NBC Sports Group Presents Record 15.5 Hours Of Kentucky Derby Coverage

nbc-sports-groupCoverage from Churchill Downs Begins Wednesday, April 30 and Continues Through Derby Day Saturday, May 3 on NBC and NBCSN

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Kentucky Derby on NBC with Exclusive Camera Angles and Analysis

NBC Sports Group Presents 30.5 Total Hours of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown over Next 6 Weeks

New Social Offerings on Vine, Twitter & NBC Sports Group’s “Social Center”

NEW YORK – April 24, 2013 – NBC Sports Group will present 15.5 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage, a record for the event, beginning Wednesday, April 30, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminating with the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, Saturday, May 3. Coverage begins on Saturday at Noon on NBCSN and continues at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage, which has been honored with the Eclipse Award in the Television-Live Programming category for the past two years, includes 7.5 hours on Derby Day on NBC and NBCSN. Highlights include:

  • Live coverage of 12 races on Friday and Saturday – every race in NBC/NBCSN telecast windows
  • Live coverage of the Kentucky Derby Draw on Wednesday, April 30, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN to determine the post positions
  • Three hours of “Derby Classics” (featuring recent winners Orb and I’ll Have Another) to air on NBCSN

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group coverage of the Kentucky Derby features Bob Costas, a 25-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, and Jay Privman, and race caller Larry Collmus. Josh Elliott makes his NBC Sports Group debut on May 2-3, providing a mix of features and interviews at Churchill Downs.   Carolyn Manno also makes her Kentucky Derby debut as do Olympic figure skaters and NBC figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, who will serve as fashion experts.

The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Kentucky Derby is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Patrick McManus. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

30½ HOURS OF TRIPLE CROWN COVERAGE: NBC Sports Group will present 30½ hours of Triple Crown coverage this season from Churchill Downs, Pimlico and Belmont, including “classics” from the Derby, Preakness and Belmont, live racing from all three tracks prior to the three Triple Crown races, and post-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont on NBCSN.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that all three Triple Crown races will air on NBC.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP TRIPLE CROWN COVERAGE (All Times ET):

KENTUCKY DERBY
Date Time Event Network
Wed., April 30 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics: 2013 Winner Orb NBCSN
5 p.m. Kentucky Derby Draw NBCSN
Thurs., May 1 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics: 2012 Winner I’ll Have Another NBCSN
5 p.m. Kentucky Derby Access NBCSN
Fri., May 2 2 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics NBCSN
3 p.m. Kentucky Oaks NBCSN
Sat., May 3 12 p.m. Kentucky Derby Saturday NBCSN
4 p.m. Kentucky Derby NBC
7 p.m. Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show NBCSN
PREAKNESS STAKES
Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 16 3 p.m. Preakness Classics NBCSN
4 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 17 1 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN
BELMONT STAKES
Date Time Event Network
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Stakes Classics NBCSN
5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes NBC
7 p.m. Belmont Stakes Post-Race Show NBCSN

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NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA KENTUCKY DERBY COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC and NBCSN Kentucky Derby week coverage. The vast majority of the content will be streamed live 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.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

Derby Week coverage airing on NBCSN and NBC, including the Kentucky Derby race, will be streamed to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Derby Day coverage includes:

  • Four exclusive camera angles that showcase the activity happening across Churchill Downs on Derby day
  • Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
  • Replays and footage from the key “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep races

Derby Week coverage will also air on 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.

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NBC SPORTS SOCIAL MEDIA AT THE KENTUCKY DERBY

CUSTOM VINES FROM @ORIGIFUL: For the first time, NBC Sports Group will be partnering with Vine video artist Ian Padgham (@Origiful) to create custom Kentucky Derby Vines for on-air, Vine and Twitter. Ian Padgham is an artist, video producer, and social media specialist based out of San Francisco. In 2013 he became passionate about Vine and set up a small business exploring social video for brands. He has several hundred thousand followers on the app, multiple Editors’ Pick credits, and his Vines have been featured in publications including Fast Company, CNN, and Forbes.

PADDOCK 140:  NBC Sports Group celebrates the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby with the 140 characters that make up a tweet.  NBC Sports will have a Twitter driven presence, on-air, online and on Twitter wrapped under the Paddock 140 name. At Churchill Downs, the Paddock 140 will house the Twitter mirror and allow celebrities and VIP guests to tweet directly from the Red Carpet. Celebrities will make their Derby picks onsite at the Paddock 140 through the Twitter Mirror and will be featured on-air during the NBC broadcast. For fans who can’t make it to the onsite Paddock 140, within the Kentucky Derby All-Access page (NBCSports.com/Derby) all of the Twitter conversation, photos, video and @Origiful created Vines will be housed in a branded Paddock 140 section, alongside trending horses and Derby related terms all week long. On Twitter, Paddock 140 onsite and online content will be featured within tweets and identified with #Paddock140.

TWITTER MIRROR: For the second year in a row, NBC Sports and Twitter are partnering to have the “Twitter Mirror” present on the Red Carpet at the Derby and on the Pink Carpet during Oaks Day. The “Twitter Mirror” will bring fans closer to the celebrities and VIP action at Churchill Downs. Celebrity and “best-dressed” photos will be pushed out through the @NBCSN Twitter feed and collected and housed at NBCSports.com/Derby.  Content from the “Twitter Mirror” will be featured on-air during Derby Day.

KENTUCKY DERBY ALL-ACCESS: Horse racing fans and fans of the elegance and glitz of the Derby can access content from Derby week at a “social center” housed on NBCSports.com. Fans can access and sort social media content from Instagram, Twitter and Vine through various streams including horse racing experts, horses (including the horses themselves, jockeys and trainers), glamour (celebrities, fashion experts), a photos-only section and Vine videos. Kentucky Derby All-Access aggregates what’s trending around the Derby and what’s hot in the social world. In addition, fans can plug in their first and last names and will be given their ‘Horse Name’ to be shared on Twitter.

Facebook:

  • All week at Facebook.com/NBCSports, fans will be presented with Derby information, photos and video from Churchill Downs.

Twitter: Viewers and tweeters alike will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #KYDERBY. Reminders will appear on screen throughout all of NBC and NBCSN’s Kentucky Derby week coverage.

  • Fans hosting their own Derby parties will be asked to submit photos with #DerbyParty. Our favorites will be featured on-air.
  • On-air integration of live tweets from celebrities, horse-racing experts and @NBCSN will be featured on screen throughout the broadcasts to keep viewers up to date with what’s happening and trending on Twitter.
  • @NBCSN will live tweet the Kentucky Derby Draw Show on Wednesday, April 30 starting at 5 p.m. ET

Instagram: For 360-degree coverage of behind-the-scenes access to Derby Week, fans can follow @NBCSports on Instagram at Instagram.com/NBCSports for the parties, food, fashion and, of course, the races.

Pinterest: The NBC Sports Pinterest account (Pinterest.com/NBCSports) is the perfect place for Derby fans to plan their Derby parties and get ready for the glitz and glamour of Derby week. Fans can access photos and videos around the Derby from NBCSports.com and NBC Sports social channels as well as find recipes and ideas for their ultimate Derby Party.

Vine: NBC Sports will utilize Vine to give fans quick video look-ins at everything that makes up the Kentucky Derby. From morning workouts with the horses, to Millionaire’s Row, NBC Sports Vines will give fans the full Derby experience for those that can’t make it to the track for Derby Week. Padgham will be creating custom Derby Vines that will be pushed out via the NBC Sports Vine account.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.

KENTUCKY DERBY: The 2013 Kentucky Derby was the second-most watched in a quarter century with 16.2 million viewers. Women comprised 51% of that audience, ranking as the highest percentage of female viewership for any major sporting event in 2013.

AWARDS FOR NBC’S HORSE RACING COVERAGE: Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 13 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage including the award for Television – Live Program for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. NBC’s previous wins in that category include: Preakness (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008), Kentucky Derby (2007, 2012), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001).  Additionally, NBC Sports has won three Eclipse Awards in the features category: 2002 on War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), 2005 Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and 2009 Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast), and the 2005 and 2006 Preakness broadcasts were nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.

For Listings and the NBCSN Channel Finder, visit http://www.nbcsports.com/tv-listings .

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Óscar De La Hoya Ends His Silence In An Exclusive Interview With Jessi Losada For “Titulares Telemundo”

Telemundo MediaThe boxer’s first interview since announcing he was entering rehab will air in two parts Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 on “Titulares Telemundo” at 11PM/10 C or following local newscasts

De la Hoya speaks frankly about his illness, his family and happiness

Miami –April 23, 2014- Legendary boxer Óscar de la Hoya ends his silence since entering rehab for addiction in 2013 in an exclusive interview with Deportes Telemundo presenter Jessi Losada.  The interview will air in two parts on “Titulares Telemundo” on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 at 11PM/10C or following local newscasts.

“I have a disease and I’m not afraid to admit it,” De la Hoya confesses in the interview, speaking openly about the challenges of rehab, the impact of his illness on his life and family, and his struggles to overcome fear and insecurity.

2014 NBC “Sunday Night Football” Schedule Announced

nbc-sundaynightfootball22 Game Slate Features 19 Primetime Regular Season Games and 3 Postseason Games including Super Bowl XLIX

NFL Season Begins on NBC Thursday, September 4 with NFL Kickoff 2014 Featuring Russell Wilson & Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers

Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck Meet Again as Denver Broncos Host Indianapolis Colts in Opening Sunday Night Football Game on September 7

Seahawks visit 49ers in NFC Championship Game Rematch on Thanksgiving Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2014 – America’s No. 1 primetime television show gets “Back to Football” as NBC broadcasts 19 NFL games during the 2014 regular season, featuring: Russell Wilson and the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in NFL Kickoff 2014 on Thursday, September 4; Andrew Luck and Indianapolis visiting Peyton Manning and the AFC Champion Denver Broncos in the opening Sunday Night Football game on September 7; the San Francisco 49ers grand opening of Levi’s Stadium against the Chicago Bears on September 14; and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring a San Francisco rematch of the down-to-the wire NFC Championship Game between the NFC West rivals Seahawks and 49ers.

In addition to kicking off the 2014 NFL season, NBC will crown the Super Bowl XLIX champion in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015. NBC will also broadcast a Divisional Playoff game on the weekend of January 10-11, and a Wild Card Playoff game on the January 3-4 weekend.

