With the Beijing Winter Olympics opening on Friday (Feb. 4), Peacock has announced its lineup of talent for its daily studio shows on NBC’s streaming service. The Olympic Show, Olympic Ice, Winter Gold, and Top Highlights will be the four daily Peacock shows following the action from Beijing.
Matt Iseman and Olympic gold medal skier Jonny Moseley will host The Olympic Show and Olympic Ice. According to Peacock, The Olympic Show will cover the big, must-see moments of the day with athlete interviews and previews of upcoming events.
Olympic Ice will focus on figure skating, one of the Winter Olympics’ most popular events, with comprehensive analysis, highlights from competition, interviews with Team USA skaters, reports from practices, and breakdowns of scoring.
Three former Olympic skaters will provide analysis for Olympic Ice. Ashley Wagner won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Games and is a three-time U.S. National Champion. Brian Boitano was a gold medalist at the 1988 Alberta Games and Emmy Award winner who has starred on TV shows for Food Network and HGTV. And Scott Hamilton is a longtime figure skating analyst (for CBS and NBC), who won a gold medal at the 1984 Sarajevo Games. Both Boitano and Hamilton are members of the U.S. Olympic and World Figure Skating Halls of Fame.
The third studio show on the Peacock Winter Olympics schedule is Winter Gold, hosted by Adnan Virk. The program will take an in-depth look at the standout performances of the day, allowing fans to keep up with the top action from each day of competition. Virk is best known from his work at ESPN, in addition to DAZN, MLB Network, and NHL Network. He’s also a contributor for Meadowlark Media.
The Olympic Show will stream live from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET, with Olympic Ice following from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. When figure skating is not in competition, The Olympic Show will run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET. Winter Gold will stream live from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. And Top Highlights will feature notable moments from the day’s Olympics action from 8 p.m. ET until 8 a.m. the following morning.
These shows will also re-stream throughout the day between Peacock’s live coverage and full event replays from the Beijing Olympics.
Poll Data Shows Tepid Response To Tom Brady Joining FOX
“A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.”
FOX Sports reportedly signed Tom Brady to a 10-year deal worth $375 million to make the seven-time Super Bowl champion the new lead analyst for its top NFL broadcast once his playing career is over.
A recent Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Front Office Sports showed that 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to watch a game with Brady on the microphone.
The poll said 2 in 5 NFL fans have a better opinion of FOX Sports following the deal, with 41% of NFL fans being at least somewhat more likely to watch a game with Brady as an analyst.
Data shows one-third of NFL fans think the deal Brady reportedly agreed to is worth about the same as its reported value.
That reaction could probably be described as “tepid”. That may be exactly what FOX expects and maybe all it wants.
Last week, Domonique Foxworth of ESPN suggested that the paycheck is less about what the network thinks Tom Brady means to viewers and more about showing the NFL that the network values its product.
FOX Not Interested In Joining Streaming Sports Wars
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take?”
The CEO of FOX doesn’t plan on forking over billions of dollars to be people’s last choice for paid streaming services.
Lachlan Murdoch said at a time when more than 80% of American homes already have some kind of paid streaming service, it’s not worthwhile to jump on that train.
Amazon, Netflix and Disney+ typically account for the average streaming presence in a household.
“All this fight that’s going on, sort of gladiatorial kind of bloodshed, is really for that last position, right, in the three to four services that people will take,” Murdoch said at a tech conference earlier this year. “And so the billions of dollars that’s being spent by multiple aspirants is all for that last position. And so we are extraordinarily — I want to say that — we’re happy to be sort of sitting on the sidelines.”
Murdoch told Benjamin Swinburne that when it comes to the NFL, FOX’s media rights are the same as CBS, NBC and ESPN. The main focus for the company remains on keeping games on TV.
“We don’t believe it helps us to put those rights under a streaming service or free on over-the-air. We think it’s very important that those rights remain exclusive to the broadcast environment,” Murdoch said.
FOX does stream games through its app, but it is only the games it is also carrying on its broadcast network or FS1.
NBA Draft To Get Simulcast From ESPN & ABC
“This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.”
ESPN is set for the 2022 NBA Draft coming up on June 23 at 8 p.m. from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The network announced Wednesday the crews that will handle coverage on both ESPN and ABC.
ABC will broadcast the first round in primetime. Kevin Negandhi will host and will be joined by Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt will be reporting and interviewing draftees.
This follows the simulcast model ESPN and ABC have employed for several years with the NFL Draft.
Malika Andrews will host both rounds for ESPN. Jay Bilas, Kendrick Perkins and Adrian Wojnarowski will share the set. Analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will contribute.
“We’re thrilled that Malika Andrews will host this year’s ESPN presentation as she brings her well-documented, widespread skillset to our main set,” said David Roberts, head of NBA and Studio Production for ESPN. “The event will showcase the scope and depth of our NBA and college basketball talent roster with accomplished journalists and high-profile personalities across ESPN, ABC and ESPN Radio.”
ESPN will air a pre-draft red carpet show hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth from 5-6 p.m. Perkins and Richard Jefferson will also make appearances.