TNT To Provide Live Coverage from Brisbane, Australia of Goodwill Games
posted on 02/06/2001
Network To Televise 55 Hours Of Original Programming Live
 Turner Network Television (TNT) will present 83 hours of original programming from the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia, 55 hours (66%) of which will be live. In addition to the 12 straight days of live coverage, TNT will also air an additional 37 hours of encore performances, giving the network a total of 120 hours of competition and 31 hours in prime time. The announcement was made today by Turner Sports President Mark Lazarus.

"We're pleased that our viewers will have the opportunity to experience the suspense of watching the likes of Michael Johnson, Marion Jones and Maurice Green take on the world," said Lazarus. "After weighing the challenges of broadcasting from a continent 14 hours away, we're confident that we have a schedule that will not only bring the most compelling competition to fans around the globe, but that we will deliver the majority of them in a fashion that all sports fans crave, with the unpredictability and spontaneity that only live coverage can bring."

TNT will feature live event coverage of gymnastics, figure skating, swimming and athletics most mornings with extended blocks of competition from various venues throughout Brisbane. The prime time and late night shows will incorporate select live elements, extended coverage of events, athlete features, in-depth interviews and highlights from the days competitions.

In addition to the television coverage on TNT, results from the Goodwill Games will also be available almost instantaneously via real-time scoring on

Sites for the 2003 Winter Goodwill Games and 2005 Goodwill Games will be announced shortly. Planning is already underway in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, host site of the 2005 Winter Goodwill Games. The 2005 Winter Goodwill Games will help mark the centennial anniversary of Alberta. Host cities are chosen based largely on facilities, infrastructure, government and corporate interest, as well as the enthusiasm of the local community.

The Goodwill Games, to be held August 29 - September 9, 2001, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia will feature 14 sports: athletics, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, cycling (track), diving, figure skating, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, trampoline, triathlon, weightlifting and surf lifesaving. The Goodwill Games were founded by AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman R.E. Turner in 1986 to ensure that the world's best athletes have the opportunity to compete in world class competition. The five previous Goodwill Games have alternated between the United States and Russia; however, future Goodwill Games will be staged in countries around the world in both winter and summer formats. TNT is the host network for the Goodwill Games. Nine Network Australia will broadcast the 2001 Goodwill Games locally. Goodwill Games, Inc. is a division of Turner Sports, the sports programming and production business unit of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Turner Network Television, currently seen in 80.7 million homes, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.'s 24-hour, advertiser-supported service offering original motion pictures and miniseries; original series, non-fiction specials and live events; contemporary films from the world's largest film library, the combined Turner and Warner Bros. film libraries; exciting NBA, Wimbledon Tennis, PGA golf and WUSA soccer action; exclusive coverage of both the 2000 Winter and 2001 Goodwill Games; and popular television series.

Turner Sports, Inc., an AOL Time Warner company, presents some of the best and most popular sporting events worldwide, and is a leader in televised sports programming. With events airing on four networks -- TBS Superstation, TNT, Turner South and CNN/Sports Illustrated -- Turner Sports' line-up includes the NBA, NASCAR and, Wimbledon, Atlanta Braves baseball, Atlanta Thrashers hockey, Atlanta Hawks basketball, professional golf, figure skating, WUSA Soccer and the Goodwill Games.