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Old 06-07-11, 12:11 PM
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NBC/Comcast win U.S. Olympic rights through 2020

They already had the 2012-London rights. They won the rights for the 2014-Sochi, 2016-Rio, 2018, and 2020 games.

http://content.usatoday.com/communit...e-down-today/1

Very disappointed. Was hoping FOX or ESPN won since they were promising full live coverage. NBC has been stuck in the 20th century when it comes to their broadcast approach. Hopefully with the dinosaur Dick Ebersol out and new management in (particularly a huge cable player), they'll have seen the light.
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From columnist Dan Wetzel on Twitter: NBC will announce it won the Olympics from 2014-20 tonight at 8 pm on tape delay
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Very disappointed. Was hoping FOX or ESPN won since they were promising full live coverage. NBC has been stuck in the 20th century when it comes to their broadcast approach. Hopefully with the dinosaur Dick Ebersol out and new management in (particularly a huge cable player), they'll have seen the light.
I think they will change with the times because they are actually trying to compete with ESPN now. Comcast/NBC is also going to go hard after the TV rights to the MLB Package and Big East College Basketball when they are up in a few years.
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From columnist Dan Wetzel on Twitter: NBC will announce it won the Olympics from 2014-20 tonight at 8 pm on tape delay
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I think they will change with the times because they are actually trying to compete with ESPN now. Comcast/NBC is also going to go hard after the TV rights to the MLB Package and Big East College Basketball when they are up in a few years.
MLB maybe since FOX really doesn't need MLB anymore. I don't see ESPN losing that Big East package.
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Old 06-07-11, 01:07 PM
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Re: NBC/Comcast win U.S. Olympic rights through 2020

The one positive of this is that it should help ensure that the NHLers play in hockey the next 2 Olympics since all of hockey will be under the NBC/Comcast umbrella. I wasn't particularly worried about 2014 since I figured the Russian NHLers would be quite vocal about participating with those games being in Russia. 2018 could have been another story, particularly if S. Korea wins those games.
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Can't wait for tape delayed coverage when it's in Rio.
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Here were the bids:

NBC/Comcast: $4.3B for 4 Olympics
FOX: $3.4B for 4 Olympics OR $1.5B for 2014/2016
ESPN: $1.4B for 2014/2016

Just shows how much NBC/Comcast needs the Olympics and how the others have spent so much money elsewhere.
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seems weird since everything i read is that the Olympics lose money for NBC.
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NBC sports head Mark Lazarus said that it was committed to airing all events live "on one platform or another." The details—how many events will be on TV and how much access on "other platforms" will be tied to new owner Comcast—remain to be seen.
http://tunedin.blogs.time.com/2011/0...-sort-of-live/

A lot of it will probably be online, but that would still be an improvement if true.
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http://tunedin.blogs.time.com/2011/0...-sort-of-live/

A lot of it will probably be online, but that would still be an improvement if true.
Sure. But with all the cablenets Comcast owns, they really need to put a lot of this on television. Online just isn't the same to me. And their online interface in 2008, while offering a lot of content, was a real pain in the ass to use, particularly if you didn't want to be spoiled with the outcome.

The other thing is what are the implications with Comcast owning these rights. If they create specialty channels (like the basketball and soccer channels they had in '08), will they make those available to providers like DirecTV? What if you have FIOS for internet in a county where Comcast is a competitor - are you going to be able to access that online content?

Also, given how much they paid, some kind of PPV structure is not out of the realm of possibility.
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