If you're ever sitting around wondering what channel the Olympics is on, chances are it's going to be NBC — no matter what decade we're in.
Earlier today, NBCUniversal announced that it has officially extended its partnership with the International Olympic Committee through at least the year 2032, ensuring that the NBC networks will retain the sole Olympics broadcasting rights (for U.S. coverage, at least) over the next nine games.
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NINE GAMES! I'm barely ready to start thinking about the very next Olympics, let alone the following eight. So basically, we're all going to be 18 years older when this new contract expires. That's insane! Will we even own TV screens anymore or will everything be automatically downloaded into a chip in our brains? (Hey, it could happen!)
The network already had rights to the games through 2020, including the upcoming Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in 2018, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020.
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“The extension of our partnership with the IOC is unprecedented in scope and is the longest US Olympic sports rights agreement in history,” CEO Steve Burke said in a statement. “Our many platforms, including broadcast, cable, digital and mobile, will now have this enormously popular and profitable programming as a centerpiece for almost two more decades.”