One Week Until NHL Regular Season Begins On NBCSN – Wednesday, October 8

nhl_nbc_2NBC Sports Group “NHL Faceoff” Conference Call TODAY At 4 P.M. ET

Doubleheader Begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Boston Bruins Hosting Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry

2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings Host San Jose Sharks at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Minnesota Wild Host Colorado Avalanche in 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff Rematch Thursday, Oct. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN to Air Hour-Long NHL Season Preview Special at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 7

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 1, 2013 – Coming off the most-watched NHL full regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2006, NBC Sports Group begins its coverage of the 2014-15 NHL regular season with an opening night doubleheader on October 8 on NBCSN, starting at 7:30 p.m. ET when Milan Lucic and the Boston Bruins host Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday Night Rivalry.

Coverage continues at 10 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Quick and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings raise their 2014 Stanley Cup banner to the STAPLES Center rafters, before opening the 2014-15 campaign against Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre-game and post-game show. Opening week coverage continues on Thursday from St. Paul, Minn., when the Minnesota Wild host the Colorado Avalanche at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call Flyers-Bruins from TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will call Sharks-Kings from Los Angeles. John Forslund (play-by-play) and McGuire (analyst) will call Avalanche-Wild on Thursday.

Liam McHugh hosts NHL Live from Studio 2 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., and will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP “NHL FACEOFF” CONFERENCE CALL TODAY AT 4 P.M. ET

NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL broadcast team of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside the Glass’ Analyst), as well as NBC Sports and NBCSN’s executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming 2014-15 NHL season on a media conference call today at 4 p.m. ET.

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NHL SEASON PREVIEWTUESDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Prior to puck drop on Wednesday night, NBCSN will break down the 2013-14 regular season with an hour-long edition of NHL Season Preview, airing live on Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET. NHL Live’s Liam McHugh will host the show alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, and Jeremy Roenick.  Tuesday’s show will also feature segments with McGuire and Olczyk on-site from TD Garden in Boston, previewing Flyers-Bruins on Wednesday.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, will stream all 2014-15 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

NHL LIVE ON NBCSN

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live pre-game and post-game studio show, provides insight and analysis for every NHL game on NBC and NBCSN.  NHL Live will usually begin 30 minutes prior to game time, with post-game coverage airing immediately after the conclusion of the game.

NBC Sports Group’s Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones from the International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Hosts Kathryn Tappen and former NHL players and analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, will also contribute throughout the season.

NHL RIVALS AND NHL TOP 10 RETURN FOR 2014-15

NBCSN’s NHL Rivals and NHL Top 10 programs will return for the 2014-15 season, examining the greatest NHL rivalries and analyzing timeless hockey debates on iconic NHL teams, players and moments in the sport’s history. NHL Rivals premieres this season on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET with a special Original Six edition, prior to the Wednesday, Oct. 15 matchup between the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.

NHL Rivals airs each week on Tuesday at 10:30 p.m. ET, and examines the matchup featured on Wednesday Night Rivalry the following evening.

NHL Top 10, which will airs each week following NHL Rivals, will dive deep into some of the most timeless debates hockey fans have discussed for decades. The weekly countdown program will run the gamut of hockey “bests,” including top goal-scorers and U.S.-born players, featuring commentary and analysis from current and former players, broadcasters and writers.

Following is next week’s NHL telecast schedule on NBCSN:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tues., October 7 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Season Preview NBCSN 8 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 9 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Season Preview (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., October 8 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., October 9 Colorado at Minnesota NBCSN 9 p.m.

NHL ON NBC POSTS RECORD RATINGS IN 2013-14

NBC Sports Group’s NHL coverage drew record ratings during the 2013-14 NHL campaign, notching some of the highest regular-season, postseason and Stanley Cup Final ratings over the last 20 years.

  • The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 1.445 million viewers on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, making it the second-most watched postseason since NBC Sports Group began its exclusive coverage in 2005-06.
  • The 2014 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.
  • 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).
  • The 2013-14 regular season set viewership records for NBC and NBCSN. NBCSN averaged 351,000 viewers over 88 telecasts, making it the most-watched regular season since NBC Sports Group began exclusive coverage in 2005-06. In addition, NBC averaged 1.683 million viewers over 13 games, making it the most-watched regular season on NBCSN since 2005-06.
  • 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). 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.

2014-15 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2014-15 season, featuring 14 games on NBC and 89 games on NBCSN. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive NHL coverage this season.

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NHL markets such as Boston (Bruins), Philadelphia (Flyers), Washington D.C. (Capitals), Chicago (Blackhawks) and the Bay Area (Sharks), will air more than 300 live NHL games and surround the 2014-15 NHL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S DIGITAL AND SOCIAL NHL COVERAGE


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Notes & Quotes From Football Night In America – Week 4

FNIA-nfl-nbc“The rest of the NFC North needs to worry because that Packers offense is back.” – Dungy

“The celebrations, the pushing, the shoving — this is just silly.” – Harrison on Steelers penalties

“There is no momentum right now for Roger Goodell’s job to be in jeopardy.” – King, on conversations with eight owners/senior team officials

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 28, 2014 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Alex Flanagan reported from Levis Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on the Eagles-49ers game.

Elliott interviewed Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten. Patrick reported on some of the NFL’s Hispanic Heritage Month efforts.

ON LEAGUE ISSUES

King: “The last few days, I’ve talked to eight owners or prominent club officials in the NFL about the future of Commissioner Roger Goodell…there is no momentum right now for Roger Goodell’s job to be in jeopardy, but I say that with an asterisk. The owners want to see what is in the Robert Mueller report. The former FBI director is compiling a report, doing some interviews right now. No sign of when that’s going to be done. But the last thing I would say is that these owners are very concerned with the long-term image damage to the game.”

Florio on Ray Rice: “It’s not just the Mueller investigation, but Ray Rice still has an appeal pending of his indefinite suspension. A week ago, it would appear that Commissioner Roger Goodell was poised to name a hearing officer to handle that appeal, that hasn’t happened. I’m told that the NFL and the NFL Players Association are working together. There’s a chance that this process of the Ray Rice appeal could be nudged back until after the Muller investigation concludes.”

King on NFL games in London: “The game in London today was the first of three games and the NFL, in 2015, will be doing an instant replay. Also, three games in 2015 at Wembley Stadium.”

Florio on London games: “The talk continues of eventually moving a franchise to London, but there are plenty of logistical hurdles and obstacles to actually putting a team there on a full-time basis. It continues to be a very real possibility that instead of moving a team, the NFL would simply play eight regular-season games there a year, involving different teams.”

ON EAGLES AND 49ERS

Dungy on Eagles offense failing to score TD at end of game: “LeSean McCoy is a great back. Give him a chance from the one-and-a-half yard line.”

Patrick: “But give credit to the 49ers defense…They didn’t allow them to run the ball or pass the ball.”

Dungy: “I don’t think Philly had confidence running at that point because they had gotten stuffed all game.”

Dungy on 49ers: “I love what the San Francisco 49ers did. They needed a win. They went back to their formula, played great defense and ran Frank Gore. This was a big win for them.”

