Tennis Channel Has Wall-To-Wall Coverage Of The WTA Championships

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TENNIS CHANNEL’S WALL-TO-WALL COVERAGE OF THE WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS TO FEATURE SERENA WILLIAMS, MARIA SHARAPOVA AND OTHER STARS OF 2014

The Network has Comprehensive Coverage of the Women’s Six-Day BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore, with Close to 35 Total Hours

World No. 1 and Two-Time Defending US Open Champion Serena Williams Leads the Women’s Top-Eight in Season Points

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15, 2014 - The season-ending BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore will air live on Tennis Channel October 20-26 and crown the 2014 women’s tennis champion. The network is devoting over 25 live and first-run hours, with close to 35 overall hours of daylong coverage to the year-end tournament. The best-eight singles players and the top-eight doubles teams of 2014 will compete for this season’s titles in an exciting week of round-robin and single-elimination matches.

During the six-day event, Tennis Channel will air all singles round-robin and semi-finals matches live, with same-day encore singles championship coverage on Oct. 26. In addition, the network has live coverage of the doubles quarterfinals, semifinals and finals, which air on Oct. 25. Telecasts will run throughout the day most days of the week. For a complete schedule, visit www.tennischannel.com/schedule. Tennis Channel analysts Mary Carillo and Hall of Famer Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin), the 1980 WTA finals singles champion, will call the matches during the tournament. Joining them will be Rennae Stubbs (@rennaestubbs), who won the 2001 doubles title, and Hall of Famer Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), who won three consecutive year-end doubles crowns from 1996-1998 and the singles title in 1999.

The eight singles players and the eight doubles teams who racked up the most points during the 2014 calendar year are the only ones eligible for the annual women’s final championships in Singapore. Each year, the tournament separates the singles players into two groups of four for round-robin play. Every singles player is guaranteed a minimum of three matches during the week versus the other players in her group. The top two in each group moves on to the semifinals in a high-stakes knockout stage before the final match. The doubles teams play in a single-elimination format throughout the tournament.

Williams is in pursuit of her fifth WTA championship title, however her presence at the year-end finals is in doubt. Currently sidelined with a left knee injury, if Williams does recover in time she joins the field with: 2014 French Open winner Maria Sharapova, 2014 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova as well as a barrage of other talents, including: Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep. Should Williams not be able to compete, Angelique Kerber ranks No. 9 in the women’s rankings and is the first alternate for the finals lineup.

The 2014 doubles draw includes: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci; Peng Shuai and Hsieh Su-Wei; Cara Black and Sania Mirza; Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina; Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears; Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik; Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro; and Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova.

There have never been more opportunities for tennis fans to follow the women’s championships. Tennis Channel’s free Tennis Channel Everywhere app allows most network subscribers to watch the channel live whenever and wherever they want. To learn more visit www.tennischanneleverywhere.com. For additional information during the tournament, go to www.tennischannel.com. To connect with Tennis Channel during the BNP Paribas WTA Finals and for more content, visit the network’s social media platforms:

Tennis Channel’s 2014 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Schedule: (All matches are live unless otherwise indicated.)

Date                                            Time (ET)                                       Event

Monday, Oct. 20 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Singles Round-Robin Matches
Tuesday, Oct. 21 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Singles Round-Robin Matches
Wednesday, Oct. 22 1:30 a.m. – 3 a.m.; 4 a.m. -6 a.m.; 7:30 a.m. -11 a.m. Doubles Quarterfinals and Singles Round-Robin Matches
Thursday, Oct. 23 1:30 a.m.-5:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.-11 a.m.

Singles Round-Robin Matches and Doubles Quarterfinals
Friday, Oct. 24 1:30 a.m. -5:30 a.m.

7:30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Singles Round-Robin Matches and Doubles Quarterfinals
Saturday, Oct. 25 12 a.m. -1:30 a.m.; 2:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m.; 6 a.m. -8 a.m. Doubles Semifinals and Singles Semifinals
Sunday, Oct. 26 4 a.m. – 5:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Doubles Finals and Singles Finals (Tape Delay)
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Tuesday’s Real Sports Probes Low Pay in the Thriving Minor League Baseball Industry

hbo-real-sportsREAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL EXPLORES

THE POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN HEAD TRAUMA AND VIOLENT BEHAVIOR;

PROBES LOW PAY IN THE THRIVING MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL INDUSTRY;

EXAMINES THE “EAT WHAT YOU KILL” PHENOMENON; AND

SPOTLIGHTS VIDEO GAMING IN COLLEGE SPORTS

WHEN THE EMMY®-WINNING SHOW RETURNS OCT. 21, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 211th edition debuts TUESDAY, OCT. 21 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

For the up-to-the-minute updates about REAL SPORTS, follow on Twitter at @RealSportsHBO or join the conversation using #RealSports.

Segments include:

(Dr. Ann McKee of Boston University researching the brains of former NFL players.)

*Violent Connection. While head injuries and their profound effect on former players have generated headlines and a steady stream of litigation for the National Football League in recent years, a new crisis emerged in 2014 centering on domestic violence. Now, REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel discovers that the two issues might have more to do with each other than many imagine. He visits Boston University, where neuroscientists have conducted studies concluding that more than 50% of former athletes, most of them former football players, who had the brain disease CTE developed some kind of violent physical behavior despite no prior history of violence. Frankel also sits down with the widows of two such players, Paul Oliver and Ray Easterling, to hear frightening accounts of how their husbands changed from gentle, loving partners and fathers to violent, out-of-control men.

Producer: Chapman Downes.

*Minor League Pay. Major League Baseball is healthier – and richer – than ever. Five franchises are worth more than a billion dollars and overall league revenue is expected to approach $9 billion for the 2014 season, with attendance figures among the highest in history. Despite what might be MLB’s largest economic boom, the profits aren’t reaching the lower ranks of pro baseball. Adjusted for inflation, minor league salaries have actually gone down during the boom. In addition to receiving no compensation for spring training service or instructional league assignments, players are paid only for the five months they play, are not represented by a union and have no say in working conditions or salary structure. As a result, 32 players, led by former San Francisco Giants minor leaguer-turned-lawyer Garrett Broshuis, have filed a lawsuit against the league and all of its teams. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel speaks with Broshuis and others about the overhaul they feel is necessary in Major League Baseball’s farm system.

Producer: Nick Dolin.

(Host Bryant Gumbel on an “Eat What You Kill” hunt in Florida.)

            *Eat What You Kill. Americans eat an average of 200 pounds of meat a year, but many give no thought to how it gets to their plates. However, a growing contingency of carnivores in the U.S. preach a lifestyle guided by the “Eat What You Kill” philosophy. Those men and women only consume animal meat that they have hunted and prepared themselves. Some do it for health reasons, arguing that antibiotics and hormones affect factory farm meat, while others cite ethics and spirituality. REAL SPORTS host Bryant Gumbel meets some “Eat What You Kill” adherents, including former “Fear Factor” host Joe Rogan, and learns that many are not from rural areas, but urban dwellers. Gumbel takes viewers through the “Eat What You Kill” process, from hunt to preparation, where virtually all parts of the body, from the heart to the testicles, are used.

Producer: Tim Walker.

(Members of the Robert Morris University varsity eSports team.)

            *eSports. Whether video gaming, or eSports, is the anti-sport or the sport of the next generation, it’s big business, currently grossing more than $60 billion a year. That’s roughly four times the size of the music business and nearly twice the size of the film industry. Video gaming has even become one of the fastest-growing spectator sports in the world, which may surprise those unfamiliar with eSports, but competitive gamers have shown that the profession provides lucrative opportunities.

When REAL SPORTS’ Soledad O’Brien first reported this story in Oct. 2013, she went behind the scenes of the League of Legends World Championships at Staples Center in Los Angeles, where the competition was broadcast live to millions of people around the globe and had the eSports world buzzing. A year later, she visits Robert Morris University in Chicago, where eSports has become their newest varsity sport, and meets the members of the first scholarship eSports team in the country as they prepare for their inaugural season.

Producers: Jake Rosenwasser, Maggie Burbank.

Other HBO playdates: Oct. 21 (3:20 a.m.), 24 (9:30 a.m., 9:00 p.m.), 27 (12:45 p.m.), 28 (7:00 p.m.) and 30 (2:00 a.m.), and Nov. 2 (9:00 a.m.), 4 (midnight), 5 (7:30 p.m.) and 8 (9:30 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: Oct. 25 (2:30 p.m.), 29 (noon, 8:00 p.m.) and 31 (4:00 p.m.), and Nov. 11 (10:00 a.m., 2:45 a.m.), 15 (4:40 p.m.) and 21 (midnight)

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is available on multiple platforms, including HBO On Demand® and HBO GO®.

REAL SPORTS was recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. It is the only sports program ever honored with two duPont Awards, first in 2005 and again in 2012. Debuting April 2, 1995, the series has captured the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, receiving 26 Sports Emmys® overall.

Follow REAL SPORTS updates on HBO.com/realsports and facebook.com/realsports. Immediately following the debut of this month’s show on Oct. 21, log on to HBO.com/realsports for a special overtime session hosted by Bryant Gumbel.

The executive producer of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is Rick Bernstein; Joe Perskie is senior producer.

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EXCERPTS

Tim Pahuta was drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2005, a year after former San Francisco Giants’ minor leaguer Garrett Broshuis. On the field he was often the star, hitting 112 career homeruns. At home, he was a pauper.

JON FRANKEL: “When you took stock of your situation, and you looked around, you said, ‘Wait a minute.  I’m livin’ with four other guys in a two-bedroom apartment on an air mattress.  Aren’t I a professional athlete?’”

TIM PAHUTA: “Yeah, right.  That’s exactly what you say to yourself. You don’t feel like a professional athlete at that point. You feel like an unwanted commodity.”

Pahuta was a very good minor league baseball player…a phone call away from making it, is what they say about guys like him…a phone call, that never came…and last year, after nine years, and six different teams, Pahuta knew it was time to get on with the rest of his life.

The disappointment was hard enough, but these days Pahuta has a more immediate issue.

JON FRANKEL: “So this is the room you grew up in?”

TIM PAHUTA: “This is it. This is it right here.”

Having finally given up on his dream, Pahuta is back home, living with Mom and Dad.

JON FRANKEL: “Living at your parents’ house?”

TIM PAHUTA: “Absolutely.”

JON FRANKEL: “How does that roll off the tongue?”

TIM PAHUTA: “It feels terrible.  It’s embarrassing.  You’re 31 years old, and you live at your parents’ house?  How do you pick up a chick like that? You can’t do it.”

JON FRANKEL: “Are the memories worth something? Are the memories worth…”

TIM PAHUTA: “Try paying the rent with a memory. I retired with $300 in my bank account.”

JON FRANKEL: “$300.”

TIM PAHUTA: “You’d be amazed at how many people I ran into during my career that thought we make a lotta money. Meanwhile, you make more than me doin’ whatever you do. It doesn’t matter. Person servin’ hotdogs in the stadium makes more than the guy playing first base for the team everybody’s paying to go watch.”

The lawsuit Broshuis filed earlier this year against Major League Baseball and all of its teams, has 32 plaintiffs, including a former slugger named Tim Pahuta.

The suit alleges not just that the players are paid below the federal minimum wage, but also, that for weeks and months at a time, they are not paid for their work at all.

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ESPN Announces 2014-15 Women’s College Basketball Schedule

espn-logoESPN Announces 2014-15 Women’s College Basketball Schedule

ESPN2 Opens Season Nov. 17 with Four Ranked Teams as Part of Tip-Off Marathon

ESPN’s 2014-15 women’s college basketball regular-season schedule includes 131 games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and Longhorn Network. The addition of ESPN3 exclusive games and ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, to be announced at a later date will result in a record number of coverage this season.

The schedule boasts 22 programs on the espnW 2014-15 preseason top 25 poll – created by bracketologist Charlie Creme at the conclusion of the 2014 Final Four – which includes 20 of the top 25 teams on the schedule. espnW.com will provide season-long original content and supporting material for ESPN’s top games.

Every game will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Schedule Highlights:

·         ESPN2 – Home to 36 games this season, ESPN2 will include top early-season matchups, all Big Monday contests and most Sundays throughout the conference season.

·         ESPNU – A schedule of 19 games, ESPNU matchups include doubleheaders on most Sundays during the conference schedule.

·         SEC Network – The introduction of the new network ensures every SEC women’s basketball game is available nationwide. SEC Network will air more than 60 games, including a doubleheader every Thursday and a game-of-the-week on Mondays.

·         Longhorn Network – ESPN’s 24-hour network devoted to The University of Texas, will air 13 games, including seven featuring a Big 12 opponent.

·         Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish – Four ranked teams open the seventh annual marathon with an ESPN2 doubleheader on Monday, Nov. 17. Two-time defending national champion Connecticut will travel to 2014 Final Four participant and No. 20 Stanford in the second game at 9 p.m., while No. 13 Baylor will face No. 6 Kentucky in the first matchup at 7 p.m.

·         Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona – The 13th annual game features a rematch of the 2014 NCAA Championship title game – pitting No. 1 Connecticut against No. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN. Notre Dame will play in the event for the first time, hosting the game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., while the Huskies will appear for the fourth straight year and seventh time overall.

·         Big Monday Presented by Verizon – The ninth season of the seven-week series on ESPN2 will begin on January 19 and run through March 2. The schedule includes doubleheaders on February 16 and 23 and a robust schedule of ranked teams: No. 1 Connecticut, No. 2 South Carolina, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Texas A&M, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Michigan State, No. 14 Maryland and No. 16 Louisville.

·         We Back Pat – No. 4 Texas A&M will play at No. 2 South Carolina in a January 26 Big Monday game, to honor former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt as part of the SEC’s “We Back Pat” initiative.

·         Play 4Kay – ESPN’s annual Play 4Kay games – highlighting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) – will air five games across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 22. Two top-25 matchups – featuring SEC rivals No. 3 Tennessee at No. 2 South Carolina and new ACC foes No. 16 Louisville at No. 4 Notre Dame – airs Monday, Feb. 23, as part of Big Monday.

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·         Season preview November 3-7 will include an updated preseason top-25 poll, preseason All-Americans and a ranking of the top 25 players in the nation.

·         Writers Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays, Kate Fagan and Michelle Smith, as well as analyst Rebecca Lobo, will write in-depth profiles of some of the nation’s top teams, players and coaches throughout the season.

·         Prior to each Big Monday game, espnW.com will offer an updated Bracketology segment from Charlie Creme and a game preview for that night’s matchup, as well as postgame coverage with video analysis.

·         For the third consecutive season, espnW will name a national player of the week each Monday.

ESPN The Magazine

A women’s hoop preview in its upcoming College Hoops Tip-Off Preview issue (on sale October 31) includes a rundown of the top-10 teams by espnW’s Mechelle Voepel, plus a ScoutTake profile on the genius of UConn’s Breanna Stewart.

Postseason Coverage

ESPN networks will also have a full lineup of games during Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods and will continue to carry all 63 games of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship culminating with the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa, Fla., on April 5 and 7. The schedules will be announced at a later date.

Week-long men’s and women’s conference tournaments can been seen across ESPN platforms during Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods from Thursday, March 5 to Sunday, March 15.

ESPN will present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field as part of Selection Monday on March 16, at 7 p.m., with ESPNU offering a bonus hour of coverage on the NCAA Women’s’ Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage at 8 p.m.