Highlights of the 2014 Sunday Night Football schedule:

  • 19 primetime games, including the NFL’s opening game of the season, NFL Kickoff 2014 and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game;
  • Every 2013 playoff team makes an appearance on Sunday Night Football; 16 of NBC’s 18 scheduled games involve at least one playoff team from last season; 9 of 18 include two playoff teams (Week 17 game TBD);
  • Three games each for the Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers, Packers, Cowboys;
  • The 49ers host the Seahawks on NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game. NBC will broadcast a Thanksgiving night game each season through 2022;
  • Three matchups among bitter NFC East rivals: Giants-Eagles (Week 6), Cowboys-Giants (Week 12) and Cowboys-Eagles (Week 15);
  • The 190thmeeting between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers (Week 10 in Green Bay) – the most played matchup in NFL history;
  • A pair of playoff rematches, including a rematch of the NFC Championship Game (Seahawks-49ers) on Thanksgiving, and a rematch of the AFC Divisional Playoffs (Colts-Patriots) in Indianapolis on November 16.

NBC TO BROADCAST 19 NFL GAMES IN 2014: As part of the agreement NBC signed with the NFL in December2011,NBC, for the third straight season, will broadcast 19 regular-season games, including 17 regular-season Sunday Night Football games, NFL Kickoff 2014, and the annual Thanksgiving night game. NBC’s original Sunday Night Football agreement, which began in 2006, included 17 regular-season games. It was increased to 18 games in 2010.

SNF IS NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION: NBC’s Sunday Night Football averaged 21.7 million viewers in 2013, putting it on pace to rank as the No. 1 show for the entire primetime television season (September-May, based on Nielsen live plus same day data) for the third consecutive year. In addition, for the full TV season to date (through April 20), Sunday Night Football ranks as the No. 1 program across the key demographics of Adults 18-34, 18-49, 25-54, as well as Men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54, and Women 18-34 and 18-49, based on Nielsen live plus same day data.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs. Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff  Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun. Sept. 7 Week 1   Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2   Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3   Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Sept. 28 Week 4 New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5 Week 5   Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11  New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

Following is a month-by-month look at the 2014 Sunday Night Football schedule:

SEPTEMBER

Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks raise the banner for their Super Bowl XLVIII title prior to hosting Super Bowl XLV MVP Aaron Rodgers and the 2013 NFC North champion Green Bay Packers in NFL Kickoff 2014 on Thursday, September 4. Five-time MVP Peyton Manning and the AFC champion Denver Broncos close out NFL Kickoff Sunday on September 7 hosting Andrew Luck and the defending AFC South winner Indianapolis Colts. On September 14, the San Francisco 49ers open Levi’s Stadium against the Chicago Bears. Sunday Night Football’s first interconference matchup is September 21 as Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers visit Cam Newton and the defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers. SNF wraps up its opening month as Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints visit Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on September 28.

OCTOBER

Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals, aiming to make their fourth consecutive playoff appearance, visit Tom Brady and the five-time defending AFC East champion New England Patriots on October 5. SNF’s first matchup of NFC East rivals comes in Week 6, as Eli Manning and the New York Giants visit LeSean McCoy and the defending division champion Philadelphia Eagles on October 12Colin Kaepernick faces Peyton Manning for the first time on October 19 as the 49ers visit the Broncos.  Prolific passers and former Super Bowl MVPs Rodgers and Brees face off on October 26 when the Packers visit the Saints.

NOVEMBER

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens visit bitter divisional rival Pittsburgh on November 2 continuing a closely-contested AFC North rivalry in which the last five games have been decided by a field goal or less. On November 9, SNF features the NFL-record 190th edition of the storied Bears-Packers matchup from Lambeau Field.  The Bears and Packers have combined to win the past four NFC North titles. In an AFC Divisional Playoff rematch, quarterbacks Brady and Luck meet again as the Patriots visit the Colts on November 16. SNF closes November with three games in eight days beginning with a classic NFC East rivalry as the Dallas Cowboys visit the New York Giants on November 23. On Thanksgiving night (November 27), the Seattle Seahawks visit the San Francisco 49ers in a rematch of the thrilling 2013 NFC Championship Game. AFC West rivals Denver and Kansas City, who combined for 24 regular season victories last season, conclude the month on November 30 at Arrowhead Stadium.

DECEMBER

The San Diego Chargers and Philip Rivers, who passed for 4,000+ yards in five of the past six seasons, host the Patriots on December 7.  The Cowboys visit the Eagles on December 14 in a rematch of last season’s “win-and-in” Week 17 SNF matchup (a 24-22 Philadelphia win), which was the most-watched primetime game of 2013 (27.4 million viewers).  The Arizona Cardinals, the last team to defeat the Seahawks before last season’s Super Bowl run (17-10 on Dec. 22, 2013) and the winners of 10 games in the ultra-competitive NFC West, host Seattle on December 21. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot.

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: For the first time, flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.

“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 28. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.

