Similar to years past, the network will air a packaged prime-time version of the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday. Coverage will also be replayed overnight for viewers who missed previous broadcasts.
Although the opening ceremony takes place on Friday, the first competitions begin on Wednesday in Japan.
Softball, which returns to the Olympics for the first time since 2008, kicks things off with a game between Japan and Australia at 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday. (The game kicks off in Japan on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Japanese standard time.) The US softball team will also play ahead of the opening ceremony, against Italy on Tuesday at 11 p.m. EST. Both games will be broadcast on NBC Sports.
Another game taking place before the Opening Ceremony is the American Women’s Football game against Sweden, which will be broadcast live on NBC Sports at 4:30 a.m. EST Wednesday.
In addition to NBC Sports, Olympic events will be broadcast on Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo and USA Network. The events will also be broadcast on NBCOlympics.com, NBCSports.com and Peacock, the network’s streaming platform.