NBC SPORTS FINALIZES NASCAR BROADCAST TEAM FOR 4TH of JULY WEEKEND DEBUT IN DAYTONA

Announcer Rick Allen Joins Analysts Jeff Burton & Steve Letarte to Call NASCAR XFINITY Series Action and Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series Race

Krista Voda Hosts Pre- and Post-Race Coverage alongside Analysts Kyle Petty & Dale Jarrett from Open-Air Infield Studio atop Pit Road and at Victory Lane

Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro & Dave Burns Patrol Pit Road

Reporters Nate Ryan and Rutledge Wood Complete 12-person On-Air Team

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 24, 2015 – NBC Sports Group has finalized the on-air broadcast team that will present the organization’s first live slate of NASCAR racing action since 2006, when a hand-picked team of proven experts and motorsports journalists make their 4th of July Weekend debut from “The World Center of Racing” — Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

“NBC Sports has always taken great pride in the belief that we surround each of our broadcasts with the very best on-air talent in the business and this NASCAR team is exemplary,” said Flood. “We’re bringing fresh viewpoints from behind the wheel and on top of the pit box, multi-generational perspectives and Hall of Fame credentials, journalistic muscle, and an entertaining style that fans will enjoy and ultimately feel closer to the action.”

Accomplished race announcer Rick Allen joins 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton and Daytona 500 champion crew chief Steve Letarte in the NBC Sports broadcast booth to call two primetime races over the holiday weekend.  NBC Sports Group hits the ignition switch on its 10-year chapter as the home of NASCAR’s championship run on Saturday July 4th at 7:00 p.m. ET with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on NBCSN.  Allen, Burton and Letarte return the next evening to call one of the most anticipated events of the season, the 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC Sports’ Krista Voda will sit alongside engaging NASCAR personality Kyle Petty, as well as three-time Daytona 500 champion and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett, from a state-of-the-art open-air studio located atop pit road to set the stage for both races.  Rutledge Wood, NBC Sports’ NASCAR features reporter and “man about the track,” will present pieces that delve into the experience of attending a race at the famed Daytona International Speedway and NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will be on hand to cover news and timely information affecting the sport.  Once each checkered flag is captured, the set location will shift to Victory Lane in order to take in the post-race festivities and break down the pivotal moves and strategic decisions that dictated the outcome.

Experienced motorsports reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro, and Dave Burns will cover pit road during both 4th of July Weekend telecasts,

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 this coming 4th of July weekend from Daytona International Speedway.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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 is NBCSN’s weekday 30-minute news and highlights program 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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TOUR DE FRANCE PREVIEW SHOW AIRS THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Live Tour de France Coverage Begins on Sat., July 4 on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 22, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 102nd Tour de France begins with the Tour de France Preview Show hosted by Todd Harris this Wednesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The show will take an in-depth look at the Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious cycling event, featuring interviews with past Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (2007, 2009); Tejay Van Garderen, who placed fifth in the 2012 and 2014 Tour de France; 2013 Tour de France runner up and 2014 Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana;  2014 Criterium du Dauphine winner and Current USA National Time Trial Champion Andrew Talanksy; 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish; and Fabian Cancellara, who has 28 Tour de France yellow jerseys to his name,  the most of any active rider. In addition, the program features an overview of the race route, profiles of competing cyclists, and historical moments.

NBC Sports Group is the exclusive rights holder of Tour de France coverage in the U.S. and will provide television coverage on NBC and NBCSN. Daily live coverage of the Tour de France begins Saturday, July 4, at 7 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. Live coverage culminates with the final stage Sunday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. More information on NBC Sports Group’s extensive 102nd Tour de France coverage, including a full programming schedule, will be released soon.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE OF 2015 NHL DRAFT FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

2015 NHL Draft Coverage Begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Pre-Draft Special on NBCSN

Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen Host Coverage, Alongside Analysts and Insiders Pierre McGuire, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Craig Button

2015 NHL Awards – Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 22, 2015 – NBC Sports Group will provide its most comprehensive NHL Draft coverage ever this Friday, June 26, with an exclusive presentation of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Coverage begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute NHL Draft Pre-Draft Special on NBCSN. In addition, NBCSN will also provide live coverage of the 2015 NHL Awards this Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of the 2015 NHL Awards and 2015 NHL Draft.
2015 NHL DRAFT – FRIDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Canadian Connor McDavid and American Jack Eichel, projected to be selected with the first and second overall picks, headline what is widely regarded as one of the most highly-anticipated NHL Draft classes in recent history. The Edmonton Oilers hold the first overall selection for the fourth time in the past six drafts, followed by the Buffalo Sabres, who have four picks in the first two rounds. The Arizona Coyotes (third), Toronto Maple Leafs (fourth) and Carolina Hurricanes (fifth) round out the Top 5 picks.

McDavid recorded 120 points (44g/76a) this year for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, was named OHL Player of the Year, and led the OHL in playoff scoring with 49 points in just 20 games. Eichel led all NCAA Division I skaters with 67 points (24g/43a) in just 38 games in his freshman year at Boston University, and won the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA’s top men’s ice hockey player.

Liam McHugh will host coverage alongside Emmy Award-winning analyst Pierre McGuire, NHL insider Bob McKenzie and draft analyst Craig Button. In addition, Kathryn Tappen will anchor coverage from the floor of the BB&T Center, conducting interviews with players, coaches and general managers. Darren Dreger will handle reporting duties, providing information on potential trades and developing storylines.

Coverage will feature interviews and features with all of the top 2015 NHL Draft prospects, including McDavid and Eichel, as well as video, interviews and highlights from the 2015 NHL Draft Combine held last month in Buffalo, N.Y.

 

2015 NHL AWARDS – WEDNESDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents coverage of the 2015 NHL Awards on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena at Wynn Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev., hosted by actor and comedian Rob Riggle. Awards that will be announced on Wednesday night include the winners of Hart Trophy (most valuable player), Calder Trophy (top rookie), Vezina Trophy (top goaltender), and Norris Trophy (top defenseman).

Click here for more information on the 2015 NHL Awards, including a full list of award finalists: http://www.nhl.com/ice/eventhome.htm?location=/awards/2015

 

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream comprehensive coverage of the 2015 NHL Awards and NHL Draft 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.

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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NOTES & QUOTES FROM “PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS” ON NBC

“An impressive display…a huge victory for Porter.” – Marv Albert on Shawn Porter’s Victory over Adrien Broner

“It’s all Spence, and it’s all over.” – Marv Albert on Errol Spence Jr.’s Round 3 KO

“Broner the boxer is at the top of his game… Broner the entertainer is a bit concerning.” – “Sugar” Ray Leonard

LAS VEGAS – June 20, 2015 – Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC returned to primetime tonight from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores called the action, with host Al Michaels, current middleweight titleholder and corner analyst Daniel Jacobs, and Kenny Rice reporting from ring-side. Live boxing continues now on NBCSN.

Tonight’s PBC on NBC broadcast featured three bouts — Errol Spence Jr.’s third-round KO of Phil Lo Greco, Terrell Gausha’s unanimous decision over Luis Grajeda, and Shawn Porter’s unanimous decision over Adrien Broner. 

Following are notes and quotes from tonight’s telecast:

ON BRONER-PORTER

Marv Albert on Shawn Porter’s unanimous decision victory: “An impressive display…a huge victory for Porter.”

“Sugar” Ray Leonard on Broner knocking down Porter in Round 12: “This shows the patience of Broner – he waited for the opportunity and he took advantage of it.”

BJ Flores on Broner knocking Porter down in Round 12: “Adrien Broner is a three-time world champion and he did exactly what he needed to do to get back in this fight…You have to give credit to Adrien for losing two or three of the last rounds and coming out with that perfect shot.”

Hall of Fame referee Steve Smoger on Tony Weeks taking a point away from Broner in Round 11 for holding: “Tony is an excellent referee, and you don’t want to take a point away in the title rounds but this was imperative to keep this fight straight.”

Daniel Jacobs on Broner’s corner prior to Round 7: “They are pleading with Broner to use that jab.”

Albert on Porter in Round 5: “The Porter camp flew in “Sugar” Shane Mosley to work on how to work his way out of clinches. They kind of knew what was coming up.”

Smoger on Broner in Round 4: “Tony [Weeks] is an excellent referee, but I think he’s too liberal with Adrien. All we’ve seen is four rounds of fouls and holding and forearms. There should be points starting to get taken away because he hasn’t engaged.”

Albert on Broner’s boxing trunks in Round 2: “Broner in the white – I will not begin to describe those particular trunks.”

Leonard in Round 1: “Both are nervous – although they will not say that – they’re both nervous. There’s a lot on the line here.”

Jacobs on Porter in Round 1: “Every time I fought Porter as an amateur, I always dreaded it…he’s really strong and he’s showing it.

Leonard on Broner (pre-fight): “We saw Broner a few months ago, he was very dominant. Broner the boxer is at the top of his game. He’s so quick, so accurate. Broner the entertainer is a bit concerning, because sometimes it gets a little bit too much. He’s a notorious showman, and he needs to let his hands do the talking tonight against Porter.”

Leonard on Porter (pre-fight):” Porter is the complete opposite of Broner. He’s quiet, reserved, focused, and very aggressive in the ring. Yesterday he told me he’s going to dictate this fight, using his size and his strength to go right after Broner.”

ON GAUSHA-GRAJEDA

Leonard on Gausha in Round 4: “That right hand is finding its target every time.”

Flores on Gausha in Round 3: “This is a great learning experience for Terrell Gausha, he had this guy hurt, he knocked him down, and he [Grajeda] got up. How do I finish the job and get him of here? This guy normally goes rounds with good prospects. Terrell Gausha still trying to put the paint brush on the paper and finish his Picasso.”

ON SPENCE JR.-LO GRECO

Albert on Spence Jr.’s Round 3 KO: “It’s all Spence and it’s all over.”

Leonard on Spence Jr.’s Round 3 KO: “Spence told me that he wanted this to be his coming out party – I would say he did that – very impressive.”

Leonard on Spence Jr. in Round 3: “The accumulations of punches come together quite well – body shots, head shots…He’s not rushing, he’s taking his time, very impressive.”

Albert on Spence Jr. just before his Round 3 KO: “As we mentioned earlier, 10 of Spence’s 13 knockouts have come in three rounds or less – a very impressive second round for Spence.”

Leonard on Lo Greco in Round 1: “You see those punches from Lo Greco – those are the right punches to the body. He really has to try and bring those hands down.”

Leonard on Spence Jr. (pre-fight): “U.S. Olympian, a solid amateur career, well-rounded, balanced fighter. He has great defense. He told me that a last-minute opponent change doesn’t bother him a bit.”

Al Michaels on Lo Greco (pre-fight): “A week ago tonight, Phil Lo Greco might have thought he’d be having dinner somewhere on Saturday night. He got the call four days ago.”

Jacobs on Lo Greco (pre-fight): “For any fighter, it’s always difficult to get that last minute phone call, but for Lo Greco, to his credit he was already in training camp with Jesse Vargas, and the only blemish on his record is the former world champion Shawn Porter, so he has that experience.”

ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Smoger on being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame: “It was like achieving the Emmy, the Oscar, and even the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Albert: “Nobel Peace Price?”

Smoger: “Well, you have to keep peace in the ring. I’m very honored, I’m very humbled.”

Albert: “And as Ray and B.J. are aware, you are now making your home in Canastota, NY [home of International Boxing Hall of Fame], so you can visit those plaques on a daily basis.”

NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in 2015, including cards on NBC and NBCSN, and NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH JUNE 19, 2015 – JUNE 21, 2015

(All times ET)

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

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

 

Friday, June 19

5 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America

11 p.m. on Golf Channel – Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

 

Saturday, June 20

8 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 3

9 a.m. on Golf Channel – Morning Drive

11 a.m. on Golf Channel – Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

2:30 p.m. on NBC – Dew Tour: SKB Streetstyle Final

4 p.m. on NBC – FIVB Grand Slam Volleyball

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

8:30 p.m. on NBCSN – /DRIVE – Germany

9 p.m. on NBCSN – GP2 Austria

11 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier Boxing Champions on NBC

11 p.m. on Golf Channel – Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

 

Sunday, June 21

7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Austrian Grand Prix

9 a.m. on Golf Channel – Morning Drive

10 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Extra

11 a.m. on Golf Channel – Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

2 p.m. on NBC – Red Bull Global RallyCross – Daytona

2 p.m. on NBCSN – FIVB Grand Slam Volleyball

4 p.m. on NBC – FIVB Grand Slam Volleyball

4 p.m. on NBCSN – F1 Austrian Grand Prix (Encore)

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – F1 Extra (Encore)

10:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open

 

PBC ON NBC

This Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a highly anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs). After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side.

 

MOTORSPORTS

NBCSN continues its extensive coverage of the 2015 Formula One season this weekend with a live presentation of the Austrian Grand Prix this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live coverage of qualifying begins Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET, prior to race coverage on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. F1 Extra, NBCSN’s pre- and post-race show, will air at 10 a.m. ET, following the F1 Austrian Grand Prix.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. NBCSN will also provide GP2 coverage from Austria on Saturday night at 9 p.m. ET.

In addition to NBC Sports Group’s F1 coverage, NBC continues its coverage of the Red Bull Global RallyCross season with this week’s event from Daytona International Speedway on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.

Toby Moody (play-by-play) will call the action, alongside NBC Sports Group motorsports analyst Townsend Bell and reporter Kristen Kenney.

 

DEW TOUR

NBC Sports Group will kick off its coverage of the 2015 Dew Tour season Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, from Chicago, Ill., featuring many of the world’s best skateboard and BMX athletes.

Todd Harris, Chris Miller, Paul Zitzer and Carolyn Manno call the action from Grant Park Plaza in Chicago.

 

VOLLEYBALL

NBC Sports Group presents coverage of the FIVB Grand Slam of Volleyball this weekend, beginning Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage continues Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN before moving to NBC at 4 p.m. ET.

Kevin Wong, Chris Marlowe and Dain Blanton will call the action from St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

GOLF

Golf Channel’s Live From the U.S. Open continues its extensive coverage of the 115th U.S. Open from Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. Weekend coverage begins tonight at 11 p.m. ET following the second round, and continues with coverage surrounding the third round Saturday at 11 a.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. Championship Sunday coverage begins at 11 a.m. ET, and continues at the conclusion of the final round at 10:30 p.m. ET.

Anchoring the network’s coverage of Golf Central’s Live From the U.S. Open are Rich Lerner, Brandel Chamblee, David Duval, Frank Nobilo, Kelly Tilghman, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay, Arron Oberholser, Steve Sands, Ryan Burr, Todd Lewis, Michael Breed, Tim Rosaforte and John Feinstein.

BYTES: YAHOO SPORTS – NBC SPORTS DIGITAL ALLIANCE RANKED NO. 2 AMONG ALL SPORTS DIGITAL SITES IN MAY

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL “BYTES”

June 19, 2015 – Vol. 59

Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Digital Alliance Ranked No. 2 Among All Sports Digital Sites in May

NHL, Premier League, and Triple Crown horse racing live content contributed to the Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network digital alliance maintaining its No. 2 ranking among all sports digital sites in May, with 58.4 million uniques, up 4% versus the prior year, according to multiplatform data released by comScore.

NBC Sports Group’s digital properties delivered 35 million uniques, up 23% versus the prior year. In addition, Rotoworld delivered 2.8 million uniques in May, up 52% versus the prior year.