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NBC Sports Adds NFL Divisional Playoff Game To Postseason Schedule

nbc-sports-groupNBC to Broadcast Super Bowl XLIX from Arizona, Divisional Playoff & Wild Card Game in 2014 Postseason

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 22, 2014 – For the first time since acquiring the Sunday Night Football package in 2006, NBC will televise an NFL Divisional Playoff game this upcoming season and each season thereafter through 2022, per NBC Sports Group’s nine-year extension with the NFL which begins this season.

NBC will broadcast three 2014 postseason games – Super Bowl XLIX from Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015, a Divisional Playoff game on the weekend of January 10-11, and a Wild Card Playoff game on the January 3-4 weekend.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football averaged 21.7 million viewers in 2013 putting it on pace to rank as the No. 1 show for the entire primetime television season (September-May, based on Nielsen live plus same day data) for the third consecutive year.

–NBC Sports Group–

Chicago Fire Host New England Revolution Saturday At 4 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoStamford, Conn. – April 16, 2014 – NBCSN’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features the Chicago Fire hosting the New England Revolution on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, immediately following NBCSN’s Premier League coverage.

The Revolution and Fire meet for the first time in the MLS regular season on Saturday. The two teams last met in September when Chicago’s Alex scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute of play to put the Fire ahead 3-2. Chicago are led by last season’s MLS MVP Mike Magee, while New England look to maintain momentum coming off a 2-0 win against the Houston Dynamo.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match joined by former MLS defender Robbie Russell (Real Salt Lake, D.C. United) and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia announcer Danny Pommells, both making their NBCSN debuts.

Strong on Chicago Fire vs. New England Revolution: “This is a matchup of two teams that will be fighting each other all season long for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Chicago are still trying to get their engine running under new coach Frank Yallop, but reigning MVP Mike Magee is a player who always needs an eye kept on him. New England have roared to life recently with two wins out of three, and in an emotional week for everyone around Boston, will be looking to bring home a big win on the road.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

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

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.

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories.

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

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85th Annual Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game Airs Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoAnnual Spring Scrimmage Provides Look at Top Recruits and 2014 Fighting Irish Football Team

Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan to Call Action from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend

Quarterbacks & Head Coach Brian Kelly Mic’d Up; Current and Former Players Interviewed Throughout Game

NBC’s 24th Season Broadcasting Notre Dame Football Home Games Begins Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET vs. Rice University

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 9, 2014 – Notre Dame’s 85th annual Blue-Gold Game airs this Saturday, April 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The annual spring football scrimmage will provide fans with their first look at head coach Brian Kelly’s top 2014 recruits, as well as a preview of the 2014 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.”

Paul Burmeister will handle play-by-play duties of Saturday’s game, alongside Emmy Award-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Alex Flanagan live from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind.

NBCSN’s coverage will be enhanced by production elements that will give fans an all-access look into Saturday’s game. Quarterbacks for both teams and head coach Brian Kelly will be mic’d up, and Kelly will be on headset to communicate with Burmeister and Mayock live during the fourth quarter, while simultaneously calling plays from the sidelines. Flanagan will conduct interviews with players throughout the game as they come off of the field, and with former Notre Dame standouts over the course of the telecast.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC

NBC’s 24th season of broadcasting Notre Dame Football home games begins on Saturday, August 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET when the Fighting Irish host the Rice Owls in their season opener, followed by a primetime matchup against the rival Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 Notre Dame football season continues Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Fighting Irish host the Purdue Boilermakers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., in the 2014 iteration of the Shamrock Series.

The 2014 schedule also includes games against Stanford on Saturday, Oct. 4; North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 11; Northwestern on Saturday, Nov. 15; and Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 22. All four of those games are slated for 3:30 p.m. ET kickoffs on NBC.

2014 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ON NBC

Date Opponent Network Time (ET)
Sat., August 30 Rice University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., September 6 University of Michigan NBC 7:30 p.m.
Sat., September 13 Purdue University* NBC 7:30 p.m.
Sat., October 4 Stanford University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., October 11 University of North Carolina NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 15 Northwestern University NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sat., November 22 University of Louisville NBC 3:30 p.m.

*2014 Shamrock Series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

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 this weekend’s 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 upcoming the 2014 season.

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

This weekend’s 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/

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Top-Tier Match Between Premier League’s Highest-Scoring Clubs – Liverpool v. Manchester City – Sunday at 8:37 AM ET on NBCSN

nbc-epl1USMNT Goalkeeper Tim Howard & Arlo White Call Liverpool-Manchester City; Gary Lineker & Former Liverpool and Manchester City Midfielder Dietmar Hamann Offer on-site Analysis from Anfield

Abby Wambach, Hope Solo & U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China This Thursday at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

Stamford, Conn. – April 8, 2014 – First-place Liverpool and league leading scorer Luis Suárez host third-place Manchester City Sunday at 8:37 a.m. ET on NBCSN, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s continuing Premier League coverage this weekend. U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, coming off of a 3-0 win against Arsenal this past Sunday, returns to the booth after Everton face Sunderland on Saturday (10:07 a.m. ET, Extra Time) alongside lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White for the call.

