via press release:
NBC SPORTS AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK TO AIR 9 ½ HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE OF VISA CHAMPIONSHIPS STARTING TOMORROW
Universal Sports debuts ‘Around the Gym’ presented by AT&T’
NEW YORK – August 11, 2010 – NBC Sports and Universal Sports Network are presenting 9 ½ hours of live coverage of the Visa Championships, USA Gymnastics’ national championships, this week from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. Coverage will include live, primetime shows this Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. ET, on Universal Sports, and Saturday on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. Universal Sports will also debut pre- and post-competition shows called Around the Gym, presented by AT&T, which will be hosted by 2008 Olympic gold-medalist Nastia Liukin and three-time Olympian John Roethlisberger. Additionally, UniversalSports.com will provide free, live simulstreams of the TV broadcasts and coverage of Universal Sports’ Around the Gym. The site will also have extensive competition highlights, photos, news and blogs, plus athlete interviews and other behind-the-scenes content.
Around the Gym will provide an inside look at the competition, featuring interviews, commentary and analysis both before and after the daily events. The 30-minute shows will air live starting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET, prior to the first Universal Sports Network coverage, and immediately following coverage at 9:00 p.m. ET. On Friday, Around the Gym will start pre-competition coverage at 6:30 p.m. ET and post-competition at 10 p.m. ET. Universal Sports will also broadcast the show following NBC Sports’ coverage of the women’s final day of competition on Saturday. The Visa Championships determine the U.S. champions and the national team for both the junior and senior elite levels in men’s and women’s gymnastics.
2010 Visa Championships Broadcast/Web Schedule
Date Competition Time Network
8-12 “Around the Gym” 6:30-7 p.m. Universal Sports TV
8-12 Women’s gymnastics LIVE 7-9 p.m. Universal Sports TV and web
8-12 “Around the Gym” 9-9:30 p.m. Universal Sports TV
8-13 “Around the Gym” 6:30-7 p.m. Universal Sports TV
8-13 Men’s gymnastics LIVE 7-10 p.m. Universal Sports TV and web
8-13 “Around the Gym” 10-10:30 p.m. Universal Sports TV
8-14 Women’s gymnastics LIVE 8-10 p.m. NBC Sports
8-14 “Around the Gym” 10-10:30 p.m. Universal Sports TV
8-14 Women’s gymnastics TAPE 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Universal Sports TV and web
8-15 Men’s competition 2:30-4 p.m. NBC Sports
All times are Eastern.
NBC’s Olympic gymnastics analyst team of Al Trautwig, Olympian Elfi Schlegel, 1984 Olympic gold-medalist Tim Daggett and Andrea Joyce will be broadcasting the event for both NBC Sports and Universal Sports. David Michaels, Executive Producer of Universal Sports, will direct the production.
About NBC Sports
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