“Chasing 509″ – Peyton Manning Aims To Set NFL Record For Most Career Passing Touchdowns When Broncos Host 49ers On Sunday Night Football

FNIA-nfl-nbcManning Needs Three Touchdown Passes To Set NFL All-Time Record For Most Career Passing TDs

Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream 49ers-Broncos

NFL Turning Point Airs Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Peyton Manning looks to become the most prolific quarterback in NFL history this Sunday when the Denver Broncos (4-1) host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET. Manning is currently “Chasing 509,” needing just three more passing touchdowns reach 509 for his career, which would break the NFL record for most passing touchdowns (Brett Favre, 508).

The Broncos enter their Sunday Night Football showdown with San Francisco following a 31-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The 49ers have won three straight games, including a 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams on Monday night. Sunday night’s game is only the third meeting in the last 10 years between the 49ers and Broncos, and the first-ever meeting between Manning and Kaepernick.

Calling 49ers-Broncos is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Kathryn Tappen will report from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Giants-Cowboys game.

PEYTON MANNING “CHASING 509” ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

With three more passing touchdowns this Sunday night, Manning would reach 509 passing TD’s in his career to eclipse Brett Favre (508) for the most career passing touchdowns in NFL history. Some of Peyton Manning’s most memorable moments “Chasing 509” have come on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Manning boasts a 17-6 all-time record on SNF (including NFL Kickoff), the most wins of any quarterback on Sunday Night Football on NBC, including a 10-3 home record in those contests. Following are some of Manning’s top performances on NBC over the past eight-plus seasons.

  • Sept. 10, 2006 – In the first-ever Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Manning throws for 247 yards and a touchdown in “The Manning Bowl,” leading the Indianapolis Colts past younger brother Eli and the New York Giants 26-21 at Giants Stadium.
  • Nov. 5, 2006 – Peyton Manning throws for 327 yards and two touchdowns, as the Colts improve to 8-0 with a 27-20 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
  • Sept. 6, 2007 – Manning and the Colts follow their Super Bowl XLI victory with a 41-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on NFL Kickoff, as the Colts QB throws for four touchdowns at the RCA Dome.
  • Oct. 11, 2009 – Manning goes 36-for-44, including a perfect 14-for-14 in the second quarter, with 309 yards and three touchdowns, in a 31-9 win in Tennessee over the Titans. In the game, Manning passed Fran Tarkenton for third place on the all-time TD pass list behind Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
  • Nov. 15, 2009 – Following Bill Belichick’s stunning gamble on fourth down in Patriots territory, Manning leads the Colts on a game-winning drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds remaining in a 35-34 win, keeping Indianapolis undefeated at 9-0.
  • Sept. 9, 2012 – In his return to the NFL and debut with the Broncos following neck surgery in 2011, Manning throws the 400th TD of his NFL career in a 31-19 win over the Steelers.
  • Sept. 5, 2013 – Manning throws a NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes and 462 yards, the second-highest total of his career, in a 49-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Oct. 20, 2013 – Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time since joining the Broncos, and throws for 386 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-33 loss to Andrew Luck and the Colts.
  • Sept. 7, 2014 – Manning defeats Luck and the Colts to open the 2014 Sunday Night Football schedule, throwing three touchdown passes to Julius Thomas in a 31-24 win in Denver. With the win, Manning joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to beat each of the current 32 NFL franchises.

VIDEO: TONY DUNGY AND RODNEY HARRISON PREVIEW 49ERS-BRONCOS

Tony Dungy on 49ers keys to success against Broncos: “Power running – take time off the clock, and keep Peyton on the bench…do what you do best, and you’ve got a chance…if they don’t get pressure on Manning, he will torch this secondary.”

Rodney Harrison on 49ers: “It’s very important to keep your identity, and that’s running the ball with Frank Gore. Don’t allow Colin Kaepernick to pass the ball 40 times.”

Dungy on difference in Manning now from 10 years ago: “He plays within himself. He looked for big plays so much in the past, and now he’s content to throw the little slant, throw the screen pass…every pass doesn’t have to be 50 yards.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/08/28/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-week-1-of-2014-nfl-season-with-nfl-kickoff-2014-and-sunday-night-football/

NBC SPORTSWORLD – FROM MONTANA & ELWAY TO KAEPERNICK & MANNING

Earlier today, NBC Sports Group announced the launch of NBC SportsWorld, a new micro-site within NBCSports.com dedicated to long-form storytelling. The new site launches today and will be populated with compelling long-form stories, essays, short films and documentaries, including select archived Olympic video. In advance of Sunday night’s 49ers-Broncos game, CSN Bay Area Senior Insider Ray Ratto connects the dots from Joe Montana and John Elway to Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning.

Click here for more information on NBC SportsWorld: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/15/nbc-sportsworld-is-new-long-form-home-of-nbc-sports-digital/

NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Wednesday night’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of some of Week 6’s most compelling matchups, including the Dallas Cowboys upset over the Seattle Seahawks. Airing tonight at 11 p.m. ET, the episode will also review the key moments that defined the Packers-Dolphins and Giants-Eagles contests.

