COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF WIZARDS-RAPTORS FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFF SERIES

NETWORK TO TELEVISE FIRST 6 POTENTIAL GAMES, BEGINNING WITH SATURDAY’S OPENER AT 12:30 P.M.; WIZARDS PREGAME LIVE, WIZARDS POSTGAME LIVE TO SURROUND ACTION

LIVE COVERAGE TO BE AVAILABLE TO AUTHENTICATED SUBSCRIBERS ON CSNWASHINGTON.COM AND NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

GEICO SPORTSNET CENTRAL, SPORTSTALK LIVE WITH BRIAN MITCHELL AND CSNWASHINGTON.COM TO DELIVER EXPANDED PLAYOFF CONTENT

WIZARDS PULSE PLAYOFF SPECIAL TO DEBUT TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. AND 11:30 P.M.

Bethesda, Md. (April 16, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Wizards’ 2015 first-round NBA playoff series against the Toronto Raptors will be highlighted by the first six potential games, beginning with the opener at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet will present its signature gameday shows, Wizards Pregame Live and Wizards Postgame Live, surrounding the contests. For the first time, the network’s live playoff games, including pregame and postgame coverage, will also be available to authenticated subscribers on CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Extensive Wizards coverage will be delivered across Comcast SportsNet’s news, analysis and digital media platforms throughout the best-of-seven series. A half-hour playoff preview, Wizards Pulse, will be presented live today, Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., and as an encore at 11:30 p.m.

LIVE-GAME COVERAGE

Comcast SportsNet’s schedule of live games will tip off with Game 1 at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. and will include Game 2 at Toronto on April 21 at 8 p.m. (CSN Plus), Game 3 at Verizon Center on April 24 at 8 p.m. and Game 4 at Verizon Center on April 26 at 7 p.m. If necessary, the network will also televise Game 5 on April 29 and Game 6 on May 1. Television information for Game 7 on May 3 has not been announced. Play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz, analyst Phil Chenier and reporter Chris Miller will lead the network’s live postseason coverage.

LIVE-STREAMING

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Wizards’ first-round games, as well as the pregame and postgame shows, will be streamed live on CSNwashington.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. The ‘TV Everywhere’ service, which allows authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers to watch from anywhere in the U.S., is currently available to customers of Xfinity, DirecTV, FiOS, Dish Network, Mediacom, RCN and Time Warner Cable.

PREGAME AND POSTGAME SHOWS

Comcast SportsNet will present live pregame and postgame news, analysis and opinion surrounding the opening-round contests. Wizards Pregame Live will air immediately prior to all games on Comcast SportsNet. Wizards Postgame Live will follow all seven potential first-round games for at least a half-hour. The exclusive shows will be hosted by Miller and Chris Miles and will feature analysts Ron Thompson, Tony Massenburg and Corey Alexander.

NEWS AND TALK SHOWS

Comcast SportsNet’s daily news program, Geico SportsNet Central, will offer expanded Wizards news, features and interviews throughout the playoffs at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., led by Miller, the network’s Wizards TV beat reporter. SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, which airs weekdays at 10 p.m. and 12 a.m., will feature extensive commentary, debate and interviews throughout the postseason. (Show times may vary based on game schedule.)

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT

Comcast SportsNet’s digital media properties, highlighted by CSNwashington.com, will continue to feature extensive Wizards coverage throughout the playoffs. Led by Wizards Insider J. Michael, comprehensive written, video and interactive content will be delivered across the network’s online, mobile and social media platforms. Fans can also follow the coverage on Twitter at @CSNWizards and join the conversation by using #WizardsTalk and #IWatchCSN.

