NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH MAY 15, 2015 – MAY 17, 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, May 15

5 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour of California Stage 6: Big Bear Lake (Time Trial)

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – Web.com Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am

9 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Kingsmill Championship

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour of California Stage 6: Big Bear Lake (Time Trial) Encore

 

Saturday, May 16

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

7 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

7:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Open de Espana

7:45 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Southampton v. Aston Villa

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Relegation Breakaway

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimeSunderland v. Leicester City

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time Tottenham v. Hull City

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimeBurnley v. Stoke City

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimeWest Ham v. Everton

12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Liverpool v. Crystal Palace

1 p.m. on NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals Game 1 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers

1 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live ExtraIIHF World Hockey Championships Semifinals – Team USA vs. Russia

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Preakness Stakes Prep

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – Champions Tour Regions Tradition

4:30 p.m. on NBC – Preakness Stakes

4:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour of California Stage 7: Ontario to Mt. Baldy

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Preakness Stakes Post Show

5 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Kingsmill Championship

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Hangtown Moto 2’s

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – Web.com Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am

9 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis

11 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day

 

Sunday, May 17

7 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: Open de Espana

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

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

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Manchester United v. Arsenal

1 p.m. on NBC – Tour of California Stage 8: Los Angeles to Pasadena

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Goal Zone

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Wells Fargo Championship

2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – IIHF World Championships Final

3 p.m. on NBC – NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals Game 1 – Chicago at Anaheim

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – Champions Tour: Regions Tradition

5 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Kingsmill Championship

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Tour of California Stage 8: Los Angeles to Pasadena Encore

7 p.m. on Golf Channel – Web.com Tour: BMW Charity Pro-Am

9 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis

 

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Eastern and Western Conference Finals begin this weekend with a pair of Game 1 matchups on NBC. Coverage begins Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, when Henrik Lunqdvist and the Rangers host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. NBC will present Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, when Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks.

Calling Lightning-Rangers from Madison Square Garden is Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst). Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) call Blackhawks-Ducks from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

This weekend’s pre-game and intermission coverage on NBC will be hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

In addition to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports Live Extra presents exclusive coverage of the IIHF World Hockey Championship Semifinals tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET, when Jack Eichel and Team USA look to advance to the gold medal game with a victory against Russia.

NBCSN will present live coverage of the gold medal final on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, featuring the winners of USA-Russia and Canada-Czech Republic. NBC Sports Live Extra will also stream the bronze medal game on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.

 

PREAKNESS STAKES

Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah leads the field as NBC Sports Group presents 6.5 hours of coverage of the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Saturday’s coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with Preakness Saturday on NBCSN leading into the main event, Preakness Stakes Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage concludes with the Preakness Post-Race Show at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Preakness Stakes features hosts Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winner, and Tom Hammond, a veteran NBC Sports commentator; analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Preakness winner; analysts/handicappers Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; and race caller Larry Collmus. Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno provide a mix of features and interviews at Pimlico Race Course.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

NBC Sports Group’s weekend Premier League coverage begins Saturday at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Barclays Premier League Preview, followed by Premier League Live at 7 a.m. ET. Beginning at 10 a.m. ET, NBCSN presents a special Relegation Breakaway featuring RedZone-like live look-ins on the best action from relegation-threatened 16th-place Sunderland v. 15th-place Leicester City, Tottenham v. 18th-place Hull City and Queens Park Rangers v. 17th-place Newcastle.  In addition, all matches in the 10 a.m. ET window, including Sunderland v. Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers v. Newcastle, Tottenham v. Hull City, Burnley v. Stoke City and West Ham v. Everton will be available in their entirety via live stream on NBC Sports Live Extra and on Premier League Extra Time. Saturday’s live match coverage wraps up with Liverpool v. Crystal Palace at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls Liverpool v. Crystal Palace, joined by Graeme Le Saux at Anfield.

Sunday’s Premier League coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Premier League Live, followed by Swansea City v. Manchester City at 8:30 a.m. ET. Coverage continues on NBCSN with Manchester United v. Arsenal at 11 a.m. ET, and wraps up with Premier League Goal Zone at 1 p.m. ET.

White calls the Manchester United v. Arsenal match, joined by analyst Lee Dixon at Old Trafford.

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

 

Saturday, May 16

7:45 a.m. on NBCSN – Southampton v. Aston Villa, commentated by Peter Drury and Phil Neville

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Sunderland v. Leicester City, commentated by Ian Crocker and Andy Walker

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Queens Park Rangers v. Newcastle, commentated by Gary Taphouse and Barry Horne

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Tottenham v. Hull City, commentated by Tony Jones and Ray Houghton

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Burnley v. Stoke City, commentated by Phil Blacker and Dean Sturridge

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – West Ham v. Everton, commentated by Joe Speight and Tony Gale

12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Liverpool v. Crystal Palace, commentated by Arlo White and Graeme Le Saux

 

Sunday, May 17

8:30 a.m. on CNBC – Swansea City v. Manchester City, commentated by Peter Drury and Kevin Kilbane

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Manchester United v. Arsenal, commentated by Arlo White and Lee Dixon

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

 

GOLF

Highlighting Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage this weekend is the Champion’s Tour Regions Tradition, the first major for the Champions Tour of 2015. In addition to the Regions Tradition, Golf Channel also presents coverage of the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship, LPGA’s Kingsmill Championship, European Tour’s Open de Espana, and the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am.

Golf Channel’s weekend coverage of the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship begins Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Terry Gannon (play-by-play) and Nick Faldo (analyst) host coverage from Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C. Joining Gannon and Faldo are Gary McCord and Matt Gogel (tower), Phil Parkin (on-course), and Todd Lewis (interviews).

The LPGA Tour’s Kingsmill Championship begins tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

Tom Abbott leads Golf Channel’s team from the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. Joining Abbott will be Judy Rankin (analyst), Curt Byrum (tower), and Jerry Foltz and Karen Stupples (on-course).

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

Calling the action from Shoal Creek Golf Club in Shoal Creek, Ala. will be Bob Papa (play-by-play), Lanny Wadkins (analyst), John Mahaffey and David Marr (tower) and Billy Ray Brown (on-course).

Coverage of the European Tour’s Open de Espana begins at 6:30 a.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues Sunday with coverage of the final round at 7 a.m. ET.

Mike Ritz hosts coverage from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla., joined by Dougie Donnelly (play-by-play), Warren Humphreys (analyst) and Jay Townsend (on course) from the Real Club de Golf El Prat in Terrassa, Spain.

Rounding out Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage this weekend is the Web.com Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Coverage continues Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Whit Watson (play-by-play) leads Golf Channel’s team from Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C., joined by Craig Perks (analyst), Steve Burkowski (tower), Phil Blackmar and Kay Cockerill (on-course).

 

MOTORSPORTS

This weekend’s motorsports coverage on NBCSN is highlighted by Dana Mecum’s 28th annual Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis, recognized as the world’s original and largest muscle car auction, spanning six days and featuring nearly 2,000 vehicles. Coverage of the auction continues tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and continues Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast team of Scott Hoke, John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and reporter Bill Stephens will call the action. Rutledge Wood will also contribute to this week’s Mecum Auctions coverage.

NBCSN kicks off its 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship coverage with a live presentation of the GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic beginning at 7 p.m. ET Saturday.

Jason Weigandt will handle play-by-play duties, alongside two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston and reporter Georgia Lindsay.

 

CYCLING

NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, continues tonight on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET with Stage 6: Big Bear Lake (Time Trial), and continues Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET with Stage 7: Ontario to Mt. Baldy. NBC Sports Group’s live coverage culminates on NBC Sunday at 1 p.m. ET with the final stage from Los Angeles to Pasadena.

Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen and 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge winner Christian Vande Velde are on site in California to provide commentary and insight for each day of NBC Sports Group’s coverage with reporters Steve Schlanger and Steve Porino (‘Inside-the-Race’). Jens Voigt, who won the Critérium International a record-tying five times and has three top-10 Tour of California finishes, is making his NBC Sports Group debut as an analyst and reporter.

 

DAYS 31-33 – GAME 1 OF EASTERN & WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS ON NBC – LIGHTNING-RANGERS SATURDAY AT 1 P.M. ET, BLACKHAWKS-DUCKS SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET

Eastern Conference Final Game 1 – Lightning-Rangers – Tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

Western Conference Final Game 1 – Blackhawks-Ducks – Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC

Caps-Rangers Game 7 Is Third-Most Watched Second-Round NHL Playoff Game Ever on Cable; Best-Ever NBCSN NHL Game on NBC Sports Live Extra

Team USA Faces Russia in IIHF World Hockey Championship Semifinals Tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra

Eastern and Western Conference Telecast and Game Commentary Schedules Announced

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 15, 2015 – NBC Sports Group kicks off its exclusive coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs’ Eastern and Western Conference Finals this weekend with a pair of Game 1 matchups on NBC, beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET when Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NBC continues its coverage with Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, when Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks.

This weekend’s pre-game and intermission coverage on NBC will be hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

 


CAPS-RANGERS GAME 7 IS THIRD-MOST WATCHED SECOND-ROUND NHL PLAYOFF GAME EVER ON CABLE; BEST-EVER NBCSN NHL GAME ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBCSN’s presentation of Game 7 between the Capitals and Rangers on Wednesday night averaged 2.709 million viewers, making it the third-most watched second-round NHL playoff game ever on cable. Viewership of the Rangers’ 2-1 overtime win peaked during the final quarter hour, with 3.751 million viewers.

With 151,000 uniques and 8.2 million minutes watched, Capitals-Rangers ranked as NBC Sports Live Extra’s best NHL stream ever for an NBCSN game (or any other cable channel). It is also the best ever for NBC Sports Live Extra for any game, excluding the Stanley Cup Finals, and ranks as Live Extra’s fourth-most consumed NHL game ever (behind three Stanley Cup Final contests).

 

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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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NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of all Eastern and Western Conference Final games via “TV Everywhere.”

 

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

 

THE PASS – SATURDAY, MAY 16-SUNDAY, MAY 17 (All times ET)

 

SATURDAY, MAY 16

Time Coverage Network Commentators
1 p.m. Game 1 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Pierre McGuire
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones

SUNDAY, MAY 17

3 p.m. Game 1 – Chicago at Anaheim NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 1 – LIGHTNING-RANGERS – TOMORROW AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC

The Rangers and Lightning face off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. The Rangers reached the conference final with a dramatic Game 7 overtime victory over Washington on Wednesday night, as Derek Stepan scored midway into overtime to propel New York into the conference final. The Lightning moved through the bracket with a 4-1 win in Game 6 over the Montreal Canadiens, as Steven Stamkos netted the eventual game-winner for Tampa.

This will be the first time the Rangers and Lightning have met in the postseason. The Lightning swept the three-game regular-season series against the Rangers this year, outscoring New York 15-7 in the three victories.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will call Game 1 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 1 – BLACKHAWKS-DUCKS – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC

The Blackhawks and Ducks meet in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. The Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final with their Game 5 win last Sunday over the Calgary Flames, while the Blackhawks advanced in the bracket by completing a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Wild.

Chicago has appeared in three consecutive Western Conference Finals, while the Ducks reach the conference final for the first time since 2007, when they defeated the Red Wings on their way to a Stanley Cup victory against Ottawa.

This series also marks the first time the Blackhawks and Ducks will meet in the postseason. The Blackhawks won two of three matchups against the Ducks this year, including a pair of 4-1 victories in Anaheim.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call for Game 1 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

 

 

TEAM USA FACES RUSSIA IN IIHF WORLD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP SEMIFINALS TOMORROW AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra presents exclusive coverage of the IIHF World Hockey Championship Semifinals tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET, when Jack Eichel and Team USA look to advance to the gold medal game with a victory against Russia. Team USA aims for its second win against Russia in the tournament, following a 4-2 victory in the preliminary round. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of Team USA-Russia on Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET.

NBCSN will present live coverage of the gold medal final on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, featuring the winners of USA-Russia and Canada-Czech Republic. NBC Sports Live Extra will also stream the bronze medal game on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.

 

 

EASTERN AND WESTERN CONFERENCE TELECAST AND GAME COMMENTARY SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

NBC Sports Group has announced the telecast and game commentary schedules for the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Click here for a full listing.

 


GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the fourth consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

 

Network Games
NBC 9
NBCSN 41
USA Network 8
CNBC 10
NHL-N 1
Total 69

One-goal Games: 37

OT games: 15

 


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 will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks with comprehensive coverage throughout their Stanley Cup Playoff run, including pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.


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 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.

— NBC Sports Group —

 

 

“THE DAN PATRICK SHOW” TRAVELS TO LOS ANGELES

Dan Patrick and The Danettes On-Site In Marina Del Rey, Calif., for Five Days of Shows Next Week

High Profile Athletes and Celebrities Scheduled to be In-Studio in Los Angeles

Guests Scheduled to Appear Include Jerry West, Frank Caliendo, Reggie Miller, Jerry Ferrara and Jim Breuer

Stamford, Conn. – May 15, 2015 – The Dan Patrick Show – NBCSN’s and DIRECTV’s critically-acclaimed sports television show and syndicated radio program starring Football Night in America co-host Dan Patrick – will travel to Marina Del Rey, Calif., to present five days of shows next week.

Beginning on Monday, May 18, and continuing through Friday, May 22, The Dan Patrick Show will originate from a specially designed set located at the DIRECTV Los Angeles Broadcasting Center in Marina Del Rey. The week of shows will feature a number of high profile athletes and celebrity guests including, NBA Hall of Fame member Jerry West, comedians Frank Caliendo and Jim Breuer, actor Jerry Ferrara, and regular guests Reggie Miller and Rich Eisen. Patrick will also be joined by his production staff of Paul Pabst, Patrick O’ConnorAndrew Perloff and Todd Fritz, known as The Danettes.

“The Danettes have always wanted their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” said Patrick. “Since that’s probably never going to happen, I thought a trip to L.A. might at least give the guys a chance to walk down Hollywood Blvd. and see what wasn’t meant to be.”

Regularly featuring some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment, The Dan Patrick Show airs weekdays from 9 a.m. – Noon ET / 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT on NBCSN and DIRECTV’s AUDIENCE Network Channel 239. In addition, the show is simulcast across more than 200 radio stations nationwide, and streams online via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for digital, mobile and tablets.

 

ABOUT THE DAN PATRICK SHOW

Amid the revealing behind-the-scenes antics and interstitial videos, The Dan Patrick Show is known for its unique blend of situational comedy, breaking sports news, unparalleled insider access and pop culture commentary. By allowing viewers to see the true comedy that surrounds Patrick and his team, the show reveals the humor in sports broadcasting while opening the locker room doors to the world of sports.

For more information on Dan Patrick, click here.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

BYTES: NEW YORK RANGERS-WASHINGTON CAPITALS GAME 7 RANKS AS NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA’S BEST-EVER NBCSN GAME

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL “BYTES”

May 14, 2015 – Vol. 57

 

New York Rangers-Washington Capitals Ranks as Best-Ever NBCSN NHL Game on  NBC Sports Live Extra

With 151,000 uniques and 8.2 million minutes watched, last night’s Game 7, featuring the New York Rangers overtime victory against the Washington Capitals, ranks as NBC Sports Live Extra’s best NHL stream ever for an NBCSN game (or any other cable channel). It is also the best ever for NBC Sports Live Extra for any game, excluding the Stanley Cup Finals, and ranks as Live Extra’s fourth-most consumed NHL game ever (behind three Stanley Cup Final contests).

