NBC SPORTS GROUP STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL – TODAY AT 4 P.M. ET

Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, and Executive Producer Sam Flood

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 14, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL game commentary crew of 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 Eddie Olczyk, and Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, as well as Executive Producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on a media conference call today, April 14 at 4 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should dial 719-325-2281; passcode 8306562.

  • WHAT: 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs conference call
  • WHO: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Today, April 14 at 4 p.m. ET
  • NUMBER: 719-325-2281
  • PASSCODE: 8306562


THE PLAYOFFS START TOMORROW

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins with four first-round games tomorrow night, the first night of two months of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey. In order to televise as many as four games on a given day/night during the first round, NBC Sports Group will present matchups on  NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the No. 1 cable entertainment network, and CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel.

This marks the first time USA Network will present NHL Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 1985. CNBC has provided Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 2012. First-round games on cable are subject to local blackouts.

Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s first round coverage.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS RETURN TO STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ACTION THIS WEEK ON COMCAST SPORTSNET

First Round Coverage vs. Nashville Predators Begins WEDNESDAY NIGHT (Apr. 15) at 5:30 PM CT; Face-off at 7:30 PM featuring Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the game call! 

Comcast SportsNet to Air Games 1, 2 & 4 in the Chicago Market (and Games 5 & 7 if nec.);

CSNChicago.com to provide LIVE video stream of EVERY Blackhawks post-game press conference,

plus exclusive behind-the-scenes video from team practices and post-game reports from Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers;

“SportsNet Central: Blackhawks Playoffs Preview” special airs TONIGHT at 10:30 PM

 

Chicago, IL (April 13, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to bring fans the thrilling excitement of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with exclusive first round Western Conference Playoffs action as the Blackhawks take on the Central Division rival Nashville Predators.  Comcast SportsNet will be the exclusive television home in the Chicago market to see Games 1 & 2 from the Bridgestone Arena, along with Game 4 from the United Center.  If necessary, Comcast SportsNet will also carry Games 5 & 7 from Nashville.  Plus, every Comcast SportsNet Stanley Cup Playoff game telecast will also be presented in a high-definition (HD) format.

Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage gets underway with Game 1 Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30 PM CT with a special, Blackhawks-focused edition of SportsTalk Live presented by The Chevy Silverado featuring host David Kaplan with live remote talkbacks from the Bridgestone Arena.  Following SportsNet Central presented by Comcast Business at 6:30 PM, fans can look forward to Chevy Blackhawks Pregame Live with hosts Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd at 7:00 PM featuring a complete Game 1 preview, analysis and interviews (NOTE: Former Blackhawks RW Jamal Mayers will join CSN’s surrounding game coverage beginning with Game 2 on Friday, April 17).  Opening face-off for Game 1 is set for 7:30 PM featuring Comcast SportsNet’s announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk with the expert play-by-play and analysis, plus – Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks beat reporter Luke Stuckmeyer will provide in-stadium reports throughout the first round for all playoff games. Immediately following all playoff games –Blackhawks Post Game Live presented by Hawk Ford will feature live locker room interviews, detailed analysis, along with head coach Joel Quenneville’s post-game press conference and numerous player interviews. (Comcast SportsNet’s complete first round coverage schedule is included in this release.)

TONIGHT (Mon, Apr. 13) at 10:30 PM, Blackhawks fans can look forward to a Stanley Cup Playoffs primer with SportsNet Central: Blackhawks Playoffs Preview.  This half-hour special, hosted by Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd, will provide a detailed, inside look at the Blackhawks vs. Predators first round match-up, a recap of every regular season battle against the Predators, along with the very latest player status updates, including Patrick Kane, a look back the past regular season featuring key highlights, plus – player/coaches interviews and an overview of the entire Stanley Cup Playoffs picture with analysis on both conferences.

Throughout the playoffs, viewers are also urged to tune in nightly to SportsNet Central (presented by GMC at 10:00 & 10:30PM and presented by CLR at midnight; times may vary due to airing of live events) for the most in-depth Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage, including game recaps, previews, up-to-the-minute team/player updates, interviews and numerous playoff highlights from around the league.

Also, throughout the playoffs, Comcast SportsNet’s comprehensive website, CSNChicago.com, will provide fans with even more exclusive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs content including the following:

  • CSNChicago.com will stream EVERY Blackhawks postgame press conference LIVE (sponsored by Xfinity) providing insider access to coach Joel Quenneville addressing the media as it happens.
  • CSNChicago.com Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers will be on-site — for EVERY Blackhawks playoff game — filing stories and video for each game and team practices, plus Myers will provide up-to-the-second Tweets via @TramyersCSN throughout the series, as will CSNChicago.com Blackhawks digital reporter Nina Falcone (@NinaFalcone).  Falcone will also provide Blackhawks opponent perspective/reports on days of home games.
  • Video highlights from every Blackhawks playoff game, including in-game highlights after each period.  Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the “Blackhawks Postgame Live” presented by Hawk Ford team.
  • “Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “Blackhawks Pulse” aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #HawksTalk. For additional 24/7 team updates on Twitter, fans are urged to follow @CSNBlackhawks.
  • BlackhawksTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive Blackhawks news and opinion section featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. BlackhawksTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk, BearsTalk, ChiFireTalk, PrepsTalk, IrishTalk and B1GTalk, which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • Expanded coverage from Pat Boyle and Luke Stuckmeyer, CSN Chicago’s Blackhawks reporting team will provide pre-game and post-game coverage, along with digital content contribution and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the playoffs.  Follow them on Twitter @CSNBoyle and @LukeStuckmeyer.
  • CSNChicago.com’s new state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded Blackhawks playoffs content through daily and weekly shows and segments.
  • CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the playoffs to provide fans in-depth player interviews and features plus behind-the-scenes access to everything going on and off-the-ice within the Blackhawks organization.
  • CSNChicago.com’s Blackhawks content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships, including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, Yahoo! Sports and Xfinity.com.