All 63 games of the 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will air on ESPN networks for the 10th consecutive year. ESPN and ESPN2 will present regionalized telecasts with home market protection through the first two rounds. ESPN3 and ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer first- and second-round games in their entirety as a supplement to ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage. The final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

2014-15 ESPN Network’s Women’s Basketball Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Sat, Nov 15 TBD UT San Antonio at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 16 8 p.m. Duke at Alabama SEC Network
Mon, Nov 17 7 p.m. Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: Baylor at Kentucky ESPN2
  9 p.m. Tip-Off Marathon Presented by Dish: Connecticut at Stanford ESPN2
Thu, Nov 20 7 p.m. Clemson at South Carolina SEC Network
Wed, Nov 26 8 p.m. Texas Pan American at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 30 1 p.m. Duke at Texas A&M SEC Network
Mon, Dec 1 9 p.m. Virginia Tech at Florida SEC Network
Wed, Dec 3 7 p.m. Louisiana Tech at LSU SEC Network
  8 p.m. New Mexico at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Dec 4 8 p.m. Charlotte at South Carolina SEC Network
Sat, Dec 6 3:15 p.m. Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona: Connecticut at Notre Dame ESPN
Sun, Dec 7 1 p.m. South Carolina at Duke ESPN2
  4 p.m. Michigan State at Georgia SEC Network
Mon, Dec 8 Noon Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
Wed, Dec 10 7 p.m. Wisconsin at Florida SEC Network
Fri, Dec 12 9 p.m. Middle Tennessee State at Kentucky SEC Network
Sun, Dec 14 1 p.m. Mercer at Alabama SEC Network
  3 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: Tennessee at Rutgers ESPN2
  Northwestern State at Texas Longhorn Network
  6 p.m. Belmont at Kentucky SEC Network
Tue, Dec 16 7 p.m. Wichita State at Tennessee SEC Network
Wed, Dec 17 8 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
Sat, Dec 20 1 p.m. Stanford at Tennessee SEC Network
Sun, Dec 21 1:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Texas vs. Texas A&M (Little Rock, Ark.) SEC Network
3 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: Kentucky at Duke ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Oklahoma vs. Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.) SEC Network
  5 p.m. Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Holiday Showcase as part of Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers: UCLA vs. Connecticut (Uncasville, Conn.) ESPN2
Sun, Dec 28 Noon East Carolina at USF ESPNU
  1 p.m. Oregon State at Tennessee SEC Network
  8:30 p.m. Temple at Memphis ESPNU
Mon, Dec 29 9 p.m. Duke at Connecticut ESPN2
Tue, Dec 30 8 p.m. Rice at Texas Longhorn Network
Fri, Jan 2 7 p.m. Auburn at South Carolina SEC Network
  9 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee SEC Network
Sat, Jan 3 8 p.m. Kansas at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 4 1 p.m. Maggie Dixon Classic: Connecticut vs. St. John’s (New York, N.Y.) ESPN2
  1:30 p.m. Texas A&M at Arkansas ESPNU
  2 p.m. Ole Miss at Kentucky SEC Network
  3 p.m. South Carolina at LSU ESPN2
  3:30 p.m. George Washington at Dayton ESPNU
  4 p.m. Florida at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, Jan 5 7 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt SEC Network
Wed, Jan 7 8 p.m. West Virginia at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Jan 8 7 p.m. Texas A&M at Tennessee SEC Network
  9 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU SEC Network
Sun, Jan 11 1 p.m. Kentucky at South Carolina ESPN2
  LSU at Texas A&M ESPNU
  2 p.m. Georgia at Auburn SEC Network
  3 p.m. Maryland at Minnesota ESPN2
  Tennessee at Arkansas ESPNU
  4 p.m. Florida at Missouri SEC Network
Thu, Jan 15 7 p.m. Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
  9 p.m. South Carolina at Missouri SEC Network
Sat, Jan 17 1 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 18 Noon George Mason at Richmond ESPNU
  1 p.m. USF at Connecticut ESPN2
  2 p.m. Kentucky at LSU ESPNU
  3 p.m. Iowa at Michigan State ESPN2
  Missouri at Arkansas SEC Network
  5 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M SEC Network
Mon, Jan 19 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Verizon: Tennessee at Notre Dame ESPN2
  South Carolina at Florida SEC Network
Thu, Jan 22 7 p.m. LSU at Tennessee SEC Network
  9 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss SEC Network
Sun, Jan 25 Noon Arkansas at Florida ESPNU
  2 p.m. UCF at SMU ESPNU
  Georgia at Tennessee SEC Network
  3 p.m. Connecticut at Cincinnati ESPN2
  4 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri SEC Network
  5 p.m. Duke at North Carolina ESPN2
Mon, Jan 26 7 p.m. We Back Pat as part of Big Monday presented by Verizon: Texas A&M at South Carolina ESPN2
  9 p.m. Mississippi State at Auburn SEC Network
Thu, Jan 29 7 p.m. Tennessee at Kentucky SEC Network
  9 p.m. Ole Miss at LSU SEC Network
Sun, Feb 1 1 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky SEC Network
  2 p.m. Connecticut at Temple ESPN2
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at Tennessee SEC Network
  4 p.m. Iowa at Maryland ESPN2
  4:30 p.m. South Carolina at Ole Miss ESPNU
Mon, Feb 2 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Louisville at Duke ESPN2
  Missouri at LSU SEC Network
Thu, Feb 5 7 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia SEC Network
  9 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Sun, Feb 8 1 p.m. Kentucky at Vanderbilt SEC Network
  2 p.m. Baylor at Texas ESPN2
  Tennessee at Florida ESPNU
  3 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State SEC Network
  4 p.m. Nebraska at Maryland ESPN2
  California at Arizona State ESPNU
  5 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
Mon, Feb 9 7 p.m. Georgia at Arkansas SEC Network
  8 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon: South Carolina at Connecticut ESPN2
Thu, Feb 12 7 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky SEC Network
  9 p.m. Arkansas at Texas A&M SEC Network
Sun, Feb 15 Noon Vanderbilt at South Carolina ESPNU
  1 p.m. North Carolina at Louisville ESPN2
  2 p.m. USF at East Carolina ESPNU
  Arkansas at Auburn SEC Network
  3 p.m. Kentucky at Tennessee ESPN2
  4 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5 p.m. West Virginia at Baylor ESPN2
Mon, Feb 16 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon as part of Rivalry Week: Maryland at Michigan State ESPN2
  Alabama at Texas A&M SEC Network
  9 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon as part of Rivalry Week: Duke at Notre Dame ESPN2
Wed, Feb 18 8 p.m. Kansas State at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Feb 19 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at Florida SEC Network
  9 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas SEC Network
Fri, Feb 20 5 p.m. Iona at Marist ESPNU
Sun, Feb 22 Noon Play 4Kay: Duke at NC State ESPN2
  Play 4Kay: Temple at USF ESPNU
  2 p.m. Play 4Kay: Rutgers at Michigan State ESPN2
  Play 4Kay: LSU at Arkansas ESPNU
  Missouri at Vanderbilt SEC Network
  4 p.m. Play 4Kay: California at Stanford ESPN2
  Florida at Texas A&M SEC Network
Mon, Feb 23 7 p.m. Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Louisville at Notre Dame ESPN2
  Kentucky at Ole Miss SEC Network
  9 p.m. Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Tennessee at South Carolina ESPN2
Wed, Feb 25 8 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Feb 26 7 p.m. Florida at Alabama SEC Network
  9 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia SEC Network
Sun, Mar 1 1 p.m. Texas at West Virginia ESPN2
  2 or 5 p.m. Texas A&M at LSU ESPN2 or ESPNU
  2 or 5 p.m. South Carolina at Kentucky ESPN2 or ESPNU
  3 p.m. North Carolina at Duke ESPN2
  Georgia at Florida SEC Network
  4 p.m. Stanford at Oregon ESPNU
  5 p.m. Vanderbilt at Tennessee SEC Network
Mon, Mar 2 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Verizon: Connecticut at USF ESPN2
Tue, Mar 3 8 p.m. TCU at Texas Longhorn Network

CBS & NFL Network’s ‘NFL Thursday Night Kickoff’ Notes & Quotes — New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

Thursday_Night_Football_logo-cbs-nflNFL Thursday Night Kickoff aired from inside Gillette Stadium tonight at 7:30 PM ET on CBS and NFL Network, with host James Brown and analysts Bill Cowher and Deion Sanders providing pregame analysis leading up to Jets-Patriots on Thursday Night Football.

NFL Thursday Night Kickoff Quotes:

“He is their Tom Brady on that side of the ball. He’s the leader and he calls the signals. He puts people in the best possible position to make plays. You don’t replace a Jerod Mayo.” – Bill Cowher on the loss of New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo for the season

“You play to your strengths: that’s your defensive front…Play to your strengths on offense: that’s your running backs. Keep it simple for Geno [Smith]. That’s his best chance at having success tonight: shorten this game.” – Bill Cowher on how the New York Jets have success tonight

“They need him to have a mistake-free football game tonight for them to have a chance to win this game.” – Bill Cowher on New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith

“Playing for Rex [Ryan], there’s just something special. There is something special about him; you’re drawn to him. He just understands his players. The first thing he said to me, ‘We don’t work for you and you don’t work for me – we work for each other.’ It’s been a brotherhood like that ever since for me. I love him. I love him to death. You want to play hard for a guy like that.” – New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson on Jets head coach Rex Ryan

“He’s infectious. You want to win like he’s a brother, like he’s a father, like he’s a mentor.” – Deion Sanders on New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan

“This guy is once again one of the premier corners in the league…He is back.” – Deion Sanders on New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis

“He’s too big for [defensive backs], he’s too fast for linebackers – he is a matchup nightmare for the defenses. There is no question they are better these last two weeks because Rob Gronkowski is healthier.” – Bill Cowher on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

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NEXT WEEK ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS AT DENVER BRONCOS — 8:25 PM ET

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 4 – Orioles vs. Royals – Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 4

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

 

 

 Martinez on the Royals team play: “Everyone has the same focused look and determination to win a ball game. The whole team deserves a lot of credit for chipping in. They are doing everything they have to do and not missing a beat. They are really dangerous.”
   Sheffield on the Orioles not playing Delmon Young much in the ALCS: “Where have you been Delmon? He should’ve been playing in this series because he is clutch in the playoffs. He was brought in for these moments and he came through for his team [in the LDS]. To have him on the bench and not using him is baffling to me because they’ve been struggling to score runs.”

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Kansas City Royals (2) @ Baltimore Orioles (1) – The Royals sweep the series 4-0 and advance to the World Series
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Darling on the Kansas City bullpen: “They have the best bullpen going. It might be the best weapon in the postseason.”

Ripken on the importance of the Royals scoring early: “Early in the game you don’t want to play for one run. You want to play for a big inning but the way Kansas City has been pitching, they want to shorten the game, get the lead and apply the pressure.”

Ripken on Lorenzo Cain’s decision to bunt that resulted in Kansas City scoring: “It’s so indicative of the attitude that this Royals team has…they know how they play and how they want to manufacture runs. They are all willing [to sacrifice].”

Ripken on the Royals’ defense: “We always talk about the spectacular plays that make the highlight reel but I’ve been impressed with [Omar] Infante’s steady play at second [base]. [Alcides]Escobar has made some really nice plays and [Eric] Hosmer handles every play with ease.”

Ripken on the Royals: “We knew they were good and they’ve been a fun team to watch. They couldn’t play any better than they’ve played.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

   Martinez on Lorenzo Cain being named ALCS MVP: “It couldn’t happen to a better person. He’s a humble kid who’s had to work his way through. He did everything the Royals asked him to do.”

Sheffield on the Royals: “You have to appreciate the baseball we just saw. We saw a little bit of everything from these guys. From the first game of this series until the end, they kept their focus the whole time and didn’t let up.”

Martinez on the Royals bullpen trio of Wade Davis, Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland: “I have never seen a one-two-three punch better than this one…I’ll take this group over any other group.”

Martinez on the Royals: “The momentum that they are carrying over to the next series is something special.”

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Notes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the ALCS, Game 3 – Orioles vs. Royals – Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

mlb-on-tbsNotes from TBS Exclusive Coverage of the American League Championship Series – Game 3

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TBS’ exclusive presentation of the ALCS will continue today, Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 3:30 p.m. ET with the MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200, followed by the Baltimore Orioles @ Kansas City Royals (Game 4) at 4 p.m. The night will conclude with The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1.

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MLB Postseason Pre-Game on TBS presented by The All-New Chrysler 200
Casey Stern (host), Pedro Martinez and Gary Sheffield (analysts)

 

 

 Martinez on Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie, his long layoff between starts and other factors: “I would take advantage of the simulated game, but that’s not the most important thing. I think the chilly wind and the dryness on the field today is going to play a big role.”

Sheffield on outfielder Nori Aoki at the number two spot in the lineup: “I love this player. He’s seen 36 pitches in this series. And what that does, it allows the next hitter to see those same pitches and go up there with a better game plan.”

 

 

 Sheffield on first baseman Steve Pearce’s struggles: “This guy has to be proud of what he did during the season.  He’s one of the reasons why they’re here. But to me, it seems like this situation is getting a little too big for this kid. This kid is starting to press a little bit, instead of doing the things you did to get you here.”

Sheffield on outfielder Adam Jones and needing to demonstrate patience: “He’s not patient…as middle of the order guys, the last thing we want to do is be patient. We want to be the heroes, we want to hit the ball out of the park and be the big guy on campus, but the opposite applies in the playoffs. You have to go in and tell yourself, I have to set the stage, I’m a third place hitter for a reason.”

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Kansas City Royals (2) @ Baltimore Orioles (1) – The Royals lead the series 3-0
Ernie Johnson (play-by-play), Ron Darling and Cal Ripken (analysts) with Matt Winer (reporter)

 

 

 Darling on Mike Moustakas’ diving catch in foul territory in the sixth inning: “On the 11th anniversary of the Steve Bartman game, the Royals fans let [Mike] Moustakas catch the baseball.”

Ripken on how to approach Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera: “You’ve got to get the bat started. You know you’re going to get fastballs, you’re going to get a lot of them. The approach should be, give yourself three chances. I wouldn’t go taking [pitches].”

Ripken on the Royals’ approach to winning: “They truly find a way to win. That’s a symptom of all the good teams that are winning and are hot like they are. The diversity of their offense, the threat of steal, the first to third, the ground ball, they do everything they can to scratch away a win. And I haven’t seen anything like it.”

   Darling on pitcher Kevin Gausman: “At some point he’s going to be one of their most valuable starting pitchers. I know he’s in the pen now, but at some point, he’s a guy that’s going to give you 200 innings, win you 15 games, that’s how much talent he has.”

Darling on Gausman’s relief performance: “A heroic effort. He came in, though, he got ahead with that one fastball against Billy Butler and then made too good of a pitch that cost him a sac fly.”

Darling on outfielder Nelson Cruz’s power to all fields: “What makes him so valuable, and tough to pitch to…is that he can take you deep to right field, coast to coast.”

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The Postseason Show presented by Mobil 1

Stern, Martinez, Sheffield

 

 

 Martinez on the focus of the Kansas City team: “The whole Kansas City team, you can look at them in the eyes and they are all focused, and that impressed me from this young team.”

Martinez on the performance by starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie: “He surprised me and surprised I think everybody because he not only competed in the key situations, when he was rattled by the Orioles, he came back and made quality pitches…unexpected for a guy that has spent 19 days without pitching in a real game.”

Martinez on Kansas City’s superior defense throughout the playoffs: “I’ve seen many things in the game, but a defense like I’ve seen in this postseason, believe me, I’ve never seen in my 18 years in the big leagues, in the postseason specifically. It’s impossible. I’ve never seen something like it.”

 Sheffield on first baseman Steve Pearce getting back on track at the plate: “I liked his approach today. He took a couple pitches, he seemed relaxed today, he got the fat part of the bat on the ball and good things happen when you do that. He had some quality at-bats but unfortunately the defense was there for the Royals again.”

Sheffield on who needs to rally the Baltimore team: “That guy is Adam Jones. He needs to get in front of the team and step up and tell these guys, ‘Hey, we still have a game to play. We just have to focus on one game at a time. Our backs are against the wall right now, but we just have to play Orioles baseball, and if we can get back to that, we can turn this series around.’”

