2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Between the Washington Capitals & Chicago Blackhawks 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.


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.


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 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.


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.

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


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:


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.”


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.”


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.”


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.”


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


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


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.”


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.”


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.”


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


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


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.”


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.”


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


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.”


Comcast SportsNet Announces 2014 Patriots Coverage




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”:

7PM – Monday Night Patriots
7:30PM – Quick Slants
Noon – Patriots Wednesday Live
THURSDAY (New England Football Night)
7PM – New England Tailgate
7:30PM – Patriots Football Weekly
8PM – 3 And Out
11PM – Patriots This Week
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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Notes & Quotes From NFL Kickoff 2014 & Pro Football Talk

FNIA-nfl-nbc“He’s not even the best defensive back on this team.” – Hines Ward on Seahawks DB Richard Sherman

“This is why they are a Super Bowl contender – because of Aaron Rodgers.” – Tony Dungy

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an NFL player make a bigger jump.” – Cris Collinsworth on Russell Wilson’s Growth from 2013 to 2014

 “If this gets done by Sunday, those suspensions (to Wes Welker & Josh Gordon) could go away completely.” – Mike Florio on NFL & NFLPA Working on New Drug Policy

STAMFORD, Conn. – Sept. 4, 2014 – NBC’s coverage of the 2014 NFL season began tonight with NFL Kickoff 2014 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Bob Costas opened the show live from inside CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., where the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks hosted the Green Bay Packers.

Dan Patrick co-hosted the program from inside the stadium and was joined on-site by Football Night in America analysts Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, and Hines Ward, as well as NFL insiders Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and Peter King of Sports Illustrated.

As part of the NFL Kickoff 2014 celebration, Josh Elliott anchored NBC’s coverage of a pre-game concert that featured performances by Grammy Award-winning singer, song-writer, producer, and The Voice judge, Pharrell Williams, as well as Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band Soundgarden from a specially constructed stage outside of CenturyLink Field. Elliott also provided live commentary from the stands amongst some of the Seahawks most passionate fans, commonly known as “The 12th Man.” Coverage included sit-down interviews between Costas and Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, as well as Elliott and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

NBC Sports Group’s NFL coverage began with a special two-hour edition of Pro Football Talk at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, co-hosted on-site in Seattle by Mike Florio and Liam McHugh, alongside Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, Dungy, Harrison, and Ward.

Pro Football Talk co-host Paul Burmeister anchored the show from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., joined by analysts Kevin Gilbride and Jon Ritchie.

Following are highlights from NFL Kickoff 2014 on NBC:

Florio on NFL and NFLPA making progress on comprehensive new drug policy and its effects on Wes Welker and Josh Gordon suspensions: “They could be reduced. If this gets done by Sunday, those suspensions could go away completely.”


Harrison on Seattle’s chances of repeating: “I think they’re going to repeat. I think they’re going to win. They’ve got everything they need to repeat.”

Dungy on Seattle’s chances: “They’re in the best division in football – the NFC West. I don’t think they’re going to repeat…I like New Orleans to win enough games to get that (NFC) Championship Game in New Orleans, rather than here (Seattle).”

Ward on if Richard Sherman is the best DB in the NFL: “I wouldn’t say so. He’s not even the best on defensive back on this team. I would go with safety Earl Thomas…Richard Sherman is a great cornerback, but he benefits from having a strong pass rush, and Seattle plays a lot of zone coverage, so he’s always on one side of the field. To be considered the best in the league, you have to cover the other team’s best wide receiver.”

Dungy comparing Russell Wilson to Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana: “He really does (remind me of Montana). That confidence, that playmaking ability…the clutch moments, where his coolness comes in.”


Ward on RB Eddie Lacy: “He was hurt, and he didn’t have Rodgers for seven games. Eddie Lacy will  not face eight guys in the box now that Aaron Rodgers is back in the lineup.”

Dungy on rookie C Corey Linsley: “There’s a name you haven’t heard, but he might be the most important player for the Packers tonight. A rookie center…he’s got to make all the calls, and he’s got to block…Corey Linsley’s got to be big tonight.”

