USA vs. Canada Pre-Olympic Friendly on NBC

NBC has live coverage of the United States vs. Canada women’s soccer friendly this afternoon. The game from Salt Lake City will serve as the final game of Olympic preparation for both teams. Here is NBC’s press release.

NBC will broadcast a “friendly” game between the U.S. Women’s National team and the Canadian National team this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET, live from Salt Lake City, Utah. For Team USA, this is their final tune-up prior to the 2012 London Olympics.

The NBC Sports Group’s lead soccer commentary team of Arlo White (@arlowhite, play-by-play), and Kyle Martino (@kylemartino, “Between the Benches” analyst) who will call the USA-Canada game while Russ Thaler (@RussThaler) will host the pre-game, halftime and post-game segments on-site.

WHITE ON THE USA TEAM: “The U.S. Women’s National team could be one of the great stories of this Olympic summer. They captured the hearts of a nation during last years’ World Cup, and there is a very good chance that they could go one better in London and claim the gold medal.”

MARTINO ON THE MATCH: “Last dress rehearsal for the U.S. Women before the big show. Their recent performances would suggest they are ready so this game against Canada will be a chance for the fans to see them in top gear one last time before they cross the pond.”

CTV Announces 2012 Olympic Coverage Details

The CTV/Rogers Olympic Broadcast Consortium announced details of their 2012 London Olympics coverage this afternoon. CTV, TSN, Sportsnet and OLN will combine to show over 1000 hours of coverage in English, with an additional 700 hours airing in French and over 200 hours in other languages. CTVOlympics.ca will also stream over 2000 hours of unedited coverage straight from Olympic venues.

The Consortium also announced a key change to TSN’s morning show. SportsCentre’s morning loop team of Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole were originally scheduled to host the show. However, Kate Beirness is now scheduled to host Olympic Morning on TSN. No reason was given for the change; however, Beirness was particularly strong in her role hosting NCAA March Madness on TSN earlier this year.

Here is a complete breakdown of the number of hours for every language.

TV
English (TSN, CTV, SN, OLN): 1114 hours
French (RDS and V): 704 hours
Others* (OMNI.1, OMNI.2, ATN): 223 hours

*Coverage will air in Bangla, Cantonese, Hindi, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Punjabi, Tamil, and Urdu on these channels.

CTVOlympics.ca will also stream coverage from CTV, TSN, Sportsnet, RDS and V. In addition, 2100 hours of IOC international feed raw coverage will air online.

Here is a quote from Adam Ashton, President, Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium:

We are committed to bringing Canadians a robust Olympic Games experience, whether on television or digital platforms. With 26 sports, plus a sizeable time difference and so many people on the go during the Summer, it is important to provide Canadians with a choice on how, when, and where they want to consume London 2012 content.

Overall, I am quite impressed with CTV’s 2012 plans. CTV will show 16 hours of original Olympic coverage per day, about 5 hours more per than NBC. In total, almost 275 hours of coverage will air on CTV (not including overnight encores). During Beijing 2008 CBC showed between 15 and 18 hours of coverage per day.

The big difference is on cable though. TSN had 150 hours of coverage in Beijing. This time TSN will show over 200 hours of coverage, with an additional 200+ on Sportsnet. While CTV’s coverage is similar to what CBC did during the Athens 2004 Games, the cable offering is easily the most significant ever for a Summer Olympics in Canada.

CTV Analysts… In commentator news, Russ Anber, who used to host the boxing show In This Corner on TSN, will be CTV’s boxing analyst in London. Still no announcement on who will do boxing play-by-play.

Former TSN hockey commentator Paul Romanuk, best known for his calls of the World Junior Hockey Championships, will do play-by-play triathlon and wrestling. Romanuk semi-retired from broadcasting when he moved to London in 2005. He will get to work the Olympic games in his home city for the broadcaster in the country he was born. Romanuk was CBC’s basketball commentator at the 2008 Olympics.

One other addition to CTV’s team is RJ Broadhead, who will call beach volleyball.

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