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  1. 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, Abbey Way (late night) as newcomers with the added responsibility of also guiding the 43 channel streams from 7, 7TWO, and 7 Plus. Australian gold medallists Ian Thorpe (swimming), Anna Meares (cycling), Steve Hooker, Nick Green (rowing, Oarsome Foursome member), Giaan Rooney, Scott McGrory, Russell Mark (shooting), and Debbie Watson (water polo), while Olympians Andrew Gaze, Rachael Sporn (basketball), Tamsyn Lewis-Manou, David Culbert (track & filed/athletics), Kate Bates (cycling), and Ash Nelson (field hockey) all headline Seven’s coverage. 

    Master broadcaster Basil Zempilas leads an impressive team of callers including "the global doyen of cycling commentary" Phil Liggett, Dave Christison (field hockey), John Casey (basketball analyst), and accomplished callers Michael Zappone, Mark Braybrook, Brenton Speed and Matt Hill. Pat Welsh will be trackside with Nathan Templeton will conduct similarly poolside interviewing the Olympic stars post-race. Edwina Bartholomew and Zempilas were granted the honour of commentating the cultural components of the Opening Ceremony and will be joined by Hamish McLachlan, Johanna Griggs and Australian flagbearer at the Olympic Games Sydney 2000 Andrew Gaze for the Parade of Nations on his 20th anniversary of that honor. Jason Richardson, Emma Vosti, and James Tobin are 7's roving reporters all over Tokyo "bringing all the color". 

    7NEWS Chief Correspondent Chris Reason and 7NEWS Sports Editor Jim Wilson will lead a team of reporters on the ground in Tokyo–including Alex Hart, Sharnelle Vella, Rob Scott, Max Futcher, Laurel Irving, Matthew Carmichael, Pat Welsh and Nathan Templeton–operating 24 hours a day reporting news from the International Broadcast Centre as "Australia's Official Olympic News Service" with info also coming from 7news.com.au:

    Bruce McAvaney Headlines Once Again As Seven Network Australia's Announces Its Tokyo 2020 Olympics Broadcasting Team

    Moreover, Seven West Media can be repaid its Australian broadcasting costs should the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics get cancelled altogether this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, which will of course impact its cross-promotional opportunities with its other TV programming and sponsorship impact despite a debt. Has A$90 million raised in advertising revenueStill preparing and closely monitoring the situation:


  2. 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 like Luka Doncic, Domantas Sabonis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, these tournaments definitely will lose some star power appeal. Could they all be rescheduled? Basketball no doubt is a very popular Olympic sport worldwide, and the IOC and FIBA deeply knows all about the NBA's global weight and currency. Look for all that to be a major factor whether or not Tokyo 2020 will start on time, delayed a few months, or for a year.

    23 hours ago, Hansfromdenmark said:

    I think the virus is over before the games. BUT, there are a lot of qualifications event that are cancelled... Many athletes don´t have the normal opportunities to qualify. I think that is the main concern right now. And as other are saying, China is on there way out of it. There are stille 4 months to the games. Is a one og 2 month delay a possibility? All sports in the world are postponed anyway... 

    NRL and AFL in Australia are still competing having just started their seasons, although there's serious pressure nationally down there to suspended the leagues. Liga MX, Ascenso MX, and Liga MX Femenil just indefinitely suspended all their clausura seasons by FMF. Russian Premier League and Russia's FNL are still playing.

  3. 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 nation and a full member of the IIHF with a national federation, ice hockey rinks, clubs and national teams, being the best one of the bunch but still playing at the lower international levels possessing its own national challenges.  Algeria just became a IIHF member last year. Namibia withdrew from IIHF comps and left altogether but I hope it'll return as it focuses on inline hockey. Kenya, Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria all have some amateur teams and clubs but with no status or IIHF membership. There actually have been African/African diaspora players in the NHL or overseas pro leagues like Roman Ndur, Jarome Iginla, Oliver Kylington, Johnny Oduya, Djamel Zitouni, Yassine Fahas, and Harond Litim. But more of them filling the ranks will take time

    But that doesn't mean minnows like an African ice hockey national team can't "dream big". With the way how the qualification systems are though, it can take generations along with hard work, focus, developing skill, developing international experience over the years, deepening the collective talent pool, organization, money, quality coaching, and conditioning/training. As stated before Kenya does actually have some ice hockey but still far away from the Olympics. Nevertheless in this Alibaba Olympic commercial as a worldwide sponsor for its new campaign, it inspires and pays tribute to "the greatness of small" to cook up their own African ice hockey answer to the Jamaican bobsled team's Cool Runnings. A Kenyan boy gets inspired to play ice (and roller) hockey while watching Olympic ice hockey presumably shown on Supersport from South Africa shown throughout Sub-Saharan Africa on a mass Winter Olympic showing. He encounters older doubters along the way who are unfamiliar with the sport but still persists while playing. Kenya, while having already participated in five Winter Olympics, does have a national ice hockey team of sorts but has yet to participate in major IIHF international tournaments to get one as a team. The ice rink they eventually and excitedly make it to here nearly at the end to feel the ice actually is Cape Town's Ice Station that has oftimes hosted Division III tournaments when held in South Africa but ultimately fantasizes of the big Olympic show you see at the end. Odd to hear a digireedoo in the score.



