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  1. Hi guys! I'm back after several months thanks to library restrictions that I'm still under. Will discuss more later here. No I'm not dead. Oscar Pistorius gets his own 30 For 30, speaking of Olympic criminals, in a 4-part near 6-hour series centering on his life and murder trial on ESPN+ online starting September 27: https://awfulannouncing.com/espn/life-times-oscar-pistorius-30-for-30-espn.html
  2. Bruce McAvaney is as excited as ever for the Olympics as the beloved Australian sportscasting legend makes his 11th Olympics assignment dating back to 1984 in Los Angeles on Network Ten as his whole world class Seven Network Tokyo 2020 sportscasting team was announced in Sydney that's a mix of vets and newcomers, assembled with 14 of Australia's greatest Olympians. Mel McLaughlin (primetime), Johanna Griggs (also doing Australia's #1 "brekky" show Sunrise), 7 returnee Sonia Kruger, and Hamish McLachlan (primetime) with him as host anchors along with cricket star Trent Copeland, Lisa Sthalekar,
  3. I'm believing the yearlong postponement will take place too. For one thing, the NBA is thinking at potentially resume their season play--in closed arenas, at least at first--around mid-or-late June and this includes the NBA playoffs. Maybe under a truncated format and try to satisfy its TV partners. Definitely this will spill into the upcoming men's FIBA WOQTs set for play in Victoria, Belgrade, Kaunas, and Zagreb on June 23-28 with NBA stars from many nations involved expected to compete to qualify for the four remaining spots as the group winners. No NBA international stars playing in them l
  4. Africa's lack of snow, ice, high mountains, continent-wide rinks, subsequent equipment, and winter weather makes it highly unlikely for African nations to become instantly competitive in top-flight international ice hockey for the forseeable future. There's not even an African unifying ice hockey federation governing the sport. 12 different African nations participate in ice hockey at various levels of development. Many are in their infancies and sorely needs better organization. Nor is there an African Nations Ice Hockey Cup or a club version yet. South Africa, the most industrialized African
  5. Here comes a very nice find. Nancy Greene was Canada's undisputed star from the Grenoble 1968 Winter Olympics--she produced almost all of their 3-medal haul with a gold and a silver in alpine slalom skiing (Canada's men hockey team finished with bronze to complete things). But it came at a time when Canada wasn't really producing a huge medal haul like many Winter Olympics later such as these days starting with Sarajevo for many factors. Even when France's Jean-Claude Killy was overshadowing her in his backyard and she seems to be overlooked nationally these days, Nancy Greene does deserve her
  6. The 2020 US Olympic and Paralympic Committee Media Summit in Los Angeles scheduled for yesterday is one of many shelved or cancelled sports-related events until further notice over growing coronavirus concerns involving mass social gatherings. It was expected to feature more than 100 US Olympians and Paralympians to participate: https://supersport.com/general/news/news/200310_US_Olympic_chiefs_axe_media_summit_over_virus_fears https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2020/03/09/us-olympic-media-summit-tokyo-games-canceled-coronavirus-fears/5005587002/ Just because NBCU jus
  7. NBC proudly announces earlier this week on Tuesday afternoon that it eclipses its own Summer Olympics national advertising revenue record with $1.25 billion for its upcoming Tokyo 2020 coverage from its Rio De Janeiro $1.2 billion record in 2016 at 90% of the Tokyo inventory there with the Paralympic ad sales inventory now complete. Major brands are involved. This with Tokyo being multiple time zone hours away from the continental US than with Rio De Janeiro. At this same time, it also came to light from NBC, through Comcast, it took out insurance in case of cancellation or postponement due to
  8. ESPN and ABC celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Miracle On Ice in Lake Placid back on February 22, 1980. Hard to believe it was THAT LONG AGO when it happened! Yet Saturday was the actual date but ESPN/ABC decide to deal with that on Sunday when the TV programming was more favorable for event commemorations. One of the greatest sports moments and biggest upsets ever. The Emmy Award-winning ESPN 30 For 30 Of Miracles And Men, the documentary examining the Soviet perspective of things centering on the heavily-decorated Viachaslav Fetisov upon his return to the scene of the crime, re-aired on
  9. Brazilian TV presenter Sabrina Sato and singer Claudia Leite were chosen to be 2020 Time Brasil's godmothers by the Brazilian Olympic Committee. Basically, their function will be to summon Brazilian fans, usually clad in yellow, to accompany the country's athletes to Tokyo with a large Brazilian delegation expected to compete there and cheer them on. Bit of significance for Sato since she's of Japanese heritage. Social media plays a role in their selection as godmothers for they share a combined and strong 90 million social media followers with their influence: https://globoesporte.globo.
