truTV Orders Pilot for Shaq, Inq. (working title) From Mandalay Sports Media and Executive Producers Shaquille O¹Neal and Mike Tollin

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truTV Orders Pilot for Shaq, Inq. (working title)

From Mandalay Sports Media and Executive Producers

Shaquille O’Neal and Mike Tollin

Scripted Project to be Based on the Team Behind All Things Shaq

truTV has ordered a pilot for Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O’Neal, who is executive-producing the show with Mike Tollin (Smallville, Arli$$). The series is being produced for truTV by Mandalay Sports Media. Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up) will write the pilot, with John Fortenberry (Galavant, Instant Mom) set to direct. Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Michael Parris will render producer services.

This half-hour scripted comedy follows Shaquille O’Neal and the team who runs his sprawling business empire. The offbeat, yet capable, group juggles the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. But while they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud.

Dan Kaplow (Trophy Wife, Sin City Saints) and Jon Weinbach (The Other Dream Team, Straight Outta L.A.) are co-executive producers of the pilot.

Tollin said, “Shaquille and I have been friends for 20 years, and his growth as a businessman never ceases to amaze and amuse me.”

“There is no denying Shaq’s multifaceted appeal,” said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. “Thus, we couldn’t be happier to be collaborating with him, as well as Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media, as we continue to push into new formats.”

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: College Hoops, UFC, Motor Sports and More

fox-sports-logoFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

FOX COLLEGE HOOPS: Coach K Looks for Milestone 1,000th Win Sunday on FOX

UFC on FOX: FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT Pits Gustafsson vs. Johnson for Shot At Light Heavyweight Title

MOTOR SPORTS: Iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona Endurance Race Opens Sports Car Racing Season on FOX

#ICYMI: Jon Jones Exclusive Interview http://foxs.pt/1xzys2H

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL

COACH K GOES FOR WIN NO. 1,000 VS. ST. JOHN’S SUNDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When/Talent:
    • Wednesday, Jan. 21:
      • Marquette at St. John’s
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Tarik Turner
      • Creighton at Butler
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Justin Kutcher and Bob Wenzel
    • Thursday, Jan. 22:
      • DePaul at No. 24 Seton Hall
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Jim Spanarkel
      • Xavier at Providence
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Ron Thompson
      • UTEP at Western Kentucky
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Mike Jarvis
      • Washington at Colorado
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:30 PM ET)
      • Aaron Goldsmtih and Donny Marshall
    • Friday, Jan. 23:
      • Seton Hall at Villanova (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Lisa Byington and Sarah Kustok
      • Creighton at DePaul (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and LaChina Robinson
    • Saturday, Jan. 24:
      • DePaul at Xavier
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Dick Stockton and Jim Jackson
      • Middle Tennessee at Charlotte (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (12:00 PM ET)
      • Jason Knapp and Debbie Antonelli
      • West Virginia at Kansas (W)
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
      • Georgetown at Marquette
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
      • Eric Collins and Dickie Simpkins
    • Sunday, Jan. 25:
      • No. 5 Duke at St. John’s
      • FOX & FOX Sports GO (2:00 PM ET)
      • Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson and Molly McGrath
      • Butler at Xavier (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (2:30 PM ET)
      • Tiffany Greene and Sarah Kustok
      • No. 24 Seton Hall at Butler
      • FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO (3:00 PM ET)
      • Kevin Kugler and Ron Thompson
      • Iowa State at No. 8 Texas (W)
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (4:30 PM ET)
      • Ron Thulin and Brenda VanLengen
      • Creighton at No. 4 Villanova
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Jim Spanarkel
    • Tuesday, Jan. 27:
      • Xavier at Georgetown
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Joe Davis and Bill Raftery
      • DePaul at Providence
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Rich Ackerman and Vin Parise
    • Wednesday, Jan. 28:
      • No. 24 Seton Hall at Marquette
      • FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO (7:00 PM ET)
      • Brian Anderson and Nick Bahe
      • St. John’s at Creighton
      • FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM ET)
      • Kevin Kugler and Bob Wenzel
  • This Week: Already with more victories than any coach in NCAA men’s basketball history, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski makes his first attempt at becoming the first men’s head college basketball coach to reach 1,000 career wins Sunday, Jan. 25 (2:00 PM ET) against St. John’s on the FOX broadcast network. Gus Johnson and Jim Jackson have the call, and Molly McGrath patrols the sidelines at Madison Square Garden as Coach K goes for the milestone victory in the same building where he broke Bob Knight’s career wins record in November 2011. FOX Sports GO, the app that provides FOX Sports content at home or on the go, presents “Coach K Cam,” a special camera focused on Krzyzewski to capture his full range of emotions throughout the game. “Coach K Cam” is available free and unauthenticated to all users on FOX Sports GO.

MARQUETTE HEAD COACH STEVE WOJCIECHOWSKI JOINS FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF SUNDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (1:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kevin Burkhardt, Ben Howland, Donny Marshall and Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski
  • This Week: Host Kevin Burkhardt and analysts Ben Howland and Donny Marshall are joined by Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski, a former player and assistant under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, live in the Los Angeles studio to preview No. 5 Duke at St. John’s. The half-hour pregame show features segments from FOX Sports analyst Bill Raftery’s sit-down interview with Coach K, as well as taped messages from Duke icons like Bobby Hurley, Christian Laettner, Chris Collins and J.J. Redick to their former mentor as he sits on the cusp of 1,000 career wins. The pregame also features live hits from Madison Square Garden before tipoff, at halftime and postgame.

BILL RAFTERY GOES 1-ON-1 WITH DUKE’S MIKE KRZYZEWSKI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Bill Raftery and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski
  • This Week: FOX Sports college basketball analyst Bill Raftery sits down with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski this week, as Coach K attempts to become the first men’s basketball coach in NCAA history to amass 1,000 career wins.

INSIDE THE BIG EAST LEADS IN TO DUKE-ST. JOHN’S PREGAME

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (1:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Don Bell, Austin Croshere and Ben Howland
  • This Week: INSIDE THE BIG EAST makes its broadcast debut on Sunday, leading into the FOX COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF pregame show. This week’s show features a profile on DePaul sophomore Billy Garrett Jr., who battles sickle cell disease and is working to bring awareness to the affliction. Also this week, FOX Sports college basketball analyst Ron Thompson sits down for an interview with his father, former Georgetown head coach John Thompson; Austin Croshere gives his latest conference power rankings; and behind-the-scenes access, top plays of the week and more.

STUDIO

FOX SPORTS LIVE – SUPER BOWL XLIX PREVIEW COVERAGE; SCHRAGER AND KLATT AT SENIOR BOWL IN ALABAMA; COACH K 1,000 WIN WATCH

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Jay Glazer, Casey Jacobsen, Joel Klatt, John Lynch, Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Petros Papadakis, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Ephraim Salaam.
  • This Week: A gauntlet that began with strenuous training camp practices in the heat of summer more than five months ago, the National Football League draws to its dramatic close next with the playing of Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots are set to face off in a tremendous matchup of each conference’s respective No. 1 seeds. FOX SPORTS LIVE has it covered with breakdowns of all of the biggest storylines surrounding the game. Beginning Monday of next week, embedded reporters Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots) provide updates from the teams’ compounds as they continue preparations for the big game. The closing of the Super Bowl marks the beginning of the much-anticipated draft season and this week’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., is a huge part of the annual process. Heading up FOX Sports 1 draft coverage this year are Schrager and Joel Klatt, who are on hand at the annual all-star game, talking to coaches and personnel executives in advance of next month’s Combine in Indianapolis. As part of their coverage, Schrager and Klatt will release mock drafts and player rankings throughout the draft process and this week marked their first installment. Legendary Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is closing in on his 1,000th career victory, a feat he could accomplish on Sunday at St. John’s on FOX. FOX SPORTS LIVE will have full postgame coverage from site, including a number of specially prepared production elements celebrating Coach K’s fantastic career. ICYM – Monday night’s show included an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, his first public comments since reports of his positive drug test for cocaine and brief visit to rehab.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – NIGHTLY NBA AND NHL PREVIEWS; GLAZER REPORTS WEDNESDAY ON PATRIOTS CONTROVERSY; DAILY SUPER BOWL ANALYSIS, IN-STUDIO AND FROM SITE, NEW TIME NEXT MONDAY JAN. 26

