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February 14, 2012
The Colonial Athletic Association, home of Drexel basketball and Villanova football, reached a TV agreement on Monday with NBC Sports, according to a league announcement. The agreement begins in the fall of this year and runs through the spring of 2017. Men's and women's basketball games, as well as football games, will be televised on the NBC Sports Network - formerly Versus - as well as on Comcast SportsNet regional channels. The CAA is the first college sports conference to sign with NBC Sports Network since it launched on Jan. 2. - Inquirer staff
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May 24, 1988 | By KEVIN MULLIGAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Just as the storm surrounding the Showboat Hotel and Casino's sponsorship of the Dec. 10 Temple-Kansas basketball game in Atlantic City appeared to have passed, in rushed more gray cloud cover. The Showboat, in a strangely timed announcement, yesterday "voluntarily" withdrew its financial backing of the game, which still will be carried by NBC-TV and still will be staged as planned at Atlantic City's 11,026-seat Convention Hall. That left one large, three-lettered question regarding the casino's pullout: Why?
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October 25, 2011
Connecticut has agreed to provide a $20 million loan and other incentives as economic sweeteners for NBC Sports to consolidate its operations in Stamford. NBC Sports will relocate business functions in Philadelphia and New York to a 32-acre site. The project is expected to create 450 jobs. The Versus sports cable channel and the administrative headquarters for the Comcast regional sports networks, both located in Philadelphia, will relocate to Stamford. - Bob Fernandez
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July 25, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
IN THE ever-evolving and shifting world of sports on television, the majority of NASCAR races will be moving to NBC and NBC Sports in 2015. Starting in 2 years the season's final 20 Sprint Cup races and final 19 Nationwide series races will air on NBC or NBC Sports for 10 years. ESPN has been carrying these races. It's not often pro sports franchises wave goodbye to the ESPN sports Godzilla. Referring to ESPN and TNT, which airs six midsummer Cup races each year, NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France said on a conference call yesterday, "We've been together one way or the other for 30-plus years, and they've done an outstanding job of presenting the NASCAR story week in and week out, and we'll certainly miss them in many ways.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to announce on Tuesday that NBC Sports will consolidate its Philadelphia and New York operations into Stamford. Consolidating the Comcast Corp. regional sports headquarters and the Versus cable operations could cost Philadelphia more than 100 jobs, according to estimates. Operations for the local Comcast SportsNet, which airs the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers games, are expected to remain in the city. NBCUniversal officials declined to comment and Malloy has scheduled a news conference at 11 a.m., with announcement headlined: "Gov.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
An NBC Sports executive says advertising sales for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are going "exceptionally well," with the company projecting $800 million in revenue. The first phase of the Olympics ad sales - to companies that will spend at least $10 million to $15 million during the Games - was completed several months ahead of schedule, executive vice president Seth Winter said this week. The first phase will account for about 75 percent of the more than $800 million expected total advertising take for the Sochi Olympics.
SPORTS
October 24, 2012 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a way, the NHL lockout is being partially funded by Comcast, the Flyers' parent company. The NBC Sports Group, a subsidiary of Comcast, is paying the league about $180 million in rights fees this season, and a network spokesman said on Monday that the NHL will receive all of that money even if no games are played in 2012-13. There is an asterisk, however. If no games are played this season, the league will grant NBC a "free year at the back end of the agreement," said the NBC spokesman, who asked to remain anonymous.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2016 | Jonathan Takiff, STAFF WRITER
Kinks with the virtual reality version of the Rio Olympics have been driving tech lovers crazy. Thursday night, this early adopter lit into Comcast techies with his frustrations, as they showed off VR clips loaded onto Samsung Gear VR goggles to visitors at a Comcast Center Olympics celebration. Twice we heard the response, "It's not our fault; it's an NBC Sports problem. " Kind of ironic, since NBC is a Comcast division. Comcast senior technical fellow Mark Francisco and colleagues agreed to take on the complaints quickly with the NBC powers that be. And by the next morning, one serious wrong was righted with a fresh update of the NBC Sports VR app on my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
SPORTS
May 21, 1997 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NBC Sports and the Madison Square Garden Network declined to comment on the status of sportscaster Marv Albert, who was charged yesterday with forcible sodomy and assault. Albert, 53, is expected to appear before the Circuit Court in Arlington, Va., next week for arraignment on charges stemming from an incident that allegedly took place in a hotel room last February. Albert, who works for NBC Sports and the Madison Square Garden Network, did not do the play-by-play of Game 3 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals between the Flyers and Rangers for MSG last night.
