OLYMPIANS USAIN BOLT, SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE, ALLYSON FELIX & JUSTIN GATLIN HEADLINE 2015 IAAF WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

NBC & Universal Sports Network Host Coverage From Beijing, China

NBC’s Coverage Begins This Saturday at 3 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2015 – NBC and Universal Sports Network present coverage of premier track & field action from the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 30. NBC’s coverage begins this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and continues this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Approximately 2,000 athletes representing more than 200 countries will compete at the famed Bird’s Nest stadium, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics, with less than one year until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Headlining the field for the U.S. are four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, competing in the 400m and the 4x100m and 4x400m relay, four-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin, competing in the 100m and 200m, and Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, competing in the decathlon. International contenders include six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and four-time Olympic medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

Veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond hosts coverage, joined by Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris in Beijing, China.

NBC and Universal Sports Network’s television schedule for the 2015 IAAF World Championships (all times ET):

Date Time Coverage Network
Fri., Aug. 21 7:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sat., Aug. 22 3 p.m.* Evening Session NBC
8:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sun., Aug. 23 1 p.m.* Evening Session NBC
9:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Mon., Aug. 24 7 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
Tues., Aug. 25 7 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
9:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Wed., Aug. 26 8 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
9:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Thur., Aug. 27 7:30 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
8:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Fri., Aug. 28 7 p.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
7:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sat., Aug. 29 2:30 p.m.* Evening Session NBC
7:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sun., Aug. 30 2 p.m.* Evening  Session NBC

* Same Day Delay Coverage. All other coverage is live.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

NASCAR, INDYCAR AND FORMULA ONE ALL ON NBCSN THIS WEEKEND

NBCSN Presents NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Bristol Motor Speedway Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Saturday’s Sprint Cup Race at 7:30 p.m. ET; 13 Consecutive Hours of NASCAR Coverage on Friday

IndyCar ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Live Coverage of Formula One Belgian Grand Prix Airs Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Leigh Diffey and Steve Matchett to Call Both F1 Belgian Grand Prix and IndyCar at Pocono on Same Day

Nearly 1 Million Viewers Tune In To Series Premiere of Mobsteel – New Episode Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 19, 2015 – NBCSN presents more than 50 hours of motorsports content this week, providing fans with live race action from four different racing circuits in one weekend – NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, and Formula One.

Race coverage begins with NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and continues with Sprint Cup Series Racing from Bristol Presented by No Escape on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The action continues Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET with the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, and concludes with 500 miles at Pocono Speedway in the IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at 2 p.m. ET.

In addition, Sunday’s F1 and IndyCar coverage will be highlighted by a unique broadcasting doubleheader. Lead F1 and IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey and F1 and IndyCar analyst Steve Matchett will call the Belgian Grand Prix from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., then quickly travel to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania to call IndyCar action.

This weekend’s motorsports coverage also includes the season finale of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with the Ironman National in Indiana. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this weekend’s NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One and Pro Motocross race coverage.


NBCSN PRESENTS NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM BRISTOL FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET, FOLLOWED BY SATURDAY’S SPRINT CUP RACE AT 7:30 P.M. ET

Fresh off Matt Kenseth’s domination at Michigan International Speedway, NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage heads to the “The Volunteer State” for an unprecedented weekend of racing from Bristol, Tenn. Friday’s 13 consecutive hours of NASCAR coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. ET with XFINITY Series practice. Dave Burns calls the action alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Frank Stoddard. Reporter Alex Hayden and analyst Parker Kligerman report trackside. The first Sprint Cup Series practice presented by DraftKings begins at 11:30 a.m.  ET, with Rick Allen, Petty, Stoddard, Hayden and Kligerman on the call. A special 30-minute NASCAR America anchored by Krista Voda alongside analyst Dale Jarrett starts at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the final Sprint Cup Series practice at 1:30 p.m. ET. Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton join Allen to cover the Sprint Cup practice in the booth, while Marty Snider and Mike Massaro report the action from Bristol’s unique pit road.

NBCSN’s Friday coverage shifts back to XFINITY racing at 3:30 p.m. ET with qualifying hosted by Burns, Kligerman and Jarrett. Pit road reporter Kelli Stavast joins Hayden trackside. A second 30-minute NASCAR America anchored by Voda alongside Petty and Stoddard begins at 5 p.m. ET. Specialty reporter Rutledge Wood and NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan contribute to the coverage. Sprint Cup Series qualifying from “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” track begins at 5:30 p.m. ET announced by Allen, Letarte, Burton, Snider and Massaro.

XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race show kicks off at 7 p.m. hosted by Voda alongside Petty and Jarrett. Also contributing to the coverage are reporters Snider, Massaro, Stavast, Burns and Wood. The green flag drops on XFINITY Series racing at 7:30 p.m. ET with Allen, Burton and Letarte in the booth and Snider, Massaro, Stavast and Burns patrolling pit road.

NBCSN’s second evening of NASCAR coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings, hosted by Voda alongside Petty, Jarrett, Wood and Ryan. Coverage kicks into high gear at 7 p.m. ET with Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Served by Sonic, as Massaro, Stavast and Burns join the coverage to break down the field.

The green flag drops on Sprint Cup racing in Bristol at 7:30 p.m. ET with Allen, Burton and Letarte calling action and Snider, Massaro, Stavast and Burns patrolling pit road, followed by the post-race show at 11 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s weekend of race coverage concludes at 11 p.m. ET with NASCAR Victory Lap hosted by Dave Briggs and Brian Vickers.

