NBCUniversal announces unprecedented Tokyo 2020 Paralympic coverage in USA

Record 1,200 Hours of Paralympic programming from Tokyo 25 Feb 2021
USA Mixed Relay Team
The first-ever primetime coverage on NBC will take place
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NBCUniversal is making an unprecedented commitment to the Paralympics with a record 1,200 hours of programming and six months of promotion for the Tokyo Paralympic Games, which take place 24 August - 5 September 2021.

In its most ambitious effort ever, NBCUniversal’s Paralympic Games coverage, which will once again be presented by Toyota, will include more than 200 hours of television coverage across NBC, NBCSN and Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA; the first-ever primetime hours on NBC; the debut of coverage on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock; live coverage of the Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony on NBCSN; and comprehensive live streaming coverage on NBC Sports digital platforms.

Primetime broadcasts on NBC will feature the top stories and moments of the Paralympics, as NBC Sports award-winning storytellers weave edited competition coverage with athlete profiles and interviews, taking viewers inside the Games like never before. With a special focus on the athletes of Team USA, the primetime coverage will showcase the athletes’ backstories and training, motivation and performance, as they compete against the world’s best on the biggest stage in Para sports. 

Programming highlights also include:

  •     On cable, NBCSN will televise the Tokyo Paralympics from 9 p.m. – 9 a.m. ET daily, with additional original hours and extensive replays on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA. NBCSN will present live coverage of the Opening Ceremony on 24 August and live coverage of the Closing Ceremony on 5 September

  •     More than 1,000 hours of Tokyo Paralympic coverage will stream across NBCOlympics.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream all television coverage as well as coverage of archery, athletics, badminton, boccia, canoe, cycling, equestrian, goalball, judo, Marathon, rowing, shooting, sitting volleyball, football 5-a-side, swimming, table tennis, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis
  •     Peacock will feature medal round action in multiple sports, including men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and women’s sitting volleyball, all three of which were won by Team USA at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, plus wheelchair rugby and marathon races
  •     Accessibility features for all television coverage include closed captioning (CC) and video description services (VDS) to assist viewers in experiencing the accomplishments and stories of the Paralympic athletes
  •     Additional programming details will be announced at a later date.

The countdown to the Tokyo Paralympic Games ramped up Thursday morning (25 February) when NBCUniversal marked six months to the Opening Ceremony, starting on NBC News’ TODAY, with appearances from seven Team USA athletes, including 2016 Paralympic gold medalists David Brown (track and field) and Jerome Avery (track and field, guide runner). 13-time Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long (swimming) is joining Brown and Avery in a virtual media tour today across NBCUniversal programmes and platforms. 

Promotion will continue with an ongoing series of “Get to Know Team USA” videos published on NBC Olympics’ social and digital platforms, plus additional promotion during NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics and in the weeks between the Olympics and Paralympics this summer.

In addition to being the presenting sponsor of NBCUniversal’s Paralympic Games coverage, Toyota will be the exclusive auto advertiser across all linear and digital coverage of the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Nike, United Healthcare, and Eli Lilly join Toyota as exclusive sponsors of NBCUniversal’s coverage of the Tokyo Paralympics.

As part of a robust plan for coverage and promotion leading up to Tokyo this August, NBC will air the US Paralympic Team Trials competition on 27 June. Additional Paralympic Team Trials programming details will be announced in the future.

“We are proud to be America’s long-term home of the Paralympics, and Tokyo will mark new heights in our coverage and storytelling,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “We are committed to growing our coverage across our platforms and bringing to the American audience the extraordinary achievements of Para athletes well into the future, a vision shared by our Paralympic partners -- Toyota, Nike, Eli Lilly and United Healthcare.”

“NBCUniversal’s commitment to the coverage and promotion of the Tokyo Paralympic Games and U.S. Paralympic Team is truly something to celebrate,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “This is a great reflection of our combined pledge to creating a path to parity for the Paralympic Movement while bringing the incredible feats of our Para athletes into more American homes than ever before.”