T.J. OSHIE AND ST. LOUIS BLUES VISIT JONATHAN TOEWS AND CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS SUNDAY NIGHT ON NBCSN IN POTENTIAL FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF MATCHUP

Keystone State Showdown – Penguins Face Flyers in Pair of Matchups on NBC and NBCSN This Week

Kings Visit Blackhawks Tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN in Western Conference Final Rematch

Bruins Visit Red Wings on Thursday Night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Sharks Host Avalanche on NBCSN’s Wednesday Nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 30, 2015 – NBC Sports Group presents six NHL matchups this week, capped by a Central Division showdown on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks in a potential Stanley Cup Playoff preview.

NBC and NBCSN will also feature a pair of matchups in the Keystone State rivalry this week between Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers. Crosby and the Pens will host Giroux’s Flyers on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET, followed by a showdown in Philadelphia on NBC’s NHL Game of the Week Sunday at noon ET.

This week’s NHL action kicks off tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Blackhawks host Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings. Coverage also features Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as well as Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche against Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks on NBCSN’s Wednesday Nightcap at 10:30 p.m. ET, following Wednesday Night Rivalry.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of this week’s NHL matchups.

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

 

BLUES-BLACKHAWKS – SUNDAY NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Blues and Blackhawks face off in the latest chapter of their bitter rivalry this Sunday night on NBCSN, as both teams look to earn points in a game with important playoff implications. The Blues (46-22-7, 99 pts) currently trail Nashville by three points for the Central Division lead, and hold a three-point lead over the Blackhawks (45-24-6, 96 pts). If the playoffs began today, the Blues and Blackhawks would be matched up in the first round for the second straight season. Last year, Chicago stormed back from a 2-0 series deficit to earn a 4-2 first-round series win over St. Louis.

This marks the fourth of five meetings this season between the two clubs. Chicago has won two of three matchups, including a 4-2 win in St. Louis on Feb. 8 on NBC’s NHL Game of the Week, led by two third-period goals from Marian Hossa. Chicago enters the week following a 4-3 win over Winnipeg last night, capped by Jonathan Toews’ game-winning goal with 30.8 seconds left in regulation.

Dave Strader (play-by-play), U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Inside-the-Glass analyst Brian Engblom will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

During last night’s Sharks-Penguins game on NBCSN, fans saw just how close NBC Sports Group’s Inside-the-Glass analysts are to the action, when Brian Engblom was hit with a deflected puck and required stitches. Engblom returned shortly thereafter for the remainder of the game telecast, and had the honor of interviewing Sidney Crosby, who deflected the puck that hit Engblom, after Pittsburgh’s win.

Click here to see for video of Engblom’s injury, return, and post-game interview with Crosby.

 

FLYERS-PENGUINS – WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN;
NHL GAME OF THE WEEK ON SUNDAY AT NOON ET ON NBC

The Flyers and Penguins renew one of the fiercest rivalries in hockey with two matchups this week, beginning in Pittsburgh on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Penguins (42-23-11, 95 pts) have earned a point in four of their last five games (3-1-1), and earned a 3-2 shootout win on Sunday night on NBCSN to remain ahead of the New York Islanders and keep their hold on second place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers (30-29-17, 77 pts) make their second straight Wednesday Night Rivalry appearance, following a 4-1 win over Chicago last week. Philadelphia has won both of its matchups against Pittsburgh this season, including a 3-2 overtime win in their last meeting on Jan. 20. The two clubs will meet once again on Sunday at noon ET on NBC in the NHL Game of the Week.

Penguins-Flyers features two players vying for the NHL scoring title. Sidney Crosby currently leads the league with 79 points (25g/54a), while Philadelphia’s Jakub Voracek sits in third with 76 points (21g/55a), looking to become the first Flyer to lead the league by himself in scoring.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire will call have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Wednesday night.

Emrick and McGuire will call the NHL Game of the Week from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sunday afternoon.

 

KINGS-BLACKHAWKS – TONIGHT AT 8:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s coverage starts tonight with a rematch of the last two Western Conference Finals, as the Kings continue to battle for a playoff berth. Los Angeles (37-24-14, 88 pts) currently sits on the outside of the playoffs looking in, one point behind Calgary for the third place in the Pacific Division, and two points behind Winnipeg for the final Wild Card spot.

The Kings had their three-game winning streak snapped in a 4-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday, but have gone 8-3-2 in their last 13 games to pull back into the midst of the playoff race, led by Jonathan Quick, who has allowed two goals or less in 10 of his last 11 starts (6-3-2).

Pat Foley (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

 

BRUINS-RED WINGS – THURSDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Red Wings host the Bruins on Thursday night, as Boston looks to continue its late-season charge towards a postseason berth. The Bruins (38-25-13, 89 pts) lead Ottawa by three points and Florida by four points for the final Wild Card spot. Boston earned key victories over the Rangers and Hurricanes this weekend to regain its footing in the playoff race, including a two-goal performance by Lucic in Boston’s 4-2 win over New York.

Detroit (40-23-12, 92 pts) sits three points ahead of Boston in third place of the Atlantic Division. Petr Mrazek made 23 saves in a 4-0 victory over Tampa Bay on Saturday, but allowed four goals and was pulled in favor of Jimmy Howard in a 5-4 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday afternoon. Boston has won three of its four matchups against Detroit this season, including a 5-3 win on NBC’s NHL Game of the Week on March 8.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

 

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

The Avalanche and the Sharks face off on Wednesday night as both teams try to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. Colorado (35-28-12, 82 pts) enters the week following wins over the Canucks and Sabres, while the Sharks (37-30-9, 83 pts) have earned points in three straight games. Winnipeg currently holds the final Wild Card spot with 90 points.

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

Following is this week’s hockey schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Games are subject to local blackout.

 

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., March 30 NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., April 1 NHL Rivals – Flyers-Penguins (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wednesday Nightcap – Colorado at San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 2 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Boston at Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., April 5 NHL Game of the Week – Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBC Noon
NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

 

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream this week’s NHL coverage NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

THIRD-PLACE ARSENAL V. FIFTH-PLACE LIVERPOOL KICKS OFF NBC SPORTS GROUP’S WEEKEND PREMIER LEAGUE ACTION THIS SAT. AT 7:45 AM ET ON NBCSN

Fourth-Place Manchester United v. Aston Villa Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN; First-Place Chelsea v. Stoke City Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

Road Trip: NBC Sports Group’s Entire Premier League Coverage to Originate From the U.K. on April 11-13

STAMFORD, Conn. – Mar. 30, 2015 – Third-place Arsenal host fifth-place Liverpool this Saturday, April 4, at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO, kicking off NBC Sports Group’s weekend Premier League action. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN. Arsenal are on a six-match Premier League winning streak, with forwards Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez tied for the team scoring lead (13 goals, fifth-most in BPL). Liverpool look to keep their Champions League hopes alive with a win against the Gunners on Saturday.

