Top-Tier Premier League Match As Chelsea Host Manchester United Sunday At 11 A.M. ET on NBCSN

nbc-sports-groupPremier League Live on Sunday Features Gary Lineker & Lee Dixon On-Site from Stamford Bridge and Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle & Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford

Liverpool v. Aston Villa on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

Stamford, Conn. – January 13, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week is highlighted by third-place Chelsea against seventh-place Manchester United on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and Telemundo. Chelsea look to extend their six-match unbeaten streak as they take on the reigning Premier League champions.

Legendary U.K. footballer and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker will host NBCSN’s live on-site Premier League Live studio coverage alongside four-time league champion Lee Dixon at Stamford Bridge on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN (The first on-site Premier League Live studio coverage featured Lineker and Tim Howard on Dec. 23 at Emirates Stadium).

In addition, NBC and mun2 present Premier League scoring leader Luis Suárez (22 goals) and fourth-place Liverpool hosting Aston Villa at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.  The 10 a.m. ET slot Saturday on NBCSN will feature league-leaders Arsenal v. Fulham. The additional matches in the 10 a.m. ET slot on Saturday will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN. The interactive Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/ExtraTime.

Telemundo will broadcast one match and mun2 will telecast two matches in Spanish this week (listed in table below).

Lead play-by-play voice Arlo White joins Dixon to call Liverpool v. Aston Villa on NBC on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. White and former Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux will call Chelsea v. Manchester United on Sunday on NBCSN at 11 a.m. ET.

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle and former English footballer Robbie Mustoe.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. Games airing on NBC Sports Network will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.

Below is the NBCUniversal schedule for the 22nd week of the Premier League season (all times ET):

Date Time Home v. Away Network
Mon., Jan. 13 11 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 14 12 a.m. Premier League Encore: Manchester Monday NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 14 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Fri., Jan. 17 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Fri., Jan. 17 7:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Fri., Jan. 17 8 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 18 6:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 18 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 18 7:45 a.m. Sunderland v. Southampton NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 18 9:45 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 18 10 a.m. Arsenal v. Fulham NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Jan. 18 10 a.m. Manchester City v. Cardiff City Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 18 10 a.m. West Ham v. Newcastle United Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 18 10 a.m. Norwich City v. Hull City Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 18 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 18 Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 18 12:30 p.m. Liverpool v. Aston Villa NBC, mun2
Sat., Jan. 18 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19 8 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19 8:30 a.m. Swansea City v. Tottenham Hotspur NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19 11 a.m. Chelsea v. Manchester United NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Jan. 19 1 p.m. Premier League Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 19 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 20 2:30 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 20 3 p.m. Everton v. West Bromwich Albion NBCSN

NBC Sports Group presents the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.

–NBC Sports Group–

CSN’s ‘Cross Check with Felger & Milbury’ Returns Thursday at 9:30PM

CSNNE_LogoMichael Felger & Tony Amonte to Lead Comcast SportsNet’s Bruins Pre & Post-Game Live Shows

Bruins’ Forward Shawn Thornton to Return as Special Guest on Cross Check & Post-Game Coverage;

Continues Appearances Throughout Network’s Original Programming

CSNNE.com Continues Robust Online Coverage for Second Half of NHL Season  

BURLINGTON, MA, January 8, 2014 – Comcast SportsNet’s weekly signature hockey program Cross Check with Felger & Milbury returns on Thursday, January 9th at 9:30PM with co-hosts MichaelFelger and Bruins’ Legend Mike Milbury bringing viewers the best insider look at all things Bruins.  Beginning Sunday, January 19th, Comcast SportsNet will also provide pre-game and/or post-game shows for every Bruins game televised on NBC & NBC Sports Network, giving Bruins fans a one-stop shop for all their Bruins coverage. Bruins’ enforcer Shawn Thornton will once again be a special weekly guest on Cross Check and will continue to join Comcast SportsNet for post-game coverage and additional shows throughout the rest of the season.

Cross Check, presented by DCU, offers expertise and opinion every Thursday night at 9:30PM* from Felger & Milbury who will be joined by Thornton and several other special guests throughout the season.  Each week, they will break down the Bruins, cover news around the NHL, and talk all things hockey. *When the Bruins have a 7PM Thursday game, Cross Check will air immediately following with a breakdown of the game and post-game reaction from both on-site at the rink and from Felger & Milbury in the studio.

Throughout the rest of the NHL season, Comcast SportsNet will offer exclusive game day access, interviews and video clips from a number of nationally televised Bruins games on NBC and NBCSN. For each of these games, Comcast SportsNet will provide Pregame Live and/or Postgame Live shows, presented by DCU, with Felger & Tony Amonte leading.  For home games, they will be stationed at Comcast SportsNet’s Ace Ticket Studio on Causeway Street offering pre/post-game analysis in the midst of passionate Bruins fans entering and leaving the TDGarden. For away games, the shows will originate from the Comcast SportsNetstudios in Burlington, MA. The entire Comcast SportsNet broadcast team — along with some of the nation’s top analysts from NBC — will continue to bring fans the best, most robust offering of news and updates in real-time each day and night as the Bruins make their quest for the Stanley Cup.

