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  1. 20 hours ago, BTHarner said:

    Interest in the YOGs is, at best, lukewarm around here (75 total posts in the forums pertaining to the 2018 and 2020 editions). That's probably why nobody was beating the door down to post the OC as soon as possible.  You can slap the Olympic rings on it, but it just doesn't feel like an Olympic Games. Just my opinion.

    Still a very new entity in the Olympic universe. It takes time--years really--to develop for better renown in the mainstream sports public at a time where there's presently a very crowded sports scene. Does have potential to, if it hasn't already, cultivate a niche. But it's a solid outlet for young athletes around the world in a smaller scale (like venues) to showcase their talents and develop valuable international experience, especially for those from nations where some sports like the winter ones are largely alien. Like being a UAE ice hockey player. May lack star power for some. But that's not the point of YOGs.    


  2. Profile on France Televisions' newest member Cecile Gres will definitely have a lot on her plate including being one of France Televisions studio host anchors as the major one this year. Funnily enough, she left Eurosport a short time before it acquired the French pay-TV Olympic rights from Canal +

    https://www.lequipe.fr/Tous-sports/Article/Cecile-gres-je-ne-suis-pas-la-pour-faire-la-meteo/1096920

    Couldn't get to read this Le Figaro in its entirety because of its subscription restrictions. But from what I could gather in it, Eurosport plans to devise seven additional 24-hour exclusive Olympic Games channels for its Tokyo 2020 going along with the primary Eurosport and Eurosport 2 channels for the TV portion. All seven likely each centering on a theme and assigned a sport like one each for basketball, soccer, handball, gymnastics, swimming and track and field and also on Eurosport Player. The main Eurosport channels likely will have the top main draw action along with perhaps ones catering to the national athletes along with the ceremonies. This format seems likely will become the cross-European pattern for all the national Eurosports in various languages with maybe a change here and there depending on the territory. According to the same article, the Eurosport Player service will offer in addition to live and on-demand replays, the choice of cameras, and new Olympic-themed content arriving daily under a ultra-customizable structure for Olympic fans:

    https://www.lefigaro.fr/medias/eurosport-veut-etre-la-reference-ultime-pour-la-diffusion-des-jo-20200108


  3. Repretel Costa Rica announces it will carry the exclusive Costa Rican Tokyo 2020 TV coverage today in a preamble move ahead of the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics Games starting today in Lausanne, Switzerland with a daily summary on Channel 11 and a special on the following Sunday on Channel 6. For the Tokyo Summer Olympics, all of the Costa Rican athletes and competition will be live with substansial news coverage on Repretel's channels 4, 6, and 11 with Repretel showing daily footage on repretel.com. Monumental Radio will handle the Olympic radio coverage. Very early from them these days with this news:

    http://www.repretel.com/deportes/los-juegos-olimpicos-tokyo-2020-seran-transmitidos-por-repretel-en-exclusiva-173844


  4. Just got this in: Yannick Agnel returns from the previous world swimming championships as France Televisions' swimming analyst for its Tokyo 2020 coverage, as reported by Le Parisien. There with France Televisions Agnel joins Emilie Andeol over at judo and Stephane Diagana at track and field/athletics. Le Parisien also reports France Televisions Tokyo 2020 coverage kicks off with the Entre-Deux podcast series where famous French Olympians tell stories in discussing their careers starting with swimmer Laurent Manadou, gold medalist in London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic runner-up in the 50m freestyle and Géosport, which recalls the geopolitical dimension of the Games--hope to get a link to that very soon for all to listen. Pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie already this past Sunday help launch the Tokyo 2020 Olympics countdown on Stade 2. After 4pm France time during the Olympic Games, a daily magazine show will then air on France Televisions to summarize and show all the action images from the Olympic day. Journalists Laurent Luyat, Cécile Grès, and Matthieu Lartot will follow one another from the Club France in Tokyo as a common thread between the main disciplines:

    https://swimswam.com/yannick-agnel-to-lead-french-broadcast-team-for-tokyo-olympics/

    http://www.leparisien.fr/culture-loisirs/tv/tokyo-2020-france-televisions-emmene-stephane-diagana-yannick-agnel-et-emilie-andeol-04-01-2020-8229003.php


  5. I think I recall Globo/SporTV doing the exact same thing four years ago at this time when the new year started when Brazil previously hosted the Summer Olympics.

    TV Azteca's 2-minute Tokyo 2020 promo that premiered near New Year's Eve, during the countdown to a Club America-Monterrey Apertura 2019 Liga MX championship stage and Finals second leg. It uses Japanese caligraphy throughout as the backdrop interspersed with Olympic action from London and Rio, including Mexico's recent golden moments like Mexico's gold medal-winning largely U23 men's soccer team from London 2012, Guillermo "Memo" Perez and Maria Espinoza in taekwondo at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 (respectively), and Soraya Jimenez in weightlifting in Sydney 2000 all with the Mexican calls. Don't know who the person is here visiting Tokyo and narrating. He's likely the main studio anchor host for TV Azteca Deportes' coverage for Tokyo 2020--he might be Julio Ceasar Chavez Jr. IDK. It doesn't go into details regarding the main coverage details, although I'm sure it'll go through TV Azteca's channels, Azteca 7, Azteca Uno, and maybe adn40 with Azteca 7 doing the bulk of the coverage there since that's where sports usually resides in the TV Azteca realm.

    https://www.tvazteca.com/aztecadeportes/otros-deportes/videos/los-juegos-olimpicos-de-tokio-van-por-azteca-deportes?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=otros-deportes_&utm_content=_29122019    

    Seems to me, when I looked over the Wikipedia entry of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic broadcasters list today, that Televisa's coverage will largely be represented by its sports channel TUDN, although I do expect at least a few of Televisa's broadcast TV channels if not all of them will participate. 


