IOC Awards Olympic Games Broadcast Rights To NBCUNIVERSAL Through To 2032

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Additional wins included:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–NBC Sports Group–

Day 21 – Stanley Cup Playoff Coverage Continues With Bruins-Canadiens & Blackhawks-Wild On NBCSN & CNBC Tonight

NBCSN_LogoGame 3 – Bruins-Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 1-1

Game 3 – Blackhawks-Wild at 9 p.m. ET on CNBC – Blackhawks Lead 2-0

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

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 6, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with two Game 3 matchups across NBCSN and CNBC, starting with the (1) Boston Bruins and (3) Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former NHL players and Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

CNBC kicks off its second-round coverage with Game 3 between the (1) Chicago Blackhawks and (4) Minnesota Wild from St. Paul, as the Wild look to cut into their 0-2 series deficit at home, where they are a perfect 3-0 thus far in the postseason.

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

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

THE PASS – TUESDAY, MAY 6 (All times ET)

TUESDAY, MAY 6
Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk
9 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota CNBC Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter

TODAY – MAY 6

The Canadiens host the Bruins tonight in Game 3 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as the series shifts north of the border to Montreal. The Bruins evened the series on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a furious third-period comeback, featuring four consecutive goals in a 7:58 span, highlighted by Reilly Smith’s go-ahead goal with 3:32 left in regulation. Boston also erased a two-goal third-period deficit on Thursday night, only to have Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban score early in double overtime to give the Canadiens the Game 1 victory. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) will call the action from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

CNBC’s second-round coverage begins tonight at 9 p.m. ET with Game 3 between the Blackhawks and Wild, as Minnesota looks to rebound following two losses in Chicago to open the series. In Game 2, the Wild pressed for the tying goal as they trailed by a score of 2-1 late in the third period, but an insurance goal from Bryan Bickell and an empty-netter from Brandon Saad gave the Blackhawks a 4-1 win, and a 2-0 series lead. The two teams travel to Minnesota tonight for Games 3 and 4, where the Wild are 3-0 this year in the postseason, and have allowed just three goals in those games.

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., and NHL Live host Russ Thaler will be alongside former NHL players and analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter in the studio to provide intermission reports.

NHL ANNOUNCES STARTING TIMES FOR NBCSN DOUBLEHEADER ON SATURDAY

The NHL today announced updated start time information for games scheduled for Saturday, May 10. Saturday night’s doubleheader on NBCSN starts with Game 5 of Canadiens-Bruins at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Game 4 between the Ducks and Kings at 9:30 p.m. ET. Commentating assignments for those games have not yet been announced.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff telecast schedule through Saturday, May 10. All times are eastern, and times, networks, and commentating assignments are subject to change.

TUESDAY, MAY 6
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk
9 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota CNBC Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
THURSDAY, MAY 8
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Boston at (4) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Engblom
FRIDAY, MAY 9
7 p.m. Game 5 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
SATURDAY, MAY 10
7 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Montreal at (1) Boston NBCSN TBD
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles NBCSN TBD

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

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

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 35
CNBC 12
NHL-N 2
Total 57

One-goal Games: 28
OT games: 17

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

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

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

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

– NBC Sports Group –

15.3 Million Watch 140th Running Of The Kentucky Derby On NBC

nbc-sports-group9.4 National HH Rating Marks Best Saturday Rating on any Network Since NBC’s Sochi Olympics

NBC Sports ‘Big Event Strategy’ Leads to More Than 15 Million Viewers for 4th Time in 6 years

Record 4.4 Million Minutes Streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 5, 2014 NBC Sports’ coverage of Saturday’s 140th Kentucky Derby averaged 15.3 million viewers, according to fast national data provided today by The Nielsen Company.

California Chrome’s exciting victory in Saturday’s race (6:06-6:52 p.m. ET) marks the fourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers. From 1991-2008, Kentucky Derby average viewership did not reach 15 million.

  • Viewership increased 3% from 2012 (14.8 million for I’ll Have Another’s victory) – the last time the Kentucky Derby faced head-to-head competition from the NBA Playoffs.
  • NBC’s 9.4/22 household rating for the Kentucky Derby ranks as the best Saturday rating on any network since the 2014 Sochi Olympics on NBC (9.6/17 on Feb. 15).
  • Louisville, the home of the Kentucky Derby, topped the metered markets with a 37.8 rating/66 share (top 20 markets listed below).

4.4 MILLION MINUTES STREAMED ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: Fans live streamed a record 4.38 million minutes of the Kentucky Derby on NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – a 59% increase over last year for coverage which included four exclusive camera angles (grandstand, paddock, overhead, jockey), bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators, and replays and footage from key “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep races.

KENTUCKY DERBY VIEWERSHIP
2014 15.3 million NBC California Chrome
2013 16.2 million NBC Orb
2012 14.8 million NBC I’ll Have Another
2011 14.5 million NBC Animal Kingom
2010 16.5 million NBC Super Saver
2009 16.1 million NBC Mine That Bird
2008 14.2 million NBC Big Brown
2007 13.7 million NBC Street Sense
2006 12.9 million NBC Barbaro
2005 13.6 million NBC Giacomo
2004 14.6 million NBC Smarty Jones
2003 11.8 million NBC Funny Cide
2002 12.8 million NBC War Emblem
2001 13.5 million NBC Monarchos
2000 9.1 million ABC Fusaichi Pegasus
1999 9.9 million ABC Charismatic
1998 9.5 million ABC Real Quiet
1997 11.3 million ABC Silver Charm
1996 11.0 million ABC Grindestone
1995  9.3 million ABC Thunder Gulch
1994 12.1 million ABC Go For Gin
1993 11.5 million ABC Sea Hero
1992 13.7 million ABC Lil E Tee
1991 13.4 million ABC Strike The Gold
1990 15.6 million ABC Unbridled
1989 18.5 million ABC Sunday Silence

TOP METERED MARKETS FOR 2014 KENTUCKY DERBY (Race Portion)

1. Louisville 37.8/66
2. Ft. Myers 21.3/40
3. West Palm Beach 17.8/31
4. Buffalo 16.8/32
5. Cincinnati 16.7/35
6. Boston 15.5/35
7. Columbus 14.4/31
8. Orlando 14.3/26
T9. Tampa-St. Pete 13.6/25
T9. Indianapolis 13.6/28
11. Knoxville 13.5/26
12. Minneapolis 13.1/33
13. Hartford 13.0/27
T14. Baltimore 12.9/27
T14. Providence 12.9/25
T14. Dayton 12.9/26
17. Milwaukee 12.4/29
T18. Washington, DC 12.2/28
T18. Richmond 12.2/24
T18. Tulsa 12.2/24

PREAKNESS STAKES ON NBC SPORTS, MAY 17: In two weeks, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome will take one more step to try to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 36 years, since Affirmed in 1978. NBC Sports Group coverage of The Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md., begins Friday, May 16 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.  NBC presents The Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET with coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

PREAKNESS STAKES
Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 16 3 p.m. Preakness Classics NBCSN
4 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 17 1 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN

 

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

DAY 20 – NBCSN Presents Stanley Cup Playoff Doubleheader Tonight, Starting With Rangers-Penguins Game 3 At 7:30 P.M. ET

nhl_nbc_2Game 3 – Rangers-Penguins Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 1-1

Game 2 – Kings-Ducks Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Kings Lead 1-0

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

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 5, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with a Game 1 doubleheader on NBCSN, starting with Game 3 between the (2) New York Rangers and the (1) Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins tonight with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, alongside analysts and former NHL players and Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBCSN’s Stanley Cup Playoff doubleheader continues at 10 p.m. ET with Game 2 of the Freeway Series between the (3) Los Angeles Kings and (1) Anaheim Ducks, as the Kings look to build off their overtime victory in Game 1 on Saturday night.

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THE PASS – MONDAY, MAY 5 (All times ET)

MONDAY, MAY 5
Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter
7:30 p.m. Game 3 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Hayward

TODAY – MAY 5

The Rangers and Penguins travel to New York for Game 3 tonight, following a split of the first two games in Pittsburgh this past weekend. Derick Brassard scored 3:06 into overtime to give the Rangers a Game 1 victory on Friday, but the Penguins responded last night, as Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced en-route to a 3-0 shutout win to even the series. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

NBCSN’s doubleheader continues at 10 p.m. ET, when the Ducks look to even their Freeway Series against the rival Kings at one game apiece. 43-year-old Anaheim captain Teemu Selanne appeared to have given the Ducks a Game 1 win with his 43rd career playoff goal midway through the third period, but Kings forward Marian Gaborik stunned the Anaheim crowd by scoring the game-tying goal with seven second left in regulation, and netting the game-winner 12:07 into overtime to steal a 3-2 win for the Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Hayward (analyst) will have the call from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

LOCAL RATINGS & CONSUMPTION

Although final ratings for this weekend’s games are not yet available, local figures and digital consumption are in. Below are some highlights:

For Friday night’s Game 1 between the Wild and Blackhawks, Minneapolis delivered an 11.1 HH rating, it’s best-ever on NBCSN. Chicago delivered a 13.5 HH rating, its second-best second-round rating ever for a game on NBCSN, trailing only last year’s Game 7 vs. Detroit (17.2). NBCSN was the No. 1 network overall in both markets during the game.

On Sunday for Game 2, both markets scored record ratings for games airing on NBC. Minneapolis delivered a 12.8 HH rating, the highest-rated Wild game ever on NBC in the market. Chicago produced the highest-rated Blackhawks second-round game ever on NBC in the market. NBC was the No. 1 network overall in both markets during the game.

Yesterday’s game also delivered the best unauthenticated second-round playoff game ever in all key metrics, including unique viewers (56,000) and minutes consumed (2.62 million). However, Friday night’s authentication-required live stream delivered more viewers (59,000) and minutes (2.78 million).

For last night’s Rangers-Penguins Game 2 on NBCSN, New York delivered a 4.4 HH rating, it’s second-highest rated Rangers second-round game ever on NBCSN in the market, trailing only the 2012 Game 7 vs. Washington (4.8). Pittsburgh scored a 20.5 HH rating locally. During the game, NBCSN was the No. 1 network overall in Pittsburgh and No. 2 in New York.

NHL ANNOUNCES STARTING TIMES FOR NBCSN DOUBLEHEADER ON FRIDAY

The NHL today announced updated start time information for games scheduled for Friday, May 9. Friday’s doubleheader on NBCSN starts with Game 5 of Rangers-Penguins at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Game 4 between the Blackhawks and Wild at 9:30 p.m. ET. Commentating assignments for those games have not yet been announced.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff telecast schedule through Friday, May 9. All times are eastern, and times, networks, and commentating assignments are subject to change.

MONDAY, MAY 5
Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter
7:30 p.m. Game 3 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Hayward
TUESDAY, MAY 6
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk
9 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota CNBC Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
THURSDAY, MAY 8
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Boston at (4) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
FRIDAY, MAY 9
7 p.m. Game 5 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN TBD
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota NBCSN TBD

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

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

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 33
CNBC 12
NHL-N 2
Total 55

One-goal Games: 28
OT games: 17

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

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

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

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

– NBC Sports Group –

NBCUniversal Surrounds The Kentucky Derby

nbc-sports-groupTODAY Show Segments Live from Churchill Downs Friday and Saturday

The Weather Channel & CNBC Live from Churchill Downs on Friday

Features and Segments from NBCUniversal Properties Including The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, E!, CNBC, America’s Got Talent, 1st Look and More

NEW YORK – May 1, 2014 – NBC Sports Group presents 15.5 hours of Kentucky Derby coverage, a record for the event, continuing today, Thursday, May 1 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminating with the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, Saturday, May 3. Coverage begins on Saturday at Noon on NBCSN and continues at 4 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage, which has been honored with the Eclipse Award in the Television-Live Programming category for the past two years, includes 7.5 hours on Derby Day on NBC and NBCSN.

A host of NBCUniversal properties will participate in NBC Sports’ ‘Big Event Strategy,’ focusing on the food, fashion, celebrity and entertainment spectacle that is the Kentucky Derby.

Below is a summary of the NBCU properties that are supporting the Kentucky Derby:

TODAY: TODAY’s Al Roker reports live from Churchill Downs on Friday and interviews NBC Sports Group’s Kentucky Derby commentators including fashion experts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski on selecting the perfect Derby hat, and reporter Donna Brothers onjockey technique.

WEEKEND TODAY: Weekend TODAY anchor Dylan Dreyer reports live from Churchill Downs Saturday morning on topics ranging from Derby fashion to track conditions.

TODAY WITH KATHIE LEE AND HODA:  For the fifth year in a row, TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb hosted a Kentucky Derby trip giveaway contest for the fan that created the most interesting Derby hat, and NBC Sports Group’s Carolyn Manno, making her Kentucky Derby debut, joined the ladies for Derby Trivia. On Friday, Kathie Lee and Hoda’s “drink of choice” will be the mint julep in a nod to the Derby’s traditional beverage.

THE WEATHER CHANNEL: During Wake up With Al on Friday morning, Roker and Stephanie Abrams report live from Churchill Downs on the latest conditions, while Sam Champion will be on site Friday during AMHQ with Sam Champion with segments including an interview with Josh Elliott, who makes his NBC Sports debut this weekend.

CNBC:Friday’sSquawk on the Streetfeatures an interview with Brown-Forman Master Distiller Chris Morris on the Derby’s $1,000 mint julep; and Friday’s Fast Money Halftime Report features Churchill Downs CEO Bob Evans as a guest.

E!:  E! News features a look back at Derby fashion throughout time, and has a first-look at this year’s Derby fashion from the red carpet on Saturday, interviewing celebrity attendees. In addition, E! Online will update photo galleries with pictures of some of Derby Day’s best looks on Saturday.

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLONSpecial Kentucky Derby content from Jimmy Fallon will air this weekend, including Fallon’s pick for the winning horse.

LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS:  Seth Meyers and Fred Armisen provided their Derby picks to be revealed during NBC’s Kentucky Derby broadcast on Saturday.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: The judges ofAmerica’s Got Talent offered their horse picks to be included in NBC’s Kentucky Derby broadcast on Saturday.

DAN PATRICK SHOWElliott joined Dan Patrick and the ‘Danettes’ on Tuesday’s Dan Patrick Show to discuss his NBC Sports Group debut at the Kentucky Derby.

SPORTSDASH WITH YAHOO! SPORTS: On Friday,SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports features an interview with Pat Forde, national columnist for Yahoo! Sports on site in Louisville.

NBC AFFILIATES & NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS: Three Kentucky Derby segmentshosted by Manno on quintessential Derby drinks, attire and decorations air throughout the week on NBC Affiliates and NBC Sports Regional Networks across the country. These features can also be seen online on NBCSports.com and Yahoo! Sports.

NBC OWNED TELEVISION STATIONS’ LX.TV: 1st Look follows host Audrina Patridge as she heads to Louisville to check out a Thoroughbred horse breeding farm, to tour the downtown area on a 15-passenger bike known as “The Thirsty Peddlar” and to explore Triple Crown fashion. 1st Look airs after Saturday Night Live at 1 a.m. ET.

STEVE HARVEY SHOW: Steve Harvey picked his Kentucky Derby horse for a feature that airs during NBC’s Kentucky Derby broadcast.

UNIVERSAL PARK: Universal Park in Hollywood has been running NBC Sports Kentucky Derby promotional spots on their Astrovision screens in the weeks leading up to the Derby, reminding park goers of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage.

NBC SPORTS’ ‘BIG EVENT STRATEGY’ HELPS TO INCREASE VIEWERSHIP

The shared vision of Churchill Downs and NBC Sports’ successful ‘Big Event Strategy’ to assemble the broadest possible audience led to the 2013 Kentucky Derby becoming the second-most watched in a quarter century with 16.2 million viewers. Women comprised 51% of that audience, ranking as the highest percentage of female viewership for any major sporting event in 2013.

KENTUCKY DERBY
Date Time Event Network
Thurs., May 1 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics: 2012 Winner I’ll Have Another NBCSN
5 p.m. Kentucky Derby Access NBCSN
Fri., May 2 2 p.m. Kentucky Derby Classics NBCSN
3 p.m. Kentucky Oaks NBCSN
Sat., May 3 12 p.m. Kentucky Derby Saturday NBCSN
4 p.m. Kentucky Derby NBC
7 p.m. Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show NBCSN

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

DAY 16 – NBC Sports Group’s Exclusive Second Round Coverage Of Stanley Cup Playoffs Starts Tonight

nhl_nbc_2Game 1 – Canadiens-Bruins Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Rangers-Penguins and Wild-Blackhawks Series Begin Friday Night with Doubleheader on NBCSN

Rival Ducks and Kings Begin Second-Round Series Saturday Night on NBCSN

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

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 1, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with one of the most storied rivalries in NHL history, as the (1) Boston Bruins host the (3) Montreal Canadiens at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage begins with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

The Bruins and Canadiens are meeting in the postseason for a record 34th time, 11 more than the 23 meetings between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. The Canadiens have won 24 of the 33 series, but the Bruins have won seven of the past 11, including the past two meetings in 2009 and 2011. Montreal swept Tampa Bay in the first round, while Boston defeated Detroit in five games to advance. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Tonight will be McGuire’s 16th game in 16 days, and he is schedule to work at least three more games through Sunday.

The second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs follows a first round highlighted by 25 one-goal games, 14 games that went to overtime, and the first Game 7 tripleheader in 11 years. Last night, the Rangers defeated the Flyers 2-1 at Madison Square Garden, the Wild stunned the Avalanche with a 5-4 overtime win in Denver, and the Kings notched a 5-1 win in San Jose to complete their improbable comeback from an 0-3 series deficit.

THE PASS – THURSDAY, MAY 1 (All times ET)

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Montreal at (1) Boston NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire

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SECOND ROUND MATCHUPS

Coverage of the second-round matchup between the (2) New York Rangers and (1) Pittsburgh Penguins begins Friday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Rangers took Game 7 against the Flyers by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday night to advance, while the Penguins defeated the Blue Jackets in six games. Albert and McGuire will have the call of Game 1 from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. tomorrow night.

Game 1 between the (4) Minnesota Wild and (1) Chicago Blackhawks follows Rangers-Penguins on Friday night at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Nino Niederreiter scored 5:02 into overtime last night to give the Wild a 5-4 series-clinching win in Game 7 over the Avalanche, while the Blackhawks erased a 0-2 series deficit with four straight victories over the Blues to advance. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call Game 1 between the Wild and Blackhawks from United Center in Chicago, Ill. on Friday night.

NBCSN will present Game 1 between the (3) Los Angeles Kings and (1) Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET. The Ducks defeated the Stars in six games to advance, while the Kings staged an improbable first-round comeback, erasing a 0-3 deficit to the Sharks with four straight victories, capped by a 5-1 win in San Jose last night. The Kings became just the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win after falling behind 0-3 in a series, setting the stage for the first playoff meeting with their I-5 rivals. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will call Game 1 from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule for the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs through Thursday, May 8. All dates, times, networks and commentators are subject to change.

FRIDAY, MAY 2
Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. Game 1 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
9:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Chicago NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
SATURDAY, MAY 3
12:30 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Montreal at (1) Boston NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
8 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
SUNDAY, MAY 4
3 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Chicago NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
7:30 p.m. Game 2 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
MONDAY, MAY 5
7:30 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN TBD
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
TUESDAY, MAY 6
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Daryl Reaugh
9 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota CNBC Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
THURSDAY, MAY 8
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

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

Network Games
NBC 6
NBCSN 28
CNBC 12
NHL-N 2
Total 48

One-goal Games: 25
OT games: 14

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

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

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

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

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First Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7 Tripleheader In 11 Years Tonight on NBCSN and CNBC

nhl_nbc_2Game 7 – (3) Flyers-(2) Rangers at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 3-3

Game 7 – (4) Wild-(1) Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. ET on CNBC – Series Tied 3-3

Game 7 – (3) Kings-(2) Sharks at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 3-3

Second Round Begins Thursday with Game 1 Between (3) Montreal Canadiens & (1) Boston Bruins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

All Games Will Be Streamed Live On NBC Sports Live Extra Via “TV Everywhere”

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 30, 2014 – One of the most exciting first rounds in Stanley Cup Playoff history continues tonight, as NBCSN and CNBC will present the first Game 7 tripleheader in 11 years, starting at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the (3) Philadelphia Flyers and (2) New York Rangers from Madison Square Garden. All three Game 7 matchups will also be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – via “TV Everywhere.”

CNBC’s Game 7 coverage begins at 9:30 p.m. ET with the (4) Minnesota Wild and (1) Colorado Avalanche in a rematch of a Game 7 overtime thriller in Denver from 2003. NBCSN’s coverage continues at 10 p.m. ET, as the (3) Los Angeles Kings look to become just the fourth team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to erase a 0-3 deficit with a win over the (2) San Jose Sharks in San Jose.

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THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 (All times ET)

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 7 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (3) Philadelphia NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
9 p.m. NHL Live CNBC Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter
9:30 p.m. Game 7 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Colorado CNBC John Forslund, Daryl Reaugh
10 p.m. Game 7 – (3) Los Angeles at (2) San Jose NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom

TONIGHT – APRIL 30

NBCSN’s Game 7 tripleheader coverage begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones. CNBC will present pre-game coverage at 9 p.m. ET, with Russ Thaler hosting NHL Live alongside analysts and former NHL players Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter.

Game 7 between the (3) Flyers and (2) Rangers kicks off tonight’s tripleheader on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET. Last night, Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds recorded a hat trick en route to a 5-2 win in Philadelphia. This is the first Game 7 between the Flyers and Rangers in 40 years, when the Flyers recorded a 4-3 win over the Rangers at the Spectrum. The Rangers return to Madison Square Garden tonight, where they are 5-0 all-time in Game 7s. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick will call the action alongside Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire from New York.

CNBC’s coverage on Wednesday will start at 9:30 p.m. ET with Game 7 between the Avalanche and Wild. The home team has won each of the first six games of this series, including Minnesota’s 5-2 win on Monday night. This is the second time the Wild and Avalanche have squared off in a Game 7. On April 22, 2003, the Wild defeated the Avalanche by a score of 3-2 in overtime, in what was the final game of current Avs coach Patrick Roy’s career. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Daryl Reaugh (analyst) will have the call from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

NBCSN’s first-round coverage concludes with Kings-Sharks at 10 p.m. ET, as the Kings look to pull off an improbable comeback with four straight victories to erase a 3-0 series deficit. Only three teams have ever rallied from a 0-3 deficit to win a Stanley Cup Playoff series (’42 Toronto Maple Leafs, ’75 New York Islanders, ’10 Philadelphia Flyers). Current Kings forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards were members of the 2010 Flyers team that came back to defeat the Boston Bruins.

The Sharks are the last team to relinquish a 3-0 series lead in the first round. In 2011, the Detroit Red Wings stormed back with three straight wins, only to see the Sharks rebound and win Game 7 in San Jose. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF GAME 7 FACTS

Tonight’s Game 7 tripleheader marks just the fifth time in major professional sports history that three Game 7 matchups have been played on one day, the first time that three Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7s have been played on night since April 22, 2003, and involves three teams that played in that tripleheader in 2003, including a Game 7 rematch.

On that date, the Minnesota Wild defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 3-2 in overtime, in what was current Avs coach and hall-of-fame goaltender Patrick Roy’s final game. The Philadelphia Flyers, who play tonight in New York, defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1.

  • The opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs has now yielded three-or-more Game 7s in four consecutive postseasons:
  • o   2014: 3, TBD
  • o   2013: 3, Home Teams: 1-2
  • o   2012: 3, Home Teams: 1-2
  • o   2011: 4, Home Teams: 3-1
  • Since 2003-04, there have been 22 Game 7s in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Home teams are 10-12 in those contests.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, home teams are 90-59 (.604) all-time in Game 7s contested in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • Elias also says that the team that scores first in a Game 7 holds a 111-38 (.745) all-time record.

SECOND ROUND BEGINS TOMORROW NIGHT WITH (3) CANADIENS-(1) BRUINS AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s second-round coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. ET with Game 1 between the rival (3) Montreal Canadiens and (1) Boston Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Montreal swept Tampa Bay in the first round to advance, while the Bruins defeated Detroit in five games to reach the second round.

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

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

Network Games
NBC 6
NBCSN 26
CNBC 11
NHL-N 2
Total 45

One-goal Games: 23
OT games: 13

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

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

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

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

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

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Eastern Conference’s Top Two Teams Meet As Sporting Kansas City Host Columbus Crew Sunday At 4 P.M. ET On NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoStamford, Conn. – April 30, 2014 NBCSN’s Major League Soccer coverage this weekend features last season’s MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City hosting Columbus Crew on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Sunday’s match is the first of the season between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams, first-place Columbus and second-place Sporting Kansas City. Sporting, led by U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler, have beaten Columbus in their last 3 regular season matches.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer John Strong calls the match joined former U.S. National Team midfielder Kyle Martino. Comcast SportsNet New England and NBCSN analyst Dalen Cuff hosts studio coverage.

Strong on Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew: “Columbus shocked everyone by winning their first three games under new coach Gregg Berhalter, and in Federico Higuain Columbus possess one of the best playmakers in MLS. Sporting Kansas City are the defending champions of course, and in Graham Zusi and Matt Besler have two players who are not only key to a repeat title, but might be key for the United States in the World Cup next month.”

MLS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s coverage of Sporting Kansas City vs. Columbus Crew 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.

NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

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 will air Premier League matches, as well as serve as the U.S. Spanish-language home for the FIFA World Cup from 2015 through 2022. 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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Deportes Telemundo Presents: León-Cruz Azul In The Liguilla Quarterfinals, Wednesday, April 30 Live At 10:55pm E/7:55 P

Telemundo MediaThe reigning champs face the regular season leaders in their quest to retain the title

Miami –April 29, 2014-  Deportes Telemundo, the home of Club León, presents the la Liguilla quarterfinals with León vs. Cruz Azul this Wednesday, April 30 at 10:55 PM EST/9:55PM CST/7:55 PST.  The network’s incomparable team of soccer commentators, led by Andrés Cantor, Sammy Sadovnik and Carlos Hermosillo, will narrate the action as León faces off against the best team in regular season play in its quest to win the championship for the second year in a row.  Viewers can catch every minute of the game live on deportestelemundo.com and on mobile devices via the “Deportes Telemundo” app.

Cruz Azul hasn’t won the championship since 1997, when it beat León thanks to a winning goal scored by none other than Deportes Telemundo commentator Carlos Hermosillo.  This Wednesday, the two teams will relive their historic rivalry and Carlos Hermosillo will once again be there, as a member of the Deportes Telemundo sportscasting team.

Cruz Azul dominated the regular season and enters the Liguilla with 11 wins, three ties and three losses, including 28 goals in its favor and 19 against.  León’s scorecard coming into the quarterfinals is six wins, five ties and six losses, with 23 goals in favor and 17 against.

The best Liga MX action is on Telemundo.

About Deportes Telemundo

Deportes Telemundo, Telemundo Media’s sports division, is one of the leading providers of Spanish-language sports content in the United States. The “U.S. Home of the Olympics in Spanish,” Deportes Telemundo also offers World Cup Qualifying matches played by the Mexican National Team; all Liga MX matches played at home by Club León; the leading boxing show in U.S. Spanish-language television, “Boxeo Telemundo,” and the U.S. broadcast and online rights in Spanish language to the biggest soccer tournament in the world, the FIFA World Cup®, across all platforms (except radio), 2015 through 2022.

In addition to its biggest sporting events, Deportes Telemundo produces two leading sports entertainment shows, “Titulares y Más” and “Titulares Telemundo,” offering the latest sports news and analysis combined with entertainment and lifestyle segments. Deportes Telemundo’s award-winning broadcast team is led by internationally acclaimed sportscaster Andrés Cantor and also includes Jessi Losada, Sammy Sadovnik, Manuel Sol, Carlos Hermosillo, Leti Coo, Edgar López, Karim Mendiburu, Mirella Grisales, Ana Jurka, Rene Giraldo and Kaziro Aoyama.

DEPORTES TELEMUNDO PRESENTA: LEÓN-CRUZ AZUL, POR LOS CUARTOS DE FINAL DE LA LIGUILLA, ESTE MIÉRCOLES 30 DE ABRIL EN VIVO A LAS 10:55PM E/7:55 P

El campeón vigente se enfrenta al superlíder de la temporada regular en su primer encuentro con miras a repetir el título del torneo pasado

Miami -29 de abril de 2014-  Deportes Telemundo, casa del Club León, presenta los Cuartos de Final de la Liguilla, con el choque entre León y Cruz Azul este miércoles 30 de abril a las 10:55 PM EST/9:55PM CST/7:55 PST. El imbatible equipo de narradores futbolísticos de Deportes Telemundo con Andrés Cantor, Sammy Sadovnik y Carlos Hermosillo, traerá este partido en el que el campeón de vigente se enfrentará al mejor equipo de la temporada regular, en busca de una victoria que los presente como candidatos firmes al bicampeonato. Cada minuto de este partido clave se podrá vivir en vivo y en directo por deportestelemundo.com y en dispositivos móviles a través del app de “Deportes Telemundo”.

Cruz Azul no se consagra campeón desde 1997. El último título de la Máquina Cementera fue gracias a un gol de oro del actual comentarista de Deportes Telemundo, Carlos Hermosillo, precisamente ante León. Este miércoles, la rivalidad histórica se reedita. Y Carlos Hermosillo también estará presente, aunque ahora junto a otro equipo, el de Deportes Telemundo.

Cruz Azul dominó la temporada regular y llegó a la Liguilla con 11 triunfos, tres empates y tres derrotas. La Máquina Cementera tiene 28 goles a favor y 19 en contra en la temporada regular. La Fiera se presenta a los Cuartos de Final después de seis victorias, cinco empates y seis derrotas con 23 goles a favor y 17 en contra.

Sobre Deportes Telemundo

Deportes Telemundo, la división de deportes de Telemundo Media, es uno de los proveedores líderes de contenido deportivo en español en Estados Unidos. Además de ser “La casa de los Juegos Olímpicos en español en Estados Unidos”, Deportes Telemundo ofrece los partidos de la selección mexicana en las eliminatorias mundialistas; todos los encuentros de la liga mexicana en los que Club León juega de local; el programa líder de boxeo en español, “Boxeo Telemundo”, y los derechos televisivos y en línea en español en Estados Unidos del mayor torneo de fútbol del mundo, la Copa Mundial de la FIFA® en todas las plataformas (excepto radio) del 2015 al 2022.

Además de estos grandes eventos deportivos, Deportes Telemundo produce dos programas líderes de entretenimiento y deportes: “Titulares y más” y “Titulares Telemundo”, que ofrecen análisis y las más recientes noticias del mundo del deporte junto con segmentos de entretenimiento y estilo de vida. El galardonado equipo de presentadores de Deportes Telemundo es encabezado por el comentarista deportivo de renombre internacional Andrés Cantor y también incluye a Jessi Losada, Sammy Sadovnik, Carlos Hermosillo, Leti Coo, Edgar López, Karim Mendiburu, Mirella Grisales, Ana Jurka, René Giraldo y Kaziro Aoyama.

Sobre Telemundo Media:
Telemundo Media, una división de NBCUniversal, es una empresa de medios de primera categoría, liderando la industria en la producción y distribución de contenido en español de alta calidad a través de múltiples plataformas para los hispanos en los EEUU y a audiencias alrededor del mundo. Las múltiples plataformas de Telemundo incluyen la cadena Telemundo, una red de televisión en español que ofrece producciones originales, películas de cine, noticias y eventos deportivos de primera categoría, alcanzando el 94% de televidentes hispanos en los Estados Unidos en 210 mercados a través de 16 estaciones que pertenecen a la cadena, afiliadas y otras fuentes de distribución (MVPD); mun2, la voz preeminente para hispanos biculturales en EEUU, alcanzando a más de 35 millones de hogares a lo largo de la nación a través del cable digital y análogo, y en satélite; Telemundo Digital Media, que distribuye el contenido original a través de las plataformas digitales y emergentes incluyendo a los equipos móviles, www.telemundo.com y www.mun2.tv; una estación de alta potencia en Puerto Rico que alcanza el 99% de todos los hogares en dicha región; y Telemundo Internacional, la división de la empresa responsable de la distribución internacional que ha posicionado a Telemundo como el proveedor de contenido en español número dos mundialmente sindicando contenido a más de 100 países en más de 35 idiomas.