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET); switching to 5:00 PM ET, beginning Jan. 26
  • Talent:  Mike Hill, Molly McGrath, Jay Glazer, Joel Klatt, Kirk Morrison, Mike Garafolo, Casey Jacobsen, Corey Maggette, Ephraim Salaam
  • This Week: With both the NBA and NHL regular seasons in full swing, APG uses live satellite interviews from various sites with local correspondents and insiders who provide up-to-the-minute information in previewing all of the nightly action. Wednesday night’s show includes a satellite interview with FOX NFL insider and show contributor Jay Glazer, who will address the swirling reports that the New England Patriots did in fact use deflated footballs in the 45-7 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts during last week’s AFC Championship Game. Closing this week and beginning immediately at the start of next week, FOX Sports 1 NFL insiders Mike Garafolo (Seahawks) and Peter Schrager (Patriots) report from the respective team compounds in advance of Super Bowl XLIX. Schrager also delivers daily reports from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., updating prospects’ stocks and analyzing team needs and possible fits in the 2015 Draft. Programming Note: Beginning Monday, Jan. 26, APG will move to its new time, 5:00 PM ET.

SOCCER

FA CUP FOURTH ROUND BEGINS FRIDAY ON FOX SPORTS

  • What: FOX Sports’ exclusive live coverage of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament, continues this week with eight games from Friday, Jan. 23 to Monday, Jan. 26 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 with fourth-round action. Manchester United and Cambridge United face off in true David and Goliath fashion on Friday on FOX Sports 1. Saturday’s matches feature Liverpool and Manchester City in action, while Sunday is highlighted by the Championship’s Brighton & Hove Albion taking on Arsenal.
  • Matchup/Network/When:
    • Cambridge United vs. Manchester United, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (2:30 PM ET)
    • Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough, FOX Sports 1/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (9:30 AM ET)
    • Birmingham City vs. West Brom, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (9:55 AM ET)
    • Liverpool vs. Bolton Wanderers, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (12:25 PM ET)
    • Bristol City vs. West Ham United, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (8:55 AM ET)
    • Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth, FOX Soccer Plus/FOX Soccer 2Go, Sunday, Jan. 25 (9:55 AM ET)
    • Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Arsenal, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (10:55 AM ET)
    • Rochdale vs. Stoke City, FOX Sports 2/FOX Sports GO, Monday. Jan. 26 (2:55 PM ET)
  • Talent: FOX Sports 1’s coverage begins with the 30-minute FA CUP MATCH DAY pregame show on Friday at 2:30 PM ET and on Saturday at 9:30 AM ET and 12:00 PM ET. Rob Stone hosts pregame, halftime and postgame coverage alongside analysts Eric Wynalda, Warren Barton and former U.S. Men’s National Team and current Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden. Stone, Wynalda, Barton and Holden review matchups and provide commentary on the fourth round action live from the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles.

UFC

SATURDAY’S FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT COMES DOWN TO GUSTAFSSON’S FOOTWORK VS. JOHNSON’S POWER, SAYS CORMIER: This week FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON on Saturday, Jan. 24 (8:00 PM ET) live on FOX features Swedish superstar and No. 1 ranked light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson versus No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson to determine the next light heavyweight title challenger facing champion Jon Jones. UFC on FOX analyst and No. 2 ranked light heavyweight Daniel Cormier, who just lost his own title shot to Jones earlier this month, believes a clash of styles is what makes this a fight fans can’t miss: “This is a very good fight between two of the best in the division. Gustafsson’s footwork, boxing and agility versus Johnson’s power, his ability to walk people down and get big punches on them make this a very interesting fight.” For more on the breakdown, watch here: http://youtu.be/xQaWhHxjSuM

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT WEIGH-IN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Friday, Jan. 23 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: The UFC WEIGH-IN features host Jon Anik, with Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann as analysts, breaking down the fighters on the card as they attempt to make weight. Ariel Helwani and Gareth A Davies interview fighters during the show.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW: GUSTAFSSON VS. JOHNSON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: Host Anik and analysts Cormier and Stann break down the exciting night including the much anticipated light heavyweight fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. They also analyze the other match-ups on the main card and prelims.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS FEATURE SIX EXCITING BOUTS 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: The three-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS feature six exciting fights, as Nico Musoke (13-3, 1NC) faces Albert Tumenov (14-2) and Kenny Robertson (14-3) takes on Sultan Aliev (13-1)        in two exciting welterweight bouts. Featherweights Andy Ogle (9-5) and Makwan Amirkhani (10-2) scrap it out, while light heavyweights Nikita Krylov (17-4) and Stanislav Nedkov (12-1, 1NC) face off. Mairbek Taisumov (22-5) and Anthony Christodoulou (12-1) battle in a lightweight clash, and featherweights Mirsad Bektic (8-0) and Paul Redmond (10-4) open the PRELIMS.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE CONTENDER BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Deportes & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Curt Menefee, Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann  (Victor Dávila and Fabricio Werdum on FOX Deportes)
  • This Week: FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT: GUSTAFSSON vs. JOHNSON is headlined by a clash of top-ranked light heavyweights, as No. 1 light heavyweight contender Alexander “The Mauler” Gustafsson (16-2) meets No. 3 ranked knockout artist Anthony “Rumble” Johnson (18-4) in the main event. In addition, the main card features three more exciting matchups, including a clash between former Strikeforce Champions Dan Henderson (30-12) and No. 8 ranked middleweight Gegard Mousasi (35-5-2) in a middleweight bout. No. 5 Phil Davis (13-2, 1NC) faces No. 7 Ryan Bader (19-4) in another key light heavyweight bout. Akira Corassani (14-6-1) and Sam Sicilia kick off the main card on FOX with a featherweight fight.

FOX UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani, Gareth A Davies
  • This Week: Watch the recap of UFC FIGHT NIGHT, with host Anik and analysts Cormier and Stann breaking down the key light heavyweight fights on the main card. The group interviews winners and highlights the most exciting action of the evening.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER: ULTIMATE 8 DIAZ, MELENDEZ’S TAKEDOWN, DOS ANJOS INTERVIEW AND ROUSEY’S WARRIOR CODE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: In the Ultimate 8: Nick Diaz – Joe Rogan boldly ranks the most memorable moments from Nick Diaz’s unforgettable career. Then, Gilbert Melendez offers rare insight into life inside MMA’s most guarded team, the Skrap Pack, and his friendship with the enigmatic Diaz brothers. The world’s number-one lightweight contender, Rafael Dos Anjos, joins host Anik in studio, as he readies to dethrone UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 185. Plus, UFC superstar Ronda Rousey reveals the warrior code that has driven her to become one of the world’s most popular – and dominant – athletes.

UFC COUNTDOWN UFC 183: PROFILES SILVA VS. DIAZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anderson Silva, Nick Diaz
  • This Week: Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz prepare to return to the Octagon in a main event of epic proportions. Countdown to UFC 183 goes behind the scenes with two legendary mixed martial artists, as “The Spider” works his way back from a horrendous injury and Diaz re-enters the spotlight after an extended hiatus. Plus, Tyron Woodley trains to face undefeated contender Kelvin Gastelum and lightweights Joe Lauzon vs. Al Iaquinta brace for battle.

