ESPN golf analysts Andy North and Curtis Strange and host Scott Van Pelt participated in a media conference call today to discuss next week’s Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. For the 10th year, ESPN will have live telecasts of the first two rounds at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, as well as extensive coverage on SportsCenter, ESPN.com and other ESPN platforms.
Top Players in the World Convene for 1st Major of 2017 at the ANA
Inspiration in Southern California, airing Live on Golf Channel in Primetime;
Tirico Returns to Familiar Play-by-Play Role at Event for 1st Time Since 2006
Stenson, Spieth, Scott, Fowler Headline Field at Shell Houston Open –
Airing on Golf Channel, NBC – in Final Preparation Ahead of the Masters
Jimenez Defends at Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Augusta National Hosts 80 Finalists for 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National
Finals, Airing Live on Golf Channel, Sunday, April 2 at 8 a.m. ET
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 29, 2017) – The first major of the 2017 golf season kicks off on Thursday with the ANA Inspiration in southern California. Defending champion and current world No. 1 Lydia Ko leads a field that includes 28 of the top-30 players in the world. Mike Tirico, who joined NBC Sports Group in 2016, will return to Mission Hills Country Club for the first time in more than 10 years. Tirico will join Judy Rankin in the 18th tower to conduct play-by-play, after previously hosting the ANA Inspiration (formerly Kraft Nabisco Championship) with Rankin from 1997-2006. Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler lead the field at the Shell Houston Open, and are among the group of 29 players competing this week whom have received an invitation to play in the Masters next week. Golf Channel and NBC will combine to air exclusive live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday. On the PGA TOUR Champions, Miguel Angel Jimenez is set to defend his 2016 title at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, beginning Friday. And on Sunday beginning at 8 a.m. ET, Golf Channel will showcase 40 boys and 40 girls making up an exceptional field of junior golfers from across the U.S. and Canada at the 2017 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals from Augusta National Golf Club.
Dates: March 30-April 2
Venue: Mission Hills Country Club (Dinah Shore Tournament Course), Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday Noon-4 p.m.; 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Friday replay)
Friday Noon-4 p.m.; 7-9 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)
Saturday 5-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 5-9 p.m. (Live) / 1-5 a.m. (Monday replay)
Golf Central Pre and Post Round Coverage on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 10 a.m.-Noon (Live) / 9-9:30 p.m. (Live)
Friday 10 a.m.-Noon (Live) / 9-9:30 p.m. (Live)
Saturday Noon-1 p.m. (Live) / 9-10 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 9-10 p.m. (Live)
Tirico returning to familiar role: Mike Tirico, who joined NBC Sports Group in 2016, will return to Mission Hills for the first time in more than 10 years. Tirico will join Judy Rankin in the 18th tower to conduct play-by-play, after previously hosting the ANA Inspiration (formerly Kraft Nabisco Championship) with Rankin from 1997-2006.
20 Hours of live tournament coverage: Golf Channel will air 20 hours of live tournament coverage Thursday-Sunday. Coverage includes 12 combined hours of early round coverage on Thursday and Friday – featuring two telecast windows each day to show the morning and afternoon waves; and a combined eight hours of live tournament coverage in primetime Saturday and Sunday.
Wraparound news coverage: Golf Central will provide wraparound news coverage of the ANA Inspiration throughout the week, highlighted by a pre-tournament news conference on Wednesday (5-6 p.m. ET) from the media center. Golf Central also will preview and recap live tournament action each day with expanded news coverage, including two-hour pre-game shows on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m.-Noon ET. Morning Drive also will expand to three hours on Thursday and Friday (7-10 a.m. ET) with news, highlights and analysis.
Strong field: Defending champion and world No. 1 Lydia Ko leads an elite field that encompasses 28 of the top-30 players in the world, along with six amateurs, including 14-year old Lucy Li, winner of the ANA Junior Inspiration.
Ko defends: Lydia Ko finished one shot ahead of Charley Hull and In Gee Chun to claim her 12th LPGA win.
Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Ariya Jutanugarn, So Yeon Ryu, In Gee Chun, Shanshan Feng, Ha Na Jang, Inbee Park, Amy Yang, Lexi Thompson, Sei Young Kim and Anna Nordqvist.
Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Mike Tirico
Analyst: Judy Rankin
Tower: Tom Abbott
On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples / Kay Cockerill
Interviews: Lisa Cornwell
Shell Houston Open
Dates: March 30-April 2
Venue: Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Thursday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)
Friday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 11:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. (Replay)
Saturday 1-3 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (Replay)
Sunday 1-3 p.m. (Live)
Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):
Saturday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Sunday 3-6 p.m. (Live)
Final preparation ahead of the Masters: The field features four of the top-10 players in the world in Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler. In total, the field includes 29 of the 94 invitees to next week’s Masters.
Herman defends: Jim Herman finished one stroke ahead of Henrik Stenson to earn his first career PGA TOUR victory.
Headlining the field: Henrik Stenson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Justin Rose, Jimmy Walker, Tony Finau and Bryson DeChambeau.
NBC Sports Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Whit Watson (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)
Analyst: Curt Byrum (Golf Channel) / Johnny Miller (NBC)
Tower: Gary Koch / Justin Leonard / Todd Lewis (Weekend, Golf Channel)
On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Notah Begay / Billy Ray Brown
Interviews: Todd Lewis / Steve Burkowski (Weekend, Golf Channel)
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic
Dates: March 31-April 2
Venue: Fallen Oak Golf Club, Biloxi, Miss.
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Friday 9:30-11:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 4-6 p.m. (Live Streaming on Golf Channel Digital)
Saturday 3-5 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Sunday replay)
Sunday 3-5 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Monday replay)
Jimenez defends: Miguel Angel Jimenez finished two shots ahead of Scott Dunlap to earn his third PGA TOUR Champions win.
Headlining the field: Bernhard Langer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Steve Stricker, David Toms, Jose Maria Olazabal, Scott McCarron, Jerry Kelly, John Daly, Jay Haas and Woody Austin.
Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Bob Papa
Analyst: Lanny Wadkins
Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr
On-Course: John Cook
Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals
Date: April 2
Venue: Augusta National Golf Club
Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):
Sunday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live) / 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Monday replay)
Field: 40 boys and 40 girls make up the exceptional field of junior golfers, having advanced from more than 250 local events spread throughout all 50 U.S. states, 50 sub-regional events, and a culmination of 10 regional qualifiers.
Coverage: Golf Channel – in its fourth year of televising live coverage of the National Finals – will highlight the skills of all 80 finalists, which will be complemented by a series of high-quality features introducing viewers to competitors across the eight respective age groups (Boys/Girls 7-9; 10-11; 12-13 and 14-15).
Format: Competitors will participate in three respective skills: the Drive, Chip and Putt, with champions in each skill awarded across the eight age groups, along with the recognition of an overall champion from each group. Driving will be contested from Augusta National’s Tournament Practice Area, with players hitting two drives, and the longer of the two (provided it is in bounds) will be counted for score. Chipping, (also conducted from the Tournament Practice Area) will include two chips and be calculated based on cumulative proximity to the hole. And putting, which will be staged on Augusta National’s 18th green, will be measured based on finalists’ cumulative proximity to the hole from two different putting distances.
Golf Channel Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Rich Lerner
Analyst: Peter Jacobsen
On-Course: Michael Breed / Paige Mackenzie / Charlie Rymer
Interviews: Steve Sands
-NBC Sports Group-
Coverage Begins with Merseyside Derby – Liverpool v. Everton – This Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN & Universo
Final Episode of Behind The Badge: West Bromwich Albion FC Premieres This Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
New Soccer Podcasts in NBC Sports Group Portfolio This Week: “That’s a Dive” with Kyle Martino & “Beyond the Pitch” with Phil Brown, Danny Higginbotham, and Martin Wallwork
Top Three Matchup as Chelsea Host Manchester City Next Wednesday, April 5, at 3 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 29, 2017 – Live Premier League coverage returns this week with 20 matches in five days, highlighted by Arsenal v. Manchester City on Premier League Sunday, this Sunday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Arsenal look to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion on March 18, and sit six points from the fourth and final Champions League position. Manchester City are on a seven-match Premier League unbeaten streak, most recently drawing 1-1 against Liverpool.
NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by analyst Graeme Le Saux at Emirates Stadium.
Coverage this weekend begins Saturday, April 1, at 6:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Liverpool v. Everton in the 228th Merseyside Derby at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo. The Merseyside Derby is one of the oldest rivalries in English football, with Liverpool winning the last meeting between the teams 1-0 in December. The Reds host the Toffees at Anfield, less than a mile from Everton’s Goodison Park.
Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN and Universo present coverage of league-leaders Chelsea v. Crystal Palace, and CNBC hosts coverage of Manchester United v. West Bromwich Albion. Chelsea are 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table and show no sign of slowing down, coming off three straight league wins.
Wrapping up Saturday’s live match action is Southampton v. Bournemouth at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC followed by a live Goal Zone at 2:30 p.m. ET. White calls the match, joined by Le Saux at St. Mary’s Stadium. Rebecca Lowe hosts Goal Zone and Premier League Live, joined by former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle and former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino.
Premier League Sunday begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live followed by Swansea City v. Middlesbrough at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents the final episode of Behind the Badge: West Bromwich Albion FC. The four-part series presents viewers with a never-before-seen look at the Baggies’ work on and off the pitch. Voiced by BBC presenter and former English footballer Gary Lineker, the series follows an intriguing mix of players, coaches and support staff, recounting their daily lives and routines. This week’s episode chronicles Darren Fletcher’s journey from rising Manchester United star to West Brom captain, showcases the club’s reaction to Jake Livermore’s surprise inclusion in the England squad and follows the club as they prepare for a key clash against London giants Arsenal.
NBC Sports Group presents two days of mid-week Premier League matches next Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5. Mid-week action is highlighted by league-leaders Chelsea v. third-place Manchester City next Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Universo.
NBC Sports Group launched two new soccer podcasts this week – “That’s a Dive,” hosted by Martino, which covers the Premier League, U.S. soccer, and more, and “Beyond the Pitch,” hosted by Phil Brown, Danny Higginbotham, and Martin Wallwork, featuring Premier League analysis with a focus on Manchester United. Click here for a teaser of “That’s a Dive,” launching this week, and click here for the first episode of “Beyond the Pitch.” NBC Sports Group podcasts are available through the Podcasts app and iTunes for Apple customers, Google Play for Android devices, Stitcher and Spotify.
Saturdays throughout the Premier League season, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by Earle and Robbie Mustoe, airs at 5 p.m. ET on the terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit NBCSportsRadio.com.
All Premier League games will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app will stream all matches via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Roku.
NBC Sports Digital presents four Premier League Productions programs each week throughout the season, available on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, as well as Premier League Shorts, a short-form, digital-exclusive video series. Click here for more information.
Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage this week (all times ET):
|Sat., April 1||6:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sat., April 1||7:30 a.m.||Liverpool v. Everton||NBCSN, Universo|
|Sat., April 1||10 a.m.||Chelsea v. Crystal Palace||NBCSN, Universo|
|Sat., April 1||10 a.m.||Manchester United v. West Bromwich Albion||CNBC|
|Sat., April 1||10 a.m.||Burnley v. Tottenham||Extra Time|
|Sat., April 1||10 a.m.||Goal Rush||Extra Time|
|Sat., April 1||10 a.m.||Leicester City v. Stoke City||Extra Time|
|Sat., April 1||10 a.m.||Hull City v. West Ham United||Extra Time|
|Sat., April 1||10 a.m.||Watford v. Sunderland||Extra Time|
|Sat., April 1||12:30 p.m.||Southampton v. Bournemouth||NBC|
|Sat., April 1||2:30 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBC|
|Sun., April 2||6:30 a.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 2||7:30 a.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 2||8:30 a.m.||Swansea City v. Middlesbrough||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 2||11 a.m.||Arsenal v. Manchester City||NBCSN, Telemundo|
|Sun., April 2||1 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 2||1:30 p.m.||Behind the Badge: West Bromwich Albion FC||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 2||12:30 p.m.||Match of the Day||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 4||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 4||3 p.m.||Manchester United v. Everton||NBCSN, Universo|
|Tues., April 4||2:45 p.m.||Goal Rush||Extra Time|
|Tues., April 4||2:45 p.m.||Leicester City v. Sunderland||Extra Time|
|Tues., April 4||2:45 p.m.||Watford v. West Bromwich Albion||Extra Time|
|Tues., April 4||2:45 p.m.||Burnley v. Stoke City||Extra Time|
|Tues., April 4||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 5||2 p.m.||Premier League Live||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 5||3 p.m.||Chelsea v. Manchester City||NBCSN, Universo|
|Wed., April 5||2:45 p.m.||Arsenal v. West Ham United||Extra Time|
|Wed., April 5||3 p.m.||Swansea City v. Tottenham||Extra Time|
|Wed., April 5||3 p.m.||Liverpool v. Bournemouth||Extra Time|
|Wed., April 5||2:45 p.m.||Goal Rush||Extra Time|
|Wed., April 5||2:45 p.m.||Hull City v. Middlesbrough||Extra Time|
|Wed., April 5||2:45 p.m.||Southampton v. Crystal Palace||Extra Time|
|Wed., April 5||5 p.m.||Goal Zone||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 5||5:30 p.m.||THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW||NBCSN|
–NBC SPORTS GROUP —
Following the conclusion of the Aspen and Norway events, the World of X Games content slowly transitions focus onto the summer sports and athletes with a mix of winter and summer content. The month of April features two athlete-focused projects, beginning with skier Tom Wallisch’s latest project and followed by an in-depth look into the … Read More
ESPN Radio’s 20th Major League Baseball season of 71 games will include multiple appearances from several top teams including the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets, the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Commentator Jon Sciambi and analyst Chris Singleton return this year as ESPN Radio’s lead commentator team.
