FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
NBC OLYMPICS AND SPORTSENGINE PARTNER WITH UNITED WORLD WRESTLING TO PRESENT COVERAGE OF 24 UWW EVENTS ANNUALLY THROUGH 2020
Extensive Digital Coverage to be Live Streamed by Trackwrestling
Agreement Begins This Thursday with 2017 Wrestling World Cup Live from Iran
STAMFORD, Conn. & MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – February 14, 2017 – NBC Olympics and SportsEngine have partnered with United World Wrestling (“UWW”) on a media rights agreement for 24 UWW events annually through 2020, all parties announced today. The agreement includes exclusive and extensive digital rights to the most prestigious wrestling events in the world, which will be live streamed by Trackwrestling, a division of SportsEngine, across desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs. NBC Sports will also present coverage of major events, including the annual World Championships, on NBCSN.
Coverage begins this week with the World Cup live from Kermanshah, Iran. Trackwrestling will live stream more than 20 hours of coverage of the event, beginning this Thursday, Feb. 16, at 1 a.m. ET with the tournament’s first two sessions (full streaming schedule below).
“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.”
The agreement includes exclusive television and streaming rights to the World Championships, Freestyle World Cup, Women’s World Cup, and Greco-Roman World Cup through 2020.
“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 presenting events of this caliber, and it is truly an honor for UWW 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.”
Additionally, 20 other UWW World Championships, Olympic year qualifying tournaments, Continental, and Prize Money events in 2017-2020 will be live streamed exclusively on Trackwrestling.com. These events include the Junior World Championships, Cadet World Championships, Non-Olympic Weights World Championships, Veterans World Championships, Golden Grand Prix, Senior European Championships, U23 European Championships, Junior European Championships, Cadet European Championships, Asian Championships, Junior Asian Championships, Pan-Am Championships, Junior Pan-Am Championships, African Championships, Oceania Championships, World Olympic Qualifiers, African and Oceania Qualifiers, European Qualifiers, Pan-Am Qualifiers, and Asian Olympic Qualifiers.
“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.”
For wrestling fans 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.
Following is Trackwrestling’s full live streaming schedule for the Wrestling World Cup:
|Thurs., Feb. 16||1 a.m.||1,2|
|Thurs., Feb. 16||8 a.m.||3|
|Fri., Feb. 17||1:30 a.m.||7,8|
|Fri., Feb. 17||2:45 a.m.||5,6|
|Fri., Feb. 17||7:30 a.m.||3,4|
|Fri., Feb. 17||9 a.m.||1,2|
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. 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 it’s 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
ABOUT UNITED WORLD WRESTLING
United World Wrestling is the international governing body for the sport of wrestling and is headquartered in Corsier-Sur-Vevey, Switzerland. To learn more about United World Wrestling and the activities of its 180 national federations, please visit: www.UnitedWorldWrestling.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.