TWO-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RODNEY HARRISON JOINS “PRO FOOTBALL TALK” EVERY WEEKDAY ON NBCSN DURING NFL SEASON

Veteran Football Night In America Studio Analyst to Team With Pro Football Talk Hosts Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister Beginning Monday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m. ET

 

Season Premiere of Fantasy Football Live Airs Tuesday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

 

Fifth Season of NFL Turning Point Debuts Wednesday, September 16, at 10 p.m. ET

 

Stamford, Conn. – August 4, 2015 – Two-time Super Bowl champion and veteran Football Night In America studio analyst Rodney Harrison will join co-hosts Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister every weekday throughout the 2015 season on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.

 

The show’s new format debuts Monday, August 10, at 6:30 p.m. ET, although it will regularly air each weekday at 6 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s two additional NFL programs, Fantasy Football Live and NFL Turning Point, will debut on Tuesday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. ET, and Wednesday, September 16, at 10 p.m. ET, respectively.

 

PRO FOOTBALL TALK

The 30-minute Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers. (Pro Football Talk will occasionally air at 6:30 p.m. ET on select nights during the 2015-16 Premier League season.)

 

“As is the case on Football Night in America, Rodney’s passion for the game, insight and strong opinions will give viewers a unique perspective of the NFL,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Plus, Rodney loves to remind Mike which one of them played 15 seasons in the NFL and which one practiced labor law in Clarksburg. The combination should result in some fun friction.”

 

A three-time All-Pro and two-time Super Bowl champion, Harrison joined NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated studio show Football Night in America as an analyst in 2009, and has drawn significant critical acclaim for his blunt and hard-hitting analysis. He also hosts Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison & Dan Schwartzman, a two-hour weekend NFL talk show for NBC Sports Radio.

 

For more about Harrison, click here for his bio.

Florio, who created the innovative, NFL-focused football website ProFootballTalk.com, partnered with NBC Sports in July 2009. Since then Florio and NBC Sports Group have expanded the PFT brand to include Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, PFT Live on NBCSports.com, and Pro Football Talk Live on NBC Sports Radio. In addition, Florio is a regular contributor to NBC’s acclaimed Football Night in America.

 

For more about Florio, click here for his bio.

 

Paul Burmeister joined NBC Sports Group in 2011, as co-host for Pro Football Talk. In addition to his weeknight role on Pro Football Talk, Burmeister also serves as a play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of college football and college basketball. Prior to his broadcasting career, Burmeister was a quarterback at the University of Iowa and spent time with the Minnesota Vikings as a free agent.

 

For more info about Burmeister, click here for his bio.

 

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE

NBCSN’s third season of Fantasy Football Live will debut Tuesday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. ET., following Pro Football Talk. The 30-minute, multi-platform fantasy football program will once again air Tuesday through Thursday nights during the NFL regular season.

 

Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines 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.

 

Fantasy Football Live is hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs, and features a roster of NBC Sports, Rotoworld and Yahoo Sports fantasy analysts, including NBCSN’s Kay Adams, NBC Sports NFL analysts Brian Westbrook, Jon Ritchie and Ross Tucker, and Yahoo Sports’ Brad Evans, Brandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

 

Leading up to Week 1 of the season, Fantasy Football Live will feature extensive draft preview coverage. During the season, Tuesday night episodes will examine top waiver wire pickups, while Wednesday evening shows will address matchups and rankings heading into the upcoming weekend. Thursday episodes will place a heavy emphasis on that night’s NFL matchup. The show will also regularly include advice and analysis on daily fantasy leagues.

 

NFL TURNING POINT

The fifth season of Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will debut Wednesday, September 16, at 10 p.m. ET, its regular timeslot.

 

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air weekly throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

 

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

 

In 2015 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2016, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl 50.