Live match coverage continues Saturday at 10 a.m. ET when fourth-place Manchester United host Aston Villa on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. Manchester United come off a thrilling 2-1 victory over Liverpool, featuring a pair of Juan Mata goals for the Red Devils, securing their fourth straight league win and moving the team five points clear of Liverpool.

Matches not featured on NBCSN in the Saturday 11 a.m. ET television 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.

Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC and NBC UNIVERSO present first-place Chelsea and forward Diego Costa (19 goals, tied for most in BPL) v. Stoke City. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match joined by analyst Lee Dixon at Stamford Bridge.

Coverage on Sunday, April 5, kicks off at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Burnley v. Tottenham at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. Spurs’ forward Harry Kane scored his first Premier League hat trick in the club’s 4-3 win against Leicester City on Mar. 21, bringing his season total to 19 goals (tied with Costa for most in BPL). Sunderland host Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby at 11 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN, wrapping up NBC Sports Group’s weekend match coverage.

Weekday match coverage begins Monday at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Crystal Palace v. second-place Manchester City at 3 p.m. ET. Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents Aston Villa v. Queens Park Rangers.

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.  Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle.

Saturdays throughout the Premier League season, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, airs at 5 p.m. ET on the terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit NBCSportsRadio.com.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett will air at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN Mondays throughout the Premier League season.

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.

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

Date Time Match Network
Sat., April 4 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., April 4 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., April 4 7:45 a.m. Arsenal v. Liverpool NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., April 4 10 a.m. Manchester United v. Aston Villa NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., April 4 10 a.m. Everton v. Southampton Extra Time
Sat., April 4 10 a.m. Leicester City v. West Ham Extra Time
Sat., April 4 10 a.m. Swansea City v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., April 4 10 a.m. West Brom v. Queens Park Rangers Extra Time
Sat., April 4 12:30 p.m. Chelsea v. Stoke City NBC, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., April 4 2:30 p.m. Goal Zone NBC
Sat., April 4 7 p.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Sat., April 4 9 p.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Sat., April 4 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., April 5 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Sun., April 5 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., April 5 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., April 5 8:30 a.m. Burnley v. Tottenham NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sun., April 5 11 a.m. Sunderland v. Newcastle NBCSN
Sun., April 5 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., April 5 11:30 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., April 6 12:30 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., April 6 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Mon., April 6 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., April 6 3 p.m. Crystal Palace v. Manchester City NBCSN
Mon., April 6 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., April 6 10 p.m. THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW NBCSN
Mon., April 6 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., April 7 12:30 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Tues., April 7 2 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Tues., April 7 2:30 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Tues., April 7 2:45 p.m. Aston Villa v. Queens Park Rangers NBCSN

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S ENTIRE PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE TO ORIGINATE FROM U.K. ON APRIL 11-13

For the first time since NBC Sports Group kicked off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, the entire Premier League team will work together on-location in the United Kingdom on April 11-13. Host Rebecca Lowe and analysts Robbie EarleKyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe will join NBC’s UK-based team of Arlo WhiteLee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux and Steve Bower for more than 18 hours of live on-site Premier League coverage across three days. Coverage features two on-site studios at each stadium, including pitch-side sets at Old Trafford for the Manchester Derby, Anfield for Liverpool-Newcastle, and Turf Moor for Burnley-Arsenal. Click here for more information.

NBC Sports Group is once again making all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. NBC UNIVERSO is airing 100 Premiere League matches in Spanish on its network, with matches also streamed live on its NBC UNIVERSO NOW app. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

86TH ANNUAL NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL BLUE-GOLD GAME SATURDAY, APRIL 18 AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Spring Scrimmage Provides Look at Early Enrollee Freshmen and 2015 Fighting Irish Football Team

Head Coach Brian Kelly & Players Wired For Sound; Current and Former Players to be Interviewed Throughout Game

NBC’s 25th Season Televising Notre Dame Football Home Games Begins Saturday, September 5 vs. Texas Longhorns

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 30, 2015 – Notre Dame Football’s 86th annual Blue-Gold game will be televised Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The spring football scrimmage will provide fans with their first look at the team’s early enrollee freshmen, as well as a preview of the 2015 Fighting Irish football roster. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game via “TV Everywhere.”

NBCSN’s coverage of the Blue–Gold game will feature enhanced production elements to give viewers access to additional sights, sounds and aspects of the scrimmage. Elements will include in-game audio from head coach Brian Kelly and select players. In addition, NBCSN will conduct interviews with current players and former Notre Dame standouts.

Due to the renovation of Notre Dame Stadium, the 2015 Blue-Gold game will take place at LaBar Practice Complex in South Bend, Ind.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC

NBC’s 25th season of broadcasting Notre Dame Football home games begins on Saturday, September 5 when the Fighting Irish host the Texas Longhorns in their season opener. NBC’s broadcast time for the game, as well as a complete TV schedule of NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame Football’s 2015 home games, will be announced at a later date.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Blue-Gold Game via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all Notre Dame football home games for the upcoming 2015 season.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

The Blue-Gold Game on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/08/16/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

DEW TOUR ANNOUNCES VIDEO CONTENT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BERRICS

“Dew Tour Push” Launches Today

Luan Oliveira, Ben Raybourn, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Ishod Wair, Leticia Bufoni, Josh Matthews, Cody Cepeda and Trevor Colden to Produce 46 Exclusive Web Videos

Videos Available on DewTour.com and Berrics.com

Burr Ridge, Ill. – March 24, 2015 – Dew Tour is launching “Dew Tour Push” today, a groundbreaking video partnership with skate industry leader The Berrics that will provide a unique and in-depth look at the sport and eight of its athletes, both parties announced today.

“Dew Tour Push” has enlisted eight world-class skaters – Luan Oliveira, Ben Raybourn, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Ishod Wair, Leticia Bufoni, Josh Matthews, Cody Cepeda and the newest member of the Mountain Dew® skate team, Trevor Colden – to each produce their own video part. From March 24 through August 14, Berrics.com and DewTour.com will drop 46 exclusive pieces of content.  Each video will provide a deeper look into a select skater and their process as they create their own skate part.  An hour-long cinematic version of “Dew Tour Push,” produced by skate icon Steve Berra, featuring all eight skate video parts, will premiere this summer.

“With the addition of ‘Dew Tour Push,’ we’re introducing an integral element of skating, not only giving more context to the sport and what drives it, but presenting it to fans and viewers on an easily-accessible platform when they want it,” said Chris Stiepock, General Manager of the Dew Tour. “These videos also allow us to extend the Dew Tour brand from serving fans with three regional events a year to providing six months of original content.”

“This new phase of the Dew Tour is truly groundbreaking,” said Berra.  “We’re so excited to be working with them on PUSH as we continue to shoot eight of the best and most diverse skateboarders to show you what they experience while working toward their personal video parts.”

  • Cody Cepeda – Hailing out of Michigan, Cepeda is newly out from under the radar after winning Battle of the Berrics in 2014. He was a relative unknown, who beat top names including Shane O’Neill, Tom Asta and Luan Oliveira in the championship battle.

 

  • Trevor Colden – A young up and comer, Colden is a strong overall skater who took home first place in Streetstyle at the Dew Tour City Championships in Brooklyn last year. He was recently added to the Mountain Dew skate team, joining the ranks of Paul Rodriguez and Sean Malto.

 

  • Ben Raybourn – An innovative, raw skater who excels in transition skating, Raybourn’s Texan roots make him a thrill to watch. Having no fear, he has the talent to destroy anything he skates.

 

  • Jaws Hamoki – A legend in his own right, Raybourn’s Birdhouse and Bones teammate Hamoki is an impressive skater in his ability to bomb drop off insane heights and land on flats.  An all-around strong skater, his musculature gives him the ability to skate in ways most others cannot.

 

  • Josh Matthews – A favorite of fellow skaters like Karl Watson and Eric Koston, Matthews has a unique approach to skating, heading to unknown spots and keeping the industry on its heels as he lays down tricks with his personal style.

 

  • Ishod Wair – With a distinctive East Coast background, Wair is well-respected with a bevy of top sponsors. Crossing the gap between conquering the streets and dominating events – winning both Dew Tour’s Street and the Mike & Ike Streetstyle Best Trick in 2015 – Wair displays appreciation for the fans and can always be seen with a smile on his face.

 

  • Leticia Bufoni – Arguably the best female skater in the world, Brazil’s highly competitive Bufoni continues to break through a male-dominated sport. Truly her sole focus, her efforts lie in progressing the sport for women, with the forward thinking of breaking into the Olympics.

 

  • Luan Oliveira – Known as an absolute destroyer, Oliveira is one of the most technical skaters around, making his way up from the streets of Brazil to a member of some of the most respectable teams in the industry. His jaw-dropping skating was discovered by Eric Koston, whom he beat in Battle of the Berrics 7, and has only improved as he continually adds new tricks to his repertoire.

 

“This entire process has been incredible. It’s been cool to see the Dew Tour evolve – winning the streetstyle event last year, and now being a part of this new video project. You have to respect them for evolving while staying true to the sport,” said Colden.

Dew Tour Push kicks off Tuesday 3/24, with the first clip from Colden across DewTour.com and Berrics.com, the second clip comes Thursday 3/26 from Cepeda.  For the full schedule of video parts, including a two-week look at the influence of music on the skate industry, visit DewTour.com.

For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP PROVIDES COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF FORMULA ONE MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND

Live Presentation of Malaysian Grand Prix Begins Sunday at 2:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Begins Thursday With Practice 1 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra; NBCSN’s Live Coverage Follows With Practice 2 Friday at 2 a.m. ET

Live Episodes of NASCAR AMERICA Air Today and Tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 25, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of the 2015 Formula One season with comprehensive coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra this weekend. The action begins Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra with Practice 1, and continues throughout the weekend, prior to NBCSN’s telecast of the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday morning at 2:30 a.m. ET.

Last week, 2014 Formula One World Drivers’ Champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) took the checkered flag at Albert Park ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg to win the Australian Grand Prix, his seventh win in eight races dating back to last season. Four-time Champion Sebastian Vettel, who joined Ferrari during the offseason, earned a spot on the podium with a third-place finish.

Last year, Hamilton earned the first grand slam of his career in Malaysia, clinching pole position, fastest lap, every lap led, and the Grand Prix victory.

NBCSN will provide live coverage of Practice 2 on Friday morning at 2 a.m. ET, Practice 3 on Saturday morning at 1:30 a.m. ET, and qualifying on Saturday morning at 5 a.m. ET. NBCSN will also air an encore of the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia.

In addition to its F1 coverage, NBCSN also airs episodes of NASCAR AMERICA today and tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET. Krista Voda hosts today’s episode, joined by analyst and 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Dale Jarrett. Dave Briggs will anchor Thursday’s episode of NASCAR AMERICA, alongside former driver Jeff Burton, and former Dale Earnhardt Jr. crew chief Steve Letarte.

NBCSN rounds out this weekend’s motorsports coverage with encore Mecum Auctions presentations from this year’s event in Kissimmee, Fla. Total sales for the Kissimmee auction reached nearly $70 million, including the sale of Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1959 Harley-Davidson FLH for $350,000. Encore coverage begins tonight at 11:30 p.m. ET, and continues throughout the weekend.

Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:

 

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wed., March 25 NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee (Encore) 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thur., March 26 NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR AMERICA: The List (Encore) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee (Encore) 7 p.m. NBCSN
Malaysian Grand Prix – Practice 1 10 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Fri., March 27 Road To Mercedes (Encore) 12 a.m. NBCSN
Mercedes: Race To Repeat 1 a.m. NBCSN
Malaysian Grand Prix – Practice 2 2 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee (Encore) 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., March 28 Malaysian Grand Prix – Practice 3 2 a.m. NBCSN
Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying 5 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee (Encore) 11 a.m. NBCSN
Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., March 29 Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 1 a.m. NBCSN
Malaysian Grand Prix 2:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 5 a.m. NBCSN
Malaysian Grand Prix (Encore) 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 6 p.m. NBCSN

 

 

 

FORMULA ONE™ ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream this week’s NHL coverage NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.


MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

MotorSportsTalk’s F1 content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

 

  • Luke Smithis creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. Smith works alongside Tony DiZinno in providing F1 content on MotorSportsTalk He’s on Twitter at @LukeSmithF1, primarily handling the F1 scene from Europe in great detail.

 

  • Tony DiZinnohas most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazine and provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.

 

To explore the site, please visit MotorSportsTalk.com.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

 

SOCIAL: NBC Sports Group will continue to provide comprehensive motorsports social coverage across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, fans can follow @MotorsportsTalk for all-encompassing content across NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties, and follow @F1onNBCSports for the latest F1 news.

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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COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR AN UNPRECEDENTED, 90-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY CHRONICLING THE UNEXPECTED, TRIUMPHANT SEASON OF THE 2005 WORLD SERIES CHAMPION CHICAGO WHITE SOX

“Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox,” presented by Toyota

Premieres Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 PM CT — Exclusively on Comcast SportsNet

Narrated by Primetime Emmy & Tony Award Winner Mandy Patinkin

Chicago, IL (March 25, 2015) – As the city of Chicago celebrates the tenth anniversary of its first Major League Baseball championship in 88 years, Comcast SportsNet proudly announces the debut of its next landmark documentary, Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox, presented by Toyota, a 90-minute Comcast SportsNet Original Production that chronicles the unforgettable journey of a southside big league team determined to prove the world wrong…and they did.  Narrated by Chicago southside native, Primetime Emmy & Tony Award winner, current star of Showtime’s acclaimed drama series Homeland, and lifelong White Sox fan Mandy Patinkin, Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox premieres Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on Comcast SportsNet.  CSN will also re-air this documentary special on Friday, April 17 at 3:30 PM and on Sunday, April 19 at 3:30 PM.

Produced, written and edited by Comcast SportsNet’s Emmy-award winning tandem of Executive Producer of Original Content – Sarah Lauch & Senior Producer of Original Content – Ryan McGuffey, creators of Comcast SportsNet’s Emmy-nominated Chicago Cubs documentary, 5 Outs…, Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox will relive every indelible high and low moment from that season, showcasing exclusive, never-before-seen interviews from numerous White Sox players/coaches/front office execs and many more who lived through every moment of that long-awaited experience, which culminated in a massive downtown World Series celebration and provided a lasting impact for legions of White Sox fans that will endure for a lifetime.

With over 12 hours of original interview footage, along with over 500 hours of production work, Believe captures some of the most revealing stories ever told about that remarkable season…many of which will be told for the very first time.

“The 2005 White Sox championship had such a deep, monumental effect on the lives of so many fans due to its personal impact and this story truly showcases the moments leading up to the celebration that will live on for generations to come,” said Kevin Cross, Senior Director of News and Original Content for Comcast SportsNet Chicago.  “I couldn’t be prouder of the dedicated effort and countless hours put forth by both Sarah and Ryan, along with our entire production team.  We are excited to tell this amazing story of determination, as we will hear the stories and first-hand, behind-the-scenes experiences that have never been told before on camera until now.”

Following an 83-win, second-place finish in new manager Ozzie Guillen’s inaugural season in 2004 (nine games behind the division champion Minnesota Twins), White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams knew that his team needed a major roster overhaul to compete. He quickly shook things up with the introduction of a new, “small ball,” grinder approach to the southside in 2005.  Off-season moves that brought on the likes of Jermaine Dye, A.J. Pierzynski, Scott Podsednik, Bobby Jenks, Tadahito Iguchi, and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez were quickly felt early in the season as the team exploded out of the gate with an astonishing 53-24 record through June.  The baseball world took notice that this revamped roster was the real deal.

After sweeping a four-game road trip in Baltimore in late July, it was a song by the rock band Journey entitled “Don’t Stop Believin’,” that not only turned into the team’s unofficial theme song, but more importantly, became a critical mindset moving forward.

However, the latter half of the season brought on a different scenario that the team did not expect.

On August 1st, the White Sox were 69-35 and had, what seemed to be, an insurmountable 15-game lead ahead of the second-place Cleveland Indians.  The next six weeks proved to be a test of nerves for both the team and White Sox fans.  From August 1st through September 24th, the White Sox posted a 23-26 record, while the Indians went on a 37-12 tear to close the division gap to just a game and a half.  Believe delves into the minds of numerous individuals on how they personally dealt with the possibility of their dreams, and dreams of all White Sox fans, being shattered.

However, destiny continued to side with the White Sox as they closed out the final week of the regular season with a 6-2 record, as the Indians limped to a 1-6 finish.  From there, the White Sox entered the MLB Postseason with the best record in all of baseball (99-63) and never looked back.

They swept the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox in three-straight games in the American League Division Series, then went on to face the Los Angeles Angels in the American League Championship Series that featured an unfathomable pitching performance and four-straight complete game victories. After a four-game World Series sweep over the National League champion Houston Astros, the impossible dream was complete and the city of Chicago erupted to a level of euphoria that only a World Series championship could deliver. Along the way, something very special and rare also took place…baseball fans on both sides of town were united for one of the first times ever.

Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox not only captures the moments and emotions shared by those who lived through one of the most thrilling time periods in Chicago sports history, but also how those individuals were able to change lives through their monumental accomplishment.

In addition to the expert narration by Patinkin, among the numerous players/managers/coaches/media interviews in this documentary include candid and honest discussion from the following individuals (and their roles back in ’05):

  • Jerry Reinsdorf (White Sox Chairman)
  • Kenny Williams (White Sox GM)
  • Ozzie Guillen (White Sox manager)
  • Don Cooper (White Sox pitching coach)
  • Paul Konerko (White Sox first baseman)
  • Joe Crede (White Sox third baseman)
  • Jermaine Dye (White Sox outfielder)
  • J. Pierzynski (White Sox catcher)
  • Scott Podsednik (White Sox outfielder)
  • Aaron Rowand (White Sox outfielder)
  • Jon Garland (White Sox pitcher)
  • Orlando Hernandez (White Sox pitcher)
  • Bobby Jenks (White Sox closer)
  • Frank Thomas (White Sox DH)
  • Geoff Blum (White Sox infielder)
  • Tony Graffanino (Red Sox infielder)
  • Eric Wedge (Indians manager)
  • Mike Scioscia (Angels manager)
  • Richard Roeper (Chicago Sun-Times columnist)
  • Allan H. “Bud” Selig (MLB commissioner)

 

Please note the following quotes from the Comcast SportsNet Original Production of Believe: The Story of the 2005 Chicago White Sox debuting Sunday, April 12 at 7:00 PM CT:

KENNY WILLIAMS on revamping the roster after the Minnesota Twins clinched the AL Central for the third-straight season in 2004: “The Minnesota Twins taught us the most valuable lesson …as a matter of fact, I don’t think we win the ’05 World Series without the lessons that the Twins taught us…that’s when they publicly stated ‘that team over there is better than us, has more talent than we do, but they are not going to beat us.’ We really had to look within ourselves to figure out what, what does that mean?”

JON GARLAND on the White Sox being picked to finish 4th in the AL Central in 2005: “I can remember a conversation with (Paul) Konerko. We got done in spring training one day and we were sitting outside, both waiting for a ride home. The poll had come out and we were picked to come in fourth in the division. We just sat there and kind of laughed because we looked around our clubhouse and saw some of the guys that came in. We had Jermaine (Dye) come in, we had Scotty (Podsednik) come in, A.J. (Pierzynski) came in. We didn’t really quite know, but we knew we had the talent. We were just sitting there and talked about it and we just kind of laughed about it and we were both like ‘you know what?…this might be the greatest thing possible for us.”

A.J. PIERZYNSKI on how ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ became the team anthem: “It was random. I think it was the hotel bar in Baltimore and they had a lounge singer and a guy playing the piano. (Joe) Crede and (Aaron) Rowand and I were just in there goofing around after a game and I think Crede yelled out ‘Play some Journey!’ and the guy was like ‘I don’t know anything like that.’ And then, the next day in Baltimore, we were losing and they played ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ and Crede again yells and we were all like ‘Play some Journey!’ We came back and scored and won the game. Then it just seemed like we would go to different places and they would play that song and we’d always be like ‘Play some Journey!’ and then we would always come back and win the game.”

JOE CREDE on the surging Indians: “At the time, I’m thinking ‘we’re not going to the playoffs, we’re just going to blow this lead right here,’ but that just showed the character of the team. Just that year, everything seemed to fall into place. It was just a magical year and it was meant to be…luck was on our side and it just seemed like once we got over that hump towards the end and got into the playoffs, it just seemed like ‘alright, it’s meant to be.”

OZZIE GUILLEN on the Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez game – Game 3 of ALDS (Red Sox had bases loaded with no outs, trailing 4-3 in the sixth inning, when Hernandez entered the game in relief): “I told (bench coach) Joey Cora, ‘this is it…this is what will take the team to the next level.’ I asked ‘El Duque’ and said ‘how you do that?…what went through your mind? You know what Duque told me? He said ‘everybody wants to be a hero in that time…everybody wants to swing 3-2…they want to be the hero…and I got them.  Experience.”

OZZIE GUILLEN on the dropped third strike scenario involving A.J. Pierzynski in Game 2 of the ALCS:  “That call could go either way. What happened with that time, baseball gods were with the White Sox and we had the smartest guy on the field at that particular time. It’s funny. When I saw A.J. running, I said ‘here we go, A.J.’s being stupid again.’ A.J. was always doing something to make you very upset. When he turned, I thought he was going to fight with the (catcher) and he kept running. I thought ‘aw, he’s going to make a fool of himself in the playoffs, come on, what are you doing?!’ All of a sudden, things stopped…safe…and it’s like “okay, what just happened?!”

MIKE SCIOSCIA on the dropped third strike scenario involving A.J. Pierzynski in Game 2 of the ALCS: “Well, my opinion on it hasn’t changed. It was a horrible call. That play didn’t win or lose the game or series for us. We had a lot of opportunities. To say that one play was something that cost us the series, I disagreed with that then, I still disagree with that now, but I do think that it was one of the worst calls that I’ve ever seen and it is what it is.”

A.J. PIERZYNSKI on the dropped third strike: “(The ball) hit the ground. The umpire said it hit the ground, but I didn’t really care to be honest. I just ran because I thought it hit the ground and when I took a step and he didn’t tag me, I just remember that I ran and they called me safe. Thing is (Mike) Scioscia is right, it didn’t win or lose the series for us. (Angels pitcher) John Lackey was like ‘you guys were going to win no matter what, your pitching was better and you guys threw four complete games…that’s what won the series, not that one play.”

PAUL KONERKO on his Game 2 World Series grand slam: “This place was…I mean, I’ve played a lot of games here and I’ve never seen anything like what was going on in the stadium after that. I knew when I was out there at first, throwing ground balls, then we finished up the ground balls, and you step back to your position…but it’s the postseason, so the commercials are long and you have to wait. Just to look around, I knew this is like ‘I’ll remember this…this is a pretty cool thing.”

SCOTT PODSEDNIK on his Game 2 World Series walk-off home run: “I got all of it. I hit it as good as I could hit it. It was cold and rainy that night and the ball wasn’t travelling great, so I knew I had got enough of it to at least get it to the wall. I really wasn’t thinking about if it was going to leave or not. I was thinking three (bases), at least two, and right before I saw (White Sox first base coach) Tim Raines throw his hands up, I looked up to right center and saw it leave. I’m getting chills reliving it.”

BOBBY JENKS on being the pitcher for the final out of a World Series win: “It’s like a silence that comes over you…everything goes numb. You’re in this moment where you know what just happened, but you don’t want to believe it just happened…that it’s actually over, but you know it’s real at the same time. You can hear in the background this fading…everybody…the excitement, but there’s the silence over you. It’s almost like a build-up and everyone starts collecting on the mound and it’s just a giant roar…it’s an incredible feeling.”

KENNY WILLIAMS on the final out:  “For me, it was a deep breath and then my attention went right to Jerry (Reinsdorf) and I think I watched him from the time of the last pitch to the time we went down to the tunnels. I watched him because he was…he was like a little kid, and I promised him we’re going to get this done. So to see that come to fruition and to see he and his family, how they celebrated and the weight I think finally being off him, it was just very gratifying…beyond gratifying…I don’t have a word to describe that.”

JERRY REINSDORF on his raw emotion of the final out: “It was a deep breath, that’s what it was. Even up three games to nothing, it could happen. The year before, the Red Sox had come back from three nothing. It could happen. For a moment, it was a feeling of disbelief. The Chicago White Sox have won the World Series after 88 years?! It was amazing. It was just an amazing feeling and we were all up, all night long, celebrating.”

OZZIE GUILLEN on when he truly realized they won the World Series: “I hate to fly. I don’t like to fly and I fly every other day. Coming down to Chicago, the (flight) captain always wanted me to come and see the landing. I ain’t going to do that! My family is here now! So, we were landing and the captain called one of the stewardesses and said ‘just bring Ozzie…just to see this.’ He flew around Midway Airport and I saw the line and I saw the people in the street. Then I just…then I couldn’t stop crying…that was when I realized what we did.”

PAUL KONERKO on when he decided to give the final out World Series ball to Jerry Reinsdorf at the downtown parade/rally: “Probably sometime after Game 3. Again, you don’t want to start thinking ahead because it seems like in sports and in baseball, every time you’re like ‘we’re going to win this game,’ then it doesn’t happen. So, you try to keep your thoughts away from those things, but I certainly knew before Game 4. I’d given (the final ball) to the starting pitcher in the divisional series clincher and the ALCS, so those had all gone to the winning pitcher of those games. But, I knew for that one, it should go to Jerry.”

JERRY REINSDORF on receiving the final out World Series ball from Konerko: “I almost lost it when he gave me the ball, it was never on my mind. Then, when he called me up and gave me the ball, I really came very, very close to being overly emotional. I was emotional enough as it was. If you take out the birth of children and getting married, certainly, yeah, that was my number one moment with the White Sox. Baseball is the one sport that ties generations together. We were able to give everybody that wonderful feeling. That was the best part of it.”

PAUL KONERKO on the legacy of being a part of the first team in Chicago to win a World Series in 88 years: “It’s probably a good thing we didn’t know how much was at stake for people around here because we might have played tight. We might not have done it. You’re talking about serious things with people dying and families and all these things that made the connections with them…their fathers and their mothers…it’s pretty heavy stuff.  I’m definitely proud that I was on that team. Everybody on that team will always have that place here. It could be 50 years from now, 100 years from now, but that team is the first one that brought it back after that many years.”

In addition, fans on Twitter can follow @CSNOriginal  for the latest updates and exclusive preview clips leading up to the April 12 premiere, plus — fans can also get interactive prior to and during the premiere airing with their thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CSNBelieve.  Viewers are also urged to visit a special multimedia video page on Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, which will include video footage from the television version of Believe and “web-exclusive” video excerpts not shown on TV.  In addition, CSNChicago.com will provide the full documentary trailer, a photo gallery, a social media portal, and original Believe commentary write-ups from White Sox Pre/Postgame Live host Chuck Garfien and CSNChicago.com’s White Sox “Insider” Dan Hayes.

Comcast SportsNet Chicago, a partnership between the Chicago Blackhawks (NHL), Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago Cubs (MLB), Chicago White Sox (MLB) and the NBC Sports Group, features over 275 live pro games in high definition each year.  In addition, CSN delivers extensive pre/post-game coverage for its core pro team partners, as well as the Chicago Bears, along with Emmy Award-winning regional sports news and analysis via SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live.  Through the network’s growing digital platform, CSNChicago.com, Chicago sports fans tap into the most comprehensive and dedicated 24/7 online destination for breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights, multimedia video clips, blogs and standout coverage from CSNChicago.com’s team of “Insiders.”  Follow the network on Twitter via @CSNChicago.

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2015 WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PRIMETIME THIS SAT. AT 8 PM ET ON NBC

Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski, Terry Gannon & Tracy Wilson Host the Telecast

STAMFORD, Conn. – Mar. 25, 2015 – NBC presents the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships from Shanghai in primetime this Saturday, Mar. 28, at 8 p.m. ET with the ladies’ and ice dance competitions. Coverage continues Sunday, April 12, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC with the men’s and pairs’ competitions, as well as highlights from the ladies’ and ice dance events.

The competition features Sochi Olympians Ashley Wagner, who won her third U.S. title in January; 2014 U.S. champion and 2015 U.S. silver medalist Gracie Gold; 2014 U.S. silver medalist Polina Edmunds; 2015 U.S. champion Jason Brown; and 2015 U.S. ice dance champions Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

2015 European champion Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva and 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America champion Yelena Radionova of Russia; reigning Olympic and World champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan; and two-time World bronze medalist Javier Fernandez of Spain highlight the international field.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead figure skating commentary team of three-time U.S. figure skating champion Johnny Weir, 1998 Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon will host coverage. Tracy Wilson will report from the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC’s coverage of the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships 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 and Windows Store.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP TOURNAMENT AIRTIMES & NOTES (MARCH 26-29)

PGA TOUR Shifts to San Antonio as Mickelson, Spieth

Headline the Field at Valero Texas Open

Ko, Park, Lewis Lead Strong Field Featuring 18 of the World’s Top-20

at Kia Classic Airing in Primetime

Jimenez Aims for Three Straight Champions Tour Wins

in U.S. at Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic

Canizares Defends Trophee Hassan II in Morocco

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 24, 2015) – The PGA TOUR shifts to the Lone Star State for the Valero Texas Open, the first of two events remaining before the Masters. Eleven-time PGA TOUR winner John Cook will step in as a tower analyst during live tournament coverage on Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC, while four-time European Tour winner and 2014 European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley will work as a guest analyst on Golf Central. The LPGA Tour stages the final event prior to its first major of the season with the Kia Classic in Southern California, as Lydia Ko leads a strong field that includes 18 of the top-20 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. Miguel Angel Jimenez will try for his third straight Champions Tour win in as many starts on U.S. soil this week, as he joins Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie at the Mississippi Gulf  Resort Classic. And the European Tour is in Morocco, as Alejandro Canizares defends at the Trophee Hassan II.

 

PGA TOUR

Valero Texas Open

Dates: March 26-29

Venue: TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks Course), San Antonio, Texas

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              3-6 p.m. (Live) / 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday         1-3 p.m. (Live) / 10 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

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

Tournament Airtimes on NBC (Eastern):

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Cook steps in as tower analyst: John Cook, 11-time PGA TOUR winner will join Golf Channel and Golf Channel on NBC as a tower analyst this week. The 10-time Champions Tour winner has had his own share of success at TPC San Antonio, having won twice (2007, ’08) on the Canyons Course in the Champions Tour’s San Antonio Championship. Golf Channel reporter Angela Hamann also will make her live tournament telecast debut this week, conducting player interviews on-site from TPC San Antonio.

McGinley to serve as guest analyst on Golf Central: Paul McGinley, four-time European Tour winner and 2014 European Ryder Cup captain will serve as a guest analyst for Golf Central, beginning with Thursday’s Golf Central Pre-Game at 2 p.m. ET and continuing throughout the weekend.

Final opportunity to qualify for the Masters via the top-50: This week serves as the final opportunity for players to qualify for the Masters via the top-50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The only remaining category in which a player can qualify outside of receiving a special invitation is by winning next week’s Shell Houston Open.

Bowditch defends: Steven Bowditch finished one shot ahead of Will MacKenzie and Daniel Summerhays for his first career PGA TOUR victory.

Headlining the field: Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Jim Furyk, Billy Horschel, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Matt Every and Graeme McDowell.

Golf Channel / NBC Sports Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Steve Sands (Golf Channel) / Dan Hicks (NBC)

Analyst: Frank Nobilo (Golf Channel) / Peter Jacobsen (NBC)

Tower: Gary Koch / John Cook

On-Course: Roger Maltbie / Mark Rolfing / Notah Begay

Interviews: Angela Hamann (Golf Channel) / Steve Sands (NBC)

 

LPGA TOUR

Kia Classic
Dates: March 26-29

Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, Calif.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-9 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              6-9 p.m. (Live)

Saturday          6-9 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            6-9 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Mo Martin featured in “Caddie Knows Best”: Mo Martin will join her caddie Kyle Morrison during Thursday’s tournament telecast for “Caddie Knows Best” – a segment testing players’ and caddies’ knowledge of one another.

Cheyenne Woods to be showcased in “Rookie Spotlight”: Cheyenne Woods will be the focus of this week’s “Rookie Spotlight”, as she talks about adjusting to a full-time LPGA Tour schedule.

­­­­­­­­­­­Nordqvist defends: Anna Nordqvist won by one stroke over Lizette Salas for her fourth career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Stacy Lewis, Hyo-Joo Kim, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Michelle Wie, Karrie Webb, Lexi Thompson and Cheyenne Woods.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Whit Watson

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Tom Abbott

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Kay Cockerill

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire
Dates: March 27-29

Venue: Fallen Oak Golf Club, Biloxi, Miss.

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-2:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 4-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 5-7 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Jimenez aiming for third straight Champions Tour title:

Miguel Angel Jimenez will attempt to earn his third consecutive Champions Tour win in as many starts on U.S. soil this week, after winning the Mitsubishi Electric Championship in January, and the Greater Gwinnett Championship last April.

Maggert set to attempt improbable shot in “Blue Greens” Challenge: During Friday’s opening round coverage, Golf Channel will recap tournament presenting sponsor C Spire’s “Blue Greens” Challenge sweepstakes – featuring defending champion Jeff Maggert – as he attempts to hit a golf ball over a highway overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and successfully hit an airborne target. If Maggert successfully hits the airborne target during one of his 10 attempts, a contestant selected at random will win a grand prize valued at over $15,000, and C Spire also will donate $5,000 to the Habitat of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the tournament’s non-profit charitable beneficiary.

Maggert defends: Jeff Maggert won by two shots over Billy Andrade to become the 17th player to win in their Champions Tour debut.

Headlining the field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, Jay Haas, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Kenny Perry, Bart Bryant and Jeff Maggert.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / Dave Marr

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Trophee Hassan II
Dates: March 26-29

Venue: Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         7-9 a.m. / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              7-9 a.m. / 10:30 a.m.-Noon (Live)

Saturday          9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Sunday            9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Canizares defends: Alejandro Canizares finished five strokes clear of the field for his second career European Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Matteo Manassero, Marcel Siem, Jose Maria Olazabal, George Coetzee, Ross Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, Pablo Larrazabal, Oliver Wilson and Alejandro Canizares.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Warren Humphreys

On-Course: Paul Eales

 

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NBC SPORTS GROUP GARNERS 42 SPORTS EMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

NBCUniversal’s Coverage of XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Leads All Programs With 15 Nominations

NBC Sports Group Earns 12 Nominations For NFL Coverage

Sunday Night Football Nominated for Outstanding Live Sports Series, Up for Seventh Consecutive Win in Prestigious Category

Super Bowl XLIX and Belmont Stakes Earn Outstanding Live Sports Special Nominations

Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth, Mike “Doc” Emrick, Dan Hicks, Michele Tafoya and Andres Cantor Earn Talent Nominations

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 24, 2015 – NBC Sports Group earned 42 Sports Emmy Award nominations for 2014, highlighted by 15 nominations for its coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia – the most of any single program this year – and 12 nominations for its NFL coverage.

The announcement was made today by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Winners will be announced by the Academy on Tuesday, May 5, at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City.

Highlights of NBC Sports Group’s nominations:

 

  • NBC Sports Group’s 42 nominations are the most it has ever received in a Winter Olympic year, and rank second among all media companies;
  • NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Sochi Games received 15 nominations, the most for any single program;
  • Sunday Night Football – primetime television’s No. 1 show – was nominated again for Outstanding Live Sports Series, which it has won a record six times in a row (2008-13);
  • Super Bowl XLIX and the 146th Belmont Stakes were nominated for Outstanding Live Sports Special, and Super Bowl XLIX received four total nominations;
  • 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas (NBC) received two nominations, including Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host;
  • Mike “Doc” Emrick (NBC), a two-time Emmy Award-winner for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play, and Dan Hicks (NBC/Golf Channel), received nominations in the category;
  • Cris Collinsworth (NBC) who has won six consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst, was nominated again in the category;
  • Michele Tafoya (NBC), a two-time winner of the Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter Emmy in the award’s three years (2011 & 2013), was nominated again in the category;
  • Andres Cantor (Telemundo), who won an Emmy last year in the first-ever Spanish-language categories, was nominated again for Outstanding On-Air Sports Personality in Spanish.