CSNNE.com will continue to be the go-to source for all things Bruins – live and on demand. On The Great American Hockey Show – which makes its return during the second part of the NHL season — CSNNE.com’s Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty and co-host Mike Giardi will deliver a behind-the-scenes view that’s loose, interactive and educational. Additionally, Haggerty will continue his weekly NHL Power Rankings on CSNNE.com, providing viewers with all the info they need to keep up with the League or their ownFantasy leagues.CSNNE.com also features video game highlights from every Bruins game, On Demand clips of all related shows and segments from TV.

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 Now, Celtics Courtside Club, 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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Harvard Takes On No. 10 Yale In Rivalry On Ice Saturday At 8 P.M ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoPrinceton and Penn Square Off in Ivy League Basketball Action at 6 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 9, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of the 2013-14 college hockey season continues this weekend with an Ivy League matchup, when 2013 National Champion and No. 10 Yale faces Harvard at historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. Coverage of the inaugural Rivalry on Ice begins at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to the telecast on NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream coverage of the Rivalry on Ice.

Saturday’s game is the second of three meetings this season between the two long-time rivals, following a 2-2 tie at Ingalls Rink in December. Yale is coming off its first national championship after finishing off the 2013 Frozen Four with a win over then-No. 1 ranked Quinnipiac. The Crimson enter Saturday’s action on the heels of a 7-4 win against Boston University on Jan. 4, followed by a 2-2 tie against No. 7 Quinnipiac.

Dave Strader will manage play-by-play duties for the game and will be joined by Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire.

NBCSN will present more than 20 college hockey games this season including 13 Notre Dame games, five Hockey East games and five Big Ten games. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream more than 30 college hockey games this season.

IVY LEAGUE BASKETBALL

In addition to NBCSN’s coverage of Harvard – Yale in the Rivalry on Ice, the network will also feature an Ivy League basketball matchup on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. ET between Princeton and Penn. Former NBA head coach and NBCSN analyst Stan Van Gundy will pair with play-by-play announcer Steve Schlanger to call the action from at the historic Palestra in Philadelphia, Pa

IVY LEAGUE BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY SATURDAY ON NBCSN

Date Coverage Time* Arena
Sat., January 11 College Basketball – Princeton-Penn 6 p.m. The Palestra
College Hockey – Harvard-Yale Rivalry on Ice 8 p.m. Madison Square Garden

*All times ET, subject to change.

NBC Sports Group Adds Crew Chief Steve Letarte To NASCAR Broadcast Team

nbc-sports-groupMeteoric Career Includes Crew Chief Roles with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and now NBC 

  Media Conference Scheduled for 8:30 AM ET Tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.January 9, 2014 — NBC Sports Group’s upcoming NASCAR coverage continues to take shape as another prominent figure from the sanctioning body’s elite series joins NBC and NBCSN’s expanding broadcast team.  Current Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Steve Letarte, who once stood at the helm of Jeff Gordon’s famed No. 24 race team, and now leads the crew behind the ultra-popular No. 88 car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., has reached an agreement to join NBC’s multi-platform NASCAR coverage beginning in 2015.  The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN, and will be discussed in further detail at a Media Conference scheduled for 8:30 AM ET tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway.

“I’ve always been impressed with Steve Letarte’s interviews, and feel smarter after hearing him break down the crucial elements of each race,” said Flood. “It wasn’t long into our first meeting about this potential role on our broadcast team when I realized that Steve is going to be ‘Must See TV.’”

Letarte will join fellow analyst Jeff Burton and race announcer Rick Allen across NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series action on NBC and NBCSN, which includes races, pre- and post-race shows, qualifying, and studio programming. Click here for more information on Jeff Burton and Rick Allen.

“As soon as I met with Sam Flood and his team at NBC Sports it became obvious to me how excited they are to be covering NASCAR in 2015 and beyond.  Their excitement, along with my love for racing, solidified my decision to move away from the pit box and into the broadcast booth,” said Letarte.  “I want to thank Rick Hendrick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for the opportunities they have given me over the last 18 years, and I want to reaffirm my commitment to Dale Jr. and the entire 88 team to go win races and challenge for the championship in 2014.”

Letarte has worked for Hendrick Motorsports since he was just 16 years old.  In 1996, after graduating from high school early, Steve started traveling with the No. 24 race team, driven by Jeff Gordon, as a full-time mechanic and tire specialist.  His impressive work ethic moved him up the ranks quickly, assuming the role of car chief in 2002, and then crew chief for the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in 2005 when Steve was 26.  After five successful seasons with the No. 24 team and Gordon, Letarte embarked on a new challenge and joined Hendrick’s No. 88 team driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Letarte and the No. 88 team started the 2011 season strong by capturing the pole at the Daytona 500,  and went on to qualify for the Chase, the first time for Earnhardt since 2008.  In 2012, Letarte and Earnhardt combined for their first win together, on Father’s Day at Michigan International Speedway.  Throughout the 2013 season, the No. 88 team solidly remained in the Top 10 in points and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup yet again.  Steve and his wife, Tricia, live in North Carolina with their two children.