Dungy on Rodgers: “The ability to make plays, not only in the pocket, but use his mobility…this is why they are a Super Bowl contender – because of Aaron Rodgers.”

Following are highlights from Pro Football Talk on NBCSN:


Collinsworth on growth of Russell Wilson: “When I watched him on tape last preseason to when I watched him on tape this season against the Chicago Bears, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an NFL player make a bigger jump.”

Harrison on Seattle WR Percy Harvin: “(He) is the most dangerous weapon in the National Football League.”

Harrison on Seattle S Earl Thomas: “Earl Thomas is the best free safety in the game…he’s very aggressive, great in the open field, and the leader of that defense.”

Harrison on Seattle head coach Pete Carroll tabbing Thomas to return punts: “It’s a huge mistake to have Earl Thomas return punts because he’s your best defensive player – point blank, period. Why would you take a chance to catch and return a punt, and now guys get an opportunity to take a shot at him?”

Florio on noise factor of Seattle’s ‘12th Man’: “I don’t think you can take the crowd out of it here.”

Florio on Seahawks repeating: “Complacency is not going to be a problem with the Seahawks. They are driven and motivated.”

King on Wilson’s intensity: “Russell Wilson has approached this training camp and this season as a perfect disciple of Pete Carroll – ‘you haven’t done anything unless you win another one.’”

Ritchie on Seattle running game: “This is an offense that is built on angry, unfettered, ‘attack-mode’ with Marshawn Lynch.”

Gilbride on Seattle offense: “They’re going to be a much more explosive offense this year than last year.”


Ward on Packers WR Jarrett Boykin: “He’s a better version of James Jones.”

Ritchie on Packers offense and Eddie Lacy: “They will always be in the proper play to take full advantage of your defense. Now that they’ve got an absolute road raider of a running back, they’re having a lot of success.”

Gilbride on impact of LB Julius Peppers on Green Bay defense: “The loss of B.J. Raji inside is going to be devastating…the one thing they’ve got going for them is Julius Peppers…that’s the only chance they have. How effective is Julius Peppers going to be? Because he’s the key to the whole thing.”


Costas interviewed Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Following are highlights:

Rodgers on noise from Seahawks’ ‘12th Man’: “It’s a big factor, especially on third downs, with the stuff that we’d like to do that gets hampered by noise…they’re a smart crowd, as loud as any in the league.”

Rodgers on silencing Seattle crowd: “We want to be up tempo, run a lot of plays in a short amount of time, but that gets neutralized if you’re not converting third downs…the key for us is converting third downs, more first downs and opportunities to quiet the crowd.”

Rodgers on 4th-and-8 TD pass to beat Bears and make postseason last year: “It’s a special memory in a great stadium where we’ve had some great battles…I don’t think anything can really touch that for me because I was coming off a very difficult injury…to be a factor and help our team get to the playoffs, finish it off with a touchdown was as good as it gets.”

Rodgers on the art of ‘photobombing’: “It’s one of the requests I’ve gotten a lot when I’m out and about…fans not saying, ‘Can I have a picture with you?’ but, ‘Will you photobomb my picture?”, which is an easy request to agree to…just try to have fun with it.”

Click here for video of this interview: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/aaron-rodgers-12th-man-seattle-big-factor


Elliott interviewed Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Following are highlights:

Wilson on the label of ‘underdog’: “I never consider myself an underdog. If I considered myself an underdog, I don’t think I’d be here…I’ve always viewed myself as a champion.”

Wilson on throwing less passes than other elite QBs: “I want to do whatever it takes to win…great teams play to the strengths of what they do…I have an itch. Going through college, I threw the ball 50 times, so I know how to do that too.”

Wilson on keeping focus for 2014 following Super Bowl win: “We know that we’re champions. We know that we’ve done great things. At the end of the day, it doesn’t mean anything about this year. The journey is just starting, and we’ve got to try and get more banners up there.”

Wilson on saying ‘Go Hawks’ at the end of every interview: “It’s something special for the 12th Man fans. It’s about them, it’s about our football team, and what we do on a daily basis…so ‘Go Hawks.’”