Original Production Aims to Elevate the Conversation about Gender in Sports
Stamford, Conn. – March 28, 2017 – NBCSN presents the national debut of TOMBOY, NBC Sports Regional Networks’ multi-platform documentary project about gender in sports, Thursday, March 30 at 3 p.m. ET. Told through the voices of many of the world’s most prominent female athletes, broadcasters and sports executives, TOMBOY aims to elevate the conversation.
Presented by Geico, TOMBOY includes interviews with longtime champion for gender equality and women’s tennis icon Billie Jean King, four-time World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn, former UFC Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate, Little League World Series pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis, and Basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers-Drysdale. A full list of participants in the one-hour documentary is available here.
The TOMBOY initiative continues after women’s history month. The NBC Sports Regional Networks continue their commitment to elevating the conversation about gender in sports across their respective websites, featuring extra clips that did not make the documentary, new articles and exclusive content.
Below are a few thoughts shared by regional reporters about the TOMBOY documentary and initiative:
“To put a face on the struggle — or rather, 30 of them — “Tomboy” puts women in front of the camera to reiterate that the uphill climb toward gender equality in sports is ongoing. And, to its credit, the film drives home that message without coming off as jaded or lecturing.” – Chicago Tribune
“As someone who has covered high school and college softball for more than 30 years, this show was quite enlightening in terms of getting into the mindset and motivation of many female athletes and their struggle to forge their way in a male-dominated landscape.” – Allentown Morning Call
“The project as a whole tackles themes beyond girls getting to play school sports…Even for the non-athletically inclined, the documentary contains broad messages, one being that sharing personal experiences contributes to better understanding between people.” – Billy Penn
ABOUT NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS
NBC Sports Regional Networks is NBC Sports Group’s portfolio of nine regional networks that delivers more than 2,200 live sporting events and original content to more than 43 million homes. Aligned within Eastern and Western Divisions, the NBC Sports Regional Networks are: CSN New England, CSN Philadelphia, TCN, CSN Mid-Atlantic and SNY; and CSN Bay Area, CSN California, CSN Chicago and CSN Northwest. For additional information, visit comcastsportsnet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios, headshots and logos, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–
In Winter Olympics First, All U.S. Viewers Can Watch Daytime, Primetime & “Primetime Plus” Dayparts on NBC at Same Time
PyeongChang Primetime Program Will Begin Most Nights at 8 pm ET, 7 pm CT, 6 pm MT, and 5 pm PT
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 28, 2017 – For the first time ever at a Winter Olympics, NBC will broadcast all of its Olympic programming live across all time zones. Whether daytime, primetime or late night, all U.S. viewers will be able to watch NBC’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, at the same time. The announcement was made today by Jim Bell, President, NBC Olympics Production & Programming.
“Nothing brings America together for two weeks like the Olympics, and that communal experience will now be shared across the country at the same time, both on television and streaming online,” said Bell. “That means social media won’t be ahead of the action in any time zone, and as a result, none of our viewers will have to wait for anything. This is exciting news for the audience, the advertisers, and our affiliates alike.”
On most nights of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the primetime broadcast will begin at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, 6 p.m. MT, and 5 p.m. PT. It will be followed in all time zones by local news, and then a “Primetime Plus” program, consisting of live continuing coverage from PyeongChang. A replay of the primetime program will follow “Primetime Plus.”
NBCUniversal announced last month that Mike Tirico will serve as the host of the primetime program for NBC’s coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang, South Korea, taking over for Bob Costas, who had served in the role for NBC since 1992. NBC’s PyeongChang primetime coverage begins Thursday, February 8, 2018. The Opening Ceremony takes place on Friday, February 9, 2018.
Spring Seasoning: ESPN Carries 21 College Football Spring Games throughout April
81 Game Regular Season Schedule begins April 4, 7:00 PM at St. Louis on CSN+ featuring Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies with the call all season long!
