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  1. Some other NBC Olympics Tokyo 2020 news and developments that we have to touch upon and possibly overlooked, some just breaking:

    TONY HAWK, STEVE KORNACKI, TARA LIPINSKI, AND JOHNNY WEIR JOIN NBC OLYMPICS TOKYO 2020 TEAM THIS SUMMER AS CORRESPONDENTS

    NBCU PROVIDES AND DISTRIBUTE LIVE 4KHDR COVERAGE OF NBC TOKYO 2020 PRIMETIME SEGMENT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND FOR THE GOLF CHANNEL AND THE OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA

    NBC WILL BROADCAST AN UNPRECEDENTED 13 NIGHTS OF A RECORD 50 HOURS OF PRIMETIME COVERAGE OF THE 2020 USA OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS (83.25 HOURS OVERALL OUT OF 22 DAYS) IN DIVING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, AND TRACK & FIELD ACROSS NBC, NBCSN, OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA, AND PEACOCK

    SHEPARD SMITH AND MEGHAN TRIPLETT (CNBC), CAROLYN MANNO (OLYMPIC CHANNEL: HOME OF TEAM USA), AND DAMON HACK AND CARA BANKS (NBCSN) NAMED AS NBC'S TOKYO 2020 COVERAGE HOSTS

    NBC OLYMPICS PRESENTS 14 HOURS OF LIVE DIVING COVERAGE OF THE 2020 US OLYMPIC DIVING TRIALS ON THE OLYMPIC CHANNEL AND PEACOCK STARTING THIS TUESDAY

    NBC OLYMPICS WELCOMES 17 NEW PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICES FOR TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS

    NBC OLYMPICS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF THE WEEKLY PODCAST SERIES THE PODIUM, RUNNING FOR 12 WEEKS, WITH PLANS FOR A DAILY PODIUM PODCAST DURING TOKYO 2020

    MIKE TIRICO HOSTED 2-HOUR TOKYO OLYMPICS: DREAMS LIVE ON SPECIAL MARCH 26 ON NBCSN AND OLYMPIC CHANNEL

    NBC OLYMPICS AND TWITTER EXTEND LIVE CONTENT PARTNERSHIP UP TO THE TOKYO 2020 AND BEIJING 2022 OLYMPICS

    MIKE TIRICO TO ANCHOR NBC OLYMPICS PRIMETIME SEGMENT FROM OUTDOOR STUDIO OVERLOOKING THE PICTURESQUE TOKYO SKYLINE IN AN NBC OLYMPICS FIRST

    AHMED FAREED, LIAM MC HUGH & KATHRYN TAPPEN NAMED USA NETWORK HOSTS FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS

    NBC OLYMPICS AND TWITCH JOIN FORCES TO PROVIDE LIVE AND INTERACTIVE TOKYO 2020 EVENT CONTENT AND COVERAGE

    NBC OLYMPICS PRESENTED EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE OF 2020 US OLYMPIC TEAM WRESTLING TRIALS FROM FT. WORTH ON NBCSN, NBCSPORTS.COM, NBC SPORTS APP, AND PEACOCK ON APRIL 2-3ROB

    18x SPORTS EMMY WINNER ROB HYLAND NAMED NBC OLYMPICS' PRIMETIME SHOW PRODUCER IN WORKING HIS 10TH OLYMPICS OVERALL

    The following is a Eurosport Sweden ad brochure indicating like they do among for potential sponsors in the price level of their chosing under the Discovery family--in Sweden's case, it's Kanal 5 (the flagship channel), Kanal 9, Kanal 11, Eurosport, Eurosport 2, and DPlay. Includes an interview with former hurdler Susanna Kallur, who acts as Discovery Networks Sweden's analyst for track and field: 

    https://airtime.se/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/OS21-broschyr-Ny-dec-2020.pdf