To date, the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Live Extra have totaled 940,000 uniques and 123 million minutes watched, up 4% and up 17%, respectively, versus the comparable period in 2014.

 

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

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff and Premier League live content contributed to the Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network digital alliance delivering 57.3 million uniques in April, ranking No. 2 among all sports digital sites, and 2.7 billion minutes, up 3% and 22%, respectively, versus the prior year, according to multiplatform data released by comScore.

 

Rotoworld Introduces Updated MLB Lineups

On Monday, May 18, Rotoworld will introduce MLB lineups that are updated shortly after their release and in advance of each game’s start, including FanDuel salaries and daily price changes. The updates will help streamline the process of setting a lineup for season-long fantasy baseball team owners and FanDuel players.

 

GolfAdvisor.com Continuing Momentum After Dramatic PLAYERS Championship Finish

Golf Channel’s course review platform, GolfAdvisor.com, the game’s leading review and recommendation website by golfers, for golfers, saw a 20% spike in weekly traffic during PLAYERS Championship week. Riding the excitement of one of the most compelling tournaments so far this year, activity on GolfAdvisor.com during the week of May 4 was up for both unique visits and page views over the previous week, which included increases via tablets (+19% / +39%) and mobile devices (+28% / +39%).

This growth follows the best month ever for GolfAdvisor.com in April. Both unique visitors and page views during the month surpassed the previous records – March 2015 and July 2014, respectively – by 15%. Those key metrics also increased more than 500% year over year.

GolfAdvisor.com features more than 370,000 golf course reviews of more than 9,000 courses around the world to date.

 

Behind-The-Scenes Look at Larry Collmus’ Call Of 2015 Kentucky Derby

Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at Larry Collmus’ call of American Pharoah’s down-to-the-wire victory in the 2015 Kentucky Derby.  The camera focuses strictly on Collmus during his entire 2-plus minute call. A portion of the call will be shown on the telecast of the 140th Preakness Stakes this Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 PM ET on NBC.

 

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

Joe Posnanski outlines the heartbreak of being a fan of a team in a major postseason drought coming out of last night’s gut-wrenching loss for the Washington Capitals. Click here for the long-form story on NBC SportsWorld.

In a video on NBC SportsWorld, Posnanski discusses the NFL’s decision on Tom Brady’s role in “Deflategate.” Click here for a link to the video.

Posnanski takes a closer look at the Cleveland Cavaliers and who’s really running the show there, the coach or the King? Click here for the long-form story on NBC SportsWorld.

Intelligent Hockey‘s Sam Hitchcock analyzes the West finals in the NHL and breaks down who has the edge between the Ducks and the Blackhawks. Click here for the long-form story on NBC SportsWorld.

— NBC SPORTS DIGITAL —

 

DAY 30 – “NHL PLAYOFF PASS” – CONFERENCE FINALS START THIS WEEKEND ON NBC

Eastern Conference Final Game 1 – Lightning-Rangers – Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

Western Conference Final Game 1 – Blackhawks-Ducks – Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC

Caps-Rangers Game 7 Is Highest-Rated NHL Game on NBCSN Ever in New York & Washington D.C., Third-Highest Rated Non-Stanley Cup Game Ever on NBCSN

Twitter Abuzz with Critical Acclaim of Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick During Game 7

Eastern and Western Conference Telecast and Game Commentary Schedules Announced

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 14, 2015 – On the heels of the New York Rangers’ dramatic Game 7 overtime win against the Washington Capitals last night on NBCSN – the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBCSN in the New York and Washington D.C. markets – the Eastern and Western Conference Finals begin this weekend with a pair of Game 1 matchups on NBC.

Coverage begins Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final, when Henrik Lunqdvist and the Rangers host Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. NBC will present Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, when Ryan Getzlaf and the Anaheim Ducks host Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks.

This weekend’s pre-game and intermission coverage on NBC will be hosted by Liam McHugh, alongside analysts and former players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

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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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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 call Eastern and Western Conference Final games via “TV Everywhere.”

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

 

THE PASS – SATURDAY, MAY 16-SUNDAY, MAY 17 (All times ET)

SATURDAY, MAY 16

Time Coverage Network Commentators
1 p.m. Game 1 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Pierre
McGuire
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike
Milbury, Keith Jones

SUNDAY, MAY 17

3 p.m. Game 1 – Chicago at Anaheim NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike
Milbury, Keith Jones

 

 

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 1 – LIGHTNING-RANGERS – SATURDAY AT 1 P.M. ET ON NBC

The Rangers and Lightning face off in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final this Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. The Rangers reached the conference final with a dramatic Game 7 overtime victory over Washington on Wednesday night, as Derek Stepan scored midway into overtime to propel New York into the conference final.

The Lightning moved through the bracket with a second-round series victory against the Montreal Canadiens. Tampa Bay jumped out to a 3-0 series lead, and held off a charge after wins in Games 4 and 5 by Montreal, as Steven Stamkos netted the eventual game-winner in a 4-1 Game 6 win on Tuesday night in Tampa.