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 137: PENN VS. DIAZ

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (9:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Nick Diaz
  • This Week: Former UFC Champion BJ Penn welcomed Strikeforce Champion Nick Diaz back into the octagon in a matchup of fan favorites. Go into the training camps of these two laid-back athletes, then watch them switch into battle mode on Fight Night on MAIN EVENT: UFC 137.

UFC MAIN EVENT UFC 148: SILVA VS. SONNEN II

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Anderson Silva, Chael Sonnen
  • This Week: The first fight between longtime UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and silver-tongued challenger Chael Sonnen was an instant classic. The buildup to the rematch was even more intense. See how both men trained to ensure a very different outcome, then witness the most anticipated fight in the sport’s history on MAIN EVENT: UFC 148.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY PROMOTIONS FOX FIGHT NIGHT FEATURES ROCKY JUAREZ VS. ROBINSON CASTELLANOS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports & FOX Sports GO, Monday, Jan. 26 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Brian Custer, Paulie Malignaggi
  • This Week: Golden Boy Promotions delivers another entertaining night of fights headlined by a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver Featherweight Title as current champion Rocky Juarez (30-10-1; 21 KOs) defends his title against top contender Robinson Castellanos (20-10; 13 KOs) from Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas.  Additionally on FOX Sports 1, KeAndre Gibson (11-0-1; 5 KOs) battles Nelson Lara (15-6-5; 8 KOs) in the welterweight division. 

NASCAR

NASCAR RACE HUB PREMIERES NEW SEASON LIVE FROM NASCAR SPRINT MEDIA TOUR NEXT MONDAY AT NEW TIME

With the 2015 NASCAR season opening in three weeks in Daytona, NASCAR RACE HUB returns for its season premiere on Monday, Jan. 26 at its new time of 6:00 PM ET, live from the annual NASCAR Sprint Media Tour in Charlotte, N.C.  The nightly, one-hour news and information program is on the scene for each NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES team’s stop on the weeklong tour with interviews with the sport’s biggest stars and the latest news fans need to know.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Monday through Fridays (6:00 PM ET) (pre-empted Wednesday, Jan. 28)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Adam Alexander, John Roberts and Danielle Trotta; analysts Jeff Hammond, Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds; reporter Kaitlyn Vincie
  • Next WeekMonday, Jan. 26-Friday, Jan. 30 (6:00 PM ET; moves to FOX Sports 2 on Wednesday, Jan. 28)

TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP

ICONIC ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA ENDURANCE RACE OPENS TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR SEASON ON FOX

  • Network/When:

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM ET, FOX

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 2

o   Saturday, Jan. 24 – 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

o   Sunday, Jan. 25 – 7:00 AM to 2:30 PM ET, FOX Sports 1

  • All FOX Sports broadcasts streamed live on FOX Sports GO; in addition, five dedicated (Corvette, Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Ford) on-board cameras are available through FOX Sports GO
  • Overnight coverage from 10:00 PM ET to 7:00 AM ET available on IMSA.com, with John Hindhaugh, Jeremy Shaw and Greg Creamer calling the action
  • Talent: Bob Varsha, Brian Till, Justin Bell, Calvin Fish, Tommy Kendall, Chris Neville, Matt Yocum, Jamie Howe, Andrew Marriott
  • This Week: Traditionally an all-star lineup, the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona cast of characters does not disappoint. Reigning TUDOR Championship and Rolex 24 champions Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa return to defend their title alongside IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais. They will take on the likes of  Rubens Barrichello (Formula One) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar; defending Indy 500 champion) both driving for Peter Baron’s Starworks team; AJ Allmendinger (NASCAR) with Michael Shank Racing; Scott Dixon (IndyCar), Tony Kanaan (IndyCar), Kyle Larson (NASCAR) and Jamie McMurray (NASCAR) all driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the Prototype class. The GT Le Mans (GTLM) class features world-class TUDOR Championship lineups from teams like Corvette Racing and defending race champions Porsche North America mixing it up with the likes of Graham Rahal (IndyCar) driving for his father Bobby’s BMW Team RLL team and Niki Lauda’s son, Mathias (WEC), driving for Aston Martin Racing in GTLM. The Scuderia Corsa Ferrari team – led by TUDOR Championship regular and Indy 500 veteran Townsend Bell – returns to defend its GT Daytona class title against a talented field that includes actor Patrick Dempsey running a Porsche. “With all the drivers from different racing disciplines across the world competing at the Rolex 24, Daytona is the center of the motorsports universe on this weekend,” said FOX Sports coordinating producer Greg Oldham. “So, in addition to covering compelling action that would make any sports car fan salivate, we also have a great opportunity to introduce new viewers to a very cool form of motorsports.” Decorated sports car driver Scott Pruett looks for his sixth Rolex 24 overall victory, which would break a tie with the legendary Hurley Haywood, making him the leading overall winner of the event. Pruett, who will drive in this year’s race with 2015 season co-driver Joey Hand, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam, already leads with 10 class victories, dating back to 1985.

MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS

SUPERCROSS HEADS TO OAKLAND WITH ROCZEN SETTING EARLY PACE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO, Saturday, Jan. 24 (10:00 PM ET, LIVE)
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Jenny Taft
  • This Week: Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads to O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., with second-year rider Ken Roczen setting the pace as the early rider to beat in the #WhosNext season. Roczen scored his second win of the season last week in Anaheim and extended his 450SX Class points lead to 12 over former champ Ryan Dungey and 21 over rookie Jason Anderson. Oakland marks the fourth race of the 17-race season.

RED BULL

DALLAGO DEFENDS HIS TITLE AT RED BULL CRASHED ICE OPENER ON FOX SUNDAY

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Sunday, Jan. 25 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Nicole Dabeau, Troy Manering and Doug Anderson
  • This Week: RED BULL CRASHED ICE returns in 2015 and the year’s first stop is in Saint Paul, MN, where Austrian Marco Dallago defends his title. He’s the fifth champion in the last five years and is looking to become the first back-to-back title holder. “Can the Austrian Dallago become a back-to-back title holder, or will the American Naasz finally break through with a crown in this 15th season of Crashed Ice?” asks FOX host Troy Manering. “It will be electric when these riders duke it out shoulder-to-shoulder down an intimidating and treacherous icicle course carved into the urban landscape of St. Paul in front of more than 100,000 fans.”

 

NBCSN Presents Comprehensive Coverage Of 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend Beginning Friday; NHL All-Star Game Airs Sunday At 5 P.M. ET

nhl_nbc_22015 NHL All-Star Game – Sunday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s Coverage Begins with NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET; NHL Skills Competition Airs Saturday Night at 7 p.m. ET

Crosby & Penguins Host Toews & Blackhawks Tomorrow Night on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday Nightcap – Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks – 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Penguins Visit Giroux & Flyers Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 20, 2015 – The best hockey players in the world will come together this weekend, as NBCSN presents comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Coverage continues Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET with the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, and culminates with the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. ET.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the All-Star Game on Sunday, there are three games on NBCSN this week, featuring 13 All-Star selections. Eight All-Stars will play in tomorrow night’s Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown on NBCSN, when All-Star Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host All-Star captain Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET. All-Star defenseman Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks will host fellow All-Star blue-liner Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN’s Wednesday nightcap.

Coverage begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, as All-Stars Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia Flyers host the in-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by NHL Rivals at 10:30 p.m. ET, which examines the budding rivalry between the Blackhawks and Penguins.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre- and post-game NHL studio show, begins one hour prior to puck drop of this week’s games. Liam McHugh will host this week’s coverage alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick. NHL insider Bob McKenzie will join NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage to provide the latest in-depth news from around the league.

