NOTES AND QUOTES FROM XFINITY SERIES PRE-RACE AND RACE COVERAGE FROM ROAD AMERICA ON NBCSN

Race Winner Paul Menard to Mike Massaro: “I’ve been really fortunate to win at some of the coolest tracks, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Road America is right there.”

Runner-up Ryan Blaney to Dave Burns: “We played the right strategy. They just got lucky with the race staying under caution.”

Third place Brian Scott to Kelli Stavast: “I was pretty frustrated with the officiating at the end of the race, just the inability to get the race back under green.”

NBCSN presented NASCAR XFINITY Series racing from Road America in Plymouth, Wis. this afternoon. The 14-turn, four-mile road course race culminated with a home-state win for Wisconsin native Paul Menard. Drivers spent the majority of the race chasing Chase Elliott, who led 23 laps of the 45-lap race. After Elliott lost the lead on lap No. 28, it was anyone’s race. Menard successfully held off Ryan Blaney’s No. 22 car to win on a course which has seen six different XFINITY drivers take the checkered flag over the last six years.

Saturday afternoon’s festivities began with the Countdown to Green pre-race show, followed by green-flag racing from the “Badger State.” Rick Allen called the action from the booth alongside 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Dale Jarrett and former crew chief Frank Stoddard. Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns contributed trackside from “America’s National Park of Speed.”

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Paul Menard 33
2 Ryan Blaney 22
3 Brian Scott 2
4 Chase Elliott 9
5 Darrell Wallace Jr. # 6

 

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s XFINITY pre-race and race coverage on NBCSN.

Chris Buescher before the race to Burns on his success at road courses: “I am an okay road racer. I love doing it and it is enjoyable. I feel like I can learn something new each and every time. The more we can learn, the better we can be in the end.”

Stoddard on XFINITY championship points leader Buescher: “He doesn’t make mistakes. He is continually on the track and hitting his marks all day long. That is very important and very impressive for a 22 year-old driver.”

Jarrett on the popularity of road course racing: “I think (road courses) have become the new short track. We have taken away a lot of the short tracks and that is really what this sport was built on.”

Jarrett on the road race favorite Boris Said: “He is just outstanding. Even though he hasn’t raced at this track in some time, he is going to be the one to watch today. Whatever the weather conditions, he is going to be the favorite in my mind.”

Jarrett on XFINITY Series championship contenders Chris Buescher, Elliott Sadler and Ty Dillon: “No mistakes are going to be the key today. They need to stay on track and make sure they don’t get off in the grass. A mistake may cost drivers a lap and a lot of spots and points. Speeding on pit road or the crew making a mistake is going to put drivers at the tail end of the longest line, or cost you a lap.”

Stoddard on the backward pitting at Road America: “Normally, we always have the wall on the driver’s side, where they can gauge a lot easier. When you have a car that is eight feet wide, and you are sitting on the left hand side it is very difficult for them to gauge where the wall is. You see drivers often have problems on these road courses where you pit backward.”

Jarrett on Chase Elliott’s inherent talent: “He has been so good on all his road courses. Watching him does remind you of his father. He is just as smooth as Bill was on the road courses.”

Jarrett with 6 laps to go: “The start of the race and the restarts have been rather calm. Now it is going to get exciting, when we go to green. These guys understand that there aren’t many laps to go. They have to give everything they can.”

Jarrett on Mendard’s win at Road America: “What a gamble that paid off by (crew chief) Danny Stockman Jr. They are here to win the race. The driving job that Paul Menard did with Bubba Wallace and the young Ryan Blaney on his bumper was just outstanding.”

Paul Mendard’s crew chief Danny Stockman Jr. on his win: “I still don’t think we had the best car today. We were a little off. We had to do something to get ourselves out front and we did it.”

Fourth place finisher Chase Elliott to Stavast: “Absolutely failed today. Way too many mistakes on my part, and I screwed it up for my guys. It is absolutely unacceptable.”

Third place Brian Scott to Stavast: “I was pretty frustrated with the officiating at the end of the race, just the inability to get the race back under green.”