This series will feature familiar faces between the two teams. The Lightning roster includes former Rangers Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman, who helped New York advance to last year’s Stanley Cup Final. In addition, Lightning-Rangers features former team captains who were traded for each other last year – current Ranger and Lightning all-time leading scorer Martin St. Louis was swapped for Ryan Callahan. This will be the first time the Rangers and Lightning have met in the postseason. The Lightning swept the three-game regular-season series against the Rangers this year, outscoring New York 15-7 in the three victories.

Three-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator and Sports Illustrated 2014 Media Person of the Year Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Emmy Award-winning Inside-the-Glass analyst Pierre McGuire will call Game 1 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

 

 

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 1 – BLACKHAWKS-DUCKS – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC

The Blackhawks and Ducks meet in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, after both teams recorded quick second-round series wins. The Ducks advanced to the Western Conference Final with their Game 5 win last Sunday over the Calgary Flames, while the Blackhawks advanced in the bracket by completing a four-game sweep of the Minnesota Wild last Thursday.

Ducks forward Corey Perry currently leads the NHL in postseason scoring with 15 points (7g/8a), despite playing in just nine games through the first two rounds. Chicago’s Patrick Kane ranks second in the league with 13 points (7g/6a). Chicago has appeared in three consecutive Western Conference Finals, while the Ducks reach the conference final for the first time since 2007, when they defeated the Red Wings on their way to a Stanley Cup victory against Ottawa.

This series also marks the first time the Blackhawks and Ducks will meet in the postseason. The Blackhawks won two of three matchups against the Ducks this year, including a pair of 4-1 victories in Anaheim.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call for Game 1 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

 


CAPS-RANGERS GAME 7 IS HIGHEST-RATED NHL GAME ON NBCSN EVER IN NEW YORK & WASHINGTON D.C., THIRD-HIGHEST RATED NON-STANLEY CUP GAME ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s presentation of Game 7 between the Capitals and Rangers was the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBCSN in the New York and Washington D.C. markets, delivering local market ratings of 9.3 in New York and 7.9 in Washington, respectively.

Nationally, the Rangers’ 2-1 overtime win produced a 2.30 overnight rating, the highest overnight of the 2015 playoffs on NBC/NBCSN/USA Network/CNBC, and the third-highest rated NHL game ever on NBCSN, excluding Stanley Cup Final games (LA-CHI 2014 WCF Game 7, 3.17; DET-CHI Round 2 Game 7, 2.60).

 

 

TWITTER ABUZZ WITH CRITICAL ACCLAIM OF MIKE ‘DOC’ EMRICK DURING GAME 7

The Twittersphere applauded Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who recently won his third Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality – Play-by-Play in five years, for his call of last night’s dramatic Game 7 between the Rangers and Capitals. Doc Emrick was trending on Twitter in New York last night during his call of overtime. Following are critical acclaim tweets for Emrick:

 

@JimMiller: “Doc. There is no substitute. #Game7

@MMcCarthyREV: “Doc Emrick of @NBCSports is Vin Scully of hockey.”

@PaulPabst: “Thesaurus uses Doc Emrick.”

@RichEisen: “The annual reminder to all who somehow need it that Doc Emrick is as good as they’ve ever come in the booth.”

@PatForde: “’@SteveRushin: I would like Doc Emrick to call my own sudden death.’ Would undoubtedly add drama to your demise.”

@DarrenRovell: “Only thing more remarkable than Mel Kiper Jr not going to the bathroom during draft? How Doc Emrick calls games w/o oxygen.”

@WesDurham: “If you want to hear the ‘art of play-by-play,’ dial up Doc Emrick in Game 7.”

@MacFarlaneNews: “I’d watch a game of checkers…if Mike Emrick handled the TV play-by-play.”

 

 

EASTERN AND WESTERN CONFERENCE TELECAST AND GAME COMMENTARY SCHEDULES ANNOUNCED

Following are the telecast and game commentary schedules for the Eastern and Western Conference Finals, subject to change:

 

SATURDAY, MAY 16

Time (ET) Coverage Network Commentators
1 p.m. Game 1 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Pierre
McGuire

SUNDAY, MAY 17

3 p.m. Game 1 – Chicago at Anaheim NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom

MONDAY, MAY 18

8 p.m. Game 2 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie
Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

TUESDAY, MAY 19

9 p.m. Game 2 – Chicago at Anaheim NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20

8 p.m. Game 3 – N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk,
Pierre McGuire

THURSDAY, MAY 21

8 p.m. Game 3 – Anaheim at Chicago NBCSN Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

FRIDAY, MAY 22

8 p.m. Game 4 – N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti,
Brian Engblom

SATURDAY, MAY 23

8 p.m. Game 4 – Anaheim at Chicago NBC Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

SUNDAY, MAY 24

8 p.m. Game 5 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers* NBCSN Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

MONDAY, MAY 25

9 p.m. Game 5 – Chicago at Anaheim* NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Engblom

TUESDAY, MAY 26

8 p.m. Game 6 – N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay* NBCSN TBD

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

8 p.m. Game 6 – Anaheim at Chicago* NBCSN Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

FRIDAY, MAY 29

8 p.m. Game 7 – Tampa Bay at N.Y. Rangers* NBCSN TBD

SATURDAY, MAY 30

8 p.m. Game 7 – Chicago at Anaheim* NBCSN TBD

 *if necessary

 

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the fourth consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

 

Network Games
NBC 9
NBCSN 41
USA Network 8
CNBC 10
NHL-N 1
Total 69

 

One-goal Games: 37

OT games: 15

 


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 will provide the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks with comprehensive coverage throughout their Stanley Cup Playoff run, including pre- and post-game shows and extensive on-line coverage via Comcast SportsNet’s team of NHL Insiders.


