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NBC Sports' Bell On How Pyeongchang Games Can Ease Tensions

NBC Sports' Jim Bell pens an opinion piece for USATODAY.com on North Korea sending a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games, writing this marks a "welcome deviation from the customary bellicose rhetoric." Bell, NBC Sports' President of Olympics Production & Programming, adds, "What if South Korea actually turns out to be the best possible place for the Olympics?" The Games "have never been merely about sporting events; they’ve also been a powerful reminder of what the world can be." Bell: "Perhaps this winter, as the world returns to this critically important peninsula, there will be a de-escalation of tensions and a renewed emphasis on hope and cooperation. Warts and all, the Olympics may turn out to be the best vehicle for such an essential transformation" (USATODAY.com, 1/12).