NHL ALL-STAR WEEKENDFRIDAY-SUNDAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend begins Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Hosts Kathryn Tappen and Daren Millard will be joined by Pierre McGuire to break down the selections of Team Toews and Team Foligno, following last week’s selections of Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Columbus’ Nick Foligno as captains.

Saturday’s coverage of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as Dave Strader (play-by-play), Olczyk, and McGuire provide live commentary of the hardest shots, fastest skaters, and best shootout moves.

The weekend-long coverage culminates with NBCSN’s live presentation of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, with Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire on the call.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – BLACKHAWKS-PENGUINS – TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Five Blackhawks All-Stars and three Penguins All-Stars will face off tomorrow night on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry in Pittsburgh. All five of the Blackhawks’ All-Star selections (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Corey Crawford) received more than one million All-Star votes, including All-Star captain Jonathan Toews. Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were selected along with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who replaces injured goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Tomorrow’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Blackhawks (28-15-2, 58 pts) currently sit in third place in the competitive Central Division, and host the Arizona Coyotes tonight. The Penguins (26-12-6, 58 pts) are in second place in the Metropolitan Division, and visit the Philadelphia Flyers tonight on NBCSN.

Emrick, Olczyk, and McGuire will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

WEDNESDAY NIGHTCAP – KINGS-SHARKS – TOMORROW AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Tomorrow’s Wednesday nightcap features three 2015 NHL All-Star selections when the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET. Sharks All-Star Brent Burns ranks third amongst all defensemen with 35 points (11g/24a), and has as many assists as fellow All-Star blue-liner and King Drew Doughty, who will represent Los Angeles along with team-leading scorer Anze Kopitar.

The Kings are looking to rebound from a 2-1 overtime loss against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, while San Jose hopes to bounce back from yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Despite their recent struggles, the two teams are separated by two points in the Pacific Division, and San Jose is just one point behind Vancouver for second place.

Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jamie Baker (analyst) will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

PENGUINS-FLYERS – TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET

Tonight’s coverage features a Keystone State rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers, and four of the top five point-getters in the league. Philadelphia boasts two All-Star selections in captain Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Voracek’s 55 points (17g/38a) currently lead the league, while Giroux sits in tied for fourth with 50 points (15g/35a) with Malkin (19g/31a). Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has amassed 51 points (15g/36a) to rank third in the league, despite playing in only 41 games.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will call the action from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Note: Games are subject to local blackout.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., January 20 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Blackhawks-Penguins NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., January 21 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Chicago at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wednesday Nightcap – Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Fri., January 23 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Pre-Show NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft (Encore) NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Sat., January 24 NHL All-Star Skills Competition NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., January 25 NHL All-Star Skills Competition (Encore) NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
NHL All-Star Game NBCSN 5 p.m.

NHL LIVE AT THE SUPER BOWL

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-game studio show, will originate from downtown Phoenix during Super Bowl week. Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the program will be located at “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix.

Hosts Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will anchor NBCSN’s NHL Live coverage throughout the week, alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBCSN will feature six NHL telecasts during the week prior to Super Bowl XLIX, including the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals on Wednesday Night Rivalry on Jan. 28. The week will also feature rematches of the 2014 Stanley Cup Conference Finals, when the Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET, and the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ET. On Super Bowl Sunday, the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals meet at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Stanton, Maddon & Rizzo Profiled on “MLB Network Presents” on January 27

mlb-networkGiancarlo Stanton, Joe Maddon and Anthony Rizzo in the Spotlight on

The Offseason: Hope in Chicago and Miami, The Third Episode of MLB Network Presents,

Premiering Tuesday, January 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET

January 22, 2015 – Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, and Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo will be featured in The Offseason: Hope in Chicago and Miami, the third installment of MLB Network Presents on Tuesday, January 27 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by Bob Costas, the show offers exclusive profiles of three of the most talked-about names in Major League Baseball today as they face enormous expectations in the upcoming 2015 season.

The program begins with a behind-the-scenes look at Stanton’s daily life this offseason, following the signing of his record-setting $325 million contract with the Marlins in November 2014. Joined by MLB Network’s Peter Gammons, Stanton speaks in-depth about the traumatic injury that brought an early end to his 2014 season, and looks ahead to getting back on the field in 2015. Stanton also brings the cameras inside his rigorous workout routine as he goes through hitting drills and practice sessions in Southern California.

The episode continues with a trip to Chicago, as Maddon brings MLB Network’s Tom Verducci inside his new life as the Cubs’ skipper at the annual Cubs Convention in Chicago. Filmed last week in between interviews, autograph appearances, meetings and a coaches Q&A panel, Maddon discusses his decision-making process to leave the Tampa Bay Rays and join the Cubs, and his methodology on managing. Maddon also addresses the heightened expectations in Chicago, including Rizzo’s recent comments about how the Cubs will win the NL Central division this season, about which Maddon says, “I totally agree with him that we can win the Central this year. No question in my mind.”

The hour-long show concludes with a look at the journey Rizzo has taken from battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2008 to becoming a first-time All-Star with the Cubs last season. Sitting down with MLB Network’s Lauren Shehadi at his home in Florida, Rizzo discusses the initial shock of being diagnosed with cancer and how he was able to persevere with the help of his family and the baseball community. Also included are interviews with Rizzo’s parents, John and Laurie, as well as Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, who discusses Rizzo’s character and the relationship he has with the first baseman, which began when Epstein, then-GM of the Boston Red Sox, drafted Rizzo in the sixth round of the 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Cubs ace and cancer survivor Jon Lester and Rizzo also detail the bond they share, beginning with their first-ever conversation at Fenway Park shortly after Rizzo’s cancer diagnosis, and continuing up to today, when they became teammates after Lester signed with the Cubs as a free agent in December.

MLB Network Presents is a series of documentaries and access-driven profiles on some of baseball’s most prominent personalities that will air on Tuesdays throughout the offseason on MLB Network.

“That loss … is going to stick with them forever.” – Phil Simms on Green Bay’s Loss, on INSIDE THE NFL, 9p ET/PT on SHO

sho-nfl“That loss … is going to stick with them forever.” – Phil Simms on Green Bay’s Loss

“Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it.” – Brandon Marshall on Seattle’s Victory.

INSIDE THE NFL Premieres Tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME®

NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2015) – This week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.  Host Greg Gumbel is joined by expert analysts Phil Simms, Ed Reed and Chicago Bears Wide Receiver Brandon Marshall in-studio to discuss an action-packed week Championship Weekend.

Also featured on this week’s installment of INSIDE THE NFL are the Seattle Seahawks’ triumph, the wreckage of Green Bay’s season, and what it all means for history. As well as the role of the owner in NFL franchises, the New England Patriots’ outstanding performance and what the future holds for the Indianapolis Colts. Also, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson and more wired for sound.

Plus, don’t miss videos featuring six degrees of separation between Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick and exclusive reactions of Packers, Seahawks, Patriots and Colts across Manhattan during the most dramatic moments of Championship Weekend.

BELOW ARE SELECT HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK’S EDITION

On Packers vs. Seahawks…

Phil Simms – “That loss, I think we all would agree, that is going to stick with them forever. And you think about Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy–because we always talk about legacies–how this probably changes what we think of them when all it’s said and done … This thing is going to be part of history. We are going to be talking about it every year.

“Everything you can possibly do wrong, they did wrong … I’m giving Seattle tons of credit for what they did, but Green Bay gave it away.”

Brandon Marshall – “I was a hypocrite, man. I thought the game was over. But, I really believe that what we are seeing in that team is special. Last week I talked about how they loved each other. Now, the second part to this whole philosophy of being great is, you have to love what you do. And you saw [it], it wasn’t just Russell Wilson. It was Kam Chancellor, you have Earl Thomas, you have Richard Sherman, you have so many guys stepping up and saying, ‘You know what? This game isn’t over.’ Ninety-nine percent of America thought that this game was over. Ninety-nine percent of that team knew they were still in it. And that’s why they win the game.”

Phil Simms – “When you go watch them practice and you kind of hang around, you kind of get it. Because it is different … How their chemistry is so important to them. And I think we know that too, just by watching Pete Carroll on the sidelines, don’t we? That’s not fake. That’s Pete Carroll.”

On the Role of NFL Owners…

Phil Simms – “Nowadays, we see these owners that are more out-front than ever, and I really understand why. I really understand it in the National Football League. Because … how they [have] branded the League over the last 15 years has changed everything … All the money being spent, the popularity of the game… I think these owners, they [have] built an unbelievable thing and if they want to be out there in the front, good for them.”

Brandon Marshall – “I think it depends on the role they have outside of being the owner. You don’t want the owner to take ownership in football decisions if he’s not an expert. I think there are guys like Jerry Jones [Owner, President and General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys] that we can say he didn’t have that expertise at the beginning, but he may now … and he’s Executive of the Year … I don’t think you have to know football if you are an owner, you have to know people.

Pat Bowlen in Denver, I remember when he used to come out to [the] practice field and he had his cowboys’ boots on and made everybody work harder. I looked at him … [and] I said, I want to win for that guy. And the same for the McCaskey’s, when I see Ms. [Virginia Halas] McCaskey, [when] I see George [McCaskey], I say, you know what? I don’t want to let those people down. When you have that type of relationship, where you shook his hand before, her hand, it makes you work a little harder.”

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Pereira, Aikman, Glazer Discuss Patriots Deflated Ball Controversy On Fox Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME

Fox-NFL-2014Pereira: “This is cheating…and it’s something the league will deal with harshly.”

Aikman: “I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know…my guess is that it was his request.”

Glazer: Colts Were Tipped Off By Baltimore Ravens

Links: Pereira, Aikman, Glazer

Reports continue to surface that the New England Patriots tampered with the air pressure of the footballs used in last Sunday’s 45-7 AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. To address the various aspects of the controversy, FOX Sports NFL contributors Mike Pereira, Troy Aikman and Jay Glazer joined host Mike Hill on FOX Sports 1’s AMERICA’S PREGAME, Wednesday evening.

Former National Football League Vice President of Officiating and current NFL on FOX rules analyst Mike Pereira reviews the pregame protocols and says taking air out of the balls is by definition cheating: “Each game, 36 balls are brought into the officials’ locker room. Twelve from each team and then the home team provides 12 backup balls, if needed. The referee has a pump and a needle and with the help of the kicking ball coordinator, he checks them and if they’re between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch, he marks them and they’re good to go. They leave the locker room before the game and go into the hands of the ball boys, and the extra balls are put at the replay monitor where there is a guard standing by that monitor. Well, somebody got to somebody and took a couple of pounds out of those balls. It’s an extension, to me, of the cheating that has gone on in the league. This is cheating and this is something that the league doesn’t want. It’s bad enough that rules get taken advantage of and you kind of work against the intent of the rule, but this is cheating and it’s something that the league will deal with harshly.”

Lead NFL on FOX game analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman doubts any changes could have been made to the balls without Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s approval: “I can’t imagine anyone doing anything to the footballs without the quarterback having knowledge of it. I know, based on my experience, how much effort went in to trying to get the balls game ready. Having them still fall within the guidelines of the NFL rules was challenging and there is no way that anyone would have done anything with the game balls without discussing it with me first. I can’t imagine that Tom Brady did not know that air had been taken out of the balls and my guess is that it was his request, it was the way he preferred to throw with them and that’s why it was done.”

NFL on FOX insider Jay Glazer details how the Colts were tipped off to New England’s use of this tactic and a perceived double standard when it comes to the NFL’s punishment of the Patriots: “The Indianapolis Colts were tipped off to this before the game ever even happened. Whether or not it was from the last time they had played New England or what I was told, that it was actually people from inside the Baltimore Ravens. The league was already tipped off, so they were already planning at halftime to inspect the balls. When they did, they found that many of them were deflated, but then they were inflated for the second half of the game. But that’s not the issue, the issue really is intent and how often the New England Patriots push the envelope and that is what the league has to now look at. It’s not whether or not it affected the game; it’s the fact of whether they intended to alter the rules for this playoff game. I will tell you this, down here at the Senior Bowl, it has been unanimous among owners, general managers and head coaches I talk to and they’re saying, ‘We’re sick of it, they always push the envelope. The league throws the book at us all the time, are they finally going to throw the book at the New England Patriots?’ I think what is going to happen now, you’re going to start having different teams trying to leak out anything they know, because a lot of people in the league look at it like, ‘There’s a double standard: We get in trouble, they don’t get in trouble.’”

Aikman discusses the Patriots history as repeat offenders and anticipates a significant punishment from the NFL: “It’s going to be a tough one for Roger Goodell to address. This is a team that has been caught cheating in the past and with past transgressions, the severity of whatever is handed down has to increase to some degree. To what extent that means, is it draft picks, is it fines, I don’t know. But it will be interesting to see what Roger Goodell decides to do. I think this is an organization that obviously has had a great deal of success and with that, it has been the focus of a lot of people with a lot of scrutiny, but they’ve brought a lot of that on themselves. As I said, they’ve been caught cheating in the past and if you want to look at what Roger has done in the past, when cheating has taken place, I believe that it will be swift and I believe that it will be severe.”

- FOX SPORTS -

NBC Sports Group Rolls Out Its Most Comprehensive Social Media Campaign Ever To Promote NBC’s Coverage Of Super Bowl XLIX

nbc-sports-groupNBC SPORTS GROUP ROLLS OUT ITS MOST COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN EVER TO PROMOTE NBC’S COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLIX

NBC Sports to Employ “Social Central” Communications Hub for All Things Social

Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson to Serve as Social Media & Digital Correspondent

NBC Sports Group Teams With Internet Stars Dude Perfect to Present Football-Themed Trick-Shot Video

Around-The-Clock Coverage on All Social Platforms

NBC’s Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX Begins Sunday, Feb. 1, at Noon ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 - NBC Sports Group will present its most comprehensive social media campaign ever to promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including around-the-clock coverage across all of NBC Sports’ social media platforms.

NBC will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from Glendale, Ariz. Coverage kicks off at Noon ET.

NBC SPORTS “SOCIAL CENTRAL”: During Super Bowl week, the NBC Sports social media team will be everywhere from Media Day to the sidelines on Super Bowl Sunday, covering every moment and play of #SB49. During gameday, NBC Sports’ “Social Central” will be a communications hub for all things social, spanning from “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Members of the NBC Sports social, digital, and marketing teams will be primed and ready to cover and react to any moment from pre-game through the final whistle and trophy presentation, including a social team member embedded with on-air production to relay any breaking news. Social media and digital content will be updated in real time.

PATRICK PETERSON TO SERVE AS SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL CORRESPONDENT: Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson, a four-time Pro Bowler, will serve as NBC Sports Group’s social and digital media correspondent during Super Bowl week. As a member of the hometown Cardinals, Peterson will document his Super Bowl week on behalf of NBC Sports through his social media accounts. He will also film several videos around the city that will be pushed out through the SNF social media accounts and on NBCSports.com, including attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for most selfies taken in one hour.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® ATTEMPT: NBC Sports Social will be at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 27, as Patrick Peterson attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the most selfies taken in one hour. Peterson will snap as many selfies as he can with the students from Deer Valley High School to break the current record of 657 selfies. In addition, the Sunday Night Football bus will be at the school and open to students after the record attempt. Fans can follow GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® on Twitter: @GWR and Instagram: Guinnessworldrecords.

