Less than a year after packing up its NBCSN, NBC Sports is apparently calling it quits with yet another sports channel, with plans to shut down The Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, on September 30.
News of the shutdown was first reported by The Sports Business Journal, which said Friday that the network has begun informing cable and satellite TV distributors of its plans.
The channel launched in 2017 in 35 million homes with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee as minority partners. It first aired live Olympic matches (tennis and wrestling) during the 2021 Tokyo Summer Games. The channel is currently in about 47 million households and lately, it has offered mostly old Olympic contests and shows from other channels.
NBC has long been the exclusive U.S. home of the Olympic Games and in 2014 secured rights for the games through 2032.
As cord-cutting has decimated traditional TV over the years, NBC has rethought its position regarding sports networks. It shut down NBCSN on December 31, 2021, shifting that programming to its linear USA Network and Peacock streaming service.
While NBC hasn’t officially said where the Olympic Channel’s programming will end up, it is believed it could find a home on Peacock and its other linear channels.