    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 due and be among Canada's greatest athletes, winter or not. Here, she's pitching Mars Bar back in 1980 with her younger brother when discussing the perils of downhill skiing accidents by minimizing skillfully through balance and headwork in landing safely while watching film in her "trophy room". In the USA and apparently Canada, Mars is now rebranded as Snickers With Almonds many years later while remaining as Mars overseas. Definitely shown during the CBC's and CTV's Lake Placid coverage back in 1980 in Canada:   


  5. 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:



    Just because NBCU just now sold its Snapchat stake for $500 million doesn't mean it will also sever its 2020 Tokyo Olympic content partnership with Snap and its joint scripted content venture called Indigo:


    ZDF has a four-part, each in 16 minutes, documentary series accompanying the 15 rowers fighting since November 2018 pursuing a lifelong dream for the 7 coveted spots on the German Rowing Association's Tokyo 2020 Olympic roster filled with hard training preparation, being in shape, and the competition involved up to selection on their way to Tokyo. Documentary series is called SXULLS: The Selection by Matthias Wolf and Guido Weihermüller.  Viewers can experience the finale of the documentary series as part of the ZDF Olympic coverage in a 30-minute reportage from Tokyo. Four shorter 8-minute episodes are broadcast in the “ZDF SPORTreportage” on Sundays from 5.10 pm. ZDF, in what you see here, also goes into the digital extension available as 15-minute long version in the ZDFmediathek with more videos and clips. Will be available until November 22:


    A $44.8 million/40 million euro Tokyo 2020 technology hub opened up by Discovery in Hilversum, Netherlands that not only "will provide access to a private cloud for remote live sports productions from Discovery-owned broadcaster Eurosport’s channels" across the continent but also "will create greater scalability and flexibility for its sports production business, which spans 75 markets and territories, [presenting] more than 20 commentary centres, ten production centres, 150 editing and post-production suites, 40 live transmission rooms, 26 production control rooms and 13 production centres for digital." This follows up a 2018 announcement Eurosport made about creating a European operations base and move its European pay-TV licenses to The Netherlands:  


    Eurosport also secures the exclusive Nordic broadcasting rights to the six Olympic Handball Qualification Tournaments this March (three women) and April (three men) for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics that was facilitated by the Lagardère Sports agency, the global media-rights agency of the International Handball Federation in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark. France's commercial TV broadcaster TF1 holds the French free-to-air commercial rights because one of men's tournaments is held at Paris' AccordHotels Arena/the Palais Omnisports De Bercy:



    Telia's 770,000 customers were blocked from viewing Discovery's Channel 5, Channel 9, Channel 11, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, TLC and Discovery Science on their subscriptions in Sweden. But that's now resolved in an agreement and will get to see the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games and Allsvenskan soccer. Channels return on Telia this coming Sunday:


    And Record in Sao Paulo, Brazil has given up on charging up to R$16 million for its Tokyo 2020 Olympic news coverage advertising package because of no commercial sponsor interest. Never mind its history of generous discounts to companies. Still will conduct Olympic news on Record:


  6. 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 coronavirus outbreak concerns to mitigate any forthcoming losses, but it's "still full steam ahead" for Tokyo 2020 still under schedule. Not unlike NBC did when the US boycott forced to take out money ($1 million, if I recall correctly) from Lloyd's of London, taking a $22 million red bath. Cancelling the Tokyo Summer Olympics would definitely be problematic with lots of logistics and years of planning and money going down the drain. But it would potentially cause serious media ramifications like losing younger viewers and on its importance, ancillary viewership, and a massive female viewership attracted to the Games. Nevertheless it is still monitoring the corona situation:







    Regarding a little bit on NBC's new Peacock streaming service. Comcast/NBCU expects to spend about $2 billion in Peacock's first two years and to reach profitability by its fifth year with "big plans for streaming in 2020" obviously starting in April in its "investment years" with Tokyo 2020 as a tentpole event to gather around with. Comcast's Xfinity Flex for streaming/smart home users is offered for free to broadband-only customers with NBC's family of networks Tokyo 2020 coverage surely included. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts even mentions the coronavirus scare may force an uptick in American digital Olympics viewing consumption. Discovery meanwhile says it took out insurance adding it "not going to have any adverse impact on our financials” if cancelled:




    Seven Network is also concerned too with the coronavirus over how "commercially sensitive" it is, anticipating how this could the most watched Olympics and Paralympics in Australian media history with a more desirable time zone and very heavy national promotion for its upcoming coverage since 2019:


    BandSports is investing R$4 million for its Tokyo 2020 Olympics TV and digital coverage with Bia and Branca Feres (synchronized swimming), Daniele Hypólito (gymnastics), Ricardo Prado, Marcelo Negrão and Fofao (volleyball), Andre Domingos (track and field), announcer Álvaro José, presenting studio hosts Elia Júnior, Oliveira Andrade, and journalist Dudu Vaz as notable names as part of a 30-person staff traveling to Tokyo will all travel details cemented. Falls under a pro-Brazillian focus. Programming should consist of live broadcasts of the sporting event daily, from 8am-12 pm Brazil time with hopes to have a commentator for every Olympic sport. Priority goes especially to when there's a Brazilian performing live. Entire regular TV schedule becomes all-Olympic Channel. When not covering the live Olympic action from Japan not limited to Tokyo, BandSports will offer Olympic-related journalistic programming. Feels it's got something better to offer than what Globo/SporTV plans to do: 



    Globo plans to send 102 professionals on location to Tokyo, Japan. Logistical professional hirings to Japan has been delayed until further notice. Both Globo and BandSports are assessing the coronavirus situation and treating things with extreme caution while planning and scheduling. Band in particular vows not to put any of its Japan-bound personnel at risk if the disease remains a threat:


    RAI Pubblicita selects Tembo for developing creative campaigns for major events like the 2020 Summer Olympics, Euro 2020, and other national and international events this year:


  7. 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 ESPN2 Sunday at 9pm USA/Canada/Mexico CT. There was also a Sportscenter Special: Miracle on Ice at 40 hosted by Jeremy Schaap with 1980 stars Mike Eruzione, Jim Craig, and Mark Johnson in studio on ABC (1pm) and ESPN2 (8pm). And the airing of the beloved 2004 Disney movie Miracle that dramatized the 1980 USA Olympic ice hockey team's golden journey on home soil on 5:30pm on ESPN. Filled with college kids. Still national heroes. Like them lighting the flame in Salt Lake City Opening Ceremony in 2002. Surely it never gets old for them.