DUDE PERFECT: NBC Sports Group has teamed with trick-shot experts and comedy stars Dude Perfect to create a trick shot video that will debut Sunday, Feb. 1, during NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game show. Participating in the trick shot video will be Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. and two-time Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl XL MVP, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward. The content will be pushed out on NBC Sports’ social media platforms, and the trick-shot video will be available on NBCSports.com/dudeperfect following its release.

TUMBLR: As announced yesterday, NBC Sports Digital recently launched a Super Bowl-centric NBC Sports Tumblr page that will showcase Super Bowl XLIX’s television advertisements immediately after they air on NBC. Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the page will be populated with original content created by NBC Sports’ marketing media team, as well as from re-blogging NFL-related Tumblr posts. On game day, the new page will transform into a hub for Super Bowl TV ads, and can be accessed at NBCSports.com/Ads.

#MYSUPERBOWLPICK: NBC Sports will ask influencers, celebrities, athletes and fans to tweet and post who they anticipate will win the game using #MySuperBowlPick to help drive the conversation around game day. In addition, social media handles from various NBCUniversal properties and celebrities will offer their picks.

Using the “Twitter Mirror,” NBC Sports will collect photos and picks from celebrities and athletes on-site at “Super Bowl Central” and at University of Phoenix Stadium to be featured on-air. The SNF social media accounts will also be tracking fan picks to see which team is leading the social vote.

AROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE: NBC Sports will cover Super Bowl XLIX from various Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports social media accounts to make sure every fan has access to the content they want leading up to the game.

  • Facebook: The NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football Facebook accounts will provide users with news from ProFootballTalk, shareable images, videos, and chats with NBC Sports Group commentators.
  • Twitter: @SNFonNBC will provide real-time news and photos from Phoenix as well as #MySuperBowlPick content through the “Twitter Mirror.” @ProFootballTalk and @NBCSports will post news and information on the game, and behind-the-scenes content from PFT Live.
  • Instagram: SNF on NBC and NBC Sports Instagram accounts will be one-stop shopping for photos throughout Super Bowl week with behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s production, including photos of NBC Sports Group commentators and sideline coverage documenting the game from kickoff through the celebratory confetti.
  • Vine: The NBC Sports social team will create content around Phoenix with on-site Vine influencers that will be posted on the Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports Vine accounts throughout Super Bowl week.
  • Pinterest: For fans on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/NBCSports has Super Bowl themed boards to help plan the best Super Bowl party. On-site content from NBCSports.com will also be housed on Pinterest during Super Bowl week.

–SUPER BOWL XLIX–

2015 NFL Pro Bowl on ESPN

ESPN_MNF_2011Monday Night Football Team Will Call Pro Bowl from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday

ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and reporter Lisa Salters will call the 2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, January 25 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), kicking off the start of Super Bowl XLIX week. The telecast will also be available via WatchESPN and in Spanish on both ESPN Deportes (commentators: Alvaro Martin, Raul Allegre and reporter John Sutcliffe) and ESPN Deportes Radio (Kenneth Garay and Sebastian Martinez Christensen).

ESPN analyst Cris Carter will join fellow Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin as an alumni team captain, while the staffs of the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will coach the respective teams, which will be determined through a draft process on Wednesday. Active NFL player captains include Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Browns cornerback Joe Haden, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

ESPN’s planned production elements for Pro Bowl include:

  • Players wearing microphones;
  • In-game coaches audio and from coach-quarterback communication;
  • Live talk-backs with Carter and Irvin;
  • Aerial coverage via Spidercam;
  • Next-gen NFL stats applications;
  • Inside the locker room access;
  • Sideline interviews with Salters;
  • Special booth appearance by comedian/impersonator Frank Caliendo;

ESPN will be home to the annual Pro Bowl game through 2022, as part of the company’s new eight-year rights agreement with the NFL. ESPN last televised the Pro Bowl in South Florida in 2010. The game also aired on ESPN from 1988-94 and 2004-06, and on ABC from 1975-87 and 1995-03.

Pro Bowl Pregame: Chris Berman to Anchor Two-Hour Postseason NFL Countdown from University of Phoenix Stadium

Chris Berman will host a special two-hour Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers (6 p.m., ESPN) from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona leading into Pro Bowl. He will be joined by analysts Mike Ditka, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson and Ray Lewis, as well as NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen providing headlines and league news.

ESPN will also have a one-hour Countdown from its Bristol, Conn. studios earlier in the day (12 p.m.), hosted by Wendi Nix with analysts Brian Dawkins and Jeff Saturday that previews Pro Bowl and the Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots matchup in Super Bowl XLIX.

Live ESPN Coverage of Pro Bowl Practices on SportsCenter on Friday, Jan. 23

ESPN’s Monday Night Football team of Tirico, Gruden and Salters will offer live coverage on SportsCenter from the Pro Bowl team practices at Scottsdale Community College on Friday, Jan. 23, from 12-3:30 p.m. ET. Team Irvin is schedule to be on the field from 12:40-1:40 p.m., while Team Carter will practice from 2:15-3:15 p.m.

ESPN NFL-themed programming on Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25:

Time (ET) Show Network
8-9 a.m. Colin’s Football Show ESPN2
10 a.m.-12 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
12-1 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers ESPN
6-8 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown Presented by Snickers ESPN
8-11 p.m. 2015 Pro Bowl Presented by McDonald’s ESPN
11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. SportsCenter ESPN

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Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage ­ Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com – Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

2015 NBA All-Star Starters Exclusively Announced on TNT

TNT is the exclusive home of extensive live NBA All-Star coverage including all of the marquee events from New York. Programming highlights include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13; State Farm All-Star Saturday Night featuring the Degree Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk on Saturday, Feb. 14; and the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com
Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

Western Conference All-Star starters:

Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
Marc Gasol Memphis Grizzlies
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers

Barkley on Rockets guard James Harden as a deserving All-Star starter: “James Harden should be starting. I love Kobe Bryant, but James Harden is in the race for MVP with [Warriors point guard] Steph Curry. He deserves to be starting in the All-Star Game. The Lakers stink and Kobe hasn’t played enough games. James Harden should be starting…plain and simple. Harden has been fantastic.”

O’Neal on Bryant: “It’s been rumored that he may shut it down after this year. Fans are saying, ‘This could be Kobe Bryant’s last All-Star game. I want to see him one last time.”

Smith on Bryant vs. Harden: “This is a fan’s list. I’d rather see Kobe Bryant as a fan. If I’m a player, picking my team to win the championship this year, then I’m picking James Harden.”

Eastern Conference All-Star starters: 

John Wall Washington Wizards
Kyle Lowry Toronto Raptors
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
Pau Gasol Chicago Bulls
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks

Smith on the Gasol brothers being the first set of brothers to ever face each other in an NBA All-Star Game: “It’s crazy. Two guys in the same household are two of the top 10 most popular players in the world and two of the top 10 players in the game at their position.”

Barkley on Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony being named an All-Star starter: “I do have a problem with Carmelo [being named a starter]. I just don’t understand. Fans have to be honest and realistic.”

Smith on Anthony: “He has accumulated a big amount of fans over his career who will ride or die with him.”

O’Neal on players from losing teams being named All-Stars: “We have to come to the realization that there are two types of fans. There are fans that think like Chuck: ‘His team’s not winning. I don’t care who he is, he’s not an All-Star.’ Then there are fans like me: ‘This guy has great numbers. As a single individual, he is an All-Star.”

TNT’s Inside the NBA team pick their Western Conference reserves:

Barkley
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Smith
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets
O’Neal
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers
Johnson
James Harden Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder

Barkley on Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “He has played very well. He deserves to make the All-Star team. Shaq wants to anoint him as the best big man in the game and I cannot do that. If you put up good numbers, but your team loses all the time, you might be part of the problem. However, the kid is a terrific talent.”

O’Neal on Cousins: “He’s the best center in the league. When I was coming up, it was all based on numbers. Nobody is playing better than Cousins.”