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August 14, 2016 | Jonathan Takiff, STAFF WRITER
Kinks with the virtual reality version of the Rio Olympics have been driving tech lovers crazy. Thursday night, this early adopter lit into Comcast techies with his frustrations, as they showed off VR clips loaded onto Samsung Gear VR goggles to visitors at a Comcast Center Olympics celebration. Twice we heard the response, "It's not our fault; it's an NBC Sports problem. " Kind of ironic, since NBC is a Comcast division. Comcast senior technical fellow Mark Francisco and colleagues agreed to take on the complaints quickly with the NBC powers that be. And by the next morning, one serious wrong was righted with a fresh update of the NBC Sports VR app on my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2016 | Jonathan Tannenwald, Staff Writer
When the word went out Wednesday that NBC Sports Group chairman Mark Lazarus was to hold a conference call with reporters about Olympics TV viewership, observers of NBC and Comcast suspected he had something to say. He sure did. "This will be our most economically successful Games in history," Lazarus proclaimed. He announced that NBC had sold $30 million of additional advertising since the Olympics began - on top of the already record-breaking $1.2 billion total before the flame was lit in Rio de Janeiro.
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August 6, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
NBC Sports' Olympic ad sales for Rio are 20 percent more than for the London Summer Games, at $1.2 billion with the games about to open officially Friday, a top executive said on Thursday. Seth Winter, executive vice president of advertising sales for Comcast Corp.-owned NBC Sports, said that the media company was "pretty much sold out of premium inventory" - which means prime-time spots on the NBC broadcast network - and that he was "exceptionally bullish on the games. " Ironically, Winter said, issues related to the games in Brazil - such as polluted water for swimmers and the Zika virus - have heightened the public's awareness of the Olympics and could lead to the bigger audience that advertisers are looking for with commercials.
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August 1, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
Hi, everyone. My name is Jon, and I'm a Summer Olympics addict. Morning, noon and night, you'll find me tube tied and chowing down with the NBC-hosted biennial. This summer's Aug. 5 to 21 marathon (plus two preview nights) will make for an even greater "staycation" with buddy Bob Costas as lead tour guide, taking in the sights, hearing dramatic backstories and cheering for all the Young Americans as "we" bring home the medals. TV travelers won't even have a body clock adjustment to worry about, as Rio sets its collective watch just an hour ahead of our East Coast daylight saving time.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter revenues rose a slim 2.8 percent and the company reported a modest drop in profits as its slate of Hollywood movies - rocket-fueled in 2015 by the release of Furious 7 and Jurassic World - failed to repeat that success. Otherwise the cable and entertainment conglomerate had a solid quarter as its cable-TV business continued to heal - video subscriber losses were a negligible 4,000 compared with 69,000 in the year-ago quarter - and NBC broadcast-TV revenue rose 17 percent on more licensing and retransmission fees.
BUSINESS
July 22, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Staff Writer
How big a deal is next month's 2016 Rio Olympics? "Countries at war are saying they'll stop their battles to focus on the games," said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts in a media event at JFK Boulevard headquarters Wednesday. The Summer Games also promise content and customizable technology as never seen in TV land before, Roberts said, as well as an audience for Comcast's NBCUniversal properties that is "more than three times bigger than ABC, CBS, and Fox ratings combined" over the Rio games' 17-day run, plus two preview nights.
SPORTS
March 25, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Three men walked into a closet. If that sounds like the setup to a joke, it isn't. Instead, it's the odd beginning to a central moment in one of the most serious episodes in NCAA basketball tournament history. When, on March 30, 1981, Big East commissioner Dave Gavitt huddled in a Spectrum closet with the coaches from that night's national championship game - Indiana's Bob Knight and North Carolina's Dean Smith - they were hoping, amid the mops and brooms, to help the NCAA avoid a public relations mess.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2016 | By Bob Fernandez, Staff Writer
After a slow period last year, TV ad sales for this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are going "extraordinarily well" and could break records, a top NBC Sports official said on Thursday. Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal expects at least $1 billion in revenue and ad sales, which are eclipsing the pace of the London games in 2012, NBC Sports sales chief Seth Winter said in a conference call. NBC needs to get to $1.2 billion to break even, because that's what it agreed to pay for the games when it won the TV rights in 2011.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
Maine at Villanova 7:30 p.m. Saturday Villanova Stadium TV: NBC Sports. Radio: WTEL (610 AM) Records: Maine 3-4, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association; Villanova 3-4, 2-2 History: Series tied, 9-9. Villanova won last year at Maine, 41-20. Maine has won last two here. About Maine: Beat Stony Brook last week at home, 23-10 . . . Has not won two straight . . . Is 1-3 on road . . . Has been outscored on season, 165-126 . . . Lost at home to Yale two weeks ago, 21-10 . . . Nigel Beckford has rushed for 365 yards (4.0 avg.)
NEWS
October 23, 2015
Yale at Penn Friday, 7 p.m., Franklin Field TV: NBC Sports. Radio: WNTP (990-AM) Records: Yale 4-1, 1-1 Ivy; Penn 2-3, 1-1 History: Yale leads, 47-34-1. Bulldogs won last year at home, 43-21. Penn has won 10 of the last 11 here. About Yale: Won at Maine last week, 21-10 . . . Won, 27-12, at Lehigh, where Penn lost, 42-21 . . . Deshawn Salter is second in the Ivies in rushing at 93.6 yards a game . . . Morgan Roberts is third in league in passing, averaging 265.8 per. He has seven TDs and six picks . . . Victor Egu is second in Ivies in tackles (8.75)
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