    Too bad the full doc isn't on YouTube this time. Or the related programming mentioned here. HBO has the doc Do You Believe In Miracles? Like below. Actually there's several other related documentaries. Even the 1981 ABC made-for-TV movie Miracle on Ice starring Karl Malden as Herb Brooks. Worth mentioning again here on these boards that the Miracle on Ice game was taped-delayed on ABC for primetime. But was live on Canada's CTV. Nobody wanted to go home in the crowd. 


    The 1980 Miracle On Ice team celebrated in Las Vegas Saturday night with the Vegas Golden Knights and Florida Panthers. Not everyone from the team was present though like coach Herb Brooks and Bob Suter, who are both no longer with us, and two other players for different reasons (Mark Johnson, now head coach of Wisconsin's women's hockey team; and forward Mark Pavelich, who was jailed last year on assault charges and ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial). Their expenses were all paid by VGK owner Bill Foley including their gambling money. Even Al Michaels turned up:



  8. 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:


    Bia and Branca Feres, Brazil's synchronized swimming twins, will cover the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for BandSports' Lado B program. But before that, Branca will marry Gustavo Frota in June in Portugal during a 3-day event with family based there. We'll talk more about BandSports' programming details very soon--like, next week--that will include Bia and Branca, among other things:


    For Eurosport Poland (or Eurosport Polska), we can expect its staff of Polish cycling sportscasters to appear for Tokyo getting involved--ambassadors Dawid Kubacki and the most successful Polish Olympian, Robert Korzeniowski. Experts and commentators include: Jakub Kot, Tomasz Sikora and Dariusz Baranowski, with recognized journalists Tomasz Jaroński, Marek Rudziński, Igor Błachut, Karol Stopa, Adam Probosz, Rafał Jewtuch, and Przemek Kruk, although not all named here may or may not be involved in reporting cycling and would head over to other Olympic sports. Polish viewers can also learn about the opinions of international Eurosport experts expected to be involved, among which there are many former world-class stars, including Martin Schmitt, Sven Hannawald, Mats Wilander, Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Alberto Contador, and Sir Bradley Wiggins as the roster takes shape:


    Czech TV's (Ceska Televize) standard TV advertising price rates for this year's major sporting events will cost extra for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the 2020 World Ice Hockey Championships, and Euro 2020 in comparison to the flat (unchanged, that is) TV ad rates of CZK 27,000 for a 20-second spot to an audience of 15+ years for other programming by 100% with the same events if no Czech Team representation by 50%. As part of expected revenues from advertising and sponsorship sales as well as barter operations to earn CZK 75 million more to reach CZK 483 million this year:



    CT Sport had a profile on Czech mountain climber Adam Ondra for 15 minutes on Tema Pro Hosty last week on February 18 at 16:10 Czech time: 


    Telenor, the Norwegian operator of Canal Digital, has signed "a new and forward-looking agreement" to distribute eleven Discovery channels (Kanal 5, Kanal 9, Kanal 11, Discovery Channel, Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, TLC, Animal Planet, Discovery Science, Investigation Discovery and Animal Planet HD) in Norway, as well as the Dplay streaming service, that will pave the way for Eurosport's Tokyo 2020 coverage that will include surely those upcoming exclusive Olympic-specific channels:



  9. 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:


    ZDF and ARD had more personnel on site in Rio De Janeiro four years ago (480) than members of the 2016 German Olympic Team (452). ZDF chairman Thomas Bellut in a January press conference in Berlin says this time the ARD and ZDF broadcast center is on the Lerchenberg in Mainz with the NDR in charge of the ARD side. Both will have an "economical" joint team in Tokyo using a common sending facility, "much like we did in Korea." They will do parts of the final production, cutting equipment on the Lerchenberg with likely the majority there, and the carpenters are already present in Tokyo, Japan. Because Tokyo is very expensive, Ballut says, there's an attempt to limit the number there this time but he couldn't say the exact number of "adequate" staff bound for Tokyo yet working under time rules like everyone else, like cannot work around the clock But don't expect the Tokyo staff be more than the 2020 German Olympic Team based on that:


    Eurosport Player from the digital platform upon its post-Pyeongchang 2018 improvements will have "every single minute shown" with coverage of all disciplines with a "digital-first approach" in better engagement with younger viewers that act as borderless communities across Europe in "passion verticals" including additional streams of live events, expert and technical insight that taps into viewers’ interests,  segments on how athletes train, which uses VR, different camera angles and extra in-depth analysis, and using Golf TV (viewer matches and live streams, alternative angles, golfing tutorials and other interactive elements):


    Olympic cycling in all disciplines will come through France Televisions on France 2 and France 3 will the more fuller offering at France TV Sport on the digital side:


    Why is it solely BandSports and not with TV Bandeirantes on the free-to-air side covering this Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics this time? Left it exclusively to Globo and its 200 hours there. Simply put in one word, money. For two related factors. The Sao Paulo-based broadcaster lacks the funds it would have to pay an amount above R$50 million to the IOC with this one at a time when Band can't under its current financial condition. Time zone differential with Tokyo--12 hours between Tokyo and Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro--convinced Band that its TV audience and financial reward hopes weren't going to be there for the network when the desired competition for Brazilians will take place during the late night--early morning hours. Moreover, Record admits not getting involved this time for similar reasons as the Tokyo 2020 programming could coincide and interfere with the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God programming normally shown under those time slots. However it still likes to get itself involved with some big R$16 million ad revenue push through Brazilian athletes and Tokyo-related programming at that time. ESPN Brasil, as of early November, still has a shot in getting into this. But time is running short and fast for it:




