SBD/August 12, 2014/Media

NBC, Universal Sports To Broadcast Youth Olympic Games For The First Time

NBC Sports and Universal Sports for the first time will offer coverage of the Youth Olympic Games. NBC Sports will offer 24.5 hours of competition from Nanjing, China, beginning with the Opening Ceremony on NBCSN on Saturday. NBCSN will offer 21.5 hours of coverage, while there will be three hours of coverage on NBC. NBC Sports' Josh Elliott, who left “GMA” to join NBC in earlier this year, will serve as a studio host throughout the coverage. Universal Sports, which is majority owned by Leo Hindery’s InterMedia Partners, will air 30 hours of coverage. NBC and Universal Sports will feature sports such as beach volleyball, gymnastics, swimming and track & field. This is the second Youth Olympic Games, which features athletes ages 14-18. The first was held in '10 in Singapore. NBC Sports' coverage is part of the '11 TV rights agreement with the IOC. NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel in a statement said, “Our presentation of the Youth Olympic Games is part of our long-term commitment to the Olympic movement. This unprecedented level of coverage will allow viewers to witness the benefits of Olympism on the youth of the world, and catch a glimpse of young athletes who may star in future Olympic Games.”
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