Click here for video of this interview: http://www.nbcsports.com/football/nfl/russell-wilson-one-one-josh-elliot


NASCAR America On NBCSN Expands To Present 60-Minute Monday Editions Throughout The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup

NBCSN_LogoExpanded Shows to Present In-depth Coverage of Weekend Action and Developments Impacting the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup    

STAMFORD, Conn. — September 4, 2014 — As the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season races to a dramatic finish this weekend at Richmond International Raceway, NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA is gearing up for an expanded set of 60-minute Monday shows that begins on Monday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m. ET, and will continue each week through the 2014 playoffs. In addition, NBCSN will present a 60-minute NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase special on Thursday, September 11.  The announcement was made today by Jeff Behnke, VP of NASCAR Production for the NBC Sports Group.

“The new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup format, which expanded the field and introduced three shoot-out style postseason elimination rounds, has greatly increased the number of storylines and overall intrigue,” said Behnke. “We’re excited to give fans an expanded and in-depth examination of all the turning points, strategies and personalities in play each Monday throughout the remainder of the season.”

NASCAR AMERICA premiered in February, following Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Daytona 500 victory and NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform coverage of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.  The weekday 30-minute news and highlights program is hosted primarily by NASCAR on NBC lead race announcer Rick Allen and features regular appearances by NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Burton, reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Nate Ryan, as well as guest analysts such as Kyle Petty, Bobby Labonte, Wally Dallenbach and Frank Stoddard.

Upcoming expanded episodes of NASCAR AMERICA can be found on NBCSN at the following dates and times (All times ET):

Monday, Sept. 8          4:30-5:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 11     5:00-6:00 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 15       7:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 22       4:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29       7:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6          4:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13        4:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20        7:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 27        7:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3          7:00-8:00 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 10        4:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday, Nov 17         4:30-5:30 p.m.


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

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


NBCSN Announces 2014-15 College Basketball Schedule

NBCSN_LogoLive Coverage of More Than 45 College Basketball Games on NBCSN and

NBC Sports Live Extra

Coverage Highlighted by Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association Conference Matchups

Dayton, George Washington, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, UMass, VCU and Virginia To Appear This Season

Complete Coverage of 2014 Barclays Center Classic November 28-29

Live Coverage of A-10 Championship and CAA Conference Tournament    

Stamford, Conn. – September 3, 2014 – NBCSN will present more than 45 college basketball games during the 2014-15 season, including 32 regular-season matchups featuring Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association schools, the Barclays Center Classic featuring Virginia, Vanderbilt, La Salle and Rutgers, and coverage of the Atlantic 10 Championship and CAA conference tournament.


NBCSN will air 25 A-10 regular season games featuring all 14 member schools, including Davidson, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, Saint Joseph’s, Saint Louis, St. Bonaventure, and VCU. The schedule boasts 16 games featuring teams from last season’s NCAA Tournament, including four games with 2013-14 A-10 regular season champion Saint Louis, three games with A-10 Championship winner Saint Joseph’s, and four games with Dayton, who advanced to last year’s Elite Eight.

Coverage of the A-10 on NBCSN begins Saturday, December 13, at 7 p.m. ET, when VCU hosts Northern Iowa. NBCSN’s Atlantic 10 regular-season coverage concludes Saturday, March 7 at 5:30 p.m. ET when George Mason visits VCU. NBCSN will provide exclusive coverage of the second round and quarterfinals of the A-10 Championship, starting at noon ET on March 12.


NBCSN’s CAA regular-season coverage begins Saturday, Jan. 24 at noon ET when Drexel hosts Charleston. NBCSN will air seven regular-season CAA games featuring seven member schools, including 2013-14 regular-season and CAA Conference Tournament champion Delaware, College of Charleston, Drexel, Hofstra, Northeastern, Towson, and William and Mary.

In addition to its regular-season coverage, NBCSN will provide live coverage of the CAA Conference Semifinals on Sunday, March 8, beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET, and the CAA Championship Game on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m. ET.


NBCSN will present live coverage of the 2014 Barclays Center Classic, featuring Virginia, Vanderbilt, La Salle and Rutgers.