ON PACKERS

Dungy: “The rest of the NFC North needs to worry because that Packers offense is back.”

Harrison on Aaron Rodgers: “He proved today why he is the best quarterback in the league.”

ON LIONS

Collinsworth on emergence of Golden Tate: “Now you have someone opposite Calvin Johnson…Now (defenses) have to start balancing that out a little bit? You’ve got issues when you play the Detroit Lions.”

ON JETS

Harrison: “You have to consider giving Michael Vick an opportunity.”

Dungy on switching to Michael Vick: “I would make the switch if I were trying to win this year. If I’m trying to see if Geno Smith is my quarterback of the future, I’d stick with him.”

Dungy reacting to Rex Ryan press conference during which he said about the team’s problems ‘I don’t believe it rests on one man’: “Rex was right. This was more than just Geno Smith ups and downs.”

Harrison on Michael Vick: “If I’m a player in that locker room, I don’t want to listen to a coach telling me, ‘Hey, this is future stuff.’ Whatever…I have a proven veteran quarterback on the bench. I want to win right now. My career is not guaranteed…”

Dungy: “Are you changing quarterbacks now?”

Harrison: “I have to give Michael Vick an opportunity. You’re 1-3, you still have to play the Patriots twice, and Geno, he doesn’t have any confidence.”

ON STEELERS

Dungy on Steelers penalties: “Just the way (Mike) Tomlin explained it, undisciplined, six 15-yard penalties. You’re trying to run the clock out and you get penalties there, silly.”

Harrison: “This is very frustrating because this is a penalty that you can avoid. The celebrations, the pushing, the shoving — this is just silly.”

Patrick: “But you have this players coach. It seems like it’s coming back to haunt Mike Tomlin.”

ON BUCCANEERS

Harrison: “You have to give Coach Lovie Smith some credit. After that debacle in Atlanta, they could have easily had the mindset of, ‘Oh, here we go again.’ But they hung in there and won a game.”

ON VIKINGS

Dungy on Teddy Bridgewater: “It is amazing when you get good quarterback play. It makes the whole team play better, and Teddy Bridgewater was poised. He was accurate. He was special today in his first start.”

Harrison: “The athleticism is obvious, but the thing I liked about him was his body language. He was relaxed. He was poised. And even in tense situations, he was cool. He kind of reminded me of Russell Wilson.”

ON PANTHERS

Harrison: “I’m really concerned about that team because you look at the injuries on both offense and defense. That defense seems to have regressed a little bit. They don’t have any great playmakers in the secondary. They’re getting physically dominated at the line of scrimmage. They’re missing tackles. This team is in trouble and they have to play the Chicago Bears coming up.”

ON TEXANS

Harrison on J.J. Watt: “You tell me one guy that plays harder or with more passion and heart than J.J. Watt.”

Dungy: “And that is a coach’s dream – when your best player is your hardest worker and sets the tempo.”

Patrick to Harrison: “Didn’t you say Houston was garbage last week?”

Harrison (laughing): “I’m still not a believer. I love J.J. Watt, you’re one of my favorites, but I’m still not a believer.”

ON SAINTS

Dungy on team’s road struggles: “I think it’s the pass protection. I think they have problems dealing with the noise on the road.”

ON COWBOYS

Harrison on importance of Cowboys rushing game: “The more you take it out of Tony Romo’s hands, the less opportunity he has to turn the ball over.”

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

JASON WITTEN WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

Note: A core element of Jason Witten’s SCORE Foundation is the prevention of domestic violence. In 2012, Witten was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, which is granted to the player who demonstrates outstanding contributions to society off-the-field while handling himself in an exemplary fashion in uniform. For more information on Witten’s foundation, click here http://www.jasonwitten82.com/ssp/foundation

Elliott: What’s it been like to see the issue thrust to the forefront?

Witten: “It’s disappointing in general to see what has taken place in the NFL. Having said that, I think people are now becoming aware that this is something that has been going on for a long time, not just in the NFL, but on a bigger scale in our country. There are so many guys in the NFL that are doing so many good things. I’ve been fortunate to understand my story, and my path to where I am today, and realize you have a platform and opportunities and that you’re role models. That’s something you need to demand of yourself and demand of others to be on the outreach, and let people know that we can put a stop to this.”

Elliott: What more can we do?

Witten: “As athletes, in general, you’re big and you’re strong and have the opportunity to stop it. I look at my own life and my example. Now, I’m a father of three and I’ve put a stop to that, not being afraid to step out. We all make mistakes, I understand that, but there is a standard which we have to create and demand from each other that we can’t accept domestic violence in our country.”

Elliott: What do you think of the way the league has handled it, weathered it and looked ahead?

Witten: “They were all disappointed in the way it all went down in the last couple weeks. I thought Commissioner Goodell did a good job of standing up and owning it and saying ‘we made a mistake.’ I think as players, obviously mistakes were made. But, at the same time, you’re in the spotlight and you have an obligation and responsibility as athletes. These have been dark days for the NFL, but (it’s) a game we love and I think there’s a lot of integrity inside the NFL. Not only in the league office, but players and coaches across this country that understand and respect the opportunity that they have. This league will be fine because falling back on the shoulders of the integrity of the men that make this game what it is.”

On the success of his career: “I could’ve never dreamed that it would turn into this. I always had high expectations for myself that maybe I could be a good player; maybe, possibly a great player. But I was just so focused on working hard and getting better and just trying to be an asset to a team and early on, getting drafted into this franchise, and trying to put one foot in front of the other and become a better football player.”

On nearing 10,000 yards and becoming third TE ever to hit that mark: “I’m humbled just to hear that. You think of Shannon Sharpe and Tony Gonzalez, they’re two of the greatest ever to play the game. It’s a humbling experience to think when you come into the league that maybe one day you’d have a chance to join that group.”

On how important a Super Bowl is to him: “It’s everything. It’s what motivates me every day. You look back and say the last three years playing in Week 17 for the division and coming up short each year to a different divisional opponent – it’s tough…When you play for this franchise, they’re out to get you and they want to beat you. You have to be your best when your best is needed and that’s what we’re trying to create right now.”

On the motivation that comes from criticism: “I don’t think that people think we’re a very good football team. For us, after the last three years coming up short, there’s been a mindset of we haven’t played good enough at key times to win and compete.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Broncos – Seahawks Super Bowl Rematch Featured In New Episode Of “NFL Turning Point” Tonight 10 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NFL-Turning-PointEpisode To Include:

Seahawks OT Win Over Broncos and Eagles Victory Against Redskins

Film Study with Browns T Joe Thomas

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick and Giants WR Victor Cruz Wired-For-Sound

NFL Turning Point Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick

Stamford, Conn. – September 23, 2014 – Sunday’s thrilling Super Bowl XLVIII rematch between Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos vs. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks headlines tonight’s night’s episode of NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s Emmy Award-nominated weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films. Airing at 10 p.m. ET, the all new episode will analyze the key moments that defined Sunday’s matchup, and review how Seattle’s offense ultimately led the team to victory.

