United World Wrestling Partners with NBC Olympics and SportsEngine for T.V. and Livestream Distribution
CORSIER-SUR-VEVEY (February 14) – United World Wrestling has announced a groundbreaking partnership with NBC Olympics and SportsEngine to televise and livestream more than two dozen wrestling events annually through 2020.
As part of the agreement, NBC Sports Group will hold the exclusive television and streaming rights to the World Championships, Freestyle World Cup, Women’s World Cup and Greco-Roman World Cup in the United States. The tournaments will be televised on NBCSN and live streamed on Trackwrestling, a division of SportsEngine.
“Wrestling has been working hard to expand its worldwide reach and we think this new relationship helps bring our sport to the next level,” added United World Wrestling president Nenad Lalovic. “Trackwrestling provides wrestling with a significant opportunity to grow our audience in North America and worldwide. NBC Sports and SportsEngine are valuable partners of the Olympic movement and we look forward to seeing how their expertise can help our sport grow.”
“NBC Sports Group is thrilled to showcase more wrestling, one of the world’s oldest, and best Olympic sports,” said Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production and Programming. “This is great news for us and for wrestling fans alike, as more content will now be available on more platforms than ever before.”
SportsEngine and Trackwrestling will livestream an additional 20+ events per year from tournaments around the world, including Continental championships, Junior and Cadet level World Championships and the 2020 Olympic Qualification tournaments.
“Working with United World Wrestling and having the privilege to distribute live and on demand video associated with events at the pinnacle of our sport is an incredible milestone for Trackwrestling.” said Justin Tritz, general manager of Trackwrestling. “We have worked very hard to build a platform around presenting events of this caliber, and it is truly an honor for United World Wrestling to have chosen us as its partner. We look forward to many years of distributing this content through our platform for the wrestling world to enjoy.”
For wrestling fans in the United States who cannot view these events live, all telecasts will be available on-demand on Trackwrestling.com with a subscription to Trackcast. The events televised by NBCSN will be available on-demand on NBCSports.com.