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2008 Olympic Track and Field Trials Television Schedule
by: LetsRun.com
June 19, 2008

A viewer sent us the Olympic Trials tv schedule below. He was a bit disappointed that the Swimming Olympic Trials will be on LIVE in prime time every single night on NBC or USA network while a lot of the track trials are on later at night.

We're not disappointed at all. Swimming may have better time slots than track and field, but some of that has to do when the events are taking place on the West Coast. Basically everything of importance at the Track Trials will be on LIVE tv. Sure some of these events are at 11pm on the east coast, but beggars can't be choosers. Maybe one day in the future, track will be important enough to time shift everything to primetime, but as is, track is going to be on LIVE every night with 4 nights of PrimeTime NBC coverage.

The live prime time tv coverage on NBC seemed better than we remembered, but then looking at our archives we see that the tv coverage this year is basically the exact same as in 2004.

We're also excited that NBC has invested in WCSN. Now NBC is going to try and promote the Olympic sports and market its Olympic brand year round instead of neglecting the Olympics and assuming everyone will watch them like it is still 1984.

All times are Eastern; subject to change; check local listings

Date Times Network Live Events
June 28 12:00-1:00 a.m. USA  Women's 10k
June 28 8:00-9:00 p.m. NBC -- Primetime Women's 100m Live
June 29 7:00-8:00 p.m. NBC -- Primetime 400m Hurdles, 100m Men
June 30 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. USA 800s Live, Men's 5k
July 3 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. USA 400s, Women's Steeple, 1500 Round1
July 4 11:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. USA - Womens 5k, Men's 10k, 1500 Semis
July 5 5:00-6:00 p.m. NBC 200 semis, mens steeple
July 6 7:00-9:00 p.m. NBC -- PRIMETIME final day 1500s, 200s, 110 hurdles

(It's hard to spread a track meet out over 10 days and still have action every day. Some days there is very little action).

Swimming Trials TV

Sport                                                              Airdate                   Time                       Network

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Sunday, June 29     8:00-9:00 pm ET          NBC ---primetime

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Monday, June 30     8:00-9:00 pm ET          USA  ---primetime

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Tuesday, July 1       8:00-9:00 pm ET          USA  ---primetime

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Wednesday, July 2  8:00-9:00 pm ET          USA  ---primetime

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Thursday, July 3      8:00-9:00 pm ET          USA ---primetime

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Friday, July 4            8:00-9:00 pm ET        NBC ---primetime

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Saturday, July 5        8:00 -9:00 pm ET       NBC  ---primetime

U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Swimming              Sunday, July 6         8:00 -9:00 pm ET        NBC  ---primetime

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