 

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Golf Channel Airtimes & Notes (Aug. 6-9): WGC-Bridgestone Invitational; Barracuda Championship; Shaw Charity Classic

Spieth, Fowler Lead a Field that Features 48 of the Top-50 in the World at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio

Major Champions, Schniederjans Headline the Field at the Barracuda Championship in Reno

Champions Tour in Canada as Couples Defends Shaw Charity Classic

ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug. 4, 2015) – Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler headline an elite field that includes 48 of the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking teeing it up at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Barracuda Championship will air in primetime on Golf Channel, with PGA TOUR rookie Ollie Schniederjans and major champions headlining the field in Reno. Fred Couples will defend his 2014 title at the Shaw Charity Classic in Canada, and Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie also are in the field.

PGA TOUR

WGC-Bridgestone Invitational      

Dates: Aug. 6-9

Venue: Firestone Country Club (South Course), Akron, Ohio

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              1:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday          Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            Noon-1:30 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Elite field: The reduced field of 77 features 48 of the top-50 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including 27 winners from the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Zach Johnson.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Terry Gannon

Analyst: Nick Faldo

Tower: Matt Gogel / Gary McCord

On-Course: Jerry Foltz

Interviews: Steve Burkowski

PGA TOUR

Barracuda Championship

Dates: Aug. 6-9

Venue: Montreux Golf & Country Club, Reno, Nev.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6:30-9:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              6:30-8:30 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          6-9 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            6-9 p.m. (Live) / 5-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Scoring format: This week will be the fourth time that the tournament will be contested as a modified stableford. Players will receive eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, zero for a par, -1 points for a bogey and -3 points for a double bogey or worse.

PGA Championship spot up for grabs: While the winner will not receive an invitation to the 2016 Masters, he will receive an exemption into next week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits if not previously eligible.

Ogilvy defends: Geoff Ogilvy won by five points over Justin Hicks in the modified stableford format for his eighth PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Ollie Schniederjans, Retief Goosen, Jonas Blixt, John Huh, Ryo Ishikawa, Patrick Rodgers, Geoff Ogilvy, John Daly, Steve Wheatcroft, Billy Hurley and David Duval.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Rich Lerner

Analyst: Frank Nobilo

Tower: Craig Perks

On-Course: Phil Blackmar / Curt Byrum

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Shaw Charity Classic

Dates: Aug. 7-9

Venue: Canyon Meadows Golf & Country Club, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              8:30-10:30 p.m. (Tape delay) / 2-4 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          4-6 p.m. (Live) / 2-4 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Couples defends: Fred Couples outlasted Billy Andrade with a birdie on the first playoff hole for his 11th career Champions Tour win.

Headlining the field: Fred Couples, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Colin Montgomerie, Jeff Maggert, Corey Pavin, Jeff Sluman, Mark O’Meara, John Cook, Kirk Triplett and Tom Pernice, Jr.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brian Hammons

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

-NBC Sports Group-

4 DAYS UNTIL NEW PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON KICKS OFF ON THE NETWORKS OF NBCUNIVERSAL – BOURNEMOUTH V. ASTON VILLA SAT. AT 10 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

Coverage Debuts This Saturday, August 8 at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

“No matter what, history will be made, as it always is in the most entertaining league in the world.” – Rebecca Lowe

“20 teams line up for the stage of this year’s race with very different ambitions.” – Robbie Earle

“Did Chelsea strengthen enough to stay champions? Will Manchester United’s spending spree return them to the top?… Lots of questions, can’t wait for the answers.” – Kyle Martino

“With new teams and new managers, this new season promises to be the most competitive ever!” – Robbie Mustoe

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 4, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015-16 Premier League season kicks off four days from today, this Saturday, August 8. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Manchester United v. Tottenham at 7:45 a.m. ET and Bournemouth v. Aston Villa at 10 a.m. ET.

At 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC hosts coverage of defending champions Chelsea and midfielder Eden Hazard, the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League Player of the Year, hosting Swansea City. Immediately following the match is a live Goal Zone on NBC, hosted by Rebecca Lowe, who will be joined by former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.

Coverage on Sunday, August 9, begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Arsenal v. West Ham at 8:30 a.m. ET and Stoke City v. Liverpool at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. This week’s live match coverage wraps up on Monday with Premier League Live at 2 p.m. ET followed by West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester City at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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, joined by Earle and Mustoe.

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.

REBECCA LOWE, ROBBIE EARLE, KYLE MARTINO, AND ROBBIE MUSTOE ON THE NEW SEASON

Rebecca Lowe: “It’s been a summer of big money signings and interesting acquisitions both in terms of players and managers, and that makes this new Premier League season so enticing. It also feels like a slight ‘evening up’ has taken place amongst the top teams and with time in the transfer window still left, we couldn’t be looking at four-way title race could we? Plus, we have the debut of a club in AFC Bournemouth who’ve waited 125 years to reach the top echelons of English football. No matter what, history will be made, as it always is in the most entertaining league in the world.”

Robbie Earle:  “20 teams line up for the stage of this year’s race with very different ambitions. Who will knock the Jose Mourinho, ‘The Special One,’ off of his perch? Can Brendan Rodgers get Liverpool back in the race? For some, winning is everything and second is nowhere. For others, a mid-place finish will do just fine, while no one wants to be in the last three, because that spells disaster. To all runners, remember this is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Kyle Martino: “Did Chelsea strengthen enough to stay champions? Will Manchester United’s spending spree return them to the top? After back-to-back FA Cup wins, is this current Arsenal team ready for a title fight? Can Raheem Sterling carry the huge weight of his price tag and be the youth to inject life into an aging Manchester City squad? Lots of questions, can’t wait for the answers.”

Robbie Mustoe: “The top contenders have all upgraded, and the gap to Chelsea has lessened. With new teams and new managers, this new season promises to be the most competitive ever!”

***

Following is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s Premier League coverage this week (all times ET):

Date Time (ET) Match Network
Fri., Aug. 7 9:30 p.m. Premier League Preview Show NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 8 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 8 7:45 a.m. Manchester United v. Tottenham NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., Aug. 8 10 a.m. Bournemouth v. Aston Villa NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 8 10 a.m. Everton v. Watford Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 8 10 a.m. Leicester City v. Sunderland Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 8 10 a.m. Norwich City v. Crystal Palace Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 8 12:30 p.m. Chelsea v. Swansea City NBC, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., Aug. 8 2:30 p.m. Goal Zone NBC
Sat., Aug. 8 9 p.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 8 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 9 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 9 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 9 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 9 8:30 a.m. Arsenal v. West Ham NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sun., Aug. 9 8:30 a.m. Newcastle v. Southampton Extra Time
Sun., Aug. 9 11 a.m. Stoke City v. Liverpool NBCSN, TELEMUNDO
Sun., Aug. 9 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 9 Midnight Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 10 1 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 10 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 10 3 p.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester City NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Mon., Aug. 10 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 10 11 p.m. THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 10 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN

For NBC Sports Group’s Premier League television schedule for the first two months of the season, click here.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

AMERICAN PHAROAH’S VICTORY IN HASKELL INVITATIONAL ON NBC IS MOST-WATCHED SUMMER RACE IN 13 YEARS

Viewership Peaked at 3.1 Million as Triple Crown Winner Crossed Finish Line with 2¼-Length Victory

“Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – Presented by Lane’s End Farm” Coverage Continues This Saturday, August 8 at 5 PM ET on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 4, 2015 – Fans turned out at the track and tuned to NBC in big numbers Sunday for American Pharoah’s run-away victory in the William Hill Haskell Invitational.

Viewership for the NBC telecast peaked at 3.1 million viewers between 5:45-6:06 p.m. ET, as American Pharoah – the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years – ran to an easy 2¼-length victory.

NBC’s full telecast (5:00-6:06 p.m. ET), averaged 2.0 million viewers to rank as the most-watched horse racing telecast to take place between the Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup in 13 years (9/29/02 on NBC; 2.9 million viewers for “The NTRA Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships,” which featured Breeders’ Cup prep races from four tracks). Sunday’s viewership was up 102% from last year’s Haskell on NBC.