Coverage begins on Friday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. with round one of the tournament, followed by the consolation and championship games on Saturday, Nov. 29. The 2014 Barclays Center Classic is part of the BROOKLYN HOOPS™ platform at Barclays Center.


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

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

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.


Fri., November 28 First Round Barclays Center Classic 7 p.m.
Fri., November 28 First Round Barclays Center Classic 9:30 p.m.
Sat., November 29 Consolation Game Barclays Center Classic 7 p.m.
Sat., November 29 Championship Game Barclays Center Classic 9:30 p.m.
Sat., December 13 Northern Iowa at VCU A-10 7 p.m.
Sat., December 20 Iona at GMU A-10 7 p.m.
Sun., December 28 Richmond at Wake Forest A-10 4 p.m.
Sat., January 3 Duquesne at Dayton A-10 1 p.m.
Sat., January 3 Rhode Island at Saint Louis A-10 3 p.m.
Sat., January 3 Richmond at Davidson A-10 5 p.m.
Thur., January 8 George Mason at Richmond A-10 7 p.m.
Sat., January 10 George Washington at La Salle A-10 12:30 p.m.
Sat., January 17 Saint Louis at Dayton A-10 12:30 p.m.
Sat., January 17 Rhode Island at UMass A-10 2:30 p.m.
Sat., January 17 George Mason at George Washington A-10 4:30 p.m.
Sun., January 18 Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure A-10 2:30 p.m.
Thur., January 22 George Washington at Fordham A-10 7 p.m.
Sat., January 24 Charleston at Drexel CAA Noon
Sat., January 24 Northeastern at William & Mary CAA 2 p.m.
Sat., January 31 Davidson at Saint Joseph’s A-10 12:30 p.m.
Thur., February 5 Richmond at La Salle A-10 6:30 p.m.
Sat., February 7 VCU at St. Bonaventure A-10 2 p.m.
Sat., February 7 Saint Louis at Fordham A-10 4 p.m.
Sun., February 8 Rhode Island at Richmond A-10 2:30 p.m.
Thur., February 12 Northeastern at Hofstra CAA 7 p.m.
Sat., February 14 St. Bonaventure at Dayton A-10 12:30 p.m.
Sat., February 14 Delaware at William & Mary CAA 2:30 p.m.
Sun., February 15 Towson at Charleston CAA 12:30 p.m.
Sun., February 15 Saint Joseph’s at Fordham A-10 2:30 p.m.
Sat., February 21 Dayton at Duquesne A-10 2 p.m.
Sat., February 21 Drexel at Northeastern CAA 4 p.m.
Sun., February 22 La Salle at Saint Louis A-10 2:30 p.m.
Sun., February 22 William & Mary at Hofstra CAA 4:30 p.m.
Sat., February 28 Rhode Island at La Salle A-10 12:30 p.m.
Sat., March 7 UMass at George Washington A-10 3:30 p.m.
Sat., March 7 George Mason at VCU A-10 5:30 p.m.
Sun., March 8 CAA Semifinals CAA 2:30 p.m.
Sun., March 8 CAA Semifinals CAA 5 p.m.
Mon., March 9 CAA Finals CAA 7 p.m.
Thur., March 12 A-10 Championship Second Round A-10 Noon
Thur., March 12 A-10 Championship Second Round A-10 2:30 p.m.
Thur., March 12 A-10 Championship Second Round A-10 6:30 p.m.
Thur., March 12 A-10 Championship Second Round A-10 9 p.m.
Fri., March 13 A-10 Championship Quarter Final A-10 Noon
Fri., March 13 A-10 Championship Quarter Final A-10 2:30 p.m.
Fri., March 13 A-10 Championship Quarter Final A-10 6:30 p.m.
Fri., March 13 A-10 Championship Quarter Final A-10 9 p.m.

All games and times subject to change.

About the A-10

The Atlantic 10 Conference is a basketball-centric conference founded in 1976 and consists of 14 diverse members across eight states and Washington, D.C. The mission of the Atlantic 10 Conference is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for its student-athletes, coaches, and support staff. The membership consists of Davidson College, the University of Dayton, Duquesne University, Fordham University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, La Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode Island, University of Richmond, St. Bonaventure University, Saint Joseph’s University, Saint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. For more information, visit www.atlantic10.com.

About the Colonial Athletic Association:

The Colonial Athletic Association is a nine-member Division I athletic conference with a geographic footprint that stretches from Boston to Charleston, S.C. and encompasses several of the nation’s largest media markets. CAA men’s basketball teams have combined to win 41 games in postseason play since 2006, including 14 victories in the NCAA Tournament. Member institutions include the College of Charleston, the University of Delaware, Drexel University, Hofstra University, James Madison University, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Northeastern University, Towson University and the College of William and Mary.

About NBCSN:

NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Premier League, Formula One, Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France, and beginning in 2015, NASCAR. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown  and Breeders’ Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk and The Dan Patrick Show. NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.


NASCAR and Comcast Reach 10-yr deal on series title sponsorship

nascarComcast’s XFINITY Brand to Become Only Third Title Sponsor of the Series ‘Where Names Are Made’

DAYTONA BEACH, FL and PHILADELPHIA, PA –– SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 ––  NASCAR and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)announced today a historic agreement that will make Comcast’s XFINITY brand the title sponsor of what is now known as the NASCAR Nationwide Series through 2024. The 10-year term matches the longest single agreement around title sponsorship of any NASCAR national series in history, and is the longest entitlement sponsorship agreement in this series’ history.

Beginning January 1, 2015, the property will be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series. XFINITY will become only the third title sponsor in series history following Anheuser-Busch (26 years) and Nationwide Insurance (seven years). The agreement also makes XFINITY an Official NASCAR Partner in the multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) and broadband ISP categories.

The announcement was made during an event at the NASCAR Hall of Fame – where the sport’s history is celebrated every day – and was the first series entitlement sponsorship ever announced at the venue.

XFINITY is Comcast’s residential service brand and is the nation’s largest video and high-speed Internet provider. The company has increased Internet speeds for existing customers 13 times in 12 years and recently introduced XFINITY on the X1 Entertainment Operating System. The company also offers XFINITY On Demand, the most robust video on demand platform in the world. Comcast serves business and residential customers in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

“We’re proud to welcome XFINITY to the NASCAR community as title sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series for the next decade,” said Brian France, NASCAR Chairman & CEO. “NASCAR and XFINITY are each leader brands with much in common. Both are focused on innovation and have products built for speed. Together, we will work to take this series to new heights and elevate one of the most unique and powerful partnerships in all of sports.”

What will soon be known as the NASCAR XFINITY Series is the property where names are made and is like nothing else in major pro sports. It features the most talented young drivers regularly competing side-by-side against NASCAR’s biggest and brightest stars.

“Technology lives at the heart of NASCAR, just as it does for XFINITY,” said Dave Watson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Comcast Cable. “NASCAR provides an exciting environment in which to showcase our video and Internet products and we look forward to further enhancing the fan experience at home, at the track and on the go for years to come.”

The series also has a large, highly engaged and technology-connected television audience. It races in some of the nation’s largest markets – from Chicago to Los Angeles to Miami – and at the sport’s biggest and most iconic tracks – from Daytona International Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, to Talladega Superspeedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

According to NASCAR Fan Engagement Tracker 2013 (commissioned by NASCAR and conducted by Toluna), NASCAR fans spend an average of four-and-a-half hours each week watching NASCAR on television and an additional two-and-a-half-hours each week following the sport on digital platforms.

XFINITY is among the premier sponsors in sports today and a robust sponsorship activation program is part of the new agreement with NASCAR, with aggressive planning already underway.

Comcast’s involvement with NASCAR is expanding rapidly. In addition to the NASCAR XFINITY Series announced today, Comcast’s NBC Sports unit will begin broadcasting NASCAR race events in July 2015.

After a successful seven-year run as series entitlement sponsor, Nationwide Insurance pivoted its marketing programs to become a NASCAR team sponsor next season. Nationwide also is the official auto, home, life and business insurance partner of NASCAR.