In addition, this week’s installment will include a wired-for-sound feature on Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, as well as a spotlight feature on the play of Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that are synonymous with NFL Films.

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PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

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NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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Real Salt Lake Visit Portland Timbers This Friday, October 17 At 10 PM ET on NBCSN as 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs Near

NBCSN_LogoFC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids Saturday at 3 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 15, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of Major League Soccer continues this Friday, October 17, when Real Salt Lake visit the Portland Timbers and midfielder Diego Valeri at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Valeri led the Timbers to a crucial victory over the San Jose Earthquakes last Wednesday, scoring two goals in their 3-0 win.

Real Salt Lake, third in the Western Conference, secured their spot in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win against San Jose last Saturday. A Portland Timbers win on Friday, coupled with a Vancouver Whitecaps loss or draw on Saturday, would put them in the fifth and final Western Conference spot for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with one regular season game to play.

NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match, and is joined by former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler.

Immediately following NBCSN’s Premier League coverage at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday, October 18, FC Dallas host the Colorado Rapids. FC Dallas earned a playoff berth for the first time in three years last Sunday against the LA Galaxy, when forward Fabian Castillo scored an 87th-minute goal, leading the team to a 2-1 win.

Colorado Rapids’ lead play-by-play commentator Richard Fleming calls the match, alongside former MLS player Brian Dunseth and CSN Houston reporter Sebastian Salazar.

Strong on this weekend’s matches:Friday night’s game will feature varying degrees of desperation. The Timbers know they need to win to keep themselves alive in the hunt for a playoff spot, while Real Salt Lake will be motivated by pressure from below to try to stay in third-place to avoid the knockout round game. Saturday will feature a Rapids team trying to make sense of a season that’s slipped away from them, but FC Dallas have plenty on the line: chasing RSL for third, holding off Vancouver for fourth, and trying to follow up Sunday’s impressive comeback win against the Galaxy.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of MLS this weekend will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. In addition, NBC Sports Regional Networks provide exclusive live coverage of five MLS teams, including the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories. 

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit www.NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

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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.

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Second-Place Manchester City Host Sixth-Place Tottenham This Saturday at 7:45 AM ET on NBCSN

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First-Place Chelsea v. Crystal Palace Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Premier League Viewership Up 16% This Season

Match of the Day Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Returns Next Monday at 10 PM ET on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 13, 2014 – Following the international break, Premier League coverage continues with second-place Manchester City, last season’s champions, and forward Sergio Aguero (five goals in seven Premier League appearances) hosting sixth-place Tottenham this Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match joined by Lee Dixon at the Etihad Stadium.

Also on Saturday, first-place Chelsea and forward Diego Costa, the Premier League’s leading scorer with nine goals, visit Crystal Place at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. Chelsea, six wins and one draw, are off to their best Premier League start since the 2005-06 season, when they won their first seven games and went on to capture the Premier League title.

All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

Premier League viewership through the first seven weeks of the season is up 16% on NBC/NBCSN with an average of 498,000 viewers per telecast (vs. 429,000 for last year’s opening seven weeks).

NBC presents a live, 90-minute, Match of the Day at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday hosted by Rebecca Lowe, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, providing in-depth analysis, plus, post-match interviews and reactions from the day’s matches and extended highlights with match commentators.

On Sunday, coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Queens Park Rangers hosting Liverpool and captain Steven Gerrard on NBCSN and mun2. White and Dixon call the match from Loftus Road. Stoke City host Swansea City at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN, wrapping up Sunday’s match coverage.

On Monday, coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by fourth-place Manchester United and midfielder Angel Di Maria, who has three goals and three assists in five appearances since joining the club for a British record transfer fee (approx. $99 million), visit West Bromwich Albion at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. The Red Devils come off a 2-1 victory over Everton.

NBCSN presents Goal Zone live at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday followed by NBCSN’s live, 60-minute Match of the Day II at 2 p.m. ET featuring host Lowe, joined by Martino and Mustoe.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett returns next Monday, Oct. 20, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with an encore at midnight ET.

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside Martino and Mustoe.