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 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.

— NBC Sports Group —

FINAL STAGE OF 2015 AMGEN TOUR OF CALIFORNIA LIVE ON NBC THIS SUNDAY AT 1 PM ET

NBCSN’s Live Weekend Coverage Features Stage 6 at 5 p.m. ET Tomorrow & Stage 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 14, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California, continues tonight at 5 p.m. ET with Stage 5, culminating with NBC’s live coverage of the premier U.S. cycling event’s final stage on Sunday, May 17 at 1 p.m. ET from Los Angeles to Pasadena.

Toms Skujins (Hincapie Racing Team), a 23-year-old from Latvia, looks to hold on to his overall lead heading into this afternoon’s stage from Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), who holds the all-time Amgen Tour of California record with 11 stage wins, is only 22 seconds behind.

COMMENTATORS: Phil LiggettPaul Sherwen and 2012 USA Pro Cycling Challenge winner Christian Vande Velde are on site in California to provide commentary and insight for each day of NBC Sports Group’s coverage with reporters Steve Schlanger and Steve Porino (‘Inside-the-Race’). Jens Voigt, who won the Critérium International a record-tying five times and has three top-10 Tour of California finishes, makes his NBC Sports Group debut as an analyst and reporter. Voigt broke the sport’s hour-record (51.115km in 60 minutes) last year before announcing his retirement from professional cycling.

NBC Sports Group’s schedule for the remainder of the 2015 Amgen Tour of California (all times ET):

Date Time Stage Network
Thurs., May 14 5 – 7 p.m. 5: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita NBCSN
Thurs., May 14 10:30 – 11:30 p.m. 5: Santa Barbara to Santa Clarita (Encore) NBCSN
Fri., May 15 5 – 7 p.m. 6: Big Bear Lake (Time Trial) NBCSN
Fri., May 15 10 – 11 p.m. 6: Big Bear Lake (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., May 16 2 – 3 a.m. Women’s Race Highlight Show NBCSN
Sat., May 16 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. 7: Ontario to Mt. Baldy NBCSN
Sun., May 17 1 – 2 a.m. 7: Ontario to Mt. Baldy (Encore) NBCSN
Sun., May 17 1 – 3 p.m. 8: L.A. LIVE to Pasadena NBC
Sun., May 17 7 – 9 p.m. 8: L.A. LIVE to Pasadena (Encore) NBCSN
Sun., May 17 11 p.m. – Midnight 8: L.A. LIVE to Pasadena (Encore) NBCSN

— NBC Sports Group —

PREAKNESS STAKES NOTES: Jerry Bailey & Randy Moss on Post Positions; Behind-the-Scenes Look at Larry Collmus’ Derby Call

The post positions for the 140th Preakness Stakes were drawn yesterday and are as follows:

  1. American Pharoah
  2. Dortmund
  3. Mr. Z
  4. Danzig Moon
  5. Tale of Verve
  6. Bodhisattva
  7. Diving Rod
  8. Firing Line

TWO-TIME PREAKNESS STAKES WINNER JERRY BAILEY: “The result should be the same as in the Derby, but the trips in the Preakness figure to be different because of the post position draw.  Starting from the rail, American Pharoah probably goes right to the early lead this time.”

ANALYST RANDY MOSS: “In the Derby, American Pharoah had an outside post and proved to be the best horse despite losing ground on the turns.  By comparison, breaking from the rail in the Preakness will almost be like a head start for him.”

BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT LARRY COLLMUS’ KENTUCKY DERBY CALL:

Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at Larry Collmus’ call of American Pharoah’s down-to-the-wire victory in the 2015 Kentucky Derby.  A portion of the call will be shown on the telecast of the 140th Preakness Stakes this Saturday, May 16 at 4:30 PM ET on NBC.

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Following is a look at NBC Sports Group’s live Preakness Stakes coverage:

PREAKNESS STAKES TELEVISION COVERAGE

 
Date Time Event Network
Fri., May 15 3 p.m. Black Eyed Susan Stakes NBCSN
Sat., May 16 2:30 p.m. Preakness Saturday NBCSN
Sat., May 16 4:30 p.m. Preakness Stakes NBC
Sat., May 16 6:30 p.m. Preakness Post-Race Show NBCSN

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA PREAKNESS STAKES COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream Preakness Stakes coverage on NBC and NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Preakness Stakes coverage includes:

  • Two exclusive isolation cameras, including one on Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah during the race
  • Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
  • Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and earlier prep races

NBC SPORTS RADIO PREAKNESS STAKES COVERAGE

For the first time, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live Preakness Stakes coverage beginning Saturday, May 16 at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, NBC Sports Radio will present a three-hour pre-race show Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Produced in partnership with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), and distributed by Westwood One, NBC Sports Radio presents live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races this year, continuing with the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 6.

For more information on programming, please contact Westwood One at NBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com.  For a complete schedule of shows, bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing NBC Sports Radio, log on to NBCSportsRadio.com.