The NASCAR Nationwide Series will make its return to Richmond International Raceway for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 on September 5, and will be aired on ESPN2. The first race of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season, and of the new partnership, will be during Daytona Speedweeks on February 21, 2015, at the famed Daytona International Speedway.


The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and follow NASCAR at www.Facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About Comcast Cable

Comcast Cable is the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

NBC Sports Group Surrounds Week 1 Of 2014 NFL Season With “NFL KICKOFF 2014″ and “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”

FNIA-nfl-nbcSuper Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks Host Green Bay Packers on Thursday,   September 4. Coverage of NFL Kickoff 2014 Begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Denver Broncos Take on Indianapolis Colts in Season Debut of Sunday Night Football on September 7. Coverage Begins with Football Night In America at 7 p.m. ET on NBC

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream All Sunday Night Football Games

Debut of Carrie Underwood’s 2014 Edition of “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night”         Airs September 7

NFL Turning Point Season Premiere on Wednesday, September 10 at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio Airs Weekdays at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Sunday Sports Report Airs Sunday Nights at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Stamford, Conn. – August 28, 2014 – In a season that will see NBC broadcast Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1, 2015, NBC Sports Group surrounds the 2014 NFL season with robust multi-platform coverage across its unprecedented portfolio of assets. NFL coverage will include live game presentation on NBC with Sunday Night Football, the No. 1 show on primetime TV; pre-game coverage on NBC with Football Night in America, the most watched studio show in sports;  live streaming of Sunday Night Football for desktops and tablets on NBC Sports Live Extra; daily studio coverage on NBCSN with Pro Football Talk; weekly programming on NBCSN with Emmy Award-nominated NFL Turning Point and NBCSN Sunday Sports Report; daily radio coverage on 439 NBC Sports Radio affiliates across the United States; local team coverage on 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks; comprehensive fantasy football coverage on NBCSN with Fantasy Football Live, and online through Rotoworld.com; and additional digital and social media content.

NBC bookends the 2014 NFL season with NFL Kickoff 2014 on Thursday, Sept. 4 and Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015. In all, NBC will broadcast 22 games, including a Thanksgiving night game on Nov. 27, a Wild Card Playoff game on the weekend of Jan. 3-4, and a Divisional Playoff game on the Jan. 10-11 weekend.


The NFL opens the regular season on Thursday, Sept. 4, with NFL Kickoff 2014 on NBC. Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Century Link Field, in Seattle, Wash. A pre-game concert will feature performances by Grammy Award-winning singer, song-writer, producer, and The Voice judge, Pharrell Williams, as well as Seattle-natives and Grammy Award-winning band Soundgarden from a specially constructed stage outside of Century Link Field. Select portions of the concert will air on NBC. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Sunday Night Football, the No. 1 primetime show on television, kicks off on Sunday, Sept. 7, when Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts from Sports Authority Field at Mile High, in Denver, Colo. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Football Night in America, the most-watched studio show in sports.

Calling both games are 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 NFL Kickoff 2014 and 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.

For the second year in a row, country music superstar Carrie Underwood will perform Waiting All Day for Sunday Night, the opening theme for Sunday Night Football. The 2014 edition will debut on Sunday, Sept. 7, prior to NBC’s first SNF broadcast of the 2014 NFL season. The opening theme has been part of the weekly telecast for all nine seasons of Sunday Night Football.


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 Century Link Field, on Thursday, and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, on Sunday. Costas will be joined on site by Cris Collinsworth, two-time Super Bowl winner Hines Ward,and new NBC Sports on-air personality Josh Elliott.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Century Link Field on Thursday night, and from NBC Sports Group’s  Studio on Sunday night. Patrick 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.

Beginning on Sept. 7, and continuing throughout the regular season, Kathryn Tappen, Alex Flanagan and Carolyn Manno will alternate reporting from the site of one of the high-profile afternoon games.

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 that are available online, as well as NFL-related shoulder programming available on NBCSN.

