USA Track and Field has cut an eight-year deal for NBC to present the federation's key events on its main broadcast network, cable and digital platforms.
The deal is considered groundbreaking for Olympic sports, many of which pay the network's production costs in exchange for the air time.
The arrangement greatly reduces USATF's costs, which have reached nearly $2 million a year, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because financial details of the agreement were not public.
The agreement calls for at least 18 hours of live coverage of USATF events, including national championships and the Prefontaine...