Stanley Cup Final Up 15% in Uniques and 68% Minutes Watched on NBC Sports Live Extra

As previously announced, the 2015 Stanley Cup Final delivered 700,000 uniques and nearly 55 million minutes, up 15% and 68%, respectively, vs. the 2014 Final, which featured the Rangers and Kings (606,000 & 32.5 million).

Game 6 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final ranked No. 1 in uniques (223,000) among all authenticated NHL games on NBC Sports Live Extra ever. The game peaked at 136,500 uniques in the 10 p.m. ET hour. Ending in regulation, the game ranked No. 3 all-time for NHL games on Live Extra, delivering 11.1 million minutes. Uniques and minutes were up 43% and 76%, respectively, vs. the previous Game 6 in 2013 between the Blackhawks and Bruins (156,000 & 6.3 million).

For the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs (88 games), the post-season delivered 1.833 million uniques and 252.4 million minutes, up 13% and 42%, respectively, vs. 2014 (91 games; 1.624 million & 178.0 million). Click here for more information.

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

To bring fans closer to the action, NBC Sports Digital will use Periscope, a mobile application that allows users to stream live video via Twitter, to live stream the weigh-ins for this weekend’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card. Hosted by Kenny Rice, the @NBCSports Twitter handle will deliver coverage today at 6 p.m. ET, as the fighters weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Click here for more information.

The Blackhawks and Warriors are Back to Back Champs for CSN Chicago and CSN Bay Area

CSNChicago.com helped the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their 3rd Stanley Cup championship in six seasons on Monday night. On Tuesday night, CSNBayArea.com was with the Golden State Warriors as they raised the NBA Championship trophy for the first time in 40 years. CSNChicago.com’s year over year site traffic during the Blackhawks season saw an increase of 73% in uniques and 57% in VOD clips. CSNBayArea.com’s site traffic during the Warriors season was up 128% in visits, 114% in page views and 190% in uniques compared to the 2013-14 season.

CSNChicago.com’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Parade in Chicago was made available on desktop and through NBC Sports Live Extra for mobile and tablet, with over 50,000 unique visitors and 2.7 million minutes watched. CSNBayArea.com’s live stream of the NBA Championship parade in Oakland will be available on desktop and NBC Sports Live Extra today at Noon ET.

ICYMI on NBC SportsWorld, NBC Sports Digital’s Long-Form Website

NBC Sports Films’ first project, Center of Attention: The Unreal Life of Derek Sanderson, a one-hour documentary that chronicles the remarkable life of former NHL star and two-time Stanley Cup Champion Derek Sanderson, is now available on NBC SportsWorld. Click here for a link to the film.

In addition, Joe Posnanski weighs in on the Royals being poised to have up to eight MLB All-Star Game starters due to fan voting. Click here for the long-form story on NBC SportsWorld.

Sterling Hitchcock offers his top analytical takeaways as to why the Blackhawks were able to hoist the Stanley Cup yet again. Click here.

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PBC ON NBC IN PRIMETIME RETURNS TOMORROW, SAT. JUNE 20, AT 8:30 P.M. ET LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS

Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. “Showtime” Shawn Porter & Errol Spence Jr. vs. Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco

PunchTracking Technology & Skycam Make PBC on NBC Primetime Debuts

Encore Presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner Profiling the Fighters to Air Tomorrow on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 19, 2015 – Tomorrow, Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a highly-anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), fighting at a catchweight of 144lbs. Coverage on NBC begins with Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) looking to maintain his perfect record in a welterweight bout against Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs).

Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

PUNCHTRACKING TECHNOLOGY AND SKYCAM MAKE PBC ON NBC PRIMETIME DEBUTS

NBC Sports will use PunchTracking technology, which tracks the speed and force of punches thrown and landed in real-time, during Saturday’s PBC on NBC broadcast. The data are collected from small chips inside the wrist-area of the boxing gloves. A graphic overlay that illustrates where the punches hit and the associated metrics will be used in replays.

In addition, NBC will utilize a Skycam to provide unique aerial views during the broadcast.

PBC: CORNER TO CORNER ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner tomorrow leading up to the PBC on NBC broadcast.  The one-hour show takes an inside look at the lives of boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, and Errol Spence  as they prepare for their PBC on NBC bouts.

Below is the schedule for encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner on NBCSN Saturday (all times ET):

Date Time (ET) Network
Sat., June 20 1:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 4:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 7:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN

The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers debuts leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows. Click here for program highlights.

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NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in 2015, including cards on NBC and NBCSN, and NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

TWO DAYS UNTIL THE RETURN OF PBC ON NBC IN PRIMETIME, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS THIS SAT., JUNE 20, AT 8:30 P.M. ET

Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. “Showtime” Shawn Porter; Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. vs. Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco

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

Boxers Reflect on Support From Their Fathers Ahead of Father’s Day Weekend Fights

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 18, 2015 – In two days, on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a highly-anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), fighting at a catchweight of 144lbs. Coverage on NBC begins with Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) looking to maintain his perfect record in a welterweight bout against Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco (26-1, 14 KOs).

Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL TO LIVE STREAM FRIDAY’S PBC ON NBC WEIGH-INS VIA PERISCOPE

To bring fans closer to the action, NBC Sports Digital will use Periscope, a mobile application that allows users to stream live video via Twitter, to live stream the weigh-ins for this weekend’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card. Hosted by Kenny Rice, the @NBCSports Twitter handle will broadcast the fighters tomorrow, Friday, June 19, at 3 p.m. PT, as they weigh-in at the MGM Grand Garden Arena before their primetime bouts.

BOXERS REFLECT ON FAMILY SUPPORT AHEAD OF FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND FIGHTS

Ahead of their Father’s Day Weekend bouts, boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, and Errol Spence reflect on their close relationships with their fathers and children:

ADRIEN BRONER

On his relationship with his father: “My dad ‘Pops’ was the first person to take me to the boxing gym and that is where we met Coach Mike [Stafford]. My dad just knew that he wanted me to box and he took me to the right place.

“Everyone calls my dad ‘Pops’ because he’s like a dad to everyone around me – my friends, fighters in the gym…everyone.  He’s always been there 100 percent of the time.

“Me and my dad are both a little crazy. We are similar people. We are both cut from a different cloth, we like to have fun and work hard. We mesh.

“My dad usually comes to camp the last two weeks, so he is at the gym everyday leading up to the fights. When he’s not with me in the gym, he is working on cars as a mechanic in Cincinnati.

On being a father: “I love being with my kids. I like to do fun things with them and give them more than I had as a kid. I love when they come to the gym and come to my fights.

“When my youngest Adrieon was born, I was there every step of the way and now this Father’s Day is going to be even better when I win.”

SHAWN PORTER

On his relationship with his father: “My dad has always been there from sports to school and has helped me through all of it. He is an anomaly because he was always there as a single father. You don’t really find that too much in the African American community – a single dad that wants to be there for his children the way my dad has been there for me and my brother.

“Every day is kind of like Father’s Day for us. I want to make this one very memorable and it is the first of many to come. But obviously Sunday will be much better if I win.

“I feel like I make his day every day. It’s him and I. It’s what we do. You have your good days and bad days. For me being a son and an athlete, it makes me want to perform on a different level.”

ERROL SPENCE JR.

On his relationship with his father: “My dad got me started in boxing. He was a truck driver, so he used to drive overnight, and then he’ll get home 12:00 p.m. or later then take me to the gym.  After that, he’d come from the gym, it was like 5:00 or 6:00 p.m., and he would rest for one or two hours and go straight to work.

“At the time, I didn’t really think about it, but as I got older and a little bit wiser, realizing all the sacrifices that he made for me to be able to box and go to all these national tournaments and tournaments out of state.  He had to pay for the hotel, pay for food and stuff like that out of pocket.  We didn’t have any sponsors and stuff like that.

“I am proud to be named after my dad and I thank him for believing in me and pushing me to be the best I can be.

“He plays a big part of my boxing career.  He’s my supporter.  That’s my mentor.  That’s like my best friend.  For Father’s Day, I’m going to get him a win, and it’s going to be an impressive win that he’ll be proud of and he’ll love.  Without him, I know I wouldn’t be boxing. My dad will be in my corner Saturday night.”

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NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in 2015, including cards on NBC and NBCSN, and NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF 2015 DEW TOUR KICKS OFF SATURDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBC

NBC Sports Group to Present More Than 10 Hours of Dew Tour Chicago Coverage Across NBC, NBC UNIVERSO and NBC Sports Live Extra

 

Live Coverage From Grant Park Skate Plaza in Chicago, Ill.

 

Stamford, Conn. – June 17, 2015 – NBC Sports Group will kick off its coverage of the 2015 Dew Tour season Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, from Chicago, Ill. Featuring many of the world’s best skateboard and BMX athletes, NBC Sports Group will present four hours of coverage on NBC, and more than 10 hours across NBC Sports Live Extra and DewTour.com. In addition, NBC UNIVERSO, the modern sports and entertainment cable channel for Latinos, will provide Spanish-language coverage Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

The Dew Tour returns to Chicago after a five-year hiatus, and will feature the successful streetstyle competition created by the Dew Tour three years ago. The event will take place at Grant Park Skate Plaza, and will include skate and BMX street and streetstyle competitions.

 

Curren Caples and Chicago native Chaz Ortiz lead an impressive roster of skaters confirmed for the weekend, while past Dew Tour BMX champions Dennis Enarson and, Garrett Reynolds join Chicago local Brian Kachinsky in a strong field of BMX riders.

 

TELEVISION AND LIVE STREAM                              

Dew Tour Chicago will be presented on NBC, NBC UNIVERSO, NBC Sports Live Extra and DewTour.com/live. DewTour.com, the Dew Tour’s dedicated 24/7 digital platform, will stream live competitions and bring consumers exclusive Dew Tour action, interviews and behind-the-scenes access on desktops, mobile device and tablets.

 

DATE TIME COVERAGE PLATFORM
Saturday, June 20 2:30 p.m. SKB Streetstyle Final NBC / NBC UNIVERSO
Saturday, June 20 5 p.m. BMX Street Best Session Final Live Extra / DewTour.com
Sunday, June 21 1 p.m. BMX Streetstyle Final Live Extra / DewTour.com
Sunday, June 21 5 p.m. SKB Street Best Session Final Live Extra / DewTour.com
Saturday, June 27 3 p.m. SKB Street Best Session Final NBC
Saturday, August 1 3 p.m. Best of Dew Tour Chicago NBC

*All times listed are ET

 

2015 DEW TOUR EVENT SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT LOCATION
June 20-21 Dew Tour Chicago Grant Park Skate Plaza
Aug. 14-16 Dew Tour Los Angeles ACE Hotel
Dec. 10-13 Dew Tour Breckenridge Breckenridge Ski Resort

 

For additional Dew Tour event information, visit www.DewTour.com and the Dew Tour Facebook page.

 

ABOUT DEW TOUR

The Dew Tour consists of three marquee events, featuring disciplines across BMX, skateboard, freeski and snowboard (superpipe and slopestyle), with additional competitions integrated throughout the year. Dew Tour events are premium action sports and lifestyle festivals combining the best in competitions along with the Dew Tour Experience, live music performances and lifestyle showcases. The Dew Tour is broadcast on NBC, and streamed live on DewTour.com and NBC Sports Live Extra. The Dew Tour is also distributed domestically on Universal HD and Comcast SportsNet, and internationally on TVA, Fox Sports Australia, Extreme Sports Channel, ProSieben, DR and Sky TV. Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor), Paul Mitchell, Bud Light, SQUATCH Snack Sticks, Sony Mobile Communications, Verizon Wireless, Airwalk, MIKE AND IKE® Candy and U.S. Army. More information can be found at www.DewTour.com.