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER — Live streaming coverage of EVERY Cubs telecast – including all Pre/Postgame Shows – to be made available to authenticated subscribers on CSNChicago.com and via the NBC Sports app
CSNChicago.com to feature 24/7 reporting from Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney; website to also feature live video of Postgame Press Conferences, weekly Cubs podcasts featuring CSN Cubs on-air/digital talent, Daily Player/Coaches Interviews, plus In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent and much more!
“Cubs Season Preview” special, featuring a complete analysis of this year’s roster and the keys to another World Series repeat, to air TONIGHT at 10:30 PM CT!
Chicago, IL (March 28, 2017) – CSN Chicago (CSN) — the home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs – featuring National League MVP Kris Bryant (.292 avg, 39 HRs, 102 RBI, NL-best 121 runs scored), three-time All-Star/Gold Glove winner Anthony Rizzo (.292 avg, 32 HRs, 109 RBI), All-Star Addison Russell (21 HRs, 95 RBI), three-time All-Star/World Series MVP Ben Zobrist (18 HRs, 76 RBI), World Series standout Kyle Schwarber (.412 avg in postseason), National League “Cy Young” second/third place finishers Jon Lester (19-5, 2.44 ERA w/197 K’s) & Kyle Hendricks (16-8, MLB-best 2.13 ERA w/170 K’s), 2015 Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta (18-8, 3.10 ERA w/190 K’s in ‘16), plus — returning stars Javy Baez, Jason Heyward, Wilson Contreras, Miguel Montero, Albert Almora Jr., newcomers in outfielder John Jay, closer Wade Davis…and manager Joe Maddon (200 regular season wins in his first two seasons on the northside) among others – has announced its 2017 Cubs game telecast & surrounding coverage details, along with numerous digital coverage specifics on CSNChicago.com. CSN’s season-long coverage of the 2017 Chicago Cubs is presented by State Farm.
The 2017 Cubs season on CSN includes 81 live regular season games with the first telecast taking place on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM CT on CSN+, as the Cubs travel to face the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals, which will feature the popular Cubs announcing tandem of Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies with the game call. (NOTE: Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER page for the exact CSN+ channel location in their area). Coverage gets underway on Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group beginning at 6:30 PM with host David Kaplan and new CSN Cubs studio analyst David DeJesus, along with CSN’s Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull and CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney providing live reports from St. Louis. The game will be immediately followed by an expanded edition of Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. NOTE: Crull will also be in St. Louis for the team’s season opener on Sunday, April 2 and will provide post-game reports to air on In the Loop Prime at 10:00 & 10:30 PM.
CSN’s first home Cubs telecast of the 2017 campaign will take place on Thursday, April 13, as the Cubs host their 2016 NLCS opponent – the Los Angeles Dodgers – live from Wrigley Field (pre-game coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group at 12:30 PM; first pitch is set for 1:20 PM).
In addition — beginning THIS season — EVERY Cubs telecast on CSN, including surrounding Cubs Pre/Postgame Live coverage, will be accessible live via CSNChicago.com and the NBC Sports app to authenticated CSN Chicago subscribers. The live stream of CSN’s Cubs telecasts is also presented by State Farm. The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers. For a full list of carriers and more information about CSN Chicago’s live streaming service of White Sox games, viewers are urged to visit the following link: http://www.csnchicago.com/live-faq.
Among the 2017 Cubs regular season schedule highlights on CSN — featuring 45 weeknight primetime starts — include 37 NL Central battles highlighted by games against the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals (eight games), 2015 season NL Wildcard Game opponent Pittsburgh Pirates (eight games), I-90 rival Milwaukee Brewers (11 games), along with the Cincinnati Reds (ten games). In addition, viewers can look forward to the ONLY locally-televised game when the New York Yankees visit Wrigley Field for an interleague battle on May 5, plus – CSN will also carry the Cubs in another interleague clash when they visit the defending AL East champion Boston Red Sox on April 28. Other key match-ups of note include a pair of games against the LA Dodgers (Apr. 13 & May 28), and four games against the NL East champion Washington Nationals, among many others. ALSO — CSN will carry all four Cubs-White Sox “Crosstown Cup” interleague games this year. (NOTE: the July 25 & 27 “Crosstown” games will be “Cubs” telecasts on CSN, while the July 24 & 26 games will be “White Sox” telecasts).
