NBC Sports Digital Surrounds Super Bowl XLIX With Robust Collection Of Digital And Social Media Extensions

nbc-sports-groupProFootballTalk.com to Deliver 24/7 Coverage and Analysis of Super Bowl XLIX News

NBCSports.com National Columnist Joe Posnanski Studies “The Unquantifiable Quality That Sets Super Bowl QBs Apart From Average Players”

Super Stream Sunday to Include Live Stream of Super Bowl XLIX, Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show, and Super Bowl Pre- and Post-Game Shows

NBC Sports Group Rolls Out Its Most Comprehensive Social Media Campaign Ever

Phoenix, Ariz. – January 26, 2015 - NBC Sports Digital’s unprecedented coverage of Super Bowl XLIX includes more than 10 hours of live stream programming on Super Bowl Sunday, 24/7 news and analysis on NBCSports.com and ProFootballTalk.com, long-form reporting on NBCSportsWorld.com, and NBC Sports Group’s most comprehensive social media campaign ever across a plethora of platforms.

“Whether it’s Joe Posnanski’s in-depth look at Super Bowl quarterbacks, Mike Florio’s continuous news updates, the fun and creative efforts by our social team, or the live stream of Super Bowl XLIX itself, NBC Sports Digital has something for every football fan during the best week of the year,” said Rick Cordella, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Media, NBC Sports Group.

EDITORIAL

ProFootballTalk.com

Led by creator of ProFootballTalk.com, host of PFT Live and PFT on NBCSN, and Football Night In America contributor Mike Florio, the site will provide on-site coverage from Phoenix all week. ProFootballTalk.com reporters Michael David Smith and Darin Gantt will be on-site at Super Bowl Media Day and provide all-encompassing coverage, as well as in-depth analysis of all the news surrounding the NFL and the biggest game of the season.

PFT Live will stream from Noon-1 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, from NBC Sports’ Super Bowl Central in downtown Phoenix.

NBCSportsWorld.com

NBCSportsWorld.com, NBC Sports Digital’s franchise dedicated to long-form storytelling, will surround Super Bowl XLIX with two weeks of coverage, from January 19 through February 1.

The site will feature in-depth stories from award-winning writer Joe Posnanski, including Posnanski’s review on “The Unquantifiable Quality That Sets Super Bowl QBs Apart From Average Players”. The story will examine New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, and many other NFL QBs who have played in the big game.

In addition, football writer Tom Gower will have stories comparing and contrasting the construction of the Patriots and Seahawks, plus a story on how New England TE Rob Gronkowski will be the most difficult player to defend during Super Bowl XLIX.

Rotoworld.com

Rotoworld.com, the industry-leading source for fantasy football news and information, will provide comprehensive coverage around Super Bowl XLIX. Fantasy Sports Writer Association award-winner Evan Silva’s “matchups” column will feature player-by-player breakdowns of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

NBCSports.com

NBCSports.com will provide 24/7 coverage and analysis of all the news surrounding Super Bowl XLIX.

Digital video correspondent Jenna Corrado will be on-site gathering interviews from players and fans, and will deliver reports from Super Bowl XLIX festivities throughout the week.

In addition, NBCSports.com NFL reporter Corey Griffin will file daily stories from Phoenix; from game analysis to features from Media Day and events around the city. Stories will include “How Michael Bennett became Seattle’s most indispensable defensive player,” “Five Matchups that will define the game” and “49 Things to know about Super Bowl XLIX”.

CSNNewEngland.com

CSN New England Patriots Insider Tom Curran will write about “The culture clash between the button-downed Patriots and the anything-goes Seahawks,” and how this game will continue to define the legacy of Patriots coach Bill Belichick. Curran also will have a comprehensive look at whether quarterback Tom Brady and Belichick are the greatest QB/coach combination in NFL history.

SUPER STREAM SUNDAY

As previously announced, following the launch of NBCUniversal’s first ever TV Everywhere consumer campaign titled “Watch TV Without The TV,” NBCUniversal is creating Super Stream Sunday on Feb. 1, providing consumers with an unprecedented ability to enjoy 11 continuous hours of NBC streaming content without having to log-in, designed as a way for consumers to trial NBC’s TV Everywhere content offering. Super Stream Sunday content will include NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX, Katy Perry headlining the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the Super Bowl XLIX pre- and post-game shows, and NBC’s post-game presentation of The Blacklist.

The special access event kicks off at noon ET with NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage and concludes with The Blacklist, which follows post-game coverage at approximately 10 p.m. ET. Consumers accessing NBC Sports Live Extra and NBC.com during Super Stream Sunday will not be prompted to log-in with their cable/satellite/telco credentials; however, as part of this special access, they will receive consistent messaging in and around the experience about the ease in authenticating after the end of The Blacklist.

All Super Bowl content will be live streamed to desktops and tablets via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Digital’s live streaming product. The Blacklist will also be streamed to desktops through NBC.com. (NOTE: NBC Sports Digital does not have NFL live streaming rights to mobile devices.)

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In addition, NBC UNIVERSO is home to the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX in the U.S., and will present live coverage on television and online. On Super Bowl Sunday, NBC UNIVERSO will present four hours of pre-game coverage and football-related entertainment, including Sabor Al Super Bowl, Estrellas del Medio Tiempo and La NFL en NBC UNIVERSO Super Bowl XLIX Pre-game Show and online at nbcuniverso.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Announced last Thursday, NBC Sports Group will present its most comprehensive social media campaign ever to promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including around-the-clock coverage across all of NBC Sports’ social media platforms.

NBC SPORTS SOCIAL CENTRAL: During Super Bowl week, the NBC Sports social media team will be everywhere from Media Day to the sidelines on Super Bowl Sunday, covering every moment and play of #SB49. During gameday, NBC Sports’ Social Central will be a communications hub for all things social, spanning from Super Bowl Central, NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programming during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix, and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, to NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Members of the NBC Sports social, digital, and marketing teams will be primed and ready to cover and react to any moment from pre-game through the final whistle and trophy presentation, including a social team member embedded with on-air production to relay any breaking news. Social media and digital content will be updated in real time.

PATRICK PETERSON TO SERVE AS SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL CORRESPONDENT: Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson, a four-time Pro Bowler, will serve as NBC Sports Group’s social and digital media correspondent during Super Bowl week. As a member of the hometown Cardinals, Peterson will document his Super Bowl week on behalf of NBC Sports through his social media accounts. He will also film several videos around the city that will be pushed out through the SNF social media accounts and on NBCSports.com, including attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for most selfies taken in one hour.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® ATTEMPT: NBC Sports Social will be at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Tuesday, January 27, as Patrick Peterson attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the most selfies taken in one hour. Peterson will snap as many selfies as he can with the students from Deer Valley High School to break the current record of 657 selfies. In addition, the Sunday Night Football bus will be at the school and open to students after the record attempt. Fans can follow GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® on Twitter: @GWR and Instagram:Guinnessworldrecords.