 
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE FEATURES

In Saturday’s pre-race features, 2004 Bristol Cup winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. voices a look back at the history of Bristol International Speedway and the momentous moments his family has shared at “Thunder Valley.” Earnhardt Sr. earned his first career Cup win at Bristol International Speedway in 1979, and went on to win nine more Cup races at the track throughout his career. The most memorable of which was Earnhardt Sr.’s ninth and final Bristol win, where Earnhardt Sr. tapped Terry Labonte from behind, sending Labonte into a spin with half a lap to go, and allowing Earnhardt Sr. to take the checkered flag.

NBCSN will take a look at the partnership between Kurt Busch and his crew chief Tony Gibson.  After joining Busch’s team mid-way through the 2014 season, Gibson’s old school style and mastermind strategy has proven to be a good match for Busch, helping his resurgence in the Sprint Cup field.

NBCSN’s specialty reporter Rutledge Wood takes viewers around the “loudest NASCAR track” and explains why it earned the nickname. Wood also breaks down how the “Last Great Colosseum” will be transformed into a football venue next year, hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers in September of 2016. In his weekly feature, Burton showcases the high-banked, quarter-mile race track from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car.

 

INDYCAR ABC SUPPLY 500 FROM POCONO AIRS SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents the penultimate race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with live coverage of the ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway. Graham Rahal’s (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; 456 points) victory at Mid-Ohio on August 2 has brought him to within nine points of Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske; 465 points) for first place in the driver standings. Rahal has notched eight top-five finishes this year, including four consecutive finishes in the top five. Montoya won last year’s race at Pocono, while Rahal has not finished higher than 18th in his two career races at Pocono.

Coverage from Pocono begins Saturday with qualifying at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, prior to Sunday’s live race action at 2 p.m. ET. Leigh Diffey will call the race, alongside former IndyCar driver Paul Tracy and Steve Matchett. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will patrol the pits.

 


LIVE COVERAGE OF FORMULA ONE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX AIRS SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 Formula One season continues this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (202 points) and Nico Rosberg (181 points) continue to occupy the top two spots in the driver standings, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (160 points). Vettel won the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26, his second win of the year, and the trio has combined to win all 10 races this season. Vettel has won twice at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (2011, 2013), while Hamilton won at Spa in 2010.

Coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix begins with Practice 1 on Friday at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by NBCSN’s coverage of Practice 2 on Friday at 8 a.m. ET. Live Extra airs Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by CNBC’s live coverage of qualifying at 8 a.m. ET. NBCSN’s live coverage of the F1 Belgian Grand Prix begins on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by post-race analysis on F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

Diffey (play-by-play), Matchett (analyst) and veteran analyst and former driver David Hobbs will call the Belgian GP. Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

 


LEIGH DIFFEY AND STEVE MATCHETT TO CALL BOTH F1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX AND INDYCAR AT POCONO

Lead F1 and IndyCar race-caller Leigh Diffey and F1 and IndyCar analyst Steve Matchett will pull a broadcasting doubleheader this Sunday, calling the F1 Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET and the IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Diffey and Matchett will arrive at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. on Sunday morning prior to their 4 a.m. ET production meeting. Following the F1 race, the duo will depart from Stamford at 10:30 a.m. ET, take a charter flight, and arrive at Pocono Raceway in time to call the IndyCar race on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET.

Following is the schedule for Diffey and Matchett for Sunday’s broadcast doubleheader:

  • 4 a.m. ET – Production meeting at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
  • 5:30 a.m. ET – F1 Rehearsal
  • 7:30 a.m. ET – F1 Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN
  • 10:30 a.m. ET – Depart Stamford for charter flight to Pocono
  • 12:30 p.m. ET – Arrive at Pocono Raceway
  • 1 p.m. ET – IndyCar Rehearsal
  • 2 p.m. ET – IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono
  • 6 p.m. ET – Off-air

 


NEARLY 1 MILLION VIEWERS TUNE IN TO SERIES PREMIERE OF MOBSTEEL ON NBCSN; NEW EPISODE AIRS TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Mobsteel, NBCSN’s new automotive reality series which debuted on Sunday evening (6:10-7:10 p.m. ET) following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing from Michigan, averaged 965,000 viewers to become NBCSN’s most-watched original series premiere to date. Viewership was up 54% vs. NBCSN’s average post-Sprint Cup Sunday programming. The show delivered a 0.62 HH rating.

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, to an old International Harvester Loadstar, and much more. 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.

New episodes will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, including tonight’s episode which will highlight the restoration of a 1963 Lincoln Continental. In addition, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of Sunday’s premiere tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

 


NBCSN AND NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA PRESENT LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS SEASON FINALE FROM IRONMAN NATIONAL

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season comes to a close on Saturday with coverage of the Ironman National from Indiana. Ryan Dungey has already secured the championship in the 450 Class, but the 250 Class is coming down to the wire, where Jeremy Martin (461 points) holds a slim lead over Marvin Musquin (459 points) heading into the weekend.

Coverage begins Saturday on Live Extra at 10:30 a.m. ET with practice, followed by the pre-show on Live Extra at noon ET. MAVTV airs Moto 1 coverage at 1 p.m., followed by Live Extra’s Moto 2 coverage at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air Moto 2 action at 11 p.m. ET.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action.