    Sanna now has some company in track and field in 2004 heptathlete gold medalist Caroline Kluft and long jumper Michel Torneus. Kluft, a hosting vet with Viasat Sweden's recent Olympic coverage, joins host Jonas Karlsson in guiding the Swedish viewers during the track and field competitions at the Olympic Stadium that take place during the second week of the Olympics, especially during the live events. But she will also be present at the morning broadcasts the next day when major competitions take place during the night.     Also makes known the team around the track & filed/athletics broadcasts also includes Tommy Åström who comments on the competitions on site in Tokyo together with Peter Häggström and Camilla Enström  who is an on-site reporter. More experts will be attached to the broadcasts later in the spring

    https://press.discoverynetworks.se/post/nya-experter-klara-for-sommar-os-i-tokyo

    In the middle of this Aftonbladet article, we can see the Discovery Network Sverige Tokyo 2020 commentary team taking shape with more personnel to be announced soon. Much of the commentary will take place back home in Sweden with a much slimmer personnel bound for Tokyo. Nor Discovery has plans to create a studio there, either:  

    https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/a/dlyPJA/os-2021-i-tokyo-allt-infor-sommar-os--tv-och-program-dag-for-dag

    This is quickly becoming one of my favorite Olympic TV commercials of all time--and the games have been delayed. Surely this Europort Tokyo 2020 commercial takes its inspiration from manga comics, Tokyo's futuristic look and colors, anime, and all the side and backyard shops and restaurants there. And yes, the Eurosport Cube, medal zone, and The Dome are back! 

    Hong Kong's Special Administrative Region Government managed to purchase HK's Tokyo 2020 TV broadcasting rights for an "undisclosed but reasonable price...and less than what was paid by commercial broadcasters in past games" in the name of better promoting sport in Hong Kong to five broadcasters in "a one-off arrangement" when local broadcasters were reluctant to step up themselves. The IOC's and Dentsu's $70 million asking price scared them off. Later reduced to HK$270 million ($34.7 million). Thanks to Hong Kong's government, the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be aired on 5 licensed broadcasters TVB, ViuTV, and Hong Kong Open TV (formerly Fantastic TV, making its Olympic broadcasting debut) as well as pay-TV channels Hong Kong Cable Television and NowTV. All must show events involving Hong Kong athletes. Government station RTHK will not be broadcasting the games because it "lacked the funding and the manpower to cover the Games". There were those who said this act shouldn't happen. 

     

    https://www.sportspromedia.com/news/hong-kong-government-2020-tokyo-olympics-tv-rights

    https://www.scmp.com/sport/hong-kong/article/3131628/2020-olympics-hong-kongs-government-must-step-if-we-want-watch

    https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/society/article/3132989/hong-kong-buys-2020-summer-olympics-broadcast-rights-will

    https://www.sportcal.com/News/FeaturedNews/136284

    For i-CABLE's part in the Tokyo 2020 broadcasting, "CABLE News and CABLE Sports channels will also provide highlights as well as the latest information of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. CABLE Sports has produced and broadcast the training activities of the Hong Kong Team in the past year, it will continue to cover the preparation activities of our athletes in coming months and give them the greatest support. 
    CABLE TV will select the contests that the public care about and broadcast through CABLE Sports (HD 601 / SD 661), Sports Plus 1 (HD 602 / SD 662), Sports Plus 2 (HD 604 / SD 664), and Sports Plus 3 (HD 605 / SD 665). Moreover, a team of subject experts will be invited to provide professional commentary for the contests, hoping to witness every wonderful moment of China and Hong Kong athletes at the Olympics.":

    http://www.i-cablecomm.com/newsroom/index2.php?newsroomid=644

    Fantastic TV will be repped by Channels of "Fantastic TV, Ch.77 Hong Kong Open TV and Ch.76 Hong Kong International Business Channel, will carry the Olympic items that are most popular among the people of Hong Kong. Professional sports commentators will host special Olympic programmes on our channels and share with our audience every exciting moment created by athletes from Hong Kong and Mainland China":

    http://www.i-cablecomm.com/newsroom/index2.php?newsroomid=645

    Singapore's Mediacorp remains committed in broadcasting the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics despite the COVID-19-enforced delay. Industries and businesses being unable to pay in full for advertising and sponsorship raise a concern though:

    https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/olympics-mediacorp-remains-committed-to-broadcasting-tokyo-games-in-2021