Tues. Sept. 2 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
6:30 p.m. Fantasy Football Live NBCSN
Wed. Sept. 3 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
6:30 p.m. Fantasy Football Live NBCSN
Thurs. Sept. 4 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
7:30 p.m. NFL Kickoff 2014 NBC
8:30 p.m. Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks NBC
Fri. Sept. 5 5:30 p.m. Pro Football Talk NBCSN
Sun. Sept. 7 7 p.m. Football Night in America NBC
8:30 p.m. SNF: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos NBC


For the seventh consecutive season, the entire Sunday Night Football schedule 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 ALL-ACCESSFor the fifth straight season, and with a new look and feel, NBCSports.com is providing 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 “Ten With Tafoya” interviews with key 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 all week long. Fans can access tweets from across the league, Instagram photos and which players and topics are trending all within one experience.

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


  • SNF ON FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/SNFonNBC – At nearly 2.5 million LIKES strong, 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 as well as 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 to provide followers with updates all game long.
  • 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. Fans will 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.


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 in Seattle, 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 will arrive 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 will also be traveling with a replica Vince Lombardi Trophy that will be available for fan photos. From the life-size NFL players and Carrie Underwood on the outside, to the SNF Player of the Game signed ball and Vince Lombardi Trophy on the inside, fans will have numerous opportunities to interact and share memories from the bus.


Fans can digitally follow the Sunday Night Football bus at NBCSports.com/FollowSNF. The site will include an interactive map of where the bus has been, and where it’s traveling next, allowing fans to take a virtual #SNFRoadTrip, beginning at NFL Kickoff on Sept. 4, 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 who’s leading each week.

A dedicated producer will be collecting photos and creating 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.


For the third consecutive season NBC Sports will present “The Sunday Night Football,” a custom made football from Wilson, which will travel with the SNF crew all season long. Fans of SNF on Facebook and Twitter will be able to 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.


The fourth season of Emmy-nominated NFL Turning Point, NBCSN’s weekly show co-produced by NFL Films, will debut Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 10 p.m. ET and will be hosted by Football Night in America’s Dan Patrick. The hour-long program will air throughout the NFL season and will focus on the crucial “turning point” moment in several games each week by utilizing NFL Films’ unmatched cinematography, and sideline and on-field audio.


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.


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, 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 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 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, 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.


For the second consecutive season, Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist, Carrie Underwood, will perform “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” the opening theme for primetime television’s No. 1 program, Sunday Night Football on NBC. Country music superstar Underwood, the season-four winner of American Idol in 2005, made her Sunday Night Football debut to open the 2013 NFL season. The opening theme will continue each week kicking off Sunday Night Football every Sunday night throughout the NFL season on NBC.

Eleven NFL players, who have accounted for 44 Pro Bowl selections, five Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVP trophies, and eight first-round draft picks (five in the top 10) will participate in the open with Underwood. Players include New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham,San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly,New York Giants QB Eli Manning, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning, Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall,Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews,Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy,San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers,Denver Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware, andSeattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film, where the six-time Grammy Award winner has amassed more than 95 major honors, sold more than 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 18 No. 1 singles, nine of which she co-wrote. Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s Top Female Country Touring Artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010 and 2012.  Her four albums, Some HeartsCarnival RidePlay On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum – tallied 38 weeks at No 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with songs that have now been streamed more than 800 million times worldwide.

A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, Underwood last year became the musical voice of primetime television’s No 1 program, Sunday Night Football, and starred as Maria von Trapp in the three-hour, holiday blockbuster and Emmy-winning, The Sound of Music Live!, which had a total reach of 44 million viewers.


NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2013-14 television season as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May).

This marks the third consecutive television season — and the only three times on record — that a sports series has been the highest-rated and most-watched show of the primetime TV season.

For the 2013-2014 primetime television season, Sunday Night Football ranks as the highest-rated (12.8), most-watched show (21.7 million, viewers 2+), and the No. 1 broadcast program across the key demographics of Adults 18-49, 18-34, 25-54 as well as Men 18-49, 18-34 and 25-54 and Women 18-34 and 18-49.

In addition, 12 SNF games averaged at least 20 million viewers, tying NBC’s Sochi Winter Olympics for most primetime telecasts with 20 million viewers (not including pre-/post-shows).

