BYTES: NBC SPORTS GROUP LAUNCHES @INDYCARONNBCSN TWITTER ACCOUNT PRIOR TO 2015 SEASON

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL “BYTES”

March 27, 2015 – Vol. 51

NBC Sports Launches IndyCar-Focused Twitter Account @IndyCaronNBCSN

In preparation for the start of the 2015 IndyCar season, NBC Sports has launched an IndyCar-focused twitter account, @IndyCaronNBCSN. The account provides up-to-the-minute IndyCar news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

NBCSN will present coverage of 12 races during the upcoming 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, beginning with series’ inaugural race at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, April 12. The IndyCar season begins this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (on ABC).

GolfNow Partners with Yelp

GolfNow has partnered with Yelp to boost exposure of existing GolfNow tee time distribution platforms by making them available throughout Yelp’s digital and online community.

“Partnering with GolfNow is a win for all of the golfers who are coming to Yelp every month to find the best local golf courses,” said Mike Ghaffary, VP Business and Corporate Development at Yelp.

Golfers seeking to book a tee time online will now be able to do so through Yelp, at more than 6,000 golf courses around the world on GolfNow’s tee time distribution platform. Yelp users can choose to book a round by searching for GolfNow listings on Yelp and selecting “Book Now.” With Yelp’s 135 million average unique monthly visitors as of Q4 2014, this new partnership will provide golfers with more ways to search for tee times in their area, and conveniently book online rounds at their favorite courses.

Comcast SportsNet / CSNNE.com presents “Celtics Insider” featuring Commissioner Adam Silver

This weekend, CSNNE.com and Comcast SportsNet present a special “Celtics Insider” multiplatform event featuring NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Silver addresses his stance on modern-day gambling, and answers questions about the risks, the rewards, and the future of sports gambling. Check out a sneak peek here.

NFL Draft Preview on Rotoworld.com; Rotoworld 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide Available Now

Rotoworld.com’s Josh Norris and Evan Silva are taking a team-by-team look at the NFL Draft, including each team’s top three needs and a mock draft of every pick for that team. A new team is featured each day Monday through Thursday leading up to the draft, beginning with the AFC East and NFC East, which can be found here, and continuing with the AFC South and NFC South next week.

In preparation for the start of the 2015 MLB season today, the Rotoworld 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, the industry-leading source for fantasy baseball news and information, is available at Rotoworld.com. From Single-A prospects to MLB All Stars, the Rotoworld 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide features player and team profiles, updated team depth charts, analysis, rankings and customizable projections for more than 1000 players. In addition, the online guide features articles on prospects, offseason moves, sleeper picks and position tiers.

Rotoworld 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide packages begin at $19.99. Click here for more information.

Dew Tour Announces Video Content Partnership with the Berrics

As previously announced, Dew Tour launched “Dew Tour Push” this week, a groundbreaking video partnership with skate industry leader The Berrics that will provide a unique and in-depth look at the sport and eight of its athletes.

“Dew Tour Push” has enlisted eight world-class skaters – Luan OliveiraBen RaybournAaron “Jaws” HomokiIshod WairLeticia BufoniJosh Matthews, Cody Cepeda and the newest member of the Mountain Dew® skate team, Trevor Colden – to each produce their own video part.

Berrics.com and DewTour.com will drop 46 exclusive pieces of content through August 14.  Each video will provide a deeper look into a select skater and their process as they create their own skate part.  An hour-long cinematic version of “Dew Tour Push,” produced by skate icon Steve Berra, featuring all eight skate video parts, will premiere this summer. Click here for more information.

Liverpool-Manchester United Second Most-Streamed Premier League Match on NBC Sports Live Extra

Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Sunday was the second most-streamed Premier League match ever on NBC Sports Live Extra, delivering 78,000 uniques. The match also delivered the most visits (110,000) on Live Extra for a Premier League match.

ICYMI on NBC SportsWorld

Joe Posnanski traveled to the SEC Tournament in Nashville to spend time with University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari and his team, to find out what fuels his quest to lead Kentucky to a perfect season. Click here for the long-form piece on NBC SportsWorld.

Dustin Long profiles NASCAR’s rising star Chase Elliott, who became the first rookie to win a NASCAR national series championship with his 2014 NASCAR Nationwide Series championship win. Click here for the long-form piece on NBC SportsWorld.

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WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING ON NBCSN HIGHLIGHTED BY JUSTIN GAETHJE VS. LUIS PALOMINO IN LIGHTWEIGHT WORLD TITLE BOUT THIS SAT., MAR. 28, LIVE AT 9 P.M. ET

Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill in Light Heavyweight Bout

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All Bouts

STAMFORD, Conn. – Mar. 26, 2015 - World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN this Saturday, Mar. 28, live at 9 p.m. ET, highlighted by the undefeated Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (13-0) defending his world lightweight title against Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-9). Gaethje last defended his title by knocking out Nick Newell in NBC’s debut WSOF broadcast in July. Palomino also enters the bout coming off a knockout win, defeating “Lethal” Lewis Gonzalez on NBCSN in August.

The co-main event features Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) facing knockout artist Thiago Silva (16-3, 12 knockouts) in a light heavyweight bout. Saturday’s card also features bouts between Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (7-3) and Teddy Holder (8-1) in the light heavyweight division; and Timur “Lucky” Valiev (8-1) and Ed “Wild” West (18-9) in the bantamweight division.

