March 6, 2011 |
With the threat of a player lockout hanging over the National Football League season, a big winner could be professional hockey as the National Hockey League television rights gain cachet with ESPN and other networks fearful of a football-barren channel lineup. And that may be the first big test for NBC Sports, which has assumed ownership and management control of Comcast Corp.'s 24-hour sports channel Versus, the current holder of the national TV rights for NHL games. Versus televises about 80 NHL games a year.
November 26, 1997 |
Marv Albert and Matt Guokas were NBC's No. 1 NBA announcing team for three years. Now, Albert is history at NBC and Guokas has been reassigned to make room for Isiah Thomas. NBC announced yesterday that Thomas, until last week the general manager and minority owner of the Toronto Raptors, will pair with NBC veteran Bob Costas as the network's No. 1 NBA team for this season's telecasts. Thomas was reported to be offered a job at NBC even before he left his post at the Raptors last week.
June 16, 2000 |
Golf fans don't need encouragement to watch the U.S. Open. When the 100th Open is at Pebble Beach and Tiger Woods is playing, NBC Sports is guaranteed a sizable audience. As an added bonus, NBC is using a "boat cam" tomorrow and Sunday to give viewers a special look at Pebble Beach's gorgeous scenery. Tom Roy, the executive producer of NBC Sports, wanted to provide a different view of Pebble Beach. "It happens to be prettier looking from the ocean back to the land," he said.
January 11, 1994 |
Notre Dame football fans won't have to channel-surf to find their favorite helmet-wearing team after the current television contract with NBC expires in 1995. The Fighting Irish will remain on NBC through 2000. Notre Dame and NBC Sports yesterday announced a new, five-year agreement, starting in 1996, to carry the university's six home games. As a bonus, NBC also will televise at least four Notre Dame basketball games each season through 2000. No financial terms were revealed.
July 6, 2011 |
Rafael Nadal, the hard-hitting Spaniard, wasn't the only one to lose at Wimbledon on Sunday. Comcast/NBCU was aced for the rights to the most prestigious tennis championship for the next 12 years, losing out to cable sports giant ESPN. The deal ends NBC's 43-year history broadcasting Wimbledon from the grass courts of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and consolidates the broadcast-TV and cable-TV rights under one organization - ESPN, which will carry the men's and women's matches.
May 20, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Dick Ebersol, who made NBC the TV home of the Olympics for more than two decades, will watch someone else run the network's coverage of next year's Summer Games. The powerful TV executive behind shows from "Saturday Night Live" to "Sunday Night Football" has resigned as head of NBC Sports in a contract dispute with his new bosses at Comcast. The break was sudden and unexpected: Ebersol got a promotion when Comcast took over NBC Universal earlier this year and appeared Monday at a presentation NBC gave to advertisers in New York, tossing footballs from the stage and talking about coverage of the 2012 London Olympics.
June 12, 2011 |
One of the most luxurious hotels in Lausanne, Switzerland, is a place they call "The Palace," and late Tuesday afternoon, ESPN and Fox Sports executives were drinking in its bar as reporters prowled the lobby, desperate to know who would prevail in the bidding for U.S. television rights for the Olympic Games beginning in 2014. Upstairs - and very aware of the clamor below - were Comcast Corp. chief executive Brian Roberts and NBC network executives. Around 5 p.m., Roberts and his team sneaked out of a service elevator at the Lausanne Palace & Spa and walked about a block in the rain to a waiting car. Doors opened and closed, the car pulled away, and Comcast went to pick up its grand prize at International Olympic Committee headquarters.
September 1, 2005 |
The Flyers, who will host the new hockey season's first nationally televised game Oct. 5 against the Rangers on cable channel OLN, will appear on OLN six other times and play four times on NBC this season. Comcast-owned OLN will televise 58 regular-season games, mostly on Monday and Tuesday nights, as it begins its first season carrying a major-league team sport. NBC will broadcast six Saturday-afternoon national and regional games starting in January. The Flyers' national games include two against the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and three against the Pittsburgh Penguins, who will feature rookie Sidney Crosby.
November 10, 2010 |
Temple and Penn State will be among 16 teams competing next spring in the USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship at PPL Park in Chester. The tournament is scheduled for June 4 and 5, and will be broadcast live nationally on NBC both days. Rugby sevens will be an Olympic sport beginning in 2016, and the USA 7's Collegiate Rugby Championship will give a preview of the talent pool for the U.S. team. "International sports fans have always supported rugby with an ardent fervor, and we hope the fans of Philadelphia will similarly embrace it," said Jon Miller, executive vice president of NBC Sports.
February 27, 2001 |
They are not handing out parachutes at NBC Sports. Still, as the XFL ratings plummet, observers wonder how low they can go without the league vanishing. From a giddy 10.3 on opening night four weeks ago, the numbers have dropped weekly to 5.1, 3.8 and 2.9, respective, overnight (one rating point equals 1.02 million households). If the XFL were a situation comedy, network executives would cut the cord. But since NBC is a half-owner of the XFL, with Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation, the show - such as it is - must go on. "They're predicting lots of doom and gloom," NBC spokesman Kevin Sullivan said yesterday, "but not inside our corridors yet. "The opening night rating was higher than anybody's expectations.