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John Miller: One More For Rio

Sunday’s “06880” post about Westporters’ NBC Sports/Rio connections missed one very important name.

John Miller is chief marketer of the network’s Olympic coverage. He’s in charge of making sure American eyeballs are glued to the correspondents who live here (and elsewhere).

Miller is no stranger to the task. This is his 12th Olympics.

And he’s no slouch. On Thursday, he receives the Clio Sports’ Stuart Scott Lifetime Achievement Award.

John Miller

John Miller

Miller has been with NBC since 1982. His entertainment marketing chops include “The Cosby Show,” “Cheers,” “Family Ties,” “Hill Street Blues,” “Seinfeld,” “Frasier,” “Friends,” “E.R.” and “Mad About You.”

He helped coin the “Must See TV” campaign, recently named one of the Top 11 of all time.

Most recently he was chief marketing officer of their Sports Group.

At this stage, he told Adweek, awareness is higher than for the 2 previous Olympics, in London and Beijing. He credits NBC’s marketing — but also acknowledges publicity about the Zika virus.

Miller can’t control insects. But he handles every other aspect of NBC’s Olympics sports marketing. If he succeeds, Rio will be this summer’s “must see TV.”

 

 

Westporters Will Be Prominent At Rio Olympics

Westport may not have any athletes competing at this summer’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

But our town will be represented, just the same.

In typical fashion, we’re all over the media — on camera, and behind the scenes.

Four Westport residents will play big roles as commentators.

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe

Rebecca Lowe hosts her 2nd Olympics for NBC, following her debut at Sochi in 2014. She’s well known as the 4-year host of NBC’s Premier League soccer coverage, including live pre- and post-match shows from the Stamford broadcast center.

Paul Burmeister will announce water polo. He’s an NFL studio host and play-by-play announcer. Right now he’s in Europe, covering the Tour de France.

Rob Simmelkjaer also heads to Rio, reprising his 2012 role as MSNBC studio host. MSNBC will carry men’s basketball, beach volleyball, rugby, soccer, volleyball, water polo and more. Currently senior vice president of NBC Sports Ventures, he’s also a member of Westport’s Zoning Board of Appeals.

Dave Briggs will be back in Stamford, making his Olympic debut hosting tennis on Bravo. He’s currently a host and anchor for NBC Sports Group, working on a wide range of sports including “NASCAR America” and NHL coverage.

Jeff Clachko — NBC Sports Group’s senior vice president for ad sales — will also be in Brazil.

If you’re going to Rio — for work or pleasure — please let us know. And if you’re headed there as an athlete, we really want to hear from you!

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