  10. 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 but the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation--will provide the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coverage on CBC TV8 and on Multiple Choice (MCTV). We also know some introductory insight about SportsMax's Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics plans in the Bridgetown press conference: Sportsmax will produce over 864 hours live from Tokyo through two 24-hour HD channels that will be transmitting the action from Tokyo seven days a week also be providing to CBC. Tokyo Prime will be broadcast in the morning just after the completion of the nightly programming in Tokyo, as well as in prime time here in the region as a recap and review into the next day’s activity as separate programs during the day. Likely will be the case throughout SportsMax's reach in 22 places like the Commonwealth island nations and territories, Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Haiti, Guadeloupe, and Martinique. Expect lots of track and field/athletics-based coverage angles even before the competition starts while providing other sports: 


    Celine Dumerc, one of France's greatest and most decorated women's basketball players, will serve as a basketball analyst expert for France Televisions' Tokyo 2020 coverage as was announced on FT's Stade 2. Should form holds, she'll cover for the women's game like notably her former teammates, the very talented Les Bleues having just qualified again in Bourges, France, with a male, maybe Richard Dacoury again, covering the men's game:


    Rebecca Lowe will be in Tokyo for NBC's huge Olympic soccer coverage that's seemingly endless even days before the Opening Ceremony and will "have a little break" after August 10 "to be with her family while getting the Olympics out of my system" before tackling again England's Premier League:


    Add NowThis to NBC's Tokyo 2020 online/mobile coverage roster beginning in March on the US Olympic and Paralympic athletes-focused content that the video packages can be both digital/social media and linear platforms (although much of the NowThis Olympic content is "pre-Games focused right up to the Opening Ceremony" as the Paralympics version will be both pre- and in-Games):  


    Looking at being a NHK summer intern for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Japan. Or any other business tied in to them. Problem is, either there is little interest to have them or they make an impact for their businesses: 


  11. 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 Discovery Finland/YLE 2022-2024 Olympic broadcasting agreement

    I think Discovery Finland selected basketball as one of its exclusive sports because of the rising popularity of basketball there given how the Finnish national basketball teams like the Susijengi (the Wolfpack) men's team successfully punching above its weight in recent international tournaments and staying there. That and Lauri Markkanen--injured as of this writing--successfully doing his thing with the Chicago Bulls as the sole Finn:


  12. 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:


  13. 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 broadcast theme song for Tokyo 2020 instead of each network having one this time (NHK will still have its own). In this case, it's longtime popular Japanese singer Keisuke Kuwata performing SMILE--Like The Clear Sky. A song that premiered days ago in late January, January 24 on a Friday to be exact, through the special integrated "Let's Do It Together 2020! special" program simulcasted live for aptly 20 minutes from 6:40pm Japanese time on all the 5 normally rival Japanese TV networks and the song began airing on 114 TV stations nationwide. Also it looks as though Tokyo 2020 Olympic online/mobile streaming for the Japanese commercial TV networks will be handled through Gorin.jp. 

    First video has all the personalities from TBS, Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TV Tokyo, and TV Asahi at various program they show all happily and seemingly together pulling the rope to signify the unity and "doing this massive TV Olympic project together" and speaking why with "Smile" as the soundtrack music. I can't identify many of them since I don't really know Japanese TV very well (actually haven't seriously take the time to do so), but if someone out there who does and can translate the dialogue, please do. A few of the shows looks like Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader Japanese version, 99 Walls, and there's Sunday Japon's sets because I can spot some English on their sets:

    Keisuke Kuwata's music video to the Let's Do It Together 2020 Japanese commercial TV project "Smile--Like The Clear Sky". Set on a building rooftop a stone's throw away from the new Tokyo Olympic Stadium before being inside it on the medal podium. The joining forces program was hosted by someone from each of the 5 Japanese networks and very likely involved in the broadcasts: Masu Taichi (NTV announcer), Ayaka Hironaka (TV Asahi Announcer), Shinichiro Yasumi (TBS announcer), Yuka Takezaki (TV Tokyo announcer), and Aimi Miyaji (Fuji TV announcer): 

    This song will obviously get used in various social initiatives, joint projects, programs, various events, sports scenes, etc., among many other scenes this year and performed under the spirit of "Let's Do It together" and meant to convey various emotions when watching this year's Summer Olympics either by yourself or sharing the moments with family, friends, and/or strangers. It's like the Canadian Host Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium's "I Believe/J'Imagine" for Vancouver exactly a decade ago that "Smile" reminds me of across the various Canadian Bell and Rogers-owned TV networks:  

  14. 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 public being accustomed to Olympic TV watching on ZDF and ARD:


    Team GB's London 2012 long jump gold medalist and British long jump record holder Greg Rutherford joined the Eurosport UK Tokyo 2020 sportscasting team in July. Rutherford will interview star athletes and be an expert analyst at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium during the track and field competition, be at the Olympic Village for behind-the-scenes access with Team GB athletes to follow them more, present short features heading up to Tokyo 2020, and other things as a roving reporter at multiple Olympic events:


    Former swimmer Kosuke Kitajima was appointed as NHK's Tokyo 2020 Olympic Broadcasting Athlete Navigator on the TV show Arashi. It's an increasing role major Olympic broadcasters are using to get former athletes tap into the insight and mentality of Olympic athletes as they train, plan, and compete. Kitajima will largely focus on the Japanese contingent    