NBCSN surrounds the Liverpool-Manchester City match with a live on-site studio at Anfield featuring legendary U.K. footballer and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann as part of Premier League Live studio coverage beginning at 7:30 a.m. ET. Host Rebecca Lowe, former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, and former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle will provide analysis from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

Leading into the Liverpool-Manchester City match, NBCSN will cover the on-site tributes at Anfield in observance of the 25th Anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster including full coverage of Liverpool’s anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” All Premier League matches this weekend will begin at 7 minutes past regular kickoff time as a tribute.

NBCSN’s weekend coverage begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with Premier League Live followed by Fulham v. Norwich City at 10:07 a.m. ET on NBCSN. All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

In addition to Liverpool-Manchester City on Sunday, NBCSN hosts coverage of Swansea City v. second-place Chelsea at 11:07 a.m. ET.

This Sunday’s live, 60-minute Match of the Day at 1:30 p.m. ET features host Lowe, alongside Mustoe and Earle, providing in-depth analysis, post-match interviews and reaction, plus extended highlights with the match commentators.

Premier League coverage continues next Tuesday, April 15 at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Arsenal host West Ham United. NBCSN will also feature Manchester City v. Sunderland at 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Premier League Extra Time will host coverage of Wednesday’s Everton v. Crystal Palace match at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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

U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM

Olympic gold medalists Abby Wambach and Hope Solo take the field on Thursday when the U.S. Women’s National Team faces off against China at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Group’s play-by-play announcer John Strong will call the action alongside former Olympian and USWNT defender Kate Markgraf and Comcast SportsNet reporter Sebastian Salazar from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, Calif.

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. Games airing on NBC Sports Network will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.

Below is the schedule for the 34th week of the Premier League season (all times ET):

Date Time Home v. Away Network
Thurs., April 10 11 p.m. U.S. Women’s National Team vs. China NBCSN
Fri., April 11 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Fri., April 11 7:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Fri., April 11 8 a.m. Barclays Premier Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., April 12 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., April 12 9 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., April 12 10:07 a.m. Fulham v. Norwich City NBCSN
Sat., April 12 10:07 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., April 12 10:07 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Tottenham Hotspur Extra Time
Sat., April 12 10:07 a.m. Southampton v. Cardiff City Extra Time
Sat., April 12 10:07 a.m. Stoke City v. Newcastle Extra Time
Sat., April 12 10:07 a.m. Sunderland v. Everton Extra Time
Sat., April 12 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., April 13 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., April 13 8:37 a.m. Liverpool v. Manchester City NBCSN
Sun., April 13 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., April 13 11:07 a.m. Swansea City v. Chelsea NBCSN
Sun., April 13 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., April 13 1:30 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., April 14 11 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., April 15 2:30 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Tues., April 15 2:45 p.m. Arsenal v. West Ham United NBCSN
Tues., April 15 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Wed., April 16 2:30 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Wed., April 16 2:45 p.m. Manchester City v. Sunderland NBCSN
Wed., April 16 2:45 p.m. Everton v. Crystal Palace Extra Time
Wed., April 16 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN

NBC Sports Group presents the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live 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. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.

–NBC Sports Group–

Push For The Playoffs: NBC Sports Group Presents Up To 10 NHL Games With Playoff Implications In Final Week Of Regular Season

nbc-sports-groupRed Wings Visit Penguins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET in Potential First-Round Matchup; New NHL Rivals Airs 10:30 p.m. ET Tuesday on NBCSN

T.J. Oshie and Western Conference-Leading Blues Host Red Wings in NHL Game of the Week Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC in Regular Season Finale

Penguins Host In-State Rival Flyers Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC

Sharks Visit Ducks at 10:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Challenging for Pacific-Division Lead; Sharks Host Avalanche Friday Night at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Blues Host Capitals Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET, Visit Wild Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN in Potential First-Round Matchup

Friday and Sunday Night Matchups May Be Added to NBCSN, Dependent Upon Playoff Implications

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 7, 2014 – The NHL’s “Push for the Playoffs” features up to 10 games with playoff implications in the final week of the regular season across NBC and NBCSN, including T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues against the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Game of the Week on NBC Sunday at 12:30 p.m. ET, and Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting Detroit on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Oshie and the Western Conference-leading Blues (52-19-7, 111 points) appear three times across NBC and NBCSN this week, including their regular-season finale at home against the Red Wings (37-27-14, 88 points), who currently hold the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference and hope to extend their 22-year streak of consecutive playoff appearances. Veteran play-by-play announcer Dave Strader and analyst Brian Engblom will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. on Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday Night Rivalry between the Red Wings and Penguins on NBCSN is a likely preview of a first-round Eastern Conference matchup. Pittsburgh (50-24-5, 105 points) has clinched the Metropolitan Division title, and would face the Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs if Detroit maintains its position in the first wild card spot.

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

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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL

NBC Sports Group will host a conference call with some of its NHL commentators following the regular season either Monday, April 14 or Tuesday, April 15. An advisory will be distributed when details are final.

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Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will also be on-hand to call the action Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Penguins host the in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers (40-29-9, 89 points) currently sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division, looking at a possible first-round matchup with the New York Rangers, who are two points clear of Philadelphia.