    The Olympic Games will take place in Tokyo for Belgium's Flemish contingent from Friday July 23 to Sunday August 8, which means a time difference of seven hours with Belgium for VRT's Sporza, maybe EEN and Canvas. In Tokyo Live , Maarten Vangramberen will cover the most important sports competitions at night from the Japanese capital, with the emphasis on our compatriots. In the morning Frank Raes receives a few guests every day in a breakfast program and Catherine Van Eylen then bundles the most important sports news in Studio Tokyo . Then Imke takes over Courtois in Tokyo Live for live coverage again. In the afternoon, at the end of Het journaal, there will be a fixed Studio Tokyo Olympic news block. After that, live coverage from the games will follow again. In addition to the evening news, Studio Tokio is back with a summary of the most important sports news. Each evening ends with an Olympic talk show with Karl Vannieuwkerke.

    Radio 1 starts from July 24 The Olympic Morning , between 6-9 am Belgium time In the afternoon (from 1-5 pm) there is Sporza Tokyo with live coverage, interviews, reports and analyses. The highlights are bundled daily on sporza.be. In addition, there will be three additional live streams with even more action images from Tokyo. On the occasion of the Olympic Games, Een is broadcasting documentaries about basketball player Ann Wauters (Wednesday 21 July) and gymnast Nina Derwael (Thursday 22 July). Linde Merckpoel follows the European Basketball Championship of the Belgian Cats online--and may cover them for Sporza. From Thursday 17 to Sunday 27 June she will provide a look behind the scenes of the basket European Championship:

    https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20210525_93374725

    Austria's ORF is not surprisingly taking a more remote direction from Tokyo in covering and producing its Tokyo 2020 coverage in cutting costs because of the pandemic by staying in Vienna:

    https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/orf-plans-tokyo-2020-remote-production-amid-cost-cuts/

    An evening show directly from TVNorge's studio in Nydalen will be the focal place for the Discovery +, TVNorge, and Eurosport's Norwegian Tokyo 2020 coverage with .  

    When today's competitions are over and the athletes charge their batteries, there will be an evening show in Oslo - directly from the studio in Nydalen. There, the effort will be celebrated, the winners will be celebrated and comfort will be given to those who need it. Olympic night will be co-hosted by the sports mad Henrik Elvestad and Olympic veteran Anne Rimmen. In the studio, they take the tempo of the championship, summarize the day, bring interviews with Norwegian athletes, and build expectations for what lies ahead in the coming Olympic day. To solder the Olympic atmosphere around our elongated country, Anne and Henrik have brought with them reporter Gita Simonsen. Among other things, she will visit the Norwegian Olympic heroes' homes and families during the games.

    In Tokyo, ring fox Pål Gordon Nilsen is in place to interview the participants, while newcomer Erik Follestad will report his squinting glances from the colorful world metropolis. Together, they will ensure that the Norwegian people get in a real Olympic mood through the 17 intense days the world's largest sporting event takes place, Discovery reports in a press release on Thursday morning:

    https://direkte.vg.no/sportsdognet/news/berit-kjoell-valgt-til-nytt-styremedlem-i-eoc.syvAbJTBa

    Bruce McAveney revisits Stadium Australia/ANZ Stadium--now completely devoid of its track lanes--and reminisces over the scene where Cathy Freeman's golden 400m race stopped Australia as he and Raylene Boyle called it amazingly over 20 years ago. Now, a new grown up generation of young Australian Olympic hopefuls inspired by what happened in Sydney by the likes of her and Ian Thorpe gets a chance to shine in Tokyo and inspire those after them

     

     

  2. OK, here we go with my presentation of the news developments...

    Seven Network confirms that Ian Thorpe will join its Tokyo 2020 swimming commentary team with Basil Zempilas and Giaan Rooney--but not on location in Tokyo and will be based in Seven's Melbourne's studios. Reporter Nathan Templeton will be poolside though. Thorpedo was announced last year but his contract with Seven expired with the pandemic forcing the postponement and thus had to restart the negotiations (and not announcing Ian Thorpe's name in the renamed 7's Tokyo 2020 commentary team.

    Also, there's shaping up to be some additions, subtractions, and reshuffling down in Australian along with Anna Meares and former champion ironwoman Candice Warner joining for cycling. Melanie McLaughlin was set to be the Australian primetime anchor for Seven's coverage that will now see her planned studio partner Hamish McLachlan paired with Abbey Gelmi in Melbourne but will instead head over to Tokyo and lead the reporters. Cycling commentator Phil Liggett and QLD-based presenter and Seven 6-time Olympic vet as trackside reporter Pat Welsh got dropped from the original lineup. Instead it will be Jason Richardson serving as the trackside interviewer. Seven's commentary team will include Bruce McAvaney, Basil Zempilas, Greg Clark, John Casey, Tamsyn Lewis, Brenton Speed, David Culbert, and Matt Hill. 

    Seven has partnered with production house Gravity Media for its coverage of the games with the broadcast being produced and presented from Melbourne’s Dockland studios. TV Blackbox reports that because of COVID-19 "Seven will still be sending a team of approximately 40 reporters and crew to Tokyo including Mel McLaughlin, Mark Beretta, Jason Richardson and Nathan Templeton to capture the action at venues and across the city." Seven is prepared for the fact further it may need to further reduce its team in Tokyo should COVID travel restrictions change.

    Another change comes in Seven’s 2020 strategy of presenting the games on a temporarily upgraded 7two HD channel has also been cut with the network now opting to broadcast coverage on Seven and 7mate. TV Blackbox "understands Olympic coverage will move to 7two only during the 6pm news and when the network has AFL commitments." Digital coverage on streaming platform 7plus will feature 43 channels and two simulcasts, including 36 channels curated by Seven, 6 pre-created channels direct from Tokyo and one existing Olympic channel. There's that revised commentary coverage lineup: 

    https://tvblackbox.com.au/page/2021/05/24/seven-finally-confirms-ian-thorpe-will-join-its-tokyo-olympics-commentary-team/

    https://www.mediaweek.com.au/seven-unveils-its-coverage-team-for-the-tokyo-2020-olympics/

    https://swimswam.com/ian-thorpe-to-join-seven-network-for-olympic-swimming-coverage/

    Swimming Australia ditches 7 and moves towards Amazon Prime in presenting the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials June 12-17 that will make up the Australian Tokyo 2020 Olympic Swimming Team--the Dolphins. Amazon Prime's well-decorated commentary team reporting from Adelaide will be host Matt White, Jon Harker, Grant Hackett, Swimming Australia president Kieren Perkins, Nicole Livingstone, Giaan Rooney, and Annabelle Williams. Will include daily pre-and post-match programming:

    https://www.mediaweek.com.au/matt-white-and-the-a-team-covering-swimming-trials-for-amazon-prime-video/

    https://www.mediaweek.com.au/amazon-prime-video-unveils-australian-swimming-trials-commentary-team-and-racing-schedule/