Barkley on Spurs power forward Tim Duncan: “Tim Duncan has played well this year. He has been the best player on the Spurs, that’s why I put him on the team.”

Smith on his choice of Thunder point guard Russell Wesbtrook over Tim Duncan: “Any time you say Tim Duncan is an All-Star, you can’t be wrong. It’s just a personal preference. I was very close to putting Duncan in, but Russell Westbrook, without question, healthy or not healthy, is the most lethal guard in basketball. There is no one more lethal, not even Steph Curry. He has to be an All-Star.”

Barkley on Mavericks point guard Monta Ellis as an All-Star candidate: “There is just a glutton of point guards in the Western Conference. The best player on the Mavericks is Monta Ellis. He’s never going to be [center] Dirk Nowitzki, but Ellis is just going to be beat [out for All-Star] by [Warriors guard] Klay Thompson, who is the best two-guard in the league.”

Smith on the Mavericks: “If the Dallas Mavericks were in the Eastern Conference, they would have three All-Stars.”

TNT’s Inside the NBA team pick their Eastern Conference reserves:

Barkley
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
Brandon Knight Milwaukee Bucks
Kyle Korver Atlanta Hawks

 

Smith
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
O’Neal
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards
Kevin Love Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
Bradley Beal Washington Wizards
Johnson
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Marcin Gortat Washington Wizards
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers

Barkley on the Atlanta Hawks: “Atlanta Hawks deserve four All-Stars. I reward winning. The Hawks have the second-best record in the NBA.”

Smith on Bucks point guard Brandon Knight vs. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving: “The toughest decision for me was Brandon Knight or Kyrie Irving. Knight is not a better player in the long run, but I would pick him for this season and what he’s doing for his team. When LeBron James was out, [Cavs center] Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving had an opportunity to separate themselves and show that they could carry a team without James…they didn’t’ do a good job of that. Knight is carrying the Bucks offensively. He is running the show.”

Barkley on Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver: “Steph Curry might be the best shooter in the NBA, but I would pay to see Kyle Korver. If I need one wide open jumper, I might go with Korver over Curry. He reminds me of Reggie Miller and Steve Kerr. ”

O’Neal on the Hawks: “They should have three or four guys that make the All-Star team, and I hope they do.”

Barkley on the Milwaukee Bucks: Milwaukee is one of the best kept secrets in the NBA. They lost [Bucks forward] Jabari Parker, who was arguably the Rookie of the Year, but they are still winning.”

Smith on Heat guard Dwyane Wade: “He gets the job done. You’re talking about an Eastern Conference that isn’t guard heavy.”

Notes from NBA on TNT Coverage – Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

TNT’s NBA coverage will continue on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 8 p.m. ET with a doubleheader featuring the Denver Nuggets @ Memphis Grizzlies followed by the Chicago Bulls @ Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

  

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San Antonio Spurs (81) @ Chicago Bulls (104)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller and Grant Hill (analysts) with Rachel Nichols (reporter)

 

 

Hill on Bulls point guard Derrick Rose getting over his injuries: “It is about trusting your body. The mental hurdle is the last hurdle to accomplish. Derrick Rose is there but he has to continue to trust his body that he’ll be okay.”

Hill on the potential of the Bulls team once all healthy: “When they get healthy, they have a chance to make up some ground.”

 

Hill on the Bulls’ loss in Cleveland earlier this week: “Tonight is a drastic change from Monday night in Cleveland. They are bringing energy and effort, and playing with a sense of urgency they didn’t have against the Cavs. That game might have been the lowest point for Chicago this season. They had team meetings and a lot of speculation in the media. It’s encouraging to see them come out and play Chicago Bulls basketball.”

Miller on Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard: “Both are fabulous talents who get it done at both ends of the floor. More importantly, on defense. They are hard, gritty and they both rebound. Butler is only the second guard behind James Harden in free throw attempts. That shows he’s aggressive.”

Miller on Butler: “You should book a ticket to New York for Jimmy Butler. He deserves to be an All-Star reserve for the Eastern Conference.”

Hill on Derrick Rose: “I love the explosion of Derrick Rose tonight. He’s getting to the basket, getting up high and elevating in traffic. It’s a great sign for the Bulls.”

Hill on the success of Bulls power forward Pau Gasol in Chicago: “He was marginalized and forgotten the last two or three years in Los Angeles. That [Lakers former head coach] Mike D’Antoni style of play didn’t really fit him. People forgot how talented he is. Here in Chicago, he gets a chance to show that he’s still got it.”

  Hill on the value of a deep bench: “It’s a great luxury to have a deep bench. [Spurs head coach Gregg] Popovich learns to trust them and they typically come through in the playoffs when he needs them. A lot of coaches don’t trust their bench through the season.  Popovich empowers these guys and makes them believe in themselves. He can rely on them when he needs them down the stretch.”

Miller on the Spurs offense: “The Spurs are so patient at the offensive end when the shot clock is running down. They constantly have movement.”

Hill on Spurs center Boris Diaw: “Boris Diaw is yet another playmaker for San Antonio and a very talented defender.”

Miller on Diaw: “This guy is so crafty with the basketball. What makes him even tougher to guard is his passing ability at that size.”

Hill on whether the Spurs can repeat as NBA Champions this year: “Without a doubt. There is no real team in the West that is sticking out. The Spurs have an easy schedule, and it’s conceivable that by All-Star they could be third or fourth in the conference. They are gaining momentum, which they usually do this time of year. You can’t count out the San Antonio Spurs…I’ve learned that.”

 

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Brooklyn Nets (84) @ Los Angeles Clippers (123)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Brent Barry (analyst) with Jaime Maggio (reporter)

 

 

 

 

Barry on the weakness of the Nets defense: “There are gaps all over the Brooklyn Nets defense that the Clippers are exposing.”

Barry on the lack of consistent shooters on the Nets: “No shooter has gotten hot and stayed consistent for the Nets this season. It takes so much away from your offense when your point guards are pitching it out to opportunities and no one is able to knock those shots down.”

Barry on whether Lionel Hollins’ new system in Brooklyn has been a success: “The Nets have a new coach and new perspective, as well as veteran guys learning a new system. Hollins will admit he’s had to make adjustments around those guys, once he found out if they were capable of carrying out their assignments. Then you have the injuries, with [center] Brook Lopez and [power forward] Kevin Garnett in and out of the lineup. Hollins feels like he’s done a pretty good job in the first half of the year. Hopefully they can get some consistency and a good run in the second half.”

Barry on the Nets offense: “[Nets point guard] Deron Williams does so much offensively, but they are only going to be as good as their shooters start to take them. Williams is gearing up, they need more consistent minutes for Garnett, and the [center] Mason Plumlee is improving. They need to win a stretch of games before we can start believing in what this team can do.”

Barry on bench players getting an opportunity to play in blowout games:  “Whether you are up, or you see the hole that’s been dug and you know you’ll stay buried for the rest of the game, you have to play the game the right way. There is some karma that can carry over. If you play hard as a bench player, you compete and you do the right things, the next game, something good might happen to you. Don’t come in and think ‘this is embarrassing’ when the game is well out of hand. It’s a difficult thought, but you have to avoid it.”

   

Barry on the Clippers this season: “It just feels different. They are dealing with something they haven’t ever experienced…expectations.”  

 

Barry on Clipper center DeAndre Jordan: “What he does on the interior on a nightly basis for [head coach] Doc Rivers puts the Clippers in a great position to win.”

Barry on Clippers guard Jamal Crawford: “Jamal continues to be a bright spot for the Clippers. There are so many nights when they rely on him. He comes in and saves them offensively.”

Barry on the improvement of Clippers star Blake Griffin: “He’s shooting the ball well. I think he has expanded his game a little bit and has taken some criticism for doing the things he needed to in order to start being a better player.”

