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.

NBC SPORTS GROUP

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:

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–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

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.

–NBC Sports Group–

“Broad Street Vs. Broadway” On Wednesday Night Rivalry As Flyers-Rangers Highlights NBC Sports Group’s NHL Coverage This Week

nbc-sports-group“BROAD STREET VS. BROADWAY” ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY AS FLYERS-RANGERS HIGHLIGHTS NBC SPORTS GROUP’S NHL COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Claude Giroux and Flyers Visit Henrik Lundqvist and Rangers on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

New Episode of NHL Rivals Featuring Flyers and Rangers Debuts Tuesday Night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

“Sandstrom deserved everything he got.” – Former Flyers Goalie Ron Hextall on Dave Brown’s Cross-Check of Rangers’ Tomas Sandstrom in 1987 Playoffs

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Flyers Host Bruins Sunday at Noon ET in NHL Game of the Week on NBC

Sidney Crosby and Penguins Face Jonathan Toews and Blackhawks in NHL Stadium Series Rematch on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Coverage Begins Tonight on NBCSN with Bruins and Canadiens Rivalry at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Red Wings-Blue Jackets Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 24, 2014 – NBCSN presents the battle of “Broad Street vs. Broadway”, as Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers travel to New York to face Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET, highlighting five NHL matchups across NBC and NBCSN this week. Coverage of Flyers-Rangers begins with a new episode of NHL Rivals on Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and features interviews with former Flyers Ron Hextall and Dave Brown, and former Rangers Ron Duguay and Dave Maloney.

The Flyers and Rangers enter this week’s action separated by just one point in the standings, as both teams jockey for playoff positioning. Philadelphia is riding a five-game winning streak and has recorded a point in nine of its last 10 games (8-1-1), while the Rangers have won three straight, including a 21-save shutout from Lundqvist in a 2-0 win over the Devils on Saturday afternoon.

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 Madison Square Garden in New York.

The Flyers will return to Broad Street in Philadelphia for the NHL Game of the Week on Sunday at Noon ET on NBC when they welcome Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins, who have won 12 straight games and lead the Eastern Conference with 103 points (49-17-5). Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will provide live commentary from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Sunday’s NHL coverage continues on NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET with an NHL Stadium Series rematch, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks. Toews scored twice and added an assist in their last matchup, a 5-1 Chicago victory in front of more than 62,000 fans at snowy Soldier Field on March 1 in Chicago. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

This week’s coverage begins tonight in Boston, when the Bruins host newly-acquired forward Thomas Vanek and the Montreal Canadiens in the second matchup in less than two weeks between the long-time division rivals. Tuukka Rask made 36 saves as the Bruins defeated the Canadiens 4-1 to snap a five-game losing streak against Montreal on Wednesday Night Rivalry on March 12. Gord Miller and McGuire (analyst) will have the call from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

Coverage continues tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings host Sergei Bobrovsky and the Columbus Blue Jackets, as both teams sit on the bubble of the Eastern Conference playoff race. Strader (play-by-play) and Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET prior to weeknight games, and will air at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Following is this week’s NHL programming on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., March 24 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Montreal at Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., March 25 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Detroit at Columbus NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Flyers-Rangers NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., March 26 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Flyers-Rangers (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Flyers-Rangers (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Thurs., March 27 Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers (Encore) NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
Sun., March 30 Boston at Philadelphia NBC Noon
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Chicago at Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

NHL RIVALS – FLYERS-RANGERS – TUESDAY, 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s episode of NHL Rivals, which debuts Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET following Red Wings-Blue Jackets on NBCSN, features the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, a rivalry that stretches back more than four decades. The episode touches on the fierce physicality between the two teams, and iconic moments in their storied rivalry, including Dave Brown’s cross-check of Tomas Sandstrom in the 1987 Stanley Cup playoffs, a battle of superstars between Eric Lindros and Mark Messier, and the 2011 NHL Winter Classic.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode of NHL Rivals.

Former Ranger forward Ron Duguay on playing in Philadelphia: “I can always remember the bus ride from New York to Philly. Everything before the bridge (into Philadelphia) was guys playing cards, there was laughing, there was music…then all of a sudden, we could see The Spectrum, and everything became quiet.”

Former Flyer goaltender and current assistant GM Ron Hextall on Dave Brown’s cross-check of Tomas Sandstrom in 1987 playoffs: “I had the best seat in the house for that…I was actually pretty happy about that at the time, because Sandstrom deserved everything he got.”

CSN Washington’s Chuck Gormley on rivalry between Flyers’ Eric Lindros and Rangers’ Mark Messier: “Eric Lindros had Mark Messier’s card tucked away in his wallet. He grew up loving Mark Messier, and when those two went at it in the playoffs in ’97…that was the passing of the torch to Eric Lindros. That playoff series was a real indication of two legends going in different directions.”

