NBC will air slightly less coverage of Rio Olympics

Most live coverage will see mostly similar times for television, especially on cable

NBC Sports announced on Tuesday that the NBC broadcast network will carry about 260 1/2 hours of coverage during the upcoming Rio Summer Olympics, down from 272 hours for the London Games in 2012.  With the simple fact that Rio is only one hour ahead of Eastern time, there will be more live coverage than what was provided in Atlanta in 1996.

On most days of competition, NBC’s telecast windows will be exactly the same as they were in London — 10 AM to 5 PM Eastern during the day with Al Michaels anchoring from Copacabana Beach, 8 PM-12 AM in primetime with Bob Costas at the IBC, 12:35-4:30 AM in late night with Ryan Seacrest from Copacabana Beach.

Dan Patrick and Rebecca Lowe will be joined by Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno in anchoring for NBCSN, with the cable station airing over 330 hours of coverage and 20 sports–primarily every Team USA game in women’s soccer and all Team USA men’s and women’s basketball games.  Most days, the coverage will air between 8 a.m. to midnight–a nice alternative for fans who do not wish to see the traditional coverage of swimming and gymnastics at night.

The Golf Channel will cover of course nothing but golf, 115 hours of it to be precise and Bravo will do tennis–about 94 1/2 hours from August 6 to 14.

CNBC will air some coverage after the stock market concludes its’ business day, mainly weekdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Eastern.  Their coverage will start on Saturday, August 6. This will be the channel’s fifth straight Olympics.  Instead of covering just boxing, they will be doing other sports, primarily:

Elimination-round coverage in basketball and volleyball, as well as archery, beach volleyball, cycling, rugby, water polo, wrestling, and other sports.

MSNBC will air about 78 1/2 hours of coverage, from August 6 to 20 mainly from noon to 5 p.m. Eastern with coverage of men’s basketball involving other NBA stars playing for other countries, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, and water polo.

USA will air women’s soccer on Wednesday, August 3–two days before the Opening Ceremony.  Otherwise, they will be on mostly weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern covering men’s basketball, beach volleyball, cycling, rowing, synchronized swimming, volleyball, water polo, and other sports.

For all of the Spanish speaking audience, Telemundo and NBC Universo will step up its’ coverage providing 273 1/2 hours of coverage mostly covering the Latin American nations and especially covering wall-to-wall the Mexican soccer team looking to repeat from their gold medal performance in London from 2012.

And there will also be tons of streaming of each event on the popular NBC Sports apps that we commonly hear about during Sunday night NFL games and on Saturday afternoons with Notre Dame football originating from South Bend, Indiana.


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