Ben Roethlisberger And Pittsburgh Steelers Host Joe Flacco And Rival Baltimore Ravens On NBC’s Sunday Night Football

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Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 29, 2014 – Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) look to build on last weekend’s record-setting offensive performance, when they host Joe Flacco and the AFC North rival Baltimore Ravens (5-3) this Sunday, Nov. 2, on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. Sunday night’s pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The Steelers enter Sunday night’s game following a 51-34 win over the Colts last weekend, in which Roethlisberger passed for a career-high 522 yards, the fourth-most in league history, with six touchdowns and no interceptions. With the performance, Roethlisberger became the first player in NFL history with two 500-yard passing games (503 yards vs. Green Bay, 12/20/09), and now boasts a 100-50 (.667) record as a starter in the regular season. With his 100th career regular-season win, Roethlisberger joins Tom Brady (116), and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Joe Montana (108) and Terry Bradshaw (102) as the only QBs to win at least 100 games in their first 150 career starts (since 1966).

The Ravens look to rebound from a 24-20 loss to the division-leading Bengals in Cincinnati. Earlier this season in Week 2, Flacco threw for two touchdown passes, and the Ravens rushed for 150 yards in a 26-6 win over the Steelers, holding Roethlisberger without a touchdown pass. Baltimore and Pittsburgh sit deadlocked in a tight AFC North race, where all four teams hold winning records.

This Sunday marks the sixth consecutive year that NBC will televise a Ravens-Steelers game, matching Eagles-Cowboys (2009-Dec. 14, 2014) and Eagles-Giants (2007-12) for the longest such streak in NFL history on the broadcast primetime package (ABC 1970-2005; NBC 2006-present).

Calling Ravens-Steelers is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, and two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Kathryn Tappen will report from Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., on the Broncos-Patriots game.

VIDEO: TONY DUNGY PREVIEWS RAVENS-STEELERS

Dungy on Roethlisberger and Steelers: “He’s gotten confidence in Le’Veon Bell. They’re running the ball – the protection is so much better and shored up – and Ben Roethlisberger has played outstanding the last two weeks.”

Dungy on Ravens-Steelers and AFC North implications: “I really like Baltimore. Right now, they’re the most complete team (in the division). This game will do a lot in determining where these teams go. Pittsburgh cannot afford to go 0-2 against Baltimore. They need to break even if they are going to have a chance to win this division.”

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For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.

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SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

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NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Tonight’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of some of Week 8’s most compelling matchups, including the New Orleans Saints upset over the Green Bay Packers. Airing tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. ET, the episode will also review the key moments that defined the Eagles-Cardinals, Falcons-Lions and Bengals–Ravens contests.

In addition, NFL Turning Point will bring viewers inside an NFL film study session with Miami Dolphins DE Cameron Wake.

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PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.

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Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

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2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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Peyton Manning Wired-For-Sound As “NFL Turning Point” Reviews His Record-Breaking Performance Tonight at 11 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NFL-Turning-PointAnalysis of Manning’s Record Breaking 509th Touchdown Pass and Scoring Drive

NFL Films Reviews Manning’s 507th, 508th and 510th Touchdown Passes

QB Matthew Stafford Wired-For-Sound During Lions Comeback Against Saints

Head Coach Gus Bradley Wired-For-Sound During Jaguars Win Over Browns

NFL Films Reviews Chargers QB Philip Rivers’ Season

NFL Turning Point Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick

Stamford, Conn. – October 21, 2014 – Wednesday night’s edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of Peyton Manning’s record-breaking performance on Sunday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers, in which Manning broke the NFL’s record for career touchdown passes.

Airing tomorrow night at 11 p.m. ET, NFL Turning Point will review Manning’s first two touchdowns, analyze the scoring drive that led to the historical moment, and showcase the celebration that followed. The show will also feature in-game audio from Manning, who was wired-for-sound during Sunday’s game.

In addition, this week’s installment of NFL Turning Point will study some of Week 7’s other compelling matchups. The episode reviews Saints – Lions, Browns – Jaguars and includes a spotlight feature on the play of San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

This week’s episode features:

  • 49ers-Broncos: NFL Films reviews Peyton Manning’s historic performance, and highlights the key plays that allowed Denver to win the game against San Francisco. 
  • Saints-Lions: Lions QB Matthew Stafford is wired-for-sound as NFL Turning Point breaks down Detroit’s game against New Orleans. NFL Films examines how Stafford was able to throw two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game, leading the Lions to a fourth quarter comeback win over the Saints.
  • Browns-Jaguars: Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley is wired-for-sound, as NFL Films captures the team’s first win of the season. NFL Turning Point studies how the Jaguars have struggled this season, and highlights the key plays that allowed Jacksonville to beat Cleveland on Sunday.
  • Philip Rivers: NFL Turning Point takes a look at the first seven weeks of play for San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers, and analyzes his season. The segment includes wired-for-sound highlights from Rivers during the Chargers game on Sunday against the Chiefs.

Each week Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show also features anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

In 2014 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes, running throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl XLIX.

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Notes & Quotes From NBC’s “Football Night In America” – Week 7

FNIA-nfl-nbcThe Seattle Seahawks are not invincible. They don’t look like the defending Super Bowl Champions.” – Tony Dungy on the Seahawks

Julius Thomas is the best tight end that Peyton Manning has ever played with.” – Hines Ward on Broncos TE Julius Thomas

The history we might get a chance to see tonight, in my opinion is the biggest of the big. This is like the home run record in baseball.” – Cris Collinsworth on Peyton Manning and the NFL’s all-time record for most career passing touchdowns

“If I were the owner, I would be doing everything I could at this moment to go, ‘Guys, I don’t care what your differences are, we’re fixing this. We’re keeping this team together because it works.’” – Collinsworth on the 49ers

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 19, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Kathryn Tappen reported from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Giants-Cowboys game.

Costas interviewed Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, while Elliott talked with TE Julius Thomas.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON SEAHAWKS

Dungy: “The Seattle Seahawks are not invincible. They are 3-3 right now and they don’t look like the defending Super Bowl Champions.”

Collinsworth: “It’s possible that success is tearing this team apart more so than when they were trying to get to the Super Bowl.”

Harrison: “They have to get back to that cockiness that they had. They’re trying to be too perfect. They need to relax, start having fun and go back to the fundamentals.”

ON RAVENS

Dungy: “They’re pretty good. Joe Flacco has gotten used to his new weapons, and their defense is starting to play like they did in their Super Bowl year. When these guys give pressure, Ngata and Suggs and those guys, they’re awesome.”

Harrison: “Steve Smith has been awesome this year, but you can’t forget about Torrey Smith, because he can stretch the defense.”

Florio on Ray Rice investigation: “Rice continues to be indefinitely suspended by the NFL. The appeal hearing is tentatively set for early November, but there’s a dispute over whether or not Commissioner Goodell will testify at that appeal hearing. The NFL Players Association believes that he should; the NFL is resisting. I’m told that former federal judge, Barbara S. Jones, who’s been appointed to handle the appeal, will make a decision this week on whether or not Commissioner Goodell will be required to testify.”

ON REDSKINS

Dungy: “Colt McCoy came in and gave the team a spark, that’s what he does. He can move around. He makes things happen, and he took care of the ball today.”

Harrison on Colt McCoy: “He played one half of the game great. Let’s control our expectations a little bit, but I do believe that he deserves to start next week.”

ON PANTHERS

Harrison: “The Carolina Panthers have not looked good. Cam Newton is not 100 percent. Their defense looks average, but the Panthers are still in first place in their division. This is a crazy league.”

ON BROWNS

Harrison: “They are not good enough to just show up. They have to play hard. They have to play smart. They can’t make the mistakes they made today.”

ON CHIEFS:

Dungy: “Alex Smith was good all day. Then on that last drive, he was great. He moved around, he got away from the rush and made big plays. He gives them what they need, when they need it.”

ON BILLS

Florio on CJ Spiller’s season-ending injury: “I’m told that C.J. Spiller is going to have surgery tomorrow to repair his broken collarbone, and he is done for the year.”

ON JETS

Florio on Percy Harvin: “As stunning as it was that the Seahawks traded Percy Harvin, it was just as surprising that the Jets decided to give him what amounts to a third chance. Some in the league, along with coaches who have known Harvin for a long time, believe that his temperament, his belligerence, and his fighting with teammates makes him unfit to play in the NFL.”

ON BRONCOS

Collinsworth on Peyton Manning: “Not only does he have a great sense of the history of the game, but he also has a way of creating history. The history we might get a chance to see tonight, in my opinion in football, is the biggest of the big. This is like the home run record in baseball.”

Dungy on Manning breaking the all-time record for most career passing touchdowns: “I promise you he [Manning] will not be focused on that record tonight, he will be focused on the 49ers defense.”

Ward on Julius Thomas: “Julius Thomas is the best tight end that Peyton Manning has ever played with. The only knock that I can make on Julius Thomas is that he needs to improve upon his blocking skills, because he can’t block anyone.”

ON 49ERS

Collinsworth: “This franchise needs to be very careful right now because they have it good. They have the coach. They have a very successful general manager. They have a young quarterback. They have a good, young owner.  It all fits right now, but to think that you’re going to pull the head coach out of that equation and have it continue to run in the same fashion, I think is a little bit arrogant. If I were the owner of this team, I would be doing everything I could at this moment in time to go, ‘Guys, I don’t care what your differences are, we’re fixing this. We’re keeping this team together because it works.’”

Florio on Aldon Smith: “I’m told there’s a chance Smith could actually be reinstated sooner than expected. He could be back one or two games early.”

Note: On tonight’s Week 7 edition of NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, Bob Costas interviewed Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning. Manning needs three touchdown passes to set the NFL’s all-time record for most career passing touchdowns. Costas and Manning discussed the record, and all of the NFL QBs who have held the mark since Sammy Baugh.

In addition, Josh Elliott spoke with Broncos TE Julius Thomas.

MANNING WITH BOB COSTAS

On spending a day with Sammy Baugh: “One of the greatest days in my professional sports career was an afternoon I got to spend with Sammy Baugh in Rotan, Texas. It was about 15 years ago. An interesting story about how I got there. We flew in to Snyder, Texas, but there were no rental cars in Snyder. So we drove from Snyder to Rotan in a hearse. I did sit in the front seat though. A lot of records will be broken in the NFL. One record that will never be broken:  No quarterback will ever lead the league in touchdowns, interceptions as a defensive back, and punting average. Sammy Baugh did that.”

Bob Costas: “After that, the [TD] record was held by Bobby Layne. He was a different kind of guy than Sammy Baugh or yourself.”

Manning: “I never knew Bobby Layne, but my dad knew him and said he was great guy with great charisma. When I studied him, I found out what a great competitor he was. Maybe one of the great competitors of all time, at quarterback.”

Costas: “Then Y.A. Tittle.”

Manning: “I met Y.A. Tittle a number of times. That great picture of him on his knees, bloodied, tells you how tough he was. From what I studied, he was ahead of his time. He threw for seven touchdowns in a game. He was a special quarterback.”

Costas: “After Y.A. Tittle, then came Johnny Unitas. He held the record next.”

Manning: “I had an evening with Johnny Unitas at a banquet. I presented him with a pair of black high-tops. I wore black high-tops at Tennessee, and of course I knew Unitas did. We have a picture of him holding the high-tops, and he really liked it. That moment was very special for me. He was arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and the first pure timing passer.”

Costas: “Unitas finished at 290. Eventually Fran Tarkenton got to 342 and held the record for a long, long time.”

Manning: “I never met Fran Tarkenton. He and my dad are good friends, and he keeps up with me through my dad. I didn’t realize what a great passer Fran was. I knew he was a great scrambler. The fact that he threw for so many touchdowns, he was ahead of his time, and that record held for 20 years.”

