Kathryn Tappen joins NBC Sports Group

nbc-sports-groupExperienced Host & Reporter Will Contribute to NHL LiveFootball Night in America, Notre Dame Football & More

Tappen to Join Coverage from Super Bowl XLIX, 2016 Rio Olympics & 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics

Tappen will continue on NHL Network’s Coverage of Signature NHL Events

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 9, 2014 – Kathryn Tappen is joining NBC Sports Group to work on NHL Live, Football Night in America, Notre Dame Football, and to host additional studio programming, NBC Sports Group announced today. She will also be part of NBC Sports’ coverage from Super Bowl XLIX in January-February 2015, and NBC Olympics’ coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August 2016 and the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February 2018.

“With extensive studio and reporting experience as well as in-depth knowledge of the NHL, Kathryn is the perfect fit for our growing stable of properties and programs,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN.

Additionally, Tappen will continue to appear as a personality on NHL Network. The lead host of NHL Network’s flagship studio show NHL Tonight since 2011, Tappen will be part of the network’s coverage of signature NHL events — including the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, NHL All-Star Game, Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final — as well as other NHL Network programs.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the NBC Sports team and to work on some of the most high-profile events in sports,” said Tappen. “This opportunity represents the best of both worlds as I can continue to work on hockey, including signature events for NHL Network, while also covering sports that I’ve worked on in the past and have had a passion for since childhood, such as the Olympics, the NFL and college football.”

As a hockey studio host with seven years of experience at NHL Network and NESN, as well as for NBC Olympics in Sochi earlier this year, Tappen will serve as a host for NHL Live and NHL Overtime, NBC Sports Group’s pre-game, intermission, and post-game NHL studio programs. Liam McHugh is NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL studio host. Tappen is also expected to fill in as host for additional NBC Sports studio programs.

She will also contribute her award-winning reporting skills to Football Night in America and to Notre Dame Football. For Football Night, the most-watched studio show in sports, Tappen will serve as the on-site reporter covering the high-profile afternoon game. She will share these duties throughout the season with Alex Flanagan and Carolyn Manno. At Notre Dame, Tappen will report from the sidelines for all Fighting Irish games that air on NBC.

Her first assignment comes August 30 when Notre Dame hosts Rice in the Irish’s first game of the 2014 season.

MORE ON KATHRYN TAPPEN

Tappen is not new to NBC Sports. She served as a studio host for men’s and women’s ice hockey during the Sochi Winter Olympics, and filled in for McHugh at times during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs by hosting NHL Live.

She joined the NHL Network in 2011 as the host of NHL Tonight, the network’s nightly highlight show. Previously, Tappen spent five years with the New England Sports Network where she served as lead studio host for Boston Bruins games and as a reporter on the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics. She was a weekend anchor as well as a weekday sports reporter at NBC affiliate WJAR in Providence, R.I., and began her career in 2003 at College Sports Television.

In 2006, Tappen earned an Associated Press award for her sports feature “Swim Meet.” Her sports-feature reporting has been nominated for two Boston/New England Emmy Awards by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Tappen was Academic-All American at Rutgers University (N.J.) where she was a member of the track and field and cross country team. During her career as a Scarlet Knight, she was a Big East Academic All-Star and the former record holder in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Sports Group Presents Live And Primetime Coverage Of The 101st Tour De France

nbc-sports-groupAll 21 Stages Live on NBC or NBCSN

Live Race Coverage Begins with Stage 1 on Sat., July 5, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Nightly Tour Primetime Show on NBCSN

Exclusive Features Available on NBC Sports Tour de France Live 

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 2, 2014 – NBC Sports Group presents live and primetime coverage of each stage of the 101st Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious and grueling cycling race, on NBC, NBCSN, and the NBC Sports Tour de France Live  mobile app. Daily live coverage of the Tour de France begins Saturday, July 5, at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 1, and continues each night with the Tour Primetime show featuring a look at the day’s most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, and updates. Coverage culminates with the final stage Sunday, July 27, at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

The 2014 Tour de France features nine new stage cities, including a return to England for the first time since 2007. Chris Froome (Team Sky) looks to defend his 2013 Tour de France title against two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), and 25-year-old American Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), who topped both Froome and Contador to win the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage features:

  • All 21 stages live on NBC or NBCSN and NBC Sports Tour de France Live
  • NBCSN, the primary home of the Tour de France, offers live coverage throughout the race, with Tour Primetime, a nightly studio show
  • NBC features coverage of Stages 1 (Leeds to Harrogate) and 2 (York to Sheffield) from the UK Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m. ET and Sunday, July 6, at 4 p.m. ET, respectively; and live coverage of Stage 8 (Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine) on Saturday, July 12, at 8 a.m. ET; plus a special review show on Sunday, July 22 at 2 p.m. ET recapping the final stages of the epic race

COMMENTATORS

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, will call the race action for the live shows with reporters Steve Schlanger, Carolyn Manno, and Steve Porino (‘Inside-the-Race’). Todd Harris will host nightly studio coverage with analysts Bob Roll and Christian Vande Velde.

PRODUCTION

NBCSN will utilize several production features, including a pointer feature which will easily identify and focus on one rider in the peloton; exclusive, in-depth profiles and features on teams and riders; and an onscreen predicted time for the peloton riders who are trying to catch the leading riders. Coverage will also include reporting from the road via ‘Inside-the-Race’ correspondent Porino, who will offer updates on race situations from aboard a motorcycle on the course.

DIGITAL COVERAGE

NBC SPORTS TOUR DE FRANCE LIVE: NBC Sports Group will surround its linear coverage with extensive digital coverage, including two premium-subscription products, one for desktops, and one for mobile devices and tablets.

NBC Sports Tour de France Live for desktops offers live streaming video of every stage online in full HD, with the ability to pause, rewind and slow-mo the video. While watching live coverage, viewers will also have access to a live GPS tracking map to follow the riders’ progress and to see an enhanced interactive map for each stage. Also, subscribers can personalize their Tour experience by choosing their favorite riders and teams to track throughout the Tour.

To experience the Tour de France on-the-go, fans can also separately purchase the NBC Sports Tour de France Live mobile and tablet app, which is available for iPhone and iPad, as well as Android devices. All the features of the NBC Sports Tour de France Live online experience for desktops will be mirrored in the NBC Sports Tour de France Live app, including live video of every stage. The app is sold separately from the online product.

Additional elements available to cycling fans at NBCSports.com and through the app, are listed below.

Before the Tour:

  • Stage-by-stage descriptions and previews, featuring historical stage and technical information and travelogue vignettes
  • Breakdown of top contenders
  • The best of the 2013 Tour de France

During the Tour:

  • Full stage replays
  • Recaps and highlights of each stage
  • Route previews, course and stage maps, elevation profiles and stage descriptions
  • Interviews with the top riders
  • Live stage results and detailed standings
  • Rider profiles by country and team
  • Live news stream during every stage
  • Photo slideshows
  • Tour de France Twitter stream, which will showcase the top race authorities, including riders, analysts, officials and fans

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans can also keep up with the Tour de France through NBC Sports Group’s social media platforms throughout the race.

Content will include:

  • Behind-the-Scenes and News: Fans can receive exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, interviews, video clips, up-to-date news reports and stories from around the cycling world through the NBC Sports Cycling Facebook page and @NBCSNCycling on Twitter.

Telecast Schedule (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Time Coverage Network
Sat., July 5 6 a.m. – Noon Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 5 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate NBC
Sat., July 5 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 1: Leeds to Harrogate NBCSN
Sun., July 6 6 a.m. – Noon Stage 2: York to Sheffield (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 6 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Stage 2: York to Sheffield NBC
Sun., July 6 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 2: York to Sheffield NBCSN
Mon., July 7 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 3: Cambridge to London (LIVE) NBCSN
Mon., July 7 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 3: Cambridge to London NBCSN
Tues., July 8 8 a.m.* – 11:30 a.m. Stage 4: Le Tourguet – Paris – Plage to Lille Métropole (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 8 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 4: Le Tourguet – Paris – Plage to Lille Métropole NBCSN
Wed., July 9 7:30 a.m. – Noon Stage 5: Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 9 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 5: Ypres – Arenberg Porte du Hainaut NBCSN
Thurs., July 10 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 6: Arras to Reims (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 10 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 6: Arras to Reims NBCSN
Fri., July 11 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 7: Épernay to Nancy (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 11 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 7: Épernay to Nancy NBCSN
Sat., July 12 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 8: Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine (LIVE) NBC
Sat., July 12 Midnight – 3 a.m. Stage 8: Tomblain to Gérardmer La Mauselaine NBCSN
Sun., July 13 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 9: Gérardmer to Mulhouse (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 13 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 9: Gérardmer to Mulhouse NBCSN
Mon., July 14 7 a.m. – Noon Stage 10: Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles (LIVE) NBCSN
Mon., July 14 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 10: Mulhouse to La Planche des Belles Filles NBCSN
Tues., July 15 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN
Wed., July 16 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 11: Besançon to Oyonnax (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 16 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 11: Besançon to Oyonnax NBCSN
Thurs., July 17 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 12: Bourge-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 17 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 12: Bourge-en-Bresse to Saint-Étienne NBCSN
Fri., July 18 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 13: Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 18 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 13: Saint-Étienne to Chamrousse NBCSN
Sat., July 19 7 a.m. – Noon Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 19 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul NBC
Sat., July 19 8 p.m. – Noon Stage 14: Grenoble to Risoul NBCSN
Sun., July 20 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 15: Tallard to Nímes (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 20 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 15: Tallard to Nímes NBCSN
Mon., July 21 8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Rest Day NBCSN
Tues., July 22 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnéres-de-Luchon (LIVE) NBCSN
Tues., July 22 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 16: Carcassonne to Bagnéres-de-Luchon NBCSN
Wed., July 23 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet (LIVE) NBCSN
Wed., July 23 1 a.m. – 3 a.m. Stage 17: Saint-Gaudens to Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet NBCSN
Thurs., July 24 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam (LIVE) NBCSN
Thurs., July 24 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 18: Pau to Hautacam NBCSN
Fri., July 25 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac (LIVE) NBCSN
Fri., July 25 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 19: Mauboutguet Pays du Val d’Adour to Gergerac NBCSN
Sat., July 26 8 a.m. – Noon Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., July 26 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 20: Bergerac to Périgueux NBCSN
Sun., July 27 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées (LIVE) NBCSN
Sun., July 27 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Tour de France Review Show NBC
Sun., July 27 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stage 21: Évry to Paris Champs-Élysées NBCSN