For the fifth-straight season, Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper and former MLB pitcher/veteran game analyst Jim Deshaies join forces for every Cubs telecast on CSN. Plus, new this season – CSN’s David Kaplan will be joined by former Cubs/MLB standout David DeJesus before and after the majority of CSN Cubs telecasts on Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group and Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING NOTE: CSN will also air an In the Loop Prime: Cubs Season Preview special (presented by GMC) TONIGHT (Tuesday, March 28) at 10:30 PM CT. Hosted by David Kaplan and David DeJesus, the Cubs Season Preview special will provide a complete breakdown of all of the off-season transactions, a deep look at this year’s roster, along with numerous players and coaches interviews, and a detailed discussion on the key factors needed for a World Series repeat. This special will also air on Friday, Mar. 31 at 4:00 PM and Sun, April 2 at 4:00 PM.
In addition to its live stream of every Cubs regular season telecast, CSNChicago.com also delivers comprehensive 24/7 Cubs coverage all season long, including the following highlights:
- Live stream of Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every home game.
- Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney returns for his eighth season on the beat. Follow him on Twitter @CSNMooney for the latest team/player news and inside access 24/7. Mooney will also file daily stories/video reports and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group, SportsTalk Live, In the Loop and in select CSN Cubs home games. All Patrick Mooney content on CSNChicago.com is sponsored by Jeff Vukovich & Nationwide.
- David Kaplan will once again offer on-going reports and insight throughout the 2017 Cubs/MLB season. Kaplan can also be followed on Twitter @thekapman, for up-to-the-second Cubs news. In addition, fans are urged to follow CSN Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull) and new CSN Cubs studio analyst David DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3) for additional Cubs news, interviews, and insight all season long.
- CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) and JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) will also be providing Cubs game day reports, analysis and features throughout the season.
- “Cubs Talk PODCAST” – Featuring Cubs Pre/Postgame Live host David Kaplan, CSN Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull, CSNChicago.com Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney, Cubs digital reporter Tony Andracki, and an array of special guests, CSN’s “Cubs Talk” podcast features in-depth Cubs discussion on the hottest topics and breaking news all season long. Fans can download all of CSN’s podcasts at CSNChicago.com/podcasts and simply subscribe to them via iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher. The podcasts can be played on any mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer.
- CubsTalk (CSNChicago.com/cubs) – CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Cubs news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. CubsTalk contains interactive content with continually updated insights from the network’s talent, which includes the new #CubsTalk podcast.
- @CSNCubs on Twitter provides 24/7 full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from Wrigley Field and across the country.
- Push Alerts: CSN Chicago will deliver Cubs push notifications for breaking team and player news, “Insider” reports, plus game reminder alerts via CSN Chicago’s SportsTalk app for iOS and Android devices.
- Cubs coverage on CSNChicago.com/cubs is presented by Wintrust
- CSN Chicago’s Cubs content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, and Xfinity.com.
For the tenth-straight season, CSN will produce every Cubs regular season home and road game in a high-definition (HD) format. In addition, nine Cubs games are currently scheduled to be telecast on CSN Plus (see attached schedule). CSN Plus (CSN+) telecasts are provided to CSN affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for complete channel location details). Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can also watch all CSN+ games in standard definition on CLTV.
Before a number of Cubs games on CSN (including all weekend telecasts), fans can tune to Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group featuring a half-hour of pre-game analysis, interviews and the very latest Cubs news (NOTE: for weeknight 7:00 PM game start times or earlier, pre-game coverage can be found on SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan or on In the Loop presented by Comcast Business). Following the majority of all games, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois featuring live coverage of Cubs manager Joe Maddon’s post-game press conferences and live locker room interviews with Cubs players. Following primetime editions of Cubs Postgame Live, CSN will air In the Loop Prime presented by GMC at 10:00 PM and/or In the Loop Prime presented by State Farm at 10:30 PM for a complete recap of the day’s top local and national sports news, along with the most popular topics, videos, posts and more in the social media universe.