The critically acclaimed Football Night in America, which precedes Sunday Night Football, each week at 7 p.m. ET, averaged 7.9 million viewers in 2013, making it the most watched studio show in sports.

Sunday Night Football has won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series in each of the last six years.


NBC will broadcast 19 primetime NFL games during the 2014 regular season, highlighted by: Russell Wilson and the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks hosting Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Sept. 4; Peyton Manning and the AFC Champion Broncos host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in the opening Sunday Night Football game on Sept. 7; andNBC’s annual Thanksgiving night game, featuring the heated NFC West rivalry between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Thurs. Sept. 4 NFL Kickoff Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks
Sun. Sept. 7 Week 1 Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
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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Matchup Of Last Season’s Top Two Teams Manchester City V. Liverpool Mon., Aug. 25 On NBCSN Highlights Week 2 Premier League Action

nbc-epl1Everton v. Arsenal Saturday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Tim Howard Makes ’14-15 Broadcast Debut on Monday With Lee Dixon & Matt Smith in On-Site Studio at Manchester City-Liverpool

Crystal Palace v. West Ham United Live in Theaters Saturday at 10 a.m. ET

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2014 – A matchup of last season’s champions Manchester City and runners-up Liverpool on Monday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and mun2 highlights NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend.

On Saturday, fifth-place finishers Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard host last season’s fourth-place finishers Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and mun2.

Two days after playing against Arsenal, Howard makes his season broadcast debut with NBC Sports Group joining Lee Dixon and ITV Sport’s Matt Smith at the Manchester City-Liverpool match for a live on-site studio appearance for Premier League Live at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s Premier League lead play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls both Everton v. Arsenal and Manchester City v. Liverpool, joined by Lee Dixon at Everton’s Goodison Park and Graeme Le Saux at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage on Saturday kicks off with Premier League Live at 7 a.m. ET followed by Aston Villa v. Newcastle at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN. At 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN and mun2 feature coverage of Chelsea v. Leicester City. All matches not shown on NBCSN in the Saturday 10 a.m. ET window will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

Sunday’s coverage kicks off at 8 a.m. ET on CNBC with Premier League Live, followed by Tottenham v. Queens Park Rangers at 8:30 a.m. ET. Coverage switches over to NBCSN at 10:30 a.m. ET for Premier League Live, followed by Sunderland v. Manchester United at 11 a.m. ET.

On Monday, August 25, prior to Manchester City v. Liverpool, NBCSN presents back-to-back new episodes of Premier League Download, which take a look back at last season’s top two clubs. The first episode, at noon ET, revisits Liverpool’s memorable campaign and features an exclusive interview with manager Brendan Rodgers, and is followed by an episode at 12:30 p.m. ET highlighting Manchester City’s title-winning season, including an interview with captain Vincent Kompany.

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 joined by former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, and former Jamaican National Team player Robbie Earle.

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.

Crystal Palace v. West Ham United on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10am ET will be shown in select U.S. cinemas for “Barclays Premier League LIVE.” For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).

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

Date Time (ET) Home v. Away Network
Fri., Aug. 22 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Fri., Aug. 22 7:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Match Pack NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 7:45 a.m. Aston Villa v. Newcastle NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Chelsea v. Leicester City NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. West Ham Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Southampton v. West Brom Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 23 10 a.m. Swansea City v. Burnley Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 23 12:30 p.m. Everton v. Arsenal NBC, mun2
Sat., Aug. 23 11 p.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 8 a.m. Premier League Live CNBC
Sun., Aug. 24 8:30 a.m. Tottenham v. QPR CNBC
Sun., Aug. 24 8:30 a.m. Hull City v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sun., Aug. 24 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 11 a.m. Sunderland v. Man United NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., Aug. 24 1 p.m. Premier League Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 10 p.m. Premier League Download NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 24 10:30 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 7 a.m. Premier League Review NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 Noon Premier League Download NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 12:30 p.m. Premier League Download NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Aug 25 3 p.m. Man City v. Liverpool NBCSN, mun2
Mon., Aug 25 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN

NBC Sports Group will once again make all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.