How to Watch the Olympics: Softball and Men’s Soccer

The first competitions kicked off Wednesday in Japan and were scheduled to continue Thursday with games of softball and men’s soccer. Due to the 13 hour time difference with Tokyo, Thursday’s events began Wednesday night in the United States.

Here are some of the best games to watch:

All hours are oriental.

  • US and Canada at 8 p.m. Wednesday on NBC Sports Network.

  • Japan vs. Mexico at 11 p.m., on NBCSN.

  • Italy vs. Australia at 2 a.m. Thursday on NBCSN.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday evening in Tokyo. But the time difference with Tokyo means it will be Friday morning in the United States.

NBC will broadcast the ceremony live in the morning starting at 6:55 a.m. EST. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie and NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico will host the ceremony.

As in previous years, the network will air a packaged prime-time version of the ceremony at 7:30 p.m. EST on Friday.

In addition to NBC, Olympic events will be broadcast on Golf Channel, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo and USA Network. The events will also be broadcast on, and Peacock, the network’s streaming platform.

Following the opening ceremony, the Tokyo Games will span 16 days, culminating with the closing ceremony on August 8.

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