Note the following first round schedule of games and additional coverage information on Comcast SportsNet:

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS vs. NASHVILLE PREDATORS on COMCAST SPORTSNET

* Game 1: Wed, April 15, 7:30 PM – Blackhawks at Predators (Bridgestone Arena)

(NOTES: Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage on Comcast SportsNet begins at 5:30 PM with a special Blackhawks-focused edition of SportsTalk Live hosted by David Kaplan, which will be followed by SportsNet Central at 6:30 PM; Blackhawks Pregame Live airs at 7:00 PM & Blackhawks Postgame Live will immediately follow the game; which will be then followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 11:00 PM on CSN+HD)

IMPORTANT BULLS NOTE:  The Bulls vs. Atlanta game (originally scheduled to air on Comcast SportsNet) will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (coverage begins at 6:30 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

* Game 2: Fri, April 17, 8:30 PM – Blackhawks at Predators (Bridgestone Arena)

(NOTES: SportsTalk Live at 5:30 PM; SportsNet Central at 6:30 PM; special-one edition of Blackhawks Pregame Live at 7:30 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game; followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM on CSN)

* Game 3: Sun, April 19 at approx. 4:30 PM – ‘Blackhawks Post Game Live’ on Comcast SportsNet

* Game 4: Tue, April 21, 8:30 PM – Blackhawks vs. Predators (United Center)

(NOTES: SportsTalk Live at 5:30 PM; SportsNet Central at 6:30 PM; Blackhawks Pregame Live at 8:00 PM/Blackhawks Postgame Live after the game –both shows live from the United Center; followed by an expanded edition of SportsNet Central with even more comprehensive Blackhawks/Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage; game replay at 12:30 AM on CSN)

IMPORTANT WHITE SOX NOTE:  The White Sox vs. Cleveland game (originally scheduled to air on Comcast SportsNet) will now move to CSN+/CSN+HD (game coverage begins at 7:00 PM; viewers urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel locations in their area).

* Game 5:  Thu, April 23 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks at Predators (Bridgestone Arena) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

* Game 6: Sat, April 25 (Time TBD) – ‘Blackhawks Post Game Live’ on Comcast SportsNet (if necessary)

* Game 7:  Mon, April 27 (Time TBD) – Blackhawks at Nashville (Bridgestone Arena) (if necessary)

(PRECISE GAME DAY COVERAGE DETAILS ARE TBD)

ALL TIMES ARE CENTRAL TIME

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGINS WEDNESDAY NIGHT WITH FOUR GAMES

NBC SPORTS GROUP STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF CONFERENCE CALL – TOMORROW AT 4 P.M. ET

NBCSN’s Game Coverage Begins Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET with Game 1 of (3) Blackhawks-(2) Predators

USA Network Wednesday Game 1 Doubleheader – (3) Islanders-(2) Capitals at 7 p.m. ET, Followed by (3) Flames-(2) Canucks at 10 p.m. ET

NHL Network Presents Game 1 of (4) Senators-(1) Canadiens Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET

NBC Presents Live Coverage of 2015 NHL Draft Lottery Saturday Night at 8 p.m. ET, Prior to Game 2 of Penguins-Rangers

Pre-Game Coverage Begins with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 13, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins with four first-round games on Wednesday night, the first night of two months of Stanley Cup Playoff hockey. In order to televise as many as four games on a given day/night during the first round, NBC Sports Group will present matchups on  NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the No. 1 cable entertainment network, and CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel. This marks the first time USA Network will present NHL Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 1985. CNBC has provided Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 2012. First-round games on cable are subject to local blackouts.

 

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC, all via “TV Everywhere.”

Coverage begins Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live on NBCSN. On most nights of the first round, NBC Sports Group will produce two versions of NHL Live (one for NBCSN, one for USA Network/CNBC) from separate studios at its International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn. NHL Live will feature a combination of hosts Liam McHughKathryn Tappen, Russ Thaler and Dave Briggs, and analysts and former players Mike MilburyKeith JonesJeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL – TOMORROW AT 4 P.M. ET

NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL game commentary crew of 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 Eddie Olczyk, and Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, as well as Executive Producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on a media conference call tomorrow, April 14 at 4 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should dial 719-325-2281; passcode 8306562.

  • WHAT: 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs conference call
  • WHO: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Tomorrow, April 14 at 4 p.m. ET
  • NUMBER: 719-325-2281
  • PASSCODE: 8306562

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NBC PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF 2015 NHL DRAFT LOTTERY SATURDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET, PRIOR TO GAME 2 OF PENGUINS-RANGERS

The 2015 NHL Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams), will take place on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, prior to Game 2 of the Penguins-Rangers first-round series. Click here for more information.