Runner-up Ryan Blaney to Burns: “We played the right strategy. They just got lucky with the race staying under caution.”

Race Winner Menard to Massaro: “I’ve been really fortunate to win at some of the coolest tracks, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, and Road America is right there. They are all tracks I grew up at.”

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–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

PREMIER LEAGUE MATCH COMMENTATORS AUGUST 29-30

Sat., Aug. 29, 7:40 a.m.: Newcastle v. Arsenal on NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSOJim Proudfoot and Chris Waddle

Sat., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.: Manchester City v. Watford on NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO– Gary Taphouse and Garry Birtles

Sat., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.:  Chelsea v. Crystal Palace on USA – Tony Jones and Tony Gale

Sat., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.:  Liverpool v. West Ham on Extra Time – Gary Weaver and Ray Houghton

Sat., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.: Aston Villa v. Sunderland on Extra Time – Jonathan Beck and Trevor Francis

Sat., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.: Bournemouth v. Leicester City on Extra Time  – Joe Speight and Barry Horne

Sat., Aug. 29, 10 a.m.:  Stoke City v. West Bromwich on Extra Time – Ian Crocker and Andy Walkekr

Sat., Aug. 29, 12:30 p.m.: Tottenham v. Everton on NBC, TELEMUNDO– Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

Sun., Aug. 30, 8:25 a.m.: Southampton v. Norwich City on NBCSN – Jon Champion and Jim Beglin

Sun., Aug. 30, 11 a.m.: Swansea City v. Manchester United on NBCSN, TELEMUNDO– Arlo White and Lee Dixon 

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA MEDIA CONFERENCE CALL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 AT 12:45 P.M. ET

Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward and Executive Producer Sam Flood To Preview 2015 NFL Season

Media Conference Call Tuesday, September 1 at 12:45 p.m. ET

Dial 785-424-1666 to Participate

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 28, 2015 Football Night in America analysts Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison and Hines Ward will join executive producer Sam Flood to preview the 2015 NFL season on a media conference call on Tuesday, September 1, at 12:45 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should call 785-424-1666 and ask for the Football Night in America call.

 

  • WHAT: Football Night In America NFL season-preview conference call
  • WHO: Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Hines Ward and Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 12:45 p.m. ET
  • NUMBER: 785-424-1666

 

Football Night in America is NBC’s NFL primetime studio show, and the most watched studio show in sports. Football Night in America kicks off NBC’s NFL coverage each Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, leading into Sunday Night Football – America’s No. 1 primetime television show.

The season begins Thursday, Sept. 10 with NFL Kickoff on NBC, when the New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers, followed by the Sunday Night Football opener on September 13, when New York Giants visit the defending NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys.

 

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

NBC SPORTS CONFERENCE CALL PREVIEWS “THROWBACK” NASCAR COVERAGE FROM DARLINGTON: TUES., SEPT. 1 @ NOON ET

Retro Graphics, Classic Paint Schemes and Legendary Broadcasters Come Together at The Track “Too Tough To Tame” when a NASCAR Tradition Returns to Darlington Raceway over Labor Day Weekend

Conference Call Participants Include NBC Sports NASCAR Analysts Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte, VP of NASCAR Production Jeff Behnke, and Legendary NASCAR Broadcaster Ken Squier

Dial 785-830-7989 to Participate

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 28, 2015 – NBC Sports and Darlington Raceway are gearing up to celebrate the look, sound and style of the 1970s over Labor Day Weekend when NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series action returns to its traditional slate with “The Lady in Black.”

Join NBC Sports’ NASCAR analysts and VP of NASCAR production as they preview the upcoming coverage from Darlington and a series of production elements that celebrate NASCAR’s rich traditions. Special features include retro on-air graphics, vintage NBC logos, legendary broadcasters and bell-bottom pants. For a video preview of what’s in store, click here.

Who:   NBC Sports NASCAR analysts Steve Letarte, Jeff Burton, Dale Jarrett and Kyle Petty, VP of NASCAR Production Jeff Behnke, and legendary NASCAR broadcaster Ken Squier

What: NBC Sports Media Conference Call Previewing Labor Day Weekend NASCAR Coverage from Darlington Raceway

When: Tuesday, September 1st at Noon ET

Where: Dial 785-830-7989 to participate; conference call ID 6785959

NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Darlington airs on NBC in primetime at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 6. This is the first Sprint Cup race on NBC since July’s race at Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Darlington Presented by K&N also airs on NBC Saturday, Sept. 5th at 3:30 pm ET.

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AMERICAN PHAROAH HEADLINES TRAVERS STAKES THIS SATURDAY, LIVE AT 4 PM ET ON NBC

The “Summer at Saratoga, Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – Presented By Lane’s End Farm” Will Broadcast Two Hours Live From Historic Spa 

NEW YORK (August 27, 2015) – American Pharoah, Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, is set to return to the track this Saturday, August 29, at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.,  in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. The 146th running of the Travers is the highlight of an outstanding two-hour program of live racing, which will also include the $1 million Sword Dancer and the $700,000 Forego Handicap as a part of the “Summer at Saratoga, Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series– Presented by Lane’s End Farm” broadcast.

The Travers is the fifth of 10 telecasts under the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – Presented by Lane’s End” banner of automatic qualifying races leading into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Oct. 30-Oct. 31, which will be televised live on NBCSN and NBC from Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky.

Laffit Pincay III hosts live coverage from Saratoga, joined by analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey, five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and three-time Travers Stakes winner, reporter Donna Brothers, analysts/handicappers Eddie Olczyk and Bob Neumeier, and race caller Larry CollmusDaily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier will also serve as handicapper.

“I can’t wait to see American Pharoah deliver another breathtaking performance in the Travers at Saratoga this Saturday. I may never see another one like him in my lifetime,” said Bailey in anticipation of Saturday’s showdown.

This Saturday’s telecast will include an interview with American Pharoah’s trainer Bob Baffert, a feature on the history of past champions running at Saratoga, and Jerry Bailey’s look at what makes American Pharoah perhaps the greatest horse of all time.

American Pharoah, owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Baffert, will be an overwhelming favorite on Saturday when he is expected to face nine rivals in his first start since winning the William Hill Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on August 2. Since losing his debut race last summer, American Pharoah has won eight consecutive times, and in the process became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Triple Crown. American Pharoah will go to stud at the end of this season, and the connections have indicated that the son of Pioneerof the Nile will have make the Breeders’ Cup Classic his final career start in his quest to become the first horse ever to capture Thoroughbred racing’s Grand Slam of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

American Pharoah arrived in Saratoga on Wednesday afternoon from his summertime base at Del Mar in California. Breaking from the No. 2 post position at odds of 1-5 under jockey Victor Espinoza, American Pharoah will likely be challenged in the Travers by the first two finishers from the 1 1/8 mile Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga on August 1, Texas Red and Frosted. Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden his brother, Kent, Texas Red, the 8-1 third choice, won last year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park, but was forced off the Triple Crown trail due to injury this winter. He returned in July with a second place finish in the Dwyer at Belmont Park, and followed that performance with a half-length victory over Frosted in the Jim Dandy.

Frosted, trained by Kieran McLaughlin and ridden by Joel Rosario, is the second choice in the wagering at 6-1. Frosted finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby, and then second to Belmont Stakes prior to his second-place finish in the Jim Dandy earlier this month. The 12-1 Keen Ice, trained by Dale Romans, finished to American Pharoah by 2 ½ lengths in the Haskell.

Saturday’s show will also include the live presentation of the 1 ½ mile Sword Dancer, a Breeders’ Cup Challenge race for an automatic berth into the $3 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf, and the seven furlong Forego Handicap, which will award the winner a free berth into the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

International star Flintshire, from England, leads the Sword Dancer. The 5-year-old, trained by Andre Fabre, was second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf and then won the Longines Hong Kong Vase in December at Sha Tin.  Flintshire comes into the Sword Dancer off a second-place finish to two-time Arc de Triomphe winner Treve in June in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

A third-place finisher in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Private Zone, trained by Jorge Navarro and ridden by Martin Pedroza, Private Zone has won both the Churchill Downs Stakes and the Belmont Sprint Championship this year.