    Hong Kong's Tokyo 2020 broadcasting rights, still at HK$270 million, still makes TVB skittish because it knows, with reserves in bank and cash balances of HK$854 million as of June 30, it will not recoup in ad sales revenue amid a slowing HK national economy and the unstable social situation--and is turning to the Hong Kong government for subsidizing the costs. Doubt seriously if RTVHK wants some of the Olympics coverage on its TV channels. Can't recall it handling sports all that much.  Pay-TV operator Now TV and terrestrial station ViuTV are reportedly set to bid jointly in compliance to the requirement that Olympics must be shown on free-to-air TV like the ceremonies and that 200-hour broadcast minimum to show key events and/or relay certain hours of events:


    Belgium's RTBF has some big plans forthcoming for the French-language Belgian Tokyo 2020 coverage right after the other major sports project that summer in Euro 2020 soccer. Teasing it will have "dozens of hours of television broadcasting [coming on at La 2] and a multitude of additional streams on Auvio":


  15. 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 usage to submit in the public Our Story. Then the Snapchat editors "will edit into one story and add graphics and text to provide additional context." Like to see Peacock and the NBC Sports app include these as part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics programming roster. Snap's two daily Olympics highlights shows--one overall and one single event--premiere in June with the other two, the daily NBC Olympic studio show and Chasing Gold, both coming in July.  

    All are obviously intended for NBC and Snap expanding through their third consecutive Olympics partnership to capture the desired young 12-35 American demographics, many of which use Snapchat daily, with advertisers at a time there's serious cord-cutting from them. Social media and Internet platforms are starting to make real money like for NBC but won't generate huge revenue by themselves yet:



    France Televisions bring aboard surfer Justine Dupont and the ex-snowboarder Mathieu Crépel to comment on the surfing, accompanied by resident play-by-play guy Christian Choupin, at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games starting in July from Chiba.  Crépel has already commented for France Televisions on snowboarding at Pyeongchang but eager to learn about "those big waves" (surfing shares some similarities with snowboarding and skateboarding) and may later take part in the Tokyo skateboarding expertise, but Dupont makes his Olympic TV broadcasting debut here:



    Basic early info about TVP Polska and its upcoming Summer Olympics coverage. TVP Polska is the place to be for the Polish TV broadcasting coverage of Tokyo 2020 through TVP1, TVP2, and TVP Sport and will place heavy emphasis on showing every Polish Tokyo 2020 Olympian performance. Online/mobile streaming will be available at sport.tvp.pl. Eurosport Poland will also show them, although the only detail made known is of course everything from Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics will get made available through online streaming on Eurosport Player: 


    TVR Moldova's Objectiv Commu (Common Objective) took a look at and discuss the preparations of hopeful future champions for the Olympics and about the most important sports competitions transmitted to TVR MOLDOVA on Tuesday in the countdown the joy, pain, agony, preparation, qualification, desire, impatience, and determination in the quest for an Olympic medal. Guests of this show were Nicolae Jurevschi--president of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Moldova; Andrei Golban--President of the Judo Federation of the Republic of Moldova; Anastasia Nichita--European wrestling champion in wrestling and already qualified for Tokyo that was apparently hosted by Elena Gutu with an accompanying report featuring a couple of Moldovan judokas on their Olympic prospects. This Common Objective show started at 5:00 pm Moldova time and can be watched live on TVR MOLDOVA, live on Facebook, and tvrmoldova.md: 


    In a related story from Romania and Moldova about TVR, the TVR Board of Directors pulled the plug on TVR HD late last year not only as the other TVR channels make their much anticipated digital transition to HD but also speaking of the failure to convert TVR HD into a worthy sports channel after TVR kept losing the Romanian TV broadcasting rights in team handball and soccer:


  16. 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 with maybe more channels like it did with Rio 2016 like with the Opening Ceremony, which it split with Channel 1 and pay-TV NTV Plus amid the doping controversy going on back then. Channel 1/Perviy Kanal dealt with only events involving Russians like the gold medal-winning women's handball team with the coverage there not running marathon-like parallel to Brazil's TV Globo then.  And we don't know about Channel 1 and NTV Plus plans, if they're planning. Then again, NTV and Match! TV pretty much joined forces in recent years thanks to Gazprom Media. Restricted article here:


    China’s General Administration of Sport and the National Radio and Television Administration--a result of a broadcasting merger of state-owned media like China Central Television (CCTV), China Global Television Network (CGTN), China National Radio, and China Radio International--agreed to create a new Olympic content platform designed to cover both summer and winter disciplines and broaden the appeal of sports across the country through high-quality content. Focusing on Chinese athletes and Olympic events, with a particular interest in winter sports and youth-interest sports, the announcement comes two years ahead of the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing to focus. The aforementioned Chinese media entities will carry the Olympic content, starting with coverage from Tokyo 2020, exploring development of further and greater media integration, while exploring the more innovative 5G, 4K and 8K streaming mediums, and artificial intelligence applications. The Olympic Channel China is one forthcoming example:


    Coming up next is some interesting developments on the 4K/8K Olympic front: Japan appears to be the leader in 8KTV but shockingly lags behind North America and Western Europe and maybe even Australia when it comes to 4K. China leads in production of 4KTVs but definitely not in producing the needed content. There won't be a lot of Japanese people (or those in the West for that matter) gobbling up UHD TV sets that can come near 50% by 2020, although the numbers will certainly increase after 2020 and already knowing there's 8K Olympic NHK coverage. But it reflects the amount of 8K coverage from NHK this summer when 0.1% of the Japanese population (around a tiny number of 62,000) with this being an important move for the industry as the quality of content produced is far superior. Yet nearby in China, CCTV plans to have an 8KTV Olympic channel for broadcasting as the only one worldwide, so there's going to be 8K content there soon with Beijing 2022 as the first major focus: 