  10. Former German gymnast Fabian Hambüchen, Rio 2016 gold medalist in the men's horizontal bars, announces at the SPOBIS Sports Business Congress in Dusseldorf he will perform double duty for Eurosport as both a gymnastics analyst and a German House reporter after already having some Eurosport reporter experience in Pyeongchang. Hambuchen misses competing, needless to say: https://www.sponsors.de/news/medien/hambuechen-vor-olympia-rueckkehr-als-tv-experte-wehmuetig-emotionale-geschichte ZDF and ARD had more personnel on site in Rio De Janeiro four years ago (480) than members of the 2016
  11. Just yesterday Wikipedia's list of the 2020 Summer Olympics broadcasters had for Colombia Senal Colombia, RCN, and MSN for the online/cable side along with Caracol Television for the Colombia coverage. Tried to find some info on this via Google search and visiting the networks themselves. But no news of those three joining but still possible yet for this to happen. Perhaps still under negotiations as we speak. That detail was removed today. Don't see any reason why Senal Colombia and RCN can't participate again. Don't know the deal why MSN on the list. Barbados' CBC--no, not Canada's CBC
  12. Discovery Finland, through the Eurosport Finland channels, Eurosport Player, and likely on TV5 since it has previous free-to-air Olympic TV broadcasting experience, will exclusively carry basketball, the newer 3x3 basketball format making its Olympic debut (both men's and women's) , and all the aquatics--swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming for Tokyo 2020. YLE on its TV2 and FST5/YLE Fem (Swedish) plans to freely carry everything else on TV and radio with up to five combined simultaneous broadcasts as part of an announced agreement just a couple of hours ago headlining a Dis
  13. Masu Taichi (NTV), Ayaka Hironaka (TV Asahi), Shinichiro Yasumi (TBS), Yuka Takezaki (TV Tokyo), and Aimi Miyaji (Fuji TV)--I think that's all them correctly in sequence with right TV networks L-R--all appear in this 15-second promo aired on all those 5 TV networks and 114 TV channels nationwide announcing the historic and unprecedented 20-minute Let's Do This Together 2020 simulcast special at 6:40pm Japan on January 24: Those same 5 hosts with Tokyo 2020 mascot Miraitowa and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals from the live special that night in Tokyo:
  14. As a major part of an integrated, massive, and ambitious Tokyo 2020 host broadcasting focus, all the Japanese commercial TV broadcasters from the Japanese Consortium--TBS, TV Tokyo, Fuji TV, Nippon TV (NTV), and TV Asahi--joined forces to set up a special website project devoted to the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics under the campaign slogan "Let's Do It Together 2020" (Isshoniyarou-2020). Along with agreeing to have one commercial network play Olympic action for a day from the early morning to late at night while all the other non-NHK networks sideline themselves, they designated a singular broad
  15. Eurosport Germany plans to present its daily live broadcasting coverage directly from Tokyo's German House starting from 5pm CET with support from the commercial arm of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB), Deutsche Sport Marketing, and, continuing on from what Eurosport Germany did at Pyeongchang two years ago, will show one live broadcast directly from the venue every day. But disappointing ratings and reception like from the Pyeongchang evening show forced some tinkering to include more German content with the pan-European and more results and highlights. Those and the German publ
  16. Already mentioned on the NBC Sports press release and on Variety and TechCrunch, which the latter two delve into further detail. But will mention the following here. Moreover, Snap will curate daily Our Stories during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games and event coverage during the 2020 Team USA Olympic Trials from Olympic photo and video content generated by fans, Team USA athletes, journalists and influencers, as well as behind-the-scenes content from NBC. All parties will capture things like life in the Olympic Village and highlight Tokyo’s food, music, art and nightlife with easy us
  17. Match! TV from Russia apparently is closing in on nabbing not just the Russian Tokyo 2020 Olympic TV broadcasting rights but also the UEFA EURO 2020 soccer tournament (a portion of the latter is played in St. Petersburg) at a time when the Russians are seriously facing an Olympic ban in front of them following new doping allegations that the IOC waits upon a CAS decision. No word yet on how free-to-air Match! TV will exactly cover them. My guess is it will use its multiple channels over at the pay-TV side like the Match! TV Football, Arena, and Planet channels for wide breadth of its coverage
