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.”

NBC Will Show 272.5 Hours of 2012 Olympics; still less than CBC in 2008

NBC has revealed it’s broadcast plans for the 2012 London Olympic Games. The main network will broadcast 272.5 hours of coverage, much of it on tape delay. Still, that is about ten hours less than what CBC showed in Beijing. Yes, Canadian broadcasting of the Olympics is at least four years ahead of our American counterparts. CTV will show upwards of 300 hours of coverage from London (exact numbers aren’t confirmed yet). Here is NBC’s press release with more information.

NBC will broadcast 272.5 hours of London Olympic coverage over 17 days this summer, the most extensive coverage ever provided by an Olympic broadcast network, and nearly 50 hours more than the 225 hours for Beijing in 2008. Swimming — including Michael Phelps’ quest to become the most decorated Olympian ever — track and field, gymnastics, diving, and beach volleyball, among other sports, will serve as the centerpieces of NBC’s coverage, which begins with the Opening Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, July 27.

Olympic coverage on NBC will again be divided into three day parts: daytime, primetime and late night. NBC’s primetime program, featuring the traditional, award-winning Olympic storytelling coverage that viewers have come to expect, will air 8-11:30 p.m. or Midnight ET/PT on most nights.

Daytime coverage has increased significantly for London. Coverage will begin on most weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT, immediately following TODAY, which is originating from London. On weekends, NBC’s daytime coverage will begin as early as 5 a.m. ET/PT. A one-hour late night show will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the primetime program. Primetime will be replayed following the late-night show.

It was announced in April that Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, returns as the primetime host for NBC’s coverage. For Costas, London marks his 10th Olympic broadcast assignment and his ninth as the primetime host (Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City, 2002, Athens 2004, Turin 2006, Communist China 2008, Vancouver 2010).

Al Michaels, who hosted daytime coverage at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, and Dan Patrick, making his Olympic hosting debut, will host NBC’s weekday and weekend daytime coverage, and Mary Carillo will once again host the NBC late night show.

Additionally, top TV broadcaster Ryan Seacrest, tennis legend John McEnroe, famed gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi, and Carillo, broadcasting her 11th Olympic Games, will serve as Olympic correspondents during primetime coverage on NBC.

What is most interesting is two bullets from elsewhere in the press release.

  • Daytime coverage has increased significantly for London. Coverage will begin on most weekdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT, immediately following NBC News’ TODAY, which is originating from London.
  • On weekends, NBC’s daytime coverage will begin as early as 5 a.m. ET/PT.

Primetime and latenight should account for about 90 hours of NBC’s coverage. The other 182.5 hours will probably come from daytime coverage. It sounds like NBC’s weekday afternoon coverage will expand to cover 10am-4pm (double what they showed in 2008). This is during the late afternoon London time, so NBC can cover many secondary events (that aren’t saved for primetime) live. This will almost certainly include a daily beach volleyball match.

Super Bowl XLIV: By the Numbers

TSN as released “by the numbers” features for various sports broadcasts in the past (and I’ve passed them on because I find them interesting). NBC has released a “by the numbers” for their Super Bowl broadcast on Sunday. Here it is:

1 – Hard camera located on building roof for scenic views of Indianapolis.
7 –  Digital Post-Production Facilities (5 Avid Suites, 2 Final Cut Pro Suites).
7 – Separate set locations for pre-game show and NBC Sports Network programs during Super Bowl week.
7 – Satellite uplink trucks covering game and pre-game locations as well as live streaming of the Super Bowl.
12 – NEP Supershooter Mobile units in the TV Compound.
25 – Digital Video Replay Sources between game and pre-game.
29 – Vehicles (control trucks, mobile units, office trailers).
57 – High Definition Cameras- 40 for the game and 17 for pre-game. Game has 20 hard cameras, nine hand held (three on robotic arms), one RF steady cam, one RF hand held, four Ultra slow-motion cameras, one cable-cam, one airplane shooting high-definition aerials.
60 – Miles of camera and microphone cable.
116 – Microphones (including 12 on-field parabolic microphones).
165 – NBC IP phones and analog lines ordered for the Super Bowl
475 – More than 475 people will be part of the NBC production, technical, administrative and support crews.
3500 – Meals served to NBC crew at the stadium.