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MECUM AUCTIONS: INDIANAPOLIS – THE ORIGINAL AND LARGEST MUSCLE CAR AUCTION – HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK’S MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE ON NBCSN

NBCSN Presents 18.5 Hours of Dana Mecum’s 28th Annual Spring Classic Auction from Indianapolis, Beginning Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Coverage Begins Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with Season Opener at Hangtown

Indy Lights Grand Prix of Indianapolis – Thursday at 2 a.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 13, 2015 – This week’s motorsports coverage on NBCSN is highlighted by 18.5 hours of Mecum Auctions action from Dana Mecum’s 28th annual Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis, recognized as the world’s original and largest muscle car auction, spanning six days and featuring nearly 2,000 vehicles.

In addition to this week’s Mecum Auctions coverage, NBCSN will present the season opener of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the Hangtown Motocross Classic, this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

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 Mecum Auctions and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship events.
MECUM AUCTIONS: INDIANAPOLIS – BEGINS TOMORROW AT 12:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s presentation of the 2015 Mecum Auctions season continues with 18.5 hours of coverage from founder Dana Mecum’s 28th annual Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis, regarded as the top muscle car auction in the world. This year’s auction will feature nearly 2,000 vehicles, including the lowest-mileage 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda known to exist. Notable consignments include selections from the Don Davis Collection, such as his pair of Shelby Cobra Roadsters, and his 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, factory built to U.S. specifications and unrestored.

Live coverage begins tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by a pair of presentations on Friday at noon ET and 7 p.m. ET. Coverage continues into the weekend, with presentations from Indianapolis airing on Saturday and Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast team of Scott HokeJohn KramanStephen Cox, and reporter Bill Stephens will call the action. Rutledge Wood will also contribute to this week’s Mecum Auctions coverage.

 

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP – HANGTOWN MOTOCROSS CLASSIC – SATURDAY AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN kicks off its 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship coverage with a live presentation of the GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic this Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. Coverage of the event begins Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET with practice on Live Extra. Race coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET on MAVTV with Moto 1’s before shifting to NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET for Moto 2 coverage.

For the second consecutive year, NBCSN will televise more than 21 hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race coverage and 15 hours of race recap shows. In addition, NBC will present three hours of live coverage, including the Red Bull Tennessee NationalRed Bull RedBud National and Red Bull Unadilla National.

Jason Weigandt will handle play-by-play duties, alongside two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston and reporter Georgia Lindsay.

 
INDY LIGHTS GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS – THURSDAY AT 2 A.M. ET

NBCSN’s coverage of the Indy Lights series continues Thursday at 2 a.m. ET with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The Indy Lights series serves as the main developmental series for the Verizon IndyCar Series. In the most recent Indy Lights races at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, rookie Spencer Pigot won both races to sweep the event. Kevin Lee (play-by-play), Anders Krohn (analyst) and Katie Hargitt (reporter) will provide commentary.

Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thur., May 14 Indy Lights – Grand Prix of Indianapolis 2 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., May 15 Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis 12 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., May 16 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Hangtown Practice 1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Hangtown Pre-Show 3:30 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Hangtown Moto 1’s 5 p.m. MAVTV
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross: Hangtown Moto 2’s 7 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis* 9 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., May 17 Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis* 9 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay


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 Mecum Auctions and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross coverage 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.

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

 

@INDYCARONNBCSN: @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.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

 

GOLF CHANNEL’S COURSE REVIEW SITE, GOLFADVISOR.COM, SETTING TRAFFIC RECORDS AS MORE GOLFERS PROVIDE REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDENTATIONS

Week-to-Week Growth Continues April’s Momentum as the Best Month Ever

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 13, 2015) – Golf’s leading course review and recommendation website by golfers, for golfers – GolfAdvisor.com – saw a 20 percent spike in weekly traffic during last week’s PLAYERS Championship, continuing the site’s recent momentum highlighted by its best April on record.

Riding the excitement of one of the most compelling tournaments so far this year, activity on Golf Channel’s GolfAdvisor.com during the week of May 4 was up for both unique visits and page views over the previous week, which included increases via tablets (+19% / +39%) and mobile devices (+28% / +39%).

This growth follows the best month ever for GolfAdvisor.com in April. Both unique visitors and page views during the month surpassed the previous records – March 2015 and July 2014, respectively – by 15 percent. Those key metrics also increased more than 500% year over year.

Currently featuring more than 370,000 golf course reviews of more than 9,000 courses around the world, GolfAdvisor.com is designed as a one-stop, customized experience for golfers of all levels where they can find honest recommendations from their peers and also be offered the opportunity to provide their own feedback about any course they play, anywhere, anytime. From any computer or mobile device, golfers can submit star-based ratings on public and private courses, alike, for categories such as pace of play, difficulty, conditions, staff friendliness, value, food and beverage. Reviewers are provided an open-ended text entry, and the ability to upload photos and video. Golfers also are able to comment on their experiences anytime via Twitter, and can follow Golf Advisor for the latest travel tips and course recommendations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

-NBC Sports Group-

Golf Channel to Air Live Announcement of the Winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, Monday, May 25

In Partnership with 3M, the Fred Haskins Commission and the ANNIKA Foundation, Golf Channel Increases Awareness of One of the Most Prestigious Recognitions in Women’s Collegiate Golf

Established in 2014, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M Recognizes the Most Outstanding Female Collegiate Golfer

2015 ANNIKA Award Winner to Appear Live on Golf Channel During Golf Central’s Coverage of NCAA Women’s Golf Championships

ORLANDO, Fla., May 13, 2015 – Golf Channel announced today a new partnership with 3M, the Fred Haskins Commission and the ANNIKA Foundation to elevate exposure for one of the most prestigious awards in all of women’s golf, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.