  6. Ditto for the host broadcasters NHK, TBS, Fuji TV, Nippon TV, TV Tokyo, and TV Asahi given Japan's eagerness for innovation like here and how host Japanese TV programmers plan to put out all the stops a year or two before the Olympics start, marketing included. All we got so far is 8KTV, an upcoming NHK streaming service, new audio channels for newer TVs to be sold in time for it, and 5G. Maybe anything that's at least in English so far this fading year.  

    Just as I predicted. TV Azteca will reteam with Televisa after eight years along with TUDN for the Mexican TV Tokyo 2020 coverage based on a TV commercial spot shown there. Makes me wonder if Canal 11/Canal Once and Canal 22 might still get involved for Tokyo and share in the coverage. We don't know about the plans for both Televisa and TV Azteca. Maybe the two might place the comedy and entertainment down to a minimum and up the sports this time while still focusing on Team Mexico:

    https://www.record.com.mx/otros-deportes/tudn-y-tv-azteca-transmitiran-los-juegos-olimpicos-de-tokio-2020

    Spain's RTVE manages to find somewhere between 50-60 million euros in its 2019 budget as an extension from 2018 to cover Tokyo 2020 at a time when it was feared the RTVE public broadcaster would have no budget at all for it for the first time because of the political blockade that even threatened La 2 News' closure:

    https://elpais.com/cultura/2019/10/23/television/1571847029_092000.html

    https://elpais.com/politica/2019/07/20/actualidad/1563642208_655496.html?rel=str_articulo#1577724460029


  7. Could a ceremony like this serve as this year's saving grace for ceremonies in Ikarus360's opinion? This one, taking place at the 2019 FIBA African Women's Basketball Championships in Dakar, Senegal, is regarded by FIBA as one of the top moments in international basketball in 2019. The basketball quality was very good there in Dakar's brand new 15,000-seat arena that opened well before the tournament by Senegal's President Macky Fall with a Senegal and Turkey U18 game (Turkish contractors were involved in its construction). But the opening Ceremony to the African women's championship was the talking point with a great performance from Dip Doundou Guiss as all the spectators danced and sang to his music: 

     


  8. Victoria Bitter beer salutes all those hardworking Aussie guys (no women in this group?) working up a sweat in preparing all the important Sydney Olympic Park venues and modes of transport to be functioning in time for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics under a rhyming style. And they all savor a hard earned taste of that VB, the official beer of the 2000 Australian Olympic Team, when "they're sure gonna thirst for that best cold beer" that's Vic. I miss seeing the Australian flag AOC logo plastered in a lot of scenes to let instantly you know it's a sponsor; don't really like the current one inspired by the Australian coat of arms with the emu and the kangaroo:

    One of the more poignant Olympics commercials around from Kodak with not just the Centennial Olympic Games going on in 1996 at Atlanta. Kodak uses photos of notable past Olympic gold-medal winning legends being among "the most photographed people on the planet" to celebrate the 100-year Olympic history with all but one (Nadia Comeneci) being American, although Nadia since became Americanized, to the hope of the then-present in Dominique Morceanu from the Mag 7. All the more poignant now with Bob Matthias, Muhammad Ali, Flo Jo, and Harrison Glancy all now no longer with us:  

     


  9. This is Austria's Sochi 2014 parallel snowboarding slalom gold medalist Julia Dujmovits offering an energy usage tip with her sponsor Energie Burgenland about not allowing water running from the faucet while brushing your teeth. She's even using a GoPro camera to underscore this:

    Freestyle skiier Gus Kentworthy, a shining light for the LGBTQ+ community in winter sports, pitching for Head & Shoulders shampoo from a commercial aired prominently last year at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on NBC. He describes "my shoulders carrying" more than his community's, family's, and his own pride "with greatness" but not dandruff. Nice to see how LGBTQ+ Olympians are being embraced for big name products nowdays:  

     

     


  10. Surprised there's no advanced further info regarding the CBC's Tokyo 2020 coverage so far at this late point in the year. There's always a development somewhere with many of the big nations worldwide, regardless if it's controversial or otherwise. You would think there would be a studio set inspired by the Japanese interior design like with the Korean and Russian ones. TSN/RDS and Rogers SportsNet will be involved too with so much more events to air. How about even revealing its marketing plans or a Japanese-inspired rendition mix of the CBC's Olympic theme?  


  11. DirecTV returns to the Olympic Games coverage throughout Latin America since London 2012 with the Tokyo 2020 coverage, as confirmed by Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional's Liseth Gomez. Details are still forming for this, although multiple channels are expected along with a Latin American-wide Spanish sportscasting and tech team:

    https://www.elnacional.com/entretenimiento/el-deporte-sera-protagonista-en-la-pantalla-de-directv-en-2020/

    Is indeed a 50-50 split between DR and Eurosport for the Danish Tokyo 2020 broadcasting like it was for Pyeongchang 2018. It is no accident that a lot of the Olympic sports DR will air are ones where Denmark is traditionally successful in like handball, table tennis, badminton, and sailing. DR and Eurosport both know "we are past the time when people sit down for 16 days and just watch TV 24 hours a day" with people worldwide consuming the Olympics in various media platforms Discovery only has the live streaming/online rights to everything from the Olympics with DR having online/mobile/streaming rights to their Tokyo 2020 broadcasting portion. Both channels can display highlights and staggered transmissions on their website, streaming services and TV: 

    https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/discovery-and-dr-divide-up-denmarks-tokyo-2020-sports-coverage/

    https://www.dr.dk/om-dr/nyheder/ol-daekning-fastlagt-discovery-og-dr-har-fordelt-sportsgrenene-til-ol-i-2020

    An Australian team of 44 journalists integrated from FOX Sports Australia and SKY News will descend into Tokyo to cover the 2020 Australian Olympic Team and the goings-on with the AOC as the official and exclusive digital and print AOC partner, and immerse themselves with the Olympic City and its cultures in an Australian angle:

    https://www.adnews.com.au/news/news-corp-goes-big-for-tokyo-2020-olympics

    Bridgestone signs on as Eurosport's first Presenting Partner for its Tokyo 2020 coverage in various platforms. Getting heavily involved in Eurosport's "Chase Your Dream, No Matter What" advertising message, Essential Olympic Stories, Road To Tokyo programming like Against All Odds series, its live (like European morning programming segment) and video-on-demand highlights and full coverage and also headlining sponsor Eurosport.com and the Eurosport app: 

    https://www.sportbusiness.com/news/bridgestone-signs-first-presenting-partner-deal-for-eurosports-coverage-of-tokyo-2020/

     


  12. In a Pete Bevacqua interview with The Hollywood Reporter's Marisa Guthrie, he says we can expect at least some live action of Tokyo 2020 on the upcoming Peacock streaming service platform. But the full, detailed plans are still "ironing out" in what will be shown with Peacock chairman Matt Strauss in constant conversations but will "start pretty strong right out the gate with the Tokyo Olympics" that will also feature sports stories. The two know live sports there on the fledging platform is something essential to develop further over the course of the next few years including the next Winter Olympics in Beijing--but won't replace the broadcast portion. After all, NBC Sports live action has to be an important part of that in the long term, and the Olympics are obvious large and attractive enough for the masses to sign up for the Peacock streaming service. Looking forward to the details:  

     https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/nbc-sports-president-2020-will-be-uniquely-combustible-as-olympics-conventions-collide-1261813

    France Televisions hire Rio 2016 judoka gold medalist Emilie Andeol as a judoka analyst for France Televisions' Tokyo 2020 coverage. In a related story from the same Le Parisien paper, she emotionally describes her post-gold medal life struggles in Bordeaux being burned out, unemployed, and not getting the endorsements or social perks like compatriot Teddy Riner despite the high-level qualifications she possesses (and refined them) with the looming expiration of her French Judo Federation scholarship in January after 12 years of working towards her dream. So she won't be unemployed much longer:

    http://www.leparisien.fr/sports/JO/jeux-olympiques-2020-emilie-andeol-sera-consultante-pour-france-televisons-05-12-2019-8210508.php

    http://www.leparisien.fr/sports/emilie-andeol-judokate-au-chomage-parfois-je-regrette-d-avoir-ete-championne-olympique-03-12-2019-8208591.php

    With Sonia Kruger now back at 7 from the Nine Network, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics definitely will part of her 2020 to-do list, although what in capacity exactly remains to be determined. Likely a studio anchor IMO like Bruce McAveney, who headlines once again 7's Olympic broadcast coverage:

    https://www.mediaweek.com.au/seven-confirms-sonia-kruger-roles/

    Mediacorp, "the Singapore stadium of events" as Loke Kheng Tham likes to call it, will present multiplatform Tokyo 2020 coverage in "live, delayed and via catch-up—over-the-top, digitally, on TV and over radio, on outdoor displays and social media. Partnerships are vital to expanding this offering and serving the interests of sports fans" that can offer it more so in this direction. Come January 2020, Toggle will be rebranded as meWATCH into a soon-to-expand streaming service that, in the Olympics' case, offer special emphasis and coverage on Team Singapore further offering fans further coverage and more, varied options of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics to follow their favorite Olympic sports and athletes to customize:

    https://worldscreen.com/tvasia/mediacorps-loke-kheng-tham/

    Denmark has for its Tokyo 2020 Olympic TV broadcasting DR (DR1 and DR2 with DRTV streaming) and Eurosport (Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, and Channel 5 with Eurosport Player). No plans set up for potential Danish 4KTV coverage on both yet but could seem likely with so many events in the offering this time as Denmark has strong interests in several of these sports and encourage buying 4KTVs after bypassing 4K at Pyeongchang. There's a breakdown list of which Olympic sports will be shown on DR and Eurosport below on this link. DR has both ceremonies  and all of Denmark's handball games with the semifinals onward regardless in men and women. Has both gymnastics disciplines, track and field, sailing, badminton, table tennis, women's soccer, baseball and softball, triathlon, BMX, volleyball, boxing, water polo, karate, kayak/canoeing, equestrian, synchronized swimming, Greco-Roman wrestling, modern pentathlon, weightlifting,  On the Discovery side will have basketball, swimming, rugby 7s, beach volleyball, men's soccer, golf, tennis, mountain biking, rowing, skateboarding, field hockey, taekwondo, surfing, 3x3 basketball, non-Danish/semis+ handball games, judo, slalom canoeing, freestyle wrestling, cycling, and diving. Not a complete list on both counts though. Just several examples for each:

    https://flatpanels.dk/nyhed.php?subaction=showfull&id=1576213560

    Despite the 7-hour time zone difference between Tokyo and Germany's CET, ZDF will present 17 hours of extensive live coverage on the 9 days it will cover Tokyo 2020 from midnight to 5pm Germany CET (July 24-25, 27, 29, 31, August 4, 6, 8) including sporting decisions, summaries, interviews with medalists and selected studio guests will enrich the reporting with several additional and parallel 24/7 live streams planned to be broadcast from different venues in supporting the main programming. Much of the medals events will fall in the German afternoon. Will also broadcast again the Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 24. 72% of the overall 54.4 million German viewers watched at least some portion of Rio 2016, so we can expect some of the same high figures. On ZDF's days of airing it offers seven daily brief, well integrated programming commercial breaks from 11:30 to 17:00. Following is the ZDF Tokyo 2020 advertising press kit. Online prices are based on the games in Rio for Tokyo. Even from 450 €/1 second companies can definitely be one of the party. Right after the EURO 2020 coverage:

    https://www.zdf-werbefernsehen.de/fileadmin/user_upload/zdfwerb/pdf/sport/olympische_sommerspiele/Tokio_2020/190920_Olympic_Games_Tokyo_2020_engl_offer.pdf

    https://www.zdf-werbefernsehen.de/angebot/programm/sport/olympische-spiele-tokio-2020/

    Now it's time to take a look at the additional and newer Tokyo 2020 Olympic broadcasting developments occurring in Latin America. Starting with Brazil, the previous hosts, Globo announced over a week and a half ago at the CCXP2019 its Tokyo 2020 plans in a panel that publicly announced it will broadcast over 200 live hours on TV and introduced Bernardinho to analyze volleyball matches during the Summer Olympic Games, former swimmer Thiago Pereira and former pole vault athlete Fabiana Murer to the Globo Olympic broadcast team. Come naturally since Brazil and Japan are close that Globo/SporTV will set up another on-site host city large technological studio. This one at Tokyo's bay with a great view of its own like for Rio De Janeiro that not just their Globo journalists will make as its home but also Journal Nacional's. I can only hope they won't air in segments and more bingworthy stretches. Telenovelas be damned this time.

    SporTV will present eight TV channels--that's half of what was offered in their own Rio De Janiero 2016 backyard with 1600 hours in various sports. Four years ago they had 16 channels with 4000+ hours. Sure there was plenty of reruns of events from that and even from London 2012--saw the schedules and jotted them down--but it was still more than the 1600 even when the encore presentations were removed. Yet Globo is aiming and hoping for above R$660-700 million in advertising there under six advertising quotas at R$110 million each with still open TV and Internet sales plans to go. Part of this is because of the time zone difference between Japan and Brazil. Also involved as sportscasters for Tokyo 2020 in the Globo/SporTV team will be Lars Grael, Daiane dos Santos, Nalbert, Flavio Canto, Diego Hypólito, Claudinei Quirino, and Fabi. And this is under the newer synergy and integration Sport has with Globo as Globo Sport since just before the 2018 FIFA World Cup: 

    https://observatoriodatv.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/2019/12/globo-anuncia-bernardinho-e-fara-200-horas-de-transmissao-na-tv-aberta-em-toquio-2020

    https://observatoriodatv.bol.uol.com.br/noticias/2019/06/sportv-tera-7-canais-em-toquio-2020-e-globo-pode-faturar-quase-r-700-milhoes-com-patrocinios

    Colombia's Caracol Television says it will broadcast the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and not only that the Pre-Olympic men's and women's CONMEBOL soccer tournaments that'll begin the new year. Details of Caracol's Tokyo 2020 coverage are still largely to be announced, except that Caracol will conduct its live transmission mostly during the early Colombian hours due to the time difference between Tokyo and Colombia. But given that Caracol got the broadcast sublicense from America Movil across Latin America, Carlos Slim's America Movil in these recent Olympic cycles often likes to have national TV networks in various Latin American nations (excluding Brazil) to share in the Olympic broadcasting coverage and repeat. We could see again Caracol Television team up with Canal RCN and maybe public broadcaster Senal Colombia for the Colombian Tokyo 2020 TV coverage:

    http://www.eje21.com.co/2019/12/314581/

    https://www.eluniversal.com.co/farandula/asi-sera-la-programacion-del-canal-caracol-2020-de2107225

    But Caracol Television has an Olympic-themed documentary series focusing on the journeys of three young economically disadvantaged Colombian Tokyo 2020 hopefuls in sports where they don't get much in the way of lucrative national sponsorships: Yuri Alvear (judo), Íngrit Lorena Valencia (boxing), and Óscar Luis Muñoz (taekwondo) called Golden Dreams ("Suenos De Oro") that started in October with actor José Ramón Barreto narrating. All undergoing their struggles and tenacity in forging better futures for themselves when they don't rest until they make the podium:

    https://senalnews.com/es/contenidos/caracol-television-inicia-grabaciones-de-suenos-de-oro

    Then down in Paraguay, where digital TV will happen next year in time for the Summer Olympics, America Movil sells the terrestrial Paraguyan TV rights to SNT, aka Television Cerro Cora, as it will carry the exclusive broadcasting rights to Tokyo 2020 in its return to it with strong help and support from the Paraguayan Olympic Committee at a press conference in Asuncion. From the looks of the press conference, it will be in HD (and in digital) and could very well appear on SNT's 24-hour news channel C9N along with SNT with strong emphasis on the Paraguyan Olympians. Paraguay TV carried Rio 2016 last time. UPDATE: Paravision and Sur Televisora Itapúa are also part of the Paraguyan portion of Albavision, so do expect they'll also be a part of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coverage with the main two channels as well showing them in Olympic qualification events. We also know interest will kick into high gear starting on Friday, February 7, 2020 with “Rumbo A Tokyo” that will be broadcast on C9N from 8-9pm. Also airing live on C9N news channel, and more recently, will be the COP Gala Dinner, with "mobile and online links" on Friday, December 20, 2019, from 8:30-11pm:

    http://www.snt.com.py/deportes/las-olimpiadas-del-2020--lo-podras-ver-exclusivamente-en-el-snt-67803

    http://www.cop.org.py/all-news/firma-de-convenio-entre-el-cop-y-television-cerro-cora-s-a-para-juegos-olimpicos-tokyo-2020/

    http://www.c9n.com.py/actualidad/el-snt-y-el-cop-firman-convenio-para-los-juegos-olimpicos-tokyo-2020-68972


  13. On 12/9/2019 at 1:00 PM, Nacre said:

    I understand why WADA has to do this but it really, really stinks that clean Russian athletes are likely going to lose a lot of the sponsorship revenue they desperately need to live on while virtually all of the people guilty of the mess in Sochi will get taken care of by the Kremlin and various oligarchs. Welcome to life in Russia, I guess.

    Agree entirely. Roots of this can be at least traced leading to over a decade ago with the disappointing performance in Vancouver. Likely even earlier...  


  14. Movie's now a reality directed by Clint Eastwood, who we know should do a great job with it. Neither Hill nor DiCaprio are in the motion picture but both remain onboard as among several producers. Paul Walter Hauser plays the titular character opposite Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, and Paul Hamm. Film is set to be released Friday here in the USA and Canada. Serves as a cautionary tale about the news media's apparent rush to judgement over whether Jewell was a hero or not in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park bombing before the facts are straight. Not everyone did like NBC's Bob Costas who warned of this and actually defended Jewell, who threatened to sue several media entities at the time. Jewell in fact thanked Costas personally in standing up for him. If there's one good thing about the ordeal, just imagine how much more amplified and anarchic things would've been if social media existed back then!  

    Just came out yesterday that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is threatening to sue Eastwood and Warner Media unless a disclaimer is placed in the film indicating the dramatic purposes and license involved. At issue is the portrayal of Olivia Wilde's AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs, who broke the story the FBI was wrongfully aiming him as a lead suspect in the bombing as opposed to being a hero (she died in 2001). In the AJC's view, Scruggs is portrayed as wildly unethical as a journalist who traded sex for FBI info from an agent played by Hamm and not the complex, nuanced person Scruggs was with no evidence. Warners calls the claim "baseless":

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2019-12-10/richard-jewell-ajc-lawsuit-reporter

     

     

     


  15. NBC: very hard at work on Olympics coverage plans almost immediately right after the hosts cities were chosen to visit and research and "just before the previous Olympics end". So we know now it's conjuring up very early plans for both Paris and Los Angeles and Beijing and Milan for the Winter Olympics version. Just "close to 1500 people" will be based working at Stamford, Connecticut on the NBC Tokyo 2020 project like sportscasters, technicians, etc. with "the small army" based in the Japanese capital in dealing with an overseas Olympics in a rapidly changing media landscape. What "execution plans mode" NBC is working on at this stage as we move into the Summer Olympics year? For starters, the majority of the 7000+ overall hours set for broadcast will be on the digital/mobile/online mode possessing the advantage of keeping up and catching up with the Olympic sports with still a significant chunk shown on NBC family of networks. Greater digital consumption on Olympic content. there's some new technological innovations forthcoming Gary Zenkel is coy about sharing right now, although can we expect, as Quaker brought forth here, the colorful track athletes' overlays. We can also expect 5G and "live VR" expansion to be involved somehow with NBC along with already knowing about the live Tokyo 2020 Olympics show and live look-ins coming on Twitter. Not to mention full confidence in raking in the advertising and marketing sales from not only the traditional Olympic TV sponsors from cars, beverages, and travel but from more deep-pocketed tech companies like Intel.  Come LA 2028, both its organizing committee and NBC team up for "transformative" sharing of the sponsorship and marketing revenue. Longtime NBC Olympics exec Gary Zenkel explains key parts of the planning: 

    http://www.sportspromedia.com/from-the-magazine/tokyo-2020-olympic-games-nbc-tv-gary-zenkel-interview

    Australia's "most-watched Olympics and the biggest digital event in Australian streaming history" planned for Tokyo 2020 will have an added boost with Seven exclusively reteaming up with Optus via Fetch after Pyeongchang 2018 and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games to provide Seven's unprecedented Tokyo 2020 coverage on a 4KTV channel on 5G to Optus 5G Home customers at home and mobile devices. 5G is already making inroads in Australia in over 300 5G spots in all the Aussie continental state capital cities and in the regional Australian East Coast areas (NSW, VIC, QLD) like the Gold Coast, Canberra, Newcastle, Geelong, Townsville, Woolongong, and Cairns with expansion to 1200 areas planned for next March. Costs A$100 (£52/$68/€62) monthly through a package with the internet connection, an Optus Sport subscription, and a Fetch Mighty set-top box. Seven has 8K plans too:

    https://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php/articles/1087915/seven-and-optus-to-show-tokyo-2020-in-4k


  16. Big news today! Eurosport secures over the exclusive pay-TV, linear, and digital streaming Tokyo 2020 coverage in France after agreeing to a partnership with the CANAL+ Group and France Télévisions. So Eurosport gets to be involved four years early than schedule while expanding the Eurosport Olympic footprint to 50 save for Russia now:

    https://corporate.discovery.com/discovery-newsroom/eurosport-becomes-official-olympic-games-tokyo-2020-broadcaster-in-france/


  17. Peruvians previously got the last Summer Olympics, Rio 2016, on Latina Television Canal 2. But coming next summer, ATV Group Canal 9 will exclusively broadcast the Tokyo 2020 edition, returning there since Beijing 2008 that ended a three Summer Olympics streak for up to 900 hours live on the biggest Summer Olympics and Paralympics coverage on Peruvian TV via America Movil's sublicensing. There are six national television channels among the ATV Group, and we can expect all of them--ATV Canal 9, Red TV, America Next (soon the rebranded as Global Television next year), La Tele, ATV Sur, and ATV Nocitas--and online at ATV Play to display the coverage. How it will send which sport where remains to be seen, although it's safe to assume that both ceremonies, the top and popular events (like track and field, swimming, the soccer finals, both volleyball versions, and gymnastics), and all of Peru's athletes will appear on ATV Canal 9. Renato Luna and Paco Bazan are set to be involved as broadcasters. Announced in a late November presentation in Lima featuring four of Peru's best Tokyo Summer Olympics hopefuls and gold medalists from Lima 2019 Pan American Games and mascot Miraitowa. Also will take on the 2024 Paris Summer Olympics:

    https://www.atv.pe/deportes/grupo-atv-transmitira-exclusiva-juegos-olimpicos-tokio-2020-398491

    Adding to this is that Carlos Slim's America Movil desires once again to create TV broadcasting alliances among the non-Brazil Latin American nations that goes along with the rights like with what happened in the previous Olympic cycle. His company broke the decades-long Mexican Olympic TV stranglehold. Since we're talking about Olympic media alliances here, it's announced at the Brandcast Mexico 2019 that You Tube and Marca Claro teaming up so that Tokyo 2020 will get broadcast online on its You Tube's platform channel through Latin America from Mexico, where YouTube is heavily used, to Argentina (excluding Brazil) with hopes to have a large and tremendous reach throughout the region with Google seeking brands for sponsorship: 

    https://www.merca20.com/las-audiencias-cambian-youtube-transmitira-los-juegos-olimpicos-de-tokyo-2020/

    Mexican media giant Televisa, brought up by its VP of sports Juan Carlos Rodríguez, makes the surprise announcement at Grupo Televisa UpFront 2019-20 in Mexico City this October that it is definitely back covering the Olympics starting with Tokyo 2020. Little is known regarding its broadcasting plans right now. But we can see some sharing with them on Mexican TV and perhaps teaming up with Univision Deportes and Claro Sports. Could TV Azteca be not far behind with the likes of FOX Sports, ESPN, and SKY Mexico? Long standing Mexican sportscaster Enrique Burak prepares to cover Tokyo as well:

    https://www.frentecreativo.com/noticias/televisa-se-prepara-para-2020-con-su-revitalizada-oferta-de-contenidos/

    https://www.elsoldemexico.com.mx/gossip/enrique-burak-recibe-el-premio-antena-2019-por-sus-37-anos-de-trayectoria-4444246.html

    Some Swedes are concerned over whether Discovery Sweden can handle such massive sports TV properties rights at the same summer next year with Tokyo 2020 and the Allsvenskan and Supretta soccer. Assumption is they will send almost all of their on-camera personnel over in Tokyo, including for its soccer competition like Karin Frick and Tommy Astrom, and leaving the Allsvenskan team more bare bones. Rest assured, Hanif Hossiemi says, the Discovery Sweden team (Kanal 5, Kanal 9, Eurosport Sverige channels, D/EurosportPlay) assures it will provide the best Swedish TV/online Olympic coverage ever to its Swedish audience as it adds more personnel in both camps to provide quality coverage. Is up for the massive challenge:   

    https://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/fotboll/a/aweLyd/discovery-tar-over-allsvenskan-i-tv--har-ar-deras-loften


  18. Over exactly a year after that last post. I plan to return to that with the videos in the new week. But Calgary returns to hosting for the first time in a decade at McMahon Stadium for the 107th Grey Cup between two of the best CFL teams right now, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (15-3, league-best and franchise record) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7, third in the West). If they seem unfamiliar to you at this stage lately, that's because these two teams featured at this final CFL stage are the last ones not to win the Grey Cup since the turn of the millennia, and the only two teams not to win the Grey Cup in the 2010s. So one team's Grey Cup drought will end tonight. Hamilton hasn't won in two decades when star and future CEBL Commissioner and TSN CFL commentator Mike Morreale was still playing as a star player. For Winnipeg it's even longer. Almost three decades now since hoisting it (1990, team was competing in the East Division back then when there was no Montreal representation in the league and before the US teams). Hamilton actually won the season sweep over Winnipeg in both cities this year.

    Hamilton's been on a roll lately with sports. The Hamilton Honey Badgers was in the first CEBL Championship Game this August in Saskatoon before falling to the hosts Saskatchewan Rattlers in pro basketball. Hamilton Forge FC in soccer's Canadian Premier League, another nascent Canadian pro league starting this year, won the first CPL title beating Calgary Calvary FC. Can the Ti-Cats keep it going after with the best record this year?  Lindsey Kelly with Calgary Stampede Showband will perform O Canada pregame. Referee is Andre Proulx. Game will be on TSN and RDS as usual with ESPN3 in the USA, BT Sport in Britain, MVS in Mexico, and ESPN International everywhere else in the 74 other nations. For those outside these places online, there's TV Everywhere online. TSN Radio stations, including Tiger-Cats flagship CKOC 1150 Hamilton and Winnipeg's CFRW 1290 (replacing game coverage on CJOB 680), will carry the Grey Cup on radio across Canada. Keith Urban will perform at halftime:

    https://www.cfl.ca/games/2646/hamilton-tiger-cats-vs-winnipeg-blue-bombers/#/preview


  19. Got a successor now. NBC Sports tips Golf Channel executive Molly Solomon, the first woman to run a national sports network, to oversee the NBC Tokyo 2020 coverage in filling the void left by Jim Bell's departure. Found the news when, what else, playing a round of golf in Orlando. Strongly suspected it will be someone with some serious ties to the NBC Olympic coverage and production performing various capacities. She started as a researcher, and well-experienced being involved in a 10 Olympics string like producing the prime time segments, Opening Ceremony, and of course Rio 2016 golf coverage. Got 11 Emmys along the way. She'll keep the quality going and even allow for innovation and fresh angles and plans to the NBC Olympics coverage. How as compared with the past remains to be seen. One thing we can be assured of is Solomon will definitely adapt well to the ever-changing and newer types in media consumption of the Olympics and present "options for every viewer" be it full-event or highlights forms while not concerning himself over gender. A terrific hire: 

    https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2019-11-20/nbc-golf-channel-executive-to-run-2020-olympics-coverage

    https://awfulannouncing.com/olympics/molly-solomon-to-head-nbc-olympics-production.html

    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/molly-solomon-olympics-nbc-sports-jim-bell-1203409497/

    https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/business/article/NBC-Sports-appoints-company-veteran-to-lead-14849292.php

    Preparations and plans are nearly solidified for over the past two years at NBC prior to Tokyo 2020. Does plan on some Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic content on the new Peacock streaming platform after April. Perhaps maybe previews for each and every event as its own show, a Road To Tokyo weekly preview show, Japan-centric cultural programming, and more coverage on the torch relay but never as an overall change in strategy. We can only guess. Authentication from TV providers isn't leaving for this. But Gary Zenkel adds that for now...

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    Asked whether Peacock will have live event streaming, Zenkel said it will not.

    “There is no change,” Zenkel said. “What I said is there will be content; the form of that content will be disclosed in due course. But no, we of course will not change the dynamic of the Olympics’ relationship with the cable ecosystem.”

     https://www.inquirer.com/sports/nbc-olympics-streaming-peacock-tokyo-2020-20191120.html


  20. Important news out of NBC is that Jim Bell exits well before even heading NBC Sports' Tokyo 2020 coverage (as well as departing his Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon showrunning duties). We'll see whoever succeeds him will place his or her finger on some coverage changes, if at all. Likely not Sam Flood but someone more intimate with the Olympics coverage:

    https://awfulannouncing.com/nbc/jim-bell-leaves-nbc-olympics.html


  21. I do remember that 7 Sydney 2000 promo being on the beginning of the Sydney 2000 Olympic DVDs like the 2-disc Opening Ceremony one from Warner Home Vision Australia.

    The Great One appears again for his endorsement of Canon's groundbreaking at the time Canon G70 photo camera back in 1985, showcasing his skills that rightfully called him the Great One and Canadian royalty. Canon was the official camera brand of the NHL at the time. Gretzky was right at the height of his powers back then happily winning Stanley Cups for the Edmonton Oilers back in the 1980s and deservedly was one of the top male athlete of that very decade. The 1980s were very, very good to Edmonton sports with not just Gretzky and the Oilers (packed with All-Stars and legends) but also the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos with coach Hugh Campbell and his QB Warren Moon winning multiple Grey Cups just before them...until that seismic August 1988 trade to Los Angeles when he was still in his scary prime brought all that winning to a screeching halt. There's actually another version of this commercial from the same shoot I hope to bring very soon from the same period with Gretzky that was also shown across Canada and the USA. Also notice not seeing the names above the numbers on his teammates' backs, which should detect to you they're not his actual Oilers teammates during filming His opponents may sport jerseys styled like the New Jersey Devils, a team he once infamously blasted the year before following a blowout game calling it "a Mickey Mouse organization" and got torched for it, but really have a fictional circular crest with a white A on it.

    Now here's a more recent hockey hero in Norwegian star Mats Zuccarello (with the added actual surname Aasen)--the Zuccarello is from his mother's Italian heritage--with him practicing his shooting inside all by himself. Then with the New York Rangers during filming and airing (now with the Minnesota Wild on a 5-year $30 million contract starting this season). In this Unibets commercial, Zuccarello says translated "You must bet (that is in this Norwegian context, "bet" means dedicating or committing yourself) to win. It means very tough work every day. But it's worth it, because the joy of winning is the biggest there is," bridging both working on your sport and gambling. This stands out because active players really can't endorse vices for North American-based companies and context; we're still just shedding the stigma of it (complicated story and history owing to our largely Protestant heritage) with technology playing an important role. Gambling and booking on sports are normal and accepted across Europe with huge revenue generated annually. And of course it has the age restriction and gambling help noted:

     


  22. Nacho Olympic beat me to it on the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony. Was gonna put it up yesterday. Oh well...

    Putting up the 2019 Africa Games Closing Ceremony from Rabat, Morocco at Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium that ended the 40-year absence from hosting this. Same MCs from the Opening are back. Entertainment is a mixture of Moroccan, Arabic and French recording artists like Aminux, Mina Tiwirit, Nouamane Belaiachi, Victoire Biaku, Josey, Nataly Andria and Franco and dance troupe Pawad Nawaz (sp?). Unlike in the Olympic version, the athletes, coaches, trainers, etc all don't march as one multicolored mass in entrance. But enter as part of their national teams kinda just like they did until John Wing's Melbourne suggestion back in 1956. Also the African Union anthem is played along with the Olympic Hymn and the Moroccan national anthem. The Atlas Lion mascot is all over this as soon as he arrives before the parade. The stadium is not filled to capacity...and some of the audio in not in sync  

     

    And we can't forget the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games Closing Ceremonies from Port-Louis, Mauritius at the Anjalay Coopen Stadium taken from MBC TV. Just like with the opening, it was wet and cloudy and rainy. No English commentary? Then again, almost all the participating islands in this region are French-speaking, although some like Seychelles and Mauritius are both English and French and are Commonwealth nations. Built a grand stage for the singing entertainment inside the stadium this time. Listen closely and you'll hear the Rocky theme Gonna Fly Now from the marching band. Also interesting here, the JIOI Mauritius mascot plays a prominent role here too before leaving the stage: 

     

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  23. Pretty cool stuff to see on the track for viewers. Sometimes it can be hard to figure out who is leading, their speed acceleration/decreasing, and who is about to win in sprints and their times due to the clustering near the finish line. Like to see this similarly done for swimming.

    Just hours ago this morning, NBCUniversal announced the name of the its brand new streaming service that will hold NBC/Telemundo's Tokyo 2020 cross-platform coverage in the United States: Peacock.  Further details there TBA but we all know there will be a major marketing push for this as a showcase piece soon as Peacock launches in April:

    https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/bonnie-hammer-nbc-peacock-streaming-launch-1203338631/

     


  24. The 2019 Rabat African Games Opening Ceremony took place Monday, which surely would get lost sometimes in the international sports realm out of Morocco's capital city. Parade of Nations very much started almost immediately. Nations came out to its most notable national artists--great tribute for South Africans marching to the late, great Johnny Clegg and one of his signature songs "Asimbonanga" with Savuka. But the audio from the emcees with the field one and the Olympic Channel feed sportscaster seem to compete against one another in speaking. More accurately, over each other. Obviously that will be confusing to listeners. Quite enjoyable here beyond that. Judo actually got with theirs during the three days before this OC:

    And then there was the Indian Ocean Island Games that took place in Port-Louis, Mauritius at the Anjalay Coopen Stadium that took place a month ago and had to deal with a torrential rainfall that delayed the Opening Ceremony for nearly 30 minutes. Show went on as the rain let up significantly. The Comoros Islands fielded a far bigger contingent of athletes than in the All-African Games right now. As you would expect with these Indian Ocean Island area, they're predominately French like Reunion, Comoros, Seychelles, Maldives, Madagascar, and Mayotte. Does add a nice element of the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony with a bicycle rider leading the delegations with a hallmark Mauritian house behind him or her: 

     

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  25. Just this afternoon I went over thanks to a Google search to see some TV schedules that contained some past Olympics in its listings. So I spotted some Buenos Aires ones on the forum from Radio Discussions' website representing Argentina during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, you know the Centennial Olympic Games. I'll write them down if needed here; there's only a few of them right now. America 2, Telefe, and Canal 13 all were involved in the free-to-air Argentinian TV portion of these Games. Telefe is Channel 11 down there. America 2 ceased operations, I guess. What these channels did was emulating what neighboring Brazil, which was an interesting thing at the time. Not like what Argentina broadcasters do now and have just one Olympics broadcaster involved as an OTA'er. Multiple OTA channels from Argentina airing it, which certainly had a lot to do with Argentina soccer airing on all channels, often simultaneously with Argentina. And it was because of soccer, the most important sport in the nation but also aired other sports that are popular in Argentina like basketball, field hockey, and volleyball. Especially along with any other Olympic sport, mostly whenever there's Argentinian Olympians involved with a few popular foreign teams thrown in. America 2's, Telefe's, and Canal 13's coverage all weren't always nonstop, although America 2 came close to doing that but not without a break for a hour or even three before resuming to the action. Certainly had the bulk of the coverage with the other just appearing for a few hours everyday and covered both ceremonies. 

    By contrast, TyC Sports, Argentina's premier cable sports TV network, aired more than 14 hours daily live from Atlanta from 10am until midnight Buenos Aires time and was more comprehensive with its roster of sports broadcasting most events involving many nations not just Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Something like 240 hours including the Opening Ceremony and pre-OC soccer games

     

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