 

All of NBC Sports Group’s national television networks – NBC (33), NBCSN (7), and Golf Channel (2), as well as Spanish-language networks Telemundo (3), and mun2 (2)/NBCUniverso (1) – received nominations. NBCOlympics.com also received two nominations.

The complete list of NBC Sports Group nominations are as follows:

  • Outstanding Live Sports Special: Super Bowl XLIX – Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots (NBC)
  • Outstanding Live Sports Special: 146th Belmont Stakes (NBC)
  • Outstanding Live Sports Series: Sunday Night Football (NBC)
  • Outstanding Edited Sports Coverage: Ironman World Championship (NBC)
  • Outstanding Edited Sports Coverage: NFL Turning Point (NBCSN)
  • Outstanding Playoff Coverage: NFL Playoffs – AFC Wild Card & AFC Divisional (NBC)
  • Outstanding Sports Documentary: Payne (Golf Channel)
  • Outstanding Studio Show – Weekly: Football Night In America (NBC)
  • Outstanding Long Feature: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story (NBC)
  • Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Event Coverage: The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBCOlympics.com)
  • Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – As the Athletes Experienced Them (NBCOlympics.com)
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host: Bob Costas (NBC)
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play: Mike Emrick (NBC/NBCSN)
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play: Dan Hicks (NBC/Golf Channel)
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst: Cris Collinsworth (NBC)
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter: Michele Tafoya (NBC)
  • Outstanding Technical Team Remote: The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC)
  • Outstanding Technical Team Studio: Football Night In America (NBC)
  • Outstanding Technical Team Studio: Premier League (NBC/NBCSN)
  • Outstanding Technical Team Studio: The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC)
  • Outstanding Camera Work: Ironman World Championship (NBC)
  • Outstanding Short Form Editing: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Profiles of the XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC)
  • Outstanding Short Form Editing: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Remember The Titans (NBC)
  • Outstanding Long Form Editing: Notre Dame: Reborn (NBC)
  • Outstanding Long Form Editing: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Long Way Home: The Jessica Long Story (NBC)
  • Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Lokomotiv (NBC)
  • Dick Schaap Outstanding Writing Award: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Winter’s Theatre (NBC)
  • Outstanding Live Event Audio/Sound: The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA/MSNBC)
  • Outstanding Post-Produced Audio/Sound: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Winter’s Theatre (NBC)
  • Outstanding Live Graphic Design: Sunday Night Football (NBC)
  • Outstanding Live Graphic Design: Super Bowl XLIX (NBC)
  • Outstanding Live Graphic Design: The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC/NBCSN/CNBC/USA/MSNBC)
  • Outstanding Studio Design/Art Direction: The XXII Olympic Winter Games (NBC/NBCSN)
  • Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction: Sunday Night Football – Waiting All Day For Sunday Night Open (NBC)
  • Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction: Sunday Night Football – Waiting All Day For A Super Bowl Fight Open (NBC)
  • The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – Maximum Access (NBC)
  • Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement: NBC Sports – Best Seat (NBC/NBCSN)
  • Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish (Cobertura Sobresaliente de Deportes en Vivo y en Español): Futbol Estelar – La Gran Final –  Leon vs. Pachuca (Telemundo)
  • Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish (Cobertura Sobresaliente de Deportes en Vivo y en Español): Futbol Estelar –  Premier League Championship Sunday (Telemundo/mun2)
  • Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish (Cobertura Sobresaliente de Deportes en Vivo y en Español): NASCAR Toyota 120 (mun2)
  • Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish (Cobertura Sobresaliente de Deportes en Vivo y en Español): Super Bowl XLIX – Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots (NBCUniverso)
  • Outstanding On-Air Sports Personality in Spanish: Andres Cantor (Telemundo)

 

A complete list of nominees is available at www.emmyonline.org.

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SUNDAY’S LIVERPOOL-MANCHESTER UNITED TELECAST ON NBCSN RANKS AS MOST-WATCHED EARLY MORNING PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY

Viewership Peaked at 1.2 Million Viewers From 10:45-11 a.m. ET

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

Road Trip: NBC Sports Group’s Entire Premier League Coverage to Originate From the U.K. on April 11-13

STAMFORD, Conn. – Mar. 24, 2015 – Sunday’s NBCSN telecast of Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Liverpool averaged 950,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched early morning (before 10 a.m. ET) Premier League match in U.S. television history. Viewership peaked in the 10:45 a.m. ET quarter-hour with 1.2 million viewers. Juan Mata scored both goals for the Red Devils, securing Manchester United’s fourth straight league win and moving the team five points clear of Liverpool to maintain the fourth and final Champions League position.

NBC UNIVERSO averaged 146,000 viewers for Liverpool-Manchester United, bringing combined English- and Spanish-language viewership for the match to nearly 1.2 million viewers.

To date, NBC Sports Group’s Premier League viewership (average of 485,000 viewers) is up 10% compared to this point last season, and up 19% among Adults 18-49. NBCSN has televised four of the five most-watched Premier League matches in U.S. cable history (chart below).

Most-Viewed Premier League Matches on Cable (on record):

Date Home v. Away Network Viewers
Mon., Apr. 30, 2012 Manchester City v. Manchester United ESPN 1.0 million
Sun., Jan. 19, 2014 Chelsea v. Manchester United NBCSN 1.0 million
Sun., Mar. 22, 2015 Liverpool v. Manchester United NBCSN 950,000
Sun., Oct. 5, 2014 Chelsea v. Arsenal NBCSN 874,000
Sun., Sept. 22, 2013 Manchester City v. Manchester United NBCSN 852,000

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

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S ENTIRE PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE TO ORIGINATE FROM U.K. ON APRIL 11-13

For the first time since NBC Sports Group kicked off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, the entire Premier League team will work together on-location in the United Kingdom on April 11-13. Host Rebecca Lowe and analysts Robbie EarleKyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe will join NBC’s UK-based team of Arlo WhiteLee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux and Steve Bower for more than 18 hours of live on-site Premier League coverage across three days. Coverage features two on-site studios at each stadium, including pitch-side sets at Old Trafford for the Manchester Derby, Anfield for Liverpool-Newcastle, and Turf Moor for Burnley-Arsenal. Click here for more information.

NBC Sports Group is once again making all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. NBC UNIVERSO is airing 100 Premiere League matches in Spanish on its network, with matches also streamed live on its NBC UNIVERSO NOW app. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

 –NBC SPORTS GROUP–