In addition, viewers streamed more than 100,000 live minutes via NBC Sports Live Extra on Sunday – a 15-fold increase from last year’s Haskell. Sunday’s racing also drew a record 60,983 spectators to Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.

Quotable from American Pharoah’s Haskell victory:

“A rousing return for a living legend.” – NBC race caller Larry Collmus

“If we didn’t televise his next race, I would make a point to watch American Pharoah run. That’s how special he is to America.” – NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey

“American Pharoah not only has ability, he has charisma.” – NBC host Tom Hammond

BREEDERS’ CUP CHALLENGE SERIES COVERAGE CONTINUES SATURDAY ON NBC: This Saturday, August 8, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – presented by Lane’s End Farm” continues with live coverage of the $500,000 Longines Test Stakes and the 1.25 million Whitney at 5 p.m. ET on NBC.

Tom Hammond hosts live coverage from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., joined by analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, reporters Donna Brothers and Kenny Rice, analysts/handicappers Eddie Olczyk and Bob Neumeier.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

GOLF CHANNEL PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW ***MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL***

Wednesday, Aug. 5, Noon ET / 11 a.m. CT / 9 a.m. PT

Golf Channel Analysts Frank Nobilo and Notah Begay to Preview the PGA Championship

Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship Contributing to Nearly 60 Live Hours of News, Analysis and Highlights, Aug. 10-16 on Golf Channel

Golf Channel Analysts Frank Nobilo and    Notah Begay Preview the PGA Championship

Wednesday, Aug. 5, Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT

Media Dial-in Number:

800-230-1092

612-234-9960 (International)

 

Golf Channel analysts Frank Nobilo and Notah Begay will preview and take caller questions regarding the 2015 PGA Championship, which will be contested at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Sheboygan, Wis. Golf Channel will dedicate nearly 60 total hours of live news programming surrounding the event, beginning Monday, Aug. 10. Nobilo and Begay will serve as analysts during Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship signature news program. Nobilo also scouted Whistling Straits this past Sunday and Monday for “Tee to Green” segments, which will give viewers an in-depth look at the Straits Course, including the signature holes that could play a crucial role to players in contention down the stretch during Sunday’s final round. Several features are scheduled to air within Golf Central’s Live From the PGA Championship, and the network’s Morning Drive program also will be on-site to feature the latest news and storylines surrounding the competition. Media wishing to listen or ask questions are welcome to call the toll-free number above.

-NBC Sports Group-

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA OFFERS ‘TACTICAL CAM’ & INTERACTIVE FEATURES FOR NEW PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON

Premier League Season Preview Show Tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

5 Days Until New Season Kicks Off on the Networks of NBCUniversal

Coverage Debuts This Saturday, August 8 at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 3, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015-16 Premier League season kicks off five days from today, this Saturday, August 8. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Manchester United v. Tottenham, and continues throughout the season on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States. All games 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.

Tonight, NBCSN presents a special Premier League Season Preview show at 11:30 p.m. ET hosted by Rebecca Lowe, who will be joined by former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.

NBC Sports Live Extra

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will bring back its “Tactical Cam” for the 2015-16 Premier League season.  The “Tactical Cam” is a high-sideline camera meant to show all 22 players on the pitch at the same time, enabling fans to see formations and evaluate each team’s attacking and defending tactics as the game progresses.

The “Tactical Cam” will be available in both the NBC Sports Live Extra desktop and mobile & tablet presentations of the game. This second screen application can be viewed in a Picture-in-Picture presentation on desktop where the user has the option of utilizing the “Tactical Cam” as a pop-up in the main screen while following the main coverage in a smaller viewing window.  On a mobile device or tablet, “Tactical Cam” can be viewed as a separate stream to complement the traditional broadcast view.

Additional second screen applications within NBC Sports Live Extra Premier League coverage include a state-of-the-art video player featuring HD video, in-game DVR capability, social media commentary as well as live, statistical data feeds from each game related to the teams and players.

