Day 30 – Game 7 Tonight — Ducks Host Kings at 9 P.M. ET on NBCSN

nhl_nbc_2Conference Finals Begin This Weekend on NBC

2.3 Million Viewers Watch Last Night’s Game 7

Boston Scores Best-Ever 22.3 HH Rating

Canadiens-Bruins Streams Nearly 4 Million Minutes

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 15, 2014 – Today marks the first day since the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs began that there are no games being played. However, action resumes tomorrow night with Game 7 in the “Freeway Series” between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It will be the third Game 7 in four days.

Saturday and Sunday will begin the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals, respectively. The Montreal Canadiens will host the New York Rangers on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks will either host the Los Angeles Kings or travel to the Anaheim Ducks at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

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THE PASS – FRIDAY, MAY 16 – SUNDAY, MAY 18 (All times ET)

(There are no games tonight)

FRIDAY, MAY 16
Time Coverage Network Commentators
8:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
9 p.m. Game 7 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom
SATURDAY, MAY 17
1 p.m. Game 1 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (3) Montreal NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
SUNDAY, MAY 18
3 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (1) Anaheim OR (3) Los Angeles at (3) Chicago NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,  Brian Engblom
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones

Tonight – MAY 16

The Kings face the Ducks tonight in Game 7 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a trip to the Western Conference Final at stake. On Wednesday night, the Kings built a 2-0 lead on goals from Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis, and held on for a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles. This is the third Game 7 in four days, and the road team won both contests by a score of 2-1, as the Rangers and Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. John Forslund (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside the Glass analyst) will have the call from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

VIEWERSHIP & CONSUMPTION HIGHLIGHTS

Wednesday night’s Game 7 between the Canadiens and the Bruins (6:59-9:52 p.m. ET) averaged 2.276 million viewers, making it the most-watched game featuring a Canadian team ever on NBCSN, excluding the Stanley Cup Final; the most-watched cable game of the 2014 playoffs so far; and the third-most watched second-round game ever on NBCSN.

The contest, in which the Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-1, in Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference Final, peaked in its penultimate quarter-hour (9:30-9:45 p.m. ET) with 3.2 million viewers. In Boston, the game delivered a 22.3 HH rating, the highest-rated second-round Bruins game ever in the market on NBCSN.

Digitally, Canadiens-Bruins Game 7 broke nearly every record in the book as it was the best authentication-required NHL game ever – beating both authentication-required Stanley Cup Final games last year. Regardless of authentication status, it was the best second-round game ever and the best game of the 2013-14 season. The game delivered 3.99 million minutes and 79,633 uniques.

Game 6 of Ducks-Kings (9:52 p.m. – 12:22 a.m. ET), the second game of last night’s doubleheader, averaged 1.036 million viewers, making it the most-watched game of the series to date and up 22% vs. the comparable game last year (Sharks-Kings).

PLEASE KISS PIERRE

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was so excited that his team won Game 7 against the Bruins that he ended the night’s post-game interview with NBCSN “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire with a big kiss. Watch it here:

http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/pk-subban-excited-beat-bruins

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 50
CNBC 11
NHL-N 2
Total 71

One-goal Games: 34
OT games: 20

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — 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 the comprehensive 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.”

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

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NBC Sports Group Presents 8 Hours Of Preakness Stakes Coverage As California Chrome Aims For 2nd Leg Of Triple Crown

nbc-sports-group139th Preakness Stakes on NBC on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET; Coverage from Pimlico Begins Friday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN

“I think California Chrome will win this weekend.” – NBC’s Mike Battaglia

“There are two or three new shooters this year that can give California Chrome a legitimate run for his money.” – NBC’s Bob Neumeier

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 14, 2014 – Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome leads the field as the NBC Sports Group presents 8 hours of coverage of the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Coverage begins from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Friday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminates with the Preakness Stakes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

With a win Saturday at the Preakness Stakes, California Chrome will head to the Belmont aiming to become the first horse to win the elusive Triple Crown since Affirmed, with jockey Steve Cauthen, in 1978.  NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Belmont Stakes begins Friday, June 6.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group coverage of the Preakness Stakes features Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman, and race caller Larry Collmus. In addition, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno will provide a mix of features and interviews at Pimlico.

FEATURES AND STORYLINES: The features NBC Sports Group is preparing for its Preakness coverage include:

  • A trip to the homes of California Chrome’s co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, who returned to their day jobs just days after winning at Churchill Downs;
  • A look at some of the new shooters trying to beat the Derby champ;
  • Josh Elliott visits with California Chrome’s jockey Victor Espinoza and his older brother Jose, a jockey whose career ended with a terrifying fall at Saratoga nine months ago;
  • Carolyn Manno reports from the infield at Pimlico;
  • Bob Costas offers an essay on California Chrome.

