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The Rio Olympic Games are well underway. Ever wonder how much it costs to host, produce and air The Olympics? Forbes.com tells us. Here’s a look at The Olympics by the numbers:

$4.6 Billion: Base cost of Rio 2016 Games.

51%: Current cost overrun for Rio Games.

$11 Billion+: Projected final estimated cost of the Rio Games (with some estimates running up to $20 billion).

$9 Billion+: Projected revenue from the games.

$2 Billion: The deficit created by the above two, for those doing the math.

11: Worldwide sponsors

20: Number of times Coca-Cola has been a sponsor, the longest continuous partner of the Olympic games (since 1928).

28: U.S. sponsors

1,000: Number of cameras Olympic Broadcasting Services will use.

7,000: Hours of high definition coverage provided by OBS.

12: Number of Rights Holding Broadcasters offering a Virtual Reality experience to their viewers, a first for the Olympics. With a compatible headset viewers will get a 360-degree look into the Games. NBC is provided VR coverage to authenticated U.S. users of compatible Samsung Galaxy smartphones.

$4.4 Billion: Amount NBC paid for the broadcast rights to the Olympics through 2020.

$0: Amount NBC made on the 2012 Summer Games in London. [Correction: Comcast tells FORBES the event was a break even proposition for the media company. Previously, we reported it was a loss.]

$7.65 Billion: Amount NBC paid for the broadcast rights from 2021 to 2032.


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