Play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will be joined by mixed martial artists and analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

NBC Sports Live Extra: World Series of Fighting will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

ABOUT WSOF

World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

NFL Media Programming Notes: March 24-30

NFL_Network_2012_LogoNFL Network Shows and Scheduled Guests

  • Bracketology: The Greatest Game of All Time
  • Mock Draft Live – Airs Wednesdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com and NFL Now & 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network starting April 1
  • Path to the Draft – Monday-Friday at 6:00 PM ET
  • NFL Total AccessMonday-Saturday at 7:00 PM ET

SHOW HIGHLIGHT: St Louis Rams general manager Les Snead, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jason Licht on Tuesday, March 24; NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino on Wednesday, March 25

  • NFL AM – Monday-Friday at 6:00 AM ET
  • NFL Now
  • NFL Network’s Day-by-Day Programming
  • NFL.com Content
  • NFL.com Editorial Content
  • NFL.com/CFB247
  • NFL.com Podcast Central
  • NFL Mobile from Verizon
  • NFL Network Live Streaming

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Bracketology: The Greatest Game of All Time

What is the greatest NFL game of all time?

NFL.com’s fourth annual edition of Bracketology seeks to answer the long-standing debate. This year, fans will decide the greatest game of all time by voting at NFL.com/bracketology.

The field of 32 games was decided by a panel of NFL Media analysts and is divided into four brackets. NFL.com’s Bracketology will have five rounds of voting in a typical bracket style format, with the game with the most votes within its matchup at the end of each round advancing to the next round.

Provided below is this year’s Bracketology schedule:

- Quarterfinals – Tuesday, March 24

- Semifinals Friday, March 27

- Finals Wednesday, April 1

- Winner Unveiled Sunday, April 5

Weekdays at 1:00 PM ET through Tuesday, March 31, NFL Network will air 90-miniute NFL’s Greatest Games editions of select games from the bracket. On Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3 at 1:00 PM ET, NFL Network will air the full game broadcasts of the two games featured in the Finals, with the winning game revealed Sunday, April 5. The full game broadcast of the game determined by fans to be the greatest NFL game of all time will air Sunday, April 5 at 8:00 PM ET.

Fans will also be able to access all 32 games featured on the original list on NFL Now, and every game will be available in full on NFL.com.

Last year, NFL.com’s Bracketology voted on the greatest quarterback of all time (Johnny Unitas). In 2013, fans voted to determine the greatest team of all time (1976 Oakland Raiders) and in 2012 voted on the greatest play of all time (DeSean Jackson’s walk-off punt return for a touchdown against the New York Giants in 2010).

NFL Mock Draft Live – Wednesdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com & NFL Now and 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network

NFL Mock Draft Live returns for the third consecutive year, airing Wednesdays at 5:30 PM ET on NFL.com and NFL Now, and at 9:00 PM ET on NFL Network, starting April 1.

See which prospects are shooting up the draft board and who’s falling out of the first round. Hosts Matt “Money” Smith and Molly Qerim, and analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Lance Zierlein break down the latest mock drafts and player projections leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago.

Each week, NFL Mock Draft Live’s experts release new mock drafts and reveal the best player fits for all 32 teams.

Additionally, NFL Mock Draft Live will interact with fans through social media to see “what’s trending” and which players fans want their teams to draft most.

Path to the DraftMonday-Friday at 6:00 PM ET

With the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, the journey to Chicago and the 2015 NFL Draft continues with the return of NFL Network’s series Path to the Draft.

Path to the Draft airs MondayFriday at 6:00 PM ET on NFL Network and provides in-depth analysis of all the top prospects, live coverage from Pro Days around the country, in-studio appearances and live interviews, and more leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago.

NFL Network analysts Daniel Jeremiah, Charles Davis, Curtis Conway, Brian Baldinger and Charley Casserly join host Andrew Siciliano to delve into all 32 NFL team needs, break down which players can help each team and discuss where in the draft teams can select the players to help them next season.

Additionally, NFL Network’s draft expert Mike Mayock travels to each of the top Pro Days to provide on-location analysis and interviews.

NFL Total AccessMonday-Friday at 7:00 PM ET

NFL Total Access airs at 7:00 PM ET MondayFriday on NFL Network.

Tuesday, March 24

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Michael Robinson, Heath Evans
  • Guest: St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jason Licht

Wednesday, March 25

  • Hosts: Dan Hellie & Amber Theoharis
  • Analysts: Nate Burleson, Heath Evans
  • Guest: NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandino

Thursday, March 26

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson & Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Nate Burleson, Heath Evans

Friday, March 27

  • Hosts: Scott Hanson & Lindsay Rhodes
  • Analysts: Nate Burleson, Heath Evans

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 MondayFriday 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 MondayFriday 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.

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 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

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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

  • 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

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

NFL.com’s College Football 24/7

Get all of the latest news and analysis leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft with NFL Media’s College Football 24/7 online, on Twitter and on the podcast.

NFL.com/CFB247 provides the latest Mock Drafts, analysis and news from NFL Media’s stable of analysts, including Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks and Lance Zierlein.

Additionally, @NFL_CFB on Twitter provides the latest insight leading up to the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine and Draft.

Download the College Football 24/7 Podcast on NFL.com and iTunes for more news and analysis.

NFL.com Presents Six Weekly Podcasts

  • Dave Dameshek Football Program
  • Around the NFL
  • The Coaches Show   
  • 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 from Verizon watch every post season game including the 2015 Pro Bowl & Super Bowl XLIX live right on your smartphone, included with the MORE Everything Plan or an NFL Mobile premium subscription at $5/month. Learn more at NFL.com/mobile or download NFL Mobile from VZW at the Windows, iOS, Android, and Blackberry app stores.