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

Arsenal v. Hull City on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. ET will be shown in select U.S. cinemas for “Barclays Premier League LIVE.” For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage this week (all times ET):

Date Time Match Network
Fri., Oct. 17 10 p.m. MLS: Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 6:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 7:45 a.m. Man City v. Tottenham NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Chelsea NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Arsenal v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Everton v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Newcastle v. Leicester City Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Southampton v. Sunderland Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Burnley v. West Ham Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 12:30 p.m. Match of the Day NBC
Sat., Oct. 18 3 p.m. MLS: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 8:30 a.m. Queens Park Rangers v. Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 19 11 a.m. Stoke City v. Swansea City NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 2 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 10:30 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 12:35 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 3 p.m. West Brom v. Man United NBCSN, mun2
Mon., Oct. 20 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will once again make 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. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

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NOTES & QUOTES FROM NBC’s FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA – WEEK 6

FNIA-nfl-nbc“This is a serious team.” – Rodney Harrison on the Cowboys

“They demolished the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are playing the best football in the AFC North.” – Tony Dungy on the Browns

“I thought I’d never say it, but the Steelers are a finesse offense right now. I don’t even know who these guys are.” – Hines Ward

“Aaron Rodgers looks like the hero, but the Dolphins really blew it.” – Rodney Harrison on the game’s final plays

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 12, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and NFL Insider Peter King. Carolyn Manno reported from Century Link Field in Seattle, Wash., on Cowboys-Seahawks.

Costas interviewed New York Giants QB Eli Manning, while Elliott talked with Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON COWBOYS

Harrison: “They are serious contenders. They go into Seattle — which no one ever does — they win, they run the ball, and they completely dominate the line of scrimmage. This is a serious team.”

Dungy: “They have a great formula. They run the ball and are playing tremendous defense.”

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ON PATRIOTS

Dungy: “Last week we were asking, ‘What’s wrong with the Patriots?’ In six days, they have proved nothing is wrong with the Patriots. Tom Brady is on fire.”

ON BROWNS

Dungy: “They demolished the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are playing the best football in the AFC North.”

Harrison on Brian Hoyer: “I’m impressed with his mental toughness. The way he handled the Johnny Manziel situation, all the distractions. He’s staying aggressive. He’s taking shots down the field and not looking over his shoulder.”

Florio on QB debate: “They have to decide for 2015, is it going to be Hoyer or is it going to be Manziel? The longer they wait, the more expensive it is going to get if Hoyer continues to play like he has.”

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ON STEELERS

Ward: “They’re very close to hitting that panic button…They just look like an inconsistent football team right now. The defense looks soft. Guys are just able to run the ball up and down the field. I look at their personnel; they can’t cover anybody in the secondary. Offensively, I thought I’d never say it, but the Steelers are a finesse offense right now. I don’t even know who these guys are.”

ON PACKERS-DOLPHINS

Dungy on game’s penultimate play: “We talked about situational football. Aaron Rodgers made a great play with this fake spike, but this game should be over. Cortland Finnegan is a veteran, just tackle the outside leg (which would keep the player in bounds).”

Harrison: “Just run to the sideline and force him to come back into your safety and the game is over.”

Dungy after a replay of the touchdown: “The game should have been over before that. You have to practice those situations.”

Harrison: “Aaron Rodgers looks like the hero, but the Dolphins really blew it.”

ON PANTHERS-BENGALS

Harrison: “The overtime rule is ridiculous. You have the best players on Earth fighting their hearts out for three or four hours and you walk away with a tie. But you also do a disservice to the fans, who have paid a lot of money, for parking, for food and for tickets…Somebody has to win…There’s no way the best players on the planet should walk away with a tie.”

Dungy: “I wouldn’t want to keep playing forever. These guys spent a lot of energy out there.”

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ON JAGUARS-TITANS

Patrick on Jaguars: “What happened at the end of this game?”

Dungy: “People just don’t practice situational football. There were mistakes on both sides coming down the stretch…If you’re Tennessee, you can’t let them get out of bounds.”

Harrison: “But why are you attempting a 55-yard field goal? It’s third down, you’ve got 12 seconds left. Run another play and trust your young quarterback.”

Dungy: “Trust your quarterback. ‘Hey, Blake. We’re going to put you in. Do the same thing and if it’s not there, throw it away.’”

Harrison: “What’s the worst that could happen? You’re 0-5 at that point. Now you’re 0-6.”

Patrick: “Situational football here. Plus that 55-yarder, the launch angle is going to be a lot lower than if you were kicking a 45-yard field goal.”

Dungy: “You might have gotten closer. Give it a try.”

ON CARDINALS

Dungy: “Their defense is playing great football.”

Harrison: “If they can keep Carson Palmer healthy, they have a chance.”

ON CHARGERS

Dungy on Philip Rivers: “He’s playing incredible football.”

Harrison: “My biggest concern is that the Chargers defense gave up four touchdowns to a rookie quarterback.”

ON VIKINGS

Patrick on post-game comments by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who said ‘you don’t see any of this (poor play) going on in practice’: “The reason why they don’t play like that in practice is they’re going against the Vikings in practice.”

ON GIANTS

Collinsworth on Jason Pierre-Paul: “When he is right as a pass rusher, this is a different team defensively, and we saw that last week.”

Dungy on Manning’s improved play in new offense: “He knows it better. But his young players are starting to come through for him, and he’s starting to trust those young players a little bit more.”

ON EAGLES

Collinsworth on LeSean McCoy’s performance this year in relation to OL injuries: “You can see just a slight hesitation when he’s running the football, and I think it’s cost him.”

ON PERSONAL CONDUCT

King on possible Personal Conduct Committee: “I’m told that the NFL is considering putting ex-players on that committee.”

Florio on player appeals: “One potential sticking point that could relate to the Commissioner’s power. There’s an idea out there that Commissioner Goodell would give up his current authority to make the initial decision when it comes to player discipline, but still maintain the ability to handle the appeal hearing. I’m told the NFL Players Association would never agree to an outcome where Roger Goodell still has final say of the appeals process.”

ELI MANNING WITH BOB COSTAS

On the transition from working with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to working with Ben McAdoo: “It was difficult in the spring and even in training camp. I just had to try to forget the old offense… I don’t want to bring up old tendencies or old thoughts; I get in trouble that way. It’s been a grind and a lot of work, but I’ve enjoyed it.”

On Odell Beckham, who attended his high school: “Odell is a good kid. He has worked hard. I’ve known him for a long time. He was a sophomore in high school, and Peyton and I were back in New Orleans doing something and we wanted to go throw some routes. We called our high school coach and said, ‘Hey, can you send over a few receivers to the high school?’”

Bob Costas: “…And he said ‘Hey, I’m going to send you a guy that’s going to be in the league someday.’”

Manning: “Exactly. Out of four or five guys, Odell was at a different level.”

On the trash-talking between the Giants and Eagles this week, and a parody video made by Eagles’ fan Bradley Cooper: “I like to do my talking on the field and let the game be played. Sometimes it builds some good drama. You get a little back and forth. We try to use that to motivate us. I’m sure the Eagles are using some of the things that we’ve said to motivate them. But for this game, I don’t think you need a whole lot of talking. I think both teams know what we feel about each other and how important this game is. We hope we can back it up with our play Sunday night.”

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JEREMY MACLIN WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

NOTE: Tonight’s episode of Football Night includes a feature piece on Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin, who at 15 years old went to live with his youth football coach Jeff Parres and his family when Maclin’s single-mother struggled to make ends meet. The piece shows how living with the Parres family positively shaped Maclin’s future.

Maclin on living with the Parres family: “I learned a lot of things growing up. I learned a lot of life lessons, but I think for me to get to where I am now, that was the turning point. It was the family dinner with everybody sitting down together, I wasn’t used to that. It was mom checking homework and dad going to work. I wasn’t used to that.”

On how much his biological mother remained in his life: “A lot. My mom was still very much a part of my life. I think for my mom to let her son go and live with somebody else in order for him to achieve what he wanted to achieve, that’s heroic.”

On the importance of family: “Everything you do in life is so much more enjoyable when you have family members to enjoy it with. Without family, which is my family and the Parres’, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Sunday Night Football’s First NFC East Matchup Of The Season Features Nick Foles And Philadelphia Eagles Against Eli Manning And New York Giants

nbc-sundaynightfootballCoverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Giants-Eagles

Football Night in America Averaging 8.2 Million Viewers This Season, up 6%

NFL Turning Point Airs Tonight at 1 a.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 8, 2014 – Eli Manning and the New York Giants (3-2) look to add to their  three-game winning streak this Sunday, Oct. 12, when they travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to face Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and their first-place NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The Eagles, tied with the Dallas Cowboys at 4-1 atop the NFC East, have scored seven return touchdowns this season, the most by any NFL team in the first five games of a season since at least 1970. The Giants trail the Eagles and Cowboys by one game in the division, as Manning has led New York to three consecutive victories with an 8-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and a 115.2 passer rating – second-best in the NFC over the past three weeks (Aaron Rodgers, 132.9). In addition, the Giants’ defense leads the league in interceptions.

Calling Giants-Eagles is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno will report from Century Link Field in Seattle, Wash., on the Cowboys-Seahawks game.

Through the first five weeks of the season, Football Night in America is averaging 8.2 million viewers - up 6% from the first five weeks last year (7.7 million).

VIDEO: TONY DUNGY PREVIEWS GIANTS-EAGLES

Tony Dungy: “I thought this was going to be the easiest winner of all of the divisions, Philly played so well the first couple of weeks, Dallas was struggling, the Giants were struggling, Washington was struggling, but the Giants have really come around. Eli looks like he’s gotten comfortable with this offense…I know Chip Kelly well and he wants to run the football. That’s the staple of the Eagles’ offense. I think this is going to be a great game.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/08/28/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-week-1-of-2014-nfl-season-with-nfl-kickoff-2014-and-sunday-night-football/

NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 1 A.M. ET/ 10 P.M. PT ON NBCSN

A new episode of Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films and hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick, airs tonight at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that are synonymous with NFL Films.

Tonight’s episode will analyze the key moments that defined the Ravens-Colts, Buccaneers-Saints, Bengals-Patriots, and Texans-Cowboys games, wired-for-sound spotlight features on Tom BradyAndrew Luck, Drew Brees and Julius Thomas, as well as a film study with Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton.

