TWO DAYS UNTIL THE RETURN OF PBC ON NBC IN PRIMETIME, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS THIS SAT., JUNE 20, AT 8:30 P.M. ET

Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. “Showtime” Shawn Porter; Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. vs. Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco

NBC Sports Digital to Live Stream Friday’s PBC on NBC Weigh-Ins via Periscope

Boxers Reflect on Support From Their Fathers Ahead of Father’s Day Weekend Fights

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 18, 2015 – In two days, on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a highly-anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), fighting at a catchweight of 144lbs. Coverage on NBC begins with Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) looking to maintain his perfect record in a welterweight bout against Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs).

Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL TO LIVE STREAM FRIDAY’S PBC ON NBC WEIGH-INS VIA PERISCOPE

To bring fans closer to the action, NBC Sports Digital will use Periscope, a mobile application that allows users to stream live video via Twitter, to live stream the weigh-ins for this weekend’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card. Hosted by Kenny Rice, the @NBCSports Twitter handle will broadcast the fighters tomorrow, Friday, June 19, at 3 p.m. PT, as they weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena before their primetime bouts.

BOXERS REFLECT ON FAMILY SUPPORT AHEAD OF FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND FIGHTS

Ahead of their Father’s Day Weekend bouts, boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, and Errol Spence reflect on their close relationships with their fathers and children:

ADRIEN BRONER

On his relationship with his father: “My dad ‘Pops’ was the first person to take me to the boxing gym and that is where we met Coach Mike [Stafford]. My dad just knew that he wanted me to box and he took me to the right place.

“Everyone calls my dad ‘Pops’ because he’s like a dad to everyone around me – my friends, fighters in the gym…everyone.  He’s always been there 100 percent of the time.

“Me and my dad are both a little crazy. We are similar people. We are both cut from a different cloth, we like to have fun and work hard. We mesh.

“My dad usually comes to camp the last two weeks, so he is at the gym everyday leading up to the fights. When he’s not with me in the gym, he is working on cars as a mechanic in Cincinnati.

On being a father: “I love being with my kids. I like to do fun things with them and give them more than I had as a kid. I love when they come to the gym and come to my fights.

“When my youngest Adrieon was born, I was there every step of the way and now this Father’s Day is going to be even better when I win.”

SHAWN PORTER

On his relationship with his father: “My dad has always been there from sports to school and has helped me through all of it. He is an anomaly because he was always there as a single father. You don’t really find that too much in the African American community – a single dad that wants to be there for his children the way my dad has been there for me and my brother.

“Every day is kind of like Father’s Day for us. I want to make this one very memorable and it is the first of many to come. But obviously Sunday will be much better if I win.

“I feel like I make his day every day. It’s him and I. It’s what we do. You have your good days and bad days. For me being a son and an athlete, it makes me want to perform on a different level.”

ERROL SPENCE JR.

On his relationship with his father: “My dad got me started in boxing. He was a truck driver, so he used to drive overnight, and then he’ll get home 12:00 p.m. or later then take me to the gym.  After that, he’d come from the gym, it was like 5:00 or 6:00 p.m., and he would rest for one or two hours and go straight to work.

“At the time, I didn’t really think about it, but as I got older and a little bit wiser, realizing all the sacrifices that he made for me to be able to box and go to all these national tournaments and tournaments out of state.  He had to pay for the hotel, pay for food and stuff like that out of pocket.  We didn’t have any sponsors and stuff like that.

“I am proud to be named after my dad and I thank him for believing in me and pushing me to be the best I can be.

“He plays a big part of my boxing career.  He’s my supporter.  That’s my mentor.  That’s like my best friend.  For Father’s Day, I’m going to get him a win, and it’s going to be an impressive win that he’ll be proud of and he’ll love.  Without him, I know I wouldn’t be boxing. My dad will be in my corner Saturday night.”

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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.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF 2015 DEW TOUR KICKS OFF SATURDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBC

NBC Sports Group to Present More Than 10 Hours of Dew Tour Chicago Coverage Across NBC, NBC UNIVERSO and NBC Sports Live Extra

 

Live Coverage From Grant Park Skate Plaza in Chicago, Ill.

 

Stamford, Conn. – June 17, 2015 – NBC Sports Group will kick off its coverage of the 2015 Dew Tour season Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, from Chicago, Ill. Featuring many of the world’s best skateboard and BMX athletes, NBC Sports Group will present four hours of coverage on NBC, and more than 10 hours across NBC Sports Live Extra and DewTour.com. In addition, NBC UNIVERSO, the modern sports and entertainment cable channel for Latinos, will provide Spanish-language coverage Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

The Dew Tour returns to Chicago after a five-year hiatus, and will feature the successful streetstyle competition created by the Dew Tour three years ago. The event will take place at Grant Park Skate Plaza, and will include skate and BMX street and streetstyle competitions.

