NBCSN To Air 330 Hours of Olympic Coverage in Rio

NBC has announced that their cable channel NBCSN will air 330 hours of events during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the most of any of NBCUniversal’s TV networks.

NBCSN will provide extensive coverage of men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s basketball, including coverage of the U.S. men’s basketball and U.S. women’s soccer.

Other sports included in their coverage will be track and field, archery, boxing, cycling, fencing, field hockey, judo, open-water swimming, rugby, shooting, soccer, synchronized swimming, table tennis, weightlifting, wrestling and more. Medals will be won on NBCSN every day of the Olympics.

NBC Olympics executive producer Jim Bell commented on the coverage NBCSN will provide, calling it “the perfect complement to our NBC broadcasts, allowing us to present long-form coverage of many of the games’ most popular sports and athletes.”

Coverage on NBCSN will begin two days before the Opening Ceremonies with women’s soccer on August 3rd. Their schedule will vary a bit, but on most days they will have coverage for 16 hours a day, 8 AM to 12 AM EDT.

Full programming information for NBC is expected to be announced soon.

Read the full article on the NBC Olympics website here.

Find full Olympic Trials scheduling information for swimming and other sports here.



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4 years ago

Coverage for US viewers is bad.. just to say it.. At last olympics Brazilian channel Sportv (which has usually 3 channels) had 5 channels full time covering the olympics. For Rio olympics there will be 8 channels covering full time.. US viewers should really have more.. they will get more medals than anyone but the coverage is really subpar..

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

330 hours of coverage on just one of the channels and I don’t plan on watching even 10% of that. Maybe 15% tops with a good portion of it recorded because of all the commercials. The commercial rate is usually 18 minutes for every one hour and I’m guessing they’ll ramp that up.

I’ve never had a problem being able to watch the sports that interest me. What I’m more interested in is being able to watch events on demand.

Not judging though. If you desire more than 16 hours a day coverage or the couple events that aren’t covered, then more power to you:)

bobo gigi
4 years ago

Over 330 hours of coverage I predict at least 100 hours of commercials. 😆

Reply to  bobo gigi
4 years ago

Don’t be overly optimistic, messr. Gigi,
I reckon there’ll be around 190 hours of commercials, not counting sappy stories about the athletes and how they overcame personal tragedy/illness/family loss/neighbourhood drama/PTSD parents/job loss/childhood trauma etc etc to get to Rio..

Lane Four
Reply to  Smoothswimmer
4 years ago

LOL Loved it, Smoothswimmer! I thought I was the only one who saw this from NBC.

4 years ago

Thankfully I’ll have the BBC’s top classcoverage to watch instead.

Reply to  Boknows34
4 years ago

And I will have 8 channels 24-7, in 2 days I would had more available coverage than the whole NBC! If I considerd only competition time in 3 days I would have more coverage..

Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

You realize that 330 number is only for NBCSN, right? NBC’s total coverage if 1700 hours of TV and 4500 hours of streaming. So that’s the equivalent of 4 full TV networks going 24-7 (and there aren’t Olympic events on 24 hours a day) and all the events streamed. What more do you think NBC should do that they’re not?

Reply to  Boknows34
4 years ago

Me too – BBC dont do the silly Us tricks around

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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