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 Nationwide Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.

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 Nationwide Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

In addition to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races, NBC also obtained exclusive rights to practice and qualifying sessions for NBC’s national series events during their portion of the season, as well as rights to broadcast the NASCAR K&N Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and NASCAR’s season-ending banquets. Further, NBC is granted Spanish-language rights, certain video-on-demand rights and exclusive TV Everywhere rights for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry Matchup Highlights 22 Hours Of Hockey Coverage This Week On NBCSN

NBCSN_Logonbc-sports-group2Team USA’s Patrick Kane and Blackhawks Host Three-Time Olympian Henrik Lundqvist and Rangers on Wednesday Night Rivalry at 8 p.m. ET

This Week’s NHL Coverage Boasts 26 Players Named to 2014 Olympic Teams, Including 17 Between Rangers and Blackhawks

Coverage Begins Tonight with Flyers-Devils, Continues Sunday Night with Flyers-Rangers from Madison Square Garden

Harvard Faces 2013 NCAA National Champion No. 10 Yale in “Rivalry on Ice” Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN From Madison Square Garden

2014 NHL Winter Classic Ties Record For Highest-Rated Regular Season Game in 39 Years

STAMFORD, Conn. – Jan. 7, 2014 – NBCSN will present 22 hours of NHL and college hockey coverage this week, highlighted by an Original Six showdown on Wednesday Night Rivalry, when Team USA’s Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host three-time Swedish Olympic Team goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

This week’s coverage includes a college hockey clash between Harvard and No. 10 Yale in the “Rivalry on Ice” Saturday at 8 p.m. ET from Madison Square Garden, a Metropolitan Division battle between the Philadelphia Flyers and Rangers on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, and features 26 players who were selected to represent their respective countries at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi next month.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

Wednesday’s matchup is the first game between the Rangers and Blackhawks this season, and the first between the two teams since the 2011-12 season. The Rangers are coming off of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets last night, while Chicago enters play following a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Sunday. The defending-champion Blackhawks are tied with the Ducks for the most points in the NHL (67), are currently riding a 10-game point streak (6-0-4), and have not lost in regulation at home since Dec. 5.

The Rangers-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry matchup also features 17 players that will represent their countries at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, including four from Team USA. For the Blackhawks, Kane (United States), Jonathan Toews (Canada), Duncan Keith (Canada), Patrick Sharp (Canada), Michal Rozsival (Czech Republic), Johnny Oduya (Sweden), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden), Marcus Kruger (Sweden), Marian Hossa (Slovakia), and Michal Handzus (Slovakia) are all headed to Sochi in February. The Rangers boast three Team USA members (Ryan Callahan, Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan), in addition to Lundqvist (Sweden), Carl Hagelin (Sweden), Rick Nash (Canada) and Mats Zuccarello (Norway).

NBCSN’s hockey coverage begins tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers visit the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide commentary from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

Tonight’s game features nine players selected to represent their countries in Sochi next month. Jakub Voracek (Czech Republic), Kimmo Timonen (Finland), Andrej Meszaros (Slovakia), Mark Streit (Switzerland) and Michael Raffl (Austria) of the Flyers were selected, while the Devils’ Damien Brunner will represent Switzerland, and Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky will play for the Czech Republic.

NHL coverage continues Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when the Flyers travel to New York to face the Rangers. Emrick and McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden.

NBCSN’s 2013-14 college hockey coverage continues this week, highlighted by one of the oldest rivalries in college sports, when Harvard faces 2013 NCAA Division I champion No. 10 Yale at Madison Square Garden in the “Rivalry on Ice” on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Strader and McGuire will provide commentary.

NBCSN’s college hockey coverage begins Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, when No. 14 Notre Dame hosts Alabama-Huntsville. Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Anson Carter (analyst) will have the call from the Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN on Tuesday and Sunday, and at 7 p.m. ET prior to Wednesday Night Rivalry. Liam McHugh will host NHL Live with former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBCSN, including this week’s Flyers-Devils, Rangers-Blackhawks, and Flyers-Rangers matchups, Notre-Dame-Alabama Huntsville, and the Harvard-Yale “Rivalry on Ice” game

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Tue., January 7 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 11 p.m.
Wed., January 8 NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thu., January 9 N.Y. Rangers at Chicago (Encore) NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., January 10 Alabama Huntsville at No. 14 Notre Dame NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., January 11 Harvard vs. No. 10 Yale – “Rivalry on Ice” NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., January 12 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.

2014 NHL WINTER CLASSIC TIES FOR BEST RATING FOR REGULAR-SEASON GAME IN 39 YEARS

The 2014 NHL Winter Classic on NBC, in which the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in a shootout on New Year’s Day, tied as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game in nearly four decades, became the second-most watched such game in 39 years, and is up nearly 20% in both household rating and viewership as compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic. The game, which featured only one U.S. team, delivered a 2.5 HH rating and averaged 4.404 million viewers, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company.

The 2.5 rating (1:00-4:53 p.m. ET) ties the 2009 NHL Winter Classic, which was played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings and host Chicago Blackhawks, as the highest-rated NHL regular-season game since 1975. The game averaged 4.404 million viewers, ranking as the second-most watched NHL regular-season game in 39 years, behind only the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, which was played in primetime due to a weather delay from Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The rating and viewership for Wednesday’s iteration of the New Year’s Day tradition were up 19% and 18%, respectively, compared to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, which was played between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Due to last season’s work stoppage, the 2012 NHL Winter Classic was the last NHL Winter Classic played and generated a 2.1 HH rating and 3.733 million viewers.

Following are the HH ratings for the six NHL Winter Classics:

Overnight Date Network Game Venue
1.  2.5 Jan. 1, 2014 NBC Maple Leafs-Red Wings Michigan Stadium
1.  2.5 Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks Wrigley Field
3.  2.3 Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins Heinz Field
4.  2.2 Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres Ralph Wilson Stadium
5.  2.1 Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers Citizens Bank Park
5.  2.1 Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins Fenway Park

The NHL Winter Classic, which NBC Sports co-created along with the NHL, debuted in 2008 and has produced the six most-watched NHL regular-season games (excluding regional coverage) in the past 39 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game Venue
1.  4.525 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins Heinz Field
2. 4.404 million Jan. 1, 2014 NBC Maple Leafs-Red Wings Michigan Stadium
3.  4.401 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks Wrigley Field
4.  3.751 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres Ralph Wilson Stadium
5.  3.733 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers Citizens Bank Park
6.  3.684 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins Fenway Park

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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

Games airing on:

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

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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 2013-14 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

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Manchester United V. Swansea City On NBC Saturday At 12:30 Pm Highlights First 2014 Weekend Of Premier League Action

nbc-sports-groupAt Season Midpoint Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino & Robbie Mustoe Discuss First Half & What’s To Come

Stamford, Conn. – January 6, 2013 – NBC Sports Group continues Premier League coverage with the first weekend action of 2014 beginning this Saturday. With 20 match weeks completed, Liverpool forward Luis Suarez scored 20 goals (in only 15 games for him) and added five assists and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has kept eight clean sheets, made 51 saves and scored one goal thus far this season. Coverage this weekend is highlighted by Manchester United v. Swansea City on NBC on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. The NBCSN 10 a.m. ET slot on Saturday will feature Tottenham Hotspur v. Crystal Palace.     

Additional matches in the 10 a.m. ET slot on Saturday will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN. The interactive Premier League Game Finder can be accessed at http://www.nbcsports.com/ExtraTime.

mun2 will telecast three matches in Spanish this week (listed in table below).

Halfway through the  2013-14 Premier League season – each club has played 20 matches and has 18 remaining – Premier League Live’s Rebecca Lowe, Robbie Earle, Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe offer some midseason musings:

From what we have seen on the pitch thus far, I’m most impressed by __________.

Lowe: “…the players taking their chances and breaking through on the big stage. Oussama Assaidi was surplus to requirements at Liverpool and is scoring fabulous goals for Stoke. Romelu Lukaku wasn’t wanted at Chelsea and perhaps Jose Mourinho is now regretting letting him go on loan to Everton and the teenagers coming through at Southampton easing onto the biggest stage of all. The players have been highly impressive all round in talent and mentality from them all in different ways.”

Earle: “…the development of Arsenal football Club in 2013. During a Premier League Live show before a ball was kicked this season, I suggested the Gunners lacked the necessary strength down the spine of the team to win a title. A first day 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa only served to back up my point. Since then, the team have been outstanding have and played some wonderful football showing some of the resilience required of title contenders. There has been a remarkable improvement in players like Wojciech Szczesny, Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.  Additionally the signing of one high profile player Mesut Ozil, seemed to give the collective squad a self confidence they had lacked in the past.  Arsenal will have to keep answering the questions posed by the critics, who doubt their ability to stay at the top but they have shown me this season, they are a serious player in this season’s title race.”

Martino: “… Manchester City’s attack. They have a record amount of goals for this stage in the season and there are no signs of it letting up.”

Mustoe: “… We knew Luis Suarez was a good player but his form after returning from suspension has been stunning. Many goals more than anyone else to this point has been spectacular just like the goals he’s scored. The variety of goals scored also confirms what he is, the complete modern day striker.”

What most intrigues me about the season’s second half is _________.

Lowe: “…whether a 44-year old with no management experience and no formal qualifications can take Tottenham into Europe. If he does, Tim Sherwood is set for life.”

Earle: “…Manchester United’s attempts to become ‘relevant’ in the title race and their subsequent battle to gain a Champions league spot. Sitting 11 points behind the leaders and five points adrift of the coveted fourth spot, David Moyes is going to need to finish the second half of the season ‘Sir Alex Ferguson-style’ when United usually play some of their best football and come into their own.

“It would be almost unthinkable for the reigning Champions not to qualify for Champions League football through their league placing and, at some point this year, they may have to put all their efforts into winning the European competition, to ensure their participation in it again next year.”

Martino: “… Arsenal. After nearly a decade since they last won the Premier League title no one, not even some of their fans, thinks they have what it takes to stay the course and lift the trophy. I do.”

Mustoe: “… Whether Arsenal can continue at the top of the Premier League is fascinating. The team has quality, skill and ability, we knew that, it’s the stamina and mental toughness required to stay on top through different challenges each week that we need to see. They’ve been in great league positions in the past only to fall away when the pressure mounts. In the coming weeks the character of this team will be questioned and I can’t wait for the answer.”

Lead play-by-play voice Arlo White joins former Premier League star and four-time league champion Lee Dixon to call Manchester United v, Swansea City on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. White joins Graeme Le Saux, the former Premier League star who played in 36 international matches for England, to call Newcastle United v. Manchester City on Sunday at 9:05 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows from the NBC Sports Group International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live alongside former English footballer Robbie Mustoe and former U.S. Men’s National midfielder Kyle Martino.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. Games airing on NBC Sports Network will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

To date, AT&T U-verse®, Bright House Networks, Cablevision’s Optimum, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner Cable have opted to carry the additional Premier League matches via the Premier League Extra Time package, and AT&T U-verse, Cablevision’s Optimum, Charter, Comcast’s Xfinity TV, Cox, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink and Verizon FiOS will make all Premier League games available through TV Everywhere. Additionally, over 100 NCTC partners have either signed-on to the Premier League Extra Time package or have opted-in via TV Everywhere, including Blue Ridge Communications, Buckeye CableSystem, CenturyLink Prism, and RCN. In some cases, the Premier League Extra Time package will be available in select markets.

Below is the NBC Sports Group schedule for the 21st week of the Premier League season (all times ET, subject to change):

Date Time Home v. Away Network
Fri., Jan. 10 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Fri., Jan. 10 7:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Fri., Jan. 10 8 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 11 6:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 11 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 11 7:45 a.m. Hull City v. Chelsea NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 11 9:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 11 10 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur v. Crystal Palace NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 11 10 a.m. Everton v. Norwich Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 11 10 a.m. Southampton v. West Bromwich Albion Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 11 10 a.m. Fulham v. Sunderland Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 11 10 a.m. Cardiff City v. West Ham United Extra Time
Sat., Jan. 11 Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 11 12:30 p.m. Manchester United v. Swansea City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Jan. 11 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 12 8:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 12 9 a.m. Newcastle United v. Manchester City NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Jan. 12 11 a.m. Liverpool v. Stoke City NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Jan. 12 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 13 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 13 3 p.m. Aston Villa v. Arsenal NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 13 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., Jan. 13 11 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Tues., Jan. 14 12 a.m. Premier League Encore: Manchester Monday NBCSN

NBC Sports Group presents the most ambitious, extensive and comprehensive coverage of the Premier League available anywhere in the world with all 380 Premier League matches available live in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. In total, NBC Sports Group will present more than 1,600 hours of Premier League programming.

–NBC Sports Group–

NBC’s Wild “Wild Card Saturday” Averages 18.7/32 Overnight – Up 9% From Last Year & 2nd-Best Under Current Playoff TV Format

nbc-sports-groupColts’ Thrilling 28-Point Comeback in 45-44 Win vs. Chiefs in AFC Wild Card Draws 17.2/31 Overnight – Best Saturday Afternoon AFC Wild Card Game in 15 Years

Saints’ 26-24 Victory on Final Play at Eagles in NFC Wild Card Earns 20.5/33 Overnight – up 12% From ’13 and No. 2 Primetime Wild Card Game of All-Time

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 5, 2014 – Yesterday’s thrilling NBC “Wild Card Saturday” featuring two playoff games decided by two points-or-less on the same day for the first time in NFL postseason history averaged a combined 18.7 overnight rating and 32 share – up 9% from last year (17.2/31) and ranking as the second-best Wild Card Saturday under the current TV format (since 2002).

The combined 18.7/32 average overnight ranks No. 2 behind only the Jan. 8, 2011 Wild Card Saturday on NBC (19.6/33 average for two one-score games: Saints-Seahawks in NFC followed by Jets-Colts in AFC) since the NFL implemented the current Wild Card Saturday TV windows in January 2002 (2001 NFL season).

BEST SATURDAY AFTERNOON AFC WILD CARD GAME SINCE ’99: The Indianapolis Colts’ wild 45-44 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the early game, highlighted by the second-largest comeback in NFL playoff history (28 points) and the most combined yardage in an NFL postseason game (1,049 yards), earned a 17.2/31 overnight – the best for a Saturday afternoon AFC Wild Card game since 1999 and up 6% from last season (16.2/31 for Houston’s 19-13 win over Cincinnati). The telecast (4:30-8:00 p.m. ET) peaked with a 21.3/36 overnight rating for the exciting conclusion from 7:30-8 p.m. ET.

The 17.2/31 for the Colts’ victory over Kansas City, highlighted by Andrew Luck’s 443 passing yards and four touchdown throws and T.Y. Hilton’s 13 receptions for 224 yards and two scores, is the highest overnight for a Saturday afternoon AFC Wild Card since the January 2, 1999 Buffalo-Miami game (17.9/37 on ABC).  In that game, Dan Marino and the Dolphins won 24-17 after Miami’s defense stopped a Doug Flutie-led Bills drive on the Miami 5-yard line with 17 seconds remaining.

