AP Sources: NBC retains Olympic rights for 4 games

June 7, 2011 - 1:14 PM
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FILE - In this April 6, 2011 file photo, the IOC's current lead negotiator of the U.S. rights, Richard Carrion, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press following an IOC board meeting in London. NBC's multi-billion-dollar hold on the most valuable property in sports faces a serious challenge this week when U.S. networks bid on the next set of Olympic television rights. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Officials with knowledge of the decision say NBC has retained the U.S. Olympic television rights in a four-games deal through 2020 worth more than $4 billion.

The two officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not yet been officially announced by the International Olympic Committee.

NBC won a three-way bidding contest against ESPN and Fox.

It will have exclusive rights to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, as well as the 2018 Winter Games and 2020 Olympics, whose sites have not yet been chosen.

NBC has broadcast every Summer Olympics since 1988 and every Winter Games since 2002.