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PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

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NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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NHL Live Analysts Jeremy Roenick And Keith Jones Preview Upcoming NHL Season

NBCSN_Logo“You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.” – Jeremy Roenick

“The West appears to be so much stronger yet again.” – Keith Jones

NHL Season Preview Airs Tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Season Begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, Followed by Sharks-Kings at 10 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 6, 2014 – Two Days Until Hockey – NHL Live analysts Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones will join host Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury tomorrow night on NBCSN’s NHL Season Preview tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. The program will provide commentary and analysis as NHL teams prepare for the 2014-15 season, and will also feature segments with NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.

The puck drops on the NHL regular season in two days, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by a Pacific Division showdown between the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

Following are quotes from Roenick and Jones heading into the 2014-15 NHL season:

Roenick on the Western Conference favorites: “The Kings have to be the favorites again. It’s extremely hard to repeat…we haven’t had a repeat in nearly 20 years. That’s a tall order, but they have such good chemistry and they are so well-coached. You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.”

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Roenick on the Colorado Avalanche: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Colorado is ready to make that leap. Tyson Barrie is going to emerge as a top defenseman. Adding Danny Briere, Scott Hannan and Jarome Iginla to that lineup adds more veteran leadership, which is something that they haven’t had. Iginla helping out those young studs like Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon is going to be very valuable. It reminds me of when Ray Bourque went to Colorado to win a Stanley Cup.”

Jones on the Avalanche: “I don’t think they’ll have as many points in the regular season, but they’ll be as good. Paul Stastny moving to St. Louis takes away a veteran player that was very productive in Colorado, but there’s so much more to like with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene. That’s a Patrick Roy-coached team that will not take any nights off. The main question is – can Semyon Varlamov duplicate his season from last year?”

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Roenick on the San Jose Sharks: “They didn’t do anything in the offseason to improve their team. When you don’t win, it’s always going to come down to your leaders. You’ve got to score goals in big situations. Until that happens, guys are going to be questioned. Joe Thornton is going to be questioned. Patrick Marleau is going to be questioned. Joe and Patty are running into that time in their careers when their legacy is going to be that they were great players in the regular season, but when the playoffs came around, they couldn’t figure it out.”

Jones on the Sharks: “They’re going to be really good. If they don’t lose Marc-Edouard Vlasic in that first-round series last season, they don’t lose four straight to the L.A. Kings. They have to come to the realization that with Vlasic in the lineup, they were a better team than L.A., and we’re not talking about the disastrous collapse, if Vlasic doesn’t get hurt. I’m not worried about San Jose. If I was in the Western Conference and in their division, I would be worried about playing against them.”

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Roenick on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota is a real sleeper. Thomas Vanek is going to be happy playing at home in Minnesota. If they can get their goaltending straight, if Niklas Backstrom can come back and stay healthy – that’s the key for them.”

Jones on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota jumps out to me as a team that will be really dangerous, as do the Dallas Stars. They’ve both improved from the outside, and their younger players gained valuable experience in the playoffs. Both will be right there, and difficult outs come playoff time.”

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Jones on the Tampa Bay Lightning: “Tampa Bay has made some big-time strides this offseason, and should take another step forward this year, especially with a healthy Steven Stamkos to start the year, and Ben Bishop healthy in goal. I look forward to watching that team. They’re going to be near the top of the Eastern Conference.”

Jones on the Boston Bruins: “The Bruins still look like the superior team, but they’re not quite as strong as when they began last season. You can’t keep everybody in this salary cap world. Johnny Boychuk is an example of that. They also had Iginla move on, who had such a good year for them last year. I don’t see the same team as last year, but I still see a lot to look forward to as a Bruins fan.”

Jones on the Detroit Red Wings: “They have been hit by that injury bug to two of their key guys, with both Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk being banged up last year. I’m concerned about that, but I love their depth and the young talent they have. Gustav Nyquist was outstanding last year, and Tomas Tatar showed a lot. The blue line is much better than they get credit for. They’re going to be dangerous – but it’s imperative they have a healthy Datsyuk and Zetterberg for the majority of the season. If they are healthy, they have a chance to come out of the East.”

Jones on the Pittsburgh Penguins: “There are question marks in Pittsburgh. Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik are big losses. The Penguins blue line worries me. The health of Paul Martin for a full season worries me. Evegni Malkin’s mystery injury to start camp is concerning. There are elements up front that are extremely dangerous, but the back end worries me. Marc-Andre Fleury worries me, and you hope in the last year of his contract that he uses it as motivation. But the playoffs are usually the time for motivation, and he hasn’t looked good in the postseason.”

Jones on the New York Islanders: “They’ve brought in two guys (Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy) that will help, there’s no doubt about that. They both have elements to their game that have to make Islanders fans feel pretty good about their chances. Boychuk has one of the hardest shots in the league, and Leddy is a very good puck-moving, offensively-gifted defenseman, so they will help their power play, which can be deadly with John Tavares running the show. The Islanders are a team that you have to give consideration to being a playoff team.”