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NFL Media Programming Notes: October 14 – 19

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

For a full description of each show, please click the show’s link

  • Thursday Night Football – Jets vs Patriots at 8:25 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: NFL Total Access Kickoff at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network; NFL Thursday Night Kickoff at 7:30 PM ET on CBS & NFL Network

  • Finding GiantsTONIGHT at 9:00 PM ET
  • Doug Flutie: A Football Life – Premieres Friday, October 17 at 9:00 PM ET
  • NFL Now
  • NFL GameDay Sunday Programming – Starting at 7:00 AM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Quarterback Brett Favre on NFL GameDay Morning at 9:00 AM ET

  • Week 6 NFL Replay & Sound FX

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Nick Foles on Sound FX Friday, October 17 at 10:00 PM ET 

  • NFL AM

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee on Wednesday, October 15; Former Pro Bowl defensive lineman Joe Ehrmann on Thursday, October 16

  • NFL Game Rewind
  • The Aftermath
  • NFL Fantasy Live
  • Around the NFL
  • NFL Total Access

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: ‘Friday Night Spotlight’ – Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford           

  • Playbook & Playbook Primetime
  • Inside the NFL
  • NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming
  • NFL.com Content
  • NFL.com Editorial Content
  • NFL.com Podcast Central

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy on the Dave Dameshek Football Program; Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops on the College Football 24/7 Podcast

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Thursday Night Football – Jets vs. Patriots at 8:25 PM ET on CBS & NFL Network

Thursday Night Football on CBS and NFL Network kicks off Thursday, October 9 at 8:25 PM ET when quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots host quarterback Geno Smith and the New York Jets. Play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz and analyst Phil Simms have the call, with Tracy Wolfson providing reports from the sideline.

Coverage begins at 6:00 PM ET with NFL Total Access Kickoff on NFL Network. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Marshall Faulk, Willie McGinest and Steve Mariucci are live outside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts to provide analysis of Jets-Patriots and highlight the atmosphere and festivities outside the stadium.

At 7:30 PM ET on NFL Network and CBS, James Brown, Deion Sanders and Bill Cowher host NFL Thursday Night Kickoff from inside the stadium. Eisen, McGinest, Faulk and Mariucci will also appear on the show.

During halftime, Brown, Sanders and Cowher host the Lexus Halftime Show on CBS, providing first half highlights and analysis. Following the game, Eisen, McGinest, Faulk, Mariucci and Sanders host the Mazda Postgame Show, which features complete game highlights and analysis, as well as on-set interviews with players from the winning team.

Finding Giants

Before an NFL team can achieve success on the field, it is up to the hard work of the team’s scouts to scour the country to find the future players of the organization. For the first time ever, NFL Network – in association with NFL Films and Moondog Films – provides a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of professional scouts and follows the long process of what it takes to build a championship team.

NFL Network presents Finding Giants, a four-part series airing each Tuesday through October 21. All four episodes provide an intimate look into the New York Giants organization, one of the most successful NFL franchises with eight championship titles, including four Super Bowls. Each week on NFL Network, a first look of the new episode will air following the Thursday Night Football game. Digitally, Finding Giants will be made available on NFL Now through the service’s premium tier, NFL Now Plus. ($1.99 per month)

On NFL Now Plus, the full six-episode, “director’s cut” edition of Finding Giants will be available. NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service and provides fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

Finding Giants offers an in-depth look at scouting and team building in today’s NFL and shows what it takes to find and draft the best players to fit an organization. Finding Giants will also give fans a unique look at the personal side of working in the NFL as scouts and their wives balance life on the road with family life at home.

Additionally, Finding Giants will show footage inside the Giants’ draft war room during the 2014 NFL Draft, in which the Giants selected such players as Odell Beckham, Jr., Weston Richburg and Andre Williams.

To view the trailer for Finding Giants, visit:

http://on.nfl.com/1uzEjW6

Doug Flutie: A Football Life – Friday, October 17 at 9:00 PM ET

Former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback Doug Flutie is still regarded as one of the most beloved quarterbacks in football history. The Heisman Trophy-winner first entered the spotlight when he completed a “Hail Mary” touchdown pass in a game against the University of Miami in 1984 – considered one of the greatest moments in college football history. While people doubted his success as a professional quarterback due to his height, Flutie had a successful 21-year career and was inducted to both the College Football Hall of Fame (2007) and Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2008).

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, October 17 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Flutie. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Flutie’s football career, beginning in high school, through his time at Boston College and ending with his professional career in both the NFL and CFL. The show focuses on Flutie’s constant adversity due to his small stature and how he was able to overcome his height to be regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation.

Doug Flutie: A Football Life features interviews with Flutie, his wife Laurie Flutie, his brothers Bill and Darren, his former Boston College quarterback coach Tom Coughlin, former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, former San Diego Chargers teammate Drew Brees and more.

Following the premiere of Doug Flutie: 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 Doug Flutie: A Football Life are:

  • Flutie’s high school career playing quarterback with his brother Bill Flutie as his wide receiver
  • His college recruitment process, and how Boston College was the only Division I school to offer him an athletic scholarship
  • Flutie’s climb to first-string and success as quarterback at Boston College, specifically the famous “Hail Mary” pass during the University of Miami game
  • His successful professional career in the NFL, CFL and USFL
  • How he still maintains an active lifestyle by playing in a baseball league, surfing and playing the drums in a band with his two brothers

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the October and November episodes:

  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams
  • November 7 – Earl Campbell
  • November 14 – Csonka, Kiick & Morris
  • November 21 – Lyle Alzado
  • November 28 – Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers

NFL Now

NFL Now is the League’s next-generation video service, providing fans access to the largest digital library of NFL video anywhere, accessible through apps and browsers across an array of Internet-connected devices. Offered for free with a premium tier, NFL Now allows fans to customize their own video stream of short-form videos and highlights from NFL Media and all 32 NFL clubs.

The NFL…Personalized: Fans can select their favorite NFL teams and players and upload their NFL.com Fantasy roster, and NFL Now dynamically personalizes each fan’s viewing experience. The customization grows over time, as the content engine learns each fan’s preferences and fine tunes the video stream, to the point where no two registered fans will have the same experience on NFL Now.

Provided below is a weekly schedule of NFL Now content:

  • Live streaming of NFL Fantasy Live on NFL Now

o   Monday – Friday at 4:00 PM ET,

o   Sunday at 5:30 – 7:00 AM ET

  • Live streaming events and select news conferences
  • Michael Fabiano personalized fantasy analysis
  • Daily, personalized NFL analysis from Brian Billick, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger, Bucky Brooks and others
  • Instant in-game highlights for every game as wells as a personalized highlight Game Center for NFL.com fantasy leagues
  • In-depth analysis for all 32 teams every day
  • 1,200 new NFL Club-produced segments available per week
  • Over 1,000 NFL Films titles available on NFL Now Plus

 

NFL GameDay on NFL Network – Sunday Starting at 7:00 AM ET

NFL Network’s ‘GameDay’ coverage kicks off Sunday, October 19, providing more than 15 hours of live programming every Sunday during the regular season.

Start each Sunday with NFL GameDay First at 7:00 AM ET, the first NFL pregame show on television. Host Melissa Stark and analysts Sterling Sharpe, Shaun O’Hara and Michael Robinson provide the first analysis and news reports of the day’s games.

NFL GameDay Morning, the most comprehensive pregame show on television, airs at 9:00 AM ET and takes viewers right up to kickoff. Host Rich Eisen and analysts Steve Mariucci and Kurt Warner are joined by Hall of Famers in Marshall Faulk, Michael Irvin and Warren Sapp to discuss the upcoming games four hours prior to kickoff. NFL Network reporters stationed around the league provide up-to-the-minute reports and interviews from the game sites, while NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport offers the latest on what is making news around the league. Additionally, Michael Silver, Andrea Kremer, Mark Kriegel and Steve Cyphers provide in-depth feature stories each week.

This week on NFL GameDay Morning, quarterback Brett Favre joins to discuss Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning approaching his passing touchdown record.

At 1:00 PM ET, NFL GameDay Live is the only show that delivers in-progress highlights of all of the 1:00 and 4:00 PM ET games, as well as live fantasy updates and reports, live press conferences and 1-on-1 interviews, and live reports from game sites. Kevin Frazier and Dan Hellie host, and are joined by analysts Heath Evans, Brian Billick, LaDainian Tomlinson and Daniel Jeremiah.

At 7:30 PM ET, host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson and Steve Mariucci recap the day’s action thus far with highlights, postgame press conferences and commentary on NFL GameDay Highlights, leading up to kickoff of the Sunday night matchup.

NFL GameDay Final provides the final word on Sunday’s games at 11:30 PM ET with host Chris Rose and analysts Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk and Michael Irvin. With postgame press conferences, game highlights, player and coach interviews, expert analysis, a preview of Monday’s game and more, NFL GameDay Final provides everything viewers need to know about the week in the NFL.

Week 6 NFL Replay & Sound FX

NFL Replay offers an exclusive look at the previous week’s games in a condensed, high-octane format. With the use of bonus NFL Films and NFL Network footage, including never-before-seen camera angles and coaches’ commentary, combined with exclusive wired sound from the field, locker rooms and sidelines, viewers will experience the game like never before.

Sound FX offers a compilation of the best on-field sights and sounds from around the NFL each week.

Week 6 NFL Replay & Sound FX schedule:

Wednesday

  • 8:00 PM ET – NFL Replay: Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks

Friday

  • 10:00 PM ET – Sound FX: Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and quarterback Nick Foles

 

NFL AM – Daily Episodes at 6:00 AM ET; Re-Aires at 10:00 AM ET

Start the day off with the NFL. NFL AM airs Monday – Friday at 6:00 AM ET offering analysis, reports from correspondents in several NFL cities, interviews with players and coaches, and game highlights. A two-hour edition of NFL AM airs Monday – Friday starting at 10:00 AM ET.

Hosts Rhett Lewis and Erin Coscarelli are joined by analysts Eric Davis and LaVar Arrington each morning, setting the football conversation for the day.

The following guest will join the show this week:

  • Wednesday Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee
  • Thursday Former Pro Bowl defensive end Joe Ehrmann

NFL Game Rewind

Re-live every week one game with Game Rewind – a condensed 30-minute edition of each game. Game Rewind airs on Monday from 12 Noon – 3:00 PM ET & 8:30 – 11:30 PM ET, and on Tuesday from 12 Noon – 2:00 PM ET.

The Aftermath – Mondays at 3:00 PM ET

Every Monday at 3:00 PM ET, get up to speed on everything that happened in the NFL with highlights, news, information and analysis on The Aftermath. Host Rhett Lewis and analysts Brian Baldinger, Steve Wyche and Nate Burleson look back at all of Sunday’s games, along with player and coach press conferences.

NFL Fantasy Live – Daily Episodes at 4:00 PM ET on NFL.com/NFL Now/NFL Mobile & 5:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Fantasy Live, the premier show for fantasy football players, has returned with daily episodes for the entire 2014 NFL Season.

Continuing throughout the NFL season, the one-hour show airs Monday through Friday. Catch it first on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile at 4:00 PM ET and then on NFL Network at 5:00 PM ET.

Additionally, each Sunday at 11:30 AM ET, NFL Fantasy Live airs on NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile and the NFL RedZone channel.

This Thursday, NFL Fantasy Live airs at the special times of 4:00 PM ET on NFL Network and 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile.

Fantasy Experts:

o   Michael Fabiano

o   Adam Rank

o   Matt “Money” Smith

o   Akbar Gbajabiamila

o   Elliot Harrison

o   Marcas Grant

o   Molly Qerim

o   James Koh

Additionally, catch the NFL Fantasy Live podcast: http://www.nfl.com/podcast/nflfantasy-podcast

Returning this year is NFL Fantasy’s Fantasy Genius – the collaborative community for shared fantasy football information.

Around the NFL – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at 6:00 PM ET; Thursday at 2:00 PM ET

Around the NFL provides all of the latest news and information surrounding the National Football League Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:00 PM ET, and Thursday at 2:00 PM ET on NFL Network.

Hosts Andrew Siciliano and Lindsay Rhodes are joined each day by a rotating roster of NFL Network analysts including Kurt Warner, Steve Mariucci, Brian Baldinger, Solomon Wilcots, Jamie Dukes and Charley Casserly.

In addition to the NFL Network analysts & NFL players joining Around the NFL, team beat writers from around the league join the show on a regular basis to provide their unique perspective.

NFL Total Access – Monday-Saturday at 7:00 PM ET; Thursday Following Thursday Night Football

NFL Total Access returns to the time of 7:00 PM ET Monday – Saturday on NFL Network (airs on Thursday following Thursday Night Football).

Hosts Dan Hellie and Amber Theoharis anchor the NFL’s show of record each night and are joined by NFL Network analysts Willie McGinest, Heath Evans, Nate Burleson, Michael Robinson, Warren Sapp, LaDainian Tomlinson, Steve Mariucci, Brian Billick, Daniel Jeremiah, Brian Baldinger and Shawne Merriman.

Tuesday, October 14

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Willie McGinest, Nate Burleson

 Wednesday, October 15

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans, Michael Robinson

Thursday, October 16 – After Jets-Patriots

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Heath Evans, Michael Robinson

Friday, October 17

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie
  • Analysts: Heath Evans, Daniel Jeremiah
  • Guests: Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford

Saturday, October 18

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson
  • Analysts: Jamie Dukes, Heath Evans, Daniel Jeremiah & Marshall Faulk

Playbook – Friday at 4:00 PM ET; Playbook Primetime – Friday at 8:00 PM ET

See the game the way the pros do each week with two editions of the show Playbook, the ultimate X’s and O’s football show on television.

Playbook airs every Friday at 4:00 PM ET with former players Sterling Sharpe and Shaun O’Hara, and former Super Bowl-winning head coach Brian Billick bringing the viewers the inside information for every game each week. With the help of “All-22” footage – the same film used by NFL teams each week – Playbook breaks down all of the games and tells you who will win on Sunday. The one-hour show also recaps the previous night’s Thursday Night Football matchup.

At 8:00 PM ET, Sharpe, O’Hara and Billick return for Playbook Primetime, which breaks down the week’s biggest games and explains which teams will win and why.

Inside the NFL – Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET

Showtime’s popular show, Inside the NFL, comes to NFL Network for the first time. Each week’s episode will re-air on NFL Network Wednesday at 9:00 PM ET following its original airing on Showtime.

Host Greg Gumbel is joined by analysts Phil Simms, Boomer Esiason, former Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall cover every game, every week, with trademark highlights from NFL Films, special, in-depth features and spirited debate on the hottest topics in the league.

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NFL Editorial Content – Daily on NFL.com

  • Michael Silver

o    To read his columns: http://on.nfl.com/1lwmZ3q

  • Judy Battista

o   To read her other columns: http://on.nfl.com/17S17El

  • Elliot Harrison’s Weekly Power Rankings

o   Every Tuesday, Elliott Harrison ranks NFL teams from No. 1 through No. 32 in his weekly power rankings. His power rankings will be a staple on NFL Network and NFL Digital Media’s programming throughout the week.

o   To view the weekly power rankings: http://on.nfl.com/17CaPue

  • NFL.com’s Around the NFL Blog

o    Get the latest news & information from around the league with NFL.com’s Around the NFL blog

o    Follow on Twitter: @AroundTheNFL

  • NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Get all of the news and analysis from around college football with NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

o    Follow on Twitter: @NFL_CFB

Catch all of NFL Media’s writers work here:  http://www.nfl.com/news

 

NFL.com Presents Six Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program – Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy
  • Around the NFL
  • The Coaches Show
  • College Football 24/7 – Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops
  • NFL Fantasy Live
  • Move The Sticks

To listen to all six of NFL.com’s podcasts, visit:

http://www.nfl.com/podcast

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NFL Network Programming Schedule 

Day-by-Day Programming Schedule:

To view the entire NFL Network programming schedule, please visit: http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/networkschedule

NFL Mobile from Verizon

With NFL Mobile, stream more live games than ever before. Get Thursday, Sunday & Monday Night primetime NFL games and for the first time, local Sunday afternoon games live on your smartphone. Plus, stream NFL Network 24/7 and NFL RedZone every Sunday live, exclusively from Verizon.