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

PREAKNESS STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 16 3 p.m. Preakness Classics: Oxbow (2013); I’ll Have Another (2012); Rachel Alexandra (2009) NBCSN
Fri., May 16 4 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 17 1 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
Sat., May 17 4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
Sat., May 17 6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN

THE HANDICAPPERS

NBC Sports handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier provided their thoughts on the Preakness in separate interviews. Their comments are below:

THE PREAKNESS ACCORDING TO BATTAGLIA: “The main story is California Chrome, but the big story other than that, to me, is how few challengers from the Derby are coming back and going after him. I can’t remember the last time only two other horses [General A Rod, Ride on Curlin] came out of the Derby and ran in the Preakness.”

BATTAGLIA ON CALIFORNIA CHROME’S TRIPLE CROWN CHANCES: “I think California Chrome will win this weekend. I was very impressed with the way he won the Derby; I don’t care about the time. That didn’t bother me at all…I think the shorter distance will play right into him, and I think he’s going to go into the Belmont with a shot.”

NEUMEIER ON THE CHALLENGERS TO CALIFORNIA CHROME: “My eyes are trained on the new shooters, which is very rare. Typically in any given year the Derby survivors are the ones you should focus on in the Preakness because typically they are the best horses. For some reason, that’s not it this year and I think there are two or three new shooters this year that can give California Chrome a legitimate run for his money.”

BATTAGLIA ON THE “NEW SHOOTERS” & RIDE ON CURLIN: “There is an abundance of early speed. Most of them have tons of speed, especially Social Inclusion. We thought we were going to get a fast pace in the Derby and we didn’t get it – but it almost has to be fast in the Preakness. I think that puts Ride on Curlin in a nice spot. With California Chrome, I don’t think it matters, but I think it puts Ride on Curlin in a very nice spot. Mark Casse’s horse, Dynamic Impact, I really like the way he’s improving. This is a horse that took a while to break his maiden. He actually beat older horses when he broke his maiden. I kind of like that. I loved his race in the Illinois Derby, so I think of the new shooters, I give him the edge. I think the presence in the speed with all the new shooters will really help Ride on Curlin.”

NEUMEIER ON “NEW SHOOTER” SOCIAL INCLUSION: “Social Inclusion is the big threat because he is very, very fast. He’s coming off of a foot bruise injury. I think he’s OK, I know he had a workout on Monday where people saw it and were very impressed. I think his injury is behind him, and he has run racing by numbers that would beat California Chrome, so he is at the top of the list.”

NEUMEIER ON “NEW SHOOTER” DYNAMIC IMPACT: “More under-the-radar is a horse called Dynamic Impact who won the Illinois Derby. He might be overlooked by some but he beat a nice horse called Midnight Hawk, flew mightily to win that race. I’m looking for him in somewhere of the neighborhood of 12-to-1 to 15-to-1 range. I think he’s got a chancee.”

NEUMEIER ON “NEW SHOOTER” KID CRUZ: “My third new shooter would be a horse called Kid Cruz. You’ll know him because he was named after the Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and comes from way, way back of the pack.  There are a lot of early speed horses in this race — Bayern, Social Inclusion, California Chrome. If they should go out and decide to put themselves in a suicide pace then Kid Cruz could be there to pick up the pieces. So I would say those three would be the three shooters that I would take a look at.”

BATTAGLIA’S PICKS: “California Chrome, Ride on Curlin, Dynamic Impact.”

NEUMEIER’S PICKS: “My pick Saturday will be either Social Inclusion, Kid Cruz or Dynamic Impact.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA PREAKNESS STAKES COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream NBC and NBCSN Preakness Stakes coverage. The vast majority of the content will be streamed live via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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

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

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Preakness Stakes coverage includes:

  • Four exclusive isolation cameras, including one on Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome during the race
  • Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
  • Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and earlier prep races

PREAKNESS STAKES ALL-ACCESS

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

Twitter: Viewers and Tweeters alike will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #PREAKNESS. Reminders will appear on screen throughout all of NBC Sports Group’s Preakness coverage.

  • On-air integration of live tweets from celebrities, horse racing experts and @NBCSN will be featured on screen throughout the broadcasts to keep viewers up to date with what’s happening on Twitter;
  • A Trending Bar will be integrated into the live broadcast coverage to update viewers in real time as to what Preakness-related terms are trending on Twitter;
  • For the ultimate horse racing fan, @NBCSN will live tweet all week leading up to the Preakness, including the Preakness Draw, and provide interactive trivia and “Did You Know” tweets during the Preakness Classic broadcast. It will give fans behind the scenes access and information like never before.

Facebook: Fans will have the chance to join in on the Preakness broadcast:

  • Everyone at home can pick their winner with the “Choose the Winning Horse” Facebook poll on www.facebook.com/NBCSports. The nation’s votes will be tallied and shown on-air during the Preakness broadcast.

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

KENTUCKY DERBY: California Chrome’s exciting victory in the 2014 Kentucky Derby marks the fourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers. From 1991-2008, Kentucky Derby average viewership did not reach 15 million.

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

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

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DAY 27 – Second Round Of Stanley Cup Playoffs Culminates With Game 6s and 7s This Week Across NBCSN and CNBC

NBCSN_LogoBruins Look to Close Out Canadiens in Game 6 in Montreal Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Ducks Host Kings in Pivotal Game 5 Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Rangers Force Game 7 vs. Penguins in Pittsburgh Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Blackhawks Face Wild in Game 6 Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNBC with Western Conference Finals Berth At Stake

All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 12, 2014 – With all four second-round series going at least six games, including a dramatic Game 7 matchup on Tuesday night between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins, NBC Sports Group will present up to 30 hours of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC this week, starting tonight with a doubleheader on NBCSN. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen alongside Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

Tonight’s doubleheader begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, with Game 6 between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens, as the Bruins look to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win in Montreal.

The action continues at 10 p.m. ET with a pivotal Game 5 between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, as the Ducks look to build off of the momentum of victories in Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles to even the series at two games apiece.

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.

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THE PASS – MONDAY, MAY 12 – TUESDAY, MAY 13 (All Times ET)

MONDAY, MAY 12
Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Mike Milbury ,Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick
7:30 p.m. Game 6 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Engblom
TUESDAY, MAY 13
7 p.m. Game 7 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBCSN Liam McHugh, Keith Jones,  Jeremy Roenick
9 p.m. Game 6 – (3) Chicago at (4) Minnesota CNBC Dave Strader, Eddie Olczyk
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Dave Briggs, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter

BRUINS-CANADIENS – GAME 6 TONIGHT AT 7:30 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – BRUINS LEAD 3-2

The Bruins can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with a win tonight against the Canadiens in Game 6 in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Montreal held a 2-1 lead in the series, but Matt Fraser scored 1:19 into overtime of Game 4 to give Boston a 1-0 win, and the Bruins held serve at TD Garden in Game 5 with a 4-2 win on Saturday night to push the Canadiens to the brink of elimination. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

KINGS-DUCKS – GAME 5 TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 2-2

The Kings and Ducks face off in a pivotal Game 5 tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as both sides look to take control of the series. The road team has won all four games thus far in the series, as the Kings won Games 1 and 2 in Anaheim to take a 2-0 lead back to Los Angeles, only to see the Ducks win Games 3 and 4 at Staples Center to even the series. 20-year-old rookie goaltender John Gibson took center stage for the Ducks on Saturday night, earning a 2-0 shutout victory in his first career Stanley Cup Playoff start. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call tonight from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

RANGERS-PENGUINS – GAME 7, TUESDAY AT 7 P.M. ET
ON NBCSN – SERIES TIED 3-3

The Rangers and Penguins battle for their playoff lives in a winner-take-all finale tomorrow night in a decisive Game 7 in Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Penguins held a commanding 3-1 series lead heading into Game 5 in Pittsburgh on Friday night, but the Rangers responded with decisive victories in Games 5 and 6. Derick Brassard led New York with two goals and an assist in the Rangers’ 5-1 win in Game 5, and Martin St. Louis led the Blueshirts to a 3-1 win last night, as he scored an emotional first goal of the game on Mother’s Day, just three days after the sudden passing of his mother. New York looks for its second straight Game 7 victory this postseason, following a 2-1 win against the Flyers in Game 7 of their first-round series. Two-time Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) and McGuire (analyst) will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

BLACKHAWKS-WILD – GAME 6 TUESDAY AT 9 P.M. ET
ON CNBC – BLACKHAWKS LEAD 3-2

Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks look to close out the Wild and advance to the Western Conference Finals tomorrow night at 9 p.m. ET on CNBC. Toews had the eventual game-winning goal 4:19 into the third period of Game 5 on Sunday night, as Chicago won 2-1 to regain the series lead following Wild victories in Games 3 and 4. The home team has won every game thus far in the series, and neither team has lost at home this postseason. The Wild are 5-0 at Xcel Energy Center, where they’ve outscored their opponents by a margin of 21-5. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) will call the action from Minneapolis.

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 44
CNBC 11
NHL-N 2
Total 67

One-goal Games: 31
OT games: 18

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — 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 the comprehensive 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.”

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

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Broadcast Teams Announced For Premier League “Championship Sunday” – All 10 Games Live At 10 Am Et This Sunday On Networks of NBCUniversal

nbc-epl1Arlo White & Lee Dixon Call Manchester City v. West Ham United on NBC; Jon Champion & Graeme Le Saux Call Liverpool v. Newcastle on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

*Please see below for updated programming information on Telemundo and mun2

Stamford, Conn. – May 9, 2014NBCUniversal presents the most extensive and comprehensive “Championship Sunday” programming plans ever in the U.S. with all 10 matches presented live simultaneously on 10 different NBCUniversal television networks this Sunday, May 11 at 10 a.m. ET. In addition, Spanish-language networks Telemundo and mun2 will each televise one match.

Lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White is joined by Lee Dixon at Etihad Stadium for NBC’s Manchester City v. West Ham United match, with Jon Champion and Graeme Le Saux on site at Anfield for Liverpool v. Newcastle on NBCSN.

NBCUniversal’s “Championship Sunday” coverage kicks off this Sunday, May 11 at 9 a.m. ET with an exclusive Premier League Live pregame show on CNBCfeaturingRebecca Lowe, Robbie Mustoe, Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino.

Following are the broadcast teams for Premier League “Championship Sunday” matches on Sunday, May 11th at 10 a.m. ET:

Home v. Away Network Commentators
Manchester City v. West Ham United NBC Arlo White, Lee Dixon
Liverpool v. Newcastle NBCSN Jon Champion, Graeme Le Saux
Tottenham Hotspur v. Aston Villa USA Steve Banyard, David Pleat
Cardiff City v. Chelsea CNBC Jonathan Beck, Tony Gale
Norwich City v. Arsenal MSNBC Joe Speight, Efan Ekoku
Hull City v. Everton Bravo Tony Jones, Dean Sturridge
Southampton v. Manchester United Syfy Gary Taphouse, Ray Houghton
Sunderland v. Swansea City Esquire Network Phil Blacker, Barry Horne
Fulham v. Crystal Palace E! Jon Driscoll, Bradley Allen
West Bromwich Albion v. Stoke City Oxygen Daniel Mann, Garry Birtles
Manchester City v. West Ham United Telemundo* Andres Cantor, Carlos Hermosillo
Liverpool v. Newcastle United mun2* Sammy Sadovnik, Manuel Sol

*Spanish-language telecast

In addition, all 10 Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets (further details below).

Lowe, Mustoe, Earle and Martino will return following the matches for a special Goal Zone season wrap-up postgame show on NBC at 12 Noon ET.  NBCSN will simulcast Goal Zone. At 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN wraps up the day’s coverage with a special look back at the newly crowned champions’ path to the title on Premier League Live: The Champions.

A special one-hour Premier League Countdown: Championship Sunday preview show airs Saturday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN featuring Lowe, Mustoe, Earle and Martino.

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 10 Premier League “Championship Sunday” matches. 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. Matches airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • The nine non-NBC matches will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

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

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.

With “Championship Sunday,” NBC Sports Group concludes 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 presented more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.

–NBC Sports Group–

Telemundo Acquires Exclusive U.S. Rights To The Home Games Of First Division Mexican Team Club Pachuca

Multi-Year Deal Grants Telemundo Rights to All Home Games of the Popular Mexican Team across All Platforms

Telemundo Media

MIAMI – May 9, 2014 – Telemundo network announced today it acquired the exclusive media rights for the United States of all the home games of the Mexican first division soccer team Pachuca, beginning with the league’s Apertura tournament in June. As “The Official U.S. Network of Pachuca,” Telemundo will have the exclusive Spanish-language rights across all its platforms – broadcast, online and cable – to all of the pre-season, regular season and, if they qualify, the playoff home games of the popular team.  

“Pachuca is one of the most successful clubs of the Mexican league,” said Jorge Hidalgo, Executive Vice President of Sports at Telemundo. “This deal brings another winning team to our growing soccer portfolio that already includes the Liga MX current champion, Club León, the Barclays Premier League, and starting 2015, the FIFA World Cup®.”

Founded in 1901, Pachuca is the longest-lived and one of the most popular soccer clubs in the history of the Mexican league. It has won five national championships and four CONCACAF Champion’s Cups. In 2006, the team obtained the Copa Sudamericana, becoming the only Mexican club to have ever won a FIFA tournament outside its confederation. Telemundo also holds exclusive rights of all Liga MX matches played at home by Club León, the current league champion, as well as the U.S. broadcast and online rights in Spanish language to the biggest soccer tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup®, across all platforms (except radio), 2015 through 2022.

Days 24-26 – Rangers Face Elimination Against Penguins, Wild Host Blackhawks In Stanley Cup Playoff Doubleheader Tonight On NBCSN

nbc-sports-group2Game 5 – Rangers-Penguins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Penguins Lead 3-1

Game 4 – Blackhawks-Wild at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Blackhawks Lead 2-1

Coverage of IIHF World Championship Continues Saturday with Team USA vs. Switzerland at 1:30 p.m. ET On NBCSN

All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 9, 2014 – The (2) New York Rangers will look to avoid elimination tonight and force a Game 6 at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, when they face the (1) Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage starts at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

The action shifts north to Minnesota at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the (4) Wild look to even their series against the (3) Chicago Blackhawks with a Game 4 victory at home, where they are a perfect 4-0 this postseason.

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.

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For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.

THE PASS – FRIDAY, MAY 9 – SUNDAY, MAY 11 (All Times ET)

FRIDAY, MAY 9
Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 5 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (3) Chicago at (4) Minnesota NBCSN Dave Strader, Eddie Olczyk
SATURDAY, MAY 10
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick
7 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Montreal at (1) Boston NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Engblom
SUNDAY, MAY 11
TBD NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick
TBD Game 6* – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN TBD
TBD Game 5 – (4) Minnesota at (3) Chicago TBD TBD

TONIGHT – MAY 9

The Rangers face elimination tonight in Pittsburgh against the Penguins, as goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pens look for their fourth straight win against New York to advance to the Eastern Conference Final. Fleury has allowed just five goals over four games in the series, and blanked the Rangers on back-to-back nights in Games 2 and 3. Eight different Penguins recorded a point in Wednesday’s 4-2 victory in Game 4, including Jussi Jokinen, who has scored three times in four games against New York. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Coverage continues at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Game 4 between the Blackhawks and Wild, as Minnesota scored four times in the third period of their 4-0 Game 3 victory, cutting the Blackhawks’ series lead to 2-1. Minnesota has been a perfect 4-0 at home this postseason, outscoring the opponent 12-3 in those four games. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) will have the call from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

SATURDAY, MAY 10

The Canadiens and Bruins return to Boston for Game 5 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, deadlocked at two games apiece. Last night’s Game 4 was a chess match between the two rivals, as the game went to overtime scoreless, before Boston forward Matt Fraser scored 1:19 into overtime in his Stanley Cup Playoff debut to give the B’s a 1-0 win, and even the series at two. Two-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick and McGuire will call the action from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

NBCSN’s doubleheader continues with Game 4 between the Ducks and Kings, following Anaheim’s critical 3-2 win in Game 3 in Los Angeles last night to cut their series deficit in half. The road team has scored the first goal in all three games of the series, and has gone on to win all three games thus far. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

SUNDAY, MAY 11

NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff telecast schedule on Sunday will be determined following the result of tonight’s Game 5 matchup between the Rangers and Penguins.

COVERAGE OF IIHF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CONTINUES SATURDAY WITH TEAM USA VS. SWITZERLAND AT 1:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 IIHF World Championship from Minsk, Belarus continues tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. ET, with Team USA against Switzerland in the second of seven preliminary-round matches that will air live on NBCSN.

The 2014 IIHF World Championship marks the 78th installment of the tournament, which began in 1920. The results of the IIHF World Championship, along with Winter Olympics ice hockey results, help determine the IIHF World Ranking for the top men’s ice hockey teams in the world.

Dennis Beyak (play-by-play) and Dave Reid (analyst) will call the action from Minsk, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will provide studio coverage on Friday.

Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2014 IIHF World Championship.

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 39
CNBC 13
NHL-N 2
Total 62

One-goal Games: 30
OT games: 18

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — 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 the comprehensive 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.”

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 –

NBC Sports Group Tackles 2014 NFL Draft

2014NFLDraftMike Florio to Co-Host Pro Football Talk on NBCSN Live From New York City

NBC Sports Radio to Broadcast Live From Radio City Music Hall

The Dan Patrick Show to Originate From New York City

PFT and Rotoworld to Feature Up-To-The-Minute Coverage of Every Round

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 8, 2014 – A collection ofNBC Sports Group cable, radio and digital platforms will present robust programming surrounding the 2014 NFL Draft. NBCSN, NBC Sports Radio, NBCSports.com and Rotoworld, will combine to present up-to-the-minute coverage, daily news and information, and interviews with NFL insiders, top draft prospects, and team officials.

Following is a rundown:

PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN

In addition to featuring its traditional all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide array of NFL newsmakers, Thursday and Friday’s editions of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN will feature comprehensive coverage of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Co-hosts Mike Florio and Erik Kuselias will be joined by NFL analysts and former players Shaun KingRoss Tucker and Jon Ritchie to preview and break down each pick.

During Thursday and Friday’s shows, Pro Football Talk will produce split episodes and originate live from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. and 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Florio will report from NBC Sports’ studio in Manhattan, where he will interview several top prospects and team officials, including 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and UCF quarterback Blake Bortles. Kuselias will co-host from Stamford, where he will be joined by the aforementioned NFL analysts. In addition, each episode will feature live updates from team insiders on-site at Radio City Music Hall and team headquarters across the country. Pro Football Talk on NBCSN will speak with insiders from teams including the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and San Francisco 49ers.

Pro Football Talk airs weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. In addition to Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, PFT Live will be streamed each day at Noon ET exclusively on www.ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com

THE DAN PATRICK SHOW ON NBCSN

The Dan Patrick Show, the renowned sports television show and syndicated radio program starring Football Night in America co-host Dan Patrick, will simulcast live from the show’s New York City man cave. Guests scheduled to appear on Thursday’s show include Khalil MackMike MayockRich Eisen and Donovan McNabb. On Friday, Dan will welcome Adam SchefterRebecca LoweDaniel JeremiahMike Florio and Jon Hamm.

NBC SPORTS RADIO

On Thursday, May 8 at 3 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Radio’s Donovan McNabb will co-host Under Center with McNabb & Malone from Radio City.  Later that evening, from 7 p.m. - midnight ET, the NBC Sports Radio crew of Jon StashowerAmani Toomer, and Eytan Shander will broadcast live with features, special reports, and expert analysis. Guest experts expected to join the broadcast include two-time Super Bowl champion and NBC’s Football Night in America analyst Rodney HarrisonMike Florio of Pro Football Talk, and Shaun King, former NFL quarterback. The broadcast will stream live on NBCSportsRadio.com and on the NBC Sports Radio mobile app.

ROTOWORLD

Beginning with the No. 1 pick on Thursday evening and continuing through the selection of 2014’s Mr. Irrelevant, Rotoworld will feature up-to-the minute lists and detailed analysis of every player picked and every trade made during each round. Rotoworld’s NFL contributor Mike Clay will provide updated reports as each player is selected during Rounds 1-7. In addition, Rotoworld’s lead Draft writer Josh Norris, and a seasoned collection of NFL writers, will file draft recaps following each round, and “best available” profiles leading in to each day of the draft.

Following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft, Rotoworld will feature post draft reports, including 2014 NFL Draft Surprises, AFC and NFC Draft Grades, and Fantasy Impact Rookies.

For more info click here: www.Rotoworld.com

PROFOOTBALLTALK.COM

Pro Football Talk on NBCSports.com will provide up-to-the-minute reports on every pick and trade made during the first round of the NFL Draft. PFT’s comprehensive coverage will also include features on individual team reactions, and updated status reports on the best available players after each round.

For more info click here: www.ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com

NBCSPORTS.COM

Acclaimed sports journalist, and 2012 Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame National Sportswriter of the Year, Joe Posnanski will be on-site at Radio City Music Hall for all seven rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. Posnanski will cover breaking news as it develops, and file feature stories on top prospect Johnny Manziel, and the history of the NFL draft.

For more info click here: www.NBCSports.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

In addition, the NBC Sports Regional Networks will provide comprehensive coverage of the NFL Draft from a home team perspective to more than 50 million U.S. homes.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Formula One Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix, Auctions America From Auburn Highlight More Than 25 Hours Of Motorsports Coverage This Week On NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoFORMULA ONE PIRELLI SPANISH GRAND PRIX, AUCTIONS AMERICA FROM AUBURN HIGHLIGHT MORE THAN 25 HOURS OF MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE THIS WEEK ON NBCSN

Spanish Grand Prix Airs Live Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage Begins Friday at 8 a.m. ET with Practice 2, Qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. ET

10 Hours of Auctions America Coverage Starts Thursday at 2 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All TV Coverage, Plus Practices 1 & 3 of Spanish Grand Prix

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 7, 2013 – NBCSN presents more than 25 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend, including the live presentation of the Formula One™ Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, and 10 hours of Auctions America coverage from Auburn, Ind.

NBCSN’s Spanish Grand Prix coverage begins Friday at 8 a.m. ET with Practice 2, followed by live qualifying on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of qualifying at 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, leading into the Spanish Grand Prix at 7:30 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream the Spanish Grand Prix, including exclusive coverage of Practices 1 and 3. Live Extra will stream Practice 1 on Friday morning at 4 a.m. ET, and Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET.

Mercedes looks to continue its dominant start to the 2014 F1 season, as Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have combined to win the first four races of the schedule, including three straight victories by Hamilton heading into the Spanish Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) sits third in the points standings, and is a two-time winner of the Spanish Grand Prix (2006, 2013).

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Spanish Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalyuna in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition, NBCSN will air live episodes of F1 Countdown on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and F1 Extra on Saturday 9:30 a.m. ET, following qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Diffey will host both programs alongside Hobbs, with Buxton reporting from Barcelona.

AUCTIONS AMERICA AUBURN

In addition, NBCSN will present 10 hours of Auctions America coverage from the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Ind. this week, starting Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.  NBCSN’s presentation continues at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, followed by live coverage from Auburn on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The Auburn Spring telecast represents the first telecast in Auctions America’s new multi-year agreement with NBCSN, and features Auctions America’s largest Auburn Spring event to date.

Auction highlights include a 1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster, a 1955 Ford “Glass Wonder” Show Car Roadster, and a 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Vol.9 Edition Coupe.

During three full days of auction action, approximately 900 collector cars are expected to cross the block, joined by a diverse selection of memorabilia. In keeping with the Auctions America’s commitment to cater for both veteran hobbyists and entry-level collectors, the auction offering spans the spectrum of the market, presenting something for all automotive tastes and budgets.

Veteran broadcaster Bill Patrick will host NBCSN’s Auctions America coverage this week, alongside NBCSN F1 analyst and former race mechanic for the Benneton F1 team Steve Matchett, and reporter Carolyn Manno.

Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Program Network Time
Thu., May 8 Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 2 p.m.
NASCAR America NBCSN 5 p.m.
Fri., May 9 Auctions America – Auburn (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 1 NBC Sports Live Extra 4 a.m.
Road To Ferrari NBCSN 7 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 2 NBCSN 8 a.m.
F1 Countdown NBCSN 5 p.m.
Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 10 Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 3 NBC Sports Live Extra 5 a.m.
Los Angeles Auto Show NBCSN 6 a.m.
Detroit Auto Show NBCSN 7 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying NBCSN 8 a.m.
F1 Extra NBCSN 9:30 a.m.
Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 10 a.m.
Sun., May 11 Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 6 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix NBCSN 7:30 a.m.

FORMULA ONE™/AUCTIONS AMERICA ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s F1 Spanish Grand Prix and Auctions America Auburn auction airing on NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of 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.

Coverage 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.

MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on the Formula One, Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and all other motorsports 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. 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 has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.
  • Chris Estrada launched the Indy Racing Revolution blog site and has served as a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog. Follow him at @estradawriting.
  • Jerry Bonkowski is a veteran NASCAR reporter with more than 30 years of experience. He has contributed to USA Today, Yahoo! Sports and other websites over the course of his career. Follow him on Twitter @JerryBonkowski.

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

SOCIAL: Follow @MotorsportsTalk, @F1onNBCSports and @NBCSN on Twitter and “like” Facebook.com/NBC Sports for the most up-to-date news, videos and commentary about Formula One on NBC Sports and NBCSN.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

IOC Awards Olympic Games Broadcast Rights To NBCUNIVERSAL Through To 2032

nbc-olympicsAgreement ensures the long-term financial security of the Olympic Movement

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today awarded NBCUniversal (NBCU) the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through to 2032.

NBCU has acquired the broadcast rights across all media platforms, including free-to-air television, subscription television, internet and mobile. The agreement from 2021 to 2032 is valued at USD 7.65 billion, plus an additional USD 100 million signing bonus to be used for the promotion of Olympism and the Olympic values between 2015 and 2020.

The agreement is a major contribution to the long-term financial stability of the entire Olympic Movement. The IOC distributes more than 90 per cent of the revenue it generates to support the International Sports Federations; the 204 National Olympic Committees and their Olympic teams; and the Organising Committees of each Olympic Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach, who led the negotiations, said: “This agreement is excellent news for the entire Olympic Movement as it helps to ensure its financial security in the long term, in particular future host cities of the Olympic Games, the athletes of the 204 National Olympic Committees and the International Sports Federations. The IOC has worked in close partnership with NBC for many decades, and we are thrilled we will continue to work with them through to 2032. NBC’s expertise in sports broadcasting, as well as their passion for the Olympic values, will mean we shall be able continue to offer first-class broadcast coverage of the Olympic Games to the widest possible American audience for many years to come.”

Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation said: “The Olympics are the world’s greatest cultural and athletic event, and presenting them to the American audience is an honour and privilege for our entire company.  Our long-term commitment to and investment in the Olympic Movement are a reflection of our belief in the future of broadcast television, as well as our confidence that our partners at the IOC will continue to deliver great Games and that the Olympics will remain the world’s premier sports event. All of us at Comcast NBCUniversal are extremely proud that we have been entrusted to be the U.S. home for nine more Olympics, and we look forward to using all of our resources to continue our tradition of ground-breaking Olympic coverage.”

Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal, said: “This is one of the most important days in the history of NBCUniversal. The Olympics are part of the fabric of our company, and we couldn’t be more excited that today’s announcement guarantees that this massively popular and profitable programming will continue to air every two years on the broadcast, cable, digital and mobile platforms of NBCUniversal for the next two decades. No event brings families together like the Olympics, and no-one in media is more accomplished or better equipped to tell the athletes’ stories than NBC Sports. I want to thank the IOC for their faith in us, as well as Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus and NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel, whose leadership was invaluable in bringing this deal to fruition.”

NBCU, which in 2011 had acquired the right to broadcast the Olympic Games until 2020 (including the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2016, the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (2018) in PyeongChang, and the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (2020) in Tokyo), will now broadcast every Olympic Games through to 2032, the host cities of which are yet to be elected. In addition, NBCU also has acquired the broadcast rights for every edition of the Youth Olympic Games through to 2032.

By 2032, NBCU will have covered a total of 23 editions of the Olympic Games, since its first Games broadcast in Tokyo in 1964. This unprecedented long-term agreement demonstrates the confidence the IOC has in NBCU’s expertise and the excellent broadcast coverage it has delivered over many years.

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NBCUNIVERSAL and NBC Sports Group Collect 10 Sports Emmy Awards, Most Of Any Sports Media Company

nbc-sports-groupSunday Night Football Wins Record Sixth Consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Live Sports Series

Cris Collinsworth, Bob Costas, Mike Emrick, Michele Tafoya and Andres Cantor Honored

Two Sports Emmys for Telemundo in First Year of Spanish-Language Categories

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 6, 2014 – NBCUniversal and NBC Sports Group won 10 Sports Emmy Awards — for the fourth consecutive year the most of any sports media company — for excellence in sports television production on NBCUniversal media properties. The awards were presented tonight by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Sunday Night Football, primetime television’s No. 1 show, won its sixth consecutive award for Outstanding Live Sports Series; Cris Collinsworth, Bob Costas, Mike “Doc” Emrick, Michele Tafoya, and Andres Cantor were all honored in their respective categories; and Telemundo earned a pair of Emmys in the first-ever Spanish-language categories at the 35th Annual Sports Emmy Awards.

MARK LAZARUS, NBC SPORTS GROUP CHAIRMAN: “We appreciate that the industry has again recognized our production and on-air personalities. Tonight’s results speak to the quality of the work NBC Sports Group produces on a daily basis. We want to extend our congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and nominees.”

NBC Sports’ NFL coverage was honored with a total of five Emmy Awards in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Live Sports Series – Sunday Night Football;
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Event Analyst, Cris Collinsworth
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host, Bob Costas
  • Outstanding Sports Personality – Sports Reporter, Michele Tafoya
  • Outstanding Production Design/Art Direction – “Waiting all Day for Sunday Night” opening

Additional wins included:

  • Outstanding Sports Personality, Play-by-Play – Mike “Doc” Emrick, NBC/NBCSN
  • Outstanding On-Air Sports Personality in Spanish – Andres Cantor, Telemundo
  • Outstanding Sports Promotional Announcement/Episodic – NHL on NBCSN “Wednesday Night Rivalry,” NBCSN
  • The George Wensel Technical Achievement Award – The Premier League, Goal Line Technology, NBCSN
  • Outstanding Live Sports Coverage in Spanish – Rumbo Al Mundial “Costa Rica vs. Mexico,” Telemundo

For the sixth consecutive year, NBC Sports won Outstanding Live Sports Series for Sunday Night Football – no other Live Sports Series has won for more than three years in a row. NBC Sports has now won the award in seven of the last eight years, also winning in 2007 for its NASCAR coverage.

Bob Costas was awarded his 26thcareer Emmy and fourth consecutive for Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Host. Costas is the host of Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.

Cris Collinsworth was awarded his sixth consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Event Analyst. It was Collinsworth’s 15thcareer Emmy, which includes wins in 2007 and 2008 in the Studio Analyst category for work on Football Night in America.

Mike “Doc” Emrick won his second Emmy in four years for Outstanding Sports Personality-Play by Play.

Michele Tafoya was awarded her second Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality-Sports Reporter.  She also won the inaugural award in the category in 2011.

A complete list of winners will be made available at www.emmyonline.org.

–NBC Sports Group–