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Notes & Quotes From NBC’s Football Night In America – Week 5

FNIA-nfl-nbc“You can’t depend on special teams touchdowns and blocked punts every week to win.” – Rodney Harrison on Eagles, who play Giants on NBC next Sunday

“They have a chance in Seattle because of the way they’re playing.” – Tony Dungy on the Cowboys, who play the Seahawks next week

“This is their identity. Just physically beating people up.” – Harrison on 49ers

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 5, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and NFL Insider Peter King. Alex Flanagan reported from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., on the Cardinals-Broncos game.

Elliott interviewed Cincinnati Bengals DT Devon Still, who spoke about his four-year-old daughter’s battle with cancer, while Harrison went one-on-one with New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis.

In honor of the NFL’s efforts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Elliott introduced a segment about Beth Steele, a mother of four who credits the NFL’s efforts to helping her catch her own cancer. For more on the story, click here: http://www.today.com/health/trip-nfl-game-helped-save-womans-life-breast-cancer-2D80192071

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON NFC EAST

Dungy: “A couple of weeks ago, I’m thinking bad (division). But big wins by the Eagles, Giants and the Cowboys today, the NFC East is back.”

ON COWBOYS

Dungy on if he is buying into the Cowboys: “I am because of the way they’re playing…the focal point now is DeMarco Murray. And when he’s running like this…it creates one-on-one coverage (for the receivers).”

Harrison on Terrance Williams: “He has proven that he is a great complement to Dez Bryant. He can make the big plays…he is a tremendous young player.”

Patrick to Dungy: “They go to Seattle next week. You’ve said if you can run the ball, you can win in Seattle.”

Dungy: “They have a chance in Seattle because of the way they’re playing.”

ON EAGLES

Dungy: “They still have some issues. Their defense is not great and when they get these leads like this, you have to be able to run the ball, and they’re still not running it that well. McCoy was better today, but not great.”

Harrison: “If you’re the Eagles, you can’t depend on special-teams touchdowns and blocked punts every week to win.”

ON 49ERS

Dungy: “Back to what they do best: physical on defense and very physical on offense. When they run Frank Gore and play that physical style, they’re tough to beat.”

Harrison: “This is their identity. Just physically beating people up, slowing down those pass rushers, and just allowing Frank Gore to do what he does best.”

ON SAINTS

Dungy: “I’m still not sold. We’re used to seeing dominant performances at home. That defense still has some holes. I think that’s affecting Drew Brees right now. I think he is pressing, feeling like he’s got to make too many things happen because of that defense.”

Harrison on Brees: “He doesn’t trust the defense.”

ON LIONS

Dungy: “You see how valuable Calvin Johnson is. They aren’t able to run the ball when he’s not in there drawing double coverage.”

ON RAIDERS

Florio: “Keep an eye on former Seahawks and Packers coach Mike Holmgren. He was in the building this week and has a tie to general manager Reggie McKenzie. And Holmgren has suggested that maybe he’s ready to coach again.”

Harrison: “You need a quarterback. Forget a head coach.”

ON JETS

Harrison on who he would start at QB: “I don’t know. They both looked terrible today.”

ON PATRIOTS

Harrison: “We heard about the fault of the offensive line and receivers not creating separation, but (Tom) Brady has to take a lot of that blame because he’s missing opportunities down the field. He’s not taking shots. He doesn’t look very confident behind that offensive line. But also Josh McDaniels. I don’t see a lot of great in-game adjustments. It’s easy when things are going well. He needs to step up and do a better job from a coaching standpoint.”

Dungy on Brady: “I could coach (against him) if I only had to defend 15 yards, and you only have to defend them so tight because his offensive line is not giving him great protection. It’s tough for him to get the ball up the field. He doesn’t have a lot of time and he doesn’t have deep receivers who can get up field. So the field is squeezed. Everyone is playing him like they’re in the red zone. I don’t think it’s Tom Brady’s fault. I think it’s his supporting cast.”

Harrison on if Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback: “He’s the best, but you have to play him a certain way. You just can’t play him one way. And the one thing that I asked him, I said, ‘Are you used to playing a lot of zone coverage?’ He said, ‘No, my entire life I’ve played nothing but man-to-man coverage, high school, college, and in the pros.’ I asked him, ‘What was the biggest difference between Rex Ryan’s defense and Bill Belichick’s defense?’ He said, ‘We play a lot more zone in New England.’ But you negate everything that he does and what makes him special if you play zone coverage.”

Dungy: “Lovie Smith inherited Revis in Tampa and he told me, ‘I traded him because I’d be wasting him. With our system, we play zone coverage so much.’ You’re not using his skills.”

DEVON STILL WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Tonight’s episode of Football Night included a feature piece on Bengals DT Devon Still, whose four-year-old daughter Leah was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma in June. The piece showed how Leah, who recently had her cancerous tumor removed but is not yet cancer free, has given inspiration to her father through her immense courage and strength.

Still on how he’s been inspired by his daughter: “You always expect your child to look up to you, but honestly, since June 2nd, I’ve really been looking up to my daughter…she’s way stronger than I’ve ever been. For her to be able to continue to smile through all of this, to have that same personality…it’s amazing, and it’s definitely inspiring to me.”

Still on how he initially responded to Leah’s cancer: “We just told her she had an illness that some kids get, and she was going to have to do whatever she could to fight and win. It was hard to focus on playing football, with my daughter 10 hours away…I couldn’t give football 100 percent.”

Still on the public’s support of Leah: “It’s done wonders for me. It’s done wonders for my daughter. Everybody’s keeping my daughter’s spirits up. I definitely appreciate all of the attention she’s getting. She’s a fighter.”

Following is the long-form feature between Josh Elliott and Devon Still. An abbreviated version aired on Football Night: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/devon-still-his-daughters-battle-cancer

DARRELLE REVIS WITH RODNEY HARRISON

http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/darrelle-revis-tom-brady-hes-still-same-guy

On if QB Tom Brady’s performance has dropped this season: “He’s the same guy…he leads this team. We just need to support him.”

Rodney Harrison: “Does it serve as motivation when people doubt Darrelle Revis?”

Darrelle Revis: “No. It really doesn’t.”

Harrison: “As a fellow defensive back, that would motivate the heck out of me.”

Revis: “I look at it from a different point of view. My main focus is this team, not what outsiders have to say, or what people say on Twitter…I’m self-motivated. I know what I need to do.”

Revis on if he or Seahawks CB Richard Sherman is best in NFL: “You’ve got to believe in yourself. (Cleveland Browns CB) Joe Haden would say the same thing. (Arizona Cardinals CB) Patrick Peterson would say the same thing. I respect all of those guys, and they’re all great players…but like I said, everyone would say the same thing if they were asked – you’ve got to believe in yourself.”

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Celtics Basketball on Comcast SportsNet Returns Monday 10/6

CSNNE_LogoBroadcast Duo Mike Gorman & Tommy Heinsohn Return for 34th Season; Brian Scalabrine Joins Broadcast Team asColor Commentator for Road Games; Abby Chin Returns as Sideline Reporter; and Kyle Draper as Studio Host

Network Announces “Deep Green” — New Weekly Feature in Celtics Pre/Post-Game Show Airing Every Friday

CSNNE.com to Provide the Best Digital & Social Media Experience for Celtics Fans

BURLINGTON, MA, October 2, 2014 – Comcast SportsNet will once again televise every single Boston Celtics game during the 2014-15 season. The Celtics pre-season tips off with the first of eight pre-season games on Tuesday, October 6th as the Celtics take on the 76’ers. The Celtics regular season tips off on Wednesday, October 29th as they face the Brooklyn Nets at The TD Garden beginning at 7:00PM.

Comcast SportsNet’s Celtics’ schedule starts out with a robust month of November with 13 games including the Cleveland Cavaliers; the San Antonio Spurs; Oklahoma City Thunder; and two matchups against the Chicago Bulls. The overall schedule features 90 total telecasts – eight preseason games and 82 regularseason games.

As part of every Celtics telecast, second-year Celtics Coach Brad Stevens will talk exclusively with Comcast SportsNet prior to each game, at halftime, and following each game to give his perspective as the night unfolds.

In addition to a full game schedule, Comcast SportsNet will return this season with broadcast duo Mike Gorman (@celticsvoice) and Tommy Heinsohn (@CSNTommy) in their 34th season as Comcast SportsNet’s primary telecast team for all home games.  This season, fan-favorite Brian Scalabrine (@Scalabrine) will join Comcast SportsNet as color analyst for 35 road games and will contribute to other aspects of Comcast SportsNet’s Celtics coverage including 13 Pre/Post-Game Live shows, weekly appearances on Celtics Insider, and inclusion on other ancillary programming. Cedric Maxwell will join as color analyst on select road games, while Kyle Draper (@KylerDraperTV) and Abby Chin (@TVAbby) will return to the Comcast SportsNet telecasts this season as studio host and courtside reporter, respectively.

“We have a fantastic Celtics broadcast team starting with Mike & Tommy, the best duo in the business, and the return of Kyle and Abby after great debut seasons last year,” said Bill Bridgen, President and General Manager of Comcast SportsNet New England. “We are also thrilled to welcome Brian Scalabrine to the broadcast team this year.  His knowledge of basketball and remarkable TV presence, combined with the rest of our team, will no doubt entertain viewers and fans throughout the season.”

