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August 19, 2008 10:20 PM

ESPN wants to do 2014, 2016 Olympics -- live, exec says

Posted by Ron Judd


Don't say we never bring good tidings of future great joy here. Tomorrow's New York Times, quoting a network executive, says ESPN/ABC wants to go after the broadcast contract for the 2014 and 2016 Olympics -- and would broadcast most events live, regardless of time zones.

The lead:

ESPN is interested in acquiring the television rights to the 2014 and 2016 Olympics and would carry more of them live, regardless of the time zone, than NBC traditionally has done.

"Our DNA is different than theirs," John Skipper, ESPN's executive vice president for content said by telephone on Tuesday. "We serve sports fans. It's hard in our culture to fathom tape-delaying in the same way they have. I'm not suggesting it wasn't the smart thing for them to do, but it's not our culture. We did Euro 2008 in the afternoon. We've done the World Cup in the middle of the morning. We have different audiences."

If ESPN follows its Euro 2008/World Cup model, the live feeds would be carried to all time zones; when NBC shows events live in prime-time, they are seen in real-time in the Eastern and Central time zones, not in the Mountain and Pacific zones.

The complete story, by Richard Sandomir, is here.

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www.olympic.org: The official International Olympic Committtee site, with news releases, a searchable Olympic medals database and other archival information.
www.nbcolympics.com: Olympic news site from one of the Games' primary sponsors.
NBC Olympics columnist Alan Abrahamson's column/blog
Chicago Tribune Olympic sports writer Philip Hersh's blog
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www.aroundtherings.com: Ed and Sheila Hula's Olympic News Service (subscription).
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www.beijing2008.com: Beijing Organizing Committee Web site.
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www.chicago2016.org: Candidate city Chicago's summer 2016 bid committee site.
Olympic swimmer Tara Kirk's highly entertaining WCSN blog
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