*Start time to be confirmed.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

World Series Of Fighting Championship Tripleheader Sat., June 21, At 10 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoDavid Branch vs. Jesse Taylor for Inaugural Middleweight Crown

Georgi Karakhanyan Defends Featherweight Title vs. Rick Glenn

Jessica Aguilar Defends Strawweight Title vs. Emi Fujino

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 18, 2014 – NBCSN presents World Series of Fighting this Saturday, June 21, at 10 p.m. ET. The elite mixed martial arts (MMA) card is highlighted by the inaugural title fight in the middleweight division featuring undefeated World Series of Fighting veteran David Branch (13-3) against Jesse Taylor (27-9). Submission specialist Taylor is on a seven-fight winning streak, while his opponent, former UFC veteran Branch, is undefeated in three fights over the past year and a half.

The co-main event features Georgi Karakhanyan (23-3-1), in his first featherweight title defense, facing knockout artist Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn (14-1-2 with 7 knockouts), and women’s strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar (17-4), ranked No. 1 in the world, defending her title against Emi Fujino (13-7).

Saturday’s card also features bouts between Luiz Firmino (17-6) coming off of a four-fight winning streak vs. former UFC veteran Tyson Griffin (16-7) in the lightweight class, and undefeated rising MMA star Nick LoBosco (7-0) vs. Lance “The Party” Palmer (7-1) in the featherweight class.

Play-by-play announcer Todd Harris is joined by mixed martial artists and analysts Bas Rutten and Joey Varner to call the action from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.

ABOUT WSOF

World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit WSOF.com. Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Are Second-Most Watched Since 2006

nbc-sports-group2014 Stanley Cup Final Is Only Fifth Final Since 1994 to Average 5 Million Viewers

NBC Sports Live Extra Sets NHL Streaming Records for Playoffs, Final & Game 5

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 16, 2014 – On the strength of an NHL record 93 postseason games – including 46 one-goal games and 26 overtime games – a new playoff format that emphasized divisional rivalries, and a Stanley Cup Final that featured the nation’s two largest media markets, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs became the second-most watched NHL post-season since NBC and NBCSN began their exclusive coverage in 2006, according to Fast National data provided by The Nielsen Company. Every game was televised nationally by the NBC Sports Group.

In addition, the Stanley Cup Final, won in five games by the Los Angeles Kings over the New York Rangers, was just the fifth Final in 20 years to average more than 5.0 million viewers. Digitally, NBC Sports Live Extra delivered live stream records in virtually all metrics for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Final and Game 5.

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

NBC, NBCSN and CNBC combined to average a 0.87 HH rating and 1.445 million viewers, ranking the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs as second-most watched since 2006, the year NBC and NBCSN began their most-recent run of exclusive playoff coverage, and the fourth-most watched on record (since data became available in 1994). In the past 20 years, the 2014 post-season only trailed 1996 (1.564 million on Fox/ESPN), 1997 (1.523 million on Fox/ESPN), and 2013 (1.471 million).

CABLE: For the 77 playoff games telecast on NBCSN and CNBC, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a 0.66 HH rating and 1.098 million viewers, ranking as the most-watched NHL playoffs on cable in 17 years (1997, 1.211 million viewers on ESPN/ESPN2).

This year’s average viewership was up 10% from the 2013 cable average of 1.000 million viewers (0.60 HH rating).

STANLEY CUP FINAL

The 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which ended in five games, delivered a 3.01 HH rating and averaged 5.001 million viewers, making it just the fifth Stanley Cup Final on record (since data 1994) to average at least 5.0 million viewers. It was also the most-watched Final on record that did not include either the Chicago Blackhawks or Detroit Red Wings. Games 1-2 and Game 5 aired on NBC, while NBCSN televised Games 3-4.

Following are the five most-watched Stanley Cup Finals since 1994 (viewers):

1.      2013: Chicago/Boston, 6 games (5.753 million)
2.      1997: Detroit/Philly, 4 games (5.289)
3.      2010: Chicago/Philly, 6 games (5.167)
4.      2002: Detroit/Carolina, 5 games (5.113)
5.      2014: New York/Los Angeles, 5 games (5.001)

Overall, the 2013 and 2012 Stanley Cup Finals both went to six games. This year’s Final was up 64% and 66% vs. 2012 (1.83 and 3.012), the last time the Kings appeared in the Final, and down 9% and 13%, respectively, vs. 2013 (3.31 and 5.753), which was the most-watched Stanley Cup Final on record.

GAME 5

As previously announced on Saturday, the thrilling Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, in which the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime, averaged 6.0 million viewers; making it the most-watched Game 5 in six years and helping NBC win the night in primetime, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company. Los Angeles and New York both scored their second-best local-market ratings ever for an NHL game on NBC or NBCSN.