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2017 Chicago Cubs Schedule
Regular Season: (every game available in HD)
- Tue, Apr 4 7:00 pm @ St. Louis CSN+
- Fri, April 7 7:00 pm @ Milwaukee
- Sat, Apr 8 6:00 pm @ Milwaukee CSN+
- Thu, Apr 13 1:20 pm vs Los Angeles Dodgers
- Sat, Apr 15 1:20 pm vs Pittsburgh
- Mon, Apr 17 7:00 pm vs Milwaukee
- Wed, Apr 19 1:20 pm vs Milwaukee
- Sun, Apr 23 12:00 pm @ Cincinnati
- Wed, Apr 26 6:00 pm @ Pittsburgh
- Fri, Apr 28 6:00 pm @ Boston
- Mon, May 1 7:00 pm vs Philadelphia CSN+
- Tue, May 2 7:00 pm vs Philadelphia
- Wed, May 3 7:00 pm vs Philadelphia
- Fri, May 5 1:20 pm vs New York Yankees
- Mon, May 8 7:30 pm @ Colorado
- Wed, May 10 2:00 pm @ Colorado
- Fri, May 12 7:00 pm @ St. Louis
- Tue, May 16 7:00 pm vs Cincinnati
- Thu, May 18 1:20 pm vs Cincinnati
- Fri, May 19 1:20 pm vs Milwaukee
- Sat, May 20 1:20 pm vs Milwaukee
- Tue, May 23 6:00 pm vs San Francisco
- Wed, May 24 7:00 pm vs San Francisco
- Sun, May 28 3:00 pm @ Los Angeles Dodgers
- Tue, May 30 9:00 pm @ San Diego CSN+
- Fri, June 2 1:20 pm vs St. Louis
- Mon, June 5 7:00 pm vs Miami
- Tue, June 6 7:00 pm vs Miami
- Thu, June 8 7:00 pm vs Colorado CSN+
- Fri, June 9 1:20 pm vs Colorado
- Mon, June 12 6:00 pm @ New York Mets
- Wed, June 14 6:00 pm @ New York Mets
- Sun, June 18 12:30 pm @ Pittsburgh
- Mon, June 19 7:00 pm vs San Diego
- Tue, June 20 7:00 pm vs San Diego
- Thu, June 22 6:00 pm @ Miami
- Sun, June 25 12:00 pm @ Miami
- Mon, June 26 6:00 pm @ Washington
- Wed, June 28 6:00 pm @ Washington
- Thu, June 29 3:00 pm @ Washington
- Sat, July 1 3:00 pm @ Cincinnati
- Wed, July 5 1:20 pm vs Tampa Bay
- Fri, July 7 1:20 pm vs Pittsburgh
- Fri, July 14 6:00 pm @ Baltimore
- Tue, July 18 6:30 pm @ Atlanta
- Wed, July 19 11:00 am @ Atlanta
- Sat, July 22 3:00 pm vs St. Louis
- Tue, July 25 1:20 pm vs WHITE SOX
- Thu, July 27 7:00 pm @ WHITE SOX
- Fri, July 28 7:00 pm @ Milwaukee CSN+
- Sun, July 30 1:00 pm @ Milwaukee
- Tue, Aug 1 7:00 pm vs Arizona
- Thu, Aug 3 1:20 pm vs Arizona
- Sun, Aug 6 1:20 pm vs Washington
- Tue, Aug 8 9:00 pm @ San Francisco
- Wed, Aug 9 2:30 pm @ San Francisco
- Fri, Aug 11 8:30 pm @ Arizona
- Tue, Aug 15 7:00 pm vs Cincinnati
- Thu, Aug 17 1:20 pm vs Cincinnati
- Fri, Aug 18 1:20 pm vs Toronto
- Wed, Aug 23 6:00 pm @ Cincinnati
- Thu, Aug 24 6:00 pm @ Cincinnati
- Sun, Aug 27 12:30 pm @ Philadelphia
- Tue, Aug 29 7:00 pm vs Pittsburgh CSN+
- Wed, Aug 30 7:00 pm vs Pittsburgh
- Thu, Aug 31 7:00 pm vs Atlanta
- Sat, Sept 2 1:20 pm vs Atlanta
- Sun, Sept 3 1:20 pm vs Atlanta
- Tue, Sept 5 6:00 pm @ Pittsburgh
- Thu, Sept 7 6:00 pm @ Pittsburgh
- Sat, Sept 9 3:00 pm vs Milwaukee
- Tue, Sept 12 7:00 pm vs New York Mets
- Sun, Sept 17 1:20 pm vs St. Louis
- Tue, Sept 19 6:00 pm @ Tampa Bay
- Thu, Sept 21 7:00 pm @ Milwaukee CSN+
- Sat, Sept 23 6:00 pm @ Milwaukee
- Mon, Sept 25 7:00 pm @ St. Louis
- Tue, Sept 26 7:00 pm @ St. Louis CSN+
- Wed, Sept 27 7:00 pm @ St. Louis
- Fri, Sept 29 1:20 pm vs Cincinnati
- Sat, Sept 30 3:00 pm vs Cincinnati
81 Regular Season Games – 41 home, 40 away
Schedule Subject to Change
All Times Central Time
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Live Coverage of the Ladies’ Free Skate This Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage of the Men’s Free Skate This Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBC Presents Coverage of the Ladies’ and Men’s Free Skates Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
Coverage Begins Wednesday at Noon ET on NBCSN with Ladies’ Short Program Competition
Coverage Available on NBCSports.com & the NBC Sports app
STAMFORD, Conn. – March 28, 2017 – NBC Sports Group presents 22.5 hours of coverage of the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships from Helsinki, Finland, highlighted by NBCSN’s live coverage of the ladies’ free skate this Friday, March 31, at 1 p.m. ET, and coverage of the men’s free skate this Saturday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. ET. In addition, NBC will present an encore of the ladies’ and men’s free skates Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
Coverage begins tomorrow, Wednesday, March 29, at Noon ET on NBCSN with the ladies’ short program, immediately followed by live coverage of the pairs’ short program. NBC Sports Group will cover every event in the four-day competition (full schedule below).