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

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ESPN & ESPN2 Home to NCAA Women’s Regional Games

espn-logoAlbany, Greensboro, Oklahoma City and Spokane Host Cities

The NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented by Capital One continues across ESPN, ESPN2 and WatchESPN with the top four seeds advancing to Regional rounds. Coverage tips with No. 1 seed South Carolina facing No. 4 seed North Carolina on Friday, March 27, from the Greensboro (N.C.) Regional at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Action from Greensboro, continues at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2 with No. 2 Florida State against No. 3 Arizona State.

Also on Friday, from the Oklahoma City Regional, is No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 3 Iowa at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, followed by No. 1 Notre Dame against No. 4 Stanford at 10 p.m. on ESPN.

Top-seeded Connecticut takes to the court against No. 5 Texas on Saturday, March 28, at noon from the Albany (N.Y.) Regional, prior to No. 3 Louisville against No. 7 Dayton, both on ESPN. The Spokane (Wash.) Regional tips at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday when No. 1 Maryland faces No. 4 Duke and No. 2 Tennessee plays No. 11 Gonzaga, at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., respectively, on ESPN.

The Regional Finals will air on Sunday, March 29 and Monday, March 30, on ESPN. Play culminates with the NCAA Women’s National Championship game on Tuesday, April 7, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN from Tampa Bay, Fla.

All games can be seen on WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

Additional NCAA Championship content will be available across multiple platforms, including espnW.com, SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and ESPN International.
Coverage Highlights

  • Continuing to elevate the tops stars during game telecasts with ESPN’s “Need to Know” highlighting top players throughout the Tournament
  • Vignettes and segments from feature shoots at UConn, Maryland, Notre Dame and South Carolina.
  • Creative elements featuring the song “Fire and Gold” by Disney recording artist Bea Miller.
  • espnW’s Tourney Snapshots (photos from game sites) featured throughout the telecasts.
  • Interact on twitter via @espnW, @ESPN_WomenHoop and #NCAAW for the first, second and regional rounds and #NCAAWFF for the final weekend. Also interact on Facebook at facebook.com/espnW.

Commentator Highlights

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News, analysis and commentary will be provided throughout the women’s tournament leading into the Women’s Final Four in Tampa Bay. Highlights:

  • Stats, analysis and stories on additional players to watch.
  • Columnists will provide live coverage of each round of games from coast-to-coast, with video highlights of the matchups, plus Lobo will also contribute.
  • Coverage of the top stars in the women’s game through ESPN’s “3 to See” initiative – Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart (UConn) and Jewell Loyd (Notre Dame), in addition to the “Need to Know” series – Nina Davis (Baylor); Brittany Boyd (Cal); Moriah Jefferson (UConn); Elizabeth Williams (Duke); Lexie Brown (Maryland); Rachel Banham (Minnesota); Tiffany Mitchell (South Carolina); Aleighsa Welch (South Carolina); A’ja Wilson (South Carolina) and Amanda Zahui B. (Minnesota).
  • Tourney Snapshots, which includes team- and fan-submitted social media photos and video with behind-the-scenes access to teams, players and coaches, will return for the third consecutive season.
  • espnW.com staff and a handful of WNBA players face off in an Women’s Tournament Challenge group.
  • UConn’s dominance came to be (by Kate Fagan) and Harvard’s 16-over-1 upset of Stanford in 1998 (by Michelle Smith).
  • W @ NCAA Final Four is an exclusive espnW franchise devoted to capturing the excitement surrounding the Final Four & Championship games in Tampa Bay. The content will consist of all-access from the behind-the-scenes lens with the use of video interviews, social media activation and television integration.

FiveThirtyEight

For the first time, FiveThirtyEight will cover the probabilistic projections for the NCAA Women’s Championship. On Tuesday, March 17, the website will debut an interactive bracket that calculates each team’s chance of advancing through the rounds. In addition to updating the data in the bracket throughout the week, FiveThirtyEight’s sportswriters will deliver a variety of data-driven stories tied to the tournament.

2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Regional Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Fri, Mar 27 7 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 1 South Carolina (Greensboro, N.C.)

Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck, LaChina Robinson

ESPN / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 2 Baylor (Oklahoma City, Okla.)

Beth Mowins, Stephanie White, Maria Taylor

ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 2 Florida State (Greensboro, N.C.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  9:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Sat, Mar 28 Noon Regional Semifinal: No. 5 Texas vs. No. 1 UConn (Albany, N.Y.)

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe

ESPN / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 3 Louisville (Albany, N.Y.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  4:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 4 Duke vs. No. 1 Maryland (Spokane, Wash.)

Dave Pasch, Debbie Antonelli, Allison Williams

ESPN / WatchESPN
  6:30 p.m. Regional Semifinal: No. 11 Gonzaga vs. No. 2 Tennessee (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Sun, Mar 29 Noon Regional Final (Greensboro, N.C.)

 

ESPN / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. Regional Final (Oklahoma City, Okla.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Mon, Mar 30 7 p.m. Regional Final (Albany, N.Y.) ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Regional Final (Spokane, Wash.) ESPN / WatchESPN

2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Presented By Capital One Final Four Schedule (subject to change)

Sun, Apr 5 6 p.m. NCAA Women’s Final Four Special Presented by Capital One (Tampa Bay, Fla.)

Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo

ESPN / WatchESPN
  6:30 p.m. National Semifinal Game 1 (Tampa Bay, Fla.)

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe

ESPN / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. National Semifinal Game 2 (Tampa Bay, Fla.) ESPN / WatchESPN
Tue, Apr 7 5:30 p.m. College Basketball Live: NCAA Women’s Championship Special

Matt Schick, Brooke Weisbrod & Steffi Sorensen

ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7:30 p.m. NCAA Women’s Championship Special Presented by Capital One (Tampa Bay, Fla.)

Kevin Negandhi, Kara Lawson, Rebecca Lobo

ESPN / WatchESPN
  8:30 p.m. National Final (Tampa Bay, Fla.)

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Holly Rowe

ESPN / WatchESPN

 

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NBC Sports Group’s Entire Premier League Coverage To Originate From U.K. On April 11-13

nbc-epl1Rebecca Lowe, Kyle Martino, Robbie Earle & Robbie Mustoe Travel to England for Full Weekend of Unprecedented On-Site Premier League Coverage

Coverage Features Two On-Site Studios at Each Stadium, Including Pitch-Side Sets at Old Trafford for Manchester Derby, Anfield for Liverpool-Newcastle & Turf Moor for Burnley-Arsenal

Tim Howard Joins Pitch-Side Studio Team at Anfield on April 13

STAMFORD, Conn. – Mar. 23, 2015 - For the first time since NBC Sports Group kicked off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, the entire Premier League team will work together on-location in the United Kingdom on April 11-13. Host Rebecca Lowe and analysts Robbie EarleKyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe will join NBC’s UK-based team of Arlo White, Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux and Steve Bower for more than 18 hours of live on-site Premier League coverage across three days.

NBC Sports Group’s full overseas coverage features dual on-site studios for pre-match, halftime and post-game shows, including pitch-side locations for the first time in the history of Premier League coverage in the U.S.

“One of our core principles has been to bridge the trans-Atlantic gap, and with our entire team on-site both in-stadium and pitch-side, we will be able to bring our audience closer to the action than ever before,” said Pierre Moossa, coordinating producer of NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage.

Lowe will lead a rotating team of studio analysts from within the stadium, providing the latest news and highlights from around the league. Bower and another team of analysts will be pitch-side at a desk located just a few feet from the playing field, with a front-row view of the action as the backdrop for three days of unprecedented live coverage.

On Saturday, April 11, the entire team will be at historic Turf Moor (hosted its first soccer match in 1883) for eight hours of live coverage, including Burnley v. Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with Lowe, Earle and Martino in the on-site studio; Bower, Dixon and Mustoe pitch-side; and White calling the match alongside Le Saux.

On Sunday, April 12, NBC Sports Group presents seven hours of live coverage from Old Trafford, the site of the Manchester Derby between local rivals Manchester United and Manchester City (11 a.m. ET on NBCSN). Lowe will be joined in the studio by Martino and Mustoe; while Bower, Earle and Le Saux provide the pitch-side perspective; and White calls the match with Dixon.

On Monday, April 13, NBC Sports Group’s announce team travels to Anfield for Liverpool-Newcastle. Just two days after his Everton side face Swansea City (Saturday, April 11 at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN), U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard will join NBC Sports Group’s pitch-side crew of Bower and Martino; with Lowe, Earle and Mustoe in studio at the stadium; and Le Saux re-joining White to commentate on the match.

Former U.K. footballer and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, and Daily Mail columnist Neil Ashton will also contribute to the on-site coverage.

Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s on-site Premier League Live coverage April 11-13 (all times ET):

Date Time (ET) Match Network
Sat., April 11 7 a.m. Premier League Live from Turf Moor NBCSN
Sat., April 11 12:30 p.m. Burnley v. Arsenal NBC
Sun., April 12 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live from Old Trafford NBCSN
Sun., April 12 11 a.m. Manchester United v. Manchester City NBCSN
Mon., April 13 2 p.m. Premier League Live from Anfield NBCSN
Mon., April 13 3 p.m. Liverpool v. Newcastle NBCSN

Additional information, including the full schedule and channel assignments for NBC Sports Group’s match coverage April 11-13, will be announced at a later date.

NBC Sports Group is once again making all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

ESPN to Cover Entire 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship

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Regional Action March 27-29; John Buccigross and Barry Melrose Call Frozen Four April 9 and 11

ESPN’s long-standing commitment to the NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship resumes in 2015 with coverage of every game for the 11th consecutive year, the Frozen Four for the 21st year and the Championship game for the 36th year.

The 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship begins with eight regional semifinals and four regional finals from March 27-29 across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3. The Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H., will begin on Friday, March 27, with Yale vs. No. 3 seed Boston University (2 p.m. ET on ESPNU), followed by Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth (5:30 p.m. on ESPNU). The Northeast Regional Final is set for Saturday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.  The West Regional also begins March 27, which will showcase St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech (4:30 p.m. on ESPN3), followed by Quinnipiac vs. No. 2 seed North Dakota (8 p.m. on ESPNU). The West regional final is March 28 at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

The East and Midwest will hold its two respective semifinals on Saturday, March 28, and its finals Sunday, March 29. In the East Regional Semifinals, Boston College will play Denver (3 p.m. on ESPN2), followed by Providence vs. No. 4 seed Miami (Ohio) (6:30 p.m. on ESPNU). The East Regional Final is set for March 29 at 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU. In the Midwest Region, Rochester Institute of Technology will play the No. 1 seed Minnesota State Mankato in the first semifinal (4 p.m. on ESPNU), followed by Harvard vs. Omaha (7:30 p.m. on ESPN3). The Midwest Regional Final will be played on March 29, at 7:30 p.m.

The Frozen Four will be held at the TD Garden in Boston with the two semifinals on Thursday, April 9, on ESPN2 (5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.) and the Frozen Four National Championship game on Saturday, April 11, on ESPN (7:30 p.m.). Additionally, ESPN3 will offer ESPN3 Surround for all three games, which will feature alternate camera angles and natural sound.  Every game of the 2015 Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship is available on WatchESPN.

