The potential creation of some new television sports jobs are on hold after the United State Olympic Committee has tabled plans for a television channel.
In July the committee announced plans to launch the channel but it reversed course in August, under apparent pressure from the International Olympic Committee. MediaWeek.com reports that the change followed a meeting between IOC President Jacques Rogge and USOC Chairman Larry Probst.
“We will secure the full support and cooperation of the IOC before we move forward with the Olympic Network,” Probst said in a statement. “In order to facilitate a productive dialogue, the USOC has decided to delay further development of the network until we have resolved all issues of concern to the IOC.”
The USOC hopes to stay in good standing with the IOC as the United States hopes to land the 2016 Olympic Games in Chicago.
NBC has a similar channel devoted to Olympic sports, Universal Sports.