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NBC confirms USA Network’s sports coverage plans for 2022

Shutdown of NBCSN sees live Premier League, Nascar and golf majors on US pay-TV channel.

3 November 2021 Tom Bassam
USA Network will kick off its 2022 sports calendar with the Premier League clash between Arsenal and Manchester City

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  • Live coverage of IndyCar, Winter Olympics and Tour de France to all air on USA Network
  • CNBC, Peacock, and NBC’s other linear platforms airing more live sport in 2022

Comcast-owned US media giant NBC has confirmed that USA Network’s expanding slate of sports content will see live Premier League, Nascar, IndyCar, Winter Olympics and major golf coverage air on the linear pay-TV channel in 2022.

With the NBC Sports Network linear channel set to shutter, CNBC, Peacock, and the media company’s other linear platforms will also be airing more live sport.

USA Network will kick off its 2022 sports calendar on 1st January with a New Year’s Day tripleheader from English soccer’s top-flight Premier League, beginning with Arsenal hosting defending champions Manchester City.

USA Network’s 2022 sports slate also includes Atlantic 10 college basketball, the Tour de France, the IMSA SportsCar Championship and other Olympic sports.

Many of the properties in NBC’s sports rights portfolio will continue to have programming on the commercial broadcast network. In addition, all linear coverage can be streamed via authentication on nbcsports.com and the NBC Sports app. The media company also confirmed that all PGA Tour events will remain exclusively on NBC or Golf Channel.

During the recent Tokyo Olympics, USA Network broadcast live coverage of several disciplines as part of NBC’s broader coverage, ranking first among linear pay-TV sports and entertainment networks during primetime, averaging 1.6 million viewers.

In addition to marketing around the shutdown of NBCSN, from 1st January 2022 the linear channel will display content to redirect viewers to the broadcaster’s other platforms, although exact timing of the network’s decommissioning may vary based on distributors.

“We are excited to transition the cable coverage of many of our premium sports events to USA Network, Peacock, and other widely-distributed NBCUniversal platforms, which will give us a significant boost in television homes and will put us in an even stronger position as we grow our business,” said Pete Bevacqua, NBC Sports chairman.

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