 

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

THREE DAYS UNTIL THE RETURN OF PBC ON NBC IN PRIMETIME, LIVE FROM LAS VEGAS THIS SAT., JUNE 20, AT 8:30 P.M. ET

Middleweight Titleholder & Corner Analyst Daniel Jacobs Makes Primetime PBC on NBC Debut

Adrien “The Problem” Broner vs. “Showtime” Shawn Porter Headlines Show

“I’m looking forward to seeing guys that I grew up with in the amateurs have this national exposure, and to call some great fights.” – Daniel Jacobs on Broner-Porter

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 17, 2015 – In three days, on Saturday, June 20 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC returns to primetime at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev., featuring a highly-anticipated showdown between former titleholders Adrien “The Problem” Broner (30-1, 22 KOs) and “Showtime” Shawn Porter (25-1-1, 16 KOs), fighting at a catchweight of 144lbs. Coverage begins with the undefeated Errol Spence Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) vs. hard-hitting veteran Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (37-3, 23 KOs) in a welterweight bout.

Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, and analysts “Sugar” Ray Leonard and B.J. Flores call the action. Al Michaels hosts, current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs serves as a corner analyst in his primetime PBC on NBC debut, and Kenny Rice reports from ring-side. After the NBC show, live boxing continues on NBCSN at 11 p.m. ET.

DANIEL JACOBS MAKES PRIMETIME PBC ON NBC DEBUT

Current middleweight titleholder Daniel Jacobs (29-1-0, 26 KOs), previews Saturday’s NBC bouts and his primetime broadcast debut:

On Garcia-Spence: “This fight, for both guys, is the hump in their careers. Both guys have to win this fight in order to get into title contention. This fight is the stepping stone – with primetime exposure – to be recognized as top contenders in their division.”

On Broner-Porter: “This fight is extremely interesting because I’ve known both guys since the amateurs, and I consider both to be my friends. It’ll be hard to see them go at it – but this is boxing. I’ve fought friends before myself, so it’s nothing that we’re not used to. It’s also interesting, because both guys are from the same state and have been raised in the same boxing programs. When you make it to this level – when both guys have been world champions – it’s very rare to have guys from the same place fight each other. Stylistically, I’m thinking this fight is destined for greatness. This will be one of the best PBC matchups that we’ve seen thus far. I’m sure the fans feel the same way.”

On balancing training and broadcasting: “I’m fighting on August 1st – I’ve never been in the position where I’ve had to work on TV and train for a fight. It just enhances my level of focus. It’s putting my mind in the right place. I’ve always just had to worry about boxing and training, never anything else. Trying to juggle that is a challenge, but one I am up for and looking forward to.”

On overcoming cancer, becoming a title holder and a primetime broadcaster: “I was talking about it with my girlfriend the other day and she said, ‘You know what? I feel like your life is like a movie.’ I feel the same way. God has blessed me so much, and has allowed my life to look like an Oscar-nominated movie, right? Things have just been going so perfectly. Never would I have imagined stepping into the ring again and becoming a world champion, and to be the first cancer survivor to do so. I was just satisfied with coming back into the ring and fighting. But now, I’m having all of these other opportunities and I’m trying to take advantage of it because I realize how my life is perceived and how people view me now, as an inspiration. The position that I’m in is very rare.”

PBC: CORNER TO CORNER ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner leading up to Saturday’s broadcast.  The one-hour show takes an inside look at the lives of boxers Adrien Broner, Shawn Porter, Errol Spence and Roberto Garcia, as they prepare for their PBC on NBC bouts.

Below is the schedule for encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner on NBCSN (all times ET):

 

Date Time (ET) Network
Wed., June 17 Midnight (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 1:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 4:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 20 7:30 p.m. (Encore) NBCSN

 

The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers debuts leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows. Click here for program highlights.

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NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) coverage in 2015, including cards on NBC and NBCSN, and NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–