This week’s NHL coverage begins Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN when the Blues host Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. The Capitals (35-30-13, 83 points) are four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets (40-31-7, 87 points) with four games remaining for the final wild card spot. Strader and Engblom will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Coverage continues Wednesday night following Red Wings-Penguins, when Joe Pavelski and the San Jose Sharks visit Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Sharks (49-21-9, 107 points) currently trail the Ducks (50-20-8, 108 points) for the Pacific Division lead. Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Drew Remenda (analyst) will provide live commentary from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Western Conference playoff picture will continue to take shape on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Blues travel to Minnesota to face Zach Parise and the Wild (40-26-12, 92 points), who hold the first wild card spot in the Western Conference. Strader and Engblom will have the call from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Coverage continues Friday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN when the Sharks host the Colorado Avalanche (50-21-7, 107 points), who are battling for playoff position in the Central Division with St. Louis and Chicago. Hahn and Remenda will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

NBCSN will present NHL action on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, when the Chicago Blackhawks visit the Nashville Predators. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Mike Johnson (analyst) will provide live commentary from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

In addition, NBCSN may present games on Friday and Sunday night, depending upon how playoff scenarios develop throughout the week. Announcements of any potential broadcasts will be made later this week.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, will air prior to all NHL games this week on NBCSN. Liam McHugh and Russ Thaler will serve as hosts of NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter throughout the week.

Following is this week’s NHL programming on NBC and NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tue., April 8 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Washington at St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Red Wings-Penguins NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., April 9 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Red Wings-Penguins (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Detroit at Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thu., April 10 Detroit at Pittsburgh (Encore) NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
St. Louis at Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., April 11 Colorado at San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sat., April 12 Philadelphia at Pittsburgh NBC 3 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Nashville NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., April 13 Detroit at St. Louis NBC 12:30 p.m.

*Games may be added on Friday and Sunday night’s, depending on playoff scenarios

NEW EPISODES OF NHL RIVALS AND NHL TOP 10 AIR TUESDAY NIGHT AT 11 P.M. ET

NBCSN will present new episodes of NHL Rivals and NHL Top 10 this week beginning Tuesday at 11 p.m. ET. This week’s episode of NHL Rivals features the rivalry between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, highlighted by their two Stanley Cup Final showdowns in 2008 and 2009, which culminated in both teams winning the Cup on the other’s home ice. A new episode of NHL Top 10, NBCSN’s original countdown show, will follow NHL Rivals at 11:30 p.m. ET, highlighting the top 10 moments of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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 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.

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

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • 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.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2014 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS – ONE GOAL

nhl-logoEvery Stanley Cup Playoff Game to be Televised Nationally for Third Straight Year

NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network to Carry Games

New Playoff Format Allows for Brackets for Fans; Emphasis on Division Rivals Prior to Conference Finals

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream All Games Airing on NBC, Plus All Games Airing on NBCSN and CNBC via “TV Everywhere”

NBC Sports Regional Networks to Air Live Coverage of First-Round Games & Comprehensive Local Team Coverage

NBC & NBCSN Combine to Cover Stanley Cup Final for Ninth Straight Year

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 2, 2014 – For the third consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of the NBC Sports Group. During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC (in primetime), and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all games on NBC, as well as all games airing on NBCSN and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

Locally, NBC Sports Regional Networks will surround the Blackhawks (Comcast SportsNet Chicago), Bruins (Comcast SportsNet New England), Flyers* (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia), Sharks (Comcast SportsNet California), and Capitals* (Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic) with in-depth live-event news coverage. NBCSports.com will provide comprehensive online coverage of the playoffs with online-only video, contributions from Comcast SportsNet insiders, and constant news updates from ProHockeyTalk.
*Have not yet qualified for the playoffs

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STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL

NBC Sports Group will host a conference call with members of its NHL on-air team following the regular season either Monday, April 14 or Tuesday, April 15. An advisory will be distributed when details are final.

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NEW PLAYOFF FORMAT FEATURES EMPHASIS ON DIVISION RIVALS PRIOR TO CONFERENCE FINALS

The NHL is employing a new playoff format for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs that allows for a fixed bracket and emphasizes division rivals in the first two rounds. Following is a breakdown of the official format:

  • The top three finishers in each Division automatically qualify and are designated No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds. Among the remaining teams in each Conference, the two teams with the best records qualify as Wild Cards and are designated No. 4 seeds.
  • The first two rounds are divisional brackets. No. 1 plays No. 4, and No 2. plays No. 3, with winners advancing to play each other.
  • Within each Conference, the Wild Card team with the better record will be assigned to the bracket of the Divisional leader with the lesser record.
  • Home-ice advantage through the first two rounds goes to the higher seeded team, regardless of regular-season records.
  • For the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final, home-ice advantage goes to the team with the better regular-season record

FIRST ROUND

Every first-round Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised on a national platform.

In order to televise as many as four games on a given day/night, the NBC Sports Group will utilize NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the NHL Network to carry first-round games.

NBCSN will be the primary home of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, offering coverage of one or two games virtually every night of the first round. NBC will present exclusive afternoon coverage during the weekends of April 19-20 and 26-27.

CNBC and NHL Network will also provide live coverage in primetime. Games airing on NBCSN, CNBC and the NHL Network will be subject to local blackouts in the first round.

SECOND ROUND

NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff exclusivity originates with the second round. Beginning in the second round and continuing through the Stanley Cup Final, all games will air exclusively on NBC, NBCSN, or CNBC.

NBCSN will serve as the primary home for second-round coverage, offering one or two games virtually every night. When necessary, CNBC will provide live coverage in primetime, although more infrequently than in the first round. NBC will present exclusive afternoon coverage during the weekend of May 3-4.

CONFERENCE FINALS

NBC and the NBCSN will provide exclusive coverage of the Conference Finals. NBC will broadcast Saturday afternoon games on May 17-18, and on Saturday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET in primetime. The remaining games from both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals will be televised exclusively on NBCSN.

STANLEY CUP FINAL

For the eighth consecutive year, NBC and NBCSN will provide exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. NBC will broadcast Game 1, Game 4, and Games 5-7 (if necessary), with NBCSN televising Games 2-3. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the Stanley Cup Final.

STUDIO COVERAGE

Robust pre-game, post-game and intermission studio programming throughout the 2014 NHL postseason will originate from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn., except during the Stanley Cup Final, when the studio will be live from the game sites.

During the first round, NBC Sports Group will operate two studio shows. On most weeknights, fans can expect NHL studio programming for games airing on both NBCSN and CNBC, sometimes simultaneously. NHL Live will usually begin one hour prior to game time, with post-game coverage airing immediately after the final game of the night.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-game studio show, will feature a combination of hosts Liam McHugh, Russ Thaler and Kathryn Tappen, and analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.

ENCORES

Beginning on Thursday, April 17, and continuing nearly every morning throughout the playoffs, NBCSN will air cut-down versions of the previous night’s most exciting game of the night. Encores will air daily at 7 a.m. ET.

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports’ lineup of Comcast SportsNet RSNs, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet serves the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals. In-depth coverage for those teams advancing to the postseason includes exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC, including comprehensive streaming coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed 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.

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

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • 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;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

NBCSPORTS.COM

In addition to its live stream coverage via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCSports.com’s ProHockeyTalk, will anchor NBC Sports’ online and mobile coverage of the NHL playoffs.

ProHockeyTalk provides unique, informative and entertaining news, commentary and analysis — updated around the clock — on all the stories surrounding the NHL playoffs. Other NBCSports.com features will include:

  • PHT Extra, a multiple-times-a-week online-only video segment.
  • Online-only videos featuring NBC Sports and NBCSN hockey commentators previewing upcoming playoff games and wrapping-up all of the NHL action that day.
  • Content provided by Comcast SportsNet NHL insiders.
  • An NHL Playoffs Channel Finder tool that will help fans locate the times and stations for every NHL playoff broadcast.

MARKETING CAMPAIGNS – “ONE GOAL” AND “CUPNAPPERS”

NBC Sports Group and the NHL have collaborated to produce a new ad campaign for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The “CupNappers” TV campaign stars comedian Nick Kroll (The League on FX, Kroll Show on Comedy Central) and a cast of characters who conspire to steal the Stanley Cup. The spot debuted on Tuesday, April 1 (April Fools’ Day) and will run across NBC, NBCSN, NHL Network and many NBCUniversal cable channels.

As part of the “CupNappers” campaign, a 90-second trailer will run in 20,000 movie theaters across the country. The trailer features NBCUniversal personalities David GregoryJim Cramer, Carl QuintanillaJeremy Roenick and Kayla Tausche as they report on the stolen Stanley Cup. Link to the “news” trailer -http://wdrv.it/1dmCaYW

To complement both of these elements, NBC Sports is airing a footage-based campaign that is already running across NBC Sports and NBCU cable assets. The footage campaign, titled “One Goal”, features several 30-second iterations which highlight various aspects of the playoffs.

SOCIAL MEDIA

In addition to broadcast, cable, regional and digital platforms, NBC Sports Group will connect with NHL fans via numerous social media initiatives, including social interaction, on-air integration and news:

  • Making Stanley Cup Movie Magic with Magisto:
    • For the first time, NBC Sports is partnering with Magisto, a video creation and sharing app that allows hockey fans to effortlessly create their own edited movies, with music and effects, from their desktop or mobile device.
    • During the Stanley Cup, fans will be asked to create Magisto movies showing how they are celebrating their teams, whether it’s at the game, in their favorite bar or at home with friends.
    • The best videos will not only be featured on air during the broadcast, but also be entered for a chance to win prizes along the way.
  • Twitter Handle Takeovers:
    • New to this season, during each round of the playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals celebrity hockey fans, NHL on NBC talent and/or former players will take over @NHLonNBCSports on Twitter or act as guest tweeters from their own accounts providing context and analysis around the games through their perspective. Fans can follow the action and interact with the Takeover participants throughout the playoffs coverage. Takeover participants to be determined.
  • #CelebrateStanley Photo Campaign for the Fans:
    • New to this season, we are celebrating the ultimate fans through photos via, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
    • Throughout the weeks of the playoffs, NBC Sports will ask fans to submit themed pictures via social media using #CelebrateStanley (for example: show us your best team tattoo, cutest baby in hockey gear, your watch parties).
    • During the broadcast, we will showcase our favorite photos across each theme throughout the weeks of the playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals.
  • #StanleyCup: For the third year in a row, and in conjunction with the NHL, fans can use #StanleyCup to join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
    • #StanleyCup will be displayed on-air throughout each game to remind fans watching each round
  • NHL on NBC All-Access Social Media Hub:
    • The NHL on NBC All-Access hub located at NBCSports.com/NHLonNBC will be one stop shopping for fans that need to know everything around the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals from the schedule of games to social media chatter.
    • Fans can access Twitter feeds from the players, teams, NBCSports.com experts and @NHLonNBCSports in one, easy to access curated hub.
    • Top videos from around NBCSports.com will be featured on the site
    • #CelebrateStanley photo stream – fans who submit themed photos using #CelebrateStanley can see all of the pictures submitted in one cohesive stream on this section of the site.
    • Magisto Made Fan Video Showcase – Throughout the playoffs fan made videos through our partnership with Magisto, will be featured on this page.
  • News:
    • Fans can engage with Twitter (@NHLonNBCSports) and Facebook (facebook.com/NHLonNBCSports) to receive the most up to date tune-in information, scores, reports and stories from around the NHL and ProHockeyTalk.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Manchester Derby – Manchester United V. Manchester City Tomorrow At 3:45 Pm On NBCSN