    Supersport will have MultiChoice prepared 8 dedicated channels for the Olympic games for its DStv customers and also available for The DStv app and 4 channels for GOtv customers for the Olympics--2 on GOtv Max, 1 on GOtv Plus and 1 on the GOtv Value package. The Paralympics event will have two channels. It will also plan to air all 339 gold medal events with the Grandstand channel on DStv carrying the best events at any given time:

    https://www.kahawatungu.com/supersport-air-tokyo-olympics-euro-2021-games/

    Globo has a goal to nab 10 sponsors for its Toquio 2020 coverage on terrestrial, SporTV, and digital/streaming/online. So far, the Brazilian media behemoth lassoed in Bradesco, Ambev, Nivea, Netflix, Natura and Alpargatas-and is in a rush to acquire four more. Fiat and Claro dropped out last year but could return as we get closer to the kickoff. That's far less than what Big Brother Brasil manages to get with 22 advertisers including 8 sponsors, to put it in perspective. Netflix is quite a surprise as an Olympic first for a streaming service though being a bronze buyer:

    https://veja.abril.com.br/blog/radar-economico/globo-corre-para-vender-anuncios-das-olimpiadas-de-toquio/

    https://www.uol.com.br/esporte/futebol/ultimas-noticias/lancepress/2021/05/26/netflix-fecha-contrato-com-a-globo-e-e-patrocinadora-oficial-das-olimpiadas-de-toquio-na-emissora.htm

    In that article, like with this one, says Globo will air over 200 hours under 12 hours daily with SporTV having four cable channels, and 45 channels coming from the Globoplay+ channels with 270 degree studio. The broadcast will be in the best "home office" style, with most of the team involved in the event in Brazil and only 50 professionals stationed in Japan. Expect soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, beach volleyball, track and field, and gymnastics (both artistic and rhythmic) to dominate:

    https://propmark.com.br/midia/tv-globo-tera-12-horas-diarias-de-cobertura-da-olimpiada-de-toquio/

    Globo originally planned to have a 102-person team last year but due to the pandemic of course that's reduced to 50%:

    https://www.uol.com.br/esporte/colunas/gabriel-vaquer/2021/04/26/globo-corta-50-da-equipe-e-deixa-narradores-fora-de-grupo-enviado-a-toquio.htm

    Barbara Coelho, Globo's Sports Spetacular Sunday host, will be among the 50 professionals reporting directly from Tokyo, ready to make daily entries and present Olympic highlights while Lucas Gutierrez staying put in Rio De Janeiro focusing on the domestic sports. Despite not getting the Olympic FTA side, Band will send Sports Show co-hosts Elia Júnior and Glenda Kozlowski, and Álvaro José (nicknamed Mr. Olimpíada for his lengthy Olympic journalism track record). Junior and Kozlowski will continue to conduct their program that also airs on Sundays over there and will produce it for BandSports' Olympic coverage while having journalists support them back in Brazil:  

    https://www.uol.com.br/esporte/colunas/gabriel-vaquer/2021/05/19/globo-e-band-vao-ter-programas-de-domingo-direto-do-japao-nas-olimpiadas.htm?cmpid=copiaecola 

    ZDF Sports director Thomas Fuhrmann says "only around 180 people will appear on site in Tokyo from both ARD and ZDF" with an additional 300-400 instead work in shifts based in Mainz 9000km away. Can "still run their studio, in a sense our shop window for the Olympic Games, in Tokyo. We are breaking new ground: the direction remains in Mainz. The moderators only receive their instructions via the button in their ear.":

    https://www.dwdl.de/interviews/82811/thomas_fuhrmann_wir_planen_vom_worst_scenario_aus/?utm_source=&utm_medium=&utm_campaign=&utm_term=

    MARY CARILLO, ANDREA JOYCE, AND JIMMY ROBERTS RETURNING AS VETERAN NBC TOKYO 2020 COMMENTATORS

    Rai Pubblicità and Toyota created a cross-media intregrated storytelling brand path divided into 3 moments entitled The Unbreakables, Olympians and Paralympians "out of the ordinary, who bravely faced and overcome very difficult challenges, physical or emotional, and that in the face of failure or adversity they are reborn stronger than before" and based on Toyota's global "Start Your Impossible" campaign. It profiles Bebe Vio, Arianna Fontana, Vanessa Ferrari, Clemente Russo, and Francesca Piccinini, each getting 15-minute profiles, and is on RaiPlay and Rai1:

    https://www.corrieredellosport.it/news/motori/news-motori/2021/06/07-82408286/rai_pubblicita_e_toyota_presentano_la_storytelling_the_unbreakable_

    https://www.engage.it/campagne/rai-pubblicita-e-toyota-presentano-il-progetto-di-brand-integration-the-unbreakable.aspx

