The master schedule for the Olympics was released this morning, and there are going to be 16 field hockey games across four of NBC Universal’s properties. These are available over most cable/satellite entities: NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, USA Network, and CNBC.
Here’s the game schedule, as released today (all games Eastern time; games live except where denoted):
Saturday, Aug 6, USA Network: United States women vs. Argentina, 4 p.m.
Monday, Aug 8, NBC Sports Network: United States women vs. Australia, 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, NBC Sports Network, United States women vs. Japan, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 11, NBC Sports Network, United States women vs. India, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 13, CNBC, United States women vs. Team GB, 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 14, CNBC: Men’s quarterfinal match, 4 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 15, USA Network, Women’s quarterfinal match, 9 a.m.; NBC Sports Network, Women’s quarterfinal match, 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 16, USA Network, Men’s semifinal match, 11 a.m.; CNBC, Men’s semifinal match, 7 p.m. (taped)
Wednesday, Aug. 17, MSNBC, Women’s semifinal match, 11 a.m.; CNBC, Women’s semifinal match, 5 p.m. (taped)
Thursday, Aug. 18, NBC Sports Network, Men’s bronze medal match, 11:20 a.m. (taped); CNBC, men’s gold-medal match, 6 p.m. (taped)
Friday, Aug. 19, USA Network, Women’s bronze-medal match, 11:30 a.m.; MSNBC, Women’s gold-medal match, 4 p.m.
The fact that there are going to be 16 games available (12 live), is pretty good. All that being said, we’re not sure whether streaming of the rest of the games is going to be exclusively on NBCOlympics.com, the Olympic YouTube channel, or on mobile; the NBC Sports app now incorporates NBC Sports, NBC Live Extra, and the premium NBC Gold content.
There’s one part of this schedule which is a bit dismaying: Aug. 15th. On this day, USA Network and NBCSN are sharing the load of broadcasting the morning doubleheader from the Olympic Hockey Center at Deodoro. Question is, what if the United States plays during the evening doubleheader? It’s entirely possible.
Of course, I wouldn’t put it past NBC Universal to call an audible in the middle of the Games. They were able to shift its broadcast schedule to get the U.S. women’s soccer team’s gold-medal match four years ago from cable to NBC. The same happened with the U.S. men’s Paralympic ice hockey gold-medal game from Sochi, which was moved to NBC from virtual obscurity two years ago.