sucks!


17 posted on 06/07/2011 11:10:39 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: oh8eleven

Curling is a great drinking event!


18 posted on 06/07/2011 11:11:56 AM PDT by WellyP
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To: KarlInOhio
My favorite sports in the winter Olympics are those where opponents share the track and can crash: hockey, short track speed skating, some snowboard racing event.

Agreed on Ice Hockey. Just try finding it on the modern network Olympic telecast. You really don't see very many of the games prior to the medal round. You're lucky to catch highlights. Same goes for boxing in the Summer Games.

My favorite Olympic Memories... The US Olympic Boxing Team of 1976 (Montreal) and of course the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team. We saw almost all of those matches/games back then. Can't say that now. Instead I know what Shawn White does in his off-hours (like I give a d@mn).

19 posted on 06/07/2011 11:26:06 AM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Keith in Iowa

The Olympics are going to be terrible if NBC still has the rights. Even more so with Ebersol gone.

ABC/ESPN can do an excellent job of handling it.


20 posted on 06/07/2011 12:00:37 PM PDT by moviefan8
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To: abb

The Winter Olympics in Russia will be a huge ratings problem, because of the 12 hour time difference. People won’t watch..they won’t be able, and especially, since now every result is instantly available, be even less inclinded to watch something taped..


21 posted on 06/07/2011 12:35:41 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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