NBC has assigned 115 people to on-air roles on its wide-ranging coverage of this summer’s Olympics in London.
NBC released the list of commentators and experts Thursday — a list that includes a number of stalwarts from NBC Sports, of course, but also air talent from NBC News and experts representing every sport featured in the London games, which get underway July 27.
Bob Costas will be lead anchor on the coverage, as he has been for nine previous Olympics on NBC. Other veteran sports talent assigned to the games include Al Michaels, Dan Patrick (making his Olympics debut) and Mary Carillo (who’s also seen on HBO’s “Real Sports”).
Ryan Seacrest will be a contributor to the network’s prime-time coverage (part of his newly minted deal with NBC), and John McEnroe will be a correspondent in the prime-time coverage — and not necessarily assigned to tennis either, NBC said.
Veteran sportscaster Pat O’Brien will cover Olympics tennis for Bravo, which is just one of the NBC-owned networks where Olympics coverage will be seen over the two weeks of the games. Other networks taking part in the coverage include MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo and NBC Sports Network.
From the NBC news division, Lester Holt and Dr. Nancy Snyderman will be playing roles at the Olympics, according to this week’s announcement (as will, presumably, the entire on-air team from “Today” plus Brian Williams from “The NBC Nightly News”).
Even Jimmy Fallon is getting into the Olympics act. He’s been named as a “guest commentator” on NBC’s prime-time coverage, though the events he’ll “cover” were not specified.
NBC is planning 5,535 hours of London Olympic Games coverage spread over its various platforms. The network says that’s more than twice as many hours as it produced four years ago for the Summer Games in Beijing.