The Olympic Rings
NBC Universal has secured a new deal valued at $7.65 billion to keep the broadcast rights to the Olympic Games through 2032. The agreement, which covers rights for TV, internet and mobile, also includes an additional $100 million signing bonus to be used for promotion.
"This agreement is excellent news for the entire Olympic Movement as it helps to ensure its financial security in the long term, in particular future host cities of the Olympic Games, the athletes of the 204 National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations," said International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who led the negotiations.
Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, The Associated Pressreports. The Japanese city beat out Istanbul in a 60-36 vote by the International Olympic Committee on Saturday. Madrid had previously been eliminated after initially tying with Istanbul.
Double-amputee Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorious has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, CNN reports.
Steenkamp was found fatally shot in Pistorious's home in South Africa in the early hours of Valentine's Day, and Pistorious was arrested and taken to a police station. He is scheduled to appear in a magistrate court in Pretoria, South Africa Thursday afternoon.
Congratulations are in order — again — for Olympic volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings.
The three-time gold medalist, who most recently competed in the London games this summer, appeared on the Today show Monday with her husband Casey to share some unexpected news.
"When I was throwing my body around fearlessly and going for gold for our country, I was pregnant," Jennings said.
America's Got Gabby!
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas will make a guest appearance on the America's Got Talent results show Wednesday night.
AGT returned this week after a two-week hiatus while NBC covered the Olympics.
London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony
The London Olympics has broken yet another record!
The 2012 Summer Olympics from London have become the most-watched TV event in U.S. history with more than 219 million tuning in, which surpasses the 215 million who tuned in for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Fans of the Olympics may have felt divided by loyalties to different athletes and countries, but many U.S. viewers, at least, found themselves relatively united on one front — criticism of NBC's coverage of the Summer Games.
The network's strategy of airing tape-delayed events in prime time drew the ire of countless viewers — A-listers and non-celebrities alike — on Twitter and other forms of social media, as they learned of the results ahead of time via the Internet or other media. (The events were streamed live on NBCOlympics.com.) The backlash was so extensive that it prompted the creation of a new hashtag, "#nbcfail", on Twitter.
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