Costas: “And then Dan Marino. He was the first to go past 400, and it looked like that mark was going to last for a long, long time.”

Manning: “My dad has always been my favorite player. You have to have a current favorite player, and Eli is obviously my current favorite player. Marino was my guy. I loved the way he competed, managed the game, and controlled the game. One of my very first games in the NFL was against Marino. We didn’t win, but I always remember that he hugged me after the game and said ‘Keep your head up, you’re going to play a long time in this league.’

I‘ve never forgotten that. He was probably the greatest passer of all time.”

Costas: “And then Brett Favre. No matter how you battered him and knocked him around, he showed up every Sunday and got the record.”

Manning: “I think that all players would like to be able to say that they played with as much passion as Brett Favre. I don’t know anybody else that can say it. I hope you can say that about me, but I’m not sure it does justice to Favre. Nobody had more passion than he did. There will never be anyone quite like him.”

JULIUS THOMAS WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

On not playing football in high school: “In high school I really didn’t [play football]. My friends would say come play football, and I would tell them that I was focused on basketball. My goal was to get a college scholarship. I thought I needed to invest all of my time in basketball.”

On joining the football team in college: “When I got to college and I reached that goal, the first thing that came to my mind was that I never gave football a shot. I went and asked the football coaches if they wouldn’t mind a 6-foot, 4-inch wide receiver? And they said ‘Of course. We don’t turn those down.’ Basketball coaches are not normally thrilled about their players running around on football fields, so it had to wait.”

On work ethic and size: “Being one of the smallest power forwards in Division I basketball, it gave me my work ethic. Every night you are going up against guys who are taller than you, and you are thinking ‘How am I going to find a way to have success tonight?’ You have to find a way to outwork them and find a way to do more. Being able to translate that work ethic to football has helped a lot. Now I’m the prototype size. I take that work ethic that I learned when I was the undersized guy, and put it together with my size, and it allows good things to happen.”

On being on pace to have 29 touchdown catches this season: “That 29-touchdown pace is a long time away. To be in this position now, and to be able to do things that help out my team, is a blessing for me. They are doing all they can to put me in a position to score, and I just need to go out there and find a way to catch the football.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

 

“Chasing 509″ – Peyton Manning Aims To Set NFL Record For Most Career Passing Touchdowns When Broncos Host 49ers On Sunday Night Football

FNIA-nfl-nbcManning Needs Three Touchdown Passes To Set NFL All-Time Record For Most Career Passing TDs

Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream 49ers-Broncos

NFL Turning Point Airs Tonight at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 15, 2014 – Peyton Manning looks to become the most prolific quarterback in NFL history this Sunday when the Denver Broncos (4-1) host Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET. Manning is currently “Chasing 509,” needing just three more passing touchdowns reach 509 for his career, which would break the NFL record for most passing touchdowns (Brett Favre, 508).

The Broncos enter their Sunday Night Football showdown with San Francisco following a 31-17 victory over the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. The 49ers have won three straight games, including a 31-17 win over the St. Louis Rams on Monday night. Sunday night’s game is only the third meeting in the last 10 years between the 49ers and Broncos, and the first-ever meeting between Manning and Kaepernick.

Calling 49ers-Broncos is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Kathryn Tappen will report from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the Giants-Cowboys game.

PEYTON MANNING “CHASING 509” ON SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

With three more passing touchdowns this Sunday night, Manning would reach 509 passing TD’s in his career to eclipse Brett Favre (508) for the most career passing touchdowns in NFL history. Some of Peyton Manning’s most memorable moments “Chasing 509” have come on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Manning boasts a 17-6 all-time record on SNF (including NFL Kickoff), the most wins of any quarterback on Sunday Night Football on NBC, including a 10-3 home record in those contests. Following are some of Manning’s top performances on NBC over the past eight-plus seasons.

  • Sept. 10, 2006 – In the first-ever Sunday Night Football game on NBC, Manning throws for 247 yards and a touchdown in “The Manning Bowl,” leading the Indianapolis Colts past younger brother Eli and the New York Giants 26-21 at Giants Stadium.
  • Nov. 5, 2006 – Peyton Manning throws for 327 yards and two touchdowns, as the Colts improve to 8-0 with a 27-20 win over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
  • Sept. 6, 2007 – Manning and the Colts follow their Super Bowl XLI victory with a 41-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on NFL Kickoff, as the Colts QB throws for four touchdowns at the RCA Dome.
  • Oct. 11, 2009 – Manning goes 36-for-44, including a perfect 14-for-14 in the second quarter, with 309 yards and three touchdowns, in a 31-9 win in Tennessee over the Titans. In the game, Manning passed Fran Tarkenton for third place on the all-time TD pass list behind Dan Marino and Brett Favre.
  • Nov. 15, 2009 – Following Bill Belichick’s stunning gamble on fourth down in Patriots territory, Manning leads the Colts on a game-winning drive, capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Reggie Wayne with 13 seconds remaining in a 35-34 win, keeping Indianapolis undefeated at 9-0.
  • Sept. 9, 2012 – In his return to the NFL and debut with the Broncos following neck surgery in 2011, Manning throws the 400th TD of his NFL career in a 31-19 win over the Steelers.
  • Sept. 5, 2013 – Manning throws a NFL record-tying seven touchdown passes and 462 yards, the second-highest total of his career, in a 49-27 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Oct. 20, 2013 – Manning returns to Indianapolis for the first time since joining the Broncos, and throws for 386 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-33 loss to Andrew Luck and the Colts.
  • Sept. 7, 2014 – Manning defeats Luck and the Colts to open the 2014 Sunday Night Football schedule, throwing three touchdown passes to Julius Thomas in a 31-24 win in Denver. With the win, Manning joined Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to beat each of the current 32 NFL franchises.

VIDEO: TONY DUNGY AND RODNEY HARRISON PREVIEW 49ERS-BRONCOS

Tony Dungy on 49ers keys to success against Broncos: “Power running – take time off the clock, and keep Peyton on the bench…do what you do best, and you’ve got a chance…if they don’t get pressure on Manning, he will torch this secondary.”