Play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon calls the action on NBC, as well as the live ladies’ and men’s free skate competitions on NBCSN. He will be joined by 1998 Olympic champion Tara Lipinski, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir, and Andrea Joyce, who will report from Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
2006 Olympic ice dance silver medalist Tanith White will call the remaining action on NBCSN alongside 2011 U.S. champion Ryan Bradley (ladies’, men’s and pairs’ competitions), and Ben Agosto, her partner at the 2006 Olympics.
To receive three spots at the 2018 Olympic Games, the two best finishes (places) for the U.S. in each discipline must add up to no more than 13. Coverage of Olympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of the Olympic Channel, Home of Team USA.
2017 ISU WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW
LADIES: Representing the U.S. are reigning World silver medalist and three-time U.S. champion Ashley Wagner, who is competing at her seventh World Championships. In addition, 2017 U.S. Champion Karen Chen and 2017 U.S. bronze medalist Mariah Bell each make their World Championships debuts. Highlighting the international field are 2016 World champion Yevgenia Medvedeva and 2016 World bronze medalist Anna Pogorilaya of Russia, as well as 2012 World champion and 2014 Olympic bronze medalist Carolina Kostner of Italy.
MEN: 2017 Four Continents and U.S. champion Nathan Chen, who landed a record seven quad jumps between his two performances at the U.S. Championships, and 2015 U.S. champion Jason Brown will represent the U.S. Chen, who finished second at the Grand Prix Final in Marseille, France in December, is making his Worlds debut, while Brown is making his second appearance. The international field features three World champions: Javier Fernandez of Spain (2015-2016), 2014 Olympic gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan (2014), and Patrick Chan of Canada (2011-2013).
PAIRS: 2017 U.S. pairs champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier make their second Worlds appearance after first qualifying in 2015, while 2016 Four Continents silver medalists Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim make their fourth Worlds appearance. Highlighting the international field are defending World champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada, who will look for a third straight World title, two-time World silver medalists Sui Wenjing and Han Cong of China, and reigning Grand Prix Final champions Yevgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov of Russia. Aliona Savchenko, who won two Olympic bronze medals and five world titles with former partner Robin Szolkowy, competes this week with Bruno Massot for Germany. Savchenko and Massot are the 2016 World bronze medalists.
ICE DANCE: 2017 U.S. champions Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, the 2016 World silver medalists, compete at their seventh straight World Championships, along with 2015 World silver medalists Madison Chock and Evan Bates, and 2017 U.S. bronze medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. Highlighting the international field are two-time defending World champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France and 2010 Olympic gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada.
Below is the schedule for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017 ISU World Figure Skating Championships:
|Wed., Mar. 29||11 a.m.||Ladies’ Short||NBCSN|
|Wed., Mar. 29||1 p.m.||Pairs’ Short (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Thurs., Mar. 30||11 a.m.||Men’s Short||NBCSN|
|Thurs., Mar. 30||1 p.m.||Pairs’ Free (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Fri., Mar. 31||1 p.m.||Ladies’ Free (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Fri., Mar. 31||8 p.m.||Short Dance||NBCSN|
|Sat., April 1||12:30 p.m.||Men’s Free||NBCSN|
|Sat., April 1||2:30 p.m.||Free Dance||NBCSN|
|Sat., April 1||8 p.m.||Ladies’ and Men’sFree||NBC|
|Sun., April 2||2 p.m.||Exhibition||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 9||3 p.m.||Encore||NBC|
Coverage on NBCSN and NBC will be streamed on NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. Powered by Playmaker Media, the NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
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