    For Italy outside of RAI, it's not clear that further Italian TV Tokyo 2020 broadcasting rights are shared with Eurosport and DAZN based on conflicting reports. Or even whether there's an actual legit agreement to share the coverage be it live and summary formats. For now, Italians do have the Eurosport Player to watch until there's official word on the details. Remember, RAI's Viale Mazzini signed an agreement with Discovery-Eurosport for the transmission of the IOC-mandated Summer Olympics 200 hours minimum live and free-to-air. All 200 hours will be broadcast on a single linear channel, which should be--as per tradition with the Olympics--on RAI 2. But the bad news for all Italian Olympic fans is that RAI renounced the streaming and mobile rights of Tokyo 2020 (there is talk of 20 million euros "spared" for RAI) as part of the agreement. This means nothing from the Tokyo Olympics will be broadcast on Rai Play, even on-demand, and the Olympic Channel will be devoid of actual live Olympic action. A bummer considering the recent re-launch with great pomp of Rai Play:


    Does seems to appear, thanks to visiting the Spanish version Wikipedia's 2020 Summer Olympics broadcasters list, that Bolivia's Red Bolivision will cover the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics since it presently holds the rights to the Lausanne 2020 Youth Winter Olympic Games as part of winning the Olympic broadcasting package. Though there's no explicit evidence on that yet. But it will have to show at least 200 hours from Tokyo:


  17. 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 of right now. Even America TV in Peru and SNT in Paraguay have even more info as neighbors upon their announcements than RTS: 


  18. 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 commercial partners must sit them out. So it'll pull Germany's ZDF and ARD during their Olympics presentation that we're already familiar with, only with more members. I take the days prior to and the Opening Ceremony are reserved for NHK, who will determine with the commercial network partners which sports they'll take after discussion and decision. Why is Nippon TV getting 4 days and TV Tokyo only 2 among this? 

    We already know NHK will air competitions on 4K and 8K ultra-high-definition satellite channels and the internet, while the private networks are planning on jointly distributing the programs on the internet and broadcasting them on 4K satellite channels:


    The Tokyo Media Center is now accepting media card accreditation applications under the official concept "Connect In Tokyo" during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. Even media who don’t have accreditation for the Tokyo 2020 Games are still permitted to use TMC’s services:


    Up in Canada and like Kia Nurse, Bridget Carleton, Natalie Achonwa, Kim Gaucher, Ruth Hamblin, Miah-Marie Langlois, and Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe? CBC Sports, shown on CBC TV, CBC GEM, and streaming on CBCSports.ca, will air all of the Canadian women's basketball teams' FIBA Women's World Olympic Qualification Tournament games live from Ostende, Belgium, presented by DAZN (pronounced "da zone"), although the Canada-Sweden match on CBC TV will come immediately after Hockey Night in Canada at 12:30am CT as tape-delayed. CBC Sports' Andi Petrillo will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game shows:


    Still possible for ESPN and FOX Sports in the Latin America region as of the new year to get some Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics action:


  19. 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 in addition to analyst commentary, athlete profiles, and more. Not unlike when NBC started using VR in a sense:



  20. 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 Unilever as early partnering sponsors for Peacock during its investor presentation in agreements come with a guarantee that each brand will have exclusive ad placement across NBC Sports during all 17 days of the Tokyo Olympics:


    TBS, one of the Japanese TV networks that's part of the Japanese Consortium, has a talk show entitled Good Morning Good Athlete on Saturday mornings at 7am Japan time that started July 6 as part of TBS' Tokyo Victory 2020 series bringing top Japanese Olympic hopeful athletes and some Japanese Olympic legends from various Olympic sports as guests as they focus for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, and explore the athletes' lives, “attractive attractions” (whatever that means--maybe some silly fun and games, which is commonplace on Japanese TV), and “how people should enjoy the Tokyo Olympics. Co-hosted by TBS' Junna Yamagata and Shinichiro Yasumi. 


    Another TBS Olympic program is Yeahhh! Go To 2020, a special part of TBS' Yeahhh! Sports series, profiling Japanese Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls (with the odd foreigner trying making theirs) as they work towards making their goals with Team Japan and slices in their lives like making the Tokyo 2020 Japanese Olympic and Paralympic Team:


  21. 2 hours ago, Quaker2001 said:

    Was literally just about to post, but you beat me to it.

    Still need some clarification here as to what this means for the NBC Sports/Olympics app.  My guess is this is in addition to that, not in place of it.  Hopefully I'm right on that one.

    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:


    And when I was referring to the NBC Olympic archives, I was talking about having it with the NBC commentary included. Not sure about the US rights issues with the IOC/OTAB in how that might get into play over the streaming service.