As an added element to the racing action, fans can also get into the excitement of the Travers, which offers them the chance to correctly select the exact order of finish of the race and win a trip the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game is free to enter and play, and fans can register and submit their picks for each race online at: http://www.milliondollarfinish.com/. The fantasy player with the highest score for each designated race will win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2015 Breeders’ Cup. Along with the 10 chances to win during the Challenge Series, fans can enter for a shot at the ultimate prize of $1 million during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships by predicting the correct order for the top 10 finishers in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will air on Saturday, October 31 on NBC.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, New York Racing Association, Breeders’ Cup, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms FacebookTwitter and YouTube 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. The Promotion registration period begins on or about April 28, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on October 31, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. ET. Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C., who are 18 years of age or older. See Official Rules at www.MillionDollarFinish.com/rules for exact registration times for each race, additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details. Void where prohibited. PROMOTION IS DEVISED AS A NON-GAMBLING PROMOTION and is intended solely for entertainment purposes. Promotion is sponsored by Breeders’ Cup Limited. Breeders’ Cup Limited is the sole sponsor of the Promotion. NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC are not sponsors of the Promotion and are not associated with the administration of the Promotion in any way. Entrants are providing information to sponsors and not to NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

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CSN’S DAILY NFL PROGRAM, GEICO FOOTBALL CENTRAL, RETURNS SEPT. 8

 EXTENSIVE NEWS, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY TO COVER REDSKINS, RAVENS AND TOP STORIES FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE

THE SPORTS JUNKIES TO HOST SPECIAL EDITIONS EACH TUESDAY; FRIDAY SHOWS TO FEATURE FANTASY FOOTBALL CONTENT 

Bethesda, Md. (Aug. 27, 2015) – CSN Mid-Atlantic today announced Geico Football Central will return Sept. 8 to provide extensive daily coverage of the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens and top stories from around the National Football League throughout the season. This year’s show, which will air live weekdays at 6 p.m., with encores at 1 a.m. and 8 a.m., will include special weekly editions featuring the Sports Junkies and fantasy football content.

Geico Football Central will deliver a half hour of the day’s most important news and compelling topics, as well as in-depth features, expert analysis, commentary, debate and exclusive interviews. Host Julie Donaldson will be joined on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by one of the network’s expert analysts, including Charley Casserly, Qadry Ismail, Brad Jackson, Trevor Matich, Shawn Springs and Rick ‘Doc’ Walker.

Tuesday editions of the show will be hosted by John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop and John-Paul Flaim of the Sports Junkies. Geico Football Central with The Junkies will deliver the radio personalities’ entertaining perspectives on the past week’s results and preview upcoming matchups. The 106.7 the Fan morning hosts and longtime friends were previously featured on CSN’s Table Manners with the Junkies for three seasons.

Special fantasy football content will be featured each Friday with Geico Football Central: Fantasy Edition, hosted by Rob Carlin. He will be joined regularly by fantasy experts, such as NBC Sports’ Kay Adams.

CSN will also provide complete Redskins and Ravens coverage on Geico SportsNet Central, its daily news program, SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, #RavensTalk, and Redskins Nation. The network’s digital platforms, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com and the CSN Mid-Atlantic mobile app, will also feature daily content. Fans can follow coverage on Twitter at @CSNRavens and @CSNRedskins and join the conversation with #RavensTalk and #RedskinsTalk.

