NBC Olympics today announced eight reporters for its coverage of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, maximizing the breadth and depth of NBCUniversal’s news, entertainment, and sports divisions. NBC News’ Dylan Dreyer, Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, Gadi Schwartz and Anne Thompson will serve as Olympics reporters for NBC Sports in PyeongChang, along with NBC Sports Group’s Rutledge Wood, Golf Channel’s Rich Lerner and CNBC’s Dhani Jones. Dreyer, Geist and Morales will also contribute to TODAY’s coverage in PyeongChang.
Today, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has published new decisions from the Oswald Commission hearings, which are being conducted in the context of the Sochi 2014 forensic and analytic doping investigations. As a result, six Russian ice hockey players, Inna DYUBANOK, Ekaterina LEBEDEVA, Ekaterina PASHKEVICH, Anna SHIBANOVA, Ekaterina SMOLENTSEVA and Galina SKIBA, have been sanctioned. The case opened against a seventh athlete has been closed without a sanction.
More hearings concerning other athletes will be held over the next few weeks.
The National Soccer Hall of Fame will open Oct. 20, 2018, U.S. Soccer and FC Dallas announced today during a media event at Toyota Stadium. The 2018 Hall of Fame weekend will kick off with the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 20 when the newest members of the Hall of Fame will take their place among soccer's elite. The 2018 Hall of Fame induction class will be announced in March 2018.
NFL sponsor and sports TV advertiser Verizon will now distribute a broader array of live games and content across its mobile and digital media network. As part of a new, overall five-year deal, Verizon will pay about $2.5 billion -- $500 million per year -- according to reports. That's about twice the per-year price of its previous deal with the league. Since its last deal with the league, Verizon has boosted its video content efforts, with AOL in 2015 and Yahoo in 2017, for $4.4 billion each.
The North American sports market will continue to see media rights revenue climb faster than any other segment. It will become the largest sports revenue category next year. PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) says media rights from TV, radio and internet platforms will climb 5.6% to $20.1 billion in 2018 from $19.08 billion at the end of this year.
The NFL Network has suspended analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor after allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The trio of analysts, all former NFL players, were named in a lawsuit by former NFL Network employee Jami Cantor, who worked as a wardrobe stylist with the company from 2006 until her October 2016 dismissal. Former NFL Network executive Eric Weinberger and former NFL Network analyst Donovan McNabb also are named in the lawsuit. McNabb currently works for ESPN as a radio host. Former NFL player Eric Davis, who works for ESPNLA Radio in Los Angeles, is also named in the lawsuit.