USA Wrestling hails new broadcast deal

The USA Wrestling organisation has signed a partnership with the NBC Sports Group division of media company NBCUniversal and pay-television broadcaster Universal Sports Network.

USA Wrestling said the deal will provide “unprecedented” coverage of Olympic-style wrestling events held in the United States during the 2015 season.

Pay-television channel NBCSN and Universal Sports Network will combine to present nine USA Wrestling broadcasts from five events, including five live broadcasts, and more than 12 hours of total coverage – the most live content in a single season in USA Wrestling history.

In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will offer streaming coverage alongside all of NBCSN’s USA Wrestling broadcasts. UniversalSports.com will stream all of Universal Sports’ broadcast coverage.

The latest agreement comes after USA Wrestling last year signed its first multi-event media-rights agreement, with four events on Universal Sports, and also worked with NBCSN to present the Beat the Streets dual meet.

NBCSN and Universal Sports Network’s new deal will commence with the Freestyle World Cup, which takes place in Los Angeles on April 11-12.