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

 

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wed., August 19 Mobsteel (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
  Mobsteel (New Episode) 10 p.m. NBCSN
Thur., August 20 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Motordrome** 7 p.m. NBCSN
  Mecum Auctions – Monterey (Encore) 8 p.m. NBCSN
  Mecum Dealmakers – Seattle 10 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., August 21 Global RallyCross – Washington D.C. (Encore) 12 a.m. NBCSN
  F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 1 4 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 2 8 a.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Final Practice – Bristol 9:30 a.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Bristol 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR America 1 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Bristol 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series – Evergreen** 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Qualifying – Bristol 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Qualifying  – Bristol 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:00 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Race – Bristol 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 22 F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying 8 a.m. CNBC
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Practice 10:30 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Pre-Show Noon NBC Sports Live Extra
  F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Moto 1 1 p.m. MAVTV
  Indy Car Series Qualifying – Pocono 2 p.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar Chronicles – Scott Dixon 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR America 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:00 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Race – Bristol 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Post Race  – Bristol 11 p.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Moto 2* 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 23 GP2 Racing – Belgium* 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Belgian Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
  F1 Extra 10 a.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono 2 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., August 24 NASCAR America 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

*same-day delay
**taped last week

NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH THE QUICKEN LOANS $16M PERFECT GRID CHALLENGE

NBC Sports Group has teamed up with Quicken Loans, the nation’s third largest mortgage lender, to provide fans with the Quicken Loans $16M Perfect Grid Challenge.

Fans can register at NBCSports.com/GridChallenge to fill out a NASCAR Grid from the round of 16 drivers who qualified for Chase and predicting how they will advance through each round of The Chase through the final race. The lucky fan with a perfect bracket at the end of the season will win a 16 million dollar prize, one million to represent each of the 16 drivers in the Chase. Fans will be able to make their picks following the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race on September 12 on NBCSN from Richmond International Raceway, and will have until the 15 minutes prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup September Chicagoland Race the following Sunday, September 20, to submit their grids and get ready to cheer on their picks.

In addition to the $16 Million Perfect Grid Challenge, fans will also have the opportunity to compete in the Weekly Playoff Grid Challenge. Each week participating fans are entered to win great prizes including a Roku streaming player and NBC Sports prize packs. At the end of the 10 weeks the fan with the most points will receive a free mortgage for a year from Quicken Loans.

 

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:

 

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

 

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

 

NASCAR COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.com and NASCARTALK

NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of NASCAR, including contributions from on-air commentators.

To explore the site, please visit NBCSports.com/NASCAR and NASCARTalk.NBCSports.com/

@NBCSportsPR: @NBCSportsPR Publicity group Twitter account for NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regionals, NBC Sports Radio & all NBC Sports digital properties.

@NASCARonNBC: @NASCARonNBC The official Twitter account of NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN provides exclusive access to drivers, NBC Sports NASCAR experts and behind-the-scenes content, as well up-to-the-minute news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

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 –

NBCSN PRESENTS USA EAGLES-QANTAS WALLABIES INTERNATIONAL RUGBY SHOWDOWN FROM SOLDIER FIELD SATURDAY, SEPT. 5 IN PRIMETIME

USA Eagles Host Qantas Wallabies Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Historic Meeting Between Two Nations In Chicago Will Be A Preview Of September’s Rugby World Cup

STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 19, 2015 – NBCSN will present an international rugby showdown in primetime on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the USA Eagles host the Qantas Wallabies at historic Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream NBCSN’s coverage of the Eagles-Wallabies matchup.

The match will serve as the final tune-up for both squads prior to the Rugby World Cup 2015 later in the month in England. The Qantas Wallabies, Australia’s national rugby team, will enter the match ranked fifth in the world, while the USA Eagles are ranked 16th. This marks the second straight year NBC Sports Group will present an international rugby match from Soldier Field, following last year’s matchup between the USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks on NBC on Nov. 1.

The Eagles will be looking for their first-ever win against the Wallabies, with Australia having taken all eight meetings between the two sides. Their last U.S. meeting was in October 1993, as the Wallabies defeated the Eagles, 26-22, in Riverside, Calif.

Next month’s Eagles-Wallabies clash will feature the traditional 15 players per side. The match comes less than one year away from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where the seven-a-side format will make its Olympic debut as the sport returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. In addition, Universal Sports will air an encore presentation of the match the following Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Legacy Agency, Inc., one of the world’s leading athlete representation and sports and entertainment marketing businesses, is the organizer of the match and co-partner with USA Rugby, with Astellas Healthcare the match’s presenting sponsor.

“NBC Sports has been a great partner for us, and we are looking forward to having this match on the air Labor Day Weekend,” said USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville. “We had a great event last year in Chicago, and are expecting much of the same this year as we prep for the World Cup.”

“Rugby has been a great addition to our live content in recent years, and we’re building off of the success of last year’s Eagles-All Blacks match by adding USA-Australia this year,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming and Owned Properties. “As we’ve shown with our presentations of the Rugby World Cup, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the Sevens World Series and last year’s matchup Eagles-All Blacks, we’re committed to the growth of rugby in the U.S.”

“The excitement for this match has been building over the summer as rugby grows here in the U.S. on a national level, and having NBC Sports on board as our broadcast partner again speaks very loudly to the brand value the sport now has,” said Mike Principe, chief executive officer of The Legacy Agency. “We are looking forward to this match being the next in a series of strong partnerships we are working with USA Rugby on to grow the game.”