    The Portuguese will get the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games that will take place from 23 July – 8 August 2021 and will be broadcast live to Portugal via RTP1, RTP2 and RTP Play. More details will arrive next time:

    https://publicidade.rtp.pt/portfolio-item/jogos-olimpicos-toquio-2020/

  3. I certainly plan to return with lots of Tokyo 2020 Olympic broadcasting/online news starting next week to catch up with now that I can stay in the library much longer like I did pre-pandemic--and wrecked my writing that I hope to recover from! Won't start writing until than, so watch this space!

  4. Hi guys, I'm back! :)

    Keeping up with the Canadian past Olympic TV coverage theme, and the following is so perfect for this. Just spotted a couple of those CTV Barcelona 1992 15-second promos today that were recently uploaded on Youtube late 2020. Surely there were fuller ones made that has yet to see light of day there as well as some CTV coverage from Barcelona. We like to see them. Both have the Coca-Cola presentation sponsor logo at the end.

    First CTV Barcelona 1992 promo: A Canadian teen writes a letter to his parents right at Montjuic Stadium excited over the Barcelona Olympics starting and making lifelong friends from around the world there. Interspersed with past Olympic footage and the sights of Barcelona. Come to think of it, some of this stuff has to come from Spain's Tourist Commission commercials that were played during this time because I recognize those standard air mail envelopes that are involved in them to help promote Barcelona:

     

    Next one is entitled "Win With the World" when we random and various Olympic footage from Seoul along other events. Thought I spot Canadian decathlete and Barcelona flagberer Mike Smith throwing the javelin among them as they prepare all those hours for those brief moments of Olympic glory they get like we see with the rowers, weightlifters, and gymnasts:  

     

  5. 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:

    https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/seven-west-media-to-be-refunded-if-olympics-gets-cancelled-20200315-p54a9g.html

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

     

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    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:   

     

  9. 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 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:

    https://www.tubefilter.com/2020/03/10/nbcuniversal-sells-500-million-stake-snap/

    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:

    https://www.zdf.de/sport/zdf-sportreportage/zdf-sportreportage-sxulls-auf-dem-weg-zu-den-olympischen-spielen-2020-tokio-teil-1-die-selektion-100.html

    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:  

    https://www.sportspromedia.com/news/discovery-eurosport-tokyo-2020-technology-hub

    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:

    https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/eurosport-secures-nordics-rights-to-tokyo-2020-handball-qualifiers/

    https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/discovery-to-follow-norways-bid-to-reach-tokyo-2020-handball-competition/

    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:

    https://www.expressen.se/sport/fotboll/allsvenskan/efter-tv-braket-nu-ar-parterna-overens/

    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:

    https://www.uol.com.br/esporte/olimpiadas/ultimas-noticias/2020/03/09/cotas-olimpicas-de-r16-mi-empacam-e-record-desiste-de-vender-toquio-2020.htm

  10. 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:

    https://www.businessinsider.com/cancelling-summer-olympics-cause-media-disaster-hurt-nbcu-2020-3

    https://www.adweek.com/tv-video/nbcu-surpasses-1-25-billion-in-tokyo-olympics-ad-sales-as-part-of-full-steam-ahead-push/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/04/business/media/nbc-olympics-coronavirus.html

    https://www.inquirer.com/business/comcast/coronavirus-comcast-nbcuniversal-tokyo-olympics-20200303.html

    https://deadline.com/2020/03/comcast-olympics-coronavirus-1202873314/

    https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/348018/a-canceled-summer-olympics-is-tvs-worst-case-scen.html

    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:

    https://www.lightreading.com/cable-video/2020-set-up-as-an-investment-year-for-comcast-ceo-says-/d/d-id/757955

    https://www.thewrap.com/coronavirus-scare-home-indoor-digital-viewing-comcast-ceo-brian-roberts/

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-olympics-2020-cancellation-economy-fa/money-money-money-whats-at-stake-if-olympics-fall-victim-to-coronavirus-idUSKBN20Q0MD

    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:

    https://www.smh.com.au/national/it-would-be-devastating-athletes-fears-over-future-of-olympics-20200226-p544kr.html

    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: 

    https://www.uol.com.br/esporte/ultimas-noticias/2020/02/27/bandsports-investe-r-4-milhoes-e-contrata-ex-atletas-para-a-olimpiada.htm

    https://tvefamosos.uol.com.br/colunas/flavio-ricco/2020/02/25/o-que-vale-a-pena-ver-de-novo-depois-de-avenida-brasil.htm

    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:

    https://www.uol.com.br/esporte/ultimas-noticias/2020/03/04/coronavirus-faz-globo-e-band-estudarem-mudar-planejamento-de-toquio-2020.htm

    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:

    https://www.touchpoint.news/2020/03/05/rai-pubblicita-sceglie-tembo-per-le-campagne-creative/

  11. 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.

    https://espnpressroom.com/us/press-releases/2020/02/espn-abc-debut-sportscenter-special-commemorating-the-u-s-hockey-teams-miracle-on-ice-40th-anniversary/

    https://www.pennlive.com/life/2020/02/miracle-on-ices-40th-anniversary-is-being-celebrated-on-espn-and-abc.html

    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. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-K-mm8Bqik

    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:

    https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/28761741/miracle-ice-team-honored-panthers-golden-knights-game

    https://prodancecheer.com/style/sports/miracle-on-ice-1980-olympics-hockey-team-honored-in-las-vegas/

  12. 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.com/olimpiadas/noticia/sabrina-sato-e-claudia-leitte-sao-escolhidas-madrinhas-do-brasil-nas-olimpiadas-de-toquio.ghtml

    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:

    https://revistaquem.globo.com/Carnaval/camarotequem/noticia/2020/02/bia-e-branca-feres-vao-olimpiadas-de-toquio-com-programa-empolgadas.html

    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:

    https://media2.pl/media/160263-Wiosna-pelna-sportowych-emocji-w-Eurosporcie.html

    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:

    https://www.mediaguru.cz/clanky/2019/12/ct-nezvysuje-cenu-reklamy-loh-ci-euro-jsou-ale-drazsi/

    https://www.mediaguru.cz/clanky/2020/02/ct-ma-letos-navysit-prijmy-z-reklamy-a-sponzoringu-o-tretinu/

    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: 

    https://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/10127554193-tema-pro-hosty-ct-sport/320297371420003

    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:

    https://advanced-television.com/2020/02/12/telenor-discovery-carriage-agreement/

    https://kampanje.com/medier/2020/02/ny-tv-avtale-mellom-telenor-og-discovery/

  13. 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 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:

    http://www.planet-interview.de/interviews/zdf-pressegespraech/51248/

    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):

    https://www.ibc.org/manage/every-single-minute-of-tokyo-2020-to-feature-on-eurosport/4209.article

    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:

    https://www.3bikes.fr/2020/02/12/medias-la-saison-2020-a-suivre-sur-france-televisions/

    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:

    https://observatoriodatv.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/2019/11/falta-de-verba-e-fuso-horario-fazem-band-desistir-oficialmente-de-toquio-2020-na-tv-aberta

    https://observatoriodatv.uol.com.br/noticias/2019/12/mesmo-sem-direitos-de-transmissao-record-tv-quer-faturar-r-16-milhoes-com-olimpiadas-de-2020

     

  14. 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: 

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/02/10/cbc-to-provide-olympic-coverage/

    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:

    https://www.lequipe.fr/Medias/Actualites/Jo-2020-celine-dumerc-sera-consultante-pour-france-televisions/1108338