In addition, this week’s installment will include spotlight features on Redskins - Eagles, a film study with Cleveland Browns T Joe Thomas, and wired-for-sound segments with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Giants WR Victor Cruz.

Hosted by Football Night In America’s Dan Patrick, the hour-long program will air throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl.

This week’s episode features:

  • Broncos – Seahawks: NFL Turning Point examines Sunday’s game between Denver and Seattle, and highlights how the two teams matched up against each other in their first meeting since last year’s Super Bowl. NFL Films showcases how the Seahawks’ defense prevented the Broncos from scoring for most of the game, reviews how QB Peyton Manning and Denver’s offense orchestrated a fourth quarter comeback to tie the game, and analyzes the game-winning performance of QB Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in OT.
  • Redskins – Eagles: NFL Films examines the offensive shootout between the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, and shines a spotlight on the play of Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and Eagles QB Nick Foles.
  • Joe Thomas: NFL Turning Point features an exclusive film study with Browns T Joe Thomas, in which Thomas discusses the Browns’ 2014 campaign.

Wednesday night’s episode will also feature wired-for-sound segments with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Giants WR Victor Cruz.

Each week Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point is built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and focuses on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show also features anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

In 2014 NBCSN will air a total of 22 episodes, running throughout the entire NFL season, including the playoffs and Super Bowl. The season finale, scheduled to air on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, will look back at the turning point of Super Bowl XLIX.

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Sunday Night Football Presents First NFL Regular Season Game at Levi’s Stadium as Colin Kaepernick and The 49ers Host Jay Cutler and The Chicago Bears

FNIA-nfl-nbcCoverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Bears-49ers

NFL Turning Point Season Premiere Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Has Comprehensive Post-Game Coverage Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – September 10, 2014 – Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears (0-1) travel to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., to take on Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers (1-0) on Sunday Night Football, in the first NFL regular-season game at Levi’s Stadium. Coverage begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Calling Bears-49ers is seven-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 29th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 15-time Emmy Award-winner Cris Collinsworth, who has won the Emmy for Outstanding Event Analyst in each of his five seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and two-time Emmy Award-winning sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

NBC’s coverage of Sunday Night Football is led by Emmy Award-winning producer Fred Gaudelli and Emmy Award-winning director Drew EsocoffSunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series for a record six consecutive years.

Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports, is hosted by 26-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas, who will report from Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Collinsworth, Tafoya, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward, and NBC Sports commentator Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1 and will be joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN and NBCSports.com, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno will report from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on the Jets-Packers game.

BEARS-49ERS PREVIEW VIDEO:

Tony Dungy previews Bears-49ers: “I think we’ll see a high-scoring game. San Francisco’s offense clicked better in Dallas last week than it had in the preseason. Chicago has a lot of weaponry on offense with Jay Cutler and Matt Forte. The Bears are going to put points up.”

In addition to the weekly Sunday Night Football and Football Night in America broadcasts, NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage also includes digital content and social media extensions, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

For the seventh consecutive season, Sunday Night Football will be streamed live online. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product, will stream all SNF games to desktops and tablets. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcast of SNF. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, and on select tablet devices within Google Play.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL DIGITAL COVERAGE

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ALL-ACCESSFor the fifth straight season, and with a new look and feel, NBCSports.com provides a destination for fans dedicated to behind-the-scenes and social media driven content of Sunday Night Football. SNF All-Access includes exclusive photos and videos of the Sunday Night Football production team, look-ins on SNF production meetings, Michele Tafoya’s “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with NFL players, and conversations with SNF and FNIA talent. In addition to the behind-the-scenes photos & videos, SNF All-Access houses all of the social media conversation surrounding SNF. Fans can access tweets from across the league, view Instagram photos, and check out which players and topics are trending all within one experience.

Visit SNF All-Access at: http://snfallaccess.nbcsports.com/

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SOCIAL MEDIA:

  • SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – The Sunday Night Football Facebook page provides stories, photos and videos exclusively behind-the-scenes at SNF every week. The page aggregates all SNF-related content found within the NBC Sports digital network, including NBCSports.comSNF All AccessProFootballTalk.com, and Rotoworld.com, and hosts fan-focused contests and sweepstakes throughout the season
  • SNF ON TWITTER: twitter.com/SNFonNBC – Using tweets, photos, Vines and videos, @SNFonNBC provides unique content with SNF talent, production crew and NFL players. Additionally, Michele Tafoya will provide real-time tweets from the sideline throughout the game.
  • SNF ON INSTAGRAM: Going into its fourth season, Sunday Night Football gives the SNF fan a look at photos through the filters of Instagram. Fans get a look inside the production trucks, the locker rooms, on the field and around each SNF city. In addition, fans get an exclusive look through Instagram of what life is like on the sideline, as our social media producer captures the best photos of Sunday night and posts in real time.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL BUS

NBC Sports Group’s Sunday Night Football bus returns this season to travel the country visiting the host cities of all 17 Sunday Night Football games, NFL Kickoff 2014, and NBC’s Wild Card and Divisional Playoff games. The SNF bus will also be on-site all week leading up to the crowning of the Super Bowl XLIX champion in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

The bus arrives in each city two to three days prior to the game, making stops at local landmarks and events before heading to the game site on Sunday. In each city fans will have the opportunity to interact with America’s most-watched primetime television show via exclusive memorabilia, and an interactive 55-inch touch screen housing social media elements, photos and video.

As the Sunday Night Football bus makes its way from NFL Kickoff to the Super Bowl, it travels with a replica Vince Lombardi Trophy that will be available for fan photos. From the life-size NFL player and Carrie Underwood images on the bus’ exterior, and the Vince Lombardi Trophy and “Photo Bomb” wall featuring NFL players on the inside, fans will have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.

NBCSPORTS.COM/FOLLOWSNF

Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF. The site includes an interactive map of where the bus has been, and where it’s traveling next, allowing fans to take a virtual #SNFRoadTrip, which began at NFL Kickoff on Sept. 4 and continues all the way to the ultimate Sunday night of them all, Super Bowl XLIX  #SB49. In addition, fans can also participate in a tweet contest to show their team pride and see which team is leading in mentions each week.

A dedicated producer will collect photos and create videos of the bus’ travels and the cast of characters it encounters along the way. Life on the road with the Sunday Night Football bus will be featured on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as aggregated on NBCSports.com/FollowSNF using #SNFRoadTrip.

“THE SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

For the third consecutive season NBC Sports presents “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom-made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter can keep up with “The Sunday Night Football” on the SNF Facebook page, follow its path through each city and recommend where it should visit while in town. In addition, fans can visit NBCSports.com/FollowSNF.

At the end of each SNF game, “The Sunday Night Football” will be signed by the player of the game. Photos, video and stories around “The Sunday Night Football” and its travels will live on Facebook, Twitter, and SNF All-Access.

To help fans continue the conversation about the Sunday Night Football bus and “The Sunday Night Football,” NBCSports.com/FollowSNF will aggregate tweets and Instagram posts utilizing #SNF. The feed will include NBC Sports’ NFL experts, players, teams, and others talking about SNF and their interactions with the bus and the ball.

NFL TURNING POINT SEASON PREMIERE TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

The fourth season of the Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly NFL show co-produced by NFL Films and hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick, debuts tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Tonight’s episode breaks down the Denver Broncos season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, and includes spotlight features on FalconsSaints and RavensBengals, a film study with Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall, and a wired for sound segment with New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.

Each week Turning Point will be built around select NFL matchups from the previous weekend, and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moments that ultimately defined the outcome of each game. The show will also feature anatomy-of-a-play type segments and long form, Game-of-the-Week style narratives that include the pre-game and post-game access, sideline sounds, jaw-dropping cinematography and incredible storytelling that is synonymous with NFL Films.

PRO FOOTBALL TALK ON NBCSN WEEKNIGHTS, 5:30 P.M. ET

Pro Football Talk, NBCSN’s daily NFL studio show co-hosted by Mike Florio and Paul Burmeister, airs at 5:30 p.m. ET every Monday through Friday. In addition to diving deep on the most topical NFL stories of the day, Pro Football Talk provides all-encompassing coverage of the NFL, including the most current news and analysis, engaging features, thought-provoking debates, and interviews with a wide variety of NFL newsmakers.

The show regularly features a roster of NBC Sports football commentators who share a combined eight Super Bowl titles and 169 seasons of NFL experience, including Cris Collinsworth, Tony DungyHines Ward, Doug Flutie, Jason Taylor, Takeo Spikes, Brian Westbrook, Ross Tucker, Jon Ritchie and longtime NFL coach Kevin Gilbride. In addition, Mike Ryan, who boasts 26 NFL seasons of athletic training experience, appears on select telecasts to provide perspective on injuries and sports medicine.

FANTASY FOOTBALL LIVE ON NBCSN TUESDAY – THURSDAY NIGHTS, 6:30 P.M. ET

Building off of Yahoo! Sports’ popular Sunday live streaming show of the same name, Fantasy Football Live is a live and on-demand, multi-platform, fantasy football program that airs Tuesday through Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN combines the best fantasy football expertise from Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports, including unique metrics from Yahoo! Sports’ leading fantasy football platform, and full integration with NBC Sports’ premier fantasy sports information site, Rotoworld.com.

Hosted by NBC Sports’ Dave Briggs,  Fantasy Football Live features a roster of Yahoo Sports, NBC Sports and Rotoworld fantasy analysts, including Rotoworld’s Kay Adams, as well as Yahoo Sports’ Brad EvansBrandon Funston and Andy Behrens.

NBCSN SUNDAY SPORTS REPORT SUNDAY NIGHTS, 11:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report, a new, weekly, one-hour program that showcases the news and highlights of the sports properties that are carried by NBC Sports Group, airs every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Hosted by Liam McHugh, NBCSN Sunday Sports Report goes in-depth into the high-profile sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, IndyCar and more.

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report originates from Studio 3 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

During the NFL season, Rodney Harrison and Mike Florio will join McHugh in studio. In addition, Cris Collinsworth, Hines Ward, Josh Elliott and Michele Tafoya will report from the site of each Sunday Night Football game.

NBC SPORTS RADIO

NBC Sports Radio will surround the 2014 NFL season with daily coverage on 439 radio affiliates, highlighted by McNabb and Malone; an all-sports show that leverages the unique perspective of two former NFL quarterbacks, and Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison; featuring three-time All Pro and two-time Super Bowl-winner Rodney Harrison.

To listen to a live stream of NBC Sports Radio, or find your local affiliate, visit www.NBCSportsRadio.com

NBC SPORTS REGIONAL NETWORKS

NBC Sports Regional Networks, which serve top NFL markets such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Houston and San Francisco, will surround the 2014 NFL season with in-depth news, analysis and original programming on the teams that matter most in more than 43 million U.S. households.

NFL KICKOFF WEEKEND GAMES ON NBC RANK AS #1 AND #2 PRIMETIME SHOWS FOR WEEK

NBC averaged 25.3 million viewers for two NFL Kickoff Weekend games – Seattle’s 36-16 win over Green Bay on Thursday, and Denver’s 31-24 victory over Indianapolis on the debut of Sunday Night Football – which ranked as primetime television’s two most-watched programs last week, according to official national data released by The Nielsen Company.

The Seahawks’ 20-point victory in the Thursday “NFL Kickoff” game was the most-watched primetime show of the week (Sept. 1-7), with an average of 26.9 million viewers. The Sunday Night Football opener, in which Denver jumped out to a 24-0 first-half lead, averaged 23.7 million viewers and ranked as primetime television’s #2 show of the week.

NBC has averaged more than 25 million viewers on NFL Kickoff Weekend (two-game average) for five consecutive seasons.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s live streams of “NFL Kickoff” and Sunday Night Football generated records as the highest-trafficked non-Olympic, non-Super Bowl, single-game live stream in NBC Sports Digital history (Green Bay-Seattle), and the most-consumed Sunday Night Football opener (Indianapolis-Denver).

Thursday’s Packers-Seahawks consumption of more than 25 million minutes on NBC Sports Live Extra topped the prior non-Olympic, non-Super Bowl record set in last year’s thrilling Week 12 “Manning-Brady XIV” SNF game, won 34-31 in overtime by New England (21.3 million).

Fans consumed nearly 19.2 million minutes of Sunday night’s Colts-Broncos game, which is the best-ever for an SNF opener, and up 60% vs. last year’s SNF opener.

2014 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season including NBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

2014 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
DATE WEEK MATCHUP
Sun. Sept. 14 Week 2 Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers
Sun. Sept. 21 Week 3 Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers
Sun. Sept. 28 Week 4 New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys
*Sun. Oct. 5 Week 5 Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots
*Sun. Oct. 12 Week 6 New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Oct. 19 Week 7 San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos
*Sun. Oct. 26 Week 8 Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints
*Sun. Nov. 2 Week 9 Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers
*Sun. Nov. 9 Week 10 Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers
*Sun. Nov. 16 Week 11 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts
*Sun. Nov. 23 Week 12 Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants
**Thurs. Nov. 27 Week 13 Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
*Sun. Nov. 30 Week 13 Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs
*Sun. Dec. 7 Week 14 New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers
*Sun. Dec. 14 Week 15 Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles
*Sun. Dec. 21 Week 16 Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
*Sun. Dec. 28 Week 17 TBA
   

*Flex Week

** Thanksgiving Night Game

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“Titulares Telemundo” Presenta Un Fin De Semana De Cobertura Total Con Cuauhtémoc Blanco Y Miguel Herrera

Telemundo Media

Entrevistas exclusivas este sábado 13 y domingo 14 a las 11PM/10C, además toda la cobertura, desde Las Vegas, de la pelea por la revancha entre Floyd Mayweather Jr. y Marcos “Chino” Maidana 

Miami -11 de septiembre de 2014- Telemundo presenta un fin de semana de cobertura total en “Titulares Telemundo”, comenzando el sábado 13 de septiembre a las 11PM/10C con una entrevista exclusiva con el futbolista y leyenda de la Selección Mexicana, Cuauhtémoc Blanco. El astro mexicano, quien milita actualmente en el Puebla de la Liga MX, hablará sobre cuándo y en qué escuadra le gustaría retirarse, cuáles son sus planes después de colgar los botines y su particular punto de vista de la selección tricolor.

Asimismo, desde Las Vegas, el especializado equipo de “Titulares Telemundo” cubrirá la esperada pelea de revancha entre Floyd Mayweather Jr. y el argentino Marcos “Chino” Maidana. Nuestro corresponsal Francisco Cuevas será el encargado de compartir el sábado 13 y domingo 14, todo lo que arroje este combate.

Por su parte, Andrés Cantor viajará a Panamá para hablar frente a frente y en exclusiva con el Director Técnico de la Selección Mexicana de Fútbol, Miguel “El Piojo” Herrera. Todo lo que el galardonado presentador deportivo de Telemundo hablará con el estratega mexicano será transmitido el domingo 14 de septiembre en el horario habitual de “Titulares Telemundo”, 11PM/10C.

World Series Of Fighting Returns To NBCSN Highlighted By Catchweight Bout This Sat., September 13, at 9 P.M. ET

NBCSN_LogoMarlon Moraes vs. Cody Bollinger in Catchweight Bout

Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Keon Caldwell in Lightweight Bout

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All Bouts

STAMFORD, Conn. – September 11, 2014 – World Series of Fighting returns to NBCSN this Saturday, September 13 at 9 p.m. ET highlighted by reigning WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes (13-4-1) vs. Cody “The Cali Cowboy” Bollinger (16-2), fighting at a catchweight of 140 lbs.

The co-main event features Ozzy Dugulubgov (5-2) facing knockout artist Keon “The Black Assassin” Caldwell (10-2, eight wins by knockout) in the lightweight division. Saturday’s card also features bouts between Timur “Lucky” Valiev (7-1), undefeated in his past seven fights, and Isiah “The Beast” Chapman (6-1) in the bantamweight division; and submission specialist Frankie Perez (8-1, five wins by submission) facing Tom Marcellino (7-2) in the lightweight division.

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

NBC Sports Live Extra: NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream World Series of Fighting on NBCSN. 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.

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.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Between the Washington Capitals & Chicago Blackhawks To Be Held at Nationals Park

nhl-logo2015 BRIDGESTONE NHL WINTER CLASSIC BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS AND CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS ON JAN. 1 TO BE HELD AT NATIONALS PARK

Capitals Set to Unveil Special NHL Winter Classic Uniforms During Media Event Planned for Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Ballpark

NEW YORK (September 10, 2014) – The National Hockey League announced today that the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals on Jan. 1, 2015, will be held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. The annual, outdoor celebration of hockey will be televised live nationally on NBC in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA in Canada at 1 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

“The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® has made New Year’s Day a highlight of the season for NHL fans everywhere,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Nationals Park provides an ideal setting for all the excitement, entertainment and fun as the Blackhawks and Capitals bring our outdoor tradition to historic Washington, D.C.”

Both the Capitals and Blackhawks will be making their second appearance in the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, with the Capitals hosting the game for the first time. Washington defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in front of 68,111 fans at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Jan. 1, 2011. Chicago hosted the Detroit Red Wings at historic Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, 2009, with Detroit winning 6-4.

“We are thrilled the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be played at Nationals Park as we welcome the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans to our nation’s capital,” said Capitals Majority Owner Ted Leonsis. “We are delighted the D.C. area and our great fan base will have an opportunity to experience the NHL Winter Classic, and we know that Nationals Park will provide an incredible backdrop for the game.”

“It’s an honor to be selected by the NHL to participate in the 2015 NHL Winter Classic,” said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. “This is another marquee event for the Blackhawks and we’re looking forward to spending New Year’s Day in our nation’s capital.”

“On Jan. 1, D.C. will host a great hockey game outside: the Blackhawks vs. the Capitals in Nationals Park,” said NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr. “The Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic has become a treasured tradition in our game, and the players are really looking forward to it.”

Located in Southeast Washington, south of the Capitol and adjacent to the Navy Yard, Nationals Park is home to Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. The 41,546-seat venue opened in March 2008, with panoramic views of the riverfront, Navy Yard, the surrounding city and landmarks such as the Capitol and the Washington Monument.

“We are honored to have been selected to host the NHL Winter Classic at Nationals Park,” said Mark D. Lerner, one of the Washington Nationals Principal Owners and Vice Chairman. “The Classic is one of North America’s premier sports events, and we look forward to sharing our ballpark and our city with NHL fans from around the world.”
The 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be the fourth NHL Winter Classic to be held in a baseball stadium, with the iconic New Year’s Day game previously held at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Fenway Park in Boston and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

The 2015 event will feature a Spectator Plaza outside of Nationals Park that offers hockey-themed attractions, music and fun for fans of all ages. Every Capitals full-season account holder will have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. Details on ticket availability and pricing will be sent to full Capitals season-ticket holders by the club when they become available.

In celebration of the much-anticipated outdoor game, the Capitals will unveil their 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® uniforms during a special event at Nationals Park on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at noon ET. Commissioner Bettman, Mr. Leonsis, Mr. McDonough and Mr. Lerner, along with Capitals president Dick Patrick, general manager Brian MacLellan, captain Alex Ovechkin, center Nicklas Backstrom and goaltender Braden Holtby, will attend the event and be available to the media following the ceremony.

Now an established tradition on the New Year’s Day sports calendar, the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® continues to appeal to fans everywhere. The 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® received the 2014 Sports Business Award for “Sports Event of the Year.” The 2014 event at Michigan Stadium drew 105,491 fans, a record for an NHL game. Additionally, NBC’s average broadcast audience for the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® tied as the largest for an NHL regular-season game in the U.S. in nearly four decades. Similarly, CBC’s audience was the largest audience ever for a non-playoff NHL game in Canadian broadcast history.

Bridgestone, the Official Tire of the NHL and the NHLPA, returns as title sponsor of the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® for the sixth consecutive game. The world’s largest tire and rubber company, Bridgestone was named the 2012 “Sports Sponsor of the Year” by SportsBusiness Journal and continues to find creative ways of linking the importance of performance in its products to the performance of players on the ice. For more information, visit www.bridgestonetire.com.

“The partnership with the NHL represents an important piece of Bridgestone’s commitment to sports on a global scale, and signature events like the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® provide our company with the perfect stage to showcase our high level of performance and commitment to innovation,” said Phil Pacsi, Vice President of Customer Marketing and Training at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations. “The 2015 edition promises to bring as much passion and excitement as the record-setting 2014 event, and we’re thrilled to continue the New Year’s tradition at Nationals Park.”

NHL Network™ and NHL.com will provide extensive coverage live from the event leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have exclusive coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #WinterClassic.

Additionally, the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® will be available live via NBC Sports Live Extra and Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE.

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No. 11 Notre Dame Faces Purdue Saturday In Primetime On NBC

nbc-sports-groupNotre Dame and Purdue Clash for 86th Time in Battle for the Shillelagh Trophy

Tom Hammond, Mike Mayock and Kathryn Tappen to Call Notre Dame-Purdue From Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2014 Shamrock Series

Notre Dame Pre-Game Show Countdown To Kickoff Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET Live on NBCSN with Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie and Hines Ward

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 10, 2014 – The No. 11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish look to move to 3-0 with a victory over an in-state rival this weekend, when they face the Purdue Boilermakers (1-1) in primetime on NBC at 7:30 p.m. ET this Saturday, in the 2014 Shamrock Series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Countdown To Kickoff, NBC Sports Group’s Notre Dame pre-game show.

The Fighting Irish will play the Boilermakers for the 86th time in their history, matching Navy for the most games played against a single opponent in Notre Dame’s history. Notre Dame boasts a 57-26-2 series advantage over Purdue, and has defeated the Boilermakers in their last six meetings, dating back to 2008. The two teams battle for the Shillelagh Trophy, and have played each other in every season since 1946.

Last weekend, Notre Dame ended their rivalry with Michigan, shutting out the Wolverines 31-0 at Notre Dame Stadium. Everett Golson threw for three touchdowns, including two to receiver Amir Carlisle, while the Notre Dame defense handed Michigan its first shutout since Oct. 20, 1984. Notre Dame has gained six spots in the Top 25 polls since starting the season at No. 17, following convincing wins over Rice and Michigan, outscoring the two teams by a combined 79-17. Purdue will look to rebound from a 38-17 loss at home to Central Michigan last Saturday.

Tom Hammond, former long-time Notre Dame play-by-play voice on NBC, will call Saturday’s game in Indianapolis, filling in for Dan Hicks, who will call The Tour Championship at the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup finale in Atlanta. Emmy Award-nominated analyst Mike Mayock and sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen (@KathrynTappen), who joined NBC Sports Group this year as a reporter and studio host.

Liam McHugh (@liam_mchugh) will host Countdown To Kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, on-site at Notre Dame Stadium. He will be joined by 1984 Heisman Trophy Winner Doug Flutie (@DougFlutie) and two-time Super Bowl champion Hines Ward (@MVP86HinesWard). McHugh, Flutie and Ward will also manage half-time and post-game coverage for the broadcast.

In addition to his studio duties, Flutie will also provide analysis from the sidelines during the game, analyzing specific matchups and key plays from his unique perspective.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA ONLINE & APP: NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Notre Dame Football home games.

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.

NBC Sports Live Extra online will feature a simulcast of the broadcast feed in full HD quality plus one additional online-only bonus camera. The video player will include picture-in-picture capability and full DVR functionality, allowing the user to pause the live video and even review plays in “slo-mo.”

Sideline reporter Kathryn Tappen will provide live in-game tweets from the sideline from @NDonNBC on Twitter. Additionally, fans can watch in-game highlights, live coverage of the Notre Dame and visiting teams’ bands at halftime, as well as live postgame footage that will include head coach Brian Kelly’s press conference.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY

All remaining Notre Dame Football home games this season will be telecast across select markets in Asia, exclusively on Fox Sports Asia. Coverage in Asia will include Cambodia, China, Guam, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. A live stream of all Notre Dame Football home games will be available via Fox Sports Play in those markets.

In Latin America, Fighting Irish home games will be televised on ESPN Latin America, to markets including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Venezuela. A live stream of all Notre Dame Football home games will be available in select Latin America markets via ESPN Play, Watch ESPN or ESPN3.com.au. A grid highlighting availability in specific locations is listed below.

Outside of Asia and Latin America, coverage of Notre Dame Football home games will be available online via NBC Sports Live Extra –NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets. Click here for more info: www.nbcsportsliveextra.com.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL ON NBC

Following this Saturday’s game against Purdue, NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame football continues Saturday, Oct. 4 when they host No. 15 Stanford at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

The following is the NBC Sports Group 2014 Notre Dame Football schedule (all times ET)

Date Opponent Pre-Game Network Game Time Network
Saturday, Sept. 13 Purdue* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN 7:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Oct. 4 Stanford 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Oct. 11 North Carolina 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 15 Northwestern 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC
Saturday, Nov 22 Louisville 3 p.m. NBC 3:30 p.m. NBC

*2014 Shamrock Series at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

NBCSPORTS.com

NBCSports.com will again continue its Notre Dame Football coverage though its Notre Dame Central section. Notre Dame will also be featured within NBC Sports Talk with its popular Inside The Irish blog written by Notre Dame Football insider Keith Arnold.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO

For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will continue its expanded coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football via its partnership with NBC Sports by providing additional content to help power NBCSports.com’s popular Notre Dame Central section (http://www.nbcsports.com/college-football/notre-dame-central).  Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Notre Dame Football “Insider” JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) from CSNChicago.com, will serve as the primary beat reporter in providing up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news and analysis, columns, game previews/recaps, interviews and much more.

SAME DAY HOME GAME REPLAYS – Beginning with the team’s home/season opener on Saturday, August 30 vs. Rice, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will provide a same day replay of every Notre Dame home game produced by NBC Sports with the Aug. 30 replay scheduled to air at 11 p.m. CT.  Additional home game replays airing on Comcast SportsNet this season include games against Michigan (Sept. 6 at 1 a.m.), Purdue (Sept. 13 at 1 a.m.), Stanford (Oct. 4), North Carolina (Oct. 11), Northwestern (Nov. 15) and Louisville (Nov. 22). (NOTE: Replay airings to regularly take place on these Saturdays at 11 p.m.; fans are urged to consult CSNChicago.com for exact air times).

HEAD COACH BRIAN KELLY’s WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE – CSNChicago.com will provide a live stream of Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly’s weekly press conference, as he will address the prior weekend’s game, along with detailing his game plan against the team’s upcoming opponent.  Coach Kelly’s weekly press conference, which will take place from Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., will be live streamed every Tuesday throughout the season at 11 a.m.

“INSIDE NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL” w/BRIAN KELLY – Once again, Comcast SportsNet will be the local TV home for “Inside Notre Dame Football” with Head Coach Brian Kelly this season.  The weekly, half-hour show will feature key highlights, along with detailed discussion & analysis regarding the team’s previous game and an X’s and O’s preview of their upcoming opponent.  “Inside ND Football” will make its 2014 season premiere on Tuesday, September 2 in its regular 5 p.m. CT time slot.  (NOTE: This Tuesday afternoon program may air on occasion at 4:30 p.m. CT should there be live pro event airing at 6 p.m. that evening). Fans can follow Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s @CSNIrish Twitter handle for the very latest Fighting Irish news and updates 24/7.

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Notes & Quotes From Football Night In America – Week 1

FNIA-nfl-nbcIf you’re going to keep him in the pocket, you might as well play Kirk Cousins because you’re making him a robot.” – Rodney Harrison on RGIII

“Bill Belichick is the best adjustment coach in the league, so don’t bury the Patriots just yet.” – Tony Dungy

“Matt Ryan was the best I’ve ever seen him.” – Cris Collinsworth

“…He is so reckless with the ball. If I’m a teammate of his, I’m very disappointed…” – Rodney Harrison on Tony Romo

STAMFORD, Conn. – September. 7, 2014 – Following are highlights from Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., where the Broncos are hosting the Indianapolis Colts. Costas was joined on site by Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, NBC NFL analyst Hines Ward, and NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosted Football Night from NBC Sports Group’s Studio 1. He was joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy; two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison; Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com and NBCSN, and Peter King of Sports Illustrated. Carolyn Manno reported from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on the 49ers-Cowboys game.

