Somehow, it’s almost time for another Summer Olympics. It seems like it was just yesterday that the world’s best athletes in sports from swimming to archery were competing in Tokyo in front of no crowds in 2021.
With the pandemic moving the Tokyo games from 2020 to 2021, that meant the window between the Summer Olympics is three years this cycle instead of four. And, we will be heading to the city of lights, Paris, for the games. It’s been 100 years since the city has hosted the world’s biggest sporting festival.
For Olympic diehards like myself, watching Olympic Games that are overseas, especially in Europe, is a challenge. All of the marquee events occur in prime time local time during Olympic Games in Europe. This is not necessarily true in recent Olympic Games in Asia, where many of the marquee events were held in local times that are pretty convenient for viewing in the United States.
This leads to leaks on the results before the NBC prime-time broadcasts, only avoidable by watching the events live via streaming. But, part of the fun of watching the Olympics is rooting for our countrymen and women alongside everyone else on social media. Thanks to a big change coming to the way NBC will cover the Olympics, all the biggest events will be broadcast live on NBC. Here is ABC News (yes, ironic) with more details.
Swimming, gymnastics and track & field fans can rejoice. For the first time in a European Olympics, those event finals will be televised live on network television in the United States.
NBC will have at least nine hours of weekday daytime coverage, expanding to at least 11 hours on weekends. With Paris six hours ahead of New York, the marquee finals will air live in the morning or late afternoon.
The 2024 Paris Olympics will take place from July 26-August 11.