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.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 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.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Telemundo Media Teams With Chevrolet On New Digital Sports Reality Series ‘La Cueva De La Fiera’

Telemundo MediaWeekly Webisodes Featuring Rafael “Rafa” Marquez Provide Viewers an Exclusive Look Inside The World of Mexican Pro Soccer Team Club Leon

Series Supported by 360-Degree Campaign that Includes Integration of the Chevy Silverado, Cross-Promotional Segments on Popular Telemundo Programs, a Dedicated Digital Hub, Robust Social Engagement Program and More

MIAMI – March 17, 2014 – Telemundo Media and Chevrolet announced today that they have teamed up to create a unique new digital sports reality series, “La Cueva de la Fiera,” available on www.Telemundo.com/lacuevadelafiera.   Supported by a 360° degree promotional campaign and produced in partnership with Chevrolet, the weekly webisodes, which launched in February, offer fans an exclusive look inside Mexican professional soccer’s Club Leon. The dynamic and innovative format builds upon the existing synergy between soccer and Chevrolet, a longtime sponsor of the sport. Celebrity integrations with Club Leon captain Rafael “Rafa” Marquez with the Chevy Silverado will also be featured throughout the 10-episode run of “La Cueva de la Fiera,” including today’s episode, in which Chevrolet and One World Futbol Project join forces with Marquez to surprise young soccer fans with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of participating in a soccer clinic with the star and receiving Chevrolet-branded nearly indestructible One World Futbol soccer balls. As the founding sponsor of One World Futbol Project, over three years Chevrolet is supporting the donation and distribution of 1.5 million balls to organizations working with youth in war-stricken zones, refugee camps, and disaster areas, celebrating the value that soccer can touch lives, provide opportunities and bring positive change to all people of the world.

“We are excited to collaborate with Chevrolet to bring fans a front row seat to the action and excitement of Club Leon soccer,” said Mike Rosen, Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales & Integrated Marketing, Telemundo Media.  “The Chevy Silverado is a fantastic partner for us to find new roads to bring innovative content and unprecedented access to the biggest soccer stars on Telemundo.”

On-air promotion of the series involves cross-promotional segments on popular Telemundo series including “Un Nuevo Dia,” “Titulares y Mas,” “Titulares Telemundo” and “Ritmo Deportivo.” Broadcasts of “Futbol Estelar: Club Leon” will drive viewers to “La Cueva de la Fiera” and its companion content through mentions from the announcers, tagged tune-ins and more.

The multiplatform campaign also includes a dedicated digital hub with player profiles, game highlights and post-game interviews. Plus, “Pregúntale al Leon,” a social engagement program featuring Twitter chats and exclusive digital shorts with players from Club Leon, in addition to a custom hashtag for maximum fan engagement. Further digital content includes livestreams of several highly-anticipated Leon games and a special VOD episode of the complete “La Cueva de la Fiera” series.

“La Cueva de la Fiera” is the first-ever reality series produced by Deportes Telemundo exclusively for digital. Through it, viewers will experience the challenges faced by the Mexican soccer champion, with exclusive access to training camp, the stadium, the secrets of the locker room and moving stories of the most loyal fans. Fans will also experience game day nerves along with the players, Gustavo Matosas and his team of coaches, and share unique moments with Rafa Marquez, the captain and star player of the league and the Mexican national team, whom audiences will get to know beyond the field.

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Conference Leaders And Stanley Cup Hopefuls Highlight NBCSN’s NHL Coverage This Week

NBCSN_LogoLeague-Leading St. Louis Blues Visit Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET; NHL Rivals Airs Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET

Eastern Conference-Leading Boston Bruins Host Minnesota Wild Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Blackhawks-Flyers on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET

Wild Visit Detroit Red Wings as Sunday Night NHL Coverage Continues at 7:30 p.m. ET

NBCSN Presents Hockey East Tournament Semifinal and Final, Beginning Friday with No. 7 UMass Lowell vs. No. 10 Notre Dame at 5 p.m. ET

Stamford, Conn. – March 17, 2014 – Conference leaders and perennial Stanley Cup contenders highlight NBCSN’s NHL coverage this week, including the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues and defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET.

The Blues enter this week’s action with the league’s best record (46-14-7, 99 points) and an eight-game point streak (7-0-1), two points clear of the Anaheim Ducks and seven points ahead of Chicago in the Central Division. The Blues have won all three matchups against the Blackhawks this season by one goal, including two shootout victories, while Chicago looks to build off of a 4-1 win against Detroit on Sunday evening.

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 United Center in Chicago, Ill.