ABOUT THE LEGACY AGENCY/TLA WORLDWIDE

TLA Worldwide is a leading athlete representation, event management and sports marketing group quoted on London’s AIM. The Group derives revenues from long term agency relationships with many prominent US and international sports stars, broadcasters and media personalities associated with major sports including  the MLB, NFL, NBA, PGA TOUR, AFL and Olympians and Cricketers.  In addition, it also provides a range of services in respect of media consultancy, sports sponsorship and event creation and ownership, including the International Champions Cup tournament in Australia.  With over 140 full-time personnel, TLA Worldwide serves its clients from 10 locations worldwide including its offices in London, UK; New York, Houston and Newport Beach, USA; and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.  For more information, please visit http://www.tlaww-plc.com


ABOUT USA RUGBY

Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 95,000 active members, with more than 29,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit http://www.usarugby.org for more information.


ABOUT NBCSN

NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is a 24/7/365 sports network dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Premier League, NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, Mecum Auctions, Tour de France, and the America’s Cup. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, Premier Boxing Champions, Ironman, the Dew Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, Men in Blazers, and NHL Rivals, as well as original motorsports programming, including NASCAR America, Mecum Dealmakers, /DRIVE on NBCSN and Off the Grid.  NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

TOP-TIER MATCHES BETWEEN EVERTON & MANCHESTER CITY, ARSENAL & LIVERPOOL HIGHLIGHT NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Tim Howard & Everton Host Sergio Aguero & Manchester City This Sun., Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN & TELEMUNDO

Arsenal v. Liverpool This Mon., Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN & NBC UNIVERSO

Sunday’s Manchester City-Chelsea Match on NBCSN Ranks as the Most-Watched August Match in U.S. Cable Television History

NBC Presents Part Two of Premier League Download: Jack to a King, This Sat., Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. ET

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Mondays at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 18, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week is highlighted by top-tier matches, with Everton v. Manchester City this Sunday, August 23, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and TELEMUNDO, and Arsenal v. Liverpool this Monday, August 24, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO.

Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard face Manchester City after a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday. Manchester City enter the match coming off a 3-0 win of their own against reigning champions Chelsea, which featured a goal from last season’s league-leading scorer Sergio Aguero.

Sunday’s match between Chelsea and last season’s runners-up Manchester City averaged 818,000 viewers on NBCSN to rank as the most-watched August Premier League match in U.S. cable television history. In addition, the match ranks as NBC Sports Live Extra’s most-streamed Premier League match ever with 96,000 unique users.

Arsenal won 2-1 over Crystal Palace on Sunday, thanks in part to a stunning volley from Olivier Giroud, while Liverpool come off a 1-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls both Everton v. Manchester City and Arsenal v. Liverpool, alongside analyst Lee Dixon.

Weekend Premier League coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET this Saturday, August 22, with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Manchester United v. Newcastle on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. Coverage continues at 10 a.m. ET with Leicester City v. Tottenham on NBCSN, and Crystal Palace v. Aston Villa on USA Network. Matches not featured on NBCSN or USA Network in the Saturday, 10 a.m. ET or the Sunday, 11 a.m. ET television 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.

NBC presents a live, 1.5-hour Match of the Day at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Rebecca Lowe hosts the program, joined by former Jamaican National Team Player Robbie Earle and former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino.

Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, NBC presents part two of a new, two-part Premier League Download: Jack to a King. Produced by YJB films, Jack to a King is a passionate portrait of the rise of Swansea City Football Club from near oblivion to the world stage of the Premier League.

Match Coverage on Sunday begins at 8 a.m. ET on USA with Premier League Live, followed by West Bromwich Albion v. Chelsea at 8:30 a.m. ET on USA and NBC UNIVERSO.

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

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett will air at 11 p.m. ET each Monday throughout the Premier League season.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.

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

Date Time Match Network
Sat., Aug. 22 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 7:45 a.m. Manchester United v. Newcastle NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Leicester City v. Tottenham NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Aston Villa USA
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Norwich City v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Sunderland v. Swansea City Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. West Ham v. Bournemouth Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 22 Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 12:30 p.m. Match of the Day NBC
Sat., Aug. 22 2 p.m. Premier League Download: Jack to a King NBC
Sat., Aug. 22 5 p.m. The 2 Robbies ‘Football’ Show NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 23 8 a.m. Premier League Live USA
Sun., Aug. 23 8:30 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Chelsea USA, NBC UNIVERSO
Sun., Aug. 23 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 23 11 a.m. Everton v. Manchester City NBCSN, TELEMUNDO
Sun., Aug. 23 11 a.m. Watford v. Southampton Extra Time
Sun., Aug. 23 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 23 Midnight Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 1 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 3 p.m. Arsenal v. Liverpool NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Mon., Aug. 24 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 11 p.m. THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE COVERAGE FROM MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON NBCSN

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Marty Snider on his dominance at Michigan: “This has been a great week. We have had a great couple months. We definitely have some momentum built.”

Steve Letarte on Matt Kenseth’s win: “Not just a win, it is a very impressive dominant performance out of the No. 20 team.”

Steve Letarte on the potentially illegal right side skirt on Kenseth’s car: “Without a doubt not on purpose. If you were going to flair the side skirt for an advantage you would want to do it way closer to the rear tire, out underneath the tail pipes. That would be an advantage.”

Brooklyn, Mich. – August 16, 2015 – NBCSN presented NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway this afternoon. Friday’s pole winner Matt Kenseth dominated the race, leading 146 out of the 200 laps. It was Kenseth’s third win of the season and 34th career win in the Sprint Cup Series.

Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen and analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte called the action. Working the pits were NBCSN reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Matt Kenseth 20
2 Kevin Harvick 4
3 Martin Truex Jr. 78
4 Austin Dillon 3
5 Denny Hamlin 11

 

The following are highlights from today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage on NBCSN.

Burton on the preferred line at “MIS”: “You have seen that the leader picked the outside line all day today. You are able to carry your momentum on the outside, there is no one taking air off your car. That car on the bottom is having all the air pulled off the side of the car, taking the downforce away. The outside line I believe will be the preferred line all day.”

Burton on Clint Bowyer’s three-wide crash on a restart: “The No. 15 car and Clint Bowyer, they do not need a bad race. They were running well, their performance was good, but this wreck is really going to hurt their opportunity to make the Chase.”

Letarte on Kenseth’s restart strategy: “Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth are two veteran race car drivers. They understand the importance of every restart. It’s not just luck, there is strategy involved.”

Letarte on Carl Edward’s loss of power during the caution: “When you shut the car off, you have to have battery juice to crank the car back up. That is the one scary part about saving fuel.”

Burton on Dillon’s pursuit of Kenseth: “If Austin Dillon can run the same speed through the corner as Matt Kenseth, he will have an advantage on the straight. It is hard to do because you are losing air when you are in second, but that is the whole key. He needs to try and maintain position and use the straights to his advantage.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s top-30 points standing in the Chase: “I think at this point they have to be deliberate. It doesn’t appear they have had the fastest car here today…The No. 18 needs to be a little conservative because he needs those points.”

Burton on Jimmie Johnson’s current racing situation: “This team isn’t in sync. They are not running well, they don’t have the speed and they are making mistakes. They have found a way every year to be better when the Chase started, but they are not in sync right now.”

Denny Hamlin to Burns on his 5th place finish: “Top five is pretty good with this aero package, twice in a row we got top five. Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Austin Dillon to Burns on his fourth-place finish: “I had fun racing Matt out front. I just couldn’t lead very well when we got out front. It was a little bit of a learning experience I think for me. Matt has been up there a lot in his career. For me, it was my first time and I will learn from it and get better next time.”

Burton on Austin Dillon’s improvement over the season: “I think this is the most-improved team on the race track. They are starting to get consistent top tens, and that is what you want to see. That is real improvement.”

Third place Martin Truex Jr. to Massaro on his momentum in Michigan: “We passed a lot of cars, but we just could never get that track position we needed to fight for the win.”

Letarte on Kenseth’s win: “Not just a win, it is a very impressive dominant performance out of the No. 20 team.”

Coach Joe Gibbs to Stavast on Kenseth’s two wins in last three races: “We were down for about a year and a half, we have come back to a point where we have a chance at races…I don’t think you can ever guess in pro-sports. Things can turn and next week they twist and go the other way. I think that is the reason that all the fans and all of us love it, you don’t know what is going to happen.”

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Snider on his dominance at Michigan: “This has been a great week. We have had a great couple months. We definitely have some momentum built. The guys gave us a rocket today. They gave us rockets the last couple months. We are just going to work hard to try and keep it rolling.”

Letarte on the potentially illegal side skirt on Kenseth’s car: “The competitor in me saw it in the closing laps and I wanted to know how that side skirt got to where it was. There is a distinct rule that says you can’t flail these side skirts on purpose…but without a doubt, this was not on purpose. If you were going to flair the side skirt for an advantage you would want to do it way closer to the rear tire, out underneath the tail pipes. That would be an advantage.”

Kenseth’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, to Snider on the side skirt incident: “Actually it slowed the stop down quite a bit, I would like to sit here and say that was by design. The jack slid under it and they had to reset and obviously it bent the side skirt.”

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues this evening with NASCAR Victory Lap at 11 p.m. ET, and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR America.

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–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

 

NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE COVERAGE FROM MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN Analyst Kyle Petty on Brad Keselowski’s home track advantage: “A Michigan driver has never won at this race track. To win here would be huge for him.”

Jack Roush’s philosophy on flying and driving, in his Countdown to Green feature: “If I have survived the day, if I’ve had a good trip, then I have done something well.”

Brooklyn, Mich. – August 16, 2015 – NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway this afternoon. Coverage began with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings, followed by the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show. Krista Voda hosted the pre-race action alongside NASCAR on NBCSN analyst Kyle Petty, and 2009 Sprint Cup winner at “MIS” Brian Vickers.

Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Marty Snider reported from pit road leading up to today’s green flag, while specialty reporter Rutledge Wood explored the track. Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte offered their perspectives.

Countdown to Green featured a sit down interview between Burton and his old boss, CEO of Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush. Roush shared his philosophies on life and optimistic viewpoints on the future for Roush Fenway Racing. Burton also gave viewers a tour of NASCAR’s fastest track, from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. Wood caught up with Mobsteel custom car builders Adam and Pam Genei, as they previewed the premiere of their upcoming show. NBCSN’s new custom-car show, Mobsteel, makes its debuts today immediately following Sprint Cup Series Racing from Michigan.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-race coverage on NBCSN.

Jamie McMurray to Snider on his race for the Chase: “It is really no different. We are still racing every week to get the best finish we can.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with the most wins of any active driver at “MIS,” Greg Biffle, to Dave Burns: “I think we have an opportunity to win here today…If we can get our track positions and things go well for us today, I think we could win one of these things.”