Costas interviewed Broncos QB Peyton Manning, while Elliott interviewed Colts QB Andrew Luck.

Following are highlights from Football Night in America:

ON BRONCOS

Collinsworth on Broncos’ off-season additions: “You’re going to see a more explosive, a faster football team than what you saw in the Super Bowl.”

ON COLTS

Harrison on Andrew Luck: “This is a special kid because he’s not trying to be Peyton Manning. He’s trying to be himself.”

Dungy on Luck: “He is special, and he’s going to elevate into that level of great quarterbacks this year.”

ON PATRIOTS AND SAINTS

Dungy: “I had these guys going to the Super Bowl, both of these teams. They didn’t look like it today.”

Harrison on Patriots defense: “Bill Belichick, he has to be a little bit concerned. Not panic mode, but a little bit concerned.”

Dungy on Patriots: “Don’t get too panicked now if you’re ready to kill the New England Patriots.  They didn’t play well. They had some offensive line problems. But Bill Belichick is the best adjustment coach in the league, so don’t bury the Patriots just yet.”

Dungy on Saints loss: “Drew Brees can take the blame if he wants to, but you have to point the finger at that New Orleans defense.”

ON FALCONS

Costas: “Even when they have been very good, in recent years, they’ve had trouble head to head in the division against the Saints. Big win for them, exciting overtime game today in Atlanta.”

Collinsworth: “Matt Ryan was the best I’ve ever seen him…(He) was getting out of the pocket, he was mobile. He was doing things I haven’t seen him do. This was his best performance.”

ON EAGLES

Dungy on offensive line: “Chip (Kelly) is going to work hard this week to get those sacks taken care of.”

ON BENGALS

Ward: “I’m still going to go with Cincinnati as my favorites in the AFC North.”

ON REDSKINS

Dungy on Robert Griffin III: “Robert Griffin did not put any pressure on the defense. He didn’t look comfortable. He didn’t make those big plays that we’re used to seeing.”

Harrison on RGIII: “I know there’s a balancing act, you want to keep him in the pocket and keep him healthy, but I think you’re taking away his biggest asset and that’s his ability to get outside the pocket and make those plays. If you’re going to keep him in the pocket, you might as well play Kirk Cousins because you’re making him a robot and he can’t use his instincts. That’s the thing that made him a great young quarterback.”

Dungy on RGIII: “He’s a creator, and if he’s not creating, he’s not the best he can be.”

ON COWBOYS

Harrison on Tony Romo: “They were terrible interceptions. Double teams, triple teams, and he is so reckless with the ball. If I’m a teammate of his, I’m very disappointed because it almost gets to a point like, ‘Are you serious? Do you even care the way we’re playing?’ because you don’t take care of the ball.”

ON BEARS

Harrison on Bears defense: “I’m not used to seeing a soft Chicago Bears defense get pushed and bullied around…They’ve got to play with some heart.”

Patrick on Antonio Brown return in which he kicked/stomped Spencer Lanning: “Everybody was Kung Fu fighting.”

ON TEXANS

Florio on Jadeveon Clowney: “We’ve confirmed that Clowney has a torn meniscus. It could be a 4-6 week absence. Surgery upcoming.”

ON CHIEFS

Harrison on team’s playoff prospects: “They’re done. After the very first game, and I’m not exaggerating.”

ON PANTHERS

Dungy on big winner of the day: “For me it has to be Derek Anderson, fills in for Cam Newton, goes on the road and leads the Panthers to a big road victory.”

ON BUCCANEERS

Patrick: “Same old Buccaneers?”

Dungy: “It looked like it today.”

INTERVIEWS: Below are excerpts from Costas’ interview with Manning, and Elliott’s interview with Luck. If used, please note the mandatory credit: “In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America.”

PEYTON MANNING WITH BOB COSTAS

On moving beyond Super Bowl XLVIII loss to Seahawks: “I’m glad football is finally here. I’m not sure what’s worse – losing the Super Bowl, or having to talk about it all offseason. Opening night means that we can stop talking about last season, and truly move on to 2014.”

On knowing when to retire, regarding Tom Brady’s ‘When I suck, I’ll quit,’ comment: “I guess I’m along the same lines as Tom. I don’t want to be out there playing if I can’t help a team, make the throws that I think a quarterback has to make. At the same time, I’m not sure you have to play until you’re not a great player (anymore). I think you could stop before that point.”

On following up his “Football on Your Phone” performance with younger brother Eli, with “Fantasy Football Fantasy” this year: “The director of that commercial actually showed Eli and I a video of Jay-Z and Kanye (West), kind of like showing film – ‘this is what we’re looking for on this particular play.’ I was very uncomfortable…I can’t do what Jay-Z and Kanye are doing…their jobs are safe, let’s put it that way.”

To watch the interview, click here http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/peyton-manning-sits-down-bob-costas

ANDREW LUCK WITH JOSH ELLIOTT

On his long-time relationship with Peyton Manning: “I have an incredible amount of respect for him. Peyton’s obviously one of the best, if not the best, ever. I got to meet him when I was in eighth grade as a camper at the Manning (Passing) Camp…Any time the Colts were on TV, my dad would say, ‘I was a rookie when Archie (Manning) was a quarterback for the Oilers,’ and we felt in our family that we had to be Peyton fans and Colts fans because my dad knows them.”

On attending the World Cup this past summer: “I grew up in Europe, so soccer was a big part of my childhood. I’ve always loved soccer…so to get a chance to go to the World Cup and see the U.S. play, I think that’s really neat.”

On travel destinations following Brazil this past summer: “Hopefully Glendale, Ariz., for a Super Bowl.”

FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA

Comcast SportsNet Announces 2014 Patriots Coverage

CSNNE_LogoCOMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES 2014 PATRIOTS FOOTBALL COVERAGE

INCLUDING ALL NEW MONDAY NIGHT OFFERING WITH THE DEBUT OF

MONDAY NIGHT PATRIOTS” FOLLOWED BY “QUICK SLANTS” IN ITS NEW DAY & TIME

Troy Brown, Ty Law, Michael Felger, Dan Koppen, Mike Flynn, Devin McCourty, Tom E. Curran, Mike Giardi, Kay Adams & Jerry Thornton 

all among Headliners on Comcast SportsNet’s Patriots Shows This Season

Network to Feature 10 Weekly Pats Programs, including Football Day in New England with PregameLive & Postgame Live; Patriots Wednesday Live; 

New England Tailgate; Patriots Football Weekly3 And Out; Patriots This Week; & Totally Patriots

BURLINGTON, MA, September 3, 2014 – The NFL season is upon us and Comcast SportsNet will bring viewers more New England Patriots coverage than ever before with 10 weekly Patriots shows, including an all new Monday night offering. Monday Night Patriots — a new 30-minute program hosted by Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi — will debut on Monday, September 8th at 7PM and will provide viewers with highlights and telestrator breakdowns of the prior day’s Pats game each week. The show will be followed by the returning signature football program Quick Slants which will now air at 7:30PM on Mondays throughout the season.

In addition to the new Monday night line-up, Comcast SportsNet will bring viewers a robust offering of Pats coverage with additional shows throughout the week, including: Football Day in New England (featuring Pregame Live and Postgame Live), Patriots Wednesday Live, New England Tailgate, Patriots Football Weekly, 3 And Out, Patriots This Week, and Totally Patriots.  Headlining these shows will be some of the best voices in football and televison including  Troy Brown, Ty Law, Michael Felger, Koppen, Mike Flynn, Devin McCourty, Tom E. Curran, Giardi, Kay Adams & Jerry Thornton, among others.

Following is Comcast SportsNet’s weekly Patriots programming line-up “at a glance”:

MONDAY
7PM – Monday Night Patriots
7:30PM – Quick Slants
WEDNESDAY
Noon – Patriots Wednesday Live
THURSDAY (New England Football Night)
7PM – New England Tailgate
7:30PM – Patriots Football Weekly
8PM – 3 And Out
FRIDAY
11PM – Patriots This Week
SATURDAY
11:30AM – Totally Patriots
SUNDAY (Football Day in New England)
Pre-Game Live (2 hours prior to game)
Post-Game Live (90-minutes following game)

 * All programs re-air; please check local listings for times.

Football Day in New England (Gamedays Pre/Post-Game)

Football Day in New England presented by your New England Acura Dealers will return for its third season after two successful initial seasons. The day will begin with Pregame Live which will take place two hours prior to every game, once again the only regional television program to do so.  Pregame Live presented by Nissan will include a detailed preview of the day’s match-up and will be highly interactive with live Facebook, Twitter and CSNNE.com fan questions answered throughout the show. Postgame Live presented by Twin River Casino will also be an interactive platform in which fans can weigh in on that day’s match-up and will run approximately 90-minutes immediately following the game. The show will feature a post-game interview with a Patriots player live from the field after each game.

The talent team will be headlined by Michael Felger along with expert offensive and defensive perspective from analyst Troy Brown throughout the season. Ty Law, Dan Koppen and Mike Flynn will be rotating analysts throughout the season, while CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi will report from inside the stadium. Jerry Thornton will be at the CSNNE.com Web Desk for each game.  During Week #1 when the Patriots take on the Miami Dolphins, Donte Stallworth will be on-site in Miami contributing to Comcast SportsNet’s Pregame Live and Postgame Live coverage.

Monday Night Patriots (Mondays at 7PM)

Monday Night Patriots is all new to the network this season with its series debut on Monday, September 8th at 7PM. The 30-minute show will be hosted by Giardi and 10-year NFL veteran and 9-time Patriots member Koppen and will rotate a roster of Patriots players as guests/co-hosts.  The show will be filmed in front of a live audience on location and will feature highlights and telestrator breakdowns of the prior day’s Pats game each week.

Quick Slants (Mondays at 7:30PM)

Quick Slants presented by Nissan will air at its new day and time on Mondays at 7:30PM and is hosted by Curran and NBC Sports Network’s Kay Adams. This original production is an interactive, high-energy and blunt discussion with fans and CSNNE talent. Quick Slants delves into all things football and will feature a one-on-one weekly interview with the Patriots’ Devin McCourty in addition to other guests throughout the season.

Patriots Wednesday Live (Wednesdays at Noon)

Patriots Wednesday Live presented by Lahey Health debuted on Wednesday, September 3 and will air weekly throughout the season from Noon – 1PM.  The show provides exclusive coverage of the team’s mid-week press conference with Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Quarterback Tom Brady and gives fans the first preview of the upcoming game. Patriots Hall of Famer Brown provides analysis along with host Gary Tanguay. Curran and Giardi also join weekly from Foxborough with a live interview with a Patriots player.

New England Football Night (Thursdays beginning at 7PM)

New England Football Night presented by AT&T will debut Thursday, September 4th and includes three exclusive 30-minute football programs.  The following shows are part of the football line-up each Thursday:

  • New England Tailgate presented by Town Fair Tire is in its 16th year with the well-established team of Glenn Ordway and NFL veterans Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie. The show will air at 7PM and provides viewers with highlights and a review of the Patriots’ prior game; preview of their upcoming opponent; play breakdowns on CSN’s touchscreen; predictions and bold commentary.
  • Patriots Football Weekly follows at 7:30PM. Shot on-location at Gillette Stadium, this show delivers exclusive access from the writers who work on the inside for the Patriots’ weekly magazine “Patriots Football Weekly.”
  • 3 And Out, airing at 8PM on Thursday nights, is a 30-minute football analysis and debate program that connects a panel of accomplished and spirited football analysts from across the nation, each located within a separate NFL market, to break down the three most impactful storylines affecting that week’s action. The show includes Felger, CSN Washington’s Brian Mitchell and CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto.

Patriots This Week (Fridays at 11PM)

Patriots This Week will make its season debut on Friday, September 5th at 11PM and will air weekly on Friday nights.  The show is a no holds barred discussion with passionate debate and timely analysis from host Scott Zolak along with a rotating roster of former Patriots players including Matt Chatham and Sammy Morris.

Totally Patriots (Saturdays at 11:30AM)

Totally Patriots begins on Saturday,September 6th at 11:30AM and will air weekly throughout the season. The show gives the viewers exclusive access to their favorite players in a fun and casual setting, with sit-downs with various players, behind the scenes footage, and more.

In addition to the above dedicated football programs, Comcast SportsNet will continue to offer fans the most daily and nightly coverage of the Patriots with 98.5 the Sports Hub’s Felger & Mazz show, Arbella Early Edition, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight and Sports Sunday. The network will also provide hours of dedicated coverage surrounding key NFL events like the Super Bowl, the NFL Draft, and more.

For robust digital coverage of the Patriots, fans can log on to CSNNE.com where Curran leads the football coverage.  Halftime Live Presented by AT&T is the only exclusive online local halftime show hosted by Felger and Brown, along with Thornton and other talent. Patriots Pulse will once again be the go-to place for Patriots social media chatter, and will include a brand new facelift in the coming weeks. Additionally, CSNNE.com will once again offer daily video updates from practice, full video-on-demand features, video highlights of Patriots Wednesday Live, and more.

About Comcast SportsNet New England

Comcast SportsNet New England reaches more than 4 million households in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Comcast SportsNet’s programming includes the Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, Chevrolet SportsNet Central, Arbella Early Edition, Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight, Sports Sunday, Celtics Insider, The Baseball Show, Quick Slants, New England Tailgate, New England Football Night, Football Day in New England including pre and post-game programs surrounding all Patriots games, CAA football, basketball and more. CSNNE.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet, provides continuous news, video and in-depth, up-to-the-minute coverage of New England sports. Comcast SportsNet New England is part of the NBC Sports Group. Visit www.csnne.com for more information. Check local listings for the specific channel location for your area.

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