NFL Mobile is available to Verizon Wireless customers with a premium subscription for $5/month. Verizon customers can access live games and NFL Network included with the MORE Everything Plan. NFL Redzone is not included with the More Everything Plan, but can be purchased through NFL Mobile for $1.99/mo. For more information about NFL Mobile from Verizon, visit www.verizonwireless.com/insiders-guide/inside/nfl. Data usage applies for app download use & blackout rules apply.

NFL Network Live Streaming

Watch NFL Network anytime, anywhere at NFL.com/Watch.  Live streaming is accessible on PCs, tablets and Xbox for authenticated NFL Network subscribers via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and many more distributors.  In addition, Verizon Wireless customers can access live streaming on smartphones via NFL Mobile.  Learn more by going to www.NFL.com/watch

FOX Sports’ Week 9 CFB Schedule Features Five Top-25 Squads

260px-Fox_College_Football_logoNo. 9 TCU Battles Texas Tech on FOX; No. 22 USC Faces No. 20 Utah on FOX Sports 1

New York – As the race toward the College Football Playoff heats up and with teams in survival-mode trying to capture one of the coveted four playoff spots, FOX Sports’ Week 9 schedule includes five teams currently ranked in the Associated Press top 25.

Action kicks off Friday, Oct. 24, as No. 9 Oregon heads to Cal, looking to avoid a second loss and remain in the playoff conversation. The Ducks and Bears kick off at 10:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, No. 9 TCU welcomes Texas Tech on FOX (3:30 PM ET) in a fierce Big 12 battle between in-state rivals, before the Pac-12 takes center stage that night as No. 20 Utah hosts No. 22 USC on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET). Also on Saturday, No. 25 Marshall jumped into the rankings this week and could be one of the nation’s few remaining undefeated teams entering its matchup with Florida Atlantic on FOX Sports 1 (3:30 PM ET), and Rice hosts North Texas on FOX Sports Regional Networks (12:00 PM ET).

Undefeated, Fourth-Ranked Baylor Highlights FOX Sports 1 Tripleheader

This weekend, a FOX Sports 1 tripleheader kicks off Saturday, Oct. 18, at 12:00 PM ET as No. 4 Baylor, fresh off its last-second, come-from-behind win over TCU last weekend, looks to remain undefeated on the road against West Virginia. At 4:00 PM ET, a pair of ranked Big 12 squads takes the field as ninth-ranked TCU attempts to recover from its heartbreaker, hosting No. 15 Oklahoma State. In the nightcap, No. 9 Oregon is coming off a huge win over UCLA and hopes to remain in the College Football Playoff conversation, traveling to Washington for an 8:00 PM ET kick.

Before Saturday’s full day of action, FOX Sports 2 presents a Thursday night Pac-12 showdown as No. 20 Utah heads to Oregon State at 10:00 PM ET on Thursday, Oct. 16. Originally scheduled to air on FOX Sports 1, the game was moved due to Game 5 of Major League Baseball’s National League Championship Series and can now be seen on FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO, the Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Now and select MyNet channels in local markets.

The full FOX Sports schedules for Weeks 8 and 9, including broadcaster information for Week 8, appear below.

College football games on FOX and FOX Sports 1 are also available on FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go.

FOX Sports presents college football fans some of the most exciting matchups in the country this season, with more than 100 games across its national and local broadcast and cable platforms, culminating with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conference championship games on back-to-back nights on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6.

For more on FOX College Football, follow @CFBONFOX on Twitter and “Like” FOX Sports on Facebook (facebook.com/foxsports).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

  • No. 20 Utah at Oregon State

o   Thursday, Oct. 16 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 2, Pac-12 Networks, local MyNet affiliates & FOX Sports GO

o   Tim Brando, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

o   #UTAHvsOSU

  • No. 4 Baylor at West Virginia

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Craig Bolerjack and Ryan Nece

o   #BAYLORvsWVU

  • UTSA at LA Tech

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

o   Brendan Burke, Ben Leber and Christian Steckel

o   #UTSAvsLATech

  • Kansas at Texas Tech

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (3:30 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

o   Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger and Lesley McCaslin

o   #KUvsTTU

  • UAB at Middle Tennessee

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (3:30 PM ET), FOX College Sports & FOX Sports GO

o   Mark Morgan, JC Pearson and Steffi Sorensen

o   #UABvsMidTenn

  • No. 15 Oklahoma State at No. 12 TCU

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (4:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Molly McGrath

o   #OSUvsTCU

  • Washington at No. 9 Oregon

o   Saturday, Oct. 18 (8:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

o   Joe Davis, Joey Harrington and Kris Budden

o   #UWvsORE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON FOX SPORTS WEEK 9 SCHEDULE

  • No. 9 Oregon at California

o   Friday, Oct. 24 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

  • North Texas at Rice

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (12:00 PM ET), FOX Sports Regional Networks & FOX Sports GO

  • Texas Tech at No. 12 TCU

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (3:30 PM ET), FOX & FOX Sports GO

  • Florida Atlantic at No. 25 Marshall

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (3:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

  • No. 22 USC at No. 20 Utah

o   Saturday, Oct. 25 (10:00 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO

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Heisman Trophy-Winning Quarterback Doug Flutie Featured on ‘A Football Life’

NFL_Network_2012_Logo‘Doug Flutie: A Football Life’ Premieres Friday, October 17 at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

“Doug turns his weakness into his strength. Being short made him great. It made him bigger than everyone else in a way.” – Ian Thomsen

“When you are 6’4 you have to prove that you can’t play. When you are 5’10 you have to prove that you can play.” – Laurie Flutie

Former National Football League and Canadian Football League quarterback Doug Flutie is still regarded as one of the most beloved quarterbacks in football history. The Heisman Trophy-winner first entered the spotlight when he completed a “Hail Mary” touchdown pass in a game against the University of Miami in 1984 – considered one of the greatest moments in college football history. While people doubted his success as a professional quarterback due to his height, Flutie had a successful 21-year career and was inducted to both the College Football Hall of Fame (2007) and Canadian Football Hall of Fame (2008).

NFL Network’s series A Football Life continues Friday, October 17 at 9:00 PM ET with a profile of Flutie. The one-hour, NFL Films-produced documentary focuses on Flutie’s football career, beginning in high school, through his time at Boston College and ending with his professional career in both the NFL and CFL. The show focuses on Flutie’s constant adversity due to his small stature and how he was able to overcome his height to be regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of his generation.

Doug Flutie: A Football Life features interviews with Flutie, his wife Laurie Flutie, his brothers Bill and Darren, his former Boston College quarterback coach Tom Coughlin, former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka, former San Diego Chargers teammate Drew Brees and more.

Following the premiere of Doug Flutie: 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 Doug Flutie: A Football Life are:

  • Flutie’s high school career playing quarterback with his brother Bill Flutie as his wide receiver
  • His college recruitment process, and how Boston College was the only Division I school to offer him an athletic scholarship
  • Flutie’s climb to first-string and success as quarterback at Boston College, specifically the famous “Hail Mary” pass during the University of Miami game
  • His successful professional career in the NFL, CFL and USFL
  • How he still maintains an active lifestyle by playing in a baseball league, surfing and playing the drums in a band with his two brothers

Emmy-nominated actor Josh Charles narrates.

Doug Flutie: A Football Life includes interviews with the following people and more:

Doug Flutie

Tom Lamb – Doug’s high school coach

Bill Flutie – Doug’s brother

Darren Flutie – Doug’s brother, British Columbia teammate

Laurie Flutie – Doug’s wife

Barry Gallup – Former Boston College assistant coach

Steve DeOssie – Boston College teammate

Tom Coughlin – Former Boston College quarterback coach

Ian Thomsen – Author of Flutie!