The complete 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship bracket can be found here.
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ESPN NCAA Men’s Hockey Championship Commentators

ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross teams up with lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose to call the action in the East Regional (Providence, R.I.) and, for the third consecutive year, the Frozen Four.  Quint Kessenich will, once again, be the reporter with Buccigross and Melrose at both the East Regional and Frozen Four.

Buccigross called ESPN’s entire regular season Big Ten hockey schedule in 2014-15. The popular SportsCenter anchor has developed a passionate following on Twitter (@Buccigross) through consistent college hockey dialogue with fans (#cawlidgehawkey) and by showcasing hockey throughout the country.  This year, ESPN will incorporate the makeshift hockey rinks highlighted by Buccigross, often on ponds or built in backyards, into its coverage. Fans can still tweet their photos and tag them #FrozenFour for potential use on air.

Melrose, who has been with ESPN  18 of the last 19 years and has been an analyst for several Frozen Fours, played 11 seasons in the NHL before leading the Los Angeles Kings to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals as head coach.

Other ESPN broadcast tandems: Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe (Northeast Regional), Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin (West Regional) and Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion (Midwest Regional).  Both Jaffe and Ritchlin played at Michigan and Geoffrion played at Wisconsin, where he earned the Hobey Baker Award in 2010.

2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship Programming Schedule

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship — Regional Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators  Location Network
Fri, March 27 2 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal

Yale vs. No. 3 Boston University

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech
 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D.  ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Semifinal
Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth
Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe
Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPNU
  8 p.m. West Regional – Semifinal
Quinnipiac vs. No. 2 North Dakota
 

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sat, March 28 3 p.m. East Regional  –  Semifinal
Boston College vs. Denver
 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center,  Providence, R.I. ESPN2
  4 p.m. Midwest Regional –  Semifinal
Rochester Institute of Technology vs. No. 1 Minnesota State-Mankato 

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. Northeast Regional – Final

Dan Parkhurst and Billy Jaffe

Verizon Wireless Arena, Manchester, N.H. ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. East Regional – Semifinal
Providence vs. No. 4 Miami (Ohio)
John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich
Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Semifinal
Harvard vs. Omaha
Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion
Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, Ind. ESPN3
  9 p.m. West Regional – Final

Clay Matvick and Sean Ritchlin

Scheels Arena, Fargo, N.D. ESPNU
Sun, March 29 5 p.m. East Regional  –  Final

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich

Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. ESPNU
7:30 p.m. Midwest Regional – Final

Ben Holden and Blake Geoffrion

Compton Family Ice Arena,  South Bend, Ind. ESPNU

NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four Coverage

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Location Network
Thurs, April 9 5 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 1

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Thurs, April 9 8:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Semifinal No. 2

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN2 and ESPN3
Sat, April 11 7:30 p.m. Frozen Four  – Championship Game

 

John Buccigross, Barry Melrose & Quint Kessenich

TD Garden, Boston, Mass. ESPN and ESPN3

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NBCUNIVERSAL’S TELEMUNDO AND NBC UNIVERSO Unveil 2015 Plans For FIFA Soccer Events

 NBCUNIVERSAL’S TELEMUNDO AND NBC UNIVERSO UNVEIL 2015 PLANS FOR FIFA SOCCER EVENTS

FEATURING A RECORD 560 HOURS OF WORLD-CLASS SOCCER ACROSS MULTIPLE PLATFORMS

Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO to Leverage Storytelling Expertise of Award-Winning Team of Sportscasters Led by Andrés Cantor

Miami – March 23, 2015 – NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO, the official broadcaster for Spanish-language of the FIFA World Cup™ in the U.S. across all video platforms, announced details of their plans to telecast four 2015 FIFA Soccer Events. Both networks will deliver to sports fans throughout the U.S. an unprecedented 560 hours of soccer action in 2015. The extensive coverage will include 344 hours of online and mobile live-streams making it the first time that all the matches of four FIFA Soccer Events are made available in Spanish to a nationwide audience. In addition, coverage and editorial emphasis will be placed on storytelling around the development of the future soccer star players as they captivate audiences around the world on their way to the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.

Between May and October of this year, Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO will feature comprehensive FIFA coverage and showcase exclusive content including country and player profiles, behind-the-scenes footage from each venue, pre-match analyses, every play-by-play call and much more. Fans will be able to access every entertaining and action-filled moment on all their devices across multiple platforms including live telecasts, live streams, VOD, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“We are proud to be the first media company to offer such a comprehensive coverage of FIFA World Cup™ events in the United States in Spanish,” said Joe Uva, Chairman, Hispanic Enterprises and Content, NBCUniversal. “Starting in May, we will leverage all of our linear and digital platforms to bring to U.S. Hispanics the best soccer in the world presented by an experienced team of talent and professionals with a deep understanding of sports broadcasting and storytelling.”

The first FIFA tournament will feature the Men’s U-20 national teams, hosted by New Zealand from May 30 to June 20. Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO will stream live all 52 matches. In addition, Telemundo will air live 10 matches including all competition involving the Mexican National Team, two Round 16 matches, two Quarter Final matches, one Semifinal and the Championship Final. The NBC UNIVERSO telecasts will include 21 live matches, including the FIFA U-20 World Cup Opening Match, all USA National Team group stage matches, two Mexican National Team simulcasts, four Round 16 matches, two Quarterfinal matches and one Semifinal match. NBC UNIVERSO will also air an encore presentation of the Championship Final.