All Premier League games will be streamed 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

For NBC Sports Group’s Premier League television schedule for the first two months of the season, click here.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBCUNIVERSAL CELEBRATES ONE YEAR OUT FROM 2016 RIO OLYMPICS ON AUGUST 5

Company-Wide “Road Block” of 60-Second Olympic Promotional Announcement to Air across 18 NBCU TV Networks This Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT

50+ NBCU Websites to Stream Promo, Display Banner Ads or Produce Olympic Editorial Content

TODAY and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Correspondents Will Report Live from Rio

Stamford, Conn. – August 3, 2015 – This Wednesday, August 5, marks one year out from the start of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. NBCUniversal will celebrate the occasion with a host of promotional and editorial initiatives that span the company’s unprecedented portfolio of broadcast, cable, digital, regional, local, radio, and theme park assets.

“This will be the most extensive one-year-out marketing effort ever for an Olympic Games,” said John Miller, CMO, NBC Sports Group, and Chair, NBCUniversal Marketing Council. “We will use NBCUniversal’s far-reaching media platforms on August 5 to light the torch for our 2016 Olympic Games marketing efforts. Although the Games are a year off, this is a fun way to begin the process of raising awareness for what promises to be a spectacular Olympics in one of the world’s most spectacular cities.”

Following is a rundown of some of the one-year-out initiatives being executed across NBCUniversal on August 5:

NBCUNIVERSAL

Road Block: At 8 p.m. ET/PT, NBCUniversal will execute a promotional “road block” by showing a 60-second Olympic announcement across all of its 18 broadcast and cable networks, including NBC, Telemundo, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, and others.

Digital Content: With more than 50 websites at its disposal, NBCUniversal will digitally display one-year-out promotional and editorial content. Most websites will stream the 60-second Olympic promo, display banner advertising, and/or dedicate editorial content consistent with the site’s brand. See below for NBCSports.com’s plans.

Social Media: Numerous NBCUniversal social media accounts will spread one-year-out messages across the most popular social media destinations, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and many more. The hashtag #RoadToRio will be used across the NBCU social portfolio.

E-Blast: NBCUniversal will blast a one-year-out email to numerous constituents, including broadcast and cable affiliates, advertisers, and consumers.

Affiliates: Olympic beach balls were sent to NBC affiliates to allow their local morning news anchors to preview the upcoming celebration that will air on TODAY (see below). The affiliates will also run short promotional announcements, Olympic editorial coverage, and social media content.

Theme Parks: NBCUniversal theme parks — Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort — will both run the 60-second Olympic spot on the large screens at their Universal CityWalk locations.

USOC: NBCUniversal will work in coordination with the United States Olympic Committee, which also has an extensive one-year-out promotional plan. The USOC will also utilize NBC Sports’ 60-second Olympic promo. For more information on USOC efforts, click here.

NBC SPORTS GROUP

Golf Channel: With golf’s return to the Olympics after a more than 100-year absence, Golf Channel will celebrate one-year-out with an extended Morning Drive (7-11 a.m. ET), which will feature a live press conference at 9 a.m. ET from the PGA TOUR’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational focusing on the sport’s return to the Games. Interviews and a roundtable discussion moderated by Morning Drive co-host Gary Williams will follow, with several PGA TOUR players participating, including Matt Kuchar (United States), Anirban Lahiri (India), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Henrik Stenson (Sweden), as well as LPGA Tour players expected to qualify and represent their country. Golf Central (6-7 p.m. ET) will take an in-depth look at the Olympic golf course and qualifying process, and will include an interview and dedicated feature on Gil Hanse, the Rio Olympic golf course architect.

NBC Sports Digital: NBC Sports Digital will devote extensive coverage to the one-year-out celebration with video, pictures, graphics and long-form stories. NBCSports.com’s OlympicTalk will publish stories on the possibility that this could be the curtain call for both Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt; on emerging athletes; the top five showdowns to watch; and which athletes and teams have already qualified for the Games.