    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:

    https://worldsoccertalk.com/2020/02/11/rebecca-lowe-opens-up-about-nbcs-premier-league-coverage-and-mentoring/

    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):  

    https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/nbc-olympics-enters-into-nowthis-content-partnership/

    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: 

    https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/special/news_seminar/syukatsu/syukatsu296/

  15. 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:

    https://yle.fi/aihe/artikkeli/2020/02/06/discovery-finland-ja-yle-ovat-solmineet-uuden-yhteistyosopimuksen

  16. 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:

     

  17. 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:  
    https://isshoniyarou-2020.jp/

  18. 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:

    https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/eurosport-to-broadcast-from-german-house-eyes-improved-olympics-highlights-audience/

    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:

    https://www.eurosport.com/olympics/tokyo-2020/2020/gb-olympics-legend-rutherford-joins-eurosport-s-tokyo-2020-line-up_sto7345591/story.shtml

    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    

    https://sports.nhk.or.jp/tokyo2020/nhkinfo/191219.html

    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:

    https://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news/section/11/213278/TVB-tunes-off-talk-of-Olympic-bid-pullback

    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":

    https://www.rtbf.be/sport/autres/detail_l-annee-2020-sera-sportive-sur-la-rtbf?id=10401980

  19. 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:

    https://variety.com/2020/digital/news/nbc-tokyo-olympics-snapchat-daily-shows-1203476764/

    https://techcrunch.com/2020/01/23/nbc-partners-with-snapchat-on-four-daily-shows-for-2020-tokyo-olympics/

    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:

    https://fr.sports.yahoo.com/news/jo-2020-médias-justine-dupont-133600108.html

    https://fr.sports.yahoo.com/news/surf-justine-dupont-mathieu-crépel-135500194.html

    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: 

    https://www.eska.pl/cinema/news/olimpiada-tokio-2020-transmisja-w-tv-online-gdzie-obejrzymy-io-tvp-eurosport-aa-ieiB-vnL3-2zzS.html

    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: 

    http://tvrmoldova.md/recomandari/despre-pregatirea-sportivilor-din-romania-si-republica-moldova-pentru-tokyo-2020-discutam-astazi-la-obiectiv-comun/

    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:

    https://www.prosport.ro/fotbal-intern/adio-canal-de-sport-la-tvr-consiliul-de-administratie-al-postului-public-a-decis-sa-retraga-licenta-tvr-hd-18933313

  20. 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:

    https://sportcal.com/News/Search/125124

    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:

    http://www.sportspromedia.com/news/china-olympics-content-platform-tokyo-2020-beijing-2022

    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: 

    https://www.digitalstudiome.com/broadcast/delivery-transmission/34213-how-far-are-we-from-8k

    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:

    https://simonesalvador.it/diritti_televisivi_sport/dove-vedere-eventi-sport-in-tv-e-streaming-2020

    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:

    https://www.facebook.com/482954511766660/posts/2793265327402222/

  21. 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: 

     

  22. 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:

    https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/01/596c06b474e6-japan-tv-networks-to-rotate-olympics-broadcasting-on-daily-basis.html

    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:

    https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200109005899/en/Media-Coverage-Base-Tokyo-2020-Games-Tokyo

    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:

    https://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/fiba-women-basketball-cbc-live-dazn-1.5432135

    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:

    https://futbol.radioformula.com.mx/fuera-de-juego/juegos-olimpicos-tokyo-2020-televisoras-transmitiran-mexico-competencia/

  23. 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:

    https://olympics.nbcsports.com/2020/01/17/peacock-olympics/

    https://www.nbcumv.com/news/peacock-content-addendum?division=1&network=7201292

  24. 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:

    https://frntofficesport.com/nbcuniversal-peacock-sports/

    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. 

    https://www.tbs.co.jp/sports/tokyovictory/index.html

    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:

    http://www.tbs.co.jp/Yeahhhsports/goto2020/

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