One week following the start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup tournament, the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ will kick off in Canada with matches taking place June 6 through July 5. Again, Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO will stream live all 52 matches. Telemundo also will air 10 women’s matches including the opening game of the tournament, every competition featuring the Mexican National Team, three Round-of-16 matches, one Quarterfinal match and the Championship Final. NBC UNIVERSO will feature 21 live matches, including all USA National Team group stage matches as well as a simulcast of Team USA competition, if it advances to the later rounds; four Round-of-16 matches, two Quarterfinal matches and two Semifinal matches. NBC UNIVERSO will also re-air both the opening and Championship Final matches.

Four days after the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champion is decided, the Men’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup hosted by Portugal will take place July 9 to July 19. It will be followed by the final FIFA World Cup competition of 2015 featuring U-17 national teams, which will take the pitch in Chile from October 17 to November 8. Many of these future soccer superstars will have the opportunity to represent their country and display their skills on the world stage. Additional programming details for these the U-17 and Beach tournaments will be forthcoming.

“Telemundo will take the 2015 FIFA soccer events coverage to an unprecedented level,” said Luis Silberwasser, President of Telemundo Network. “We will broadcast more Women’s and U-20 matches than any other broadcast network in the history of Spanish-language TV, including the final match for the Women’s World Cup, which will return to Spanish-language network TV after eight years. Ultimately, our viewers will enjoy the best soccer in the world with the high quality and expert commentary they have come to expect from us.”

“Soccer has a unique and passionate relationship with Latino sports fans, and as a Spanish-language cable TV home for world-class soccer all summer long, NBC UNIVERSO will immerse our viewers in all of the excitement, drama and heart-pounding action around the ‘beautiful game,” said Rubén Mendiola, President, NBC UNIVERSO. “We continue to evolve as a leading sports and entertainment destination across multiple platforms by delivering the biggest moments, best events and remarkable storytelling that resonate with Hispanics throughout the U.S., as well as connects with our diverse Latin culture.”

Digital content development and programming will be at the forefront of Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO’s 2015 FIFA World Cup competitions coverage. For the first time in the history of Spanish-language TV, all matches of four FIFA World Cup Events will be online and mobile live-streamed for a total of 344 hours. This will also be the first-time that online exclusive content will be produced on-site during the four tournaments. Content will cover both real-time tournament specific data and analysis appealing to the hardcore fan and general interest reports, including color stories, profiles, photo galleries and exclusive interviews and videos.

Award-winner and internationally acclaimed sportscaster Andrés Cantor will bring his unique style and soccer expertise to the broadcast booth for both Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO during the 2015 FIFA World Cup competitions. Cantor, who has made the call during every FIFA World Cup since 1990, will lead a talent roster of sports broadcasters including Emmy-award winner Sammy Sadovnik; and former Mexican soccer players Carlos Hermosillo and Manuel Sol. The broadcast team will deliver a distinctive blend of knowledge, grace and passion that are synonymous with “The Beautiful Game.” Cantor is the only US-based and Spanish-speaking announcer included in FIFA’s Magazine list of the world’s top legendary soccer commentators.

About Telemundo:

Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 17 owned stations, broadcast and MVPD affiliates; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices and www.telemundo.com; an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.

About NBC UNIVERSO:

NBC UNIVERSO is a modern general entertainment cable channel for Latinos, bringing the world’s top sports franchises and edgy, emotional programming to more than 40 million households in the U.S. As one of the most widely available modern cable channels for U.S. Latinos, NBC UNIVERSO delivers a thrilling mix of exclusive sports action – including FIFA World Cup™, NASCAR Mexico Series, NFL, Premier League and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio – along with signature series, blockbuster movies, music, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions, on TV, online and mobile devices. NBC UNIVERSO is part of Hispanic Enterprises and Content, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. For more information, please visit www.NBCUNIVERSO.com.

LAS CADENAS DE NBCUNIVERSAL, TELEMUNDO Y NBC UNIVERSO, PRESENTAN SU PROGRAMACIÓN PARA LOS CAMPEONATOS MUNDIALES DE LA FIFA DE 2015

TRANSMITIRÁN 560 HORAS DE FÚTBOL DE CLASE MUNDIAL EN MÚLTIPLES PLATAFORMAS

Telemundo y NBC UNIVERSO contarán con la narración del galardonado equipo de comentaristas deportivos liderado por Andrés Cantor

Miami –23 de marzo de 2015– Telemundo y NBC UNIVERSO, de NBCUniversal, las cadenas oficiales en español de la Copa mundial de la FIFA™ en todas las plataformas de video en los Estados Unidos, anunció los detalles de las transmisiones de cuatro eventos de fútbol de la FIFA para este año. Ambas cadenas ofrecerán a los fanáticos de los deportes en todo Estados Unidos un número sin precedentes de 560 horas de acción futbolística en 2015. La extensa cobertura incluirá 344 horas de transmisión en vivo, en línea y en dispositivos móviles, siendo esta la primera vez que todos los encuentros de los cuatro eventos de fútbol de la FIFA estén disponibles en español en todo el territorio estadounidense. Además, el énfasis de la cobertura y la parte editorial, estarán enfocadas en la narración del desarrollo de los futuros jugadores estrella del fútbol que cautivarán las audiencias mundiales camino a los Juegos Olímpicos de Río 2016, la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Rusia 2018™ y la Copa Mundial de la FIFA Qatar 2022™.

Entre mayo y octubre de este año, Telemundo y NBC UNIVERSO ofrecerán una amplia cobertura de los torneos de la FIFA y presentarán contenido exclusivo, incluyendo información sobre los países y los jugadores, vistazos detrás de las escenas de cada lugar, análisis previos al partido, narración jugada por jugada y mucho más. Los fans podrán tener acceso a toda la acción en todos sus aparatos a través de plataformas múltiples, incluyendo transmisiones en vivo, streams en vivo, Video on Demand (VOD), Facebook, Instagram y Twitter.

