|American Media, INC. And
NBC Sports Group Announce |
Partnership For The 2014 Mr. Olympia Competition
June 12th, 2014
American Media, Inc. (AMI) and NBC Sports Group
today announced a partnership to televise the 2014 Mr. Olympia contest on NBCSN.
The partnership will feature two 90-minute telecasts of the 50th annual Mr.
Olympia where three-time champion Phil Heath will defend his title at Orleans
Arena in Las Vegas.
“We are pleased to partner with NBC Sports Group to bring the excitement of the
2014 Mr. Olympia, and all of the events of Olympia Weekend, to a national
television audience,” said AMI Chairman, President, and CEO David J. Pecker.
“The Olympia Weekend is an extraordinary event that underscores the passion and
commitment that every competitor brings to the stage, and the exhilaration of
the more than forty thousand spectators that will attend this year’s event.”
The partnership brings the Mr. Olympia back to TV for the first time since 1984,
when Lee Haney won his first of eight titles. NBCSN will televise two 90-minute
specials around the event, the first on October 18 at 1:30 p.m. ET and the
second on October 25 at 5:30 pm ET.
“We look forward to bringing the bodybuilding world’s most prestigious event
back to television for its 50th annual contest,” said Lou Ferrer, Director,
Programming Acquisitions, NBC Sports Group.
Each telecast will highlight various aspects of the Mr. Olympia competition,
featuring some of the sport’s biggest stars including Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf,
Branch Warren, and Mamdouh “Big Ramy” Elssbiay as they attempt to wrest the
coveted title from defending champion Phil Heath. One of the most notable
winners of the contest was a young Austrian bodybuilder named Arnold
Schwarzenegger who was named Mr. Olympia in 1970 at 23 years-old. Schwarzenegger
was the youngest competitor to claim the title, and went on to win seven titles
in total (1970-1975, 1980).
“It is a great opportunity to have this year’s Olympia Weekend broadcast on
NBCSN, exposing the sport to an even broader audience who will see what
bodybuilding and fitness are all about and getting an up-close view of the
larger-than-life personalities,” said Jim Manion IFBB Professional League
President. “Not only will this help raise the sport to new heights by showcasing
the hard work and passion of today’s superstars like reigning and three-time Mr.
Olympia Phil Heath, number one challenger Kai Greene, Dennis Wolf, and Shawn
Rhoden, it may even inspire a future Mr. Olympia.”
In addition to crowning Mr. Olympia, the telecasts will also showcase how the
Mr. Olympia competition has grown from its humble beginnings in 1965 into a
four-day exposition featuring the Fitness, Figure, and Bikini Olympia contests,
men’s and women’s physique contests, and several other activities and events.
Last year, more than 40,000 people passed through the doors for The Mr. Olympia
Fitness and Performance Weekend.
The 2014 Mr. Olympia Fitness and Performance weekend takes place September 18-21
at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. Tickets are available now at
MrOlympia.com or by calling
For Listings and the NBCSN Channel Finder, visit www.nbcsports.com/tv-listings.
NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports
fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the
cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League
(NHL), Premier League, Formula One, Major League Soccer (MLS), IndyCar, Tour de
France, the 34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2015, NASCAR. In addition,
NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling,
outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’
Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network
is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, NFL Turning Point, Pro
Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, Sports Dash with Yahoo! Sports and NASCAR
America. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators
throughout the United States.
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