NBC SportsWorld, NBC Sports Digital’s website for long-form content, will publish a story on Vanderlei Cordeirode Lima, the Brazilian bronze marathon medalist at the 2004 Athens Games who was attacked a few miles from the finish line by a spectator. NBCSports.com writer Nick Zaccardi connected with Cordeiro de Lima about the incident, being awarded the Pierre de Coubertin medal for sportsmanship, and about his home country hosting the 2016 Olympic Games.

In addition, the holding page for NBCOlympics.com will host the 60-second Olympic spot that will air across all 18 NBCUniversal television networks. The site will activate a Rio-specific re-launch in 2016.

NBC Sports Regional Networks: NBC Sports Group’s 10 regional sports networks, which reach 43 million homes nationwide, will participate in the NBCUniversal “road block” and air the 60-second Olympic promo.

NBC Sports Radio: Numerous NBC Sports Radio programs will cover the one-year-out celebration with athlete and NBC Sports commentator interviews. An audio promotional announcement is currently running across the network.

NBC NEWS

TODAY: TODAY will cover the one-year-out celebration from both New York and Rio. At the TODAY set at Rockefeller Plaza, numerous Olympians will demonstrate their sports, including track & field, table tennis, golf, and weightlifting. Natalie Morales will report live from Rio.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt: Miguel Almaguer will report live from Rio as he tours the Olympic Park and numerous venues.

–RIO 2016–

NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE COVERAGE FROM POCONO RACEWAY ON NBCSN

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Dave Burns on outlasting the field: “I never thought I would ever win at Pocono, and I never ever thought I would win a fuel mileage race. We did both today.”

Kyle Busch to Mike Massaro on his first loss in four races: “Man that is a bummer…We went for broke today and came up a little bit short.”

Steve Letarte on fuel strategy: “We talk about pit strategy and fuel strategy. It is not always clear who is going to be the winner. A lot can happen in two and a half miles.”

Jeff Burton on Kyle Busch’s run for a win: “When you have been winning races, and you have a shot to win it, you don’t want to give that up.”

Long Pond, Pa. – August 2, 2015 – NBCSN presented NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono Raceway this afternoon. Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte called the action. Working the pits were NBCSN reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

In the final lap at Pocono Raceway Matt Kenseth secured his second victory of the year, passing race leaders Joey Logano and Kyle Busch in a thrilling finish. In a game of fuel conservation, Kenseth proved he could outlast the field.

Position Driver Car #
1 Matt Kenseth 20
2 Brad Keselowski 2
3 Jeff Gordon 24
4 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88
5 Greg Biffle 16

 

The following are highlights from today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage on NBCSN.

Burton on Kasey Kahne hitting the inside wall, knocking it down: “We saw this Saturday in practice, something almost identical. We talked about how rare it is and now it’s happened twice in two days.”

Burton on Kasey Kahne after his pit road crash: “He’s almost stunned. He can’t believe that happened, he’d never done anything like that before. When you’re going down the angle that he was going and you’re seeing people approaching at that rate of speed, that has to scare you to death.”

Letarte on the Chase point system: “That’s what makes this playoff system so exciting. That red line that we want to put up underneath sixteenth. That is a moving target. Every new winner we have moves that red line up and down.”

Stavast on Keselowski’s driving through his pit box: “This is a disastrous stop for Brad Keselowski. He went through his pit stall. He didn’t hear Paul Wolfe, his crew chief, call him in the lap before so they are a lap behind. And now just disaster as he went through his pit box and saw the crew member get hit and a tire go flying. They have had issues with pit stops before.”

Letarte on Keselowski’s stray tire on pit road: “All these crew chiefs are expecting a caution…so when we talk about strategy and trying to go into pit road, you want to be on pit road before the caution comes out…that’s just a veteran call.”