“Estamos orgullosos de ser la primera empresa de medios en ofrecer una cobertura tan amplia de los eventos de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA™ en español en los Estados Unidos”, dijo Joe Uva, Presidente de Empresas Hispanas y Contenido de NBCUniversal. “Comenzando en mayo, emplearemos todas nuestras plataformas en línea y digitales para traerles a los hispanos de Estados Unidos el mejor fútbol del mundo presentado por un experimentado equipo de talentos y profesionales con una gran trayectoria en la transmisión y la narración deportiva”.

El primer torneo de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA™ con sede en Nueva Zelanda, contará con los equipos masculinos nacionales menores de 20 años de edad, U-20, del 30 de mayo al 20 de junio. Telemundo y NBC UNIVERSO presentarán el stream en vivo de los 52 partidos. Además, Telemundo transmitirá en vivo 10 partidos, incluyendo todas las competencias del equipo nacional mexicano, dos partidos de la ronda 16avos de final, dos partidos de cuartos de final, uno semifinal y la gran final del campeonato. Las transmisiones de NBC UNIVERSO incluirán 21 partidos en vivo, incluyendo el partido de la apertura de este evento, todos los partidos del equipo nacional de los Estados Unidos, dos transmisiones simultáneas del equipo nacional mexicano, cuatro partidos de la ronda de 16avos de final, dos partidos de cuartos de final y uno semifinal. NBC UNIVERSO también transmitirá una repetición de la final del campeonato.

Una semana después del comienzo del torneo masculino U-20, dará inicio la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA Canadá 2015™, del 6 de junio al 5 de julio. De nuevo, Telemundo y NBC UNIVERSO presentarán el stream en vivo de los 52 partidos. Telemundo también transmitirá 10 partidos, incluyendo el juego inaugural del torneo, cada encuentro del equipo nacional mexicano, tres partidos de la ronda de 16avos de final, uno de cuartos de final y la gran final del campeonato. NBC UNIVERSO ofrecerá 21 partidos en vivo, incluyendo todos los partidos del equipo nacional de los Estados Unidos, también una transmisión simultánea del equipo estadounidense si avanza a las ronda final; cuatro partidos de la ronda de 16avos, dos partidos de cuartos de final y dos partidos semifinales. NBC UNIVERSO también retransmitirá los partidos de la apertura y la gran final del campeonato.

Cuatro días después que se decida el equipo campeón de la Copa Mundial Femenina de la FIFA Canadá 2015™, comenzará la Copa Mundial de Beach Soccer de la FIFA Portugal 2015™, que será del 9 al 19 de julio. Después de este evento en Portugal, dará inicio la Copa Mundial Sub-17 de la FIFA Chile 2015™, del 17 de octubre al 8 de noviembre. Muchas de estas futuras superestrellas del fútbol tendrán la oportunidad de representar a sus países y mostrar sus habilidades en el escenario mundial. Los detalles adicionales de la programación de estos torneos de playa U-17 serán dados a conocer próximamente.

“Telemundo llevará la cobertura del fútbol de la FIFA 2015 a un nivel sin precedentes”, dijo Luis Silberwasser, Presidente de la Cadena Telemundo. “Nosotros transmitiremos más fútbol femenino y torneos U-20 que cualquier otra cadena en la historia de la televisión en español, incluyendo el torneo final de la Copa Mundial Femenina, que regresará a la televisión de habla hispana después de ocho años. Por último, nuestros televidentes disfrutarán del mejor fútbol del mundo con la gran calidad y experiencia que ya esperan de nosotros”.

“El fútbol tiene una relación única y apasionada con los latinos aficionados al deporte, y como la cadena de televisión por cable en español, sede del fútbol de clase mundial para este verano, NBC UNIVERSO también llevará a los televidentes toda la emoción, el drama y la acción que rodea a este ‘hermoso juego’ ”, dijo Rubén Mendiola, Presidente de NBC UNIVERSO. “Nosotros seguimos evolucionando como una fuente líder en deportes y entretenimiento a través de múltiples plataformas, ofreciendo grandes momentos, los mejores eventos y una excelente narración que reconocen los hispanos en los Estados Unidos, al mismo tiempo que nos conecta con nuestra diversa cultura latina”.

El desarrollo del contenido digital y programación estará al frente de la cobertura de las Copas Mundiales de la FIFA 2015 en Telemundo y NBC UNIVERSO. Por primera vez en la historia de la televisión de habla hispana, todos los partidos de los cuatro eventos de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA se transmitirán en línea y en streams en vivo con un total de 344 horas. Esta también será la primera vez que un contenido exclusivo en línea será transmitido durante los cuatro torneos. El contenido cubrirá la información específica en vivo de los torneos y los análisis que serán de interés para los seguidores y el público en general, incluyendo historias locales de color, perfiles, galerías fotográficas, entrevistas y videos exclusivos.

El galardonado y reconocido cronista deportivo internacional, Andrés Cantor, ofrecerá su estilo único y su experiencia en las transmisiones, tanto para Telemundo como para NBC UNIVERSO, durante las competencias de la Copa mundial de la FIFA 2015. Cantor, que ha narrado cada Copa Mundial de la FIFA desde 1990, liderará a un talentoso equipo de narradores deportivos, incluyendo al ganador del Emmy, Sammy Sadovnik y los ex jugadores mexicanos de fútbol, Carlos Hermosillo y Manuel Sol. El equipo de transmisión ofrecerá una distintiva mezcla de conocimiento, originalidad y pasión que es sinónimo del este deporte. Cantor es el único narrador de habla hispana, con sede en los Estados Unidos, incluido en la lista de legendarios comentaristas de fútbol de la revista de la FIFA.