National

As previously released, Friday night’s Game 5 (8:13 p.m. – 12:47 a.m. ET) delivered a 3.7 HH rating and 6.0 million viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Final Game 5 since the triple-overtime fifth game of the 2008 Stanley Cup Final between Pittsburgh and Detroit (6.2 million, NBC).

Viewership was up seven percent vs. Game 5 on NBC last year between Chicago and Boston (5.6 million). It was also up a remarkable 82% compared to the fifth game of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, which also featured the Kings (vs. Devils) and was a potential Cup-clinching game (3.3 million).

The game peaked at over 8.5 million viewers from 12-12:30 a.m. ET.

Local

Los Angeles delivered a 12.4 rating, ranking as the market’s second-best rating ever on NBC or NBCSN and up 41% vs. Game 5 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final (8.8), which was a potential Cup-clinching game. Friday night’s game trailed only the Cup-clinching Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final (13.6) as the most-watched in the L.A. market’s history for an NHL game on NBC or NBCSN.

New York also scored its second-best NHL rating ever on NBC or NBCSN with a 10.4 rating. It only trailed another double-overtime game, Game 2 of this series, by a tenth of a rating point (10.5).

Following are the Top 10 markets for Friday night’s Game 5:

Rank Market RTG
1 Los Angeles 12.4
2 New York 10.4
3 Buffalo 9.2
4 Boston 6.3
4 Minneapolis-St. Paul 6.3
6 Pittsburgh 5.5
7 Chicago 5.4
7 Providence 5.4
9 West Palm Beach 5.2
9 Las Vegas 5.2

Primetime

In primetime, NBC is expected to be No. 1 for the night among the four major broadcast networks in A18-49 (1.9 rating). A primetime win will mean that NBC will have won the night for all three Stanley Cup Final games that aired on the network (Games 1-2, 5).

REGULAR SEASON

On the strength of the inaugural NHL Stadium Series, the return of the NHL Winter Classic, and the second season of Wednesday Night Rivalry, the 2013-14 NHL regular season set a full-season viewership record for NBCSN. For more information on 2013-14 NHL regular-season viewership, click here: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/04/15/nhl-regular-season-sets-viewership-records-across-nbc-nbcsn/.

STREAMING

GAME 5: The final game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, which was unauthenticated, delivered record traffic for an NHL game on NBC Sports Live Extra for virtually every metric, including uniques (274,473) and live minutes (11,423,556).

FINAL: Live streaming for the five-game 2014 Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports Live Extra delivered 603,000 uniques and 37.14 million minutes, up 38% and 22%, respectively, vs. last year and made 2014 the most-consumed Stanley Cup Final ever.

Following are the Top 5 games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final (minutes watched):

1.      June 13 – Game 5: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 11.42 million (unauthenticated)
2.      June 7 – Game 2: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 9.02 million (unauthenticated)
3.      June 4 – Game 1: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 6.49 million (unauthenticated)
4.      June 11 – Game 4: Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers – 5.22 million (authentication-required)*
5.      June 9 – Game 3: Los Angeles Kings @ New York Rangers – 4.77 million (authentication-required)

*Best authentication-required Stanley Cup Final game ever

PLAYOFFS: For the entire 93 games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports Live Extra delivered 1.52 million uniques and 201.50 million minutes watched. Those metrics are the best-ever for an NHL post-season and are up 180% in uniques and 183% in minutes vs. last year.

Following are the Top 5 games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs (minutes watched):

1.      June 13 – Game 5: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 11.42 million (unauthenticated)
2.      June 7 – Game 2: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 9.02 million (unauthenticated)
3.      June 1 – Game 7: Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks – 8.15 million (authentication-required)*
4.      June 4 – Game 1: New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings – 6.49 million (unauthenticated)
5.      May 28 – Game 5: Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks – 5.49 million (authentication-required)

*Best authentication-required NHL game ever and best Conference Final game ever

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Day 57 – Los Angeles Kings Can Clinch Stanley Cup With Game 4 Win Tonight At 8 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoGame 4 – Kings-Rangers at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Kings Lead 3-0

Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live

Josh Elliott to Conduct Live Pre-Game Interview with Rangers Fan and NBC Sports’ Tennis Analyst John McEnroe

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 11, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings can win their second Stanley Cup in three years tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with a victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to complete a sweep of the New York Rangers. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive of Game 4.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick,analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Game 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s pre-game coverage will also include a live interview between NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and NBC Sports tennis analyst and long-time Rangers fan John McEnroe prior to live game coverage at 8 p.m. ET.

The Kings aim for their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history and second championship in three years, with a victory tonight at Madison Square Garden to complete the first Stanley Cup Final sweep since 1998, when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Washington Capitals in four games. Two years ago, the Kings held a 3-0 series lead against the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, and eventually won the series in six games.

The Rangers will now look to become only the fourth team in NHL playoff history to win four straight games in a series after falling into a 0-3 deficit. One of those four teams to complete the feat is this year’s Kings, who climbed out of a 0-3 hole to the San Jose Sharks in the first round. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to win a Stanley Cup Final after losing the first three games of the series.