DUDE PERFECT: NBC Sports Group has teamed with trick-shot experts and comedy stars Dude Perfect to create a trick shot video that will debut Sunday, February 1, during NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game show. Participating in the trick shot video will be Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. and two-time Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl XL MVP, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward. The content will be pushed out on NBC Sports’ social media platforms, and the trick-shot video will be available on NBCSports.com/dudeperfect following its release.

TUMBLR: As announced yesterday, NBC Sports Digital recently launched a Super Bowl-centric NBC Sports Tumblr page that will showcase Super Bowl XLIX’s television advertisements immediately after they air on NBC. Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the page will be populated with original content created by NBC Sports’ marketing media team, as well as from re-blogging NFL-related Tumblr posts. On game day, the new page will transform into a hub for Super Bowl TV ads, and can be accessed at NBCSports.com/Ads.

#MYSUPERBOWLPICK: NBC Sports will ask influencers, celebrities, athletes and fans to tweet and post who they anticipate will win the game using #MySuperBowlPick to help drive the conversation around game day. In addition, social media handles from various NBCUniversal properties and celebrities will offer their picks.

Using the “Twitter Mirror,” NBC Sports will collect photos and picks from celebrities and athletes on-site at “Super Bowl Central” and at University of Phoenix Stadium to be featured on-air. TheSNF social media accounts will also be tracking fan picks to see which team is leading the social vote.

  • AROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE: NBC Sports will cover Super Bowl XLIX from various Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports social media accounts to make sure every fan has access to the content they want leading up to the game.
  • Facebook: The NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football Facebook accounts will provide users with news from ProFootballTalk, shareable images, videos, and chats with NBC Sports Group commentators.
  • Twitter: @SNFonNBC will provide real-time news and photos from Phoenix as well as #MySuperBowlPick content through the “Twitter Mirror.” @ProFootballTalk and @NBCSports will post news and information on the game, and behind-the-scenes content from PFT Live.
  • Instagram: SNF on NBC and NBC Sports Instagram accounts will be one-stop shopping for photos throughout Super Bowl week with behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s production, including photos of NBC Sports Group commentators and sideline coverage documenting the game from kickoff through the celebratory confetti.
  • Vine: The NBC Sports social team will create content around Phoenix with on-site Vine influencers that will be posted on the Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports Vine accounts throughout Super Bowl week.
  • Pinterest: For fans on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/NBCSports has Super Bowl themed boards to help plan the best Super Bowl party. On-site content from NBCSports.com will also be housed on Pinterest during Super Bowl week.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

NBC Sports Announces Super Bowl Week Media Schedule

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NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Press Conference – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix

Super Bowl XLIX Conference Call – Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT

Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Conference Call – Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT

NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide Now Available

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 – NBC Sports has announced its media schedule for Super Bowl week, leading into NBC’s presentation of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. In addition, the NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available with information on NBC’s coverage, production, broadcast talent, and much more.

Following is NBC Sports’ media schedule for Super Bowl week:

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Date NBC Sports Media Event Time (ET) Time (MT) Location/Phone & Passcode
Tues., Jan. 27 SB XLIX Conf. Call 2:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 785-830-1926; 8679918
Tues., Jan. 27 SB XLIX Press Conference 5 p.m. 3 p.m. Super Bowl Media Center
Wed., Jan. 28 SB Pre-Game Show Conf. Call 3 p.m. 1 p.m. 719-457-2646; 5988356

**NOTE: Glendale is located in the Mountain Time Zone. All times are listed in both Mountain Standard Time and Eastern Standard Time. Mountain Standard Time is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time.**

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NBC SPORTS SUPER BOWL XLIX PRESS CONFERENCE – TUESDAY, JAN. 27 AT 5 P.M. ET/3 P.M. MT

NBC Sports Group executives and producers will join members of the Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast teams for the NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT at the Super Bowl Media Center in Phoenix.

  • WHO:
    • o   NBC Sports Group Executives and Producers (Mark Lazarus, Chairman; Sam Flood, Executive Producer; Fred Gaudelli, Super Bowl XLIX Producer; Drew Esocoff, Super Bowl XLIX Director)
    • o   Super Bowl XLIX Broadcast Team (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya)
    • o   Members of the Super Bowl Pre-Game Show Broadcast Team (Bob Costas, Josh Elliott, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Hines Ward)
    • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. ET/3 p.m. MT
    • WHERE: Super Bowl Media Center, Press Conference Room “B”

SUPER BOWL XLIX CONFERENCE CALL – TUESDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET/12:30 P.M. MT

NBC Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX broadcast team of Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and Michele Tafoya (sideline reporter), and Super Bowl XLIX producer Fred Gaudelli will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call, Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT.

  • WHO: Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, producer Fred Gaudelli
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 2:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. MT
  • NUMBER: 785-830-1926
  • PASSCODE: 8679918

SUPER BOWL PRE-GAME SHOW CONFERENCE CALL – WEDNESDAY AT 3 P.M. ET/1 P.M. MT

Members of NBC Sports’ Super Bowl Pre-Game Show broadcast team, featuring Dan Patrick (co-host), Tony Dungy (analyst), Rodney Harrison (analyst), and executive producer Sam Flood will preview Super Bowl XLIX on a media conference call on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m.  ET/1 p.m. MT.

  • WHO: Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, executive producer Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. ET/1 p.m. MT
  • NUMBER: 719-457-2646
  • PASSCODE: 5988356

NBC SPORTS SUPER BOWL XLIX MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE

The NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide is now available online, with comprehensive information on broadcasters and executives, as well as details regarding NBC’s broadcast of the game

Click here for NBC Sports Super Bowl XLIX Media Guide: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/super-bowl/

–SUPER BOWL XLIX–

NBCSN Presents Comprehensive Coverage Of 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend Beginning Friday; NHL All-Star Game Airs Sunday At 5 P.M. ET

nhl_nbc_22015 NHL All-Star Game – Sunday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s Coverage Begins with NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET; NHL Skills Competition Airs Saturday Night at 7 p.m. ET

Crosby & Penguins Host Toews & Blackhawks Tomorrow Night on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday Nightcap – Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks – 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Penguins Visit Giroux & Flyers Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 20, 2015 – The best hockey players in the world will come together this weekend, as NBCSN presents comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Coverage continues Saturday night at 7 p.m. ET with the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, and culminates with the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday evening at 5 p.m. ET.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition to the All-Star Game on Sunday, there are three games on NBCSN this week, featuring 13 All-Star selections. Eight All-Stars will play in tomorrow night’s Wednesday Night Rivalry showdown on NBCSN, when All-Star Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host All-Star captain Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET. All-Star defenseman Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks will host fellow All-Star blue-liner Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN’s Wednesday nightcap.

Coverage begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, as All-Stars Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia Flyers host the in-state rival Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by NHL Rivals at 10:30 p.m. ET, which examines the budding rivalry between the Blackhawks and Penguins.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre- and post-game NHL studio show, begins one hour prior to puck drop of this week’s games. Liam McHugh will host this week’s coverage alongside former players and analysts 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.

NHL ALL-STAR WEEKENDFRIDAY-SUNDAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend begins Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET with the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Hosts Kathryn Tappen and Daren Millard will be joined by Pierre McGuire to break down the selections of Team Toews and Team Foligno, following last week’s selections of Chicago’s Jonathan Toews and Columbus’ Nick Foligno as captains.

Saturday’s coverage of the NHL All-Star Skills Competition begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as Dave Strader (play-by-play), Olczyk, and McGuire provide live commentary of the hardest shots, fastest skaters, and best shootout moves.

The weekend-long coverage culminates with NBCSN’s live presentation of the 2015 NHL All-Star Game on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, with Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire on the call.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – BLACKHAWKS-PENGUINS – TOMORROW AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Five Blackhawks All-Stars and three Penguins All-Stars will face off tomorrow night on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry in Pittsburgh. All five of the Blackhawks’ All-Star selections (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, and Corey Crawford) received more than one million All-Star votes, including All-Star captain Jonathan Toews. Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were selected along with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who replaces injured goaltender Jimmy Howard.

Tomorrow’s Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Blackhawks (28-15-2, 58 pts) currently sit in third place in the competitive Central Division, and host the Arizona Coyotes tonight. The Penguins (26-12-6, 58 pts) are in second place in the Metropolitan Division, and visit the Philadelphia Flyers tonight on NBCSN.

Emrick, Olczyk, and McGuire will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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

Tomorrow’s Wednesday nightcap features three 2015 NHL All-Star selections when the San Jose Sharks host the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET. Sharks All-Star Brent Burns ranks third amongst all defensemen with 35 points (11g/24a), and has as many assists as fellow All-Star blue-liner and King Drew Doughty, who will represent Los Angeles along with team-leading scorer Anze Kopitar.

The Kings are looking to rebound from a 2-1 overtime loss against the Calgary Flames on Sunday, while San Jose hopes to bounce back from yesterday’s 5-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils. Despite their recent struggles, the two teams are separated by two points in the Pacific Division, and San Jose is just one point behind Vancouver for second place.

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

PENGUINS-FLYERS – TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET

Tonight’s coverage features a Keystone State rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers, and four of the top five point-getters in the league. Philadelphia boasts two All-Star selections in captain Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. Voracek’s 55 points (17g/38a) currently lead the league, while Giroux sits in tied for fourth with 50 points (15g/35a) with Malkin (19g/31a). Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has amassed 51 points (15g/36a) to rank third in the league, despite playing in only 41 games.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will call the action from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Note: Games are subject to local blackout.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., January 20 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Blackhawks-Penguins NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., January 21 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Chicago at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wednesday Nightcap – Los Angeles at San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Fri., January 23 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft Pre-Show NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft (Encore) NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Sat., January 24 NHL All-Star Skills Competition NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., January 25 NHL All-Star Skills Competition (Encore) NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
NHL All-Star Game NBCSN 5 p.m.

NHL LIVE AT THE SUPER BOWL

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-game studio show, will originate from downtown Phoenix during Super Bowl week. Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the program will be located at “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix.

Hosts Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will anchor NBCSN’s NHL Live coverage throughout the week, alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBCSN will feature six NHL telecasts during the week prior to Super Bowl XLIX, including the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals on Wednesday Night Rivalry on Jan. 28. The week will also feature rematches of the 2014 Stanley Cup Conference Finals, when the Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET, and the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ET. On Super Bowl Sunday, the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals meet at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

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NBC Sports Group Rolls Out Its Most Comprehensive Social Media Campaign Ever To Promote NBC’s Coverage Of Super Bowl XLIX

nbc-sports-groupNBC SPORTS GROUP ROLLS OUT ITS MOST COMPREHENSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN EVER TO PROMOTE NBC’S COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLIX

NBC Sports to Employ “Social Central” Communications Hub for All Things Social

Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson to Serve as Social Media & Digital Correspondent

NBC Sports Group Teams With Internet Stars Dude Perfect to Present Football-Themed Trick-Shot Video

Around-The-Clock Coverage on All Social Platforms

NBC’s Coverage of Super Bowl XLIX Begins Sunday, Feb. 1, at Noon ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 22, 2015 - NBC Sports Group will present its most comprehensive social media campaign ever to promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLIX, including around-the-clock coverage across all of NBC Sports’ social media platforms.

NBC will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from Glendale, Ariz. Coverage kicks off at Noon ET.

NBC SPORTS “SOCIAL CENTRAL”: During Super Bowl week, the NBC Sports social media team will be everywhere from Media Day to the sidelines on Super Bowl Sunday, covering every moment and play of #SB49. During gameday, NBC Sports’ “Social Central” will be a communications hub for all things social, spanning from “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix, Ariz., and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Members of the NBC Sports social, digital, and marketing teams will be primed and ready to cover and react to any moment from pre-game through the final whistle and trophy presentation, including a social team member embedded with on-air production to relay any breaking news. Social media and digital content will be updated in real time.

PATRICK PETERSON TO SERVE AS SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL CORRESPONDENT: Arizona Cardinals DB Patrick Peterson, a four-time Pro Bowler, will serve as NBC Sports Group’s social and digital media correspondent during Super Bowl week. As a member of the hometown Cardinals, Peterson will document his Super Bowl week on behalf of NBC Sports through his social media accounts. He will also film several videos around the city that will be pushed out through the SNF social media accounts and on NBCSports.com, including attempting to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for most selfies taken in one hour.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® ATTEMPT: NBC Sports Social will be at Deer Valley High School in Glendale, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 27, as Patrick Peterson attempts to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record for the most selfies taken in one hour. Peterson will snap as many selfies as he can with the students from Deer Valley High School to break the current record of 657 selfies. In addition, the Sunday Night Football bus will be at the school and open to students after the record attempt. Fans can follow GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® on Twitter: @GWR and Instagram: Guinnessworldrecords.

DUDE PERFECT: NBC Sports Group has teamed with trick-shot experts and comedy stars Dude Perfect to create a trick shot video that will debut Sunday, Feb. 1, during NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game show. Participating in the trick shot video will be Giants rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr. and two-time Super Bowl winner, Super Bowl XL MVP, and NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward. The content will be pushed out on NBC Sports’ social media platforms, and the trick-shot video will be available on NBCSports.com/dudeperfect following its release.

TUMBLR: As announced yesterday, NBC Sports Digital recently launched a Super Bowl-centric NBC Sports Tumblr page that will showcase Super Bowl XLIX’s television advertisements immediately after they air on NBC. Prior to Super Bowl Sunday, the page will be populated with original content created by NBC Sports’ marketing media team, as well as from re-blogging NFL-related Tumblr posts. On game day, the new page will transform into a hub for Super Bowl TV ads, and can be accessed at NBCSports.com/Ads.

#MYSUPERBOWLPICK: NBC Sports will ask influencers, celebrities, athletes and fans to tweet and post who they anticipate will win the game using #MySuperBowlPick to help drive the conversation around game day. In addition, social media handles from various NBCUniversal properties and celebrities will offer their picks.

Using the “Twitter Mirror,” NBC Sports will collect photos and picks from celebrities and athletes on-site at “Super Bowl Central” and at University of Phoenix Stadium to be featured on-air. The SNF social media accounts will also be tracking fan picks to see which team is leading the social vote.

AROUND-THE-CLOCK COVERAGE: NBC Sports will cover Super Bowl XLIX from various Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports social media accounts to make sure every fan has access to the content they want leading up to the game.

  • Facebook: The NBC Sports and Sunday Night Football Facebook accounts will provide users with news from ProFootballTalk, shareable images, videos, and chats with NBC Sports Group commentators.
  • Twitter: @SNFonNBC will provide real-time news and photos from Phoenix as well as #MySuperBowlPick content through the “Twitter Mirror.” @ProFootballTalk and @NBCSports will post news and information on the game, and behind-the-scenes content from PFT Live.
  • Instagram: SNF on NBC and NBC Sports Instagram accounts will be one-stop shopping for photos throughout Super Bowl week with behind-the-scenes access to NBC’s production, including photos of NBC Sports Group commentators and sideline coverage documenting the game from kickoff through the celebratory confetti.
  • Vine: The NBC Sports social team will create content around Phoenix with on-site Vine influencers that will be posted on the Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports Vine accounts throughout Super Bowl week.
  • Pinterest: For fans on Pinterest, Pinterest.com/NBCSports has Super Bowl themed boards to help plan the best Super Bowl party. On-site content from NBCSports.com will also be housed on Pinterest during Super Bowl week.

–SUPER BOWL XLIX–

Michaels, Collinsworth, Dungy And Harrison Weigh In On Patriots-Seahawks Super Bowl

MICHAELS, COLLINSWORTH, DUNGY AND HARRISON WEIGH IN ON PATRIOTS-SEAHAWKS SUPER BOWL

“He turned what would have been one of the worst performances in postseason history into a comeback for the ages.” – Michaels on Russell Wilson

“This will be a legacy Super Bowl. Will it be Seattle winning back-to-back Super Bowls with a young team capable of many more, or Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth?” – Collinsworth

“I anticipate this being one of the best Super Bowls in the history of the league.” – Harrison

“This will be a chess match.” – Dungy

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 18, 2015 – The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLIX on NBC on Sunday, Feb. 1, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Pre-game coverage begins at Noon ET. The game will mark the 18th Super Bowl broadcast by NBC, equaling CBS for the most Super Bowls broadcast by any network.

Following are comments by Sunday Night Football play-by-play voice Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth, as well as Football Night In America commentators Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, a former Patriot who won two Super Bowls with the team, about the Patriots-Seahawks matchup in Super Bowl XLIX:

MICHAELS

Michaels on Seahawks heading to Super Bowl XLIX after today’s thrilling victory: “The NFC Championship Game was the latest example of why the NFL is television’s greatest unscripted drama. For a Seahawks fan, it was a warp speed trip from dismay to euphoria. For a Packers fan, it was simply the reverse. For both fan bases, it was an emotional wringer. And what more can you say about Russell Wilson? He turned what would have been one of the worst performances in postseason history into a comeback for the ages.”

Michaels on Super Bowl XLIX matchup: “So many great early storylines to think about: Two chess masters, Belichick and Carroll, going head-to-head. Two hugely successful quarterbacks, Brady and Wilson, with vastly divergent styles. Two teams that will come to the Super Bowl with anything and everything in the back of their playbooks — fake punts, wide receivers throwing passes, eclectic formations and who knows what else. In Marshawn Lynch and LeGarrette Blount, the equivalent of identical twins at running back. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman against ‘The Legion of Boom.’ Darrelle Revis matched up against anybody. Richard Sherman matched up against anybody. And two teams that rarely face each other — only three meetings in the last 21 years. These are just the appetizers.”

COLLINSWORTH

Collinsworth on Super Bowl XLIX: “This will be a legacy Super Bowl. Will it be Seattle winning back-to-back Super Bowls with a young team capable of many more, or Tom Brady and Bill Belichick winning their fourth?”

Collinsworth on evenly-matched Super Bowl: “This is the first Super Bowl in a long time that I have no idea who will be favored.”

Collinsworth on the quarterbacks: “It’s Russell Wilson with memorable tears of joy against Tom Brady who has been making opponents cry for years.”

DUNGY

Dungy on Seattle: “The Seahawks victory against the Packers exemplified their season. It’s hard to get back to the Super Bowl, but this team fought all year to accomplish that. When it seemed that there was no chance to win today, they still believed and played until the final whistle. They are a balanced, physical team that is bolstered by an excellent philosophy.”

Dungy on New England: “The Patriots are hitting on all cylinders. They do so much on offense and show so many different looks. Every game plan is a little different, and it’s a huge advantage.”

Dungy on the matchup: “This will be a chess match that boils down to how the Patriots defense will handle the Seahawks run-option offense, and how the Seahawks defense handles the precise, inside passing game of the Patriots.”

HARRISON

Harrison on Seattle: “What impressed me the most today about the Seahawks was that despite playing their worst game of year, they found a way to win. It’s what you expect of a championship caliber team, they always find a way.”

Harrison on New England: “The Patriots returning to the Super Bowl is no surprise. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick were prepared and the team is confident. There’s no set game plan with Belichick. He’s always trying to find the right mix to win the next game.”

Harrison on the matchup: “These have been the two best teams in the league all year. I anticipate this being one of the best Super Bowls in the history of the league. It’s the great Seahawks defense against Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game. It’s Bill Belichick against Pete Carroll. There are intriguing matchups everywhere.”

–SUPER BOWL XLIX ON NBC–

Sidney Crosby & Pittsburgh Penguins Host Henrik Lundqvist & New York Rangers In 2014-15 Debut Of NHL Game Of The Week Sunday At 12:30 P.M. Et On NBC

nhl_nbc_2Wednesday Night Rivalry – Alex Ovechkin and Washington Capitals Host Claude Giroux and Philadelphia Flyers – Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Coverage Begins Tomorrow with Wild-Penguins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Concludes Sunday with Sabres-Red Wings at 8 p.m. ET

NBCSN Presents Comprehensive 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend Coverage – Jan. 23-25

College Hockey on NBCSN – Notre Dame Hosts UConn Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, New Hampshire Hosts UMass Amherst Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 12, 2015 – Some of the NHL’s biggest stars will be showcased on NBC and NBCSN this week, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on the 2014-15 debut of NBC’s NHL Game of the Week. On Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals face Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers on NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET.

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild travel to Pittsburgh to face Crosby and the Penguins. Coverage concludes on Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings host 2015 NHL All-Star top vote-getter Zemgus Girgensons and the Buffalo Sabres.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre- and post-game NHL studio show, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET tomorrow, and at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Sunday. Kathryn Tappen and Liam McHugh will combine to anchor this week’s coverage alongside former players and analysts 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.

NBCSN continues its 2014-15 college hockey coverage with two Hockey East showdowns this weekend, beginning Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the UConn Huskies, followed by a matchup between the UMass Amherst Minutemen and New Hampshire Wildcats Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

NHL GAME OF THE WEEK – RANGERS-PENGUINS – SUNDAY AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBC

NBC’s NHL Game of the Week features two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this Sunday. New York (24-11-4, 52 pts) enters the week as the hottest team in the NHL, with five straight wins and a 13-1-0 record in its last 14 games, led by Lundqvist’s 11-1-0 record in that span. The Penguins (25-10-6, 56 pts) currently sit one point behind the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders, and enter the week looking to build off of Sidney Crosby’s overtime game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Montreal on Saturday. Sunday’s matchup on NBC is the fourth meeting between the teams, and the home team has won all three games, including the Rangers’ 4-3 OT win in New York on Dec. 8.

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

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY – FLYERS-CAPITALS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Capitals (22-11-8, 52 pts) enter the week tied with the Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division, boasting points in 16 of their last 17 games (12-1-4), including a 3-2 win over Chicago in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic. Washington and Philadelphia will meet on Wednesday for the second time in less than a week. Last Thursday, NHL leading point-getter Jakub Voracek scored in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win over the Capitals.

Emrick, Olczyk, and McGuire will have the call from Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

WILD-PENGUINS – TUESDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Wild and Penguins meet for the second time this season tomorrow night. In their first encounter of the 2014-15 season, Pittsburgh earned a 4-1 win over the Wild in Minnesota on Nov. 4. The Wild look to rebound following a 4-1 loss to Chicago last night on NBCSN.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will call the action from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

SABRES-RED WINGS – SUNDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Zemgus Girgensons and the Buffalo Sabres travel to Detroit to face Pavel Datsyuk and the Red Wings on Sunday night. Girgensons was the top vote-getter in the 2015 NHL All-Star voting, and leads the Sabres with 11 goals. In their last meeting on Dec. 23, Detroit scored four times in the third period in a 6-3 come-from-behind win over Buffalo.

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

NBCSN PRESENTS COMPREHENSIVE 2015 NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND COVERAGE – JAN. 23-25

NBCSN will present comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend from Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Friday, Jan. 23 and continuing through Sunday, Jan. 25. Coverage begins with the NHL Fantasy Draft on Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the NHL Skills Competition on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET. All-Star Weekend coverage culminates with the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. ET.

Teams on NBC/NBCSN this week feature a combined nine players selected to the 2015 All-Star Team: Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh), Jakub Voracek and Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Rick Nash (N.Y. Rangers), Ryan Suter (Minnesota), Jimmy Howard (Detroit), and Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo).

COLLEGE HOCKEY – UCONN-NOTRE DAME – FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish host the UConn Huskies in a Hockey East matchup on Friday night on NBCSN. The Fighting Irish enter the week looking to rebound from a 4-3 loss to Western Michigan on Saturday night, while the Huskies aim to build off a 2-0 shutout win over then-No. 5 ranked UMass Lowell.

Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will have the call from the Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

COLLEGE HOCKEY – UMASS AMHERST-NEW HAMPSHIRE – SATURDAY AT 6:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

UMass Amherst travels to Durham to face New Hampshire in NBCSN’s second Hockey East game this weekend. Last Friday, the Wildcats tied Dartmouth 2-2 on NBCSN. UMass Amherst and New Hampshire will also square off on Friday night in Massachusetts before closing out their home-and-home on NBCSN on Saturday night.

Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will call the game from the Whittemore Center in Durham, N.H.

Note: Games are subject to local blackouts.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., January 13 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Flyers-Capitals (Encore) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., January 14 NHL Rivals – Flyers-Capitals (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Philadelphia at Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., January 16 College Hockey – UConn at Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., January 17 College Hockey – UMass Amherst at New Hampshire NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sun., January 18 NHL Game of the Week – N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.

NHL LIVE AT THE SUPER BOWL

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-game studio show, will originate from downtown Phoenix during Super Bowl week. Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 27, the program will be located at “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix.

Hosts Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen will anchor NBCSN’s NHL Live coverage throughout the week, alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBCSN will feature six NHL telecasts during the week prior to Super Bowl XLIX, including the Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals on Wednesday Night Rivalry on Jan. 28. The week will also feature rematches of the 2014 Stanley Cup Conference Finals, when the Los Angeles Kings host the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 28 at 10:30 p.m. ET, and the New York Rangers host the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. ET. On Super Bowl Sunday, the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals meet at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Notes & Quotes From Divisional Playoff Edition Of NBC’S “Football Night In America”

FNIA-nfl-nbc“He has the confidence to walk into this stadium against this football team and come up with a win – and he knows it.” – Cris Collinsworth on Joe Flacco

“He is going to be on fire today.” – Tony Dungy on Tom Brady

“Don’t get fooled by all of the trash talking. This is a very smart football player.” – Rodney Harrison on Terrell Suggs

“Darrelle Revis is the best cornerback that I have ever played against.” – Hines Ward

NBC to Broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1; Coverage Begins at Noon ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 10, 2015 – Following are highlights from the AFC Divisional Playoff edition of NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., to preview Ravens-Patriots. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports Group’s Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night on-site at Gillette Stadium. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, a two-time Super Bowl-winner with the Patriots, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and NFL Insider Peter King. 

In addition, Elliott spoke with Ravens QB Joe Flacco, Costas interviewed Ravens LB Terrell Suggs, and Harrison had a conversation with Patriots WR Julian Edelman.

NBC will broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1 from Glendale, Ariz. Coverage kicks off at Noon ET.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON RAVENS

Collinsworth on Joe Flacco: “Let’s face it – he’s been red hot. He has five straight playoff wins, and he’s sort of become the Eli Manning of the AFC. Here’s a guy that may not put up the greatest statistics, may not have the most touchdown passes in the regular season, doesn’t always look great, but he gets in the playoffs and he somehow flips this switch, and he looks tremendous. He has the confidence to walk into this stadium against this football team and come up with a win – and he knows it.”

Ward on Joe Flacco: “He’s a good quarterback, but teams don’t fear Joe Flacco like you would [fear] an Aaron Rodgers or a Peyton Manning. Teams are usually more concerned with the Baltimore defense. You look at what he’s done in the postseason, and he doesn’t turn the football over, but I think he benefits from having a running game and a strong defense. I know Coach Harbaugh said he’s the best quarterback in the league. Today he has an opportunity to prove that…he has to play perfect tonight.”

Harrison on Terrell Suggs: “Don’t get fooled by all of the trash talking. This is a very smart football player. Tom Brady talked about it. He’s the one guy that can ruin the game for the offense.”

ON PATRIOTS

Harrison on Harbaugh’s comments that Joe Flacco is best QB in the NFL: “If I was in this locker room, I’d get about 30 copies of that newspaper, and put it in Tom Brady’s locker. It would absolutely upset him.”

Dungy on Tom Brady: “I’ve coached against him a lot. This guy is so competitive. Forget John Harbaugh saying that his quarterback is better than Brady. Tom didn’t play well in the playoff game they lost. He is going to be on fire today.”

Collinsworth on Rob Gronkowski: “You have to remember where he was a year ago at this time. He just blew out his knee, all of the rehab and his elbow…a lot of people questioned if he’d ever come back to be the player he once was. I think the answer has been a resounding ‘yes.’”

Ward on the best way to beat Darrelle Revis: “I’d try to set the tone to get at him early. I want the referees watching us the entire game because I want to see what I can get away with, and I’m trying to see if I can force a penalty, and for them to call a penalty on Revis. I try to beat him up mentally and physically and guess what — it didn’t work… Darrelle Revis is the best corner back that I have ever played against.”

Dungy on Harrison suggesting Patriots change their strategy: “I have to give Rodney some credit. He was up here doing a piece on Darrelle Revis, and said they weren’t using (Revis) right, that they had to let him shadow the best receiver and play bump and run. They started doing that and the defense started playing great since.”

Dungy on Julian Edelman: “He really is [one of the best players on this team]. When Wes Welker left, everyone asked who was going to replace Welker. Well, he does two things better than Welker — breaks tackles and catches deep balls…and returns punts.”

Harrison on Jonas Gray being deactivated today: “It changes the game plan. I think they want to run to the ball with LeGarrette Blount, but they also want to spread them out with Shane Vereen.”

Dungy on whether he coached differently against Bill Belichick: “You didn’t coach differently, but you had to be ready for so many different things. You could never go into the game thinking, ‘This is what they’re going to do.’ He always had a surprise for you.”

ON WEATHER IN NEW ENGLAND

Harrison: “It’s not about the cold. It’s about the wind conditions, especially at the open side of the field. I think Tom Brady has an advantage over Joe Flacco, because (the Ravens) like to run the ball and take play action shots down the field. Tom Brady and that quick passing game shouldn’t be affected by it.”

ON WINNING ON THE ROAD

Ward: “There’s no greater feeling than going on the road and winning the game in an opponent’s stadium, and watching the fans leave early and wave ‘bye-bye’ and giving them the ‘shhhhh.’ It’s the greatest feeling in the world. That is the day that I miss the most as a football player.”

ON COACHING VACANCIES

King: “Six coaching vacancies in the NFL, and both Denver coordinators in serious contention for Bay Area jobs. The offensive coordinator Adam Gase is a candidate for the head coaching job in San Francisco, and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is the leading candidate for the head coaching job in Oakland. Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is the leader of the pack for the New York Jets. In Atlanta, the ex-Jets head coach Rex Ryan is a favorite of owner Arthur Blank. Blank will be making that decision. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will be a candidate for several jobs at the end of this season. I believe he will take none of them, and will definitely return to the Patriots in 2015.”

Dungy: “I know fans out there are getting anxious. Be patient – relax. The owners are doing a great job being thorough and getting the right guys.”

Below are excerpts from Elliott’s interview with Flacco, Costas’ interview with Suggs, and Harrison’s interview with Edelman.

JOE FLACCO WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

On his reaction to coach John Harbaugh’s praise of him after the Ravens’ Wild Card win last week: “It’s awesome to hear that from John, obviously, your guy. It shows how much our relationship has grown. We’ve been here from the very beginning. I think he does a great job of being the guy that’s up front and leading us, and it’s definitely cool when you hear it from him.”

On what makes his team so effective on the road in January: “I think we have a core group of guys that have been in a lot of big games. Not only playoff games, but games down the stretch, games late in the season that you have to win. To add on to that, we have played in a lot of playoff games, and a lot of them have been on the road. We have the ability to go in any place, and if we play the way we should, then it’s going to be a game that comes down to the wire, and anything can happen.”

On whether anything changes for him during a playoff game where everything is on the line: “It’s tough to answer that. I’m always a guy that says no. People always want to say how the playoff games get faster, and more intense, and this, and that – I kind of disagree with them. Just look at the facts. We’ve played 17 football games, and you’re just not as healthy as you were Week 1. You’re not physically capable of, probably, playing quite as fast. Next week is nothing right now. We have to go out there and decide what it’s going to be. There’s definitely something about that that sits with us, and I think allows us to go out there and play in a free way, at least for myself.”

TERRELL SUGGS WITH BOB COSTAS

On how he refers to Tom Brady: “The quarterback of the New England Patriots? He’s number 12.”

Costas: “And his name?”

Suggs: “The quarterback of the New England Patriots – pretty good though.”

On Tom Brady’s recent praise of him: “That tells me he’s got every intention of lighting it up. He’ll probably want to throw for like 400 yards, maybe six touchdowns. I think that’s how he feels. But, as far as those compliments, I think as he was saying them he was thinking he’d rather be doing dental work. Probably getting a root canal or his wisdom teeth pulled. But, whatever, it’s all politics, man.”

On whether he can have fun when this much is on the line: “Yes, tons, especially if you get the job done. It’s not going to be too much fun if your side of the scoreboard isn’t as high as theirs.”

On whether the secret to beating the Patriots is putting pressure on Tom Brady: “Yeah, but what better team to have for the job?”

On his seemingly subdued manor in comparison to past interviews: “I’ve got a lot on my mind. You don’t win this game the day of the game; you win it in your preparation the week of. I’m just trying to make sure I did everything not to fall short.”

On what is in the front of his mind: “12, definitely, 12. But we’ll see though, we’ll have at it.”

JULIAN EDELMAN WITH RODNEY HARRISON

On whether it irritates him that the media has said the Ravens aren’t the team you want to play: “No, around here we try to ignore the noise, and yeah, the Ravens are a good team. They come in and they play us well at home, and they’ve got a win under their belt, and we know they’re going to be the Baltimore Ravens, hard-nosed, tough football team. We like our team too.”

On whether the trash talk from the Ravens is motivation: “It’s motivating that they came in here and beat us to go to the Super Bowl. That was in the past, and that’s a different year and this is a different team.”

On Tom Brady saying he is competitive in practice: “You hear all the stories of Rodney Harrison in practice, and how competitive he was, you have to go up and try to live up to that. But, just little stuff, one-on-ones, take pride in trying to get better every day. I’m not good enough not to be able to practice well. There are some guys that can go out there and just lay it out there, and go ball in Sunday. That’s not me. I like to see it, and it makes it like déjà vu in the games.”

On being overlooked because of his size: “I hope they do, because then it gives me the advantage. Everyone’s got a story, everyone’s got something they have to deal with. As long as I can keep my mind in the game, I feel like I have a competitive advantage on those guys that are thinking about my size.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Tom Brady & New England Patriots Host Joe Flacco & Baltimore Ravens In AFC Divisonal Playoff Game This Sat. On NBC

FNIA-nfl-nbcSaturday’s Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Ravens-Patriots

mun2 To Air Ravens-Patriots Wild Card Playoff Game To Spanish-Language Homes Across America

NFL Turning Point – Tomorrow Morning at 1:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

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

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

NBC to Broadcast Super Bowl XLIX from Arizona

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 7, 2014 – NBC’s coverage of the 2014 NFL Playoffs continue this Saturday, Jan. 10, with an AFC Divisional Playoff matchup between Tom Brady and the AFC East champion New England Patriots and Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens at 4:30 p.m. ET. Coverage on Saturday begins at 3:30 p.m. ET with a special edition of Football Night In America. Saturday marks NBC’s final NFL broadcast before hosting coverage of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona on Sunday, Feb. 1.

During NBC’s Wild Card game last Saturday, the Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17, with quarterback Flacco throwing for 259 yards with two touchdowns. Saturday marked Flacco’s 14th career postseason start, tying Brady for the most postseason starts by a quarterback in his first seven seasons. Brady has 18 career postseason wins, the most in NFL history. The Patriots come off a first-round playoff bye for the fifth season in a row after earning the No. 1 spot in the AFC with a Week 16 win over the New York Jets.

Saturday’s matchup between the Ravens and Patriots marks the fourth time in the past six seasons that these teams have met in the postseason, with all three taking place in New England. Two meetings have been AFC Championship Games, with the Patriots defeating the Ravens 23-20 in 2012, and the Ravens earning a 28-13 win over Patriots the following season en route to their victory in Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.

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

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

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

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. 

MIKE FLORIO AND PFT CREW PREVIEW RAVENS-PATRIOTS

Florio on who is most important for the Patriots’ offense: “Without question, it’s tight end Rob Gronkowski. In recent years when Gronkowski was injured, that offense wasn’t the same. The team really took off this season once Gronkowski was back in full 100%. If he’s able to go all game long – and he’s not injured now, but if he avoids injury – that’s going to make it harder for the Ravens to beat the Patriots.”

Florio on Ravens: “John Harbaugh has the advantage, because Jim [Harbaugh], I know he has another job to deal with, but, he’s available to bounce ideas off of with game planning. That’s the ace in the hole for John Harbaugh…not that he needs it, because John Harbaugh is 2-1 against Belichick on his own field in the postseason.”

mun2 TO AIR RAVENS-PATRIOTS AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF GAME TO SPANISH-LANGUAGE HOMES ACROSS AMERICA

NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 continues to bring NFL football to the homes of Latinos across the U.S., with the exclusive Spanish-language broadcast of Ravens-Patriots on Saturday.

La NFL en mun2 pre-game show will begin live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., at 4 p.m. ET. Bringing viewers all the action on the field throughout this AFC Divisional Playoff clash will be play-by-play announcer Rene Giraldo, along with color commentator Edgar Lopez and sideline reporter Veronica Contreras.

MEDAL OF HONOR BOWL THIS SAT., JAN. 10 AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN will televise the second annual Medal of Honor Bowl – one of the nation’s premier college football All-Star games – this Saturday, Jan. 10, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

The game features many of the nation’s top draft-eligible college football players, with the majority coming from the NCAA’s major college football conferences, the SEC, BIG 12, ACC, BIG 10, and PAC 12. Players from more than 30 different Division I programs are expected to be represented. The major portion of the game’s proceeds benefit the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, with other funds anticipated for support of local veterans and Wounded Warrior projects.

Paul Burmeister calls the game, joined by analyst Anthony Herron and reporter Kathryn Tappen, at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

DIGITAL & SOCIAL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group is utilizing its wide array of digital and social assets to provide fans with more behind-the-scenes content than ever before. NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage includes continued comprehensive content via NBC Sports Group’s social media channels.

Click here for more info on NBC Sports Group’s season-long NFL social media coverage: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/08/28/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-week-1-of-2014-nfl-season-with-nfl-kickoff-2014-and-sunday-night-football/

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

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

NFL TURNING POINT – TOMORROW MORNING AT 1:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys’ thrilling come-from-behind Wild Card victory over Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions. Airing tomorrow morning at 1:30 a.m. ET / tonight at 10:30 p.m. PT, NFL Turning Point will break down the game, including the controversial fourth-quarter pass play involving Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens and Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew.

The all new episode will also examine the other three Wild Card matchups this past weekend, including the Ravens victory over the Steelers, the Panthers win against the Cardinals, and the Colts win over the Bengals.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program airs throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl XLIX. Click here for more info: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/01/07/cowboys-come-from-behind-win-over-lions-featured-in-new-episode-of-nfl-turning-point/

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

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

NBC SPORTS SUPER BOWL FAN CHALLENGE

NBC Sports will send two lucky fans to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz., with the NBC Sports Super Bowl Fan Challenge, as part of its multi-platform promotion leading up to the game on Sunday, Feb. 1, on NBC.

Through Jan. 6, fans visited the NBC Sports Super Bowl Fan Challenge and completed weekly challenges for a chance to win the grand prize – VIP access and two (2) tickets to Super Bowl XLIX, as well as hotel and airfare accommodations.

Click here for more info: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/12/17/two-lucky-fans-will-win-trip-to-super-bowl-xlix-by-entering-nbc-sports-super-bowl-fan-challenge/

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

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

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

Click here for more info: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/07/14/nbcsn-sunday-sports-report-premieres-august-17/

NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio surrounds the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio, a new three-hour football-focused program featuring Mike Florio, creator of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and co-host of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN; McNabb and Malone, an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks; and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison, featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

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

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

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

2014 NFL PLAYOFFS ON NBC

Following is NBC’s remaining 2014 NFL playoff telecast schedule.

2014 NBC NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
Sat., Jan. 10 Divisional Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots
Sun., Feb. 1 Super Bowl XLIX AFC Champion vs. NFC Champion

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NFL Divisional Playoff Game To Be Televised In Spanish Exclusively On mun2

NBCUNIVERSAL LOGOS -- Pictured: "mun2" Black Logo  -- (Photo by: mun2)Airing Another Top NFL Matchup, mun2 to Feature the AFC Divisional Playoff Game Between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots in Spanish
this Sat., Jan. 10, at 4 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – Jan. 6, 2015 – Leading into its exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX when it rebrands to become NBC UNIVERSO on Feb. 1, NBCUniversal’s Hispanic cable network mun2 will air in Spanish this Saturday’s Divisional Playoff matchup between AFC powerhouses the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots.

La NFL en mun2 pre-game show will begin live from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., at 4:00pm ET / 1:00pm PT. Bringing viewers all the action on the field throughout this AFC Divisional Playoff clash will be play-by-play announcer Rene Giraldo, along with color commentator Edgar Lopez and sideline reporter Veronica Contreras.

This will be the fourth time since 2009 that the Ravens and Patriots will clash in New England for the right to advance in the playoffs. Baltimore has won two of the three previous hotly contested battles, most recently on January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship Game defeating the Patriots 28-13.

The Divisional Playoff game is the fourth of five La NFL en mun2 broadcasts this NFL season. Last weekend, mun2 televised the Wild Card Playoff encounter between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., in which the Ravens prevailed, 30-17, to advance to the Divisional round. The network previously aired the Thanksgiving night showdown which saw the defending champion Seattle Seahawks defeat division rival San Francisco 49ers, 19-3, from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. mun2 kicked off its coverage in September, televising the Hispanic Heritage Game on Sept. 28, during which the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New Orleans Saints, 38-17, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The season will culminate on Feb. 1, when NBC UNIVERSO airs the exclusive Spanish-language telecast of Super Bowl XLIX, from Glendale, Ariz.

Follow and join in the social media conversation using the hashtag #NFLenmun2.

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Third-Place Manchester United v. Fourth-Place Southampton This Sun. at 11 AM ET On NBCSN Highlights First 2015 Premier League Weekend

nbc-epl1Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino & Robbie Mustoe Review First Half of Season & Preview What’s Ahead

At Midseason: Average Viewership Up 15% & Adults 18-49 Demo Up 24% From Last Year; Washington DC, New York & Philadelphia Highest-Rated Markets

Fans Have Streamed More than 168 Million Minutes Of Premier League Action – Up 36% From 2013-14 Season Midpoint

78% Growth For “NBC Sports Soccer” Facebook Page

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

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Premier League Live Studio Coverage to Originate From Downtown Phoenix During Super Bowl Week

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 7, 2015 – Third-place Manchester United host fourth-place Southampton this Sunday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage for the first weekend action of 2015. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by former Manchester United player and assistant coach Phil Neville, at Old Trafford. Former English footballer and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and analyst Graeme Le Saux host on-site studio coverage.

Just over halfway through the 2014-15 Premier League season, Premier League Live’s Rebecca LoweRobbie Earle, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe look back on the first half of the season and what to expect going forward:

Rebecca Lowe: “The first half of this season has been, as it always is, riddled with storylines: Liverpool’s poor start; Chelsea’s moment of appearing invincible and Tottenham’s hard-to-decipher progression; whilst lower down it’s been about which club held its nerve long enough before firing their manager. Now that the managerial merry-go-round is going into top gear, expect plenty more drama as the clubs trying to stave off relegation get desperate. At the top, it had looked a done deal for Chelsea, but they’ve stumbled, and Jose Mourinho is as grumpy as I’ve seen him! Impossible to call from here on in…and that’s why we’re all addicted to the Premier League!”

Robbie Earle: “Once again, the league is proving to be the most challenging in the world. Manchester United now have, supposedly, one of the best managers in game, yet he’s had to use all of his strengths to get them back into the top four. It’s always laced with unique interest when you get two teams like West Ham and Southampton in and around the top four, knocking out some of the usual suspects. The biggest thing is less than six weeks ago, people were suggesting Chelsea were going to run away with the title. Manchester City closed a nine-point gap, and now the two teams are only separated by alphabetical order – same wins, draws, losses and goals. I can’t remember a time when that’s happened in the past. Looking down the league, there’s probably seven or eight teams that all believe they can stay up, but all have a fear of possibly going down. Usually, at this stage you’ll have one team that are almost away from the rest – one gone, two more places for relegation – we’re not in that situation.”

Kyle Martino: “2014 was a year of surprise. Not the Chelsea-Manchester City two-horse race, but most things below them. Manchester United and Southampton breaking into the top four, and in Merseyside, both Liverpool and Everton well below their high-water mark from this time last year, have been a head scratchers for most. Fortunately, 2015 will answer a lot of our pending questions.”

Robbie Mustoe: “A famous British TV series ‘Tales of the Unexpected’ could have been written for what we’ve seen in the Premier League so far this season. From disappointing and underachieving Arsenal, Liverpool, and Everton to the fantastically overachieving Southampton and West Ham, this season has illustrated what an unpredictable league it can be. Don’t expect a late twist in the plot though, the main characters will shine through for the season finale.”

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MIDSEASON METRICS

TV

At the 2014-15 season midpoint, NBC Sports Group’s average Premier League viewership is up 15% (to 479,000 viewers) from last season, with the Adults 18-49 demographic up 24% (to 284,000 viewers). Manchester United’s 2-1 victory over Arsenal on November 22 on NBC averaged 1.4 million viewers to rank as the most-watched live Premier League match in U.S. history. Since kicking off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, NBC Sports Group has aired seven of the 10 most-watched live PL telecasts ever in the U.S.

Following are the highest-rated U.S. markets for Premier League coverage for the first half of the 2014-15 season (average across all games on NBC and NBCSN):

1. Washington DC
2. New York
3. Philadelphia
4. Boston
5. Denver
6. Miami
7. Providence
8. Columbus, OH
9. Albuquerque
10. Dallas

LIVE STREAMING

This season, fans have streamed more than 168 million minutes of action (up 36% vs. last year) via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets, with 1.3 million uniques delivered (up 59% vs. last year). In addition, August’s Manchester City-Liverpool match, a 3-1 victory for City, set an NBC Sports Live Extra record for the Premier League with more than 4.4 million minutes live streamed.

SOCIAL MEDIA

The “NBC Sports Soccer” Facebook page has seen a 78% increase in fans leading into the second half of the Premier League season, resulting in a record reach of 329 million Facebook users.

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Weekend Premier League coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET this Saturday, Jan. 10, with Premier League Live on NBCSN and mun2, followed by Sunderland v. Liverpool at 7:45 a.m. ET and Chelsea v. Newcastle at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. All matches not on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

At 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC presents Crystal Palace v. Tottenham. White calls the match, joined by analyst Lee Dixon at Selhurst Park. Immediately following the match is a live Goal Zone on NBC, hosted by Lowe, featuring Martino and Mustoe.

Coverage on Sunday, Jan. 11, begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Arsenal v. Stoke City on NBCSN. Steve Bower calls the match joined by Dixon at Emirates Stadium.

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

Saturdays throughout the Premier League season, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by Earle and 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., Jan. 10 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 10 7:45 a.m. Sunderland v. Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Jan. 10 10 a.m. Chelsea v. Newcastle NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Jan. 10 10 a.m. Everton v. Manchester City Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 10 10 a.m. Swansea City v. West Ham Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 10 10 a.m. Leicester City v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 10 10 a.m. West Brom v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 10 10 a.m. Burnley v. Queens Park Rangers Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 10 12:30 p.m. Crystal Palace v. Tottenham NBC
Sat., Jan. 10 2:30 p.m. Goal Zone NBC
Sat., Jan. 10 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 11 1 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 11 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 11 8:30 a.m. Arsenal v. Stoke City NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 11 11 a.m. Manchester United v. Southampton NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Jan. 11 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 11 Midnight Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 12 1 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 12 9 p.m. Premier League Download: The Southampton Way NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 12 10 p.m. THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 12 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 13 12:30 a.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 13 11 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN

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PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE AT THE SUPER BOWL

Premier League Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-match studio show, will originate from downtown Phoenix during Super Bowl week. Beginning on Saturday, Jan. 31, the program will be located at “Super Bowl Central,” NBC Sports Group’s primary home for studio programing during Super Bowl week, located in downtown Phoenix.

Rebecca Lowe will host NBC Sports Group’s Premier League Live coverage throughout the weekend, alongside former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle, former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino, and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage will feature 10 Premier League matches during Super Bowl weekend, including a match between the two clubs currently tied for the top spot in the league, when Chelsea host Manchester City Saturday, Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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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 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 App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

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