Gerard Phelan – Boston College teammate

Mike Ditka – Former Bears head coach

Irving Fryar – Patriots teammate

Dave Sapunjis – Calgary teammate

Larry Ryckman – Former Calgary owner

John Hufnagel – Former Calgary offensive coordinator

Michael Clemons – Toronto teammate

Paul Masotti – Toronto teammate

Vic Carucci – Buffalo News

A.J. Smith – Former Bills director of pro personnel

Wade Phillips – Former Bills head coach

Drew Brees – Chargers teammate

Provided below are some select quotes from Doug Flutie: A Football Life:

“I was very close to playing at an Ivy League School. The Division I schools, when a coach would come visit all he would talk about was my size.”Doug Flutie on being recruited by colleges

“Doug was an afterthought to the offense and I have no doubt that he had a chip on his shoulder because a lot of people didn’t believe in him.”Steve DeOssie on Flutie’s early days at Boston College

“All of those guys who told me that I was too short and how complicated the game was, it is not that complicated. It is the same game I have always played.”Doug Flutie

“There’s not a lot of people out there who could tell you all of Doug’s numbers, but they could certainly tell you about his big plays. He’s a guy who just found a way to make things happen in any number of different ways.”Steve DeOssie on Flutie’s legacy

“A lot of guys got aggravated with me when I brought Doug to Chicago. I brought him here because he gave us a better chance to win.”Mike Ditka on bringing Flutie to Chicago

“What Doug did in these games is probably the best football that has ever been played. I know that is a really bold thing to say, but Doug would do things that you don’t see anymore.”Larry Ryckman on Flutie’s CFL legacy

“To have six MVPs and then to add three Grey Cups, he has made his mark up here which will never diminish and to me, he is easily the best CFL player that has ever played.”Paul Masotti on Flutie’s CFL legacy

“When you are 6’4 you have to prove that you can’t play. When you are 5’10 you have to prove that you can play.”Laurie Flutie

“Doug turns his weakness into his strength. Being short made him great. It made him bigger than everyone else in a way.”Ian Thomsen

This season, A Football Life airs Friday at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network. Below is the broadcast schedule for the remaining October and November episodes:

  • October 24 – Terrell Davis
  • October 31 – Ricky Williams
  • November 7 – Earl Campbell
  • November 14 – Csonka, Kiick & Morris
  • November 21 – Lyle Alzado
  • November 28 – Dick Butkus & Gale Sayers

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Milan Lucic And Boston Bruins Battle Jimmy Howard And Detroit Red Wings In Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup

nhl_nbc_2Red Wings Host Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Sabres-Hurricanes Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

First Intermission of Wednesday Night Rivalry to Feature In-Depth Discussion on Future of Fighting in Hockey with Analyst Mike Milbury & Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

NHL Rivals Returns with Premiere of “Original Six” Tuesday Night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s 2014-15 College Hockey Coverage Starts This Weekend with Notre Dame-Lake Superior State Series

NHL Opening Night Draws Record Viewership For NBCSN; CSN Chicago Posts Record Ratings

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 13, 2014 – Following the most-watched NHL opening night doubleheader on record, including the highest-rated regular-season game ever on NBCSN, the network’s NHL coverage continues this week featuring an Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins, and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tomorrow with the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of Original Six, a new episode in the NHL Rivals series, at 10:30 p.m. ET. Hockey coverage concludes this weekend with two college hockey contests featuring Notre Dame and Lake Superior State this weekend.

NHL game coverage begins both nights at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre- and post-game studio show. Kathryn Tappen makes her 2014-15 NHL Live debut by anchoring Tuesday’s coverage alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, while Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday’s coverage with Milbury, Jones, and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.

NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry first intermission coverage will feature an in-depth conversation with Milbury and McKenzie regarding the future of fighting in hockey. Last week, Milbury was outspoken about it being the right time to eliminate fighting from the game.

Milbury on future of fighting in hockey: “It’s time to get rid of fighting…as much as I liked a good scrap in my day, there are too many issues here involving concussions…let’s grow up and get rid of it.”

Milbury on minimizing concussions as the driving force to end fighting: “So many problems with concussions. If you can eliminate certain things (that cause concussions), and one of them is a fight that would eliminate a concussion, you have to do it…it’s time.”

Click here to see Milbury’s comments on fighting: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/it-time-get-rid-fighting-hockey

Following is media reaction to Milbury’s commentary:

Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir on Milbury: “Milbury delivered a clear message…It takes guts to let go of a previously cherished notion. In doing so, Milbury proved he can’t be stereotyped.”

L.A. Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth on Milbury: “The 62-year-old NBC Sports Network NHL analyst may be just the right voice at the right time in the sports’ evolution to start a dialogue of change.”

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: BRUINS AT RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s iteration of Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN features an Original Six showdown between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Bruins and Red Wings square off in Detroit for the second time in less than one week. Last Thursday, Jimmy Howard turned aside 16 of 17 shots, while Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist found the back of the net in a 2-1 Red Wings victory. The two teams also met in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the top-seeded Bruins dispatched the Red Wings in five games to advance to the second round.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

“ORIGINAL SIX” NHL RIVALSTUESDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Wednesday Night Rivalry kicks off with the return of NHL Rivals, NBCSN’s original series that examines the history and personalities that comprise hockey’s greatest rivalries, Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET. This week’s episode highlights the history of the Original Six rivalries that dominated the sport from 1942-1967, when the league featured just six teams, including the Red Wings and Bruins.

Following are excerpts from tomorrow’s episode of NHL Rivals:

Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber on rivalry between Montreal Canadiens’ Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Detroit Red Wings’ Gordie Howe: “In the way that New Yorkers once debated who was the greater center fielder – Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle – people in hockey said, ‘Who’s the greater number nine? Who’s the greater right wing?’ It was the ‘great nine’ debate.”

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on the significance of the Original Six: “The NHL is a league that consists of 30 teams – a big part of that has to do with the players that played in the Original Six…they built this league.”
SABRES AT HURRICANES – TOMORROW AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when 2014 second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart and the Buffalo Sabres visit Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes. Reinhart made his NHL debut last week in Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to Columbus. The Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s game following back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders to open their season.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NOTRE DAME VS. LAKE SUPERIOR STATE – FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN kicks off its 2014-15 college hockey coverage with a weekend series featuring the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Lake Superior State Lakers, beginning on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air live coverage of the second game between the Fighting Irish and Lakers on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (Inside-the-Glass) will have the call from Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

All games will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Following is this week’s NHL and college coverage on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., October 14 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Original Six (Premiere) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., October 15 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., October 17 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., October 18 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 6 p.m.

NHL OPENING NIGHT DRAWS RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR NBCSN

Last week, NBCSN began the 2014-15 season with two matchups – Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Flyers-Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN.

The second game of the doubleheader, featuring the San Jose Sharks against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings (10:06 p.m. ET – 1:14 a.m. ET), averaged 446,000 viewers, the most ever on NBCSN for an NHL regular-season “late” game (puck drop after 9 p.m. ET), excluding last season’s Ducks-Kings outdoor game at Dodger Stadium.

Combined, the doubleheader averaged a 0.43 household rating and 679,000 viewers, making it the best NHL opening night doubleheader on record (data available since 1993), and up 19% and 13%, respectively, vs. the most-recent opening night doubleheader to begin the 2011-12 season (0.36 HH rating; 601,000 viewers). Click here for full release: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/09/nhl-opening-night-draws-record-viewership-for-nbcsn/

RECORD LOCAL AND REGIONAL RATINGS

NBC Sports Regional Networks are also posting impressive early season numbers, highlighted by the Blackhawks’ best start ever on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, averaging a 4.9 HH rating through two games. Overall, this season’s NHL games are averaging a 2.7 across the NBC Sports Group’s lineup of CSN regionals, up 15% vs. last year’s regular-season average rating (2.3).

Last Thursday’s matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild on NBCSN delivered a 6.75 rating in Minneapolis, which was the best NHL regular-season rating ever in the market 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 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-