CSN Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, MLS’s D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. CSN Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 500 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes. CSN Mid-Atlantic’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNmidatlantic.com, is the region’s top online source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow CSN Mid-Atlantic on Twitter at @CSNMA.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of NBC Sports Group, consists of 10 regional networks that deliver more than 2,200 live sporting events annually, along with award-winning breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming to more than 43 million homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, which serves Baltimore and Washington D.C., Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and SportsNet New York. For additional information, visit ComcastSportsNet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

www.CSNmidatlantic.com

 

CARSON PALMER AND ARIZONA CARDINALS VISIT DEREK CARR AND OAKLAND RAIDERS ON NBC THIS SUNDAY LIVE AT 8 P.M. ET

NBC’s Sunday Night Football Team of Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya Call Game from Oakland, Calif.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison and Paul Burmeister to Contribute to Halftime Coverage

As SNF Celebrates Its 10th Season, 10-Year-Old Reporter Interviews NFL Stars in Special Halftime Feature

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 26, 2015 – Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals visit Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders for an NFL preseason game this Sunday, August 30, live at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

Calling Cardinals-Raiders from O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 30th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 16-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his six seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison and Paul Burmeister will contribute to halftime coverage of Sunday’s game. Pro Football Talk, which airs weekdays at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers.

With Sunday Night Football kicking off its 10th season in September, NBC Sports enlisted a 10-year-old reporter to interview NFL stars including Andrew Luck, Kam Chancellor and Antonio Brown at this year’s “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” opening theme shoot. During halftime of this Sunday’s game, NBC Sports will air a 90-second highlight of the 2:45 piece that will be posted on NBC Sports’ YouTube page later this week.

NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream Sunday’s game to tablets and desktop computers. 

 

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Highlights of the 2015 Sunday Night Football schedule:

 

  • 19 primetime games, including the NFL’s opening game of the season, NFL Kickoff 2015 and NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game;

 

  • Every 2014 playoff team makes an appearance on Sunday Night Football; 16 of NBC’s 18 scheduled games (Week 17 game TBD) involve at least one playoff team from last season; 11 of 18 include two playoff teams – including rematches of both conference championship games (Seahawks-Packers on Sept. 20 and Patriots-Colts on Oct. 18);

 

  • Three games each for the Patriots, Seahawks, Packers, Broncos, Cowboys, and Steelers;

 

  • The Packers host the Bears on NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game. It is only the second Thanksgiving game to be played in Green Bay. The first – a Packers’ 19-0 win over the Hammond Pros on Nov. 29, 1923 – was highlighted by a touchdown reception and pass from Curly Lambeau, the namesake of Lambeau Field. NBC will broadcast a Thanksgiving night game each season through 2022;

 

  • Brady-Manning XVII as the New England Patriots visit the Denver Broncos on Nov. 29;

 

  • Three high-profile matchups continue on NBC — Giants-Cowboys (Sept. 13) on NBC for the sixth time in five seasons; and Eagles-Cowboys (Nov. 8) and Steelers-Ravens (Dec. 27) both on NBC for the seventh consecutive season – tying for the longest streak of matchups on the broadcast primetime package in NFL history (ABC 1970-2005; NBC 2006-present);

 

  • Memorable meetings in consecutive weeks in November, the first between quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) and Peyton Manning (Denver) since 2008 (Nov. 1) and Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, the 2014 NFL rushing leader, returns to Dallas to face his former Cowboys teammates (Nov. 8).

 

NBC TO BROADCAST 19 NFL GAMES IN 2015: As part of the agreement NBC signed with the NFL in December 2011, NBC, for the fourth straight season, will broadcast 19 regular-season games, including 17 regular-season Sunday Night Football games, NFL Kickoff 2015, 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: For four consecutive full television seasons, NBC’s Sunday Night Football has finished as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May). This marks the only four times on record that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season.  For the 2014-2015 primetime television season, Sunday Night Football ranked as the highest-rated (12.5 HH rating), most-watched show (21.3 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 program in the key Adults 18-49 demographic (7.7 rating).

