Speculation over next race for Olympics rights
Seven and Nine are rumoured to both be in the hunt for more Games glory.
After the television success of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, both Seven and Nine are believed to be keen to secure future events.
While Seven already has the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, The Australian reports Seven is looking to secure Paris 2024, Milan 2026 and Los Angeles 2028 and crucially, Brisbane 2032.
While timezones for Paris, Milan and Los Angeles will not match Tokyo, Brisbane is the gold medal prize.
“Congratulations to the entire team at Seven West Media for delivering the most remarkable broadcast in the history of sport!” Seven West Media Chairman Kerry Stokes wrote. “Our team of the world’s best presenters and production standards have set a new standard for our Network in the future.
“There were many doubters that the Games would not go ahead, but Japan, the International Olympic Committee and John Coates made the event a great success.”
The AOC chief executive Matt Carroll said, “The AOC could not have been happier with the audience numbers,” Carroll said. “It was clear the athletes and their performances really connected with everyone back home in a profound and personal way.”
Sources tell TV Tonight Nine also has its eyes on Brisbane 2032.
Meanwhile rights for the 2022 Commonwealth Games are yet to be announced, a question TV Tonight also posed to 10’s Beverley McGarvey last week.
“Not that I’m aware of. It’s the Birmingham Games isn’t it?” she asked.
“We will continue to look at all available local and international sports on a tactical basis.”