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Monday Olympics TV Schedule (July 26): Which Events Are Live on NBC, USA, CNBC?

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Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images. Pictured: Phil Dalhausser & Nicholas Lucena.

  • Navigating the Olympics TV schedule can be tricky given the 13-hour time difference and tape-delayed events that NBC shows throughout the day.
  • Here are the live events for Tuesday, including swimming finals, tennis and volleyball.

The 13-hour time difference to Tokyo makes watching the Summer Olympics in the United States a little tricky. Hopefully we can help.

NBC is showing Olympic action all day on more than a half-dozen channels, but not all of it is live. This isn’t a new concept, of course. Portions of the Olympics have been tape-delayed for decades.

But this makes the Olympics a difficult casual betting event because you never know what’s live — on Monday, NBC will flip back and forth between live swimming finals and men’s gymnastics, which will actually take place in the morning in the Eastern Time Zone and be on delay.

Below is Monday’s live schedule; some start times aren’t exact, since NBC will switch between events.

Monday Live Olympics TV Schedule

Sport Event Time | TV
M Basketball Argentina vs. Slovenia 12:40 a.m. | CNBC
W Water Polo USA vs. China 1 a.m. | CNBC
Archery Men’s Team Final 2 a.m. | CNBC
Tennis Men’s/Women’s Second Round 2 a.m. | Olympic
Skeet Shooting Men’s Final 2 a.m. | USA
Diving Men’s Synchronized Platform Final 2 a.m. | USA
Canoe Slalom Men’s Final 2 a.m. | USA
Rugby Men’s Qualifying 2 a.m. | USA
Swimming Qualifying 2 a.m. | USA
Basketball 3×3 2 a.m. | USA
M Volleyball Brazil vs. Argentina 8:45 a.m. | USA
Beach Volleyball Women’s Qualifying 8 p.m. | CNBC
M Water Polo U.S. vs. South Africa 8 p.m. | CNBC
Swimming Finals 9:30 p.m. | NBC
Tennis M Round 2 Singles 10 p.m. | Olympic
Tennis W Round 3 Singles 10 p.m. | Olympic
Rugby M Qualifying 10 p.m. | CNBC
Fencing W Team Epee 10 p.m. | CNBC
Beach Volleyball Men’s Qualifying 11 p.m. | USA
Softball Bronze Medal Game 12 a.m. | CNBC
W Basketball USA vs. Nigeria 12:40 a.m. | USA


Two interesting basketball games will bookend Monday’s coverage — first, it’s Slovenia vs. Argentina in men’s hoops if you’re on the West Coast or a night owl. We like Luka Doncic’s squad as a 6-point favorite.

Early Tuesday morning, the U.S. women’s basketball team will try to start their tournament on the right foot when they meet Nigeria in qualifying.


NBC’s primetime coverage jumps around to many different events, but swimming will be the highlight.

We’ll get the finals for the following events:

  • Men’s 200m freestyle
  • Women’s 100m breast stroke
  • Men’s 100m backstroke
  • Women’s 100m backstroke

There will be other semifinals and heats throughout the night, as well.

Beach Volleyball

USA’s April Ross and Alix Klineman play Spain at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, which will be featured in NBC’s primetime coverage. They’re a -400 favorite.

Two American men’s teams will be in action on Monday night, with Phil Dalhausser and Nicholas Lucena facing Argentina in Pool D at 10 p.m. ET.

Dalhausser and Lucena are actually a +175 underdog in that match.


Olympic tennis features 64-player brackets, and we’re getting into the second and third rounds, so the fields will start to thin out. Until then, we’ll get hours of coverage on Olympic Channel beginning at 10 p.m. ET.

Women’s Water Polo

The United States is an 11.5-point favorite over China in women’s water polo, which is live at 2 a.m. ET. It seems like a lot considering it’s the only spread over 3.5 on Monday.

Men’s Volleyball

If you want to see elite indoor volleyball, don’t miss Brazil vs. Argentina on Monday morning. While live-ish Olympic coverage will be on USA all morning, those two teams are scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. ET.

Brazil was the second favorite entering the tournament at DraftKings, behind only Poland.

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