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Soccer to be First Televised Event of 2000 Olympic Broadcast Schedule on NBC/MSNBC/CNBC Family


CHICAGO (Wednesday, August 23, 2000) - The National Broadcasting Company (NBC), America's Olympic network, recently announced its television broadcast schedule for the rapidly-approaching 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Consistent with its place as the world's most popular sport, Soccer will kick off the entire domestic TV schedule for the NBC/MSNBC/CNBC broadcast family's coverage of the 2000 Olympics. The U.S. Men's Olympic Soccer Team's opener versus the Czech Republic on Sept. 13 will mark the first televised event of the Sydney Games when it appears via tape delay from 6:30-9 p.m. (ET) on MSNBC, which is expected to be in 65 million U.S. homes by the Games.

Women's Soccer will also make its televison debut prior to NBC's broadcast of the Opening Ceremonies on Sept. 15. The U.S. Women's Olympic Soccer Team meets rival Norway on Sept. 14, also televised via tape delay in the 6:30-9 p.m. (ET) time slot on MSNBC.

"Soccer fans across the nation will be happy to know that Olympic soccer finally has a home on television," said Molly Solomon, a cable producer for the NBC Olympics broadcast. "MSNBC will be the place for soccer, and along with the rest of the NBC family, will provide coverage of every U.S. game alongside the best international games of the tournament."

The extensive coverage marks the first time any Olympic broadcast will begin on basic cable. After the opening games for both the U.S. Men's and Women's Olympic Teams are shown in their entirety, the rest of the first round games will be covered via partial game segments as part of regular Olympic coverage on MSNBC.

The quarterfinals and semifinals will be divided among the three networks of the NBC family, with the Women's Semifinal being shown as part of Olympic coverage on NBC on Sept. 24. Both finals will be shown as part of regular Olympic coverage on MSNBC.

The Men's Soccer broadcasts will feature a very lively and recognizable pair of soccer icons, with veteran Univision and current Telemundo broadcaster Andres Cantor handling the play-by-play and two-time U.S. Olympian and World Cup star Alexi Lalas serving as the color commentator. For the Olympic broadcasts, the legendary Spanish-language broadcaster famous for his extended "GOAL!" call will be making his English-language debut. Lalas, who is known around the world for his fiery red mop and goatee, retired from soccer in 1999 but has stayed busy as a studio commentator for ESPN2's weekly hour-long show "MLS Extra Time," and has also worked in the booth for select San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) matches.

For all Women's Soccer broadcasts, Cantor will be joined by former U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Amy Allmann as they follow the U.S. Women's Olympic Team bid to repeat as champions and defend the Women's Soccer Gold Medal won in the inaugural competition at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

In addition to NBC's extensive television coverage, the official NBC Olympic website (NBCOlympics.com) has developed a "Sydney 2000 Viewer's Guide," which will be an immediate source for schedule information on NBC coverage of the Sydney 2000 Games. The NBC Sydney 2000 Viewer's Guide, which will be available on the official U.S. Soccer website, will be the only place where soccer fans can receive up-to-the-minute broadcast schedules, with details of the over 440 hours of coverage offered by NBC, MSNBC, and CNBC during the Olympics. The Sydney 2000 Viewer's Guide will also include links to the rich, immersive content of NBCOlympics.com, including Athlete's Voice, Data Visualization, Guest Commentaries, the latest Olympic News and other features.

Along with NBC's multi-media offerings, the U.S. Soccer site will maintain its special Olympic section that will include daily notes from the U.S. camps, daily player profiles and the latest game reports from the competition in addition to the current player bios, news releases, stats and results from 2000.

NBC FAMILY OLYMPIC SOCCER TV BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Date Location Match TV Info
Sept. 13 Canberra U.S. Men
vs. Czech Republic
MSNBC
6:30 (ET/PT)
Sept. 14 Melbourne U.S. Women
vs. Norway
MSNBC
6:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 16 Canberra U.S. Men
vs. Cameroon
MSNBC*
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 17 Melbourne U.S. Women
vs. China
MSNBC
9 a.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 19 Melbourne U.S. Men
vs. Kuwait
MSNBC*
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 20 Melbourne U.S. Women
vs. Nigeria
MSNBC*
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 23 TBD Men's
Quarterfinals
MSNBC*
9 a.m.-4 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 23 TBD Men's
Quarterfinals
CNBC*
4-9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 24 TBD Women's
Semifinals
NBC*
10 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 24 TBD Women's
Semifinals
CNBC*
4-9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 26 TBD Men's
Semifinals
MSNBC*
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 26 TBD Men's
Semifinals
CNBC*
5-9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 28 TBD Women's
Final
MSNBC*
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET/PT)
Sept. 30 TBD Men's
Final
MSNBC*
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (ET/PT)
* indicates NBC will have soccer coverage of match during regular Olympic coverage

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