Letarte on the first half of the race: “What a day, seven cautions in the first 72 laps. This doesn’t feel like Pocono. Pocono is known for long green flag runs. We talk about strategy, we play strategy, we angle strategy. No one strategy book had seven cautions in the first 72 laps. This is definitely not a standard race here at Pocono.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s changing driving strategy on each turn: “Every single lap, 160 times today or however many green flag laps we are going to have. He is going to move that track bar and move those switches during the front stretch and exit of turn one.”

Letarte on Truex Jr.’s flubbed final pit stop: “There is a lot of opportunity to make mistakes when it comes to green flag pit stops…Truex Jr. pulled in and slid through his pit box. They have to push the car back and then provide the service. That might not seem like much…but those are valuable seconds.”

Letarte on the second half of racing at Pocono Raceway: “It is like the tale of two races. We have seven cautions in the first 70 laps and here we are on a 36 lap run.”

Letarte on fuel strategy: “We talk about pit strategy and fuel strategy. It is not always clear who is going to be the winner. A lot can happen in two and a half miles.”

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Burns on outlasting the field: “I never thought I would ever win at Pocono, and I never ever thought I would win a fuel mileage race. We did both today.”

Kyle Busch to Massaro on his first loss in four races: “Man that is a bummer…We went for broke today and came up a little bit short.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s chances on making the Chase: “He has confidence they are still going to make it, that says a lot about the Kyle Busch we are dealing with, and the team we are talking about.”

Burton on Kyle Busch’s run for a win: “If they didn’t have the speed that they have shown and the ability to win races. They would have gone in full conservation mode. They wouldn’t even have tried to win the race…When you have been winning races, and you have a shot to win it, you don’t want to give that up.”

Jason Ratcliff, Kenseth’s crew chief, to Stavast on his win: “I thought those guys in front of us could make it. When they started running out ‘I’m like, oh man what do we do.’ Matt did a fantastic job of maintaining his track position and saving fuel. This has not been one of our better tracks so to come home with a victory here is a dream come true.”

Logano to Snider on his 22nd place finish after running out of fuel leading the final lap: “We did everything right today…We keep getting so close to these wins and we are not winning, it is so frustrating.”

Brad Keselowski to Stavast on finishing second: “We had a really fast car, but made a big mistake on pit road earlier in the race. It got us behind. We had enough speed in our car to drive up to about fifth or sixth on our own merits and then of course some guys ran out of fuel ahead of us.”

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE COVERAGE FROM POCONO RACEWAY ON NBCSN

Kyle Busch to Dave Burns on his strategy before the green flag: “Let’s see if we can keep our pole spot and stay up front a majority of the race.”

Kyle Petty on winner predictions before the green flag: “Even though Kyle Busch has to be the favorite. I think we are going to see somebody slide in here and take this one away from him.”

Steve Letarte on Jeff Gordon’s 46th start at Pocono Raceway: “He has won every different way here. He has won here with great cars, he has won here with great strategy, won here on restarts, lost here on restarts. Heck we won here in the rain one time back in 2007. He knows how to win in Pocono.”

Long Pond, Pa. – August 2, 2015 – NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono Raceway this afternoon. Coverage began with NASCAR America Sunday, followed by the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show. Both were hosted by Krista Voda, alongside NASCAR on NBCSN analyst Kyle Petty. Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Marty Snider reported from pit road leading up to today’s 1:48 p.m. ET green flag. Snider arrived in Pocono early this morning after working last night’s XFINITY Series race at Iowa Speedway.

Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte offered their perspectives.

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series returns to Pocono’s 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” for the second time in eight weeks as a red-hot Kyle Busch sits on the pole and threatens to claim his fourth-straight checkered flag, and fifth in six races. In June, it was Martin Truex Jr. who broke through at Pocono and scored a sentimental win with Furniture Row Racing.

Sunday’s pre-race coverage included NBCSN Specialty Reporter Rutledge Wood exploring Pocono Raceway’s solar farms with track president Brandon Igdalsky.  After a $16 million investment, the facility is powered by 39,960 solar panels engulfing 25 acres. Pocono Raceway is one of the first major venues to go completely solar.