Acerca de Telemundo:

Telemundo, a division of NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 17 owned stations, broadcast and MVPD affiliates; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices and www.telemundo.com; an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.

Acerca de NBC UNIVERSO:

NBC UNIVERSO is a modern general entertainment cable channel for Latinos, bringing the world’s top sports franchises and edgy, emotional programming to more than 40 million households in the U.S. As one of the most widely available modern cable channels for U.S. Latinos, NBC UNIVERSO delivers a thrilling mix of exclusive sports action – including FIFA World Cup™, NASCAR Mexico Series, NFL, Premier League and the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio – along with signature series, blockbuster movies, music, must-see live events and strategic acquisitions, on TV, online and mobile devices. NBC UNIVERSO is part of Hispanic Enterprises and Content, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. For more information, please visit www.NBCUNIVERSO.com.

2015 NCAA Tournament Delivers Record-Setting Opening Week

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaNCAA Tournament Opening Week Generates Highest-Ever Overnight Television Ratings

NCAA March Madness Live Nets Record 54 Million Live Video Streams Through Sunday

The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship continues to generate record-setting consumption across all multimedia platforms.  CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage of the NCAA Tournament across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV is averaging a 6.7/14 overnight rating/share to register as the highest-ever rating for the event through the first Sunday (since the tournament expanded to its current television format in 1991). This year’s NCAA Tournament to date overnight rating (6.7/14) is up 6% compared to a 6.3/14 in 2014, based on Nielsen metered market ratings.

This weekend’s exclusive third round coverage delivered a 7.3/16 overnight rating/share, the highest rating for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament in 22 years and a 7% increase over last year.

NCAA March Madness Live has also generated a record-setting 54 million live video streams through Sunday, a 7% increase over last year.  Additionally, NCAA March Madness Live has netted more than 11 million live hours of video consumption through the first week of the tournament, up 8% through the same period a year ago.

The NCAA Tournament has also grossed a record 108 million total social impressions across Facebook and Twitter through Sunday for a 40% increase over 2014.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Arianna, Live +SD data stream. 3/17/15 – 3/22/15 vs. 3/18/15 – 3/23/15.   2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 averages based on weighted average of 4 telecast gross across CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Historical audiences, CBS 1991 through 2005 based on Live data. Conviva, Adobe Analytics for digital metrics. Facebook Insights and Twitter for social analytics.

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Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel returns with a special NCAA edition March 24

hbo-real-sportsCELEBRATING 20 AWARD-WINNING SEASONS,

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL PRESENTS AN NCAA SPECIAL,

EXAMINING THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF INJURIES ON FORMER ATHLETES AND

EXPLORING THE GROWING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS OF STUDENT-ATHLETES,

ALONG WITH SPECIAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

WHEN IT RETURNS MARCH 24, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL, TV’s most honored sports journalism series, departs from its usual format for a special look at the NCAA and its treatment (or as some allege, mistreatment) of student-athletes when the show’s 216th edition debuts TUESDAY, MARCH 24 (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:

*The Wreckage. The stakes are high when a college athlete suffers a serious injury and a possible pro career hangs in the balance. Injuries sustained on the field can not only leave devastating scars and require years of painful rehabilitation, but also create mounds of debt that become the athlete’s legacy long after the headlines fade.

Correspondent Bernard Goldberg meets with numerous former college student-athletes who endured massive injuries and discovers that once players are no longer at school, they’re typically on their own to pay medical bills and support their debilitated bodies. He speaks to players from the University of Washington, Oklahoma University, Eastern Illinois University and Illinois State University, who document financial difficulties stemming from medical expenses and the lack of earning potential resulting from injuries suffered while representing their colleges. REAL SPORTS also talks to national health and labor experts, asking how the NCAA and the schools have been able to avoid paying for these injuries and sidestep labor protections available to nearly every worker in all 50 states.

Producer: Josh Fine.

            *Under the Radar. College athletes are often regarded as well-rounded young adults, brimming with self-confidence and good character, and in peak physical condition. However, a sizable number of them are currently being diagnosed as clinically depressed. REAL SPORTS correspondent Jon Frankel examines this alarming mental health crisis and discovers that many athletes report feeling overwhelmed by team responsibilities, performance mandates and academic workloads, while suffering under increasingly abusive coaches who often control their athletic and academic future. Frankel sits down with the NCAA’s chief medical officer, a workplace abuse expert and former NCAA athletes to learn more.

Producer: Josh Fine.

To lend perspective, host Bryant Gumbel will lead spirited discussions following both segments, with panelists discussing the two pieces and tackling related issues at a time when interest in college athletics is exceptionally high.

Throughout the 2015 season, REAL SPORTS features three-to-four minute segments spotlighting a different comedy star from the HBO family, who will close each show with a personal, unfiltered take on some element of sports. This month, comedian Lewis Black takes on the NCAA.

Other HBO playdates: March 24 (2:40 a.m.), 26 (1:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m.), 29 (11:00 a.m.) and 31 (4:00 p.m.), and April 1 (10:45 a.m., 6:00 p.m.), 4 (11:30 a.m.), 6 (12:10 a.m.) and 9 (3:00 a.m.)

HBO2 playdates: March 27 (5:45 p.m.) and 31 (8:30 p.m.), and April 2 (2:40 p.m., midnight), 7 (11:00 a.m.), 11 (4:30 p.m.), 16 (1:10 a.m.) and 19 (2:45 p.m.)

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 March 24, 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.