2012 Olympic Basketball TV Schedule

Over the next two weeks the Canadian Sports Media Blog will feature sport-by-sport TV schedules for every Olympic sport that is broadcast live on Canada TV during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I will post about two per night, so keep checking back to see the schedule for your favourite sport.

The Canadian women’s team qualified for London at a last-chance qualifier in Turkey on Canada Day. They enter the tournament ranked 11th in the world and with and outside chance of making the quarterfinals. Canada is, however, in the tougher of the two groups.

A total of 9 games from the men’s tournament and 12 games from the women’s tournament will air on the Canadian Broadcast Consortium and/or NBC. Remember that this schedule is highly subject to change. Check back daily during The Games for an up-to-date broadcast schedule. All times are Atlantic Daylight Time, which is BST-4 and EDT+1.

Women’s Tournament
Saturday 7/28, 7:00-9:00am – Canada vs. Russia – CTV
Saturday 7/28, 12:45-2:30pm – United States vs. Croatia – NBC
Monday 7/30, 4:00-6:00pm – Canada vs. Great Britain – SN
Wednesday 8/1, 5:00-6:40am – Canada vs. France – CTV
Wednesday 8/1, 10:30am-12:30pm – Australia vs. Brazil – TSN
Friday 8/3, 10:30am-12:15pm – Brazil vs. Canada – SN
Sunday 8/5, 10:30am-12:15pm – Canada vs. Australia – SN
Sunday 8/5, 12:45-2:30pm – China vs. United States – SN, NBC
Tuesday 8/7, 10:00am-12:00pm – Quarterfinal #1 – TSN
Thursday 8/9, 1:00-3:00pm – Semifinal #1 – TSN
Saturday 8/11, 1:00-3:00pm – Bronze Medal Game – SN
Saturday 8/11, 5:00-7:00pm – Gold Medal Game – SN, NBC

Men’s Tournament
Tuesday 7/31, 4:00-6:00pm – France vs. Argentina – SN
Thursday 8/2, 4:00-6:00pm – Spain vs. Great Britain – TSN
Monday 8/6, 8:15-10:00am – Tunesia vs. Lithuania – CTV
Wednesday 8/8, 12:15-2:00pm – Quarterfinal #2 – SN
Wednesday 8/8, 4:15-6:00pm – Quarterfinal #3 – SN
Friday 8/10, 1:00-2:30pm – Semifinal #1 – CTV
Friday 8/10, 5:00-7:00pm – Semifinal #2 – CTV
Sunday 8/12, 7:00-9:00am – Bronze Medal Game – CTV
Sunday 8/12, 11:15am-1:30pm – Gold Medal Game – CTV, NBC

9 thoughts on “2012 Olympic Basketball TV Schedule

  1. Interesting, no US men’s basketball (round robin anyways), but yet Tunisia/Lithuania makes it to air. Probably has to do with timing – first and last games of the day have fewer other things to compete with to get aired.

    • What surprises me more is that NBC doesn’t have any USA men’s basketball games. Or any quarterfinals/semifinals.

      • NBC’s priority with the Team USA, both men’s and women’s, basketball games is placing them on the NBC Sports Network here In the US, as the network formerly known as Versus is the designated hub for all of USA’s Olympic team sports. Part of it is since lots of Americans have either satelitte or cable, NBC figures, with most basketball games these days aren’t on FTA, it can afford to do this. If a Team USA basketball game is scheduled during the weekend, NBC will show it too along with NBC Sports Network (when there’s no NBC Weekend Today to pre-empt). Furthermore, there is going to be here both an NBC Olympic Basketball Channel and an NBC Olympic Soccer Channel that will show all of the matches like there was for Beijing.

        • I guess I understand putting them on NBC SN (which can show the games live everywhere), but I remember at least 1 round robin US game on NBC in 2008, plus a quarter and a semi I think (the knockout games were played at 10 or 11pm in China so NBC could show them). Guess I’m just a bit surprised that they aren’t showing one of the quarterfinals plus semifinal #1 considering they fit into their daytime window. Same can be said for USA vs. France on July 29. I know NBC has cycling, but I think basketball would be more popular.

  2. Doesn’t really surprise me – they probably have a dedicated cable channel for every single men’s basketball game. And boxing matches (notice there’s no coverage of that at all on NBC’s main station?) Because those sports are so popular in the States they probably make money out of getting people to pay for channels they normally wouldn’t care about (like MSNBC).

    • I am not sure how well they will do all the events will be streamed so do you pay for a channel or watch it online for free most would watch it online.

  3. I wonder who will call the games for the consortium. Will they send a crew to London or will the announcers stay in Toronto and call the games off-monitor? If it’s the latter, I’m guessing it will be Matt Devlin for play-by-play and either Jay Triano or Leo Rautins as the colour analyst.

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