 

The teams that earn the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in this year’s draft will have the opportunity to select from two players widely-regarded as potential future NHL superstars; Canadian Connor McDavid and American Jack Eichel, the latter of which was awarded the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, given to the top NCAA hockey player.

 

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NBC SPORTS GROUP STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF GAME 1 COVERAGE

 

WEDNESDAY


(3) NEW YORK ISLANDERS AT (2) WASHINGTON CAPITALS – GAME 1 ON WEDNESDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK

 

Wednesday night’s Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage features a doubleheader on USA Network, beginning at 7 p.m. ET when Alex Ovechkin and the (2) Washington Capitals host John Tavares and the (3) New York Islanders. Ovechkin led the league with 53 goals, his sixth season with at least 50 goals, while Tavares finished the season with 86 points, one shy of league-leader Jamie Benn (87). Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, D.C.


(4) OTTAWA SENATORS AT (1) MONTREAL CANADIENS – GAME 1 ON WEDNESDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NHL NETWORK

NHL Network’s coverage begins Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET, when P.K. Subban and the (1) Atlantic Division-champion Montreal Canadiens host Andrew Hammond and the (4) Ottawa Senators. Ottawa finished the season on a 23-4-4 run, led by Hammond, who has posted a remarkable 20-1-2 record since joining the Senators in the second half of the season, living up to his nickname, “The Hamburglar.” The two teams met in the first round in 2012-13, when Ottawa defeated Montreal in five games. Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy and David Amber will have the call from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.


(3) CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS AT (2) NASHVILLE PREDATORS – GAME 1 ON WEDNESDAY AT 8:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN drops the puck on its Stanley Cup Playoff game coverage Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Toews and the (3) Chicago Blackhawks visit Shea Weber and the (2) Nashville Predators. Chicago won three of four matchups against Nashville this season, including a 5-4 shootout victory in their most recent matchup on Dec. 29. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will call the action from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, Tenn.


(3) CALGARY FLAMES AT (2) VANCOUVER CANUCKS – GAME 1 ON WEDNESDAY AT 10 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK

USA Network’s coverage continues Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, following Islanders-Capitals, as Johnny Gaudreau and the (3) Calgary Flames visit Daniel Sedin and the (2) Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their first-round series. The Flames return to the postseason for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, while the Canucks return to the postseason led by Daniel and Henrik Sedin, who lead the club with 76 and 73 points, respectively. Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Bret Hedican (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.


THURSDAY

(4) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AT (1) NEW YORK RANGERS – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Sidney Crosby and the (4) Pittsburgh Penguins renew their rivalry with Henrik Lundqvist and the (1) New York Rangers with a first-round matchup, beginning with Game 1 on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Rangers earned their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1994 with a league-leading 113 points, a single-season franchise record. Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 2-0 in the final game of the regular season to clinch the second Wild-Card spot. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, and Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York.


(3) DETROIT RED WINGS AT (2) TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC

CNBC’s playoff coverage begins Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Steven Stamkos and the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning host Henrik Zetterberg and the (3) Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning have won three of four meetings between the two clubs, but Detroit earned a 4-0 win in their most recent meeting on March 28. This marks the first time the Red Wings and Lightning will meet in the postseason. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.


(4) MINNESOTA WILD AT (1) ST. LOUIS BLUES – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Zach Parise and the (4) Minnesota Wild begin their first-round series against T.J. Oshie and the (1) St. Louis Blues on Thursday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The two teams met on the final day of the regular season in St. Louis, with the Blues earning a 4-2 victory, snapping the Wild’s franchise-record 12-game road winning streak. Minnesota’s second half push was led by goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who recorded a 27-9-2 record after joining the team in January. The Blues notched their second division title in the last four seasons, and tied Anaheim for the most points in the Western Conference (109). Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.


(4) WINNIPEG JETS AT (1) ANAHEIM DUCKS – GAME 1 ON THURSDAY AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC

Game 1 coverage concludes Thursday on CNBC at 10:30 p.m. ET, as Ryan Getzlaf and the (1) Anaheim Ducks welcome Dustin Byfuglien and the (4) Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of their first-round series. Anaheim earned its third straight Pacific Division title this season, while the Jets earned the final Wild Card spot to mark their first postseason appearance since relocating from Atlanta in 2011. Dave Randorf, Garry Galley and Cassie Campbell-Pascall will provide live game commentary from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round television schedule through Tue., April 28, including all potential Game 5, 6 and 7 matchups. (NOTE: Games airing on NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network are subject to local blackouts in the first round; all times ET and subject to change):

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Wed., April 15 Game 1 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington USA Network 7 p.m.
Game 1 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal NHL Network 7 p.m.
Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Game 1 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver USA Network 10 p.m.
Thu., April 16 Game 1 – (4) Pittsburgh at  (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 1 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay CNBC 7:30 p.m.
Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Game 1 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim CNBC 10:30 p.m.
Fri., April 17 Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 2 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal CNBC 7 p.m.
Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Game 2 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver CNBC 10 p.m.
Sat., April 18 Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay** NBC 3 p.m.
Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis** NBC 3 p.m.
Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBC 8 p.m.
Game 2 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., April 19 Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders NBC Noon
Game 3 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago NBC 3 p.m.
Game 3 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 3 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary NBCSN 10 p.m.
Mon., April 20 Game 3 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 3 – (1) St. Louis at (4) Minnesota CNBC 8 p.m.
Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (4) Winnipeg*** NHL Network 9 p.m.
Tues., April 21 Game 3 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 4 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders USA Network 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Game 4 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary USA Network 10 p.m.
Wed., April 22 Game 4 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa USA Network 7 p.m.
Game 4 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 4 – (1) St. Louis at (4) Minnesota NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Game 4 – (1) Anaheim at (4) Winnipeg USA Network 9:30 p.m.
Thur., April 23 Game 4 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 5 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington* TBD TBD
Game 5 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville* TBD TBD
Game 5 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver* TBD TBD
Fri., April 24 Game 5 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal* TBD TBD
Game 5 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers* TBD TBD
Game 5 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis* TBD TBD
Game 5 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim* TBD TBD
Sat., April 25 Game 5 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay* TBD TBD
Game 6 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders* TBD TBD
Game 6 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago* TBD TBD
Game 6 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary* TBD TBD
Sun., April 26 Game 6 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa* TBD TBD
Game 6 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh* TBD TBD
Game 6 – (1) St. Louis at (4) Minnesota* TBD TBD
Game 6 – (1) Anaheim at (4) Winnipeg* TBD TBD
Mon., April 27 Game 6 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit* TBD TBD
Game 7 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington* TBD TBD
Game 7 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville* TBD TBD
Game 7 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver* TBD TBD
Tues., April 28 Game 7 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal* TBD TBD
Game 7 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers* TBD TBD
Game 7 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim* TBD TBD
Game 7 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay* TBD TBD
Game 7 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis* TBD TBD

*if necessary
**signifies regionalized coverage. On Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, select markets will receive Red Wings-Lightning on NBC, and Wild-Blues on NBCSN. Remaining markets will receive Wild-Blues on NBC, and Red Wings-Lightning on NBCSN.
***NBCSN will join in progress following Rangers-Penguins game.

 

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 and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals, respectively, with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.


NBC SPORTS GROUP AND NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE CELEBRATE 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS WITH “LORD STANLEY’S CUP DIDDLY-UMPTIOUS BRACKET BAR”

NBC Sports Group and the National Hockey League have once again joined forces to celebrate the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by providing fans with an edible chocolate bracket and a chance to spend time with The Stanley Cup. As part of this year’s “Every Game. Every Night. Don’t Miss a Moment” marketing campaign, NBC Sports Group and the NHL have created 32,768 “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bar” chocolate bars, one for each possible bracket combination.

Each of the chocolate bars features an imprint of a blank Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket, and is packaged in a unique wrapper which includes one of 32,768 different bracket combinations. At the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final, one lucky winner will possess the perfect bracket and will win a trip to the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend, and the opportunity to spend time with the Stanley Cup. In addition, four fans who receive chocolate bars featuring a silver ticket will win a trip to Game 3 of this year’s Stanley Cup Final and the opportunity to spend time with the Stanley Cup.

Click here for more information: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/13/nbc-sports-group-and-national-hockey-league-celebrate-2015-stanley-cup-playoffs-with-lord-stanleys-cup-diddly-umptious-bracket-bar/

 

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream comprehensive coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC on 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 and Windows Store.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP AND NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE CELEBRATE 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS WITH “LORD STANLEY’S CUP DIDDLY-UMPTIOUS BRACKET BAR”

NBC and NHL to Distribute 32,768 Stanley Cup Chocolate Bars Wrapped With Different Bracket Combinations

One Lucky Fan with Perfect Bracket Will Win Opportunity to Spend Time with the Stanley Cup and a Trip to 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend

Fans Whose “Diddly-Umptious” Chocolate Bars Contain One of Four Silver Tickets Will Win a Trip to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and Quality Time with the Stanley Cup

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 13, 2015 – NBC Sports Group and the National Hockey League have once again joined forces to celebrate the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by providing fans with an edible chocolate bracket and a chance to spend time with The Stanley Cup. As part of this year’s “Every Game. Every Night. Don’t Miss a Moment” marketing campaign, NBC Sports Group and the NHL have created 32,768 “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bar” chocolate bars, one for each possible bracket combination.

Each of the chocolate bars features an imprint of a blank Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket, and is packaged in a unique wrapper which includes one of 32,768 different bracket combinations. At the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final, one lucky winner will possess the perfect bracket and will win a trip to the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend, and the opportunity to spend time with the Stanley Cup. In addition, four fans who receive chocolate bars featuring a silver ticket will win a trip to Game 3 of this year’s Stanley Cup Final and the opportunity to spend time with the Stanley Cup.

“As in past years, we wanted to create an item which captures the imagination of hockey fans and social influencers, and continues to build awareness about the Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket format and Stanley Cup Final,” said John Miller, Chief Marketing Officer, NBC Sports Group. “It was difficult to top cupcakes and puck cakes, but we think we have done it. Eating your way through the Stanley Cup Playoffs is always a fun bonus.”

A small number of the chocolate bars will be presented in a limited edition custom-designed NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket box, and will be hand delivered to athletes, celebrity hockey fans, social influencers and media in select markets across the country. Each playoff team will also receive their own box of “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bar” chocolate bars. The vast majority of bars will be given out to hockey fans in each of the 16 cities which have a team playing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Fans can tune in to local sports radio stations to find out specific locations to pick up a bar, available on a first-come first-served basis. “Lord Stanley’s Cup Diddly-Umptious Bracket Bars” will also be available at the flagship NHL Store in New York City, in NHL Team Stores, and in popular hockey bars in local markets with teams competing in the Playoffs.

Fans can find out more about the campaign, register their tickets and receive prizing at bracketbar.nbcsports.com. Fans are also invited to engage with @NHLonNBCSports on social media using #BracketBar.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ON TV

For the fourth consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of NBC Sports Group and select NBCUniversal networks. During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming.

Coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network and CNBC.  In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide complete streaming coverage of every game of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs that is televised by NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC.

For more information click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/01/nbc-sports-group-fills-out-2015-stanley-cup-playoff-bracket-with-complete-coverage-beginning-april-15/

 –NBC SPORTS GROUP–

BOB COSTAS, AL MICHAELS & MARV ALBERT WORK TOGETHER FOR FIRST TIME TONIGHT ON PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS ON NBC

Highlights of Costas-Michaels-Albert Show Open

First On-Set Photo of the Trio Below

Brooklyn, NY – April 11, 2015 – Sports broadcasting legends Bob Costas, Al Michaels and Marv Albert worked together for the first time ever on tonight’s PBC on NBC telecast from Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Returning to their native New York for the telecast (Albert and Michaels are from Brooklyn, Costas from Commack, Long Island), the trio is synonymous with the biggest events in sports – combining to work 25 Super Bowls, 25 NBA Finals, 23 Olympics, 19 World Series, and numerous championship boxing events on television and radio.

Costas presented a feature on the history of boxing in New York. Michaels hosts the broadcast. Albert calls the fights alongside analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard, the six-time world champion and 1976 Olympic gold medalist. B.J. Flores serves as corner analyst, with Kenny Rice reporting ring-side.

Below is the first on-set photo of the trio as well as highlights of Costas-Michaels-Albert opening the show (high-res, downloadable photo in link):

http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/photo/michaels-costas-albert/

Michaels, Costas, Albert

“New York is the site for a big night of boxing. A sell-out crowd of 12,000 expected here. I’m Al Michaels and this is the second Premier Boxing champions telecast in the series.” – Al Michaels

“This leads us to the man who called 19 innings in seven hours – that was Yankees-Red Sox last night, that’s one ‘Rapping’ Roberto Costas. Fancy meeting you here, by the way.” – Al Michaels

“Thank you Alfalfa, and since we’re all from New York, pretty soon we’ll welcome in ‘Marvelous’ Marv Albert. We remember growing up following this sport, sometimes attending the big fights here. This really was the mecca of boxing. These days, maybe if there’s a city we associate with boxing in the U.S. it has to be Las Vegas, but for much of the 20th century, before the big fights moved to Vegas, the most anticipated and most historic fights often happened here in New York. There are far too many to cite them all, so, with apologies to the likes of Tony Zale, Henry Armstrong, the ‘Cinderella Man’ Jim Braddock, Rocky Graziano, Archie Moore, Jersey Joe Walcott, Rocky Marciano, Emile Griffith, Dick Tiger and so many more, here’s just a small sample of the memorable fights at New York’s iconic venues.” – Bob Costas

“Wladimir Klitschko fought in New York. With apologies to now to Marvin Hagler, let’s welcome in ‘Marvelous’ Marv Albert.” – Costas

“Guys, growing up in Brooklyn, my earliest memories of boxing were produced by my father who would take me to fights in Coney Island – club fights, pro fights – in some rickety, old arena which no longer stands. I got to love the sport, and I would listen to fights on the radio with the blow-by-blow of Don Dunphy and Les Keiter, and I’ll never forget the Floyd Paterson – Ingemar Johansson bouts at Yankee Stadium and Polo Grounds, and of course Friday Night Fights which were brought to everybody across America.” – Marv Albert

“The ‘toonder,’ remember Johansson’s ‘toonder’ upset Floyd Patterson. We all remember Friday nights on NBC, even the Wednesday night fights on ABC, there were Monday night fights. Guys, it’s time for the Saturday night fights.” – Michaels

“You’re doing the heavy lifting” – Michaels to Albert

“You can take the rest of the night off if you wanted.” – Michaels to Costas

“Good to be here with you fellas, however briefly.” – Costas

“Nice of you to drop by, Bob.” – Albert

“A lot shorter than 19 innings at the ballpark.” – Costas

***

NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including 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.

All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL TUESDAY, APRIL 14

Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, and Executive Producer Sam Flood

Conference Call to Take Place on Afternoon of Tuesday, April 14 – Time TBD

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 10, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL game commentary crew of 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 Eddie Olczyk, and Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, as well as Executive Producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on a media conference call on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 14 (time TBD). A call-in number and passcode will be included once the time of the conference call is determined.

  • WHAT: 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs conference call
  • WHO: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Afternoon of Tuesday, April 14 – Time TBD


THE PLAYOFFS START WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15

For the fourth consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across the platforms of NBC Sports Group and select NBCUniversal networks. During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming.

Coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network, the No. 1 cable entertainment network, and CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel. This marks the first time USA Network will present NHL Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 1985. CNBC has provided Stanley Cup Playoff coverage since 2012.

Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive Stanley Cup Playoff coverage.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH APRIL 10, 2015 – APRIL 12, 2015

(All times ET)

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

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

 

Friday, April 10

5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – INDYCAR Chronicles: James Hinchcliffe

9 p.m. on NBCSN – World Series of Fighting

 

Saturday, April 11

3 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Qualifying

6 a.m. on NBCSN – Barclays Premier League Preview

7 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

7:45 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Swansea City v. Everton

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Tottenham v. Aston Villa

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Southampton v. Hull City

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – West Ham v. Stoke City

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Sunderland v. Crystal Palace

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – West Brom v. Leicester City

12:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League: Burnley v. Arsenal

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Houston

2:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League Goal Zone

3 p.m. on NBC (Regionalized) – NHL: Minnesota Wild at St. Louis Blues OR NHL: San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings

5 p.m. on NBCSN – Indy Car New Orleans Qualifying

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live

7:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning

8:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier Boxing Champions on NBC

11 p.m. on NBCSN – PBC on NBC Post Show

 

Sunday, April 12

1:30 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Chinese Grand Prix

4 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Extra

6 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League World

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

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

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Queens Park Rangers v. Chelsea

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

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Goal Zone

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Indy Car Grand Prix of Louisiana

3 p.m. on NBCSN – World Figure Skating Championships

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

9 p.m. on NBCSN – USA Wrestling Los Angeles

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day

 

PBC ON NBC

This Saturday, boxing hits the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for NBC’s primetime telecast of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) at 8:30 p.m. ET. The primetime show features four boxers with a combined 127-4-1 record and 80 KOs – undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), and middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).

Marv Albert (blow-by-blow) and fellow New York-natives Al Michaels (host) and Bob Costas (special contributor) will work together on a broadcast for the first time ever, and will be joined on the telecast by analyst and six-time world champion “Sugar” Ray Leonard, corner analyst B.J. Flores, and reporter Kenny Rice.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

This weekend, for the first time since NBC Sports Group kicked off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, the entire Premier League team will work together on-location in the United Kingdom. Saturday’s coverage begins with Premier League Live at 7 a.m. ET, followed by Swansea City v. Everton at 7:45 a.m. ET and Tottenham v. Aston Villa at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of Southampton v. Hull City, West Ham v. Stoke City, Sunderland v. Crystal Palace, and West Brom v. Leicester City will air on Premier League Extra Time at 10 a.m. ET. Coverage shifts to NBC at 12:30 p.m. ET for Burnley v. Arsenal, and will be immediately followed by Premier League Goal Zone at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s coverage features the entire NBC Sports Group Premier League announce team live at historic Turf Moor in Burnley, England. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live on site, alongside Robbie Earle and Kyle Martino, while Steve Bower, Lee Dixon, and Robbie Mustoe will be pitch-side; and Arlo White will be calling the match alongside Graeme Le Saux.

Sunday’s Premier League coverage begins at 6 a.m. ET with Barclays Premier League World, followed by Match of the Day at 6:30 a.m. ET. NBCSN’s live coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on site from Old Trafford, the site of the Manchester Derby. Match coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Queens Park Rangers v. Chelsea, followed by Manchester United v. Manchester City at 11 a.m. ET. Sunday’s coverage concludes Premier League Goal Zone at 1 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, Lowe hosts Premier League Live on site live from Old Trafford, the site of the Manchester Derby. Lowe will be joined in the studio by Martino and Mustoe; while Bower, Earle and Le Saux provide the pitch-side perspective; and White calls the Manchester Derby alongside Dixon.

 

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

Saturday, April 11

7:45 a.m. on NBCSN – Swansea City v. Everton, commentated by Jim Proudfoot and Kevin Kilbane

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Tottenham v. Aston Villa, commentated by Joe Speight and Tony Gale

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Southampton v. Hull City, commentated by Gary Taphouse and Dean Sturridge

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – West Ham v. Stoke City, commentated by Tony Jones and Ray Houghton

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Sunderland v. Crystal Palace, commentated by Gary Weaver and Garry Birtles

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – West Brom v. Leicester City, commentated by Jonathan Beck and Trevor Francis

12:30 p.m. on NBC – Burnley v. Arsenal, commentated by Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

Sunday, April 12

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Queens Park Rangers v. Chelsea, commentated by Jon Champion and Martin Keown

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Manchester United v. Manchester City, commentated by Arlo White and Lee Dixon

 

NHL

NBC and NBCSN will present three games this Saturday, the final day of the NHL regular season. Regional coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, when T.J. Oshie and the Central Division-leading Blues host Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild, and Jonathan Quick’s Los Angeles Kings welcome Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks. Saturday’s coverage shifts to NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Patrice Bergeron and the BostonBruins travel to Tampa Bay to face Steven Stamkos and the Lightning.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., for the regionalized coverage of Wild-Blues, while Randy Hahn (play-by-play) and Jim Fox (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call have the call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., for Sharks-Kings. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass Analyst) will provide live commentary of Bruins-Lightning.

 

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LOUISIANA

NBCSN kicks off its 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series coverage this weekend in New Orleans with the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana beginning Saturday at 5 p.m. ET with qualifying races, and continuing Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Grand Prix of Louisiana.

Brian Till will provide play-by-play commentary from NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, La.  Joining Till will be analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell, and pit reporters Robin Miller, Marty Snider, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast.

In addition, NBCSN will air the first of five episodes this season of INDYCAR Chronicles tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET, featuring Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe. The episode follows the Toronto native as he goes karting with some Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew members, and goes in-depth with Hinchcliffe during the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

 

F1 CHINESE GRAND PRIX

The Formula One season continues on NBCSN this weekend with live coverage of the F1 Chinese Grand Prix beginning Saturday morning at 3 a.m. ET with qualifying. Live coverage of the F1 Chinese Grand Prix begins Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET, followed by F1 Extra at 4 a.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action joined by analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Shanghai International Circuit in China.

 

MECUM AUCTIONS: HOUSTON

NBCSN’s presentation of the 2015 Mecum Auctions rolls into Houston this weekend. Weekend coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, and continues Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast team of Scott Hoke, John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and reporter Bill Stephens will call the action. Rutledge Wood will also contribute to this week’s Mecum Auctions coverage.

 

WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING

World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN tonight,  highlighted by a light heavyweight bout between David Branch (15-3) and Ronny Markes (15-3).

Play-by-play announcer Todd Harris will be joined by mixed martial artists and analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action from Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Conn.

 

WORLD FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS

NBC continues its presentation of the 2015 World Figure Skating Championships from Shanghai this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET with the men’s and pairs’ competitions, as well as highlights from the ladies’ and ice dance events.

NBC Sports Group’s lead figure skating commentary team of analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski and play-by-play announcer Terry Gannon will host coverage. Tracy Wilson will report from the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai.

“PBC ON NBC” HITS THE BIG APPLE TOMORROW SAT., APRIL 11 LIVE AT 8:30 PM ET FROM BARCLAYS CENTER IN BROOKLYN

Group Photos of Legendary Sports Broadcast Trio – Bob Costas, Al Michaels & Marv Albert – Working Together For First Time

Live PBC on NBC Primetime Telecast Features Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1), and “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0)

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 10, 2015 – Boxing hits Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., tomorrow, Saturday, April 11 for NBC’s 8:30 pm ET primetime telecast of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC).

Marv Albert (blow-by-blow) and fellow New York-natives Al Michaels (host) and Bob Costas (special contributor) will work together on a broadcast for the first time ever, and will be joined on the telecast by analyst and six-time world champion “Sugar” Ray Leonard, corner analyst B.J. Flores, and reporter Kenny Rice.

The primetime show features four boxers with a combined 127-4-1 record and 80 KOs – undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), and middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).

Below are photos taken at today’s NBC Sports media luncheon in New York.  Photo credit on all is Heidi Gutman/NBC. For print-quality downloadable photos, please see the links below.

http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/photo/albert-michaels-leonard-costas/

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NBC Sports - Events - Season 2015

NBC Sports - Events - Season 2015

NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including 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.

All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

BEN CRENSHAW: A WALK THROUGH AUGUSTA, CHRONICLING GOLFER’S SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MASTERS, PREMIERES MONDAY, APRIL 13 ON GOLF CHANNEL

Interviews with Family, Friends and Fellow Pros Highlight Crenshaw’s Reverence for the Masters and its Founder Bobby Jones

Golf Channel Films Provided Access to Rarely Seen Home Movies; Highlights of Crenshaw’s ’84 and ’95 Masters Victories Punctuated by Emotional Stories of Relationships with Late Teacher Harvey Penick and Caddie Carl Jackson

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 9, 2015) – Capping an emotional week marked by his last competitive round at the Masters Tournament, Golf Channel Films will premiere Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta, a hour-long retrospective on the life and career of Ben Crenshaw and his special relationship with the Masters, premiering Monday, April 13 at 10 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

“It’s almost as if he has green blood in him, not red.” – wife Julie Crenshaw

Via special access to Crenshaw as he prepares for and plays his last Masters, Golf Channel will weave interviews and footage shot this week throughout the film, which will explore Crenshaw’s life and Hall-of-Fame career, from his childhood and upbringing in Austin, Texas – where he became a golf prodigy by the age of 16 – to the present. Included are never-before-seen home movies, interviews with friends, family and fellow golf professionals, and highlights and stories from his first Masters victory in1984 and the improbable win in 1995.

Led by Jimmy Roberts, Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta also explores Crenshaw’s relationships with his longtime teacher Harvey Penick and caddie Carl Jackson, and stories about the roles the two men played in his life and two Masters victories. It delves deep into the state of Crenshaw’s game leading to the ’95 Masters – a tournament that seemed out of reach due to his poor play – and his state of mind, recalling Penick’s passing during the week. The film captures Crenshaw’s memory of a dreary day in Austin when he put his friend to rest. “I’d lost a father figure, someone who gave the love of golf my whole life,” Crenshaw said. “Seemed like it was raining everywhere that day.”

Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta also explores the reverence Crenshaw holds for the Masters, its founder, Bobby Jones, and Augusta National Golf Club, and the special place they hold in his heart.

“When you listen to him talk about Augusta, he feels it. There’s just this relationship between him and the golf course.” – Crenshaw biographer Melanie Hauser

Ben Crenshaw: A Walk Through Augusta is the second Golf Channel Films production of 2015. Arnie & Me, which premiered in March, featured a collection of fan-generated videos paying tribute to the great Arnold Palmer; the fourth installment to 2014’s critically acclaimed, three-part documentary, Arnie, which chronicled Palmer’s life and career; and the Emmy-nominated Payne, which remembered the late, great Payne Stewart.

-NBC Sports Group-

ABOUT GOLF CHANNEL

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Golf Channel, co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of the NBC Sports Group, is available in more than 120 million homes and 83 countries in 12 languages worldwide. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original programming. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital services including Golf Channel Mobile; GolfNow, the world’s largest online booking platform; GolfAdvisor.com, a golf course ratings and review portal; the interactive Golf Channel Academy instructional app; and the Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.

3 DAYS UNTIL “PBC ON NBC” HITS THE BIG APPLE THIS SAT., APRIL 11 IN PRIMETIME – NBC BOXING EXPERT STEVE FARHOOD’S MOST SIGNIFICANT NEW YORK BOXING MOMENTS

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

Live PBC on NBC Telecast at 8:30 PM ET Features Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1), and “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0)

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 9, 2015 – In two days, boxing hits Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., for NBC’s Saturday, April 11 primetime telecast of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Marv Albert (blow-by-blow) and fellow New York-natives Al Michaels (host) and Bob Costas (special contributor) will work together on a broadcast for the first time ever, and will be joined on the telecast by analyst and six-time world champion “Sugar” Ray Leonard, corner analyst B.J. Flores, and reporter Kenny Rice.

The primetime show features four boxers with a combined 127-4-1 record and 80 KOs – undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), and middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).

NBC Sports Group’s ringside editorial consultant Steve Farhood, who has covered boxing since 1978 for The Ring and KO Magazine as well as for multiple television networks, weighs in with his five most significant bouts in New York boxing history:

  1. Joe Frazier’s 15-round win over Muhammad Ali, March 8, 1971, Madison Square Garden: “Never mind that heavyweight champion Frazier was 26-0, and former titlist Ali was 31-0. This was the most anticipated fight in history for political and social reasons as well. The hype was overwhelming—and the fight managed to live up to it.”
  2. Joe Louis’ first-round knockout over Max Schmeling, June 22, 1938, Yankee Stadium: “Louis had won the heavyweight title one year before, but refused to consider himself true champion until he avenged his lone setback, a 1936 KO loss to Schmeling.

“The stakes were unimaginably high. In a visit to the White House before the fight, Louis was told by FDR, ‘Joe, we need muscles like yours to beat Germany.’ Otherwise, no pressure at all.

“Louis delivered, breaking a pair of vertebrae in Schmeling’s back en route to a 124-second demolition.”

  1. Jack Dempsey’s second-round KO over Luis Firpo, September 14, 1923, Polo Grounds: “More than 80,000 fans witnessed a fight that is universally ranked among the top five in history.

“In round one, heavyweight champion Dempsey scored seven knockdowns, but was driven through the ropes shortly before the bell. He picked himself up, and finished Argentina’s hulking Firpo in round two. The stunning knockdown of Dempsey was voted the most dramatic sports moment in the first half of the 20th century.”

  1. Rocky Marciano’s eighth-round KO over Joe Louis, October 26, 1951, Madison Square Garden: “The last fight of the beloved Louis’ career served as a cold and stark reminder that boxing is (most of the time) a young man’s game.

“At age 37, Louis couldn’t hold off the undefeated Marciano, who applied relentless pressure before dropping and stopping ‘The Brown Bomber’ in the eighth.

“All of America shed a collective tear.”

  1. Joe Welling’s 15-round win over Johnny Dundee, September 17, 1920, Madison Square Garden: “Promoted by the legendary Tex Rickard, this was the main event of the first boxing show after the passing of the Walker Law, which made boxing legal in New York State. As a result of the law, a state commission was formed to oversee the sport, and referees or judges were okayed to render decisions in fights that went the distance.

“Other states followed New York’s lead, and boxing began to grow at a rapid rate.”

PBC ON NBC SOCIAL MEDIA

For the first time ever, NBC Sports Digital will use Meerkat, 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. Tomorrow, Friday, April 10 at 1 p.m. ET the @NBCSports Twitter handle will broadcast the fighters as they weigh-in at Barclays Center before their primetime NBC debut.

On Saturday, April 11, the NBC Sports Social Media team will give boxing fans access to behind-the-scenes PBC on NBC content including the production, announce team and primetime bouts.

The best moments from the PBC on NBC broadcast will be easily accessible by following NBC Sports on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, where replays and highlights are served up from NBCSports.com. In addition, innovative short form replays will allow fans following along on social media to breakdown the best combinations from the fighters, and see the sport in a new way.

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NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including 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.

All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–