Comcast ‘Hopeful’ For Return of Summer Olympics in 2021 After Year Delay
By Movieguide® Staff
Although the pandemic delayed the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Comcast is optimistic that the worldwide sporting event will return in 2021.
“I believe there will be an Olympics,” Comcast chairman Brian Roberts said. “We are super hopeful and optimistic.”
The cable giant recently held an earnings conference call where Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell discussed the future of the Summer Games.
“Sitting here today, I believe there will be an Olympics. I hope there will be an Olympics,” Roberts said.
Roberts noted how other major sporting events have adapted to the various rules and regulations and believes that these same strategies can be applied to the Olympic Games.
Roberts also explained that a return of the Olympics would be “an amazing moment for the world to come back together post what we have all globally been through.”
However, should the delays persist, Roberts said noted that the 2022 Olympic Games is also on the horizon. Even so, the possible cancellation would affect billions of dollars worth of advertisements and other event expenses.
NBC claim they poured 1.25 billion dollars into advertisements for the upcoming games.
“We anticipate these kinds of things … so that we’re protected there, and we also have insurance for any expenses we make,” Roberts told an investor conference, adding that they are hopeful of breaking even.
But NBC and The International Olympic Committee remain determined.
“Our preparations continue toward presenting the Tokyo Olympics to the American audience this summer,” an NBC spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
IOC said they are “fully concentrated and committed to the successful and safe delivery” of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2021.
IOC president Thomas Bach admitted the Olympics would lack crowds, similar to the National Basketball Association.
“This I cannot tell you. We will do whatever is needed to organize a safe Games,” Bach said.