IOC expects TV rights bids from NBC, ESPN and Fox

By Stephen Wilson

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, May 19 2011 4:40 a.m. MDT

IOC President Jacques Rogge, left, and Gunilla Lindberg, head of the IOC Evaluation Commission seen at the start of the Munich 2018 Winter Olympic presentation at the headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Lausanne, Switzerland, Wednesday, May 18, 2011. Munich, Germany, is competing against Pyeongchang, South Korea and Annecy, France for the Olympic Winter Games in 2018.

Anja Niedringhaus, Associated Press

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The IOC's negotiator of U.S. broadcast deals says he expects NBC, ESPN and probably Fox to bid next month on the next set of lucrative Olympic rights.

IOC executive board member Richard Carrion tells The Associated Press at least two and "probably three" networks will be coming to Lausanne for the June 6-7 auction.

Carrion says the IOC is currently finalizing the bidding contracts with the networks.

He says "we expect NBC to be coming, we expect ABC-ESPN to be coming. We expect Fox also to be coming."

Carrion says he doesn't expect CBS to bid.

At stake are the rights to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

It will be the first U.S. rights auction since 2003.

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