 

Curren Caples and Chicago native Chaz Ortiz lead an impressive roster of skaters confirmed for the weekend, while past Dew Tour BMX champions Dennis Enarson and, Garrett Reynolds join Chicago local Brian Kachinsky in a strong field of BMX riders.

 

TELEVISION AND LIVE STREAM                              

Dew Tour Chicago will be presented on NBC, NBC UNIVERSO, NBC Sports Live Extra and DewTour.com/live. DewTour.com, the Dew Tour’s dedicated 24/7 digital platform, will stream live competitions and bring consumers exclusive Dew Tour action, interviews and behind-the-scenes access on desktops, mobile device and tablets.

 

DATE TIME COVERAGE PLATFORM
Saturday, June 20 2:30 p.m. SKB Streetstyle Final NBC / NBC UNIVERSO
Saturday, June 20 5 p.m. BMX Street Best Session Final Live Extra / DewTour.com
Sunday, June 21 1 p.m. BMX Streetstyle Final Live Extra / DewTour.com
Sunday, June 21 5 p.m. SKB Street Best Session Final Live Extra / DewTour.com
Saturday, June 27 3 p.m. SKB Street Best Session Final NBC
Saturday, August 1 3 p.m. Best of Dew Tour Chicago NBC

*All times listed are ET

 

2015 DEW TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT LOCATION
June 20-21 Dew Tour Chicago Grant Park Skate Plaza
Aug. 14-16 Dew Tour Los Angeles ACE Hotel
Dec. 10-13 Dew Tour Breckenridge Breckenridge Ski Resort

 

For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.

 

ABOUT DEW TOUR

The Dew Tour consists of three marquee events, featuring disciplines across BMX, skateboard, freeski and snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle), with additional competitions integrated throughout the year. Dew Tour events are premium action sports and lifestyle festivals combining the best in competitions along with the Dew Tour Experience, live music performances and lifestyle showcases. The Dew Tour is broadcast on NBC, and streamed live on DewTour.com and NBC Sports Live Extra. The Dew Tour is also distributed domestically on Universal HD and Comcast SportsNet, and internationally on TVA, Fox Sports Australia, Extreme Sports Channel, ProSieben, DR and Sky TV. Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), Paul Mitchell, Bud Light, SQUATCH Snack Sticks, Sony Mobile Communications, Verizon Wireless, Airwalk, MIKE AND IKE® Candy and U.S. Army. More information can be found at www.DewTour.com.

 

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

THREE DAYS UNTIL THE RETURN OF PBC ON NBC IN PRIMETIME, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS THIS SAT., JUNE 20, AT 8:30 P.M. ET

Middleweight Titleholder & Corner Analyst Daniel Jacobs Makes Primetime PBC on NBC Debut

Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. “Showtime” Shawn Porter Headlines Show

“I’m looking forward to seeing guys that I grew up with in the amateurs have this national exposure, and to call some great fights.” – Daniel Jacobs on Broner-Porter

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 17, 2015 – In three days, on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a highly-anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), fighting at a catchweight of 144lbs. Coverage begins with the undefeated Errol Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. hard-hitting veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) in a welterweight bout.

Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

DANIEL JACOBS MAKES PRIMETIME PBC ON NBC DEBUT

Current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs (29-1-0, 26 KOs), previews Saturday’s NBC bouts and his primetime broadcast debut:

On Garcia-Spence: “This fight, for both guys, is the hump in their careers. Both guys have to win this fight in order to get into title contention. This fight is the stepping stone – with primetime exposure – to be recognized as top contenders in their division.”

On Broner-Porter: “This fight is extremely interesting because I’ve known both guys since the amateurs, and I consider both to be my friends. It’ll be hard to see them go at it – but this is boxing. I’ve fought friends before myself, so it’s nothing that we’re not used to. It’s also interesting, because both guys are from the same state and have been raised in the same boxing programs. When you make it to this level – when both guys have been world champions – it’s very rare to have guys from the same place fight each other. Stylistically, I’m thinking this fight is destined for greatness. This will be one of the best PBC matchups that we’ve seen thus far. I’m sure the fans feel the same way.”

On balancing training and broadcasting: “I’m fighting on August 1st – I’ve never been in the position where I’ve had to work on TV and train for a fight. It just enhances my level of focus. It’s putting my mind in the right place. I’ve always just had to worry about boxing and training, never anything else. Trying to juggle that is a challenge, but one I am up for and looking forward to.”

On overcoming cancer, becoming a title holder and a primetime broadcaster: “I was talking about it with my girlfriend the other day and she said, ‘You know what? I feel like your life is like a movie.’ I feel the same way. God has blessed me so much, and has allowed my life to look like an Oscar-nominated movie, right? Things have just been going so perfectly. Never would I have imagined stepping into the ring again and becoming a world champion, and to be the first cancer survivor to do so. I was just satisfied with coming back into the ring and fighting. But now, I’m having all of these other opportunities and I’m trying to take advantage of it because I realize how my life is perceived and how people view me now, as an inspiration. The position that I’m in is very rare.”