What they said on-air about the Chiefs-Colts thriller:

  • “In my wildest dreams, I never saw the high-scoring shootout coming.” – Mike Mayock, NBC analyst for Chiefs-Colts
  • “Andrew Luck and the Colts are going to move on, with a wild Wild Card win over the Kansas City Chiefs.” – Dan Hicks, NBC play-by-play for Chiefs-Colts
  • “What are we going to do for an encore after that game.” – Al Michaels, NBC play-by-play for Saints-Eagles
  • “Just after you think you’ve seen it all…” – Cris Collinsworth, NBC analyst for Saints-Eagles, in response to Michaels

SECOND-BEST OVERNIGHT EVER FOR PRIMETIME WILD CARD: The New Orleans Saints’ 26-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles on the final play of the primetime NFC Wild Card posted a 20.5/33 overnight, up 12% from last year (18.3/30 for Green Bay’s 24-10 win over Minnesota) and the second-best overnight ever for a primetime Wild Card game. The NFC Wild Card (8:15-11:15 p.m. ET) overnight rating peaked at a 22.2/36 for the game’s climactic finish from11-11:15 p.m. ET.

The 20.5/33 overnight for the Saints’ first road playoff victory in franchise history – led by quarterback Drew Brees (10 for 12 for 152 yards and a touchdown in the second half) and kicker Shayne Graham (four field goals, including the game winner as time expired) – ranked second among primetime NFL Wild Card games behind NBC’s telecast of the New York Jets’ 17-16 defeat of the Indianapolis Colts on Jan. 8, 2011 (20.8/33) on a field goal on the last play of what would be Peyton Manning’s final game as Colts QB.

Top 10 Metered Markets for Chiefs-Colts:

1. Kansas City, 48.0/69

2. Indianapolis, 41.3/62

3. Denver, 28.0/49

4. New Orleans 24.9/38

5. Seattle 21.6/45

5. Richmond 21.6/35

7. Sacramento, 21.5/42

7. Norfolk, 21.5/33

9. Buffalo, 21.0/35

10. Dayton, 20.9/35

Top 10 Metered Markets for Eagles-Saints:

1. New Orleans, 55.8/74

2. Philadelphia, 42.0/60

3. Richmond, 27.3/40

4. Denver, 26.9/43

5. Seattle 26.7/45

6. Sacramento, 26.4/41

7. Greensboro, 24.8/35

8. Memphis, 24.4/34

9. Charlotte, 24.0/37

9. Baltimore, 24.0/36

9. San Diego, 24.0/43

–NBC Sports Group—

NBCSN Presents Coverage Of Frozen Fenway Saturday Night At 7:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN_LogoNo. 6 Boston College Faces No. 14 Notre Dame At Fenway Park

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Coverage of Boston College – Notre Dame

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 2, 2014 – NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2013-14 college hockey season when No. 6 Boston College faces No. 14 Notre Dame in the second half of the 2014 Frozen Fenway doubleheader, from historic Fenway Park, in Boston, Mass., Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage will also be available online, via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Dan Parkhurst will serve as the play-by-play announcer for NBCSN’s coverage of the game, and will be joined by analyst Ken Hodge.

The third annual Frozen Fenway features eight Hockey East teams, playing four games over two weekends in January. The two previous Frozen Fenway doubleheaders, held in 2010 and 2012, were both sold-out events with more than 38,000 fans in attendance.

NBCSN will present more than 20 college hockey games this season, including 13 Notre Dame games, six Hockey East games and five Big Ten games. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream more than 30 college hockey games this season.

Click here for more information on NBCSN’s 2013-14 college hockey coverage.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NBCSN’s coverage of the game via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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

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

ABOUT HOCKEY EAST

The Hockey East Association is a 11-team Division I college men’s hockey conference founded in 1984 and an eight team Division I women’s league which began play in 2002-03. The men’s league has won eight NCAA championships in the past 21 years. Since 1999, Hockey East has won six NCAA Championships with 13 NCAA Championship Game appearances, while placing 21 teams in the Frozen Four and 52 teams in the NCAA Tournament during that time.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Notes And Quotes – 2014 NHL Winter Classic Maple Leafs-Red Wings On NBC

WC14_Primary_nhlToronto Defeats Detroit 3-2 in Shootout at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor

“You throw in the uncertainty of the weather, a great old rivalry, and a little eye black – it’s the best.” – Doc Emrick

“It’s about dealing with the elements, the snow piles on the ice, the wind, the shield getting wet…it’s almost like driving without your windshield wipers.” Eddie Olczyk

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 1, 2014 – NBC Sports presented the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. this afternoon. More than 100,000 fans were on hand at Michigan Stadium to see the Maple Leafs defeat the Red Wings, by a score of 3-2 in a shootout, in a game played outdoors in 13-degree weather.

Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) opened the broadcast and was followed by NHL Live’s Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick at ice level. Emmy Award-winning “Inside-the-Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire and NHL Live analyst Keith Jones conducted pregame interviews with Toronto’s Phil Kessel and Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg from inside the team’s respective locker rooms.

Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and McGuire joined Emrick for the call of the game rink-side at Michigan Stadium, marking the first broadcast of an NHL game at ice level in NBC Sports history. McHugh, Milbury, Roenick and Jones provided analysis during intermissions and postgame. The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore was on hand to provide live weather updates.

In addition to the Winter Classic, NBC Sports provided live coverage of the final roster announcements for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s and Men’s Ice Hockey Teams, which took place during second intermission and following the game, respectively.

Click here for information on the U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team: http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/323914?referrer_id=752796

Click here for information on the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team:
http://www.usahockey.com/news_article/show/323917?referrer_id=752796

Following are highlights from today’s coverage of the NHL Winter Classic on NBC:

PREGAME

Emrick: “This is a throwback to old times. We have professional athletes wearing an extra layer of clothing just like they did when they were kids. One difference is their mom called them in for dinner, and that ended the game. This one is governed by referees and a clock. You throw in the uncertainty of the weather, a great old rivalry, and a little eye black – it’s the best.”

Milbury: “A long time before the adults got a hold of this game…10- and 12-year-old kids played on ponds in towns like mine in Walpole, Mass., hung out and challenged kids from other ponds. That’s where competition was born, and that’s where hockey’s spirit was born.”

Roenick: “This is what it’s all about. Feel the wind, look at the snow…I remember my mom and dad used to ring the cow bell to get me to come home. They had to do it about four or five times…we loved it.”

Olczyk: “It’s about dealing with the elements, the snow piles on the ice, the wind, the shield getting wet…it’s almost like driving without your windshield wipers.”

FIRST PERIOD

Emrick: “It’s interesting – there is a bulldozer available, however, it is buried beneath the ice surface at the near-side faceoff circle near us. When they were building this place in 1926, there was heavy rain on a Friday afternoon, the crew got mad and went home because of all the mud. When they came back on Monday, the bulldozer was almost completely submerged in water. So they filled in around it, and it remains down there beneath the floor of old Michigan Stadium.”

Olczyk: “I would anticipate that both of these coaches have told their power play units, ‘You get an opportunity, let it go – shoot the puck.’ Fancy’s not going to work on this ice surface right now.”

FIRST INTERMISSION

Milbury on possible Team USA Olympic Team: “You’ve got to see a lot of the same things we saw four years ago, and that’s great goaltending by (Ryan) Miller and/or (Jonathan) Quick, and a good attitude towards team defense.

Jones on possible Team USA Olympic Team: “Leadership is critically important. They’re loaded with captains – David Backes of the St. Louis Blues, Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles Kings, Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers…there will be plenty of guys to get them in the right direction.”

SECOND PERIOD

Emrick: “I’m sure it can be grim business for the players, but the drama of this game is sure fun. Is it fun when you’re out there in the midst of it?”

Olczyk: “Any time you can have that privilege to play in the greatest league in the world, for sure. But in this environment, there’s no doubt…you don’t think a lot about it when you’re playing, but when you’re sitting there watching and looking around, that’s where you can really soak it in”

THIRD PERIOD, OVERTIME & SHOOTOUT

Emrick on Michigan State alum Justin Abdelkader’s game-tying goal: “On the campus of the University of Michigan, there’s one for State.”

Emrick following overtime: “What a frantic finish here at The Big House in Ann Arbor! 65 minutes, 69 shots fired, four in. Two aside, and the shootout will be coming.”

Emrick: Normally reserved for the end of the year, or the end of a playoff series in particular, mutual congratulations for quite an event here this afternoon, and how hard it was played.”

WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Presents 2014 NHL Winter Classic Wednesday As Red Wings Host Maple Leafs On New Year’s Day In Front Of Anticipated World-Record Crowd

nbc-sports-groupMike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire to Call Action at Ice Level for First Time in NBC Sports History

“Make no mistake – this is the marquee game on the NHL schedule that everybody wants to be a part of.” – Olczyk

“This is a playoff game…this has the makings of being one of the true classics of the NHL season.” – McGuire

 “The speed of the game will be very quick…to be that close to the action is going to be thrilling.” – Emrick on Broadcast Location

NBCSN’s NHL Coverage Begins Tonight at 8 p.m. ET with Kings-Blackhawks, Continues Sunday with Sharks-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET

Notre Dame Faces Boston College in Outdoor College Hockey Action from Fenway Park on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – Dec. 30, 2013 – Storied NHL franchises will clash in front of an expected world-record crowd on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET, when NBC presents the 2014 NHL Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs from historic Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. NBCSN’s NHL coverage continues tonight with Kings-Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Sharks-Blackhawks Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the Winter Classic call rink-side from Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich., home of the University of Michigan Wolverines football team. It will be the first time a full broadcast team has called an NHL regular-season game at ice level in NBC Sports history.

NHL Live host Liam McHugh will be on-site at Michigan Stadium alongside former players and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions. In addition, The Weather Channel on-camera meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore will be on-site to provide weather updates and conduct interviews throughout the game, a role he has held at previous NHL Winter Classics.