New for 2015, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M winner announcement will take place Monday, May 25 during Golf Channel’s live coverage of the 2015 NCAA Women’s Golf Championships, with the recipient appearing on-set as part of the network’s Golf Central news program.

Named after World Golf Hall-of-Famer and 1991 NCAA Individual Champion Annika Sorenstam, the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M honors the nation’s most outstanding female Division I collegiate golfer as selected by her peers, coaches and the golf media. UCLA’s Alison Lee won the inaugural award in 2014 after winning three times, and was named first team All-American, Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Year and Freshman of the Year. She is now competing full time on the LPGA Tour.

The live announcement will take place during Golf Central at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, May 25, with the winner appearing on-set immediately following the conclusion of the individual stroke play at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships. Taking place at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships will air live on Golf Channel Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, crowning the individual national champion followed by all three rounds of the team match-play tournament.

“We are thrilled about this new partnership with Golf Channel and its increased commitment to showcasing collegiate golf,” said Annika. “This is the next generation of great players and I am honored to have my name on this award with 3M. We look forward to growing this initiative, along with others championed by my foundation.”

“3M is delighted to join forces again this year with the ANNIKA Foundation to celebrate the inspirational support that Annika and the foundation provide for young women athletes everywhere,” said Jesse Singh, senior vice president for marketing and sales at 3M. “We hope the 2015 ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M will encourage another young athlete on her path to success, and we look forward to announcing this year’s winner.”

“Annika is undoubtedly the greatest female golfer in history and has done so much to bring women’s golf to the forefront, both on and off the golf course,” said Tom Knapp, senior vice president of programming for Golf Channel. “We are excited to partner with the ANNIKA Foundation, the Fred Haskins Commission and 3M in growing increased awareness for the ANNIKA Award.”

Players, coaches and members of the golf media can vote at www.AnnikaAward.com through Sunday, May 24 at 9 p.m. ET. After the votes are collected, the Fred Haskins Commission will verify the votes and determine the winner. Throughout the NCAA golf season, the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings are used to identify the top female collegiate golfers throughout the year. Golfweek is the founding media partner for the ANNIKA Award.

The Fred Haskins Commission, which for the past 44 years has overseen the Fred Haskins Award presented by Stifel in recognizing the most outstanding male collegiate golfer, also oversees the ANNIKA Award. Winners of the Haskins Award have captured 28 Majors and nearly 300 professional tournaments around the world. For the first time in 2015, the Haskins Award winner will receive his award live on Golf Channel, airing Monday, June 1 on Golf Central following the conclusion of the final round of men’s individual stroke play.

Golf Channel is building upon the success of its 2014 coverage of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championships and is expanding in 2015 to include live news and tournament coverage of both the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships, contested in back-to-back weeks at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla., May 22-June 3. Coverage of the Women’s Golf Championships will air Monday-Wednesday, May 25-27, followed be coverage of the Men’s Golf Championships Monday-Wednesday, June 1-3.

About Golf Channel

Golf Channel is a multimedia, golf entertainment and services company based in Orlando, Fla. Serving the most-affluent audience in all of television, Golf Channel – co-founded by Arnold Palmer in 1995 and now part of NBC Sports Group – is available in more than 200 million homes in 84 countries and 13 languages around the world. Exclusive partnerships with the world’s top tours allow Golf Channel to feature more live golf coverage than all other networks combined, as well as a programming schedule distinguished by golf’s highest-quality news, instruction and original content. Golf Channel’s digital platforms, headed by GolfChannel.com, are the leading golf destinations on the Internet, delivering unmatched coverage of the world of golf. Fans are able to enjoy 24/7 live streaming of Golf Channel content through Golf Live Extra and select programming is simulcast via SiriusXM’s PGA TOUR Radio. In addition, Golf Channel connects the world to golf through a wide array of digital and lifestyle services including Golf Channel Mobile, a comprehensive app covering golf’s latest headlines, scores and analysis; GolfNow, the world’s largest online tee time booking platform and golf course technology partner, which includes the GolfNow Mobile App, featuring on-course GPS tracking, in-round scoring and game tracking; GolfAdvisor.com, a golf course ratings and review portal for golfers, by golfers; a North American network of  Golf Channel Academy instructional facilities; and Golf Channel Am Tour, the world’s largest amateur golf tour.

About the ANNIKA Foundation

Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.

The Foundation annually conducts four major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the AJGA ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe in Sweden; and ANNIKA Cup, a team event for Swedish juniors. In 2013, its reach extended to the collegiate ranks with the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M (awarded to most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer) and ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M (12-team, 54-hole event at Reunion Resort). SPARK grants to schools, financial support of Healthy 100 Kids, endowment of an AJGA ACE scholarship, ANNIKA Junior Day, and scholarships for aspiring Swedish juniors and other key initiatives.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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