This week’s coverage begins tonight in Boston at 7:30 p.m. ET when Zdeno Chara and the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins host the upstart Minnesota Wild, who have recorded at least one point in nine of their last 10 games to strengthen their position in the Western Conference playoff race. Kenny Albert and McGuire will provide live commentary from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

NBCSN’s NHL coverage continues tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Blackhawks visit Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers, who have collected points in 10 of their last 12 games, including a 4-3 win in Pittsburgh against the rival Penguins in the NBC NHL Game of the Week on Sunday. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa. This week’s coverage concludes Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET when the Detroit Red Wings host the Wild. Emrick and McGuire will provide live commentary from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, will air at 6:30 p.m. ET prior to weeknight games, and will air at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick. In addition, host Carolyn Manno and former player and analyst Anson Carter will anchor Hockey East Tournament studio coverage on Friday.

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present live college hockey coverage of the Hockey East Tournament semifinals and final this weekend. Coverage begins Friday at 5 p.m. ET when No. 7 UMass Lowell faces No. 10 Notre Dame in the first semifinal, followed by No. 9 Providence vs. No. 18 New Hampshire at 8 p.m. ET. The winners of those two games will square off in the Hockey East Tournament final on NBCSN Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will provide live commentary throughout the Hockey East Tournament.

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

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., March 17 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Minnesota at Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., March 18 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Chicago at Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Blues-Blackhawks NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 – Top Sochi Hockey Moments (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., March 19 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Blues-Blackhawks (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – St. Louis at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., March 20 St. Louis at Chicago (Encore) NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
Fri., March 21 Hockey East Semifinal – No. 7 UMass Lowell vs. No. 10 Notre Dame NBCSN 5 p.m.
Hockey East Semifinal – No. 9 Providence vs. No. 18 New Hampshire NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., March 22 Hockey East Final – TBD NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., March 23 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

NHL RIVALS – BLUES-BLACKHAWKS – TUESDAY, 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s episode of NHL Rivals, which debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET following Capitals-Penguins on NBCSN, features the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues, who have been division rivals since 1970.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode of NHL Rivals.

Former Blues forward and current Blues executive vice president Brett Hull: “The electricity that would go through the arena (Chicago Stadium) – it was scary. If someone crossed the line, someone was going to pay…it was bedlam.”

Former Chicago Blackhawk and current NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick on 1989 playoff series: “I got tangled up with (Blues defenseman) Glen Featherstone behind the net. I started jawing with him, and he cross-checked me right in the mouth and knocked all of my teeth out. Then I scored the game-winning goal in the third (period) – it was pretty cool.”

Immediately following NHL Rivals, NBCSN will also present an episode of NHL Top 10, featuring the top hockey moments from the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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 and Hockey East Tournament 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.

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 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.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC HOST TORONTO FC SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN_Logo“This has to be one of the most hyped-up and most-anticipated early season matches in MLS history.” – John Strong

Seattle-Sporting Kansas City MLS Opener Best Ever on NBCSN following Premier League Lead-In

Seattle vs. Defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City Ranks as NBCSN’s Third-Most Watched MLS Match behind Only 2 Games with London Olympics Lead-Ins

Stamford, Conn. – March 12, 2014 – NBC Sports Network’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features Toronto FC in their season debut against Seattle Sounders FC (1-0-0, 3 pts.) at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following Premier League coverage.

Toronto debuts U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Michael Bradley, former Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe, Brazilian National Team goalkeeper Julio Cesar, Brazilian striker Gilberto and 2011 MLS MVP and Canadian National Team player Dwayne De Rosario against Sounders and U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey, who come off a 1-0 victory over defending champion Sporting Kansas City in the season opener.

Last week, bolstered by a lead-in and in-telecast promotion from the Chelsea-Tottenham top-tier Premier League match, the MLS season opener between Seattle and Sporting Kansas City on Saturday registered 330,000 viewers, ranking as NBCSN’s best MLS opener, up 208% from the ’13 opener and nearly tripling the 2013 season average MLS on NBCSN audience. Sounders-Sporting was also up 49% from the ’13 MLS opener on ESPN2 (Portland-New York, 3/3/13, 221,000 viewers).

In addition, the Seattle-Sporting Kansas City match is the third most-watched MLS game ever on NBCSN trailing only a pair of primetime matches which had 2012 London Olympics lead-ins (Dallas-Portland, 8/5/12, 405,000 viewers; Los Angeles-Dallas, 7/28/12, 392,000 viewers).

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong will call the match and will be joined by former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and host Russ Thaler at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash.

Strong on Seattle Sounders FC v. Toronto FC: “This has to be one of the most hyped-up and most-anticipated early season matches in MLS history. I’m not sure what more you could ask for in March as two of the biggest stars of the U.S. National Team face-off alongside two highly anticipated debuts by European stars in front of another massive Seattle crowd. We have had this game circled on our calendars for weeks.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Sounders v. Toronto 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

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