With the end of Universal Sports Television last fall, many endurance sports events needed a new broadcast home—including the Boston Marathon.
NBC, a minority stakeholder in Universal Sports, picked up the broadcast rights to the Boston Marathon, and the network confirmed that the 2016 Boston Marathon will be televised live on cable channel NBCSN on April 18. The broadcast will start at 8:30 a.m. ET.
In addition, the Boston Marathon broadcast will be livestreamed on the NBC Sports Live Extra app, which can be downloaded for free to your smartphone or tablet, or found on platforms like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.
The move from Universal Sports to NBCSN instantly scales the number of households the Boston Marathon can be seen in. Estimates indicate that NBCSN is in more than 80 million homes in the U.S., while Sports Business Daily estimated that Universal Sports was in about 6 million households.
More details on the telecast are expected to be announced at a later date.