Following is the television schedule for the remaining games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

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 13
NBCSN 61
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 91

One-goal Games: 43
OT games: 25

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 Final coverage. NBCSN 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;

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–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 3 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nbc-sports-groupSTAMFORD, Conn. – June 9, 2014 – NBC Sports Group continued its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – provided comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 3.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire had the call of Game 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Coverage began at 7 p.m. ET with NBCSN and NHL Live, hosted by Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Anson Carter and Jeremy Roenick among the fans outside the Madison Square Garden concourse. Pre-game coverage included a live interview on-set with Rangers legend Mark Messier, who captained the 1994 Rangers to the Stanley Cup title for their championship since 1940.

Coverage shifted inside Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET with host Liam McHugh and former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, and included a one-on-one interview with NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

NHL Live

(7-8 p.m. ET)

Messier on impact of winning Stanley Cup in ’94: “I understood the meaning of the Stanley Cup to these people…seeing three or four generations of fans.”

Milbury on Rangers’ approach to Game 3: “They know exactly how they have to play to beat the Los Angeles Kings, because they’ve done it in the first two games…the one thing they don’t want to do is sit back.”

Jones on Rangers’ need to play aggressively:” “If they sit back and try to defend, they’re in trouble against this L.A. team.”

Pre-Game

Milbury on Kings: “They can smell it…one more win, and the Stanley Cup will be in the building.”

First Period

Olczyk on Kings’ strong start: “They’ve been so good in on the forecheck…a much better start than in Games 1 and 2.”

Emrick on Carter’s last-second goal: “A stunning goal.”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive interview with Kings forward Dustin Brown, who grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., a few hours outside of New York City. Brown discussed growing up among Rangers fans, and how he and the Kings draw upon inspiration from their 2012 Stanley Cup title.

Milbury on Carter’s goal: “You can’t underestimate the value of that goal. It was incredibly timely, and it’s no surprise that Justin Williams was right in the middle of it.”

Second Period

Emrick on Kings’ neutralizing MSG crowd: “You can hear the music pretty well, can’t you?”

Olczyk on Rick Nash: “I think he’s played very, very well…it’s time he gets a sniff on the power play.”

Second Intermission

Jones on Rangers penalties: “They got careless…it gave the L.A. Kings even more momentum.”

Milbury on Lundqvist’s & Rangers’ bad bounces: “No luck at all for Henrik Lundqvist…this series, no luck at all.”

Milbury on Jonathan Quick : “The kid from just down the street who’s never played here before looks like he’s going to own the joint…incredible. It’s got to be discouraging to the Rangers.”

Third Period

Emrick on Kings: “When it’s going well, it’s really going well. Everything about it has gone well for the Kings.”

Emrick on Rangers’ opportunities: “The chances in the game are 24-12, a two-to-one ratio…it’s amazing what that means – nothing – when you compare it with the big board at the top of your screen.”

McGuire on Kings: “Constant communication from player to player…you don’t see (head coach Darryl Sutter) say very much, and he doesn’t have to. This team polices itself, and it’s phenomenal to watch.”

Emrick on Kings: “What a night for the City of Angels.”

Olczyk on Kings: “The Kings wanted to improve their defensive part of the game, and they did that five-on-five…a perfect road Stanley Cup Final game for the L.A. Kings.”

Post-Game

Milbury on Kings: “We learned that the Los Angeles Kings are clearly a better team.”

Jones on Kings: “It’s the way it should be. The Western Conference was dominant all year against the Eastern Conference…the L.A. Kings went through three very difficult opponents to get here…the L.A. Kings deserve to be up in the series, and they deserve to win the Stanley Cup.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Day 55 – New York Rangers Host Los Angeles Kings In Game 3 Of Stanley Cup Final Tonight At 8 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoJosh Elliott One-on-One Interview with Kings Defenseman Drew Doughty, Live Pre-Game Interview with Rangers Legend Mark Messier

Rangers-Kings Game 2 Registers 6.4 Million Viewers – Best Game 2 on Record, Wins Primetime for NBC on Saturday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 9, 2014 – The New York Rangers look to regain momentum in front of a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive coverage of Game 3.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Game 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s pre-game coverage will also include an exclusive one-on-one interview with NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, as well as a live interview with Rangers legend Mark Messier, who captained the 1994 Rangers to the Stanley Cup title.

The Rangers look to bounce back with a Game 3 victory in the first Stanley Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win their first championship since 1940. The Rangers return to New York in a 0-2 hole despite never having trailed during the first two games of the series.

In Games 1 and 2, New York jumped out to two-goal leads in the first period, only to see the Kings come back and eventually force overtime. The Rangers carried a 4-2 lead into the third period of Game 2 before Dwight King and former Ranger Marian Gaborik scored to tie the game. The score stayed even until the midway point of double overtime, when Kings captain Dustin Brown deflected Willie Mitchell’s point shot past Henrik Lundqvist to move Los Angeles within two wins of its second Stanley Cup in three years.

RANGERS-KINGS GAME 2 IS MOST-WATCHED GAME 2 ON RECORD WITH 6.4 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERS

Saturday night’s Game 2 (7:15-11:45 p.m. ET), in which the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime to take a 2-0 series lead, averaged 6.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched Game 2 on record (since at least 1994). The game was up 60% vs. last year’s Game 2 on NBCSN (Bruins-Blackhawks, 4.0 million), and up 121% vs. 2012’s Game 2 on NBC that also featured the Kings (Kings-Devils, 2.9 million).

Viewership for the game peaked in the final quarter-hour (11:30-11:45 p.m. ET) with 7.6 million viewers. The 7:15-7:30 pre-game quarter-hour, which immediately followed Belmont Stakes coverage, averaged 9.1 million viewers. The game delivered a 3.7 HH rating.

Game 2 dominated primetime. NBC was No. 1 for the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in A18-49 (2.0) and all other key measures. Game 2 ranked No. 1 in A18-49 in all six primetime half-hours, beat the other major broadcast networks combined in A18-49 rating (2.0 vs. 1.5).

New York delivered a 10.5 HH rating for Game 2, the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC or NBCSN in the market, and up from a 10.1 for Game 1, which was the previous record. Los Angeles scored a 8.9 HH rating, the second-highest such game ever in Los Angeles, behind only the 2012 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 (13.6), which was when the Kings clinched their first-ever championship. L.A. did a 7.1 HH rating for Game 1.

Last night’s Game 2, which ended in the second overtime, delivered 9.0 million minutes of live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra, the most ever for an NHL game, according to Adobe Analytics. It surpassed last year’s Stanley Cup Final triple-overtime Game 1, which produced 8.9 million minutes of consumption. Game 2 was watched by 219,677 unique viewers.

TOP METERED MARKETS FOR STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 2

1.      New York 10.5/21
2.      Los Angeles 8.9/21
3.      Buffalo 8.1/17
4.      Boston 6.9/14
5.      Minneapolis 6.4/14
6.      West Palm Beach 5.8/11
7.      Providence 5.6/11
8.      Pittsburgh 5.5/11
9.      Las Vegas 5.3/10
10.   Chicago 4.9/10
10.   San Diego 4.9/12
10.   St. Louis 4.9/9

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

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 13
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 90

One-goal Games: 43
OT games: 25

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 Final coverage. NBCSN 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;

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–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 2 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nhl_nbc_2STAMFORD, Conn. – June 7, 2014 – NBC Sports Group continued its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 2 featuring the New York Rangers at the Los Angeles Kings on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – provided comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 2.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire had the call of Game 2 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Coverage began at 7:20 p.m. ET immediately following NBC’s presentation of the 146th Belmont Stakes from Elmont, N.Y. Liam McHugh hosted intermission coverage alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

First Period

Emrick on 1st period physicality: “The ‘H’ in hockey stands for ‘hitting.’”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive interview with Kings forward Justin Williams, who scored the game-winning overtime goal in Game 1. The veteran forward scored in all three of the Kings’ Game 7 wins this postseason, is 7-0 in his career in Game 7s, and has posted an NHL-record 14 points in those seven games.

Milbury on Ryan McDonagh: “His teammates call him a Mack truck…he sure hit like one in the first period, and he spearheaded the Rangers in physicality. Alain Vigneault’s looking for the ‘A’ game…he brought the ‘A’ game with a little bit of nasty.”

Second Period

Emrick on Kings’ prolific offense this postseason: “Kopitar, Carter and Williams are the top three point-getters in the league, all three are Los Angeles Kings, and all three are on different lines – the definition of scoring balance.”

Emrick on Brassard’s goal to regain two-goal lead: “A quick turn of events in 11 seconds…the quickest two goals in a Stanley Cup Final in 67 years.”

McGuire on Rangers’ quickness: “Omnipresent speed from the Rangers…it’s everybody.”

Second Intermission

Milbury on Quick misplay behind his net, leading to fourth Rangers goal: “Jonathan Quick is going to look back at that goal and shake his head…if you’re going to go out and commit to playing the puck, you’ve got to be a little more definitive than that. He cost the Kings.”

Jones on Rangers’ forecheck: “It was aggressive early in this game, and it got aggressive again when they needed the momentum back.”

Milbury on Rangers: “This team has outplayed the Los Angeles Kings for all but the third period in the first game. They look fresher, more determined – and that says something about the Kings.”

Third Period

McGuire on Dwight King’s contact with Lundqvist on controversial third goal: “Absolutely – that’s definitely goalie interference, especially considering we had one called earlier.”

Overtime Intermission

Milbury on King’s contact with Lundqvist: “I wouldn’t want to be the guy with a whistle on this one…I could see justification for going either way with this one.”

Milbury on Rangers: “They sat back in the third period…the exact opposite of what they should have done.”

Overtime

Emrick on overtime hockey: “It is fun because it matters…close calls are part of what makes the sport exhilarating.”

Emrick on overtime hockey: “If you love the sport, but you don’t care who wins, this is fun. If you do, it’s agony.”

Second Overtime Intermission

McHugh on first overtime: “It is chaos out there – and it is exquisite.”

Jones on importance of Game 2 for Rangers: “The longer this game goes, the more important it is for the New York Rangers to win. If they lose this game late, they’re not coming back here to L.A. for another one.”

Second Overtime

Olczyk on Dustin Brown game-winner: “An overtime winner for the Kings’ captain.”

Post-Game

Roenick on the Kings: “I can honestly say I’ve never seen a team as resilient and battles back as well as this L.A. Kings team does.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 1 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nhl_nbc_2STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2014 – NBC Sports Group began its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 1 featuring the New York Rangers at the Los Angeles Kings on NBC.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) called the game from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick missed Game 1 due to a death in his family, and will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

Coverage began at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live led by host Dave Briggs, alongside analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, on-site outside of the STAPLES Center. Coverage shifted inside the arena at 7:30 p.m. ET with host Liam McHugh,who was joined by analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Pre-game coverage also featured reporter Carolyn Manno on-site at Bryant Park in New York City, where the New York Rangers hosted a viewing party for Game 1 for more than 10,000 fans. Manno interviewed former Rangers Adam Graves and Stephane Matteau, who were members of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champions. NBC’s coverage featured shots of Rangers fans at Bryant Park following Rangers goals throughout the game.

Game coverage began at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, and included excerpts from Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault’s pre-game speech inside the New York locker room.

NHL Live (7-8 p.m. ET)

Carter on Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards: “Their leadership has been instrumental to this team getting this far in the playoffs.”

Roenick on Henrik Lundqvist: “If he is not the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, the Rangers are not winning this series.”

Milbury on Drew Doughty: “All due respect to Ryan McDonagh, Shea Weber, Zdeno Chara, other great defensemen…Drew Doughty is the best defenseman in the National Hockey League.”

Jones on Kings: “A superstar center in Anze Kopitar, a superstar defenseman in Drew Doughty, a superstar goaltender in Jonathan Quick – that’s why they’re favored.”

Game (8 p.m. ET)

Pre-Game

Olczyk: “I think you’ve got the two best goaltenders in the National Hockey League in Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick…you need a big save, you look to Quick or Lundqvist.”

First Period

McGuire: “This is a part of the game that I’m not sure the L.A. Kings were prepared for. These guys are a lot quicker than the teams they played against out West…the New York Rangers are winning the track meet right now.”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive one-on-one interview with Pierre McGuire and Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed his mid-season trade from Tampa Bay to New York, and how the Rangers rallied around him and provided support following the passing of his mother midway through the playoffs.

Click here to watch McGuire’s sit-down with St. Louis: http://www.nbcsports.com/video/all?guid=IErm7J8naxngxaExSFP_ijftUfD0kjC9

McHugh: “Somebody forgot to tell the Rangers that the Kings were the favorite.”

Milbury on Carl Hagelin goal: “…a display of ludicrous speed.”

Second Period

McGuire: “The Rangers’ speed is very apparent here in Game 1.”

Olczyk on Kings’ ability to erase early deficits: “I don’t think that’s the plan that Darryl Sutter would like…but it’s working.”

Olczyk on Ryan McDonagh: “The confidence level of Ryan McDonagh has certainly gone to another level…asked to do a little bit more under this coaching regime and the philosophy in which the Rangers are playing.”

Second Intermission

Jones on Rangers: “I know they blew a 2-0 lead, but I’ve liked their physical play in this game…you’ve got to go after the stars.”

Milbury: “This is a game the Rangers need to win.”

Third Period

Olczyk on frantic finish to regulation: “Absolutely incredible last 30 seconds for the Rangers and Kings.”

Overtime Intermission

Milbury on Hagelin: “This guy should be running in the Belmont.”

Milbury on finish to regulation: “This is wild. Talk about two teams going for it. Nothing better than this. Nothing more fun than this. Nothing more exciting than this.”

Overtime

Albert on Justin Williams’ game-winning goal: “Mr. Game 7 becomes the hero in Game 1 in Los Angeles.”

Post-Game

Jones on Kings: “Some great adjustments by Darryl Sutter…early in this game, it was all New York…they looked faster than L.A…Sutter played his fourth line a little more, juggled his lines as well, and by the end of the game, the Kings have another win, and their coach is looking like a genius.”

Roenick on Williams game-winner: “Who’da thunk it? Well, maybe everybody that knows Justin Williams in a big-time situation.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

California Chrome Runs For Triple Crown History In Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, At 4:30 PM ET on NBC

nbc-sports-groupNBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Belmont Stakes Programming; Coverage from Belmont Park Begins Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

TODAY, CNBC, MSNBC and The Weather Channel Live On-Site Friday; Access Hollywood and E! News to Provide Coverage

Special Documentary California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion Debuts Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Belmont Stakes on NBC with Exclusive Camera Angles and Analysis

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome runs for history, aiming to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, as NBC Sports Group presents 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes – more than double the number of hours initially scheduled.

Coverage from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., begins Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminates with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Highlights of NBC Sports Groups’ Belmont coverage include:

  • Live coverage of every Saturday race in NBC/NBCSN telecast windows - including the first two events of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win & You’re In,” the Metropolitan Handicap and the Ogden Phipps Stakes, as well as the Manhattan Handicap
  • California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion, a special 30-minute documentary narrated by Bob Costas
  • Three hours of Belmont Classics - highlighting past Belmont Stakes winners
  • A feature on California Chrome’s journey to the Triple Crown
  • Josh Elliott takes a look at Triple Crown spoilers of years past, including  three consecutive Triple Crown upsets: 2002 winner Sarava (beat Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem), 2003 winner Empire Maker ridden by NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey (topped Triple Crown contender Funny Cide), and 2004 winner Birdstone (beat Triple Crown hopeful Smarty Jones)
  • A feature on the unlikely team of co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin coming together with trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza to take their horse to the brink of the Triple Crown
  • Bob Costas’ essay on the elusive Triple Crown

NBCUNIVERSAL SURROUNDS BELMONT WEEK: TODAY, CNBCand The Weather Channel will provide live reports on-site at Belmont Park Friday, MSNBC will air live updates Friday and Saturday, and SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports will be on-site Wednesday through Friday. Correspondents and hosts on-site include Dylan Dreyer reporting live for TODAY, Stephanie Abrams for The Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al, Sam Champion for The Weather Channel’s AMHQ with Sam Champion, CNBC’s Morgan Brennan, and SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno. NBC Sports Regional Networks will provide interviews and other Belmont-related content featuring NBC Sports Group’s on-air team throughout the week. On Friday, TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb toast to the Belmont Stakes with Belmont Jewel cocktails instead of their signature glasses of wine, The Dan Patrick Show features an interview with Belmont Stakes host Bob Costas, E! News takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Belmont with Josh Elliott, and Access Hollywood provides a special Belmont feature. In addition, NBC Sports Radio will feature interviews with NBC Sports Group’s commentators during Belmont week.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group coverage of the Belmont Stakes features Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny RiceDonna Brothers and Jay Privman, and race caller Larry Collmus. In addition, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno will provide a mix of features and interviews at Belmont Park.

The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Belmont Stakes is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Patrick McManus. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

NBC Sports Group’s programming around the Belmont Stakes begins tomorrow, Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET with California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion and continues throughout the week.

Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming:

THE BELMONT STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Wed., June 4 6:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion       NBCSN
Wed., June 4 10:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion (Encore) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 5:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 6:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2011 Winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 Winner Union Rags, 2013 Winner Palace Malice) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 7:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 3:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8:30 p.m. 140th Kentucky Derby NBCSN
Fri., June 6 9:30 p.m. 139th Preakness Stakes NBCSN
Fri., June 6 10:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access (Encore) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 Midnight California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Prep NBCSN
Sat., June 7 4:30 p.m. The 146th Belmont Stakes NBC
Sat., June 7 7:15 p.m. Stanley Cup Final – Game 2: N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC
Sat., June 7 7:30 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show NBCSN

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA BELMONT STAKES COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets — will stream NBC and NBCSN’s Belmont Stakes coverage. The vast majority of the content will be streamed live 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 and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

Belmont Stakes coverage airing on NBCSN and NBC, including the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes, will be streamed to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Belmont Stakes coverage includes:

  • An online-only isolation camera on Triple Crown contender California Chrome during the race
  • Exclusive analysis by NBC Sports commentators in the days leading up to the race plus post-race, online commentary by NBC commentators
  • Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes

Belmont Stakes coverage will also air on 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

BELMONT STAKES ALL-ACCESS

NBC Sports Group will implement its All-Access social media strategy for Belmont week, where horse racing fans can access content from the Belmont at a “social center” housed on NBCSports.com/Belmont. Fans can access and sort social media content from Instagram, Twitter and Vine through various streams including horse racing experts, horses (including the horses themselves, jockeys and trainers), a photos-only section and Vine videos. Belmont All-Access aggregates what’s trending around the race and what’s hot in the social world. In addition, fans can plug in their first and last names and will be given their ‘Horse Name’ to be shared on Twitter.

Twitter: Viewers and Tweeters alike will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #TripleCrown. Reminders will appear on screen throughout all of NBC’s Belmont coverage.

  • On-air integration of live tweets from celebrities, horse racing experts and @NBCSN will be featured on screen throughout the broadcasts to keep viewers up to date with what’s happening on Twitter;

Facebook: Fans will have the chance to join in on the Belmont broadcast:

  • Everyone at home can pick their winner with the “Choose the Winning Horse” Facebook poll on www.facebook.com/NBCSports. The nation’s votes will be tallied and shown on-air during the Belmont broadcast.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.

KENTUCKY DERBY: California Chrome’s exciting victory in the 2014 Kentucky Derby marked 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.

PREAKNESS STAKES: NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2014 Preakness Stakes registered a 6.0 household rating – ranking as the highest-rated Preakness Stakes since 2009 (6.8 for Rachel Alexandra’s victory). The 6.0 HH rating for California Chrome’s exciting victory marked a 15% increase from 2012 when I’ll Have Another won the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

AWARDS FOR NBC’S HORSE RACING COVERAGE: Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 13 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage including the award for Television – Live Program for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. NBC’s previous wins in that category include: Preakness (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008), Kentucky Derby (2007, 2012), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001).  Additionally, NBC Sports has won three Eclipse Awards in the features category: 2002 War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), 2005 Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and 2009 Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast). The 2005 and 2006 Preakness broadcasts were nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.

For Listings and the NBCSN Channel Finder, visit http://www.nbcsports.com/tv-listings .

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–