Barry on head coach Doc Rivers bringing in his son, guard Austin Rivers: “It is very interesting. There is lots of chatter about Doc making the move to bring Austin in. His career has gotten off to a rough start. This might be Doc’s attempt to try and save Austin River’s career moving forward, to simplify things for him and give him this great opportunity. It tells you a lot about the trust he has in the rest of the team, to take on Austin as a player, add him to this roster and give him minutes as they try to make progress throughout the season.”

Brent on the monster dunks of DeAndre Jordan: “There are two or three dunks a year that DeAndre Jordan gets on an opposing player, and it’s talked about all summer long. Makes for a miserable summer for his defenders.”

Barry on the inconsistency between the Clippers starters and bench players: “The Clippers bench is like when you are a parent and you have kids. You have friends come over, you give your kids to them and they wind them up and get them all excited. But when the kids start crying and fussing the friends hand them back to their parents. That’s what the bench and the starters are for the Clippers. The starters get the game going, hand it over to the bench and the kid is crying when they come back in. The bench has to be able to maintain and take care of the game.”

Barry on the impending trade deadline and if Doc Rivers will bring any players in to positively affect his team: “We’ve already seen teams that are in the hunt make significant moves on their roster, to bring in guys that will be significant in their rotation. Doc Rivers is content to wait, because he wants to add veteran presence. He wants to make sure he can pick guys that he knows what they can bring to the team. Sticking with the known and leaving the unknown alone. That’s the M.O. of Doc Rivers when it comes to adding players to the roster.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson, Barkley, O’Neal and Smith

 

Smith on the Chicago Bulls: “They are a team that could contend. They have all the elements in every position. One out of three nights they will have the advantage, minimum. Especially when [center] Joakim Noah is back.”

O’Neal on Bulls power forward Pau Gasol: “Pau is playing unbelievable. It’s hard to believe this is his 14th year [in the NBA]…and his best year.”

 

Smith on Bulls point guard Aaron Brooks: “Everywhere he’s been, he’s been able to score. Even when he went overseas, he was able to score.”

 

 

 

 

Barkley on the Spurs loss to the Bulls: “I think Coach Popovich was surprised at the level of competitiveness. You can’t judge the Spurs until everybody gets healthy. They are just getting Kawhi Leonard back and Tony Parker has been in and out. They are going to be tough because they play hard, smart and they have the best coach in the NBA. It’s going to be interesting now with the injury to Aldridge. It’s just ridiculous out West right now.”

 

Smith on his NBA finals prediction: “I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw the Spurs and Bulls playing each other in June.”

 

O’Neal on the Spurs chances in the playoffs: “I’m not worried about the Spurs. Yes, they are older, but they can win on the road. It’s not checkers; it’s chess. If the playoffs started today, I think the Spurs could go into Portland and win.”

  Barkley on the fast play of the Clippers: “The Clippers are the best full-court team in the NBA. You can’t let them play fast. When you let them dunk and everything, they are going to be tough to beat.”

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Hall of Fame Coach & Creator of the West Coast Offense Bill Walsh Profiled on NFL Network’s ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Bill Walsh: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, January 23 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“I look for the roots of Bill [Walsh] in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.” – Steve Young

He was labeled a genius, but he also was an insecure, tortured artist. After revolutionizing the NFL with the team of the 1980s, Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh wrote a book that has become the bible for generations of football coaches.

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, January 23 at 9:00 PM ET with Bill Walsh, one of the most successful and revolutionary coaches in NFL history. The special 90-minute NFL Films-produced documentary includes interviews and revelations from former and current NFL coaches, current and former NFL players, the co-author of his book, Finding the Winning Edge, former San Francisco 49er officials and his children Craig and Liz. Bill Walsh: A Football Life also addresses the emotional toll Walsh dealt with throughout his football life.

Following the premiere of Bill Walsh: A Football Life on NFL Network, the episode – along with the entire A Football Life series – will be available on NFL Now, the League’s next-generation video service. Providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience, allowing them to follow their favorite NFL teams and players. Visit NFL.com/now for more information.

Every episode of A Football Life – as well as all NFL Network programming – is streamed live on NFL Mobile from Verizon, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Among the topics discussed in Bill Walsh: A Football Life are:

  • His opinion on being called a ‘genius’
  • The desire to be perfect
  • A behind-the-scenes look at his transition from an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals to the head coach with the San Francisco 49ers
  • What it was like when Paul Brown told other football organizations that Bill Walsh wasn’t cut out for a head coaching position
  • How he felt after retiring
  • His relationship with his players and coaches
  • Almost trading quarterback Joe Montana

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Bill Walsh: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Bill Walsh

Liz Walsh – Bill’s daughter                

Craig Walsh – Bill’s son                    

Joe Montana – Hall of Fame quarterback               

Steve Young – Hall of Fame quarterback

Jerry Rice – Hall of Fame wide receiver

Dwight Clark – Former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver

Ronnie Lott – Hall of Fame safety

Randy Cross – Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman

Brian Billick – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach

Bill Parcells – Hall of Fame head coach

Bill Belichick – New England Patriots head coach

Mike Ditka – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach

Dick Vermeil – Former Super Bowl-winning head coach

John Harbaugh – Baltimore Ravens head coach

Andy Reid – Kansas City Chiefs head coach

Sam Wyche – Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach

Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. – Former San Francisco 49ers owner

Carmen Policy – Former San Francisco 49ers executive

Condoleezza Rice – Former Stanford provost

Jim Peterson – Co-author, Finding the Winning Edge

Provided below are some select quotes from Bill Walsh: A Football Life:

“I look for the roots of Bill in places that I’m visiting and they’re always there. The game was coached, played, managed, [and] owned in a very archaic way for a long time. Bill changed that fundamentally at every level forever.”Steve Young

“It’s the Bible of football coaching.” John Harbaugh

“I wish I would’ve enjoyed it more because those were the truly golden years.”Bill Walsh

“It just wasn’t good enough you know? But that sort of seemed to be how a lot of things had been for him. Even if this was a success he would still somehow find a way to not consider it one.”Liz Walsh

“At the start of my third year, I just wanted our team to have some respect in the National Football League because we didn’t.”Bill Walsh

“He would put plays in in meetings sometimes and say, ‘You don’t have to flinch when you catch this, there won’t be anyone around. You’ll be wide open’…You’d catch it and get ready to get hit and turn around and he would be right. Nobody would be there.” Dwight Clark

“You can’t say Bill Walsh without the word genius goes with it. He was offended by that. That intimates that this is just some intuitive knowledge that came to me from divine inspiration as opposed to the painstaking years of developing what is laid out in this book.”Brian Billick

“Bill would often talk about the term genius as embarrassing and he wished it would just disappear and go away but the truth of the matter is he loved it. He absolutely loved it.” Carmen Policy

“Our system of football sustained itself and we refined it further and further each year until at some point it might even have even been an art form.”Bill Walsh

“That’s why he was such a great leader. He got the best out of people.”Condoleezza Rice

“I think Bill Walsh was from another planet to be honest with you. He was so far ahead.”Jerry Rice

“For every person that said that we were finesse, he wanted to go punch them in the mouth.”Ronnie Lott

“When he quit, there were a lot of guys that wanted to win the Super Bowl so bad the following year because we wanted to prove that we could win it without him. That became the battle cry that year.”Ronnie Lott

“He was just a great coach, a great man and great person. I wish I had a lot more time with him.”Joe Montana

“He was calling Joe [Montana] and I in and Bill [Walsh] was like, ‘Joe, I’m playing Steve today.’ You know this is Joe Montana right? ‘Steve’s got a set of plays and I’m going to put him in so just know that’s coming.’ You could see Joe…If Joe had a knife there was a problem.”Steve Young

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