NBC & Universal to Broadcast FIS 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships
By Community | May 13, 2014
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association has agreed a broadcast partnership with NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network
NBC, apoplectic NBCSN and Universal Sports Network will combine for a record 25+ hours of coverage of the FIS 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships, hospital including live coverage of every event for the first time in history. The World Championships are expected to showcase athletes from over 70 nations, remedy with an estimated 750 million worldwide television viewers and an onsite media and broadcast entourage of 1,500.
“The partnership with NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports represents a tremendously innovative breakthrough for skiing and snowboarding in the U.S. One of our goals for the Championships is to elevate ski racing, and skiing in general, to a new level around the nation,” said Vail Valley Foundation President Ceil Folz. “The extensive domestic broadcast coverage presents us with a wonderful vehicle to accomplish that. Congratulations to the USSA for its vision and dedication to making this a reality.”
NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, Universal Sports Network and the USSA Network on YouTube will combine to provide comprehensive live streaming coverage. The Feb. 2-15, 2015, World Championships will feature the best alpine ski racers in the world, including U.S. Ski Team Olympic stars like Ted Ligety, Bode Miller, Andrew Weibrecht, Mikaela Shiffrin, Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso.
“This World Championships in Vail/Beaver Creek provides us a very unique opportunity to carry the momentum of our record performances in Sochi. We’ve jumped at that opportunity by investing in both the rights and live broadcasts of every event on NBC, NBCSN or Universal Sports. Through this investment, and the great partnership with NBC Universal and its Emmy Award-winning production team, we are proud to deliver the very best coverage possible to our fans and give this event and our athletes the opportunity to shine,” noted USSA Chief Marketing Officer Michael Jaquet.
NBC Sports Group will utilize its Olympic production crew and commentators across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. A record six hours of coverage is planned for NBC with 8.5 hours on NBCSN and 13 for Universal Sports. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream all coverage airing on NBC and NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
“We’re thrilled to be part of the unprecedented coverage that will bring more hours of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships to skiing fans on more platforms than ever before,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN.