REGIONAL COVERAGE

On Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, NBC and NBCSN will televise either Red Wings-Lightning or Wild-Blues. Click here to view a map of NBC’s regionalized coverage. NBCSN will “reverse regionalize the NBC game, meaning that it will televise the game which viewers do not receive on NBC.

Due to logistical issues, not all cable/satellite/telco distributors are able to regionalize NBCSN’s coverage:

  • Cox will provide the Detroit-Tampa Bay game nationally. There will be no regionalization.
  • Both DirecTV and Cox will provide the second of the two games (the non-NBC game) on an alternate channel, not NBCSN.
  • Additional distributors in select markets may also be affected.

DAYS 3-5 – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS”

Game 2 Doubleheader Tonight on NBCSN – (3) Islanders-(2) Capitals at 7 p.m. ET, Followed by (3) Blackhawks-(2) Predators at 9:30 p.m. ET

Game 2 Doubleheader Tonight on CNBC – (4) Senators-(1) Canadiens at 7 p.m. ET, Followed by (3) Flames-(2) Canucks at 10 p.m. ET

Tonight’s Pre-game Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

NBC Presents Live Coverage of 2015 NHL Draft Lottery Saturday Night at 8 p.m. ET, Prior to Game 2 of Penguins-Rangers

Two-Time Stanley Cup Winner Shawn Thornton and Former NHL Goaltender Brian Boucher Join NHL Live as Guest Analysts Tonight

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 17, 2015 – Day 3 of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with a pair of Game 2 doubleheaders on NBCSN and CNBC, beginning with pre-game coverage on NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. This weekend’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage features 12 games across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, as well as live coverage of the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBCSN’s coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET when the (2) Washington Capitals host the (3) New York Islanders, while CNBC will present Game 2 of the (1) Montreal Canadiens’ first-round series against the (4) Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET. Doubleheader action continues on NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. ET, when the (2) Nashville Predators host the (3) Chicago Blackhawks. CNBC’s second game of the night features Game 2 between the (2) Vancouver Canucks and the (3) Calgary Flames.


NBC PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF 2015 NHL DRAFT LOTTERY SATURDAY NIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET, PRIOR TO GAME 2 OF PENGUINS-RANGERS

The 2015 NHL Draft Lottery will take place tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, prior to Game 2 of the Penguins-Rangers first-round series. Click here for more information.

The teams that earn the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in this year’s draft will have the opportunity to select from two players widely-regarded as potential future NHL superstars; Canadian Connor McDavid and American Jack Eichel, the latter of which was awarded the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, given to the top NCAA hockey player.

The NHL Draft Lottery is a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

 

TWO-TIME STANLEY CUP WINNER SHAWN THORNTON AND VETERAN NHL GOALTENDER BRIAN BOUCHER JOIN NHL LIVE AS GUEST ANALYSTS TONIGHT

Two-time Stanley Cup winner and current Florida Panthers forward Shawn Thornton, and former NHL goaltender Brian Boucher will join NHL Live as guest analysts tonight on NBCSN and CNBC.

Thornton recently completed his 18th season of professional hockey and first season with the Panthers. The veteran forward earned his first Stanley Cup win as a member of the Anaheim Ducks during the 2006-07 season, and was a member of the Boston Bruins’ 2010-11 Stanley Cup-winning squad. Boucher split 13 NHL seasons with seven teams, playing the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers, including 42 playoff games with the team.

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. Friday editions will include weekend information.

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All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.

 

THE PASS – FRIDAY, APRIL 17–SUNDAY, APRIL 19 (All times ET)

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

7 p.m. Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
7 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal CNBC Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
9:30 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver CNBC Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

3 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay* NBC/NBCSN John Forslund, Andy Brickley
3 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis* NBC/NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
8 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
10:30 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim NBCSN Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Noon Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
3 p.m. Game 3 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago NBC Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom,
Joe Micheletti
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa NBCSN Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
10 p.m. Game 2 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary NBCSN Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake

 *Regionalized coverage: On Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, NBC will broadcast a regionalized presentation of Red Wings-Lightning and Wild-Blues. Click here to view a map of tomorrow’s regionalized coverage on NBC. The game which viewers do not receive on NBC will be shown on NBCSN in those markets.

 

 

TONIGHT – APRIL 17

NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh with analyst Keith Jones and guest analyst Shawn Thornton, begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Host Russ Thaler, analyst Anson Carter and guest analyst Brian Boucher will host CNBC’s studio coverage.

NBCSN and CNBC will present a pair of matchups at 7 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s coverage features Game 2 between the (3) New York Islanders and (3) Washington Capitals, as the Caps look to even the series. On Wednesday night, Islanders forward Brock Nelson scored twice en route to a 4-1 victory in Game 1. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

CNBC presents Game 2 between the (4) Ottawa Senators and (1) Montreal Canadiens tonight at 7 p.m. ET, as Montreal looks to build off of its 4-3 win in Game 1. Chris Cuthbert (play-by-play) and Bret Hedican (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que.

Tonight’s doubleheader action continues on NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. ET, as the (2) Nashville Predators look for a Game 2 victory over the (3) Chicago Blackhawks to even their first-round series. Chicago erased a 3-0 first-period deficit and Duncan Keith scored midway through double overtime to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win in Game 1. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

CNBC’s Game 2 coverage continues tonight at 10 p.m. ET, when the (2) Vancouver Canucks host the (3) Calgary Flames. Calgary scored two third-period goals, including Kris Russell’s game-winner with 29.6 seconds left in regulation to lift the Flames to a 2-1 Game 1 victory. Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Scott Oake will provide live commentary from Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 18

Saturday’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage begins with NHL Live on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by a 3 p.m. ET regional doubleheader on NBC and NBCSN. Select markets will receive Game 2 between the (3) Detroit Red Wings and (2) Tampa Bay Lightning on NBC, and Game 2 of the (4) Minnesota Wild-(1) St. Louis Blues series on NBCSN. Remaining markets will receive Wild-Blues on NBC, and Red Wings-Lightning on NBCSN. Follo

The Red Wings took a 1-0 series lead on Thursday night, powered by two goals from Pavel Datsyuk and 44 saves by goaltender Petr Mrazek in a 3-2 victory. Minnesota earned a 4-3 Game 1 victory against St. Louis on Thursday, as the Wild built an early lead and held on for a 4-2 win.

John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call of Red Wings-Lightning from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call Wild-Blues from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

NBC’s exclusive coverage continues Saturday night in primetime at 8 p.m. ET with Game 2 between the (1) New York Rangers and (4) Pittsburgh Penguins from Madison Square Garden, as the Rangers look to build off of a 2-1 win in Game 1.  Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday night, when the (4) Winnipeg Jets look to even their series with the (1) Anaheim Ducks, following a 4-2 Ducks win on Thursday. Dave Randorf, Garry Galley and Cassie Campbell-Pascall will provide live game commentary from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

McHugh, Milbury and Roenick will anchor Saturday’s afternoon studio coverage on NHL Live on NBC and NBCSN, and will be joined by Jones for Saturday evening’s studio coverage.

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 19

NBC’s Sunday coverage begins at noon ET with Game 3 of the (3) Islanders and (2) Capitals first-round series from Long Island. Emrick, Olczyk and McGuire will have the call from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

NBC drops the puck on Game 3 between the (3) Blackhawks at (2) Predators at 3 p.m. ET, following the conclusion of Islanders-Capitals. Strader, Engblom and Micheletti will call the action from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NBCSN’s coverage on Sunday begins at 7 p.m. ET with Game 3 of the (4) Senators-(1) Canadiens first-round clash. Cuthbert and Hedican will provide live commentary from Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ont.

This weekend’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoff coverage concludes Sunday at 10 p.m. ET with Game 3 between the (3) Flames and (2) Canucks. Hughson, Simpson and Oake will have the call from the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta.

McHugh, Milbury and Jones anchor NBC’s NHL Live coverage on Sunday, while Kathryn Tappen hosts NBCSN’s studio coverage on Sunday night alongside Roenick and Carter.

All games on cable are subject to local blackouts. In the event that the first game of a doubleheader runs late and beyond puck drop of the second game on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network or CNBC, the start of the later game will air on NHL Network, and remain on NHL Network until the early game has concluded. The late game will then return to its original network, where it will be seen in its entirety.

The only exception to this is Sunday’s doubleheader on NBC. If Islanders-Capitals runs into the start of Blackhawks-Predators, the local markets of Chicago and Nashville will leave Islanders-Capitals to present Blackhawks-Predators in its entirety on NBC, while the remainder of the markets will stay with Islanders-Capitals. Viewers outside of Chicago and Nashville will be able to see the start of Blackhawks-Predators on NHL Network, until the conclusion of Islanders-Capitals, when it will then return to NBC where it will be seen in its entirety.


COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals, respectively, with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream comprehensive coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

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

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH APRIL 17, 2015 – APRIL 19, 2015

(All times ET)

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

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

 

Friday, April 17

5 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar Countdown

5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Pro Football Talk

6 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live

7 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington

7 p.m. on CNBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Lotte Championship

9:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville

10 p.m. on CNBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver

 

Saturday, April 18

12:30 a.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Whelan Modified Series Thompson

6 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Shenzhen International

8 a.m. on NBCSN – Barclays Premier League Preview

9 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Everton v. Burnley

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimeStoke City v. Southampton

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Leicester City v. Swansea City

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimeCrystal Palace v. West Brom

11 a.m. on CNBC – F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying

12:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League:  Chelsea v. Manchester United

12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Notre Dame: Blue Gold Game

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

2:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League Goal Zone

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live

3 p.m. on NBC OR NBCSN (Regionalized) – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay OR Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – Champions Tour: Greater Gwinnett Championship

6 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach Qualifying

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Lotte Championship

7:30 p.m. on NBCSN – F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Qualifying

8 p.m. on NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers

9 p.m. on NBCSN – /DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East (Encore)

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim

 

Sunday, April 19

6 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Shenzhen International

6:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Download

7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Manchester City v. West Ham

10:30 a.m. on CNBC – Premier League: Newcastle v. Tottenham

10:30 a.m. on NBCSN – F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

12 p.m. on NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders

1 p.m. on NBCSN – F1 Extra

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

1:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Off the Grid: Melbourne

3 p.m. on NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 3 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago

3 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar Lights Long Beach

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – Champions Tour: Greater Gwinnett Championship

4 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach

7 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 3 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa

10 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 3 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary

 

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

NBC Sports Group’s weekend coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET, when the Washington Capitals host the New York Islanders, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Nashville Predators at 9:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on CNBC begins at 7 p.m. ET when the Ottawa Senators take on the Montreal Canadians, followed by the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Calgary Flames at 10 p.m. ET. Calling the action on NBCSN is Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire from the Verizon Center for New York vs. Washington, and Gord Miller and Joe Micheletti on site at Bridgestone Arena for Chicago vs. Nashville. On CNBC, Chris Cuthbert and Bret Hedican call Ottawa vs. Montreal from the Bell Centre in Montreal, and Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson and Scott Oake cover Calgary vs. Vancouver from the Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

Coverage continues Saturday at 3 p.m. ET with regional coverage on NBC and NBCSN, when the Detroit Red Wings face the Tampa Bay Lightning, and the St. Louis Blues face the Minnesota Wild (check local listings). At 8 p.m. ET, NBC features Game 2 of the Pittsburgh Penguins-New York Rangers series. Coverage continues on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET when the Anaheim Ducks host the Winnipeg Jets. John Forslund and Andy Brickley call Detroit-Tampa Bay from the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay, while Dave Strader and Brian Engblom handle coverage of St. Louis-Minnesota from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Pierre McGuire and Eddie Olczyk will be on-site at Madison Square Garden for NBC’s primetime coverage of Pittsburgh-New York, and Dave Randorf, Garry Galley and Cassie Campbell-Pascall call Winnipeg vs. Anaheim from the Honda Center.

On Sunday, coverage begins on NBC at Noon ET, with Game 3 of the Washington Capitals-New York Islanders series, followed by Nashville vs. Chicago at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with Game 3 of the Montreal-Ottawa series, and concludes with the Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames at 10 p.m. ET. Calling Washington-New York on NBC is Emrick, McGuire and Olczyk from the Nassau Coliseum, while Albert, Engblom and Micheletti will handle coverage of Nashville-Chicago from United Center. On NBCSN, Cuthbert and Hedican call Montreal-Ottawa from the Canadian Tire Centre, and Hughson, Simpson and Oake call Vancouver-Calgary from the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Liam McHugh hosts NHL Live and NHL Overtime, along with by former player Keith Jones on Friday. Russ Thaler and Anson Carter will anchor studio coverage on CNBC.  Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick will join McHugh for Saturday’s coverage on NBCSN. McHugh, Jones and Milbury host Sunday’s NHL Live and NHL Overtime on NBC, and Kathryn Tappen, Carter and Roenick host coverage on NBCSN.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

NBC Sports Group’s weekend Premier League coverage begins Saturday at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Barclays Premier League Preview, followed by Premier League Live at 9 a.m. ET. Live match coverage begins at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Everton v. Burnley, and coverage of Stoke City v. Southampton, Leicester City v. Swansea City and Crystal Palace v. West Brom will air on Premier League Extra Time at 10 a.m. ET. Saturday’s live match coverage wraps up with Chelsea v. Manchester United at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, immediately followed by NBC’s Premier League post-game show, Premier League Goal Zone.

NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls Chelsea v. Manchester United, joined by Graeme Le Saux at Stamford Bridge.

Sunday’s Premier League coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Manchester City v. West Ham at 8:30 a.m. ET, and Newcastle v. Tottenham at 11 a.m. ET.

U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard joins White in the booth to call Manchester City-West Ham one day after suiting up for his club’s match against Burnley.

Below is a full list of match commentators for this weekend’s Premier League coverage:

 

Saturday, April 18

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Everton v. Burnley, commentated by Gary Weaver and Barry Horne

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Stoke City v. Southampton, commentated by Phil Blacker and Trevor Francis

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Leicester City v. Swansea City, commentated by Joe Speight and Dean Sturridge

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Crystal Palace v. Manchester United, commentated by Gary Taphouse and Tony Gale

12:30 p.m. on NBC – Chelsea v. Manchester United, commentated by Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

 

Sunday, April 19

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Manchester City v. West Ham, commentated by Arlo White and Tim Howard

11 a.m. on CNBC – Newcastle v. Tottenham, commentated by Peter Drury and Danny Mills

 

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, alongside Kyle Martino and Robbie Earle from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

In addition to live match coverage, NBCSN presents an encore presentation of Premier League Download: The Goalkeeper’s Union this Sunday at 6:30 a.m. ET. Hosted by Men in Blazers’ Roger Bennett, who traveled to England to interview U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic, USMNT and Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel, Premier League Download: The Goalkeeper’s Union  looks at the art, tactical ability and psychology of a goalkeeper.

 

GOLF

Golf Channel presents coverage of the first PGA Tour event after the Masters this weekend, with coverage of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage. Golf Channel’s coverage on Saturday and Sunday begins at 1 p.m. ET.

Brian Hammons (play-by-play) and Curt Byrum (analyst) host coverage from Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C, joined by Matt Gogel and Craig Perks (towers), Billy Ray Brown (on-course) and Todd Lewis (interviews).

Golf Channel’s weekend live tournament coverage also includes the LPGA Tour’s LOTTE Championship. Coverage begins tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and continues Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

Tom Abbott leads Golf Channel’s team from the Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii. Joining Abbott will be Kay Cockerill (analyst), Mark Rolfing (tower), and Jerry Foltz and Karen Stupples (on course).

Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage continues with the Champions Tour’s Greater Gwinnett Championship, beginning Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and continuing Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

Calling the action from TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Ga. will be Bob Papa (play-by-play), Lanny Wadkins (analyst), John Mahaffey and David Marr (tower), and Jim Gallagher Jr. (on course).

In addition to the PGA Tour, LPGA and Champions Tour events, Golf Channel presents coverage of the European Tour’s Shenzhen International. Saturday and Sunday’s coverage begins at 6 a.m. ET.

Mike Ritz hosts coverage from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla., joined by Dougie Donnelly (play by play), Dom Boulet (analyst), and Julian Tutt  (on course).

 

NOTRE DAME BLUE-GOLD GAME

NBC Sports Group presents Notre Dame’s 86th annual Blue-Gold Game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The annual spring football scrimmage provides fans with their first look at head coach Brian Kelly’s top 2015 recruits, as well as a preview of the 2015 Fighting Irish roster.

Dan Hicks will handle play-by-play duties of Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game, alongside analyst Doug Flutie and sideline reporter Carolyn Manno. Due to the renovation of Notre Dame Stadium, the 2015 Blue-Gold game will take place at LaBar Practice Complex in South Bend, Ind.

 

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

NBCSN’s presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this weekend with live coverage of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, beginning tonight at 5 p.m. ET with a live edition of IndyCar Countdown. Coverage continues Saturday at 6 p.m. ET with coverage of qualifying races, and culminates with Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Four-time Grand Prix of Long Beach winner

Paul Tracy and IndyCar driver Townsend Bell provide analysis of this week’s race, alongside play-by-play voice Brian Till. Robin Miller, Marty Snider, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties.

In addition, NBCSN provides coverage of the Indy Lights race from Long Beach on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, immediately preceding live GP of Long Beach coverage. Kevin Lee (play-by-play), Anders Krohn (analyst) and Katie Hargitt (reporter) provide commentary.

 

F1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

The Formula One season continues this weekend with live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix beginning Saturday at 11 a.m. ET with coverage of qualifying on CNBC. NBCSN’s live coverage of the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix begins Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by F1 Extra at 1 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey calls this weekend’s action, joined by analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.

 

NASCAR WHELEN MODIFIED SERIES

NBCSN presents coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Conn., on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET. Ralph Sheheen and Ray Evernham call the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series race.

 

 

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH, FORMULA ONE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX HEADLINE NBC SPORTS GROUP’S MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE THIS WEEK

IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach on NBCSN – Qualifying on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Race Coverage on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET

Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix – Live Qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC, Race Coverage Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Season Premieres of NBCSN Original Series /DRIVE on NBC Sports and Off The Grid This Weekend

NBCSN Presents Coverage of NASCAR K&N Pro West Series and Whelen Modified Series This Weekend

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 16, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continues its comprehensive 2015 motorsports coverage this week, highlighted by live presentations of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach and Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, both this Sunday on NBCSN.

Race coverage on NBCSN begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning with the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix, and continues at 4 p.m. ET with live IndyCar coverage from the streets of Long Beach, Calif.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of this week’s IndyCar and F1 telecasts via TV Everywhere.

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH – SUNDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Last weekend, James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) earned his first victory of the season at the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana, leading the final 15 laps of the rain-shortened race. Through two races this season, a trio of Team Penske drivers – Juan Pablo Montoya (84 pts), Helio Castroneves (74 pts), and 2014 Series Champion Will Power (70 pts) – occupy the top three spots in the drivers’ standings. In addition, all three drivers have taken the checkered flag at Long Beach, including two victories for Power (2008 & 2011).

Four-time Grand Prix of Long Beach winner Paul Tracy and IndyCar driver Townsend Bell will provide analysis of this week’s race, alongside play-by-play voice Brian Till. Robin Miller, Marty Snider, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties. Weekend coverage begins on Friday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a live edition of IndyCar Countdown, followed by qualifying on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

In addition, NBCSN will provide coverage of the Indy Lights race from Long Beach on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, immediately preceding live GP of Long Beach coverage. Kevin Lee (play-by-play), Anders Krohn (analyst) and Katie Hargitt (reporter) will provide commentary.

F1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

The F1 season rolls on this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Last weekend, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) earned his second win of the 2015 campaign, and fourth Chinese Grand Prix title of his career, with a victory at Shanghai International Circuit ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel earned his third podium in three races with a third-place finish, and currently sits 13 points behind Hamilton (68). Vettel is a two-time winner of the Bahrain Grand Prix, while Hamilton earned his first Bahrain GP victory last season.

Coverage begins Friday morning at 7 a.m. ET with exclusive coverage of Practice 1 on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by live Practice 2 coverage at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. CNBC will provide live coverage of qualifying on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET, prior to race coverage on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.
SEASON PREMIERES OF /DRIVE ON NBC SPORTS AND OFF THE GRID THIS WEEKEND

NBCSN presents the season premieres of the original series /DRIVE on NBC Sports and Off the Grid this weekend, beginning tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET with the Middle East episode of /DRIVE on NBC Sports, immediately following Bahrain GP practice. In this week’s season premiere, /DRIVE hosts Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli explore the unique car culture of the Arabian peninsula, home to two exciting Formula 1 races — the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. An epic road trip in three of the world’s fastest supercars culminates along one of the greatest driving roads on earth — the dramatic “road to nowhere” that winds up Jabal Al Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain.

NBCSN will present the season premiere of Off the Grid with its Melbourne episode this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, immediately following the Bahrain Grand Prix. Off the Grid host Will Buxton takes viewers behind the scenes of the Australian Grand Prix. From discovering how a city park turns into a race track to interviewing some of Australia’s most famous racing drivers (Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo and Jamie Whincup), Off the Grid: Melbourne is a racing fan’s guide.

Click here for a preview of Off the Grid: Melbourne.


NBCSN PRESENTS COVERAGE OF NASCAR K&N PRO WEST SERIES AND WHELEN MODIFIED SERIES THIS WEEKEND

NBCSN presents continuing coverage of the NASCAR K&N Pro West and Whelen Modified Series this weekend, beginning Friday morning at 12:30 a.m. ET with the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series race from Irwindale Speedway. In addition, NBCSN will air coverage of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series event from Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in Thompson, Conn., on Saturday at 12:30 a.m. ET.

Dave Burns (play-by-play) Jeff Burton (analyst) and Heather DeBeaux (reporter) have the call for the NASCAR K&N Pro West Series race, while Ralph Sheheen and Ray Evernham team up to present the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series race.

 

Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., April 17 NASCAR K&N Series – Irwindale 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 1 8 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 2 11 a.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Countdown 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., April 18 NASCAR Whelen Series: Thompson 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 3 8 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying 11 a.m. CNBC
IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach – Qualifying 6 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., April 19 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 1 p.m. NBCSN
Off the Grid: Melbourne 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights Series: Long Beach 3 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach 7 p.m. NBCSN

MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream this week’s IndyCar and Formula One coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

MotorSportsTalk’s IndyCar content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

  • Tony DiZinno, who has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazine and provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.
  • Luke Smith, creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. Smith works alongside Tony DiZinno in providing F1 content on MotorSportsTalk He’s on Twitter at @LukeSmithF1, primarily handling the F1 scene from Europe in great detail.

To explore the site, please visit MotorSportsTalk.com.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

SOCIAL:  @F1onNBCSports provides the latest news in Formula One, while @IndyCaronNBCSN provides up-to-the-minute IndyCar news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

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

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NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS 86TH ANNUAL NOTRE DAME BLUE-GOLD GAME ON SATURDAY, APRIL 18 AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Annual Spring Scrimmage Provides Look at Top Recruits and 2015 Fighting Irish Team

Head Coach Brian Kelly & Players Wired for Sound; Current and Former Players to be Interviewed Throughout Game

NBC’s 25th Season Broadcasting Notre Dame Football Home Games Begins Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET vs. University of Texas

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 16, 2015 – NBC Sports Group will present Notre Dame’s 86th annual Blue-Gold Game this Saturday, April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The annual spring football scrimmage will provide fans with their first look at head coach Brian Kelly’s top 2015 recruits, as well as a preview of the 2015 Fighting Irish roster. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Game.

NBCSN’s coverage of the Blue-Gold game will feature enhanced production elements to give viewers access to additional sights, sounds and aspects of the scrimmage. Elements will include in-game audio from head coach Brian Kelly and select players. In addition, NBCSN will conduct interviews with current players and former Notre Dame standouts.

Dan Hicks will handle play-by-play duties of Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game, alongside analyst Doug Flutie and sideline reporter Carolyn Manno. Due to the renovation of Notre Dame Stadium, the 2015 Blue-Gold game will take place at LaBar Practice Complex in South Bend, Ind.

NBC’s 25th season of broadcasting Notre Dame Football home games begins on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the Fighting Irish host the University of Texas Longhorns in their season opener.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of the Notre Dame Blue-Gold game via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

 

NBC SPORTS RADIO ADDS SIRIUSXM TO ITS TEAM OF RADIO AFFILIATES

Satcaster Adds Greater Reach and More Engaged Listeners

NEW YORK, NY – April 16, 2015 – NBC Sports Radio has added an impressive new member to its affiliate lineup – SiriusXM.  This week the satcaster rolled out the debut of the 24/7 sports talk network on Channels 213/Sirius and 202/XM, offering its subscribers access to NBC Sports Radio content around the clock. SiriusXM joins the 437 affiliated broadcast radio stations around the country.

Jack Silver, Program Director for NBC Sports Radio, said, “We are thrilled to have SiriusXM join our roster.  They bring a whole new audience and a wealth of avid sports fans who can now access our content and interact with our hosts no matter where they are around the country.”

“We are thrilled to extend the reach of NBC Sports Radio to SiriusXM subscribers” said Rob Simmelkjaer, SVP of NBC Sports Ventures.  “This is a major step forward in the growth of our audio platform.”

NBC Sports Radio is fully-amped, 24/7 sports talk programming that entertains, informs, and engages sports fans nationwide.  The network features an array of dynamic and passionate sports talk personalities, expert analysts, former players and coaches, and special contributors.  Here is the current schedule:

  • Weekdays
  • 6am-9am, ET The Erik Kuselias Show
  • 9am-12n, ET Voices of the Game with Newy Scruggs 
  • 12n-3pm, ET ProFootballTalk Live with Mike Florio        
  • 3pm-7pm, ET Under Center with McNabb & Malone     
  • 7pm-10pm, ET The Jon Stashower Show     
  • 10pm-1am, ET Going Deep with Amani and Dan     
  • 1am-6am, ET Up Late with Jason Page

    

  • Saturdays
  • 1am-5am, ET The Rob Buska Show
  • 5am-7am, ET The Jim Daniels Show
  • 7am-9am, ET Safety Blitz with Rodney Harrison and Dan Schwartzman
  • 9am-12n, ET Opening Drive with Matt Chernoff
  • 12n-3pm, ET The Anita Marks Show
  • 3pm-5pm, ET The Brian Webber Show
  • 5pm-6pm, ET The 2 Robbies ‘Football’ Show
  • 6pm-9pm, ET The Jason Page Show
  • 9pm-1am, ET The Scott Seidenberg Show

 

  • Sundays
  • 1am-5am, ET The Rob Buska Show
  • 5am-8am, ET The Jim Daniels Show
  • 8am-9am, ET Speaking of Sports with Jim Daniels
  • 9am-12n, ET Sundays with Kup, featuring Adam Kuperstein
  • 12n-3pm, ET The Anita Marks Show
  • 3pm-6pm, ET The Brian Webber Show
  • 6pm-9pm, ET The Chris Mannix Show
  • 9pm-1am, ET The Dave Smith Show

 

For more information on programming, visit NBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com.  For bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing NBC Sports Radio, log on to NBCSportsRadio.com.

 

About NBC Sports Radio

NBC Sports Radio, produced and distributed by Westwood One in partnership with NBC Sports Group, is carried by more than 425 affiliates nationwide.  Programming is available on radio affiliates throughout the United States, as well as on NBCSportsRadio.comNBCSports.com, the NBC Sports Radio mobile app, and on the websites of affiliates. Content includes hourly sports news updates, daily features, and long-form shows. On social media, join the NBC Sports Radio community on Twitter at twitter.com/nbcsportsradio.  To listen live or on demand, or to find a station, visit www.nbcsportsradio.com.

 

About Westwood One

Westwood One offers audio products to engage listeners whenever, wherever they are. We are a trusted connection between audio companies, advertisers, and audience, reaching hundreds of millions of monthly listeners. Our portfolio features exclusive brands people love, such as the NFL, Red Carpet Radio, NASH, Rdio, and more. As the national-facing arm of Cumulus, we represent more than just a radio network; we are a multi-platform provider of sports, music, news, spoken word, and digital content.  Visit WestwoodOne.com.

BYTES: GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL REACHES MILESTONES DURING MASTERS WEEK

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL “BYTES”

April 16, 2015 – Vol. 54

Golf Channel Digital Reaches Milestones During Masters Week

Coverage of the Masters boosted Golf Channel Digital’s properties to record-setting traffic last week. Highlights from Monday, April 6 – Monday, April 13 include:

  • Golf Channel Digital posted its highest traffic ever for Masters Week, including 38 million page views (+80% year-over-year) and nearly 2 million video starts (+221% year-over-year)
  • com drew more than 3.2 million unique visitors (+122% year-over-year) and Golf Channel Mobile drew more than 529,000 unique visitors (+34% year-over-year)
  • com and Golf Channel Mobile experienced their best Masters Week Friday for all key metrics, including the most daily page views on GolfChannel.com ever with more than 4.3 million.

Chicago Blackhawks-Nashville Predators Ranks as NBC Sports Live Extra’s best NHL First-Round Stanley Cup Playoff Game

The Stanley Cup Playoffs are off to a record-breaking start on NBC Sports Live Extra, with last night’s Chicago Blackhawks-Nashville Predators game ranking as NBC Sports Live Extra’s best first-round game, delivering 76,000 visits, 60,000 uniques and 3,336,000 minutes watched, up 5% in uniques and 19% in minutes watched versus the previous record setter.

“Free Golf for Life” Finishes as GolfNow’s Best-Ever Sweepstakes

GolfNow’s Free Golf for Life campaign concluded on Monday, April 13 as the brand’s most engaging sweepstakes ever. “Free Golf for Life” garnered more than 243,000 unique entries, a 184% increase over the previous most engaging GolfNow sweepstakes.

CSNPhilly.com Expands The700Level.com Brand With a New Online Show

CSNPhilly.com recently expanded the brand of their award-winning blog The700Level.com with a new online show.  Hosted by John Gonzalez, this action-packed 22-minute show crosses sports and entertainment with creative and original recurring segments such as ‘Would You Rather,’ ‘Philly Sports Password’ and ‘Rotating Guest.’  To date, the show has generated more than 400,000 streams. Full clips and episodes can be viewed here.

NBC Sports Digital Unveils New Graphics For 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs Live Streaming

As part of NBC Sports Group’s continuing efforts to enhance the TV Everywhere experience and remain an industry leader in live streaming, NBC Sports Digital has developed new broadcast-quality enhanced data graphics that provide an improved streaming experience for NHL fans when they watch games on NBC Sports Live Extra, as previously announced.

The new functionality and visualizations include real-time player and game statistics, roster listings, and live rink maps which highlight shot locations, blocked shots, goals, face offs, hits, giveaways and takeaways.  In addition, every goal, every penalty and every key moment is quickly available to viewers via the redesigned Key Events bar. Click here for more information.

NBC Sports Group’s Jeremy Roenick Uses Radius To Get In Shape For Stanley Cup Playoffs

As previously announced, NHL on NBC studio analyst Jeremy Roenick is teaming up with Radius master trainer Natalie Uhling to get in shape for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and the long days and nights that come with covering as many as 105 games.

For the next month, Roenick will work with Uhling on a regular basis to drop some post-playing career weight, as NBC Sports Group’s cameras cover the entire process. Segments from the workouts will be incorporated into NHL Live programming surrounding select Stanley Cup Playoff matchups. Click here for to view the first segment, and click here for more information.

NHL On NBC Lead Analyst Eddie Olczyk Joins The Twitterverse – @Eddieolczyk

As previously announced, NHL on NBC lead game analyst and U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk is now on Twitter.

@EddieOlczyk – “At my age – finally into the twitter world. Looking forward to hockey and horse chat! Busy time of year ahead #NHLPlayoffs – nothing better!!”

Fans can follow “Edzo” on Twitter (@EddieOlczyk), where he will provide insight and analysis throughout the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Olczyk will provide analysis on CSN Chicago for Games 1 and 2 of the Blackhawks-Predators series, before joining Mike “Doc” Emrick and Pierre McGuire for Game 2 of Penguins-Rangers on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, and Game 3 of Islanders-Capitals on Sunday at noon ET on NBC.

Continued NFL Draft Previews on Rotoworld.com

Rotoworld.com’s Josh Norris and Evan Silva continue their team-by-team look at the NFL Draft, including each team’s needs and draft options. Today, they focus on the Raiders. A look at the schedule with links to each team can be found here. A new team will be featured each day Monday through Thursday leading up to the draft, concluding with the NFC West next week:

  • Monday: San Francisco 49ers
  • Tuesday: Arizona Cardinals
  • Wednesday: Louis Rams
  • Thursday: Seattle Seahawks

In addition, Norris’ latest mock draft of the first round can be found here, and Nick Mensio takes a look at every transaction made by every team with the NFL Transactions Tracker here.

ICYMI on NBC SportsWorld

This week on NBC SportsWorld, Joe Posnanski got a closer look at Jordan Spieth‘s impressive triumph in the Masters at Augusta. Click here for the full long-form story.

Sam Hitchcock of Intelligent Hockey provided an analytical preview of this year’s NHL postseason. Click here for a full breakdown of his ‘contenders,’ ‘pretenders,’ and ‘sleepers.’

Posnanski visited Nassau Coliseum one last time before the Islanders’ move to Brooklyn. Click here for the full long-form story.

— NBC SPORTS DIGITAL —

Golf Channel Tournament Airtimes & Notes (April 15-19)

Spieth to Make First Start as Major Champion at RBC Heritage

Wie Defends at LOTTE Championship Airing

Wednesday-Saturday in Primetime on Golf Channel

Jimenez Defends at Greater Gwinnett Championship

Watson Headlines the Field at Inaugural Shenzhen International in China

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (April 14, 2015) – Jordan Spieth – who captured his first major at last week’s Masters to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking – is scheduled to make his first PGA TOUR start this week as a major champion at the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island, S.C. On the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie looks to defend her title in her home state at the LOTTE Championship, which will air Wednesday-Saturday in primetime on Golf Channel. On the Champions Tour, Miguel Angel Jimenez will defend his title at the Greater Gwinnett Championship in Georgia, while the European Tour stages the inaugural edition of the Shenzhen International in China with Bubba Watson headlining the field.

 

PGA TOUR

RBC Heritage

Dates: April 16-19

Venue: Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Friday              3-6 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-2 a.m. (Replay)

Saturday         1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3:30 a.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Spieth to compete for first time as major champion: Winner of last week’s Masters tournament, Jordan Spieth is in the field this week, having moved up to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking after last Sunday’s victory.

Golf Central Special to air Spieth news conference from Harbour Town Wednesday at Noon ET: Golf Channel will air a Golf Central Special Wednesday at Noon ET featuring Jordan Spieth’s press conference from Harbour Town ahead of the RBC Heritage.

Kuchar defends: Matt Kuchar finished one shot ahead of Luke Donald for his seventh career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Billy Horschel, Ernie Els, Bill Haas, Zach Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Ian Poulter.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brian Hammons

Analyst: Curt Byrum

Tower: Matt Gogel / Craig Perks

On-Course: Billy Ray Brown

Interviews: Todd Lewis

 

LPGA TOUR

LOTTE Championship
Dates: April 15-18

Venue: Ko Olina Golf Club, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii

Tournament Airtimes On Golf Channel (Eastern):

Wednesday     7-11 p.m. (Live) / 11 p.m.-3 a.m. (Replay)

Thursday         7-11 p.m. (Live) / 2 a.m.-6 a.m. (Friday replay)

Friday              7-11 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          7-11 p.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

­­­­­­­­­­­Event to air Wednesday-Saturday in primetime on Golf Channel: The LOTTE Championship is scheduled to begin on Wednesday and finish on Saturday, airing in primetime on Golf Channel from 7-11 p.m. ET each night.

Wie’s opening round to be featured in Golf Channel’s first round coverage on Wednesday: Michelle Wie – defending champion of the LOTTE Championship – will be featured during Golf Channel’s first round coverage, playing alongside Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen (6:39 p.m. ET start).

Wie defends: Michelle Wie won by two strokes over Angela Stanford for her third career LPGA Tour victory.

Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Michelle Wie, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Cheyenne Woods.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Tom Abbott

Analyst: Kay Cockerill

Tower: Mark Rolfing

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Greater Gwinnett Championship

Dates: April 17-19

Venue: TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              Noon-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2-4:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday         3-6 p.m. (Live) / 3:30-6 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            3-6 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Jimenez defends: Coming off a solo 4th place finish at the 2014 Masters, Miguel Angel Jimenez finished two shots clear of Bernhard Langer for his first career Champions Tour win.

Headlining the field: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer, Colin Montgomerie, Jesper Parnevik, Mark O’Meara, Corey Pavin, Peter Jacobsen, Jay Haas, Lee Janzen and Andy North.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Bob Papa

Analyst: Lanny Wadkins

Tower: John Mahaffey / David Marr

On-Course: Jim Gallagher Jr.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Shenzhen International

Dates: April 16-19

Venue: Genzon Golf Club (A Course), Shenzhen, China

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Friday              6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Saturday         6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Sunday            6-10 a.m. (Tape delay)

Broadcast Notes:

Watson: Bubba Watson is in the field this week, following his T-38 finish in trying to defend his 2014 Masters title last week.

Inaugural event: This week is the inaugural edition of the Shenzhen International, which is one of six new events on the 2015 Race to Dubai.

Headlining the field: Bubba Watson, Peter Uihlein, Alexander Levy, Ross Fisher, Tommy Fleetwood, Peter Hanson, Matteo Manassero, Alex Noren, Gary Stal and Andy Sullivan.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Mike Ritz

Play by Play: Dougie Donnelly

Analyst: Dom Boulet

On-Course: Julian Tutt

 -NBC Sports Group-

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF WIZARDS-RAPTORS FIRST-ROUND NBA PLAYOFF SERIES

NETWORK TO TELEVISE FIRST 6 POTENTIAL GAMES, BEGINNING WITH SATURDAY’S OPENER AT 12:30 P.M.; WIZARDS PREGAME LIVE, WIZARDS POSTGAME LIVE TO SURROUND ACTION

LIVE COVERAGE TO BE AVAILABLE TO AUTHENTICATED SUBSCRIBERS ON CSNWASHINGTON.COM AND NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

GEICO SPORTSNET CENTRAL, SPORTSTALK LIVE WITH BRIAN MITCHELL AND CSNWASHINGTON.COM TO DELIVER EXPANDED PLAYOFF CONTENT

WIZARDS PULSE PLAYOFF SPECIAL TO DEBUT TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. AND 11:30 P.M.

Bethesda, Md. (April 16, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s comprehensive multiplatform coverage of the Washington Wizards’ 2015 first-round NBA playoff series against the Toronto Raptors will be highlighted by the first six potential games, beginning with the opener at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet will present its signature gameday shows, Wizards Pregame Live and Wizards Postgame Live, surrounding the contests. For the first time, the network’s live playoff games, including pregame and postgame coverage, will also be available to authenticated subscribers on CSNwashington.com and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Extensive Wizards coverage will be delivered across Comcast SportsNet’s news, analysis and digital media platforms throughout the best-of-seven series. A half-hour playoff preview, Wizards Pulse, will be presented live today, Thursday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., and as an encore at 11:30 p.m.

LIVE-GAME COVERAGE

Comcast SportsNet’s schedule of live games will tip off with Game 1 at Toronto on Saturday, April 18, at 12:30 p.m. and will include Game 2 at Toronto on April 21 at 8 p.m. (CSN Plus), Game 3 at Verizon Center on April 24 at 8 p.m. and Game 4 at Verizon Center on April 26 at 7 p.m. If necessary, the network will also televise Game 5 on April 29 and Game 6 on May 1. Television information for Game 7 on May 3 has not been announced. Play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz, analyst Phil Chenier and reporter Chris Miller will lead the network’s live postseason coverage.

LIVE-STREAMING

Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Wizards’ first-round games, as well as the pregame and postgame shows, will be streamed live on CSNwashington.com and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. The ‘TV Everywhere’ service, which allows authenticated Comcast SportsNet subscribers to watch from anywhere in the U.S., is currently available to customers of Xfinity, DirecTV, FiOS, Dish Network, Mediacom, RCN and Time Warner Cable.

PREGAME AND POSTGAME SHOWS

Comcast SportsNet will present live pregame and postgame news, analysis and opinion surrounding the opening-round contests. Wizards Pregame Live will air immediately prior to all games on Comcast SportsNet. Wizards Postgame Live will follow all seven potential first-round games for at least a half-hour. The exclusive shows will be hosted by Miller and Chris Miles and will feature analysts Ron Thompson, Tony Massenburg and Corey Alexander.

NEWS AND TALK SHOWS

Comcast SportsNet’s daily news program, Geico SportsNet Central, will offer expanded Wizards news, features and interviews throughout the playoffs at 6 p.m., 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., led by Miller, the network’s Wizards TV beat reporter. SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell, which airs weekdays at 10 p.m. and 12 a.m., will feature extensive commentary, debate and interviews throughout the postseason. (Show times may vary based on game schedule.)

DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT

Comcast SportsNet’s digital media properties, highlighted by CSNwashington.com, will continue to feature extensive Wizards coverage throughout the playoffs. Led by Wizards Insider J. Michael, comprehensive written, video and interactive content will be delivered across the network’s online, mobile and social media platforms. Fans can also follow the coverage on Twitter at @CSNWizards and join the conversation by using #WizardsTalk and #IWatchCSN.

WIZARDS 2015 FIRST-ROUND NBA REGIONAL TV SCHEDULE

Gm.  Day     Date           Time               Game                                       TV                   CSN Pregame                       CSN Postgame

1        Sat.     April 18      12:30 p.m.     Washington at Toronto         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live
2        Tue.    April 21      8 p.m.             Washington at Toronto         CSN Plus      Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live

3        Fri.      April 24      8 p.m.             Toronto at Washington         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live

4        Sun.    April 26      7 p.m.             Toronto at Washington         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live

5        Wed.   April 29*    TBD                Washington at Toronto         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live
6        Fri.      May 1*       TBD                Toronto at Washington         CSN               Wizards Pregame Live         Wizards Postgame Live
7        Sun.    May 3*       TBD                Washington at Toronto         TBD                TBD                                          Wizards Postgame Live

*If Necessary; All Times Eastern;

Note: Television information for Game 7 has not been announced.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, is the official sports network of the NFL’s Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens, NHL’s Washington Capitals, NBA’s Washington Wizards, MLS’s D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the leading multiplatform sports media organization serving the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia – delivers more than 500 live events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes. Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic’s digital media portfolio, highlighted by CSNWashington.com and CSNBaltimore.com, is the region’s top online source for written, video and interactive sports content. Follow Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic on Twitter at @CSNMA.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS” – DAY 2

Game 1 – (4) Penguins-(1) Rangers – 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 1 – (3) Red Wings-(2) Lightning – 7:30 p.m. ET on CNBC

Game 1 – (4) Wild-(1) Blues – 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Game 1 – (4) Jets-(1) Ducks – 10:30 p.m. ET on CNBC

Live Pre-game Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

Where in the World is Pierre McGuire? Inside-the-Glass Analyst Continues Run of Eight Games in Eight Days

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 16, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continues its complete first-round coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a pair of Game 1 doubleheaders on NBCSN and CNBC, starting with NHL Live at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN when the (1) New York Rangers host the (4) Pittsburgh Penguins, and continues on CNBC at 7:30 p.m. ET when the (3) Detroit Red Wings visit the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning. The second game in NBCSN’s doubleheader features Game 1 between the (4) Minnesota Wild and the (1) St.  Louis Blues. Coverage concludes on CNBC at 10:30 p.m. ET, when the (1) Anaheim Ducks host the (4) Winnipeg Jets.

 

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. Friday editions will include weekend information.

 

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All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.

 

THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 (All times ET)

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick , Pierre McGuire
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay CNBC John Forslund, Andy Brickley
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick,
Anson Carter
9:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
10:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim CNBC Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall

 

TONIGHT – APRIL 16 – NHL LIVE BEGINS AT 6 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will host CNBC’s studio coverage.

 

 

GAME 1 – (4) PENGUINS AT (1) RANGERS – 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Sidney Crosby and the (4) Pittsburgh Penguins renew their rivalry with Henrik Lundqvist and the (1) New York Rangers in Game 1 of their first-round series tonight at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Rangers earned their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1994 with a league-leading 113 points, a single-season franchise record. Pittsburgh defeated Buffalo 2-0 in the final game of the regular season to clinch the second Wild-Card spot.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, and Inside-the-Glass analyst and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York.

 


GAME 1 – (3) RED WINGS AT (2) LIGHTNING – 7:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC

CNBC’s playoff coverage begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Steven Stamkos and the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning host Henrik Zetterberg and the (3) Detroit Red Wings. The Lightning have won three of four meetings between the two clubs, but Detroit earned a 4-0 win in their most recent meeting on March 28. This marks the first time the Red Wings and Lightning will meet in the postseason.

John Forslund (play-by-play) and Andy Brickley (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call from Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

 
GAME 1 – (4) WILD AT (1) BLUES –AT 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Zach Parise and the (4) Minnesota Wild begin their first-round series against T.J. Oshie and the (1) St. Louis Blues tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The two teams met on the final day of the regular season in St. Louis, with the Blues earning a 4-2 victory, snapping the Wild’s franchise-record 12-game road winning streak. Minnesota’s second half push was led by goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who recorded a 27-9-2 record after joining the team in January. The Blues notched their second division title in the last four seasons, and tied Anaheim for the most points in the Western Conference (109).

Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will call the action from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

 
GAME 1 – (4) JETS AT (1) DUCKS – AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC

Game 1 coverage concludes tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET on CNBC, as Ryan Getzlaf and the (1) Anaheim Ducks welcome Dustin Byfuglien and the (4) Winnipeg Jets in Game 1 of their first-round series. Anaheim earned its third straight Pacific Division title this season, while the Jets earned the final Wild Card spot to mark their first postseason appearance since relocating from Atlanta in 2011.

Dave Randorf, Garry Galley and Cassie Campbell-Pascall will provide live game commentary from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

If tonight’s Penguins-Rangers game on NBCSN runs past 9:45 p.m. ET, into the start of Wild-Blues, puck drop of Wild-Blues will be shown live on NHL Network until Penguins-Rangers has concluded. Wild-Blues will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Penguins-Rangers.

If tonight’s Red Wings-Lightning game on CNBC runs past 10:41 p.m. ET, into the start of Jets-Ducks, puck drop of Jets-Ducks will be shown live on NHL Network until Red Wings-Lightning has concluded. Jets-Ducks will return to CNBC immediately following the conclusion of Red Wings-Lightning.

As a reminder, all games on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.

 


WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PIERRE MCGUIRE? INSIDE-THE-GLASS ANALYST CONTINUES RUN OF EIGHT GAMES IN EIGHT DAYS

NBC Sports Group’s Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will handle analyst duties on tonight’s Penguins-Rangers telecast, marking the second of eight games in eight straight days of telecasts for McGuire. McGuire kicked off the 2015 playoffs last night on the call for Islanders-Capitals, and will return to Washington on Friday to call Game 2 of the Islanders-Capitals series. McGuire then returns to New York to provide commentary on NBC’s primetime broadcast of Game 2 of Penguins-Rangers on Saturday night, followed by Game 3 of Islanders-Capitals on Long Island on NBC on Sunday afternoon.

The remainder of McGuire’s first-round telecast schedule will be dependent upon series matchups and results. Last season, McGuire covered 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 20 days, spanning nearly 9,000 miles, to kick off the 2014 postseason.

Following is Pierre McGuire’s upcoming telecast schedule:

 

Date Coverage Travel
Wed., April 15 Game 1 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington Washington D.C. > NYC
Thur., April 16 Game 1 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NYC > Washington D.C.
Fri., April 17 Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at Washington Washington D.C. > NYC
Sat., April 18 Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NYC > Long Island
Sun., April 19 Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders Long Island > Pittsburgh
Mon., April 20 Game 3 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh Pittsburgh > Long Island
Tue., April 21 Game 4 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders Long Island > Pittsburgh
Wed., April 22 Game 4 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (4) Pittsburgh TBA

 

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. Comcast SportsNet Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals, respectively, with comprehensive coverage throughout their teams’ Stanley Cup Playoff runs, including exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream comprehensive coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

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