    Swimmer Ryan Lochte will have his own programming on Peacock called Hot Water: In Deep With Ryan Lochte. Jeah! US Soccer should get something similar to what USA Basketball is getting:


    CT will present its 320-hour live coverage to Czech Republic viewers with naturally a strong Czech Olympic Team focus and their performances, capturing all their starts. In carrying on the tradition from London 2012, Czech Television will have its own studio in Tokyo under 30 accreditations being in the final stages of staffing by trying to get more media members on the roster partly in their mobility in "arranging interviews with our competitors immediately after races" and being in more places. Specific Czech Television Tokyo 2020 programming and scheduling is TBD once the Czech qualifying is settled:


    Brazil's Globo will reach the Summer Olympics-mandated broadcast minimum of 200 hours. Globo/SporTV Tokyo 2020's Time Ouro will consist of Rio 2016 holdovers Fabi (volleyball), Carlão (soccer), Nalbert (volleyball), Gustavo Borges (swimming), Hortencia (basketball), Marcelinho (soccer), Claudinei Quirino (track & field/athletics), Flávio Canto (judo), Daiane dos Santos (artistic gymnastics) and Lars Grael (sailing), as well as the rookies, who will be in their first Olympics as commentators: Bernardinho (soccer), Diego Hypólito (artistic gymnastics), Fabiana Murer (track & field/athletics), Tiago Camilo (judo), and Thiago Pereira (swimming). GloboEsporte.com will present live broadcasts, charts, analysis, real-time coverage and videos with the best moments to not miss anything that happened in the early hours of the Olympics from Tokyo. Volleyball coach Bernardinho and former gymnast Daiane dos Santos both offer their thoughts on the upcoming Tokyo coverage this year now being on the other side. Bernardinho will not only be limited to volleyball analysis. The former Brazilian national volleyball player and coach will also participate in special SporTV programs and moments of Globo programming:


    Globo targets making R$581.4 million through 6 ad sponsorship quotas at the expected R$96.9 million each through its three platforms: Sponsorship on TV Globo is the most expensive, with R $ 52.7 million, followed by SporTV (R$34.2 million) and Globoesporte.com (R$10 million) with greater integration with the three as opposed to separate. But value is at 62% lower than in Rio since Brazil is not the hosts this time but more for the competition times going from (in Brazil time) early morning and into the morning:



    RTVS in Slovakia gets closer to launching the revived all-sports channel this June as its fourth TVS channel known simply as Sport. It will re-air well ahead of time for the start of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics without needing to compete with other Slovak sports channels. Sport's programming will feature all the popular Slovakian and Olympic sports (and sometimes not so popular there) that appeal to a wide Slovakian audience but also on new and unconventional sports, with some emphasis on boosting interest in domestic sports competitions like opening round Slovak Cup soccer competitions when televising at small cities' club stadiums that aren't as friendly to media hookups like cameras:  


  22. 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:


    Peacock will offer extensive coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, some of it exclusive. Peacock will feature live coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies before they air on NBC in primetime. It will also stream three daily Olympic shows. That lineup includes Tokyo Live, with live coverage of one particularly compelling event from the day; Tokyo Daily Digest, with midday highlights; and Tokyo Tonight, a complement to the primetime show that is designed to help audiences catch up on the day’s events.

    Peacock Free, the free, ad-supported basic option...will also feature curated Peacock streaming genre channels like “SNL Vault,” “Family Movie Night” and “Olympic Profiles.”

    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. Definitely there's more in store as we get closer to the launch. Hopefully we'll also see NBC Olympic archives from Seoul 1988 onwards (with the odd, surviving Tokyo Olympics 1964 footage in bringing it full circle):


  23. 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 coverage instead of one after another on one network.  I hope this will be true for Telemundo with Olympic basketball to a lesser extent since we can reasonably expect Spain having both men's and women's basketball teams qualifying, for example. Mexico's baseball team will get serious play too.

    Andres Cantor and Manuel Sol will head to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to commentate games on-site with an eye on Miguel Gurwitz returning as the host of the soccer coverage during the live windows like pre-game, halftime, and post-game. Ana Jurka, who really did an amazing job during last year's Women’s World Cup, will be back hosting portions of the day, but won't be on location from Tokyo due to her other broadcasting commitments during the course of the broadcast day. Likely as studio anchor down in Miami. Likely this Cantor-Sol tandem will serve as Telemundo's only on-location commentators:


    This video clip comes from Telemundo Deportes' late night program Titulares y Mas (Headlines & More) and actually comes right at the one-year countdown mark as Telemundo puts up its own Tokyo 2020 promo from the NBC family of networks to present and promote by Ana Jurka, Carlos Hemosillo, and Miguel Gurwitz with their own Japanese-style NBC Tokyo fans. Note Telemundo uses the English name for Tokyo and not the Spanish one Tokio along the English commentary for the sports montage. Moreover, baseball and softball aren't new Olympic sports as indicated in this video, although the formats, qualifications included, are different from the past even as demonstrations. I would like Canada to be included in the list of Americas Olympic medal count table from the previous three Summer Olympics since it does have plenty of Spanish/Portuguese-speakers (with the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico included into the list too), but I guess Canada's aren't as significant demographic-wise--and PR and DR weren't winning medals consistently enough in that Olympic timeframe shown: 

    With SKY TV NZ currently holding the Olympic broadcasting rights at this stage in New Zealand, we would safely assume that the free-to-air TV coverage would automatically head towards its brethren at PRIME like it does. Wrong. SKY TV made a mean curveball and instead sent the FTA rights to rival TVNZ, where it would be shown on TVNZ ONE under a sublicensing partnership deal to give them its first Olympics coverage since Beijing 2008 for a confidential fee and will air 200+ hours. TVNZ 1 will broadcast 12 consecutive hours throughout the afternoon and evening including key events involving New Zealand's athletes with live streaming provided on TVNZ OnDemand-- but won't have same on-demand catch-up options as Sky's various digital platforms., breaking only for TVNZ evening news like 1 News at 6 and Seven Sharp. SKY Sports NZ meanwhile will stream and broadcast all the upcoming Tokyo 2020 action across its 12 high-definition TV channels in HD, about five more than what Eurosport plans to use, and its Sky Go and Sky Sports Now streaming platforms. TVNZ was chosen by SKY TV NZ largely because of its well-run sports broadcasting pedigree and national wide viewership for "draw on the promotional power and partnership of our collective platforms to encourage viewership of Tokyo 2020 by the widest range of New Zealanders." So I guess PRIME's And The Crowd Goes Wild team will not participate as much:






