The United States Olympic Committee announced today that Comcast will be the presenting sponsor of the Team USA Champions Series through 2020. The Team USA Champions Series, presented by Comcast, is composed of both a summer and winter season, which will showcase elite U.S. athletes year-round broadcast on NBCUniversal.
"We’re excited to be part of the Champions Series and build upon Comcast’s overall support of Team USA," said Peter Intermaggio, SVP of Brand Marketing and Communications for Comcast. "This summer the world will get a preview of our next generation of champions and we look forward to partnering with the USOC and being there for every spike, sprint, stroke and splash."
The 2017 Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast begins television coverage on May 13 with beach volleyball on NBCSN and continues throughout the summer. The four Olympic sports – beach volleyball, diving, swimming, and track and field – will highlight Team USA’s progression to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The summer series telecast schedule on the networks of NBCUniversal is as follows:
|Event||Dates||Broadcast Time (ET)||Network|
USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
|May 11-13||May 13: 6-7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Track and Field
USATF Outdoor Championships (Sacramento, Calif.)
|June 23-25||June 23: 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., June 24-25: 4-6 p.m.||NBCSN, NBC|
2017 Phillips 66 National Championships (Indianapolis, Ind.)
|June 27-July 1||June 27-28: 7-8 p.m., June 29-July 1: 6-8 p.m., July 1-2: 1-3 p.m.||NBCSNUniversal HD, NBC|
2017 USA Diving National Championships (Columbus, Ohio)
|July 29-Aug. 12||Aug. 11: 9-11 p.m.||NBCSN|
The four Olympic sports participating in the Team USA Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast are a preview for fans leading into the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The winners of the USA Volleyball Collegiate Beach Championships will be named to a collegiate beach national team, while the USATF Outdoor Championships will serve as the IAAF World Championship qualifier to more than 800 athletes. Swimmers competing at the Phillips 66 National Championships will be vying for a roster spot at the 2017 FINA World Championships, and divers at the USA Diving National Championships will be seeking a place on the Junior Pan American Championships team.
"There is no off season for Team USA athletes working to represent the United States at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Team USA Champions Series, presented by Comcast allows fans to follow their journey," said Lisa Baird, chief marketing officer at the USOC. "These events offer a unique platform to build awareness of our remarkable athletes and National Governing Bodies."
The inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series – a single-day event telecast on NBC and NBCSN - debuted on Dec. 17, 2016, with USA Hockey, USA Luge, and U.S. Ski and Snowboard on the road to PyeongChang.