WIZARDS 2015 FIRST-ROUND NBA REGIONAL TV SCHEDULE

Gm.  Day     Date           Time               Game                                       TV                   CSN Pregame                       CSN Postgame

1        Sat.     April 18      12:30 p.m.     Washington at Toronto         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live
2        Tue.    April 21      8 p.m.             Washington at Toronto         CSN Plus      Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live

3        Fri.      April 24      8 p.m.             Toronto at Washington         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live

4        Sun.    April 26      7 p.m.             Toronto at Washington         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live

5        Wed.   April 29*    TBD                Washington at Toronto         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live
6        Fri.      May 1*       TBD                Toronto at Washington         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live
7        Sun.    May 3*       TBD                Washington at Toronto         TBD                TBD                                          Wizards Postgame Live

*If Necessary; All Times Eastern;

Note: Television information for Game 7 has not been announced.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, MLS’s D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 500 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s digital media portfolio, highlighted by CSNWashington.com and CSNBaltimore.com, is the region’s top online source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on Twitter at @CSNMA.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of NBC Sports Group, consists of 10 regional networks that deliver more than 2,200 live sporting events annually, along with award-winning breaking news, comprehensive analysis, digital content and original programming to more than 43 million homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, which serves Baltimore and Washington D.C., Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, The Comcast Network, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and SportsNet New York. For additional information, visit ComcastSportsNet.com. For more information on NBC Sports Group properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS” – DAY 2

Game 1 – (4) Penguins-(1) Rangers – 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 1 – (3) Red Wings-(2) Lightning – 7:30 p.m. ET on CNBC

Game 1 – (4) Wild-(1) Blues – 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 1 – (4) Jets-(1) Ducks – 10:30 p.m. ET on CNBC

Live Pre-game Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

Where in the World is Pierre McGuire? Inside-the-Glass Analyst Continues Run of Eight Games in Eight Days

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 16, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continues its complete first-round coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a pair of Game 1 doubleheaders on NBCSN and CNBC, starting with NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN when the (1) New York Rangers host the (4) Pittsburgh Penguins, and continues on CNBC at 7:30 p.m. ET when the (3) Detroit Red Wings visit the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning. The second game in NBCSN’s doubleheader features Game 1 between the (4) Minnesota Wild and the (1) St.  Louis Blues. Coverage concludes on CNBC at 10:30 p.m. ET, when the (1) Anaheim Ducks host the (4) Winnipeg Jets.

 

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

 

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All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

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

 

THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 (All times ET)

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick , Pierre McGuire
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay CNBC John Forslund, Andy Brickley
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick,
Anson Carter
9:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
10:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim CNBC Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall

 

TONIGHT – APRIL 16 – NHL LIVE BEGINS AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will host CNBC’s studio coverage.

 

 

GAME 1 – (4) PENGUINS AT (1) RANGERS – 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 in Game 1 of their first-round series tonight 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.

 


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

CNBC’s playoff coverage begins tonight 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.

 
GAME 1 – (4) WILD AT (1) BLUES –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 tonight 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.

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

Game 1 coverage concludes tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on CNBC, 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.

If tonight’s Penguins-Rangers game on NBCSN runs past 9:45 p.m. ET, into the start of Wild-Blues, puck drop of Wild-Blues will be shown live on NHL Network until Penguins-Rangers has concluded. Wild-Blues will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Penguins-Rangers.

If tonight’s Red Wings-Lightning game on CNBC runs past 10:41 p.m. ET, into the start of Jets-Ducks, puck drop of Jets-Ducks will be shown live on NHL Network until Red Wings-Lightning has concluded. Jets-Ducks will return to CNBC immediately following the conclusion of Red Wings-Lightning.

As a reminder, all games on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.

 


WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PIERRE MCGUIRE? INSIDE-THE-GLASS ANALYST CONTINUES RUN OF EIGHT GAMES IN EIGHT DAYS

NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will handle analyst duties on tonight’s Penguins-Rangers telecast, marking the second of eight games in eight straight days of telecasts for McGuire. McGuire kicked off the 2015 playoffs last night on the call for Islanders-Capitals, and will return to Washington on Friday to call Game 2 of the Islanders-Capitals series. McGuire then returns to New York to provide commentary on NBC’s primetime broadcast of Game 2 of Penguins-Rangers on Saturday night, followed by Game 3 of Islanders-Capitals on Long Island on NBC on Sunday afternoon.

The remainder of McGuire’s first-round telecast schedule will be dependent upon series matchups and results. Last season, McGuire covered 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 20 days, spanning nearly 9,000 miles, to kick off the 2014 postseason.

Following is Pierre McGuire’s upcoming telecast schedule:

 

Date Coverage Travel
Wed., April 15 Game 1 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington Washington D.C. > NYC
Thur., April 16 Game 1 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NYC > Washington D.C.
Fri., April 17 Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at Washington Washington D.C. > NYC
Sat., April 18 Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NYC > Long Island
Sun., April 19 Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders Long Island > Pittsburgh
Mon., April 20 Game 3 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh Pittsburgh > Long Island
Tue., April 21 Game 4 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders Long Island > Pittsburgh
Wed., April 22 Game 4 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh TBA

 

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 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.

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

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NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PROVIDE UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF 2015 IPC PARALYMPIC SLED HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

NBCSN to Present Gold Medal Game Live on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team Faces Italy on Wednesday, April 29, at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Following Stanley Cup Playoff Coverage

NBC Sports Live Extra to Present Complete, Exclusive Streaming Coverage of 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championships

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2015 – International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sled Hockey and NBC Sports Group have announced an unprecedented 40 hours of coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., culminating with live coverage of the gold medal game on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

As part of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide complete streaming coverage of all 20 games from the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship, beginning on Sunday, April 26.

“Following the unprecedented live coverage of the final between Russia and the USA during Sochi 2014, we are delighted to be working with NBC Sports Group again to bring ice sled hockey to fans in one of its most prolific territories,” said Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer. “The sport has gained huge popularity in the U.S. and worldwide in the last 12 months, and this agreement shows that major broadcasters are continuing to recognise the value and demand for para-sport, as well as representing a fantastic opportunity for new partners for Buffalo 2015.”

“We are thrilled to continue to work closely with the IPC to bring Paralympic sport to the U.S. audience,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group. “Team USA’s victory over Russia in the gold-medal final was one of the great stories of the Sochi Paralympic Games, and we’re excited to showcase sled hockey to a national audience once again.”

NBCSN will telecast up to three games featuring the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, beginning on Wednesday, April 29, at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Team USA faces Italy in preliminary-round action, followed by a semifinal match on Friday, May 1, at 10:30 p.m. ET. Both games will air following live Stanley Cup Playoff coverage on NBCSN as same-day delay presentations, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of the gold medal game on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Games airing on NBCSN will feature the game commentary team of Marc Zumoff (play-by-play), 2014 Sochi Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Andy Yohe, and two-time Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey medalist AJ Mleczko (reporter).

The commentary team for games exclusively streaming on Live Extra will feature retired three-time U.S. Paralympian Taylor Lipsett, from the Sochi 2014 gold-medal winning squad, and former Canadian hockey player and coach Brent Pope, who voiced ice sled hockey at Torino 2006 and Sochi 2014.

Team USA looks to build off of its performance at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, highlighted by a 1-0 win over Russia in the gold medal final, which was broadcast live on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream the USA-Russia preliminary-round matchup on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship follows its unprecedented coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which featured 52 hours of coverage across all five Paralympic winter sports.


NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship 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.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship coverage schedule:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sun., April 26 Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. Czech Republic NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Italy NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Russia vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Mon., April 27 Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Czech Republic NBC Sports Live Extra 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Russia NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Wed., April 29 Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Russia NBC Sports Live Extra 10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USA NBC Sports Live Extra 2 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Czech Republic vs. Canada NBC Sports Live Extra 5:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Norway NBC Sports Live Extra 9 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USA * NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thur., April 30 Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Fri., May 1 Semifinal Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBA* NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 2 Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBA NBC Sports Live Extra 8 p.m.
Sun., May 3 Bronze Medal Game NBC Sports Live Extra 11 a.m.
Gold Medal Game NBCSN 2:30 p.m.

*denotes same-day delay

-NBC SPORTS GROUP-

Justin Martinson and Richy Werenski Advance to Compete in Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL Finale, Monday April 20 at 9 p.m. ET

More than $80,000 in Cash and Prizes on the Line for Winner of Golf Channel’s Reality Competition Series

Season Finale to Feature 18-Hole Singles Match on the Famed Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa, Home to The Honda Classic

Champion to Receive Exemption to Compete on the PGA TOUR in the 2015 Barbasol Championship

Series Finale Preview: Big Break Season Finale Preview

Series Website: Big Break Website

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 15, 2015) – In a season that started with 12 competitors, Golf Channel’s Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL reality competition series has narrowed the field to the final two – Justin Martinson (Savannah, Ga. / Avondale, Pa.) and Richy Werenski (Bluffton, S.C. / South Hadley, Mass.) – who will face off in an 18-hole singles match on the season finale, Monday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

Martinson and Werenski will compete for the opportunity to make their lifelong dreams of playing alongside the world’s top professional golfers a reality. The winner of Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL will earn a sponsor’s exemption to the PGA TOUR’s Barbasol Championship (July 16-19, 2015) and more than $80,000 in cash and prizes. Monday’s finale takes place at the Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa – home to the PGA TOUR’s Honda Classic and the famed Bear Trap.

In addition to the tournament exemption, the winner will receive:

  • $60,000 in cash, including $10,000 courtesy of Adams Golf.
  • An endorsement contract from Adams Golf.
  • $10,000 in car rental credit courtesy of Avis Car Rental.
  • $10,000 in travel credit courtesy of Travelocity.
  • A return, week-long trip for two to PGA National Resort & Spa, including Suite Accommodations, daily breakfast, select Spa services, daily golf and a Chef’s private dinner at Ironwood Steak & Seafood.

THE FINALISTS:

Justin Martinson (26, Savannah, Ga. / Avondale, Pa.) – A graduate of the University of Delaware, Martinson was one of the most successful amateur golfers in Delaware history, recording multiple wins (two-time Delaware Open champion, Delaware Amateur and Philadelphia Amateur champion). An avid junior hockey player growing up, Martinson switched to golf in high school when his family moved to Pennsylvania from California. He recorded his first professional victory in 2011 when he won the Delaware Open and he added to this victory with several others including a win on the Swingthought.com Tour in 2014.

Richy Werenski (23, Bluffton, S.C. / South Hadley, Mass.) – The youngest competitor on Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, Werenski turned professional immediately following graduation from Georgia Tech in May 2014, winning three of his first five professional events. Werenski also holds three university records. His greatest accomplishment in golf is winning the 2012 Porter Cup and having his name engraved on the same trophy as Phil Mickelson. Werenski is currently playing full-time on the Web.com Tour.

SERIES FORMAT: Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness. During Big Break The Palm Beaches, FL, competitors are subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including two of the series’ signature challenges, the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.” One contestant is eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his Big Break, an opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR.

For the past 22 seasons, Golf Channel’s Big Break competition series has proven to be the launching pad for many aspiring professional golfers looking to take that next step in their golf careers, including PGA TOUR winners Matt Every and Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and U.S. Solheim Cup participants Kristy McPherson, Gerina Piller and Ryann O’Toole, all playing full time on the PGA TOUR and LPGA Tour, respectively. Several other past Big Break competitors will be competing on the world’s top tours in 2015, including Tony Finau (PGA TOUR), Mallory Blackwelder, Katy Harris, Sadena Parks and Jackie Stoelting (LPGA Tour), Sophie Sandolo (Ladies European Tour) and Rick Cochran, Hugo Leon, James Nitties, Justin Peters and Mark Silvers (Web.com Tour).

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 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.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S JEREMY ROENICK USES RADIUS TO GET IN SHAPE FOR STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Roenick Teams Up With Radius Master Trainer Natalie Uhling To Get In Shape

STAMFORD, Conn – April 15, 2015 –  To get ready for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the long days and nights that come with covering as many as 105 games, NHL on NBC studio analyst Jeremy Roenick is teaming up with Radius master trainer Natalie Uhling to get in shape.

For the next month, Roenick will work with Uhling on a regular basis to drop some post-playing career weight, increase muscle mass and build stamina for the marathon of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. NBC Sports Group’s cameras will cover the entire process, and segments from the workouts will be incorporated into NHL Live programming surrounding select Stanley Cup Playoff matchups.

The first segment will debut tonight when the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin on NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network.

Click here for a preview: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/jeremy-roenick-gets-his-fitness-nbcsns-radius

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

For more info click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/15/nbc-sports-groups-nhl-playoff-pass-day-1/

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OneRepublic’s RYAN TEDDER PERFORMS HIT SINGLE “I LIVED” TO DROP PUCK ON NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF 2015 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Grammy Award-Winning Artist and Lead Singer Stars in Show Open Debuting Tonight on NBCSN

I Lived to Serve as Anthem of NBC Sports Group and NHL Broadcast Partner Coverage of Stanley Cup Playoffs

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2015 – NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Grammy Award-winner and lead singer of OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder, in an exclusive video of the band’s hit single I Lived. The performance, produced by NBC Sports, will serve as the show open and will celebrate opening night of the playoffs.

Following the debut this evening, I Lived will serve as a continuing anthem of NBC Sports Group’s presentation of the 2015 playoffs and will be included in various aspects of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network, as well as on NHL Network and NHL television partner platforms in Canada.

“I’m excited to be a part of NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,” said Tedder. “I have always been a big hockey fan, and I can’t wait to watch this year’s games.”

OneRepublic released their debut set Dreaming Out Loud in 2007. The album included the smash single Apologize, which shattered digital sales and airplay records worldwide and received a Grammy nomination. The band’s sophomore album, 2009’s Waking Up, produced three singles: All the Right Moves, Secrets and Good Life.

I Lived is featured on OneRepublic’s third studio album Native, which was released in March 2015 where it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. In addition to I Lived the set produced the hit singles If I Lose Myself, Feel Again, Love Runs Out, and Counting Stars, which reached #1 at Top 40 radio and has sold over 10 million downloads. OneRepublic has toured the world headlining dates in the U.S. and Europe and is about to embark on a Canadian tour. Visit  www.onerepublic.com for all tour dates.

In addition, NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s pre- and postgame show for NHL coverage, will present a one minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Stanley Cup Playoffs I Lived show open. The segment will air this evening during coverage of select games.

Click here for a preview of the video: http://www.nbcsports.com/hockey/nhl/onerepublic-sings-stanley-cup-playoffs-anthem

Click here for photos from the shoot: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/photos-videos/

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

For more info click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/15/nbc-sports-groups-nhl-playoff-pass-day-1/

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NBC Sports Digital Unveils New Graphics For 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Live Streaming

STAMFORD, Conn. – April, 15 2015 – As part of NBC Sports Group’s continuing efforts to enhance the TV Everywhere experience and remain an industry leader in live streaming, NBC Sports Digital has developed new broadcast-quality enhanced data graphics that provide an improved streaming experience for NHL fans when they watch games on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The new functionality and visualizations include real-time player and game statistics, roster listings, and live rink maps which highlight shot locations, blocked shots, goals, face offs, hits, giveaways and takeaways.  In addition, every goal, every penalty and every key moment is quickly available to viewers via the redesigned Key Events bar.

“We are consistently working on improving the streaming experience for our viewers,” said Jack Jackson, VP, Product Development, NBC Sports Group. “With these new tools, fans streaming NHL games on Live Extra have more real-time information at their fingertips than ever before.”

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

For more info click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2015/04/15/nbc-sports-groups-nhl-playoff-pass-day-1/

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS” – DAY 1

Game 1 – (3) Islanders-(2) Capitals at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network

Game 1 – (4) Senators-(1) Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network

Game 1 – (3) Blackhawks-(2) Predators at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 1 – (3) Flames-(2) Canucks at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network

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

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Call Transcript – Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire and Executive Producer Sam Flood

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with four Game 1 matchups across NBCSN, USA Network and NHL Network, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Game coverage begins with a pair matchups at 7 p.m. ET, when the (3) New York Islanders visit the (2) Washington Capitals on USA Network, and the (1) Montreal Canadiens host the (4) Ottawa Senators on NHL Network. NBCSN’s game coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, when the (2) Nashville Predators host the (3) Chicago Blackhawks. The final Game 1 matchup of the night features the (3) Calgary Flames against the (2) Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET on USA Network.

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

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All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

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

THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15 (All times ET)

 

 

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 1 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington USA Network Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) USA Network Kathryn Tappen, Jeremy Roenick,
Anson Carter
7 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal NHL Network Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Glenn Healy, David Amber
8:30 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
10 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver USA Network Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican

 

TONIGHT – APRIL 15 – NHL LIVE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M ET ON NBCSN 

NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Kathryn Tappen, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will host USA Network’s studio coverage.

 

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

Playoff coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET tonight on USA Network with Alex Ovechkin and the (2) Washington Capitals hosting John Tavares and the (3) New York Islanders in Game 1 of their first-round series. 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).  This marks the seventh playoff series all-time between the Islanders and Capitals, and their first postseason meeting since 1993. The Isles own the playoff series edge over the Caps, with five series wins in six attempts.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Verizon Center in downtown Washington D.C.

 


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

NHL Network’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Game 1 between the (4) Ottawa Senators and the (1) Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa posted a 23-4-4 record over its last 31 games to reach the postseason, led by rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond, who went 20-1-2 in net during that span and popularized his widely-recognized nickname, “The Hamburglar.” Montreal earned the Atlantic Division title, led by goaltender Carey Price, who topped all goaltenders in goals against average (1.96), save percentage (.933), and wins (44). The series also features two of the most dynamic defenseman in hockey; Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson led all defensemen with 66 points, while Montreal’s P.K. Subban finished the year tied for second among blue-liners (60 pts). The two teams last 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.
GAME 1 – (3) BLACKHAWKS AT (2) PREDATORS – 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. The Blackhawks and Predators have met once before in the Stanley Cup Playoffs; Chicago defeated Nashville in the first round of the 2010 postseason, en route to its Stanley Cup win over Philadelphia. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (Inside-The-Glass analyst) will call the action from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, Tenn.
GAME 1 – (3) FLAMES AT (2) CANUCKS – 10 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK

USA Network’s coverage continues Wednesday at 10 p.m. ET, following Islanders-Capitals, as rookie forward 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, led by Gaudreau, who finished tied with Ottawa’s Mark Stone for most points by a rookie this season (64). Vancouver’s duo of Daniel and Henrik Sedin led the club with 76 and 73 points, respectively, in their 14th seasons with the Canucks. Calgary and Vancouver have met six times in the playoffs, with this year’s series marking their first postseason matchup since 2004, when Calgary beat Vancouver in the first round. Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Bret Hedican (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.

If tonight’s Islanders-Capitals game on USA Network runs past 10 p.m. ET into the start of Flames-Canucks, puck drop of Flames-Canucks will be shown live on NHL Network until Islanders-Capitals has concluded. Flames-Canucks will return to USA Network immediately following the conclusion of Islanders-Capitals. As a reminder, all games on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.

 

2015 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT – MIKE “DOC” EMRICK, PIERRE MCGUIRE AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SAM FLOOD

NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning NHL play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, and Executive Producer Sam Flood previewed the upcoming 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs on a media conference call yesterday afternoon. Click here for the full transcript.

Following are excerpts from their playoff preview conference call:

McGuire on the Rangers: “When you put the Rangers on paper, you win with your depth down the middle. They’ve got it down the middle at center, they’ve got it with depths in defense, and they’ve got it in goal.  So the Rangers are in a really good spot.”

McGuire on Red Wings-Lightning: “One thing that could present problems for Tampa, and I don’t think it’s a big secret, is that Mike Babcock is one of the most creative coaches in the National Hockey League. Coaching matters at this time of year. Jon Cooper got swept last year…how is he going to react to a coach like Mike Babcock who is going to present all kinds of coaching match‑up problems?…what’s interesting about this series is both starting goaltenders, Mrazek and Bishop, have yet to play in an NHL playoff game…I think this could be a tremendous series.”

Emrick on the Penguins: “Pittsburgh has struck me as a team that we’ve walked in the dressing room and it seems like a different culture…over the three‑day period that ends on Sunday, this year Saturday, and resumes on Wednesday, sometimes transformations take place. If they win one of the two games in New York, they might start thinking a little more together than they have been in these games that we’ve seen down the stretch.”

Following are NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule and commentating assignments for the first round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs through Sunday’s games. First-round matchups are subject to change and local blackouts:

 

 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 16
Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay CNBC John Forslund, Andy Brickley
9:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
10:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim CNBC Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
7 p.m. Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
7 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal CNBC Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
9:30 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver CNBC Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
3 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay* NBC/NBCSN John Forslund, Andy Brickley
3 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis* NBC/NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
8 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
10:30 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim NBCSN Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Noon Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
3 p.m. Game 3 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago NBC Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom,
Joe Micheletti
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa NBCSN Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
10 p.m. Game 2 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary NBCSN Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake

 

*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.

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 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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NBCSN ADDS RAY EVERNHAM AND RALPH SHEHEEN

Legendary Crew Chief Teams with Veteran Motorsports Broadcaster for All 14 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN 

STAMFORD, Conn. — April 15, 2015 — NBC Sports Group today added three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion crew chief Ray Evernham and seasoned broadcaster Ralph Sheheen to its growing lineup of motorsports experts. Evernham and Sheheen will handle coverage of NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour Events on NBCSN.  The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, Vice President of NASCAR Production for NBC Sports and NBCSN.

2015 marks the 30thAnniversary season for the northeast-based NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, which traces its roots back to the very first NASCAR-sanctioned race on the beach and road course at Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1948.  Evernham, who began his remarkable career in motorsports working on short track race cars at age 15, will first team with Sheheen to cover the 41strunning of the Icebreaker from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Conn., airing on Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 a.m. ET (late Friday night).  The complete NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour telecast schedule on NBCSN is listed below.

“We’re thrilled to continue our 2015 NASCAR Touring Series with the knowledge and experience of Ray Evernham and Ralph Sheheen behind the microphone,” said Behnke. “This is a win for all race fans and the enthusiastic followers of the Whelen Modified Tours.”

NASCAR’s Whelen Modified Tours, the association’s only open-wheeled division, compete at historic short tracks spanning from New Hampshire to North Carolina.  The southeast-based NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour was established in 2005 as a sister tour to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

“I grew up watching and racing modifieds and still get goose bumps every time I watch them race,” said Evernham. “I am really looking forward to being part of NBCSN’s motorsports coverage.”

“Big power, open wheels and passionate fans—the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tours might be the coolest series in racing,” said Sheheen.  “Ray and I are going to have a lot of fun calling these races.”

The appointment of Evernham and Sheheen follows previous NBC Sports NASCAR on-air announcements for analysts Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, Kyle Petty and Dale Jarrett, race announcer Rick Allen, pre- and post-race host Krista Voda, and pit road reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

In 1983, Evernham teamed with Roger Penske and Jay Signore to resurrect the International Race of Champions (IROC) series, giving him an opportunity to work with and learn from legends such as Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Dale Earnhardt and Bill Elliott.  Ray later joined Hendrick Motorsports, and in 1993 teamed with driver Jeff Gordon as crew chief for the Rainbow Warriors, leading a historic partnership that included three championships, 47 wins and two Daytona 500 victories.  In 2000, Evernham took on the challenge of team ownership, teaming with Dodge to spearhead the unproven manufacturer’s successful re-entry into NASCAR.  In 2006, the media voted Ray the greatest crew chief of all time.

Sheheen has been broadcasting a wide variety of motorsports, ranging from Swamp Buggies to Formula One, on national TV for 27 years. NASCAR has always been a large part of his broadcasting schedule, as he has covered all of the famed sanctioning bodies at one point along the way. One of his career highlights was being a part of the CBS Sports broadcast team that televised Dale Earnhardt’s Daytona 500 victory in 1998. Sheheen also is the owner of SPEED SPORT, a multi-layered media company that produces a diversified lineup of motorsports coverage.  A native of Sacramento, Calif., he currently resides in Moorseville, N.C.

2015 NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED TOURS COVERAGE ON NBCSN (All Times ET)

Series Track Telecast Date Time
Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Sat., April 17 12:30 a.m.
Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thu., June 18 6 p.m.
Whelen Modified Tour Riverhead Raceway Thu., July 2 7 p.m.
Whelen Modified Tour(All-Star) New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thu., July 23 4 p.m.
Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thu., July 23 6 p.m.
Whelen Modified Tour Monadnock Speedway Thu., July 30 7 p.m.
Whelen Southern Modified Tour Bowman Gray Stadium Fri., Aug. 7 2:30 p.m.
Whelen Mod-Whelen So. Mod Bristol Motor Speedway Fri., Aug. 28 7 p.m.
Whelen Southern Modified Tour Langley Speedway Fri., Sept. 11 2:30 p.m.
Whelen Southern Modified Tour South Boston Speedway Thu., Sept. 28 7 p.m.
Whelen Modified Tour New Hampshire Motor Speedway Thu., Oct. 1 7 p.m.
Whelen Modified Tour Stafford Motor Speedway Sat., Oct. 10 4 p.m.
Whelen Southern Modified Tour Charlotte Motor Speedway (.25-mile) Thu., Oct 15 7 p.m.
Whelen Modified Tour Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park Thu., Oct. 22 8 p.m.

 

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning in 2015.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season.  The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA premiered in February, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona 500 victory and NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. The weekday 30-minute news and highlights program is dedicated to America’s fascination with speed and stock car racing, and features regular appearances by NBC Sports NASCAR experts, as well as a rotation of guest analysts.

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FIRST-PLACE CHELSEA HOST THIRD-PLACE MANCHESTER UNITED IN BLOCKBUSTER MATCH THIS SAT., APRIL 18, AT 12:30 PM ET ON NBC

U.S. Men’s National Team & Everton Goalkeeper Tim Howard Joins Arlo White to Call Fourth-Place Manchester City v. West Ham Sunday, April 19, at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Everton v. Burnley Saturday at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN; Newcastle v. Tottenham Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Monday, April 20, at Midnight ET

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 14, 2015 – First-place Chelsea host third-place Manchester United in a blockbuster match between two Premier League giants this Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and NBC UNIVERSO, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend.

Manchester United come off a 4-2 win over rivals Manchester City on Sunday, their first Manchester Derby win in five attempts, and sixth consecutive Premier League win. Chelsea extended their unbeaten streak in the league to 11 matches with a win over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, bringing them seven-points clear of second-place Arsenal. NBC Sports Group’s lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls the match, joined by analyst Graeme Le Saux at Stamford Bridge.

NBC Sports Group’s weekend Premier League coverage begins Saturday at 9 a.m. ET with Premier League Live followed by Everton v. Burnley at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Matches not featured on NBCSN in the Saturday, 10 a.m. ET television window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

Immediately following Chelsea-Manchester United on Saturday, NBC presents a live Goal Zone at 2:30 p.m. ET. Goal Zone is hosted by Rebecca Lowe, who will be joined by former Jamaica National Team player Robbie Earle and former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino.

Match coverage on Sunday, April 19, begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Manchester City v. West Ham at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard joins White in the booth to call Manchester City-West Ham one day after suiting up for his club’s match against Burnley.

Sergio Aguero reached the 100 goal mark for Manchester City in all competitions with his two goals on Sunday in the Manchester Derby. Aguero, currently tied for the most goals in the Premier League this season with 19, reached 100 goals in 158 matches, a club record.

Live weekend match coverage wraps up Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC and NBC UNIVERSO when Tottenham and forward Harry Kane (19 goals, tied for most in the BPL) visit Newcastle.

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

At 6:30 a.m. ET this Sunday, NBCSN presents an encore presentation of Premier League Download: The Goalkeeper’s Union, hosted by Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett, who traveled to England to interview U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic, USMNT and Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel to find out about the art, tactical ability and psychology of a goalkeeper.

Saturdays throughout the Premier League season, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, airs at 5 p.m. ET on the terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit NBCSportsRadio.com.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Bennett will air at Midnight ET on NBCSN this Monday, April 20.

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

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

Date Time Match Network
Sat., April 18 8 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., April 18 9 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., April 18 10 a.m. Everton v. Burnley NBCSN
Sat., April 18 10 a.m. Stoke City v. Southampton Extra Time
Sat., April 18 10 a.m. Leicester City v. Swansea City Extra Time
Sat., April 18 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. West Brom Extra Time
Sat., April 18 12:30 p.m. Chelsea v. Manchester United NBC, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., April 18 2:30 p.m. Goal Zone NBC
Sun., April 19 1:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., April 19 6:30 a.m. Premier League Download: The Goalkeeper’s Union NBCSN
Sun., April 19 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., April 19 8:30 a.m. Manchester City v. West Ham NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sun., April 19 11 a.m. Newcastle v. Tottenham CNBC, NBC UNIVERSO
Mon., April 20 1 a.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., April 20 Midnight THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW NBCSN

NBC Sports Group is once again making all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra 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. NBC UNIVERSO is airing 100 Premiere League matches in Spanish on its network, with matches also streamed live on its NBC UNIVERSO NOW app. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–