Following are quotes from today’s Winter Classic media conference call:

Eddie Olczyk: “Make no mistake – this is the marquee game on the NHL schedule that everybody wants to be a part of…Original Six matchup, which I think really takes this game to another level…I played three-and-a-half years in Toronto, played in this rivalry between the Maple Leafs and the Red Wings, so that adds to the beauty of this game.”

Olczyk on historic aspect of Winter Classic: “For some of these players, certainly knowing the history of the Big House and what it’s like to see a college football game in Ann Arbor, and (to) have the opportunity to play in front of 100,000 people in a venue like that…that’s what makes this game and this day so unique. You’re going into places that have an unbelievable history.”

Doc Emrick on calling game at ice level: “The speed of the game will be very quick…to be that close to the action is going to be thrilling.”

Emrick: “Any time you bring it up to any one of the players, immediately there’s a smile and a sense of excitement…you can read it on their faces, and you can get a sense that this is a day that they’ll never forget.”

Pierre McGuire: “This is a playoff game…this has the makings of being one of the true classics of the NHL season.”

McGuire on matchup: “I’m looking forward to the young star power of Toronto with Phil Kessel and James Van Riemsdyk, and the quick-strike offense that they’re capable of providing…you look at the Detroit Red Wings…you still have Pavel Datsyuk, you just got Henrik Zetterberg back, and you’ve got two dynamic forwards in Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.”

McGuire on hosting the Winter Classic at a football stadium: “I remember the football environment from Heinz Field…I remember after the first period…skating off the ice to do an interview with Sidney Crosby, the noise was cascading down on us…you could actually feel the ice shaking.”

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The Red Wings will make their second appearance in the Winter Classic, having defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4, in 2009 at Wrigley Field, while the Maple Leafs become the first Canadian team to appear in the annual New Year’s Day outdoor affair. The event will aim to set the Guinness World Record for highest attendance at a hockey game, which was set at Michigan Stadium in a college hockey game between Michigan and Michigan State in 2010 (104,073).

In advance of the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day, NBCSN will provide live coverage of two alumni games between former members of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings, starting at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich.

The Winter Classic will also have an Olympic element, with less than 50 days remaining until the start of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. During the second intermission, NBC will provide live coverage of the final roster announcement for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women’s ice hockey team. Following the game, NBC will also provide coverage of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men’s ice hockey team roster announcement.

NBCSN’s NHL coverage begins tonight 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a matchup of the two previous Stanley Cup Champions, when Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks host Dustin Brown and the Los Angeles Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from United Center in Chicago, Ill. NBCSN’s Sunday night NHL coverage begins Jan. 4 at 8 p.m. ET, when the Blackhawks host Patrick Marleau and the San Jose Sharks. Emrick and McGuire will have the call from Chicago on Sunday night.

In addition to its NHL coverage, NBCSN will present outdoor college hockey on Saturday evening, when No. 13 Notre Dame faces No. 7 Boston College at Fenway Park at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dan Parkhurst (play-by-play) and Ken Hodge (analyst) will provide live commentary.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream all 2013-14 NHL regular-season games televised on NBC and NBCSN, including this week’s Kings-Blackhawks and Sharks-Blackhawks matchups, the Winter Classic, both alumni games, and Notre Dame-Boston College.

NHL Live, NBC Sports Group live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN tonight, and at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sunday prior to Sharks-Blackhawks. Russ Thaler will host NHL Live on Monday with Jones and Milbury, and McHugh will host NHL Live on Sunday with Jones and Roenick.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Mon., December 30 NHL Live NBCSN 7 p.m.
Los Angeles at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., December 31 Winter Classic Alumni Game #1 NBCSN 1 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3 p.m.
NHL Top 10 NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
Winter Classic Alumni Game #2 NBCSN 4 p.m.
Wed., January 1 Toronto at Detroit – 2014 NHL Winter Classic NBC 1 p.m.
Return to Vancouver – 2010 Gold Medal Game NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., January 4 Notre Dame at Boston College (Fenway Park) NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., January 5 NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.

WINTER CLASSIC PRODUCES MOST-WATCHED NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES

The Winter Classic, which was co-created by NBC Sports and the NHL and debuted in 2008, has produced five of the six most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 38 years (average viewers).

Viewership Date Network Game
1.  4.5 million Jan. 1, 2011 NBC Capitals-Penguins
2.  4.4 million Jan. 1, 2009 NBC Red Wings-Blackhawks
3.  3.8 million Jan. 27, 1996 FOX Six-game regional coverage
4.  3.8 million Jan. 1, 2008 NBC Penguins-Sabres
5.  3.74 million Jan. 2, 2012 NBC Rangers-Flyers
6.  3.68 million Jan. 1, 2010 NBC Flyers-Bruins

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream NHL coverage via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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

Games airing on:

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

2013-14 REGULAR-SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC & NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 103 NHL regular-season games during the 2013-14 season, featuring 13 games on NBC and 90 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 2013-14 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

NBC Sports Group will continue to provide hockey fans with up-to-the-minute news, video, and information on the NHL and hockey from around the world via its digital and social properties, including NBCSports.com, Twitter and Facebook. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Digital and Social NHL coverage.

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

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–