nbc-sports-groupNBC Sports Group’s Weekend Slate Highlighted by Two Top-Tier Match-Ups: Arsenal v. Manchester City Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET; Liverpool v. Tottenham Sunday at 11 a.m. ET

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

Stamford, Conn. – March 24, 2014 – NBCSN presents the Manchester derby between local rivals Manchester United and Manchester City tomorrow at 3:45 pm. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with Premier League Live.

Coverage on Wednesday, March 26, features Liverpool and Premier League scoring leader Luis Suarez (28 goals) v. Sunderland at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, preceded by Premier League Live at 3 p.m. ET.

All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Tuesday 3:45 p.m. ET and Wednesday 3:45 p.m. ET windows will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

The interactive Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/ExtraTime.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S WEEKEND COVERAGE TO INCLUDE TWO TOP-TIER MATCH-UPS: ARSENAL v. MANCHESTER CITY & LIVERPOOL v. TOTTENHAM

NBC Sports Group continues its Premier League coverage with five matches on NBCSN this weekend, highlighted by two top-tier match-ups (league standing as of March 24); fourth-place Arsenal v. third-place Manchester City on Saturday, March 29 at 1:30 p.m. ET and second-place Liverpool v. fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.

Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White handles the call for both matches and is joined by former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux for Arsenal v. Manchester City and four-time league champion Lee Dixon for Liverpool v. Tottenham Hotspur.

NBCSN’s coverage on Saturday begins at 8 a.m. ET with Premier League Live immediately followed by Manchester United v. Aston Villa, with Crystal Palace v. first-place Chelsea at 11 a.m. ET.

All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 11 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.

Sunday’s Premier League coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Live followed by Fulham v. Everton. This Sunday’s live, 60-minute Match of the Day at 1:30 p.m. ET features host Rebecca Lowe, former U.S. National Team midfielder Kyle Martino, and  former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle providing in-depth analysis, post-match interviews and reaction, plus extended highlights with the match commentators.

NBCSN also presents Sunderland v. West Ham United at 3 p.m. ET, on Monday, March 31, with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live.

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 Earle.

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. Games airing on NBC Sports Network will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.

Below is the schedule for the 32nd week of the Premier League season (all times ET):

Date Time Home v. Away Network
Mon., March 24 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Mon., March 24 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Tues., March 25 3 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Tues., March 25 3:45 p.m. Manchester United v. Manchester City NBCSN
Tues., March 25 3:45 p.m. Arsenal v. Swansea City Extra Time
Tues., March 25 3:45 p.m. Newcastle United v. Everton Extra Time
Tues., March 25 6 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Tues., March 25 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore: Manchester Derby NBCSN
Wed., March 26 3 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Wed, March 26 3:45 p.m. West Ham United v. Hull City Extra Time
Wed., March 26 4:00 p.m. Liverpool v. Sunderland NBCSN
Wed., March 26 6 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Fri., March 28 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Fri., March 28 7:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Fri., March 28 8 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Sat., March 29 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., March 29 8 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., March 29 8:45 a.m. Manchester United v. Aston Villa NBCSN
Sat., March 29 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., March 29 11 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Chelsea NBCSN
Sat., March 29 11 a.m. Southampton v. Newcastle Extra Time
Sat., March 29 11 a.m. Stoke City v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., March 29 11 a.m. Swansea City v. Norwich City Extra Time
Sat., March 29 11 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Cardiff City Extra Time
Sat., March 29 1 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., March 29 1:30 p.m. Arsenal v. Manchester City NBCSN
Sat., March 22 3:30 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sat., March 29 4 p.m. D.C. United v. Chicago Fire NBCSN
Sat., March 29 11:30 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., March 30 8 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., March 30 8:30 a.m. Fulham v. Everton NBCSN
Sun., March 30 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., March 30 11 a.m. Liverpool v. Tottenham Hotspur NBCSN
Sun., March 30 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., March 30 1:30 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., March 31 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., March 31 3 p.m. Sunderland v. West Ham United NBCSN

NBC Sports Group presents the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live 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. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.

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