Countdown to Green also featured NBCSN NASCAR analyst Burton giving viewers a tour of the “Tricky Triangle” from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. Burton covered the infamous tunnel bumps on turn two which were recently replaced with new asphalt. Heading into today’s race, there is uncertainty surrounding how the cars’ grip will transition between the new and old surfaces.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-race coverage on NBCSN.

Kyle Busch to Burns on his strategy before the green flag: “Let’s see if we can keep our pole spot and stay up front a majority of the race. We will see how strategy plays out and what all happens there. Looking forward to the end of this thing and hoping we are up front.”

Petty on Clint Bowyer’s Chase strategy: “In their mind, 16th is not in (the Chase) because they know Kyle Busch is coming…They have to win a race.”

Voda added: “Kyle Bush has basically changed the mathematical format that you need to make the Chase.”

Sunday’s pre-race coverage featured a heartfelt segment with Martin Truex Jr. and his longtime girlfriend, Sherry Pollex. Truex Jr. discussed the inspiring work his foundation has undertaken with kids fighting cancer. During their interview Truex Jr. and Pollex both spoke on what the June win at Pocono meant to them.

Pollex: “I had a moment in Victory Lane…I am so happy to be here, and to be healthy enough to experience this with him.”

Truex Jr.: “It was awesome. It was definitely, without a doubt, the biggest win of my career. Just because of the last couple years.”

Petty on winner predictions before the green flag: “Even though Kyle Busch has to be the favorite. I think we are going to see somebody slide in here and take this one away from him.”

Burton on Pocono’s three distinct turns: “As a driver, you have to adjust all the way around the racetrack. You can’t drive turn one the same way you drive the tunnel. You can’t drive the tunnel the same way you drive turn three. So you have to make adjustments. It is very difficult for the drivers and the crew chiefs to get the cars to do what they need to do.”

Letarte on crew chief strategy going into Pocono: “You need to look at this track as an opportunity to compromise. When you come here you need to be good in all three corners. The strategy here today, at this large two and a half mile triangle, will be very difficult. Strategy may determine the winner more than the best handling race car.”

Letarte on fuel strategy and the 33-36 fuel window: “It is how far are they (drivers) willing to go. Who is willing to pit with 38 or 39 laps to go hoping their driver can save some fuel, and give themselves the upmost important track position.”

Letarte on Jeff Gordon’s 46th start at Pocono Raceway: “He has won ever different way here. He has won here with great cars, he has won here with great strategy, won here on restarts, lost here on restarts. Heck we won here in the rain one time back in 2007. He knows how to win in Pocono.”

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6 DAYS UNTIL NEW PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON KICKS OFF ON THE NETWORKS OF NBCUNIVERSAL – WATFORD CLUB PROFILE

A Look at One of the Promoted Clubs – Watford

Coverage Debuts Saturday, August 8 at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 2, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015-16 Premier League season kicks off six days from today, on Saturday, August 8. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Manchester United v. Tottenham, and continues throughout the season on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States. All games 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.

New Season, New Teams: Watford

First match: Everton v. Watford, Sat., August 8, 10 a.m. ET

Watford earned automatic promotion to the 2015-16 Premier League by finishing second in the Football League Championship last season. This will be the club’s first Premier League season since 2006-07, and supporters are hoping that they can improve on their previous two Premier League campaigns, when they were immediately relegated following last-place finishes. Watford are inexperienced when it comes to the top tier of English football, having competed in just eight previous top-flight seasons. With new manager Quique Sanchez Flores at the helm, Watford face an uphill fight for Premier League survival, and bookmakers have made the Hornets the odds-on favorites for relegation.

The club is located northwest of London, in the county of Hertfordshire, and boasts one of the most famous celebrity fans in all of English football, Sir Elton John. He was born five miles from the team’s stadium, Vicarage Road, and is a lifelong fan, former owner, and current Honorary Life-President of the club.

For NBC Sports Group’s Premier League television schedule for the first three months of the season, click here.

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