United World Wrestling Partners with NBC Olympics and SportsEngine for Television and Livestream Distribution
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 20:23 By United World Wrestling Press
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (February 14) – United World Wrestling has announced a groundbreaking partnership with NBC Olympics and SportsEngine to televise and livestream more than two dozen wrestling events annually through 2020.
As part of the agreement, NBC Sports Group will hold the exclusive television and streaming rights to the World Championships, Freestyle World Cup, Women’s World Cup and Greco-Roman World Cup in the United States. The tournaments will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on Trackwrestling, a division of SportsEngine.
"Wrestling has been working hard to expand its worldwide reach and we think this new relationship helps bring our sport to the next level," added United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. "Trackwrestling provides wrestling with a significant opportunity to grow our audience in North America and worldwide. NBC Sports and SportsEngine are valuable partners of the Olympic movement and we look forward to seeing how their expertise can help our sport grow.”
“NBC Sports Group is thrilled to showcase more wrestling, one of the world’s oldest, and best Olympic sports,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “This is great news for us and for wrestling fans alike, as more content will now be available on more platforms than ever before.”
SportsEngine and Trackwrestling will livestream an additional 20+ events per year from tournaments around the world, including Continental championships, Junior and Cadet level World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Qualification tournaments.
"Working with United World Wrestling and having the privilege to distribute live and on demand video associated with events at the pinnacle of our sport is an incredible milestone for Trackwrestling.” said Justin Tritz, general manager of Trackwrestling. “We have worked very hard to build a platform around presenting events of this caliber, and it is truly an honor for United World Wrestling to have chosen us as its partner. We look forward to many years of distributing this content through our platform for the wrestling world to enjoy."
For wrestling fans in the United States who cannot view these events live, all telecasts will be available on-demand on Trackwrestling.com with a subscription to Trackcast. The events televised by NBCSN will be available on-demand on NBCSports.com.
ABOUT NBC OLYMPICS
A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal's Olympic Games coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. The London 2012 Olympic Games were watched by 217 million Americans across the networks of NBCUniversal, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032.
Having produced every Summer Olympics since Seoul in 1988 and every Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City in 2002, the networks of NBCUniversal are synonymous with the Games in the United States. At the conclusion of the 2032 Games, NBCUniversal will have presented 23 total Olympic Games and 17 consecutive, the most for a U.S. media company in both categories.
NBC has won more than 100 Emmy Awards for its Olympics coverage, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award for its presentation of the Beijing Opening Ceremony in 2008, which USA Today said was “the best overall Olympic experience ever provided by a U.S. network.”
Helping the world play smarter and live more, SportsEngine, an NBC Sports Group company, is the leading provider of Sport Life Management web software and mobile applications for youth, amateur, and professional sports. SportsEngine features a complete suite of easy-to-use tools that power over 525,000 sports organizations and help them manage, connect, and communicate with a diverse range of stakeholders, including athletes, parents, administrators, coaches, referees, scouts, volunteers, fans, journalists, and sponsors. Founded in 2008, SportsEngine is based in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, please visit www.sportsengine.com; like the company on Facebook at Facebook.com/sportsengine; or follow SportsEngine on Twitter at @sportsengine.
Wrapping up its 13th season, over 7,500 events last year used Trackwrestling to manage their event, including 38 state high school tournaments and all college national championships, including NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Over 8,000 high school and college teams use Trackwrestling, and over 700,000 wrestler profiles have been created. Originally created to seed wrestling events, Trackwrestling.com has evolved into a customizable, comprehensive solution for the wrestling world, offering tools for weight management, team management, event management, rankings, athlete profiles, and more. Wrestling fans across the country can also log in to follow their favorite athletes online with real-time results and streaming video services. These easy-to-use tools are backed by unmatched customer support available 7 days a week. To learn more about Trackwrestling visit trackwrestling.com, on Twitter @trackwrestling, and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TrackwrestlingSE