U S Olympic Wrestling Team Trials to air on PAX TV July 1 and July 22

By Gary Abbott | April 19, 2000, 12 a.m. (ET)

PAX and NBC Announce Unprecedented Primetime Coverage of U.S. Olympic Team Trials on PAX TV

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- PAX TV will air 38 hours of unprecedented, weekly primetime coverage of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials beginning Saturday, June 3 (9-11 p.m. ET/PT), Randy Falco, NBCTelevision Network President and NBC Olympics Chief Operating Officer and Jeff Sagansky, Paxson Network Television President andChief O perating Officer announced today.

PAX will capture the drama and excitement of 21 different sports qualifying athletes to represent the U.S. at the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia. Trials coverage will air on PAX over 14 consecutive Saturday nights this summer until the Games commence in September.

Wrestling is one of the featured sports in this series of Olympic Trials events. The U.S. Olympic Freestyle Wrestling Team Trials are scheduled to air on July 1, and the U.S. Olympic Greco-Roman Wrestling Team Trials are scheduled to air on July 22. This will be tape-delayed coverage of the trials events, which will be held in Dallas, Texas, June 22-24.

"This is one of the unique ways we are partnering with NBC," Sagansky said. "The U.S. Olympic Team Trials diversifies our programming lineup and broadens our audience, bringing new viewers to sample PAX. The U.S. Olympic Team Trials coverage will alsoprovide an exciting promotional base for our new fall season that begins at the end of August."

Many Olympic sports that are normally not part of the traditional television landscape will be broadcast into 77 percent of U.S. television households in primetime on PAX. In addition to coverage of diving, gymnastics, swimming and track & field, PAX will feature anthology-style coverage of archery, canoeing, cycling, equestrian, marathon, rowing, sailing, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.

"With Paxson's regularly scheduled Saturday primetime coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, U.S. athletes will receive more consistent exposure than ever before as they pursue their dream of qualifying for the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team," Jeff Genthner, Director, Broadcast Marketing, U.S. Olympic Committee said.

U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be broadcast by PAX TV and produced by the U.S. Olympic Committee in conjunction with Bud Sports. A schedule of Trials coverage on PAX is attached.

For more information go to www.nbcolympics.com, www.paxtv.com, www.usoc.org or http://usocpressbox.org.

About PAX TV

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PAX U.S. Olympic Team Trials Coverage

(Airing 9 - 11 PM, ET/PT* except as noted. Schedule subject to change.)

June 3 - Women's Triathlon; Canoeing-Whitewater; Archery (w/feature on actress and accomplished archer, Geena Davis).

June 10 - Women's Road Cycling; Synchronized Swimming; Cycling-Track

June 17 - Women's Marathon; Men's Triathlon

June 24 - Men's Marathon; Rowing

July 1 - Men's Road Cycling; Canoeing; Flatwater, Wrestling-Freestyle

July 8 - Diving I

*July 14 - LIVE - Track & Field 11 p.m. - 1 a.m., ET/PT

July 15 - Diving II *July 17 - LIVE --Track & Field 11 p.m. - 1 a.m., ET/PT

*July 20 - LIVE --Track & Field 11:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., ET/PT

*July 21 - LIVE --Track & Field, 11 p.m. - 1 a.m., ET/PT

July 22 - Volleyball-U.S. Men vs. TBA; Sailing;NULL; Greco-Roman Wrestling

July 29 - Track & Field

August 5 - Volleyball-Women vs. Germany; Weightlifting

August 12 - Equestrian-Jumping; Water Polo; Equestrian-Dressage

August 19 - TBA

August 26 - Swimming

September 2 - Gymnastics

*September 10 - Basketball-U.S. Women vs. Australia, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., ET/PT