NBC locks up Games through 2032 for $7.75 billion
The Olympics are staying on NBC in the United States through 2032 in a record $7.75 billion deal that cut out rival networks and seals the long-term financial security of the IOC.
In a stunning, pre-emptive deal negotiated secretly over six months, the International Olympic Committee awarded the exclusive U.S. broadcast rights to NBC on Wednesday for an additional six Games.
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NBC already holds the rights through the 2020 Olympics in a four-games deal signed in 2011 for a then-record $4.38 billion.
The new agreement, which covers three Summer Olympics and three Winter Games, solidifies NBC’s long-running hold on one of the world’s most lucrative sports properties and offers a potential boost for a U.S. bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Will Bruin scored early in the second half and the host Houston Dynamo (4-4-2) held on for a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew (3-3-3) for their second straight win.
In another MLS, Clint Irwin made seven saves in the Colorado Rapids’ (4-2-3) fourth shutout in five matches, a 0-0 draw with the host San Jose Earthquakes (1-3-4).
Jermain Defoe and Michael Bradley scored to help host Toronto FC beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal. The second leg is next week in Vancouver. In the other semifinal opener, host FC Edmonton beat the defending champion Montreal Impact 2-1.
Players from French second-division club Clermont welcomed the appointment of Helena Costa, the first woman to coach a men’s professional soccer team in France. Her term begins after this season. Costa, 36, who is Portuguese, previously worked with the youth boys team at Benfica and coached the women’s national teams of Qatar and Iran. She was a scout for Celtic.
Manchester City scored four goals in the final 26 minutes to rout Aston Villa 4-0, moving into position to win its second English Premier League title in three years with only a draw this weekend.
Also, Paris Saint-Germain clinched its fourth French league title and second in a row when second-place Monaco tied 1-1 against French Cup champion Guingamp.
Oregon isn’t allowing three players to participate in team activities after a student told police they sexually assaulted her at a postgame party and later at an apartment. Eugene police investigated the allegations against Damyean Dotson, 19, Dominic Artis, 19, and Brandon Austin, 18. Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner decided there was not enough evidence to prove the sex wasn’t consensual.
For Austin, it’s the second sexual-assault allegation he has faced. While at Providence College, he and another Providence player were accused last year of sexually assaulting a female student on campus. The two were suspended and Austin subsequently transferred to Oregon.
Sam wins Arthur Ashe award
Michael Sam was selected the winner of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The Missouri defensive end, who announced that he is gay, making him set to become the first openly gay player in the NFL, will receive the award given to individuals who transcend sports at the ESPYs on July 16.
Serena, Nadal advance
American Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal of Spain breezed into the Madrid Open third round. Williams broke Shuai Peng of China three times in a 6-2, 6-3 win. Nadal routed Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-1, 6-0.
The Atlanta Dream acquired four-time WNBA All-Star forward Swin Cash from the Chicago Sky in a trade for guard Courtney Clements. The deal also includes a swap of draft picks in 2015.
Cash, 34, is a former Storm star who started all 34 games last season, averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds.
California Chrome returned to the track for the first time since winning the Kentucky Derby last weekend. The chestnut colt jogged one mile at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. California Chrome will travel to Baltimore early next week to prepare for the Preakness on May 17.
• A suicide note left by pro golfer Erica Blasberg in 2010 blames no one, expresses deep personal unhappiness and describes a mixture of drugs kicking in before ending with the words, “love and kisses, eternity, Erica.”
The note provided a dramatic opening to a civil wrongful death, medical malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty trial against Blasberg’s then-physician, occasional golfing buddy and personal friend, Dr. Thomas Hess.
Blasberg’s parents accuse Hess of having had an inappropriate relationship with her and failing to provide proper medical care before she died.
• Alex Hoedlmoser is the new men’s speed coach for the U.S. alpine skiing team, replacing Andreas Evers, fired last month after being found guilty in Austria of money laundering. Hoedlmoser had been coach of the U.S. women.
• Two-time U.S. pairs figure skating champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, who finished ninth at the Olympics, have ended their partnership.
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