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Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics Dates Announced

The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics kicked off a six-year countdown on Monday with the announcement of the dates for the Games’ return to the city. The opening ceremony will be July 14. Competition will run through July 30. The Paralympic Games will be Aug. 15-27. “This milestone makes the games real for every athlete actively […]

NBCUniversal to Shut Down Olympic Channel Later This Year

NBCUniversal is shutting down another sports cable channel. The company said Friday it will shut down its Olympic Channel on Sept. 30. The company had previously shut down its NBCSN sports network at the end of last year. A spokesperson for NBC Sports says the company will figure out where the Olympic Channel’s sports content […]

‘Ninja Warrior’ Considered for Inclusion in Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics 

A gold medal for Ninja Warrior skills? It’s not as far-fetched as you might think. Japanese TV network TBS, creator of the original Ninja Warrior reality competition format, revealed Monday that the show’s signature obstacle course will be tested for possible inclusion in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games. The Ninja Warrior course is under […]

Japanese Director Naomi Kawase Accused of Violence Towards Staff

Japanese auteur and Cannes favorite Naomi Kawase has been accused of violent behavior towards her staff and crew, including an assault that left an employee’s face swollen.

Al Michaels to Cover NFL Playoffs and Olympics For NBC Sports in “Emeritus” Deal

Al Michaels isn’t parting ways with NBC Sports after all. The longtime NFL play-by-play announcer may have left NBC’s Sunday Night Football for a new role at Amazon’s Thursday Night Football, but thanks to an unusual deal with the broadcaster, he will continue to appear on NBC’s airwaves as well. NBC Sports has named Michaels […]

Olympics Black Power Salute Protest Movie in the Works at MGM

Premature helmer Rashaad Ernesto Green is set to direct ’68, a drama about the historic 1968 Olympics Black Power salute protest by Tommie Smith and John Carlos during a medal presentation, for MGM, Participant and Macro. Billy Ray will pen the screenplay about the American Olympians and track athletes who medaled at the Mexico City […]

WWE, On Location Pact on Live Event Hospitality Packages

Endeavor’s On Location has pacted with WWE to offer premium hospitality packages to fans attending live events like WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series. On Location as a premium hospitality firm was originally part of the NFL, which remains a minority shareholder after Endeavor acquired the pro league’s official hospitality partner, On Location Experiences, […]

Simone Biles Supports Olympian Mikaela Shiffrin Amid Criticism at Beijing Games: “People Suck”

Simone Biles is sending positivity to Mikaela Shiffrin after the American alpine skier opened up about dealing with criticism during her struggles at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Shiffrin was seen as a likely favorite heading into this year’s Games, due in part to her two previous gold medals, but she failed to reach the […]

Winter Olympics: Russian Figure Skater at Center of Doping Controversy Fails to Medal

A Russian woman was standing atop the figure skating podium at the Beijing Games on Thursday night. It just wasn’t the one anyone expected. Even the fact that there was a podium was a surprise. Anna Shcherbakova, the overlooked world champion, delivered a clean performance in her free skate at historic Capital Indoor Stadium to […]

Beijing 2022: Discovery Streaming Audiences Surpass 2018 Winter Games

The opening week of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics has brought Discovery streaming audiences in Europe that have surpassed its performance for the 2018 Winter Games, the company said on Monday. In an update, the company said its Olympics coverage has “driven massive increases in engagement on Discovery+ and Eurosport digital services, as well as […]

Olympian Lindsey Jacobellis Prevails for Second Beijing Gold

Lindsey Jacobellis has won her second gold medal of the Olympics, teaming with 40-year-old Nick Baumgartner to win the title for the United States in the new event of mixed snowboardcross. The 36-year-old Jacobellis took gold earlier this week in the women’s event; it came 16 years after a late showboat move as she was […]

NBC Executives Brush Off Olympics Ratings Concerns as Focus Shifts to Streaming

The Winter Olympics have always drawn more modest viewership numbers than the Summer Games, but the 2022 Beijing Olympics have been even more challenging than usual. The first few days of the games were down significantly in viewership compared to the 2018 Games, though as THR’s Rick Porter notes, they are consistent with what one […]