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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.
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.
SPORTS
April 22, 2013 | Associated Press
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested over the weekend in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said Sunday. Michaels was pulled over at about 9:30 p.m. Friday after officers manning a DUI checkpoint witnessed him make an illegal U-turn, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said. Michaels, the play-by-play man for "Sunday Night Football," was taken to the station, where he registered a blood alcohol level over the .08 percent legal limit, according to Lewis.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2011 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp.'s 24-hour sports network, Versus, will fall under the direct management of Jon Litner, a former ABC Sports executive who has run Comcast's regional sports networks, and will stay in Philadelphia. Some employees had been concerned that Versus - or even the regional sports networks - might relocate to New York after control of their businesses was taken over by entertainment and news giant NBC Universal Inc. because of the company's joint venture with Comcast. In an announcement Wednesday naming its top executives, NBC Sports said Litner would be president of Versus and SportsNet and would be based here.
BUSINESS
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.
SPORTS
September 7, 2001 | By Gail Shister INQUIRER TELEVISION COLUMNIST
Nothing is official, but former 76ers president Pat Croce is expected to join NBC Sports as a member of its NBA studio show. The hyperkinetic Croce auditioned in New York last week for a spot on The NBA on NBC, an NBC Sports spokesman confirmed yesterday. Croce is just one of "a number" of prospects who have auditioned, the spokesman said. "We will make our talent announcements in due course. " The NBA on NBC airs before games and during halftime. Last season's lineup featured Ahmad Rashad as host, with ex-Phoenix Suns star Kevin Johnson, former Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo, and New York Post reporter Peter Vecsey as regulars.
SPORTS
January 20, 1994 | by Bob Raissman, New York Daily News
NBC Sports is negotiating with representatives of John Madden, hoping to bring the big man to the network as its No. 1 NFL analyst. The Where-Will-Madden-Go rumor mill was again in high gear yesterday with speculation the CBS analyst already had cut a deal with NBC. But industry sources said no deal had been agreed on and the Madden talks with NBC are ongoing. NBC Sports spokesman Ed Markey would only say: "Everyone will agree that John Madden is a one-of-a-kind broadcaster.
BUSINESS
August 6, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
NBC Sports expects to sell more than $1.1 billion in TV and digital advertising for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, with a top NBC executive saying this week that ad sales are "pacing very similarly" to the record-setting London Games in 2012. NBC has not forecast TV ratings for the Rio de Janeiro Games, and the ratings comparisons could be tough with the London Games, which NBC has called the "most-watched event in U.S. history. " But NBC Sports officials hope to reach an equally large or larger audience - 217 million Americans tuned in to the London Games.
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.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
NBC Sports, now owned by Comcast Corp., has sold a record $250 million in advertising for Sunday's Super Bowl game and is hoping that audience spillover from the big game will boost two prime-time shows, The Voice and Smash . The best scenario for NBC would be a nail-biter Super Bowl that draws a big audience, delivering for sponsors who shelled out an average $3.5 million for 30 seconds of airtime. Experts say more than 100 million homes could tune in. "They will do very well with the Super Bowl.
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