Rodney Harrison on 49ers: “It’s very important to keep your identity, and that’s running the ball with Frank Gore. Don’t allow Colin Kaepernick to pass the ball 40 times.”

Dungy on difference in Manning now from 10 years ago: “He plays within himself. He looked for big plays so much in the past, and now he’s content to throw the little slant, throw the screen pass…every pass doesn’t have to be 50 yards.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

For more information on Sunday Night Football’s comprehensive digital coverage, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/08/28/nbc-sports-group-surrounds-week-1-of-2014-nfl-season-with-nfl-kickoff-2014-and-sunday-night-football/

NBC SPORTSWORLD – FROM MONTANA & ELWAY TO KAEPERNICK & MANNING

Earlier today, NBC Sports Group announced the launch of NBC SportsWorld, a new micro-site within NBCSports.com dedicated to long-form storytelling. The new site launches today and will be populated with compelling long-form stories, essays, short films and documentaries, including select archived Olympic video. In advance of Sunday night’s 49ers-Broncos game, CSN Bay Area Senior Insider Ray Ratto connects the dots from Joe Montana and John Elway to Colin Kaepernick and Peyton Manning.

Click here for more information on NBC SportsWorld: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/15/nbc-sportsworld-is-new-long-form-home-of-nbc-sports-digital/

NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Wednesday night’s all new edition of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films, will feature in-depth analysis of some of Week 6’s most compelling matchups, including the Dallas Cowboys upset over the Seattle Seahawks. Airing tonight at 11 p.m. ET, the episode will also review the key moments that defined the Packers-Dolphins and Giants-Eagles contests.

In addition, this week’s installment will include a wired-for-sound feature on Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, as well as a spotlight feature on the play of Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that are synonymous with NFL Films.

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PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

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NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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Real Salt Lake Visit Portland Timbers This Friday, October 17 At 10 PM ET on NBCSN as 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs Near

NBCSN_LogoFC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids Saturday at 3 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 15, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of Major League Soccer continues this Friday, October 17, when Real Salt Lake visit the Portland Timbers and midfielder Diego Valeri at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Valeri led the Timbers to a crucial victory over the San Jose Earthquakes last Wednesday, scoring two goals in their 3-0 win.

Real Salt Lake, third in the Western Conference, secured their spot in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with a 2-0 win against San Jose last Saturday. A Portland Timbers win on Friday, coupled with a Vancouver Whitecaps loss or draw on Saturday, would put them in the fifth and final Western Conference spot for the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs with one regular season game to play.

NBC Sports Group’s lead MLS play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match, and is joined by former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and host Russ Thaler.

Immediately following NBCSN’s Premier League coverage at 3 p.m. ET this Saturday, October 18, FC Dallas host the Colorado Rapids. FC Dallas earned a playoff berth for the first time in three years last Sunday against the LA Galaxy, when forward Fabian Castillo scored an 87th-minute goal, leading the team to a 2-1 win.

Colorado Rapids’ lead play-by-play commentator Richard Fleming calls the match, alongside former MLS player Brian Dunseth and CSN Houston reporter Sebastian Salazar.

Strong on this weekend’s matches:Friday night’s game will feature varying degrees of desperation. The Timbers know they need to win to keep themselves alive in the hunt for a playoff spot, while Real Salt Lake will be motivated by pressure from below to try to stay in third-place to avoid the knockout round game. Saturday will feature a Rapids team trying to make sense of a season that’s slipped away from them, but FC Dallas have plenty on the line: chasing RSL for third, holding off Vancouver for fourth, and trying to follow up Sunday’s impressive comeback win against the Galaxy.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of MLS this weekend will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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

About NBC Sports Group’s Soccer Coverage

NBC Sports Group’s networks and platforms are leading destinations for soccer fans in the U.S. Its soccer portfolio includes Major League Soccer (MLS), U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team matches, the men’s and women’s Olympic soccer tournaments, and the Premier League. NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, is the home for all 380 Premier League matches, as well as comprehensive shoulder programming. NBCUniversal’s Telemundo and mun2 also provide comprehensive Spanish-language soccer coverage. Both channels air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. In addition, NBC Sports Regional Networks provide exclusive live coverage of five MLS teams, including the Philadelphia Union, D.C. United, New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and San Jose Earthquakes. Online, ProSoccerTalk on NBCSports.com provides comprehensive coverage of the sport, from the Premier League to MLS to the U.S. National Team and other key international soccer stories. 

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

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Milan Lucic And Boston Bruins Battle Jimmy Howard And Detroit Red Wings In Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup

nhl_nbc_2Red Wings Host Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Sabres-Hurricanes Tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

First Intermission of Wednesday Night Rivalry to Feature In-Depth Discussion on Future of Fighting in Hockey with Analyst Mike Milbury & Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie

NHL Rivals Returns with Premiere of “Original Six” Tuesday Night at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN’s 2014-15 College Hockey Coverage Starts This Weekend with Notre Dame-Lake Superior State Series

NHL Opening Night Draws Record Viewership For NBCSN; CSN Chicago Posts Record Ratings

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 13, 2014 – Following the most-watched NHL opening night doubleheader on record, including the highest-rated regular-season game ever on NBCSN, the network’s NHL coverage continues this week featuring an Original Six Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup between Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins, and Jimmy Howard and the Detroit Red Wings, this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. This week’s NHL coverage on NBCSN begins tomorrow with the Carolina Hurricanes hosting the Buffalo Sabres at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the premiere of Original Six, a new episode in the NHL Rivals series, at 10:30 p.m. ET. Hockey coverage concludes this weekend with two college hockey contests featuring Notre Dame and Lake Superior State this weekend.

NHL game coverage begins both nights at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s NHL pre- and post-game studio show. Kathryn Tappen makes her 2014-15 NHL Live debut by anchoring Tuesday’s coverage alongside analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, while Liam McHugh hosts Wednesday’s coverage with Milbury, Jones, and TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who joins NBC Sports Group this year with more than 35 years of hockey reporting experience.

NBCSN’s Wednesday Night Rivalry first intermission coverage will feature an in-depth conversation with Milbury and McKenzie regarding the future of fighting in hockey. Last week, Milbury was outspoken about it being the right time to eliminate fighting from the game.

Milbury on future of fighting in hockey: “It’s time to get rid of fighting…as much as I liked a good scrap in my day, there are too many issues here involving concussions…let’s grow up and get rid of it.”

Milbury on minimizing concussions as the driving force to end fighting: “So many problems with concussions. If you can eliminate certain things (that cause concussions), and one of them is a fight that would eliminate a concussion, you have to do it…it’s time.”

Click here to see Milbury’s comments on fighting: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/it-time-get-rid-fighting-hockey

Following is media reaction to Milbury’s commentary:

Sports Illustrated’s Allan Muir on Milbury: “Milbury delivered a clear message…It takes guts to let go of a previously cherished notion. In doing so, Milbury proved he can’t be stereotyped.”

L.A. Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth on Milbury: “The 62-year-old NBC Sports Network NHL analyst may be just the right voice at the right time in the sports’ evolution to start a dialogue of change.”

WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY: BRUINS AT RED WINGS – WEDNESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s iteration of Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN features an Original Six showdown between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET. The Bruins and Red Wings square off in Detroit for the second time in less than one week. Last Thursday, Jimmy Howard turned aside 16 of 17 shots, while Justin Abdelkader and Gustav Nyquist found the back of the net in a 2-1 Red Wings victory. The two teams also met in the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when the top-seeded Bruins dispatched the Red Wings in five games to advance to the second round.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich.

“ORIGINAL SIX” NHL RIVALSTUESDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Wednesday Night Rivalry kicks off with the return of NHL Rivals, NBCSN’s original series that examines the history and personalities that comprise hockey’s greatest rivalries, Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. ET. This week’s episode highlights the history of the Original Six rivalries that dominated the sport from 1942-1967, when the league featured just six teams, including the Red Wings and Bruins.

Following are excerpts from tomorrow’s episode of NHL Rivals:

Sports Illustrated hockey writer Michael Farber on rivalry between Montreal Canadiens’ Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Detroit Red Wings’ Gordie Howe: “In the way that New Yorkers once debated who was the greater center fielder – Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle – people in hockey said, ‘Who’s the greater number nine? Who’s the greater right wing?’ It was the ‘great nine’ debate.”

Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban on the significance of the Original Six: “The NHL is a league that consists of 30 teams – a big part of that has to do with the players that played in the Original Six…they built this league.”
SABRES AT HURRICANES – TOMORROW AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

This week’s NHL coverage begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when 2014 second overall draft pick Sam Reinhart and the Buffalo Sabres visit Eric Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes. Reinhart made his NHL debut last week in Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to Columbus. The Hurricanes enter tomorrow’s game following back-to-back losses to the New York Islanders to open their season.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
COLLEGE HOCKEY – NOTRE DAME VS. LAKE SUPERIOR STATE – FRIDAY AND SATURDAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN kicks off its 2014-15 college hockey coverage with a weekend series featuring the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Lake Superior State Lakers, beginning on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air live coverage of the second game between the Fighting Irish and Lakers on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (Inside-the-Glass) will have the call from Compton Family Ice Arena in Notre Dame, Ind.

All games will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

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

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., October 14 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Rivals – Original Six (Premiere) NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., October 15 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wednesday Night Rivalry – Boston at Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., October 17 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., October 18 College Hockey – Lake Superior State at Notre Dame NBCSN 6 p.m.

NHL OPENING NIGHT DRAWS RECORD VIEWERSHIP FOR NBCSN

Last week, NBCSN began the 2014-15 season with two matchups – Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings. Wednesday Night Rivalry’s Flyers-Bruins matchup (7:27-10:06 p.m. ET) delivered 956,000 viewers and a 0.57 household rating, making it the most-watched opening night game on cable on record (data available since 1993) and the highest-rated NHL regular-season game ever on NBCSN.

The second game of the doubleheader, featuring the San Jose Sharks against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings (10:06 p.m. ET – 1:14 a.m. ET), averaged 446,000 viewers, the most ever on NBCSN for an NHL regular-season “late” game (puck drop after 9 p.m. ET), excluding last season’s Ducks-Kings outdoor game at Dodger Stadium.

Combined, the doubleheader averaged a 0.43 household rating and 679,000 viewers, making it the best NHL opening night doubleheader on record (data available since 1993), and up 19% and 13%, respectively, vs. the most-recent opening night doubleheader to begin the 2011-12 season (0.36 HH rating; 601,000 viewers). Click here for full release: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/10/09/nhl-opening-night-draws-record-viewership-for-nbcsn/

RECORD LOCAL AND REGIONAL RATINGS

NBC Sports Regional Networks are also posting impressive early season numbers, highlighted by the Blackhawks’ best start ever on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, averaging a 4.9 HH rating through two games. Overall, this season’s NHL games are averaging a 2.7 across the NBC Sports Group’s lineup of CSN regionals, up 15% vs. last year’s regular-season average rating (2.3).

Last Thursday’s matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild on NBCSN delivered a 6.75 rating in Minneapolis, which was the best NHL regular-season rating ever in the market on NBCSN.
2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.
NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2013-14 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Second-Place Manchester City Host Sixth-Place Tottenham This Saturday at 7:45 AM ET on NBCSN

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First-Place Chelsea v. Crystal Palace Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Premier League Viewership Up 16% This Season

Match of the Day Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Returns Next Monday at 10 PM ET on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 13, 2014 – Following the international break, Premier League coverage continues with second-place Manchester City, last season’s champions, and forward Sergio Aguero (five goals in seven Premier League appearances) hosting sixth-place Tottenham this Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match joined by Lee Dixon at the Etihad Stadium.

Also on Saturday, first-place Chelsea and forward Diego Costa, the Premier League’s leading scorer with nine goals, visit Crystal Place at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. Chelsea, six wins and one draw, are off to their best Premier League start since the 2005-06 season, when they won their first seven games and went on to capture the Premier League title.

All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

Premier League viewership through the first seven weeks of the season is up 16% on NBC/NBCSN with an average of 498,000 viewers per telecast (vs. 429,000 for last year’s opening seven weeks).

NBC presents a live, 90-minute, Match of the Day at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday hosted by Rebecca Lowe, joined by former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, providing in-depth analysis, plus, post-match interviews and reactions from the day’s matches and extended highlights with match commentators.

On Sunday, coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Queens Park Rangers hosting Liverpool and captain Steven Gerrard on NBCSN and mun2. White and Dixon call the match from Loftus Road. Stoke City host Swansea City at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN, wrapping up Sunday’s match coverage.

On Monday, coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by fourth-place Manchester United and midfielder Angel Di Maria, who has three goals and three assists in five appearances since joining the club for a British record transfer fee (approx. $99 million), visit West Bromwich Albion at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2. The Red Devils come off a 2-1 victory over Everton.

NBCSN presents Goal Zone live at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday followed by NBCSN’s live, 60-minute Match of the Day II at 2 p.m. ET featuring host Lowe, joined by Martino and Mustoe.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett returns next Monday, Oct. 20, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with an encore at midnight ET.

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside Martino and Mustoe.

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

Arsenal v. Hull City on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. ET will be shown in select U.S. cinemas for “Barclays Premier League LIVE.” For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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

Date Time Match Network
Fri., Oct. 17 10 p.m. MLS: Portland Timbers vs Real Salt Lake NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 6:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 7:45 a.m. Man City v. Tottenham NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Chelsea NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Arsenal v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Everton v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Newcastle v. Leicester City Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Southampton v. Sunderland Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 10 a.m. Burnley v. West Ham Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 18 12:30 p.m. Match of the Day NBC
Sat., Oct. 18 3 p.m. MLS: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 18 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 8:30 a.m. Queens Park Rangers v. Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 19 11 a.m. Stoke City v. Swansea City NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 2 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 19 10:30 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 12:35 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 3 p.m. West Brom v. Man United NBCSN, mun2
Mon., Oct. 20 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., Oct. 20 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available 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. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

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NOTES & QUOTES FROM NBC’s FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA – WEEK 6

FNIA-nfl-nbc“This is a serious team.” – Rodney Harrison on the Cowboys

“They demolished the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are playing the best football in the AFC North.” – Tony Dungy on the Browns

“I thought I’d never say it, but the Steelers are a finesse offense right now. I don’t even know who these guys are.” – Hines Ward

“Aaron Rodgers looks like the hero, but the Dolphins really blew it.” – Rodney Harrison on the game’s final plays

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 12, 2014 – Following are highlights from NBC’s Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and NFL Insider Peter King. Carolyn Manno reported from Century Link Field in Seattle, Wash., on Cowboys-Seahawks.

Costas interviewed New York Giants QB Eli Manning, while Elliott talked with Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON COWBOYS

Harrison: “They are serious contenders. They go into Seattle — which no one ever does — they win, they run the ball, and they completely dominate the line of scrimmage. This is a serious team.”

Dungy: “They have a great formula. They run the ball and are playing tremendous defense.”

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ON PATRIOTS

Dungy: “Last week we were asking, ‘What’s wrong with the Patriots?’ In six days, they have proved nothing is wrong with the Patriots. Tom Brady is on fire.”

ON BROWNS

Dungy: “They demolished the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are playing the best football in the AFC North.”

Harrison on Brian Hoyer: “I’m impressed with his mental toughness. The way he handled the Johnny Manziel situation, all the distractions. He’s staying aggressive. He’s taking shots down the field and not looking over his shoulder.”

Florio on QB debate: “They have to decide for 2015, is it going to be Hoyer or is it going to be Manziel? The longer they wait, the more expensive it is going to get if Hoyer continues to play like he has.”

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ON STEELERS

Ward: “They’re very close to hitting that panic button…They just look like an inconsistent football team right now. The defense looks soft. Guys are just able to run the ball up and down the field. I look at their personnel; they can’t cover anybody in the secondary. Offensively, I thought I’d never say it, but the Steelers are a finesse offense right now. I don’t even know who these guys are.”

ON PACKERS-DOLPHINS

Dungy on game’s penultimate play: “We talked about situational football. Aaron Rodgers made a great play with this fake spike, but this game should be over. Cortland Finnegan is a veteran, just tackle the outside leg (which would keep the player in bounds).”

Harrison: “Just run to the sideline and force him to come back into your safety and the game is over.”

Dungy after a replay of the touchdown: “The game should have been over before that. You have to practice those situations.”

Harrison: “Aaron Rodgers looks like the hero, but the Dolphins really blew it.”

ON PANTHERS-BENGALS

Harrison: “The overtime rule is ridiculous. You have the best players on Earth fighting their hearts out for three or four hours and you walk away with a tie. But you also do a disservice to the fans, who have paid a lot of money, for parking, for food and for tickets…Somebody has to win…There’s no way the best players on the planet should walk away with a tie.”

Dungy: “I wouldn’t want to keep playing forever. These guys spent a lot of energy out there.”

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ON JAGUARS-TITANS

Patrick on Jaguars: “What happened at the end of this game?”

Dungy: “People just don’t practice situational football. There were mistakes on both sides coming down the stretch…If you’re Tennessee, you can’t let them get out of bounds.”

Harrison: “But why are you attempting a 55-yard field goal? It’s third down, you’ve got 12 seconds left. Run another play and trust your young quarterback.”

Dungy: “Trust your quarterback. ‘Hey, Blake. We’re going to put you in. Do the same thing and if it’s not there, throw it away.’”

Harrison: “What’s the worst that could happen? You’re 0-5 at that point. Now you’re 0-6.”

Patrick: “Situational football here. Plus that 55-yarder, the launch angle is going to be a lot lower than if you were kicking a 45-yard field goal.”

Dungy: “You might have gotten closer. Give it a try.”

ON CARDINALS

Dungy: “Their defense is playing great football.”

Harrison: “If they can keep Carson Palmer healthy, they have a chance.”

ON CHARGERS

Dungy on Philip Rivers: “He’s playing incredible football.”

Harrison: “My biggest concern is that the Chargers defense gave up four touchdowns to a rookie quarterback.”

ON VIKINGS

Patrick on post-game comments by Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer, who said ‘you don’t see any of this (poor play) going on in practice’: “The reason why they don’t play like that in practice is they’re going against the Vikings in practice.”

ON GIANTS

Collinsworth on Jason Pierre-Paul: “When he is right as a pass rusher, this is a different team defensively, and we saw that last week.”

Dungy on Manning’s improved play in new offense: “He knows it better. But his young players are starting to come through for him, and he’s starting to trust those young players a little bit more.”

ON EAGLES

Collinsworth on LeSean McCoy’s performance this year in relation to OL injuries: “You can see just a slight hesitation when he’s running the football, and I think it’s cost him.”

ON PERSONAL CONDUCT

King on possible Personal Conduct Committee: “I’m told that the NFL is considering putting ex-players on that committee.”

Florio on player appeals: “One potential sticking point that could relate to the Commissioner’s power. There’s an idea out there that Commissioner Goodell would give up his current authority to make the initial decision when it comes to player discipline, but still maintain the ability to handle the appeal hearing. I’m told the NFL Players Association would never agree to an outcome where Roger Goodell still has final say of the appeals process.”

ELI MANNING WITH BOB COSTAS

On the transition from working with offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride to working with Ben McAdoo: “It was difficult in the spring and even in training camp. I just had to try to forget the old offense… I don’t want to bring up old tendencies or old thoughts; I get in trouble that way. It’s been a grind and a lot of work, but I’ve enjoyed it.”

On Odell Beckham, who attended his high school: “Odell is a good kid. He has worked hard. I’ve known him for a long time. He was a sophomore in high school, and Peyton and I were back in New Orleans doing something and we wanted to go throw some routes. We called our high school coach and said, ‘Hey, can you send over a few receivers to the high school?’”

Bob Costas: “…And he said ‘Hey, I’m going to send you a guy that’s going to be in the league someday.’”

Manning: “Exactly. Out of four or five guys, Odell was at a different level.”

On the trash-talking between the Giants and Eagles this week, and a parody video made by Eagles’ fan Bradley Cooper: “I like to do my talking on the field and let the game be played. Sometimes it builds some good drama. You get a little back and forth. We try to use that to motivate us. I’m sure the Eagles are using some of the things that we’ve said to motivate them. But for this game, I don’t think you need a whole lot of talking. I think both teams know what we feel about each other and how important this game is. We hope we can back it up with our play Sunday night.”

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JEREMY MACLIN WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

NOTE: Tonight’s episode of Football Night includes a feature piece on Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin, who at 15 years old went to live with his youth football coach Jeff Parres and his family when Maclin’s single-mother struggled to make ends meet. The piece shows how living with the Parres family positively shaped Maclin’s future.

Maclin on living with the Parres family: “I learned a lot of things growing up. I learned a lot of life lessons, but I think for me to get to where I am now, that was the turning point. It was the family dinner with everybody sitting down together, I wasn’t used to that. It was mom checking homework and dad going to work. I wasn’t used to that.”

On how much his biological mother remained in his life: “A lot. My mom was still very much a part of my life. I think for my mom to let her son go and live with somebody else in order for him to achieve what he wanted to achieve, that’s heroic.”

On the importance of family: “Everything you do in life is so much more enjoyable when you have family members to enjoy it with. Without family, which is my family and the Parres’, I wouldn’t be who I am today.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Sunday Night Football’s First NFC East Matchup Of The Season Features Nick Foles And Philadelphia Eagles Against Eli Manning And New York Giants

nbc-sundaynightfootballCoverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Giants-Eagles

Football Night in America Averaging 8.2 Million Viewers This Season, up 6%

NFL Turning Point Airs Tonight at 1 a.m. ET/ 10 p.m. PT on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 8, 2014 – Eli Manning and the New York Giants (3-2) look to add to their  three-game winning streak this Sunday, Oct. 12, when they travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia to face Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and their first-place NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles (4-1) on Sunday Night Football on NBC. Pre-game coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET.

The Eagles, tied with the Dallas Cowboys at 4-1 atop the NFC East, have scored seven return touchdowns this season, the most by any NFL team in the first five games of a season since at least 1970. The Giants trail the Eagles and Cowboys by one game in the division, as Manning has led New York to three consecutive victories with an 8-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and a 115.2 passer rating – second-best in the NFC over the past three weeks (Aaron Rodgers, 132.9). In addition, the Giants’ defense leads the league in interceptions.

Calling Giants-Eagles is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno will report from Century Link Field in Seattle, Wash., on the Cowboys-Seahawks game.

Through the first five weeks of the season, Football Night in America is averaging 8.2 million viewers - up 6% from the first five weeks last year (7.7 million).

VIDEO: TONY DUNGY PREVIEWS GIANTS-EAGLES

Tony Dungy: “I thought this was going to be the easiest winner of all of the divisions, Philly played so well the first couple of weeks, Dallas was struggling, the Giants were struggling, Washington was struggling, but the Giants have really come around. Eli looks like he’s gotten comfortable with this offense…I know Chip Kelly well and he wants to run the football. That’s the staple of the Eagles’ offense. I think this is going to be a great game.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESS SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive social media coverage includes the Sunday Night Football Facebook page, providing exclusive behind-the-scenes SNF content & digital content from NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, @SNFonNBC, using tweets, photos, Vines and videos & real-time tweets from Michele Tafoya, and a look at SNF through the filters of Instagram.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games and postseason games, including Super Bowl XLIX. The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game and stops at local landmarks and events, where fans have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video. Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, and at the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game.

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NFL TURNING POINT – TONIGHT AT 1 A.M. ET/ 10 P.M. PT ON NBCSN

A new episode of Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films and hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick, airs tonight at 1 a.m. ET/10 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that are synonymous with NFL Films.

Tonight’s episode will analyze the key moments that defined the Ravens-Colts, Buccaneers-Saints, Bengals-Patriots, and Texans-Cowboys games, wired-for-sound spotlight features on Tom BradyAndrew Luck, Drew Brees and Julius Thomas, as well as a film study with Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton.

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PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, and features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth (Thursdays), Tony Dungy (Tuesdays), Hines Ward (Wednesdays), Doug Flutie (Fridays), Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie, NFL coach Kevin Gilbride, and longtime NFL athletic trainer Mike Ryan.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, combining the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

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NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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NHL Live Analysts Jeremy Roenick And Keith Jones Preview Upcoming NHL Season

NBCSN_Logo“You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.” – Jeremy Roenick

“The West appears to be so much stronger yet again.” – Keith Jones

NHL Season Preview Airs Tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Season Begins Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday Night Rivalry, Followed by Sharks-Kings at 10 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 6, 2014 – Two Days Until Hockey – NHL Live analysts Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones will join host Liam McHugh and analyst Mike Milbury tomorrow night on NBCSN’s NHL Season Preview tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET. The program will provide commentary and analysis as NHL teams prepare for the 2014-15 season, and will also feature segments with NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.

The puck drops on the NHL regular season in two days, on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Boston Bruins host the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, followed by a Pacific Division showdown between the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET.

Following are quotes from Roenick and Jones heading into the 2014-15 NHL season:

Roenick on the Western Conference favorites: “The Kings have to be the favorites again. It’s extremely hard to repeat…we haven’t had a repeat in nearly 20 years. That’s a tall order, but they have such good chemistry and they are so well-coached. You have to put Chicago and L.A. at the top of the Western Conference again…they’re still the favorites.”

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Roenick on the Colorado Avalanche: “I wouldn’t be surprised if Colorado is ready to make that leap. Tyson Barrie is going to emerge as a top defenseman. Adding Danny Briere, Scott Hannan and Jarome Iginla to that lineup adds more veteran leadership, which is something that they haven’t had. Iginla helping out those young studs like Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon is going to be very valuable. It reminds me of when Ray Bourque went to Colorado to win a Stanley Cup.”

Jones on the Avalanche: “I don’t think they’ll have as many points in the regular season, but they’ll be as good. Paul Stastny moving to St. Louis takes away a veteran player that was very productive in Colorado, but there’s so much more to like with Nathan MacKinnon and Matt Duchene. That’s a Patrick Roy-coached team that will not take any nights off. The main question is – can Semyon Varlamov duplicate his season from last year?”

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Roenick on the San Jose Sharks: “They didn’t do anything in the offseason to improve their team. When you don’t win, it’s always going to come down to your leaders. You’ve got to score goals in big situations. Until that happens, guys are going to be questioned. Joe Thornton is going to be questioned. Patrick Marleau is going to be questioned. Joe and Patty are running into that time in their careers when their legacy is going to be that they were great players in the regular season, but when the playoffs came around, they couldn’t figure it out.”

Jones on the Sharks: “They’re going to be really good. If they don’t lose Marc-Edouard Vlasic in that first-round series last season, they don’t lose four straight to the L.A. Kings. They have to come to the realization that with Vlasic in the lineup, they were a better team than L.A., and we’re not talking about the disastrous collapse, if Vlasic doesn’t get hurt. I’m not worried about San Jose. If I was in the Western Conference and in their division, I would be worried about playing against them.”

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Roenick on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota is a real sleeper. Thomas Vanek is going to be happy playing at home in Minnesota. If they can get their goaltending straight, if Niklas Backstrom can come back and stay healthy – that’s the key for them.”

Jones on Western Conference sleeper team: “Minnesota jumps out to me as a team that will be really dangerous, as do the Dallas Stars. They’ve both improved from the outside, and their younger players gained valuable experience in the playoffs. Both will be right there, and difficult outs come playoff time.”

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Jones on the Tampa Bay Lightning: “Tampa Bay has made some big-time strides this offseason, and should take another step forward this year, especially with a healthy Steven Stamkos to start the year, and Ben Bishop healthy in goal. I look forward to watching that team. They’re going to be near the top of the Eastern Conference.”

Jones on the Boston Bruins: “The Bruins still look like the superior team, but they’re not quite as strong as when they began last season. You can’t keep everybody in this salary cap world. Johnny Boychuk is an example of that. They also had Iginla move on, who had such a good year for them last year. I don’t see the same team as last year, but I still see a lot to look forward to as a Bruins fan.”

Jones on the Detroit Red Wings: “They have been hit by that injury bug to two of their key guys, with both Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk being banged up last year. I’m concerned about that, but I love their depth and the young talent they have. Gustav Nyquist was outstanding last year, and Tomas Tatar showed a lot. The blue line is much better than they get credit for. They’re going to be dangerous – but it’s imperative they have a healthy Datsyuk and Zetterberg for the majority of the season. If they are healthy, they have a chance to come out of the East.”

Jones on the Pittsburgh Penguins: “There are question marks in Pittsburgh. Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik are big losses. The Penguins blue line worries me. The health of Paul Martin for a full season worries me. Evegni Malkin’s mystery injury to start camp is concerning. There are elements up front that are extremely dangerous, but the back end worries me. Marc-Andre Fleury worries me, and you hope in the last year of his contract that he uses it as motivation. But the playoffs are usually the time for motivation, and he hasn’t looked good in the postseason.”

Jones on the New York Islanders: “They’ve brought in two guys (Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy) that will help, there’s no doubt about that. They both have elements to their game that have to make Islanders fans feel pretty good about their chances. Boychuk has one of the hardest shots in the league, and Leddy is a very good puck-moving, offensively-gifted defenseman, so they will help their power play, which can be deadly with John Tavares running the show. The Islanders are a team that you have to give consideration to being a playoff team.”

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