 

2015 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Thurs. Sept. 10 NFL Kickoff Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
Sun. Sept. 13 Week 1 New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys
Sun. Sept. 20 Week 2 Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
Sun. Sept. 27 Week 3 Denver Broncos at Detroit Lions
Sun. Oct. 4 Week 4 Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Oct. 11 Week 5 San Francisco 49ers at New York Giants
*Sun. Oct. 18 Week 6 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Oct. 25 Week 7 Philadelphia Eagles at Carolina Panthers
*Sun. Nov. 1 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Nov. 8 Week 9 Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Nov. 15 Week 10 Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks
*Sun. Nov. 22 Week 11 Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
**Thurs. Nov. 26 Week 12 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 29 Week 12 New England Patriots at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Dec. 6 Week 13 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Dec. 13 Week 14 Seattle Seahawks at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Dec. 20 Week 15 Cincinnati Bengals at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Dec. 27 Week 16 Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens
*Sun. Jan. 3 Week 17 TBD

 

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

 

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

25TH ANNIVERSARY OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC BY THE NUMBERS

Stamford, Conn. – August 26, 2015 – NBC Sports Group and Notre Dame will kick off the 25th season of one of the most successful partnerships in sports, when the Fighting Irish host the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Listed below are some facts and figures about NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame Football home games during the last 24 years.

1st Notre Dame on NBC game played on Sept. 7, 1991 (Fighting Irish 49 – Indiana Hoosiers 27).
2 Production trucks used to produce home games in 2015.
3 Home games airing in primetime on NBC and NBCSN in 2015.
6 NBC Sports Group platforms covering Notre Dame Football (NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com,
NBC Sports Live Extra, CSNChicago, CSNChicago.com).
7 Cameras used to cover first game in 1991.
16.0 Household rating for highest rated Notre Dame game on NBC (11/13/92-Florida State).
24 Cameras used to cover games in 2015.
25th Season for Notre Dame Football on NBC (2015).
29 Members of Notre Dame on NBC production staff.
32 Total hours of NBC Sports Group’s coverage in 2015.
43 Microphones used to cover games in 2015.
105 Crew members working for NBC on game days.
149 Notre Dame home games broadcast by NBC during the last 24 years.
521 Approximate number of hours of NBC Sports Group’s live game coverage of Notre Dame
Football during the last 24 years.
1991 Year Notre Dame becomes the first Division 1A team to have all home games broadcast
exclusively on one network (NBC).
8,642 Flights NBC Sports Group staff have made to South Bend, Ind. to cover games during
the last 24 years
11,250 Feet of fiber optic cable used to produce games in 2015.
12,963 Approximate number of hotel room nights for crew and staff in South Bend, Ind., during
the last 24 years.
4.16 Million Average viewership for Notre Dame broadcasts on NBC (1991-2014/ P2+).

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2015 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE AWARDED ON NBCSN THIS SUNDAY AT GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA

NBCSN Presents Live Coverage of IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET

Juan Pablo Montoya Sits Atop Standings as Graham Rahal Leads Group of Five Challengers

Coverage to Include IndyCar’s Tribute to Justin Wilson as Racing Community Mourns His Passing

Mobsteel Reaches 2.8 Million Viewers in First Week of Telecasts on NBCSN; New Episode Airs Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 26, 2015 – The 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series will crown its champion this weekend on NBCSN, as Juan Pablo Montoya looks for his first IndyCar season championship at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s coverage will also include IndyCar’s tributes to driver Justin Wilson, who passed away Monday after succumbing to injuries suffered in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway.

This weekend’s race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., is worth double points, meaning a potential 100-point swing in the standings. Montoya (Team Penske) currently holds a 34-point lead over Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan). Four other drivers still have a mathematical chance to win the title, including former series champions Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) and Will Power (Team Penske), Helio Castroneves (Team Penske) and Josef Newgarden (CFH Racing).

Montoya will win the title if he finishes third or higher and Rahal does not win the race. Click here for full championship possible outcomes.

 

VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES POINTS STANDINGS

Rank Driver (Team) Points Behind Wins Top 10
1 Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske) 500 2 12
2 Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) 466 34 2 10
3 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) 453 47 2 11
4 Will Power (Penske) 439 61 1 9
5 Helio Castroneves (Penske) 423 77 0 9
6 Josef Newgarden (CFH Racing) 413 87 2 9

 

Live IndyCar coverage on NBCSN begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET with practice, followed by qualifying at 6 p.m. ET. Race coverage from Sonoma begins Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Grand Prix of Sonoma, alongside analyst and current driver Townsend Bell, and analyst and former IndyCar driver Paul Tracy. Robin Miller, Marty Snider, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will patrol the pits.

