Beijing Handball: When to Watch

July 29, 2008, 1:24 a.m. (ET)
Mark your calendars and set your DVR’s.

Nineteen games are scheduled to air from next month’s Summer Olympics on the NBC family of networks, according to a schedule obtained today by USA Team Handball. In addition, most, if not all games, are slated to be aired via streaming video at .

France-Angola (9:30 a.m. EST) and Russia-South Korea (1:30 p.m.) lead off the action in women’s play on Saturday, August 9 on MSNBC. Olympic Men’s Handball coverage begins the following day, when Croatia and Spain clash (1:30 p.m.), also on MSNBC. On the women’s side, NBC plans to air 11 games in total, including three first-round games involving France, and two each involving South Korea, Germany and Russia. On the men’s side, every broadcast features a matchup of European teams. The host country, China, as well as Chile, Brazil, South Korea, Iceland and Egypt receive no love from NBC and are not scheduled to appear in group play broadcasts. NBC’s plans include 11 first-round games, two quarterfinals, three semis, both gold medal games and the women’s bronze medal game.

A complete schedule follows:

NBC Broadcast Schedule (All times EST)
Aug. 9 9:30am MSNBC FRA v ANG (W)
Aug. 9 1:30pm MSNBC KOR v RUS (W)
Aug. 10 1:30pm MSNBC CRO v ESP (W)
Aug. 11 7:00am MSNBC KOR v GER (W)
Aug. 12 11:00am USA ESP v POL (M)
Aug. 13 10:30am MSNBC FRA v ROU (W)
Aug. 14 1:45pm MSNBC CRO v FRA (M)
Aug. 15 11;45am MSNBC FRA v NOR (W)
Aug. 16 TBD TBD FRA v ESP (M)
Aug. 17 12:30pm USA RUS v GER (W)
Aug. 18 12:30pm MSNBC GER v DEN (M)
Aug. 19 9:45am MSNBC Quarterfinal (W)
Aug. 20 9:45am MSNBC Quarterfinal (M)
Aug. 21 12:00pm MSNBC Semifinal (W)
Aug. 21 3:30pm MSNBC Semifinal (W)
Aug. 22 1:00pm MSNBC Semifinal (M)
Aug. 23 5:00am USA Bronze Medal (W)
Aug. 23 9:00am USA Gold Medal (W)
Aug. 24 7:30am USA Gold Medal (M)