  18. Newest member aboard on the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games broadcasting that we now know of is Ecuador's RTS. All we know about it, aside from Wikipedia's 2020 Summer Olympics broadcasters list, is the following Tokyo 2020 general promo shown here, save for the RTS Tokyo 2020 official channel title card, on that just borrows Olympic footage for those broadcasters who lack the significant budgets to devise their own. Some of this could be used as Tokyo 2020 Olympic programming segment intros. Visited RTS' website and conducted a Google search but found no further info on RTS' plans as
  19. Japan's five private and commercial TV broadcasting partners of the Japan Consortium--TBS, Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TV Tokyo, and TV Asahi--plan to rotate their days of the Japanese Tokyo 2020 TV broadcasting programming coverage intended to counter public broadcaster NHK, which will proceed daily. Nippon TV gets 4 days of coverage, 3 days each to TV Asahi, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, and Fuji Television Network, and 2 days to TV Tokyo out of the 15 competition days. When one of these networks is airing their portion from early morning to late night of its Olympic broadcast day, the other
  20. Peacock's other original Olympic docs include the United States of Speed (on the rich American sprinting tradition and the current generation of new ones ready to retake the legacy) and Run The Line on Phil Knight and Nike. The USA Basketball doc series has a title and is called Dream Team 2020--and actually doesn't include unfortunately the women's team based on the quick synopsis. That historic swimming USA vs. France relay at Beijing is called The Greatest Race. Seems for the live 5-hour Tokyo 2020 daily programming coverage on Peacock it will focus on the marquee Olympic events for users i
  21. And that's not all with Peacock. NBC Universal announces five live hours daily of Olympic programming from Tokyo along with those dedicated streaming-only studio shows provided for free. Other Olympic features outside the USA Basketball and Ryan Lochte documentaries include a documentary series involving past Olympics and Tokyo 2020 Summer Games like one revisiting the USA's 4 X 100 swim relay comeback victory over France in Beijing 2008–a team led by former Olympic star Michael Phelps. On the advertising front, Peacock has Eli Lilly and Company, State Farm, Target, Apartments.com, and Unileve
  22. Good point on the mobile/online aspect of things for NBC Sports like its apps. It gotta have to make them available there too and not just turn to another media platform if needed. Peacock also announces today it will soon stream an untitled USA Basketball behind-the-scenes docuseries on its superstars-filled teams on their Tokyo campaigns in co-production with the NBA. Will naturally carry The Olympic Channel: The Home of Team USA and more than 1000 hours of live exclusive streaming coverage of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics: https://deadline.com/feature/peacock-tv-nbc-universal-streami
  23. BREAKING NEWS: Just coming off 22 minutes ago! Deadline's Dade Hayes reveals the first explicit Peacock streaming's NBC Tokyo 2020 programming details. Will be extensive with, as expected, some exclusives: The live ceremony presentations prior to the NBC primetime airings was somewhat expected along with the daily Olympic shows. Possible we'll see a Tokyo 2020 preview program before even the OC and a review one after the CC. Doesn't say about the Spanish-language exclusives from Telemundo at least not yet...could see similar things like perhaps a Spanish-language ceremonies commentary.
  24. Telemundo starts revealing its Tokyo 2020 Spanish-language TV coverage plans. Expect lots of soccer to anchor the coverage as it's "doubling down" with "more women's soccer matches than ever before...on both platforms (Telemundo and NBC Universo) as we can live. And we'll stream the rest." If CONCACAF and CONMEBOL can bring out several Spanish-speaking nations and Brazil out from the qualifying tournaments, that will be an incentive for Telemundo to show many of these teams as possible and grant them high broadcasting priority as both networks will have simultaneous Olympic soccer matches cove
  25. We're only just into the beginning of the College Football National Championship Game at New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome. We got the #1 LSU Tigers from the Southeastern Conference and a rising dynasty in the #3 Clemson Tigers from the Atlantic Coast Conference as both teams seek to become 15-0 to finish the season. Given that this is in New Orleans, Clemson must endure playing in front of a massive purple and yellow environment almost entirely engulfing the dome. Which Tigers team will roar the loudest and the proudest tonight? Lot of people nationally are pulling for LSU tonight. Both th
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