 


RACING COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF INDYCAR DRIVER JUSTIN WILSON

The IndyCar community and racing fans from around the world are mourning the loss of Andretti Autosport driver Justin Wilson, who passed away on Monday after succumbing to injuries suffered in Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway. Tributes to Wilson will be part of NBCSN’s coverage on Sunday.

This week’s episodes of NASCAR America included a tribute narrated by Leigh Diffey, as well interviews with IndyCar drivers Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves, NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger, and NBC Sports Group motorsports analyst Jon Beekhuis. Click here to watch those full interviews.

Following are excerpts from NASCAR America interviews on Wilson:

Allmendinger: “He was one of the most kind, most gentle, nicest people I had the pleasure to be around…to call a teammate, more importantly to call a friend…I always put him as one of the best race car drivers I’d ever seen or been around.”

Castroneves: “He was such a polite and nice guy that we chose him to be a spokesperson for the Drivers’ Association. We knew if anyone tried to attack the drivers, he’d be the best person to defend us in the nicest way…you talk to anybody in the paddock…you don’t hear anything negative.”

Kanaan: “It’s always been time to talk about safety. I want people to be aware that we are not talking about closing cockpits now – we’ve been talking about this for years. This has been an issue with the FIA and open-wheel racing forever…safety was Justin’s priority. His biggest concern was stuff flying into the stands to protect the fans.”

Diffey: “He was always one of the easiest guys to talk to, and you knew you were going to get a very genuine answer. One of the most beautiful things about Justin is that he had time for everybody…whether it was for media people or fans.”

Beekhuis: “Justin and I had a chance to travel a lot together. We were both based in Colorado… we would end up on a lot of the same flights…he was incredibly talented behind the wheel.”

In addition, click here to read a feature penned by MotorsportsTalk’s Tony DiZinno highlighting Wilson’s career on and off the track.

 


MOBSTEEL REACHES 2.8 MILLION VIEWERS IN FIRST WEEK OF TELECASTS ON NBCSN; NEW EPISODE AIRS TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET, ENCORE AIRS SUNDAY FOLLOWING INDYCAR

Mobsteel, NBCSN’s new automotive reality series, reached 2.8 million viewers in its first week of telecasts, which included premieres and re-airs of two episodes. As reported last week, the series debut on Sunday, August 16, averaged 965,000 viewers, making it NBCSN’s most-watched original programming series premiere ever.

Mobsteel follows founder Adam Genei and his team of custom-car specialists, including his wife Pam Genei, as they restore vehicles ranging from the finest relics of the American automotive boom. Mobsteel is an existing custom-car shop that was founded more than 10 years ago, using vintage parts and Detroit steel to bring these ancient American cars back to life.

NBCSN presents a new episode of Mobsteel tonight at 10 p.m. ET, as Adam and the crew work to restore an old International Harvester Loadstar into a new worktruck dubbed “The Gangstar.”


NBCSN PRESENTS NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM ROAD AMERICA SATURDAY AT 3 P.M. ET

As released earlier today, NBC Sports Group continues its 2015 NASCAR coverage this weekend with XFINITY Series Racing from Road America this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET. Click here for more information about this week’s NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s motorsports coverage this week:

 

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wed., August 26 Mobsteel (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Mobsteel (New Episode) 10 p.m. NBCSN
Thur., August 27 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Colorado* 7 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers – Denver 10 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., August 28 XFINITY Series First Practice – Road America 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 4 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – Road America 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 6 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Whelen Modified – Bristol* 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 29 XFINITY Series Qualifying – Road America 12:15 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma – Practice 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Race – Road America 3 p.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma – Qualifying 6 p.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar Chronicles 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Mobsteel (Encore) 8 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 30 IndyCar Chronicles 3 p.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar Chronicles 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma 4 p.m. NBCSN
Mobsteel (Encore) 8 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Denver (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Seattle (Encore) 10 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Colorado* 11 p.m. NBCSN

*taped last week

MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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