PBC: CORNER TO CORNER ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner leading up to Saturday’s broadcast.  The one-hour show takes an inside look at the lives of boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence and Roberto Garcia, as they prepare for their PBC on NBC bouts.

Below is the schedule for encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner on NBCSN (all times ET):

 

Date Time (ET) Network
Wed., June 17 Midnight (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 1:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 4:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 7:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN

 

The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers debuts leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows. Click here for program highlights.

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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.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF FORMULA ONE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX THIS SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

Live Qualifying on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN, Grand Prix Coverage Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

NBC Presents Red Bull Global RallyCross from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour – Mr. Rooter 125 – Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 17, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continues its comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Formula One season with a live presentation of the Austrian Grand Prix this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

In addition to this week’s F1 Austrian Grand Prix, NBC Sports Group’s motorsports action includes Red Bull Global RallyCross coverage from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, and a presentation of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour’s Mr. Rooter 125 on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of this week’s Formula One and Red Bull Global RallyCross presentations.
FORMULA ONE AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports Group’s Formula One coverage continues this weekend with the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, the eighth race of the 2015 campaign. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) bounced back from a disappointing third-place finish in Monaco with a victory at the Canadian Grand Prix on June 7, his fourth win of the season.

Hamilton (151 points) now leads teammate Nico Rosberg (134 points) by 17 points in the driver standings, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (108 points) and Kimi Raikkonen (72 points). Last year, Rosberg outdueled Hamilton at the Red Bull Ring in the first installation of the Austrian Grand Prix since the 2003 season.

Coverage begins Friday morning at 4 a.m. ET with exclusive coverage of Practice 1 on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by live Practice 2 coverage at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBCSN will provide live coverage of qualifying on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET, prior to race coverage on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, and F1 Extra, NBCSN’s pre- and post-race show at 10 a.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, 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 Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. NBCSN will also provide GP2 coverage from Austria on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET.

 


RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS – DAYTONA – SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBC

NBC continues its coverage of the Red Bull Global RallyCross season with this week’s event from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. In the first race of the season on May 31, Ken Block (Hoonigan Racing Division) took first place ahead of Scott Speed (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross) to kick off 2015 with a victory.

Toby Moody (play-by-play) will call the action, alongside NBC Sports Group motorsports analyst Townsend Bell and reporter Kristen Kenney.
NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR – MR. ROOTER 125 – THURSDAY AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN continues its coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET with a presentation of the Mr. Rooter 125 from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Conn. Ryan Preece entered the race looking to extend his winning streak to three races, following back-to-back wins in the Mr. Rooter 161 and TSI Harley-Davidson 125.

Ralph Sheheen (play-by-play) and Ray Evernham (analyst) have the call of the Mr. Rooter 125.

 

Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., June 18 NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour: Mr. Rooter 125 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., June 19 F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 1 4 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 2 8 a.m. NBCSN
NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 20 F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Qualifying 8 a.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports – Germany 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
GP2 – Austria 9 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., June 21 F1 Austrian Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 10 a.m. NBCSN
Red Bull Global RallyCross – Daytona 2 p.m. NBC
F1 Austrian Grand Prix (Encore) 4 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN

 

FORMULA ONE™ 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 coverage NBC Sports Live Extra 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.

 


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 F1 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.com.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

 

SOCIAL: NBC Sports Group will continue to provide comprehensive motorsports social coverage across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, fans can follow @MotorsportsTalk for all-encompassing content across NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties, and follow @F1onNBCSports for the latest F1 news.

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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2015 STANLEY CUP FINAL IS SECOND-MOST WATCHED ON RECORD

GAME 6 AVERAGES MORE THAN 8 MILLION VIEWERS, THIRD-MOST FOR A GAME 6 ON RECORD

2015 Stanley Cup Final Averages 5.551 Million Viewers, Up 11% vs. 2014 Final

Game 6 Wins Night for NBC in Primetime

Chicago Delivers Best-Ever 41.0 HH Rating for Game 6; Tampa Posts Second-Best 15.2

2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Are Third-Most Watched in 18 Years

Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Tampa & Washington D.C. Set Playoff Viewership Milestones

Game 6 Ranks No. 1 in Uniques All-Time Among Authenticated NHL Games on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn – June 16, 2015 – The 2015 Stanley Cup Final averaged 5.551 million viewers and a 3.19 HH rating across NBC and NBCSN, making it the second-most watched Final on record (since 1994), according to The Nielsen Company. In addition, last night’s deciding game on NBC (8:08-11:16 p.m. ET), in which the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to claim their third Stanley Cup in six years, averaged 8.005 million viewers and delivered a 4.44 HH rating, making it the third-most watched Stanley Cup Final Game 6 on record.

Game 6 was the culmination of one of the most competitive Stanley Cup Finals in history. It was the first time in 64 years that each of the first five games were decided by one goal, and until late in the third period last night, when Chicago went ahead 2-0, no team had had more than a one-goal lead throughout the series.

Overall, the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (88 games) averaged 1.430 million viewers across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network, making it the third-most watched post-season in 18 years.

NBC Sports Live Extra and numerous local markets also scored record metrics throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

STANLEY CUP FINAL

The 5.551 million viewers for the six-game 2015 Stanley Cup Final makes it the second-most watched on record, trailing only the 2013 Final, which featured the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins and averaged 5.753 million viewers through six games. This year’s Final is up 11% vs. last year, which featured the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings and ended in five games (5.009).

Among the six Stanley Cup Finals on record to average at least 5.0 million viewers since 1994, NBC/NBCSN has televised four of them, including each of the past three years.

Following are the most-watched Stanley Cup Finals on record and the only ones to average more than 5.0 million viewers:

Rank Series Network Games Avg. Viewers
1 2013 Chicago-Boston NBC/NBCSN 6 Games 5.753 million
2 2015 Tampa Bay-Chicago NBC/NBCSN 6 Games 5.551 million
3 1997 Detroit-Philadelphia FOX/ESPN 4 Games 5.289 million
4 2010 Chicago-Philadelphia NBC/NBCSN 6 Games 5.167 million
5 2002 Detroit-Carolina ABC/ESPN 5 Games 5.112 million
6 2014 New York-Los Angeles NBC/NBCSN 5 Games 5.009 million

 

Stanley Cup Final Local

Chicago led all local markets during the Final, averaging a 27.3 HH rating, which is up 24% vs. the Blackhawks two most-recent Final appearances in 2013 and 2010 (22.0 for both). Tampa delivered a 14.9 HH rating for the six games. Buffalo (7.1) was the top market among cities with no team in the game.

Following are the Top 10 local markets for the entire 2015 Stanley Cup Final series:

Rank Market HH Rtg
1 Chicago 27.3
2 Tampa 14.9
3 Buffalo 7.1
4 Boston 5.2
5 Milwaukee 5.2
6 Minn-St. Paul 5.1
7 Denver 4.9
8 Ft. Myers 4.4
9 St. Louis 4.3
10 Providence 4.1

 

GAME 6

The 8.005 million viewers for last night’s deciding game rank third among Stanley Cup Final Game 6s and fourth overall for any NHL game on record. The game peaked with nearly 10.9 million viewers in the 10:45-11 p.m. ET quarter-hour.

Following are the most-watched NHL Games on record:

Rank Program Series Network Date Rtg Viewers (000)
1 Game 7 Boston at Vancouver NBC 6/15/2011 4.8 8,537
2 Game 6 Chicago at Philadelphia NBC 6/9/2010 4.7 8,279
3 Game 6 Boston at Chicago NBC 6/24/2013 4.7 8,160
4 Game 6 Tampa Bay at Chicago NBC 6/15/2015 4.4 8,005
5 Game 7 Pittsburgh at Detroit NBC 6/12/2009 4.3 7,992

 

Game 6 Local

As reported this morning, the Chicago market delivered a 41.0 HH rating, its highest ever for a Blackhawks game, and a 57 share. The Chicago rating is the highest local rating for any market for a non-Game 7 on NBC. Tampa posted a 15.2 HH rating, its second-best ever on NBC.

Following are the Top 10 markets for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final:

Rank Local Market HH Rtg
1 Chicago 41.0
2 Tampa 15.2
3 Buffalo 10.5
4 Milwaukee 7.9
5 Denver 7.6
6 Minneapolis-St. Paul 7.5
7 Boston 6.7
8 Providence 5.8
8 St. Louis 5.8
10 Las Vegas 5.1

 

In addition, CSN Chicago, part of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, delivered a 2.1 HH rating for its Game 6 post-game coverage, up 75% compared to post-game coverage in 2013 (1.2).

Network Primetime

As a result of Game 6, NBC won the night in primetime (8-11 p.m. ET) across all key demographics, including a 2.7 rating in the advertiser-coveted A18-49 demo. Game 6 ranked as the most-watched show in primetime, ahead of all broadcast and cable competition.

Game 6 Post-Game

NBCSN’s post-game coverage (11 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. ET) averaged 609,000 viewers and a 0.33 HH rating, up 191% and 120%, respectively, vs. its coverage of the most-recent series-clinching Game 6 in 2013. It is NBCSN’s most-watched post-game show following an NBC playoff game. Viewership peaked at 1.254 million during the (11:15-11:30 p.m. ET) quarter-hour.

 

POST-SEASON

The 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (88 games) averaged 1.430 million viewers and a 0.87 HH rating across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network, making it the third-most watched post-season in 18 years (1997, FOX/ESPN, 1.523 million, 57 games), and barely trailing NBC Sports Group’s 2013 (1.466) and 2014 (1.446) coverage.

Post-Season Local

Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Tampa and Washington D.C. all posted record ratings on NBC and/or NBCSN in their respective markets throughout the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

On NBC:

  • Chicago: Best game ever on NBC with a 41.0 rating vs. Tampa on 6/15 (last night’s Game 6)
  • Los Angeles: Best non-Stanley Cup Final Ducks game ever on NBC with a 3.9 vs. Chicago on 5/30
  • Minneapolis: Best game ever on NBC with a 17.3 rating vs. St Louis on 4/26
  • New York: Best non-Stanley Cup Final game ever on NBC with a 5.7 rating vs. Tampa on 5/16
  • Tampa: Best game ever on NBC with a 17.9 rating vs. Chicago on 6/3. Second best on record with a 15.2 to last night’s Game 6.

 

On NBCSN:

  • Chicago: Best game ever on NBCSN with a 24.0 vs. Tampa on 6/8
  • Minneapolis: Best game ever on NBCSN with a 9 rating vs. Chicago on 5/3
  • New York: Best game ever on NBCSN with a 10.3 vs. Tampa on 5/29
  • Tampa: Best game ever on NBCSN with a 13.9 vs. Chicago on 6/10
  • Washington D.C.: Best game ever on NBCSN with a 7.9 vs. NY Rangers on 5/13

Tampa’s Stanley Cup Final appearance also led to local market records in other Florida markets on NBCSN:

  • Myers: Best game on NBCSN ever (Tampa vs. Chicago) with a 3.3 on 6/8
  • Miami: Best Stanley Cup Final game on NBCSN ever with a 1.6 (Tampa vs. Chicago) on 6/10
  • West Palm Beach: Best game ever on NBCSN (Tampa vs. Chicago) with a 3.3 on 6/10

 

DIGITAL

Game 6 ranked No. 1 in uniques (223,000) among all authenticated NHL games on NBC Sports Live Extra ever. The game peaked at 136,500 uniques in the 10 p.m. ET hour. Ending in regulation, the game ranked No. 3 all-time for NHL games on Live Extra, delivering 11.1 million minutes. Uniques and minutes were up 43% and 76%, respectively, vs. the previous Game 6 in 2013 between the Blackhawks and Bruins (156,000 & 6.3 million).

For the entire series, the 2015 Stanley Cup Final delivered 700,000 uniques and nearly 55 million minutes, up 15% and 68%, respectively, vs. the 2014 Final, which featured the Rangers and Kings (606,000 & 32.5 million).

For the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (88 games), the post-season delivered 1.833 million uniques and 252.4 million minutes, up 13% and 42%, respectively, vs. 2014 (91 games; 1.624 million & 178.0 million).

NHL AWARDS & NHL DRAFT

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage continues with the 2015 NHL Awards from Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as well as with live coverage of the 2015 NHL Draft from Sunrise, Fla., on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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FOUR DAYS UNTIL THE RETURN OF PBC ON NBC IN PRIMETIME, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS THIS SAT., JUNE 20, AT 8:30 P.M. ET

A Look at the Matchup: Errol Spence Jr. vs. Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia

Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. “Showtime” Shawn Porter Headlines Show

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 16, 2015 – In four days, on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring undefeated Errol Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. hard-hitting veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) in a welterweight bout.

Coverage is highlighted by a highly-anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), fighting at a catchweight of 144lbs. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

A LOOK AT THE MATCHUP

A 2012 U.S. Olympian who had a highly decorated amateur career, the 25-year-old Errol Spence, Jr. looks to remain undefeated when he steps into the ring for the biggest challenge of his career. The Desoto, Texas native  was dominant in his PBC debut on April 11 as he defeated Samuel Vargas by fifth-round knockout.

A veteran of the sport for nearly 15 years, the 35-year-old Roberto Garcia has racked up nine straight victories and looks to extend that streak when he faces Spence Jr. on June 20. The Weslaco, Texas native most recently won a bout against James Stevenson by unanimous decision on April 24.

PBC: CORNER TO CORNER ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner leading up to Saturday’s broadcast.  The one-hour show takes an inside look at the lives of boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence and Roberto Garcia, as they prepare for their PBC on NBC bouts.

Below is the schedule for encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner on NBCSN (all times ET):

 

Date Time (ET) Network
Wed., June 17 Midnight (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 1:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 4:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 7:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN

 

The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers debuts leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows. Click here for program highlights.

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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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GAME 6 ON NBC DELIVERS THIRD-BEST STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 6 OVERNIGHT ON RECORD

Lightning-Blackhawks on NBC Posts 5.6 HH Rating in Metered Markets

Chicago Delivers Best-Ever 41.0 HH Rating; Tampa Posts Second-Best 15.2

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 16, 2015 – Last night’s Stanley Cup Final series-clinching Game 6 on NBC delivered at 5.6 metered market rating, the third-best for a Game 6 on record (since 1995) and NBC’s fourth-best NHL overnight ever, according to The Nielsen Company.

The 5.6 overnight for Game 6, in which the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to win their third Stanley Cup in six years, trails only the 2010 Game 6 between the Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers (5.8) and the 2013 Game 6 between the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins (5.7). Last night’s game is up 40% vs. the 2012 Game 6 between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings (4.0).

Locally, the Chicago market delivered a 41.0 HH rating, its highest ever for a Blackhawks game, and a 57 share. The Chicago rating is the highest local rating for any market for a non-Game 7 on NBC. Tampa posted a 15.2 HH rating, its second-best ever on NBC.

Following are the Top 10 markets for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final:

Rank Local Market HH Rtg
1 Chicago 41.0
2 Tampa 15.2
3 Buffalo 10.5
4 Milwaukee 7.9
5 Denver 7.6
6 Minneapolis-St. Paul 7.5
7 Boston 6.7
8 Providence 5.8
8 St. Louis 5.8
10 Las Vegas 5.1

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage continues with the 2015 NHL Awards from Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as well as with live coverage of the 2015 NHL Draft from Sunrise, Fla., on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS WIN 2015 STANLEY CUP FINAL ON NBC

Notes and Quotes from Game 6 on NBC

“They’ve waited a long time for this to be at home. For the third time in six years, the Blackhawks are Stanley Cup Champions.” – Doc Emrick

“This is why we play the game, for the group in the room, and for these great fans in Chicago. It unites the city.” – Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews to Pierre McGuire

“An incredible renaissance for this organization and this franchise.” – Eddie Olczyk

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 15, 2015 – The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a score of 2-0 tonight in Game 6 on NBC to win the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, Chicago’s third Stanley Cup title in six seasons, as Conn Smythe Trophy winner Duncan Keith scored the eventual game-winning goal late in the second period, and goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves to record a shutout victory.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire had the call of Game 6 from the United Center in Chicago, Ill. This marked the ninth consecutive year that Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire combined to call the Stanley Cup Final for NBC Sports Group.

Coverage began at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live led by host Dave Briggs, alongside analysts Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter and Brian Boucher on-site at the United Center. Coverage continued with host Liam McHugh, who was joined by analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Tonight’s pre-game coverage on NBCSN also featured interviews with former Blackhawks Denis Savard and Chris Chelios, and actor and Blackhawks fan Jim Belushi.


Post-Game on NBC and NBCSN

Olczyk on rebirth of Blackhawks in last decade: “This team was a blip in the city of Chicago. It was irrelevant for the longest period of time. Three championships in six years. (Blackhawks General Manager) Stan Bowman, also the help of Dale Tallon, the former general manager…an incredible renaissance for this organization and this franchise.”

Emrick on handshake line: “”I never tire of the sportsmanship we see at the end of a series.”

Emrick on arrival of the Stanley Cup: “The fans chant ‘We want the cup.’ It is here. It looks pretty good for one hundred twenty two, doesn’t it?”

Emrick on the Stanley Cup: “All the names are etched on there. Well over 2,000 of them. It weighs 35 pounds, and it is always remarkable that with hernias and other injuries… players and executives have still been able to lift that 35 pounds… even under doctor’s warning to not lift more than two.”

Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews: “It doesn’t feel real right now. It feels like a dream. Every time we do it, it gets better and better. There were a bunch of guys in our room who were looking for their first one (a Stanley Cup). You want to do it more for them than anything…this is what it’s all about. This is why we play the game, for the group in the room, and for these great fans in Chicago. It unites the city.”

Olczyk on Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville: “His third Stanley Cup as a head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in six years, and he’s done it with three different coaching staffs. You don’t see a lot of turnover when you have great success. I don’t think there’s any doubt that Joel Quenneville is a slam dunk going into the Hockey Hall of Fame.”

Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford: “These fans have been so great to us…everything you went through the whole season, the playoffs, the battle to get to this moment, it pays off with the Cup at the end.”

Milbury on Blackhawks fans:  “We still have a third of the building filled about an hour after the game has been over. This city is as good a hockey city as there is in the National Hockey League.”

Jones on Blackhawks: “It was great to see the home team win tonight. The fans were revved up and ready for it. They provided a lot of energy…it’s incredible what the Chicago Blackhawks have accomplished in the last six seasons, but nice for them to finally win one at home, and celebrate it with their fans.”

Emrick on Blackhawks 40-year-old retiring defenseman Kimmo Timonen: “You will see a guy wearing number 44. He is retiring. He wanted to win a Stanley Cup in the worst way…he got the chance…the best feeling of all, for a guy like him to finish his career exhausted, but victorious.”

Olczyk on Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling: “How incredible for this man. A Chicago native, who grew up a Blackhawks fan, to be the first ever hometown Blackhawk, born-and-bred, to be a member of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks.”

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook on the Lightning: “You’ve got to watch out for them. They’re going to be doing for the next six years what we’ve been doing for the last six years.”


Third Period

Olczyk on Kane goal, 2-0: “I think everyone in the building knew Richards was going to look for Kane. No chance for Bishop.”

Emrick: “They’ve waited a long time for this to be at home. For the third time in six years, the Blackhawks are Stanley Cup Champions.”


Second Intermission

Milbury on the Lightning: “It was a terrific first five or six minutes in the second period for the Lightning. But the tide did turn.”

Jones on Duncan Keith: “He’s got the Conn Smythe Trophy if the Hawks can win it in the third.”

 

Second Period

Olczyk on Corey Crawford’s save on Stamkos on breakaway: “What a chance for Steven Stamkos. Just not able to elevate that puck.”

McGuire on Lightning’s offensive opportunities: “Tampa is manufacturing more than enough chances to win on the road tonight.”

McGuire on Keith goal, 1-0 Blackhawks: “You just do what you’re supposed to do. Shoot the puck and follow your shot to the net. Juicy rebound and Keith sticks it, but it all started in the neutral zone with the bad line change by Tampa.”


First Intermission

Milbury on Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop: “He got comfortable early because he was able to see all of those shots…then the Hawks went to the power play, and things got a little more interesting. He was really scrambling, but for Lightning fans, that was a great period for Ben Bishop. It doesn’t look like the injury is a problem.”

Jones on Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa: “He’s been the Blackhawks’ best forward in this series. If you’re Joel Quenneville, you feel great throwing him on the ice as often as you can.”

First Period

Emrick: “Niklas Hjalmarsson continues to impress, number four in red.”

Olczyk on Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison’s scoring chance late in period: “This puck goes on edge right before he shoots it…Hossa gets a piece of it and denies a wide-open net for Garrison.”


Game 6 on NBC (8 p.m. ET)

Pre-Game

Olczyk on the Blackhawks: “There’s great anticipation trying to win their third Stanley Cup in six seasons. Hard to believe that seven or eight years ago this team was irrelevant in a great sports town like Chicago.”


NHL Live
on NBCSN (6:30-8 p.m. ET)

Roenick on Blackhawks: “They’re custom-built for big games. There’s no question that this is the biggest game of their lives. Even though the Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups (since 2010), in 77 years that cup has not been able to be celebrated in Chicago.”

Boucher on Blackhawks: “The core group of Blackhawks, they recognize it and smell it. There’s blood in the water tonight.”

Milbury on Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson: “His ability to read the play and get into the proper position to make something positive happen is amazing.”

 

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NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage continues with the 2015 NHL Awards from Las Vegas, Nev., next Wednesday, June 24 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as well as live coverage of the 2015 NHL Draft from Sunrise, Fla., on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

FIVE DAYS UNTIL THE RETURN OF PBC ON NBC IN PRIMETIME, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS THIS SAT., JUNE 20, AT 8:30 P.M. ET

A Look at the Matchup: Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. “Showtime” Shawn Porter

Coverage Begins with Errol Spence Jr. vs. Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 15, 2015 – In five days, on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a highly anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs).

Coverage begins with the undefeated Errol Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. hard-hitting veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) in a welterweight bout. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

A LOOK AT THE MATCHUP

One of boxing’s biggest stars, Adrien Broner (Cincinnati, Ohio) enters the fight coming off a victory against John Molina Jr. in the primetime debut of PBC on NBC on March 7. The 25-year old has earned titles at 130, 135 and 147 pounds, and looks to add another win to his resume against fellow Ohio-native Shawn Porter.

The 27-year-old Porter is eager to keep his momentum going after scoring a fifth-round knockout over Erick Bone on March 13. The Akron-native dominated Devon Alexander in December 2013 to win the welterweight title, going on to overpower former two-division titleholder Paulie Malignaggi with a fourth round stoppage in April 2014.

PBC: CORNER TO CORNER ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner leading up to Saturday’s broadcast.  The one-hour show takes an inside look at the lives of boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence and Roberto Garcia, as they prepare for their PBC on NBC bouts.

Below is the schedule for encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner on NBCSN (all times ET):

Date Time (ET) Network
Mon., June 15 1 a.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Wed., June 17 Midnight (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 1:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 4:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 7:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN

The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers debuts leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows. Click here for program highlights.

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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.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CAN WIN STANLEY CUP TONIGHT IN PRIMETIME ON NBC WITH GAME 6 VICTORY AGAINST TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Day 62 – Game 6 – Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC – Blackhawks Lead Series 3-2

First Time in 64 Years First Five Games Decided by One Goal; No Team Has Held Multi-Goal Lead in Series

 “The pace of this series has been frenetic.” – Pierre McGuire

“If they were to win, I don’t think it’s far-fetched at all to use the word dynasty.” – McGuire

NBC Presents Record Number of NHL Games in Primetime During 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 15, 2015 – Captain Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks can win their third Stanley Cup Final in six years with a victory tonight, when they host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 at 8 p.m. ET at United Center on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins on NBCSN tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 90-minute edition of NHL Live.

For the first time in 64 years, the first five games of the Stanley Cup Final have been decided by one goal (Montreal vs. Toronto; 1951). In addition, for the first time in Stanley Cup Final history, neither team has led by more than one goal at any point in the series.

The Blackhawks won Saturday night’s pivotal Game 5 by a score of 2-1 in Tampa, as Antoine Vermette scored his second game-winning goal of the series two minutes into the third period, and Corey Crawford made 31 saves, including 15 saves in the final stanza.

A win tonight would give Chicago its third Stanley Cup championship in six years (2010 & 2013), and would be the first of those three to be clinched on home ice. No team has won three Stanley Cups in a six-year span since the Detroit Red Wings in 1997, 1998 and 2002. A Lightning victory tonight would force a winner-take-all Game 7 on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC in Tampa.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will call tonight’s Game 6 from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Host Liam McHugh will anchor NHL Live from inside the arena, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. Dave Briggs will host coverage from a set outside the arena alongside analysts and former players Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter. In addition, analyst and former goaltender Brian Boucher and NHL insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger serve as contributors for NBC Sports Group’s pre- and post-game studio coverage throughout the Final.

 


PIERRE MCGUIRE DISCUSSES LIGHTNING-BLACKHAWKS STANLEY CUP FINAL

Following are quotes from Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire previewing tonight’s Game 6, discussing how the Blackhawks have moved within one win of their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, as well the high level of play in this year’s Final.

McGuire on high level of play in Lightning-Blackhawks Final: “The pace of this series has been frenetic. It’s been phenomenal. Both teams should be extremely proud of where they are right now and how well they’ve played, because there haven’t been any bad performances from either team.”

McGuire on impact of Blackhawks’ experience in Games 4 and 5: “There’s no question that their experience came to the forefront in Game 4, especially at the end when Tampa was putting on the full-court press. Chicago found a way to maintain their composure. Game 5 was their best start, and that’s where that experience comes in. They built off of that momentum in Game 4. This team knows how to win. Through all of the years together, they understand how to do it.”

McGuire on potential of Blackhawks’ third Stanley Cup in six years: “If they were to win –three Cups in six years, plus all the appearances in the Conference Final – I don’t think it’s far-fetched at all to use the word dynasty. This is a team that really understands their legacy, in terms of their relationship with the city of Chicago, and where they stand in the history of the NHL. There’s a lot to be said about how this team has been managed, how this team has been coached, and the leadership of the team, especially since Toews and Kane came into the league.”

 

McGuire on Lightning’s Steven Stamkos: “Steven doesn’t feel pressure. Steven gives pressure. He has always had the weight of the world on his shoulders, because he’s always been a marquee player. I think he relishes the pressure and he wants the pressure. It hasn’t been an easy series for him, due in large part to how great Duncan Keith has played, and because of how aware Chicago is of his presence.”

 

 

NBC PRESENTS RECORD NUMBER OF NHL GAMES IN PRIMETIME DURING 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Saturday night’s primetime Game 5 showdown on NBC marked the seventh Stanley Cup Playoff primetime game this year, and eighth primetime game on the network including the regular season, both records for the network. Tonight’s Game 6 will be the 16th overall Stanley Cup Playoff game on NBC this postseason, tying the record set in 2012.

Three postseason series have been decided on NBC, including the Blackhawks-Ducks Western Conference Final, as Chicago defeated Anaheim in Game 7 in primetime. In addition, Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final was the most-watched non-overtime Game 1 in 18 years (5.5 million avg. viewers), and Game 2, which immediately followed Belmont Stakes coverage, averaged 6.6 million viewers to become the most-watched Stanley Cup Final Game 2 on record.

 

Following is the television schedule for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME NETWORK TIME COMMENTATORS
Mon., June 15 Game 6 – Tampa Bay at Chicago NBC 8 p.m. Mike “Doc” Emrick,
Eddie Olczyk,
Pierre McGuire
Wed., June 17 Game 7 – Chicago at Tampa Bay* NBC 8 p.m. Mike “Doc” Emrick,
Eddie Olczyk,
Pierre McGuire

*if necessary

 

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

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

 

Network Games
NBC 15
NBCSN 54
USA Network 8
CNBC 10
NHL-N 1
Total 88

 

One-goal Games: 48

OT games: 19

 


COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks with comprehensive coverage throughout their Stanley Cup Playoff run, including pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.


NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA
COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final 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 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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