Draper will host Celtics Pre-game Live presented by Ace Ticket, Halftime Live presented by McDonald’s, and Celtics Post-game Live presented by New England Ford for every Celtics matchup. Joining Draper in-studio will be a rotating roster of experts including Heinsohn, Scalabrine, and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

As part of this season’s PGL’s, Comcast SportsNet will debut “Deep Green”, a series of off-the-court features appearing weekly in Friday’s Pre/Post-Game Live shows beginning in December.  The first feature will premiere in the Celtics Preview Show on October 24th at 8PM and will be entitled “The Education of Marcus Smart”. Viewers will get to see what Smart has learned through the adversity he has experienced growing up and throughout his life. For every pitfall, Smart recounts the lessons he has learned to become a better man. Now as a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a talented rookie with wisdom beyond his years from an education gained through the lessons he learned throughout his life.

Social media will be a big part of CSNNE.com’s coverage of the Celtics. The online home to Comcast SportsNet will feature Celtics Pulse, which is the best way to track all the in-game social media chatter on the Celtics, including Tweets from CSNNE.com Celtics Insider A. Sherrod Blakely (@sherrodbcsn), @CSNTommy and all Comcast SportsNet talent. Celtics fans can share their comments on Celtics Pulse by using #CelticsTalk. In addition to Celtics Pulse, CSNNE.com will feature all of Blakely’s reporting plus video news coverage from Chevrolet SportsNet Central and Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight.

About Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNet’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Insider, The Baseball Show, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, New England Football Night, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, CAA football, basketball and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNet New England is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

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NO. 8 NOTRE DAME VS. NO. 13 STANFORD THIS SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBC

nbc-sports-groupDan Hicks, Mike Mayock and Kathryn Tappen to Call Game

Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 3 p.m. ET Live on NBC with Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie and Hines Ward

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 1, 2014 – The No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish aim to remain unbeaten this season with a victory against the No. 13 Stanford Cardinal this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage begins with Countdown to Kickoff, NBC Sports Group’s Notre Dame pre-game show, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Saturday’s showdown featuring No. 8 Notre Dame (4-0) and No. 13 Stanford (3-1) marks the 18th consecutive season that the two teams have met, dating back to 1997. Notre Dame boasts an 18-10 series edge all-time, despite victories from Stanford in four of the previous five meetings, including the Cardinal’s 27-20 win last season. Saturday’s clash also marks the fourth consecutive year that both Notre Dame and Stanford will be ranked heading into the game, and in each of those instances, at least one team has been ranked in the Top 10.

The rivalry began in with the 1924 Rose Bowl, when Knute Rockne’s Fighting Irish defeated Pop Warner’s Stanford team 27-10 for their first ever national title. Since 1989, the winner of the game has been awarded the Legends Trophy, made of an Irish crystal glass and California redwood base.

Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game following a 31-15 victory over Syracuse last weekend, while Stanford comes into the game after a 20-13 win against Washington.

Dan Hicks (@DanHicksNBC), NBC Sports Group’s longtime and critically-acclaimed golf and Olympic commentator, calls Saturday’s game alongside Emmy Award-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen).

Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) will host Countdown To Kickoff at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined by 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie (@DougFlutie) and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward (@MVP86HinesWard). McHugh, Flutie and Ward will also manage half-time and post-game coverage for the broadcast.  Countdown To Kickoff will also feature a sit-down interview between Kathryn Tappen and Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson.

In addition to his studio duties, Flutie will also provide analysis from the sidelines during the game, analyzing specific matchups and key plays from his unique perspective.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC

Following this Saturday’s game against Stanford, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame football continues Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host North Carolina Tar Heels.

The following is the NBC Sports Group 2014 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET)

Date Opponent Pre-Game Network Game Time Network
Saturday, Oct. 4 Stanford 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Oct. 11 North Carolina 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 15 Northwestern 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 22 Louisville 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC

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NBCSports.com will again continue its Notre Dame Football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO

For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power NBCSports.com’s popular Notre Dame Central section (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central).  Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS – Beginning with the team’s home/season opener on Saturday, August 30 vs. Rice, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports with the Aug. 30 replay scheduled to air at 11 p.m. CT.  Additional home game replays airing on Comcast SportsNet this season include games against Michigan (Sept. 6 at 1 a.m.), Purdue (Sept. 13 at 1 a.m.), Stanford (Oct. 4), North Carolina (Oct. 11), Northwestern (Nov. 15) and Louisville (Nov. 22). (NOTE: Replay airings to regularly take place on these Saturdays at 11 p.m.; fans are urged to consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times).

HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’s WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – CSNChicago.com will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent.  Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m.

“INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL” w/BRIAN KELLY – Once again, Comcast SportsNet will be the local TV home for “Inside Notre Dame Football” with Head Coach Brian Kelly this season.  The weekly, half-hour show will feature key highlights, along with detailed discussion & analysis regarding the team’s previous game and an X’s and O’s preview of their upcoming opponent.  “Inside ND Football” will make its 2014 season premiere on Tuesday, September 2 in its regular 5 p.m. CT time slot.  (NOTE: This Tuesday afternoon program may air on occasion at 4:30 p.m. CT should there be live pro event airing at 6 p.m. that evening). Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s @CSNIrish Twitter handle for the very latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

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