    Had to conduct some serious translations regarding SOMETHING about the Japanese TV coverage for its Tokyo 2020 hosting. Fuji TV will have Shingo Murakami from  the sports program Shingo Murakami: The Beat of Passion will be appointed as its main anchor caster at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Previously did the 2018 FIFA World Cup for TV Asahi as he steadily gains sportscasting experience. Shinichiro Azumi becomes the main Tokyo 2020 sportscaster over at TBS taking over from longtime TBS host Masahiro Nakai after eight consecutive Summer Olympics. Makai's immediate role at TBS remains unclear: will he appear in some capacity (as his many fans would like) or has he left the company altogether? NHK will have Arashi as Tokyo Oripara host and already has 2020 Stadium program focusing on every event. Shoji Sakurai has been the primary caster of the Olympic Games since 2008 for six consecutive games in summer and winter at Nippon TV, but he has since become NHK's main studio anchor. Nippon is looking for a replacement

    All of these situations have connections to Johnny's Office from the late Johnny Kitagawa (aka Johnny Talent):


    TV Asahi may turn to 51-year old former tennis player Shuzo Matsuoka as its Tokyo 2020 primary host and has hosted 8 consecutive Summer and Winter Olympics since Athens 2004. Kamenashi Kazuya from KAT-TUN was bypassed to be NHK's Olympic host due to its strong relationship with Arashi as a five-member NHK official supporter 


    Akashiya Sanma, Shinya Ueda, and Yumiko Yukino will appear as sportscasters on Nippon Television's Tokyo 2020 broadcasts:


    Wikipedia's CCTV-5 entry says that its Chinese Tokyo 2020 TV coverage will come on CCTV-1, CCTV-5, CCTV-5+, and CCTV News (now CCTV-13). We could see Olympic-specific channels like CCTV-22 and perhaps CCTV-16, which is the Olympic Channel China, get used. Or other non-sports-related ones like CCTV-7 and CCTV-12 were Beijing and London and have programming blocks set aside daily for it, if not 24-7 coverage. The latter is set to be launched later this year definitely in time for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics:


  24. 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 the Clemson and Louisiana State marching bands will entertain at halftime, and Chris Coyte from the Pac-12 is your ref. Both ESPN and ESPN Radio is covering this live with Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Maria Taylor and Tom Rinaldi (sidelines), Adam Amin, Dan Orlovsky, Pat McAfee, and Steve Levy (Field Pass sideline reporters) with a TSN simulcast feed in Canada on  TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5 and TSN Direct. Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Holly Rowe, Ian Fitzsimmons, and Steve Shaw all handling things for ESPN Radio. Taking a page from Turner Sports Final Four involvement, there's Hometown Radio casting from the local radio team casts with Clemson (on the ACC Network): Don Munson, Tim Bourret, Brad Scott, and Reggie Merriweather and LSU (on the SEC Network): Chris Blair, Doug Moreau and Gordy Rush. ESPN Deportes all-Spanish language call comes from Eduardo Varela, Pablo Viruega, and Raul Allegre. Interestingly, this will be shown on ESPN Brasil with Rômulo Mendonça (play-by-play) and Weinny Eirado (analyst) in Portuguese. I'll start providing the scores and links after this. Check out this press release from ESPN on its coverage:


    LSU's tight end Thaddeus Moss in the game is the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Randy Moss. 

  25. Tokyo is where NBC continues its Olympic TV broadcasting streak. Tokyo was where NBC got started in the American Olympic TV broadcasting now 56 years ago. Well, would be come October, more accurately.  NBC showed 15 hours in total coverage over 15 days that was conducted in an average of 45 minutes daily highlights package a few hours after the competition for the $1.5 million price tag (first time an Olympics surpassed the $1 million barrier). At the time, it took advantage of the latest communication tech advancements like using the Syncom 3 satellite for direct broadcasts and the advent of color TV, which NBC's opening ceremonies showing in 1964 marked the first color broadcast televised live via satellite from 12-2am US CT back to the United States and that itself took a few hours. Yet NBC's Olympic competition airing itself was broadcast only in black-and-white. Outside the Syncom 3 satellite, videotape canisters were flown across the Pacific Ocean and were broadcast to American viewers the following day.

    Serving as NBC Tokyo 1964 anchor was Bill Henry, then NBC News Tokyo bureau chief, who had extensive experience in both print and broadcast news. Play-by-play commentators included Bud Palmer and Jim Simpson, while former Olympic gold medalists Rafer Johnson (track and field) and Murray Rose (swimming) served as analysts. If there's anything NBC is remembered for out of the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics with the competition, it's the excitable "Look at Mills! Look at Mills!" call on hard-charging unknown Billy Mills' huge upset on heavy faves Australia's Ron Clarke and Tunisia's Mohammed Gammoudi in the men's 10,000m final. NBC track analyst Dick Bank brought all the drama and shock with that screaming above call with Bud Palmer more oblivious to what was unfolding until slightly too late. For that seeming lack of professionalism, Bank got fired.

    NBC's Tokyo Olympics 1964 logo was pretty nice. Even if it was just in B/W. Although NBC's current Tokyo 2020 broadcast logo is very good with the Japanese caliagraphy-inspired design, maybe an updated version could've been interesting to use as we look back under a callback mode. Very interesting now there were sponsorships with Kent Cigarettes, Schlitz beer, and Texaco.  

    Needless to say and my oh my, lots of technological developments and advancements came forth in between these Olympics.


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