Vickers on the new high-drag aerodynamics package: “It is going to be different. Indy and Michigan are very different race tracks. This package here at Michigan is about Michigan verses Michigan. They are trying to make the Michigan race better, and that is what this is about for NASCAR.”

Kasey Kahne to Massaro on his tough season and chances of making the Chase: “Today will be interesting. We will see what happens. Bristol, Darlington and Richmond are all tracks that we can win at. We still have a shot for sure.”

Kyle Busch to Stavast on starting at the back of the pack: “As the race changes and progresses, hopefully our car is good all day, and we can make our way up through the field.”

Petty on Keselowski’s home track advantage: “This is Michigan, a Michigan driver has never won at this race track. To win here would be huge for him.”

Burton’s thoughts on the front straightaway from behind the wheel of the On Track Car: “In the front straightaway we are going to see people passing at the bottom of the track. It is rough; if you get down here you are going to see a lot of sparks flying, as your car bottoms out.”

Burton on the high-drag aerodynamics package at “MIS”: “We ran this high-drag package at Indy with mixed results, but Indy is a one groove racetrack. This race track has two grooves on the bottom and two grooves on the top. There is a place for drivers to go here rather than just following another car. That could make the package work well at Michigan.”

Jack Roush’s philosophy on flying and driving, in his Countdown to Green feature: “If I have survived the day, if I’ve had a good trip, then I have done something well.”

Roush’s thoughts on retirement: “I am 73-years-old and I am still working every day. People ask me why do you work. They haven’t figured out that they don’t need to pay me. I would come and do what I do for fun every day.”

Jeff Burton on Roush’s philosophy: “What really struck me was that he still has enthusiasm. He still has a great deal of passion for what he is doing. He emphatically said to me many times, they are going to fix Roush Racing. That Roush Racing is going to find their way back to the top.”

Biffle to Burton on the new aerodynamics during the pace lap: “We haven’t been grouped up yet going at the green, with 20 cars around us. We really don’t know what to expect…I have been around a few cars but not this many, so turn one is going to be exciting.”

Letarte on the mandated air ducts required in today’s race to cool the car down: “As crew chiefs, we are selfish. If we think we would have an advantage we would probably take that gamble, and leave them sealed up.”

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NOTES AND QUOTES FROM XFINITY SERIES PRE-RACE AND RACE COVERAGE FROM MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE ON NBCSN

Race Winner Regan Smith to Dave Burns: “I hate doing that in the last corner…I have been wrecked so many times on these road courses, I had to do what I had to do right there.”

Runner-up Alex Tagliani to Alex Hayden on Regan Smith’s final turn nudge: “He knows I’m not going to be there next weekend to retaliate, and to give him payback.”

 NBCSN presented NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this afternoon. The 2.25 mile road race culminated with Regan Smith bumping Alex Tagliani out of the lead in the last lap. Smith broke his personal losing streak, but found himself embroiled in a second straight controversial finish. Play-by-Play announcer Leigh Diffey and hall of fame driver Dale Jarrett hosted Countdown to Green and called the race action, while pit road reporters Jim Noble, Alex Hayden and Dave Burns contributed to the trackside coverage.

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Regan Smith 7
2 Alex Tagliani 22
3 Ty Dillon 3
4 Chris Buescher 60
5 Chase Elliott 9

 

The man from Quebec, Tagliani, secured pole position during Saturday morning’s qualifying and hoped to secure his first XFINITY win. After last week’s fierce post-race confrontation between Smith and Ty Dillon, Smith aggressively worked to gain points towards the Championship.

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

Jarrett on today’s task for the drivers: “I can tell you one thing; I am glad I’m talking into a microphone and not holding a steering wheel today. This is one tough place, especially for the drivers battling for points.”

Reigning Mid-Ohio champion, Chris Buescher, to Noble before the race: “We are on a good roll here. Watkins Glen was a lot of fun. We are looking forward to getting into the race.”

Regan Smith to Burns regarding his altercation with Ty Dillon at Watkins Glen: “It is a new week, and we are here in Mid-Ohio.”

Ty Dillon to Noble on how he is going to race Smith after last weekend’s scuffle: “I’ll race him like I do every week…Hopefully we stay up front, lead a bunch of laps and win this thing.”

Jarrett on Suarez’s improvement on road courses: “I’m impressed with Daniel Suarez here today. He had a difficult day yesterday learning this racetrack. He spent more off in the grass then he did on the actual racing surface, but it served him well.”

Jarrett on fuel conservation in the final 25 laps: “All you can do is save what you can, and hope that you can make it to lap 75, that is the advertised distance. If a green-white-checker comes about, then you have to deal with it at that point in time.”

Jarrett on Tagliani with less than 20 laps to go: “Anything besides winning this race today, in Alex’s mind, is going to be a failure for him. Because he realizes he is probably the best road racer, and he has an excellent team behind him. He looks at this as an opportunity to go take the checkered flag. This is the only time he is going to get his chance this year, and I think he is going to do whatever it may take to put himself in that position.”

Tagliani’s crew chief Greg Erwin to Burns during the seventh caution: “Alex has not made a mistake that I am aware of this weekend. He is doing a terrific job not only in practice but in qualifying. I think the No. 7 has found a little speed here.”

Jarrett on Smith’s last lap pass: “Great pass, Regan Smith did everything he had to do at the end.”

