October 20, 1997 |
Oops. That's the reaction from the top NBC Sports executive to negative comments made by Don Ohlmeyer, president of NBC's West Coast division, about the World Series. The series happens to be on NBC. Ohlmeyer said Friday he hoped the World Series would be over in four straight so NBC's powerhouse Thursday night lineup featuring "Seinfeld" and "E.R. " wouldn't be preempted. He was undoubtedly doing cartwheels after Cleveland defeated host Florida last night, 6-1, evening the series at 1-1 and guaranteeing there will be a Game 5 Thursday.
November 22, 1989 |
CBS retained rights to the NCAA basketball tournament by agreeing to a seven-year, $1 billion contract yesterday. The network said it would provide over-the-air coverage of every tournament game, eliminating cable television involvement in the NCAA's biggest event. The NCAA's huge television contract followed a trend toward such accords this year, as CBS and NBC jockey for the rights to major sports events in the 1990s. Early this year, major-league baseball signed contracts with CBS and ESPN that guarantee the sport $1.5 billion over the next four years - an increase of about 60 percent.
January 16, 2016 |
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.
April 2, 2014 |
Another Comcast Corp. executive parachuted Monday into Ed Snider's Comcast-Spectacor fiefdom in South Philly, as the venture that owns the Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center reorganizes its top management after the quick departