SOCHI, Russia, September 24. THE 2014 Sochi Winter and 2016 Rio Summer Olympics have now gained an unprecedented 116 total hours of broadcast coverage in the United States following a partnership deal made between NBC Olympics and the United States Olympic Committee.
During the upcoming Winter Paralympics in Sochi, NBC and NBCSN will air 50 hours of coverage beginning with the opening ceremonies on March 7, continuing through the closing ceremonies on March 16.
Two years later, NBC and NBCSN will then air 66 hours of television coverage from the 2016 Rio Paralympics, and increase of more than 60 hours compared to that produced at the 2012 London Paralympics. The 2016 Paralympics are slated to host more than 4,300 athletes in 22 different sports. On top of broadcast television coverage by NBC, the USOC will also have live online coverage of both Sochi and Rio at TeamUSA.org.
This is a huge investment into the Paralympic Movement within the United States.
“We are absolutely delighted to announce this two-Games agreement with NBC and the USOC as it provides more airtime of the Paralympics than ever before in the U.S.,” said Sir Phillip Craven, President of the IPC. “Following the success of London 2012, we said it was absolutely essential for the growth of the Paralympic Movement and the Paralympic Games that in future years U.S audiences had a greater opportunity to watch some of the world’s best elite athletes in action. This is tremendous news for sports fans, too, many of which will be able to watch a Paralympic Games live for the first time. I am sure they will be as captivated and emotionally enthralled as the billions around the world who tuned into London 2012 last summer.”