NBC and NBCSN to Televise 70+ Hours of Coverage

United States Olympic Committee to Deliver Online Coverage of All Live Events at

Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony to Air September 7 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Highlighted by Events in Track & Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Rugby

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 1, 2016 – NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2016 Paralympic Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – more than 70 hours in total across NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports app – with the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday, September 7, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

In addition to NBC Sports Group’s unprecedented coverage, the United States Olympic Committee will provide 12 channels of live online coverage at

NBC Sports Group’s Rio Paralympic Games competition coverage begins on Thursday, September 8 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminates on Sunday, September 18. On most days, NBCSN primetime programming will air from 7 - 9 p.m. ET; daytime from 2 – 5 p.m. ET; and late night from 1 – 5 a.m. ET.

Coverage will be anchored by Carolyn Manno, who returns for her second consecutive assignment as host of NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Paralympic Games. Manno will be joined by 13 play-by-play commentators, analysts and reporters.

Play-by-play commentators Todd Harris, Jason Knapp and Steve Schlanger will also return for their second Paralympic Games and will call Track & Field, Swimming and Wheelchair Basketball, respectively. Ed Cohen makes his NBC Sports Group debut and will serve as play-by-play announcer for coverage of Wheelchair Rugby. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Paralympic Games commentators.

In addition to Track & Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball, Sitting Volleyball and Wheelchair Rugby, NBC Sports Group will also present world feed coverage of many other Rio 2016 Paralympic Games events. Coverage will be produced by OBS (Olympic Broadcasting Service) and will include the sports of Cycling, Judo, Football and more. World feed coverage of select events will feature OBS commentators.

Coverage of the 2016 Games will feature an increase of 20 hours from NBC Sports Group’s presentation of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games (50), and an increase of 64 hours from the London 2012 Paralympic Games (6).

For a complete schedule of online coverage, visit

NBC and NBCSN Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Schedule:

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Wed., Sept. 7Opening CeremonyNBCSN7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 8Track & Field, Men’s Wheelchair Basketball (USA – BRA), Track CyclingNBCSN2:30 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 8Track & Field, SwimmingNBCSN7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 9Women’s Wheelchair Basketball (FRA-USA)NBCSN1 a.m.
Fri., Sept. 9Swimming, Track & FieldNBCSN11:30 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 10Track & Field, Swimming, Judo, Track CyclingNBCSN1:30 a.m.
Sun., Sept. 11Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair BasketballNBCSN7 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 12Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair BasketballNBCSN7 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 13Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair BasketballNBCSN1 a.m.
Tues., Sept. 13Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball QuarterfinalsNBCSN2 p.m.
Tues., Sept. 13Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball QuarterfinalsNBCSN7 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 14Swimming, Track & Field, Wheelchair Basketball QuarterfinalsNBCSN1 a.m.
Wed., Sept. 14Track & Field, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Basketball QuarterfinalsNBCSN2 p.m.
Wed., Sept. 14Track & Field, SwimmingNBCSN7 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 15Swimming, Wheelchair Basketball QuarterfinalsNBCSN1 a.m.
Thurs., Sept. 15Wheelchair Basketball Semifinals, Wheelchair RugbyNBCSN2 p.m.
Thurs., Sept. 15Swimming, Track & FieldNBCSN7 p.m.
Fri., Sept. 16Sitting Volleyball Semifinals, Swimming, Track & FieldNBCSN1 a.m.
Fri., Sept. 16Swimming, Track & Field, Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal RoundsNBCSN8 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 17Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds, Wheelchair Rugby, Sitting Volleyball SemifinalsNBCSN1 a.m.
Sun., Sept. 18Swimming, Track & Field, Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Medal Rounds, Women’s Sitting Volleyball Medal RoundsNBCSN12 a.m.
Sun., Sept. 18Wheelchair Rugby Medal Rounds, Men’s Sitting Volleyball Medal RoundsNBC3 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 18Closing CeremonyNBCSN10:30 p.m.

*All dates and times subject to change


The Rio Paralympic Games will take place September 7 – 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 2016 Games will be the biggest Paralympics ever, featuring more than 4,000 athletes competing in 22 sports.

--RIO 2016--

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