Runner-up Alex Tagliani to Hayden on Regan Smith’s final turn nudge: “He knows I’m not going to be there next weekend to retaliate, and to give him payback. It is just really unfortunate to win like that.”

Race Winner Regan Smith to Burns: “I hate doing that in the last corner, but it has been a year and eight months (since a win). I wasn’t going to pass an opportunity up. I have been wrecked so many times on these road courses, I had to do what I had to do right there.”

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues tomorrow with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings at 1:30 p.m. ET, followed by Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show at 2 p.m. ET and Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway at 2:30 p.m. ET.

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–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH AUGUST 14 – 16, 2015

(All times ET)

The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team.

For live streaming information on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Golf Channel Live Extraclick here.

Friday, August 14

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Aston Villa v. Manchester United

5 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Qualifying

6 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Monetary

Saturday, August 15

6:30 a.m. on NBCSN – MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW

7 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Southampton v. Everton

8:30 a.m. on CNBC – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Practice

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Tottenham v. Stoke City

10 a.m. on USA – Premier League: West Ham v. Leicester City

11:30 a.m. on CNBC – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Final Practice

12 p.m. on NBCSN – Goal Zone

12:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League: Match of the Day

12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Monetary

2:30 p.m. on NBC – Goal Zone

3 p.m. on NBC – Red Bull Global Rallycross

3 p.m. on NBCSN – Countdown to Green

3:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR XFINITY Series: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200

4:30 p.m. on NBC – Red Bull Signature Series: Hare Scramble

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Monetary

8 p.m. on NBC – P&G Championships: Women’s Gymnastics

9 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier Boxing Champions

11 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Pro motocross: Utah National

Sunday, August 16

6 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League World

6:30 a.m. on NBCSN Premier League: Match of the Day

7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Crystal Palace v. Arsenal

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Manchester City v. Chelsea

1 p.m. on NBC – USA Swimming National Championships

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Goal Zone

1:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

2 p.m. on NBCSN – Countdown to Green

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Michigan

3 p.m. on NBC – P&G Championships: Men’s Gymnastics

4:30 p.m. on NBC – AVP: Manhattan Beach

6 p.m. on NBCSN – Mobsteel

7 p.m. on NBCSNMecum Auctions: Monetary

11 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Victory Lap

NASCAR

NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of NASCAR this weekend on NBCSN with Sprint Cup racing from Michigan and XFINITY action from Mid-Ohio.

Weekend coverage of NASCAR begins today on NBCSN with the Sprint Cup Qualifying at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by NASCAR America at 6 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s coverage is highlighted by the NASCAR XFINITY Series: Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at Mid-Ohio at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Saturday’s coverage of NASCAR begins at 8:30 a.m. ET with the Sprint Cup Series practice on CNBC, followed by the Sprint Cup Series Final Practice at 11:30 a.m. on CNBC. Weekend coverage of NASCAR continues at 3 p.m. ET with the NASCAR Countdown to Green pre-race show, leading into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Race at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday’s coverage of NASCAR is highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Michigan at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins on Sunday with NASCAR America at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by the NASCAR Countdown to Green pre-race show at 2 p.m. ET, leading into the NASCAR Sprint Sup Series: Michigan race at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Weekend coverage of NASCAR wraps up with NASCAR Victory Lap at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Leigh Diffey will call Saturday’s race from Mid-Ohio, joined in the booth by Dale Jarrett. Reporters Jim Noble, Alex Hayden and Dave Burns add to NBCSN’s pre-race coverage.

NBC Sports Group’s lead race announcer Rick Allen calls Sunday’s race from Michigan, joined in the booth by Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton. Krista Voda hosts NBCSN’s pre-race coverage alongside analyst Kyle Petty. Contributing to pre-race coverage and then patrolling pit road during the race on NBCSN are reporters Kelli Stavast, Marty Snider, Mike Massaro, and Rutledge Wood.

PREMIER LEAGUE

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015-16 Premier League season continues this weekend on NBC and NBCSN.

Live match coverage begins Saturday at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Live, followed by Southampton v. Everton, and continues at 10 a.m. ET with Tottenham v. Stoke City. The Premier League Match of the Day will air on NBC beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by Premier League Goal Zone.

Live coverage of Premier League continues Sunday on NBCSN with coverage of Crystal Palace v. Arsenal at 8:30 a.m. ET, followed by Manchester City v. Chelsea at 11 a.m. ET, immediately followed by Premier League Goal Zone.

Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, alongside Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe.

Below is a full list of match commentators for this weekend’s Premier League coverage:

Friday, August 14

2:45 on NBCSN – Aston Villa v. Manchester United, commentated by Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

Saturday, August 15

7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Southampton v. Everton, commentated by Jim Proudfoot and Jim Beglin

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Tottenham v. Stoke City, commentated by Gary Taphouse and Ray Houghton

10 a.m. on USA – West Ham v. Leicester City, commentated by Tony Jones and Tony Gale

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Swansea City v. Newcastle, commentated by Joe Speight and Barry Horne

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Watford v. West Brom, commentated by Gary Weaver and Dean Sturridge

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Sunderland v. Norwich City, commentated by Ian Crocker v. Davie Provan

Sunday, August 16

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Crystal Palace v. Arsenal, commentated by Peter Drury and Danny Higginbotham

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Man City v. Chelsea, commentated by Arlo White and Tim Howard

3 p.m. on NBCSN – Liverpool v. Bournemouth, commentated by Martin Tyler and Jim Beglin

MOBSTEEL

NBC Sports Group will present the series premiere of Mobsteel this weekend on NBCSN. The show will debut Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following NBCSN’s coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from Michigan International Speedway.

P&G CHAMPIONSHIPS

NBC Sports Group presents coverage of the 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships this weekend on NBC.

Live coverage of the women’s all-around final begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Live coverage of the men’s all-around final begins Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Al Trautwig, Tim Daggett, Nastia Liukin and Andrea Joyce will host coverage from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Premier Boxing Champions returns in primetime this weekend on NBCSN with live coverage from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Coverage begins Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Kenny Albert handles blow-by-blow for the telecast, joined by analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and BJ Flores, with Kenny Rice reporting from ring-side.

RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS

NBC continues its coverage of the 2015 Red Bull Global RallyCross Championship this weekend. Coverage begins on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Toby Moody (play-by-play) will call the action, alongside analyst Townsend Bell, and reporters Kristen Kenney and Will Christien.

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS

NBCSN’s live coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues on Saturday at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from Utah National in Tooele, Utah.

GOLF

Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage this weekend features the LPGA Tour’s Cambia Portland Classic. Coverage begins today at 5 p.m. ET and continues Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

Whit Watson (play-by-play) hosts coverage from Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Portland, Ore. Joining Watson will be Judy Rankin (analyst), Tom Abbott (tower), Jerry Foltz  and Kay Cockerill (on course).

PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS LIVE FROM MONTREAL IN PRIMETIME THIS SAT., AUG 15, AT 9 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Canadian Star Lucian Bute Faces Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa

Coverage Begins With a Bout Between Undefeated Light Heavyweights Eleider Alvarez & Isidro Ranoni Prieto

Coverage Streamed Live on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 13, 2015 – Premier Boxing Champions returns in primetime this Saturday, August 15 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN, at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, featuring a super middleweight bout between former world titleholder Lucian Bute (31-2, 24 KOs) and Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa (17-2, 13 KOs).

Coverage begins with a bout between undefeated light heavyweights 2008 Colombian Olympian Eleider Alvarez (17-0, 10 KOs) and Paraguayan knockout artist Isidro Ranoni Prieto (24-0-3, 20 KOs).

Kenny Albert handles blow-by-blow for the telecast, joined by analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and BJ Flores, with Kenny Rice reporting from ring-side.

A LOOK AT THE MATCHUPS

After an accomplished amateur career representing his native Romania, Lucian Bute moved to Montreal, Canada and began his pro career in 2003 with 30 straight victories. Among those victories, the 35-year-old won a super middleweight world title over Alejandro Berrio. Bute will be returning to the ring to face Andrea Di Luisa for the first time since Jan. 2014.

A professional since 2008, Di Luisa will be making his North American debut this Saturday. The 33-year-old racked up 12 wins to start his career including victories over previously unbeaten fighters Alessio Rondelli and Giuseppe Brischetto. Fighting out of Lazio, he enters this fight on a four-fight win streak, including his last two by knockout.

A 2008 Colombian Olympian fighting out of Montreal, Eleider Alvarez defeated Anatoliy Dudchenko by second round knockout on June 12. That fight marked the pro debut for the 31-year-old, after recording 15 victories in Canada and one in Monaco. The owner of victories over and Edison Miranda, Alexander Johnson and Ryno Liebenber, he looks to keep his perfect record intact against Isidro Ranoni Prieto on Saturday.

Born in Paraguay but making his home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Prieto has never lost as a pro, and has won his last eight fights. The 29-year-old will be making his North American debut and fighting as a pro outside of South America for the first time on Saturday. Prieto has recorded three straight knockouts entering the fight.

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NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in 2015, including cards on NBC and NBCSN, and NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

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NBC’S “WAITING ALL DAY FOR SUNDAY NIGHT” STARRING CARRIE UNDERWOOD HITS BIG SCREEN IN THEATERS TOMORROW, FRIDAY, AUGUST 14

New Cinema Spot to Roll Out on Movie Screens Nationwide

NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL -- "Carrie Underwood Promo" -- Pictured: Carrie Underwood -- (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL — “Carrie Underwood Promo” — Pictured: Carrie Underwood — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

LOS ANGELES – August 13, 2015 – NBC Sports Group today announced a new cinema spot debuting tomorrow, Friday, August 14 starring seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood performing “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC.

The piece, a 2½-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year’s Sunday Night Football show open featuring Underwood and NFL stars, will debut tomorrow, Friday, August 14 in National CineMedia’s FirstLook pre-show program in AMC, Cinemark, and Regal Entertainment Group – a network of more than 19,000 movie screens.

The announcement was made during NBC Sports Group’s presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles, Calif.

“Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” This marks Underwood’s third season performing the song with NBC Sports.

SNF NO. 1 PRIMETIME PROGRAM ON TELEVISION FOR 4 YEARS RUNNING:

For the fourth consecutive September-May television season, NBC’s Sunday Night Football 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).

ABOUT CARRIE UNDERWOOD:  Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film.  A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold more than 56 million records worldwide, and recorded 21 #1 singles, 11 of which she co-wrote.  The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012.  Her four studio albums, Some HeartsCarnival RidePlay On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have been streamed more than 1.4 billion times worldwide.  In 2013, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers.  In late 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1.  Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the 25 songs included two new hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the #1 smash “Little Toy Guns.”  On November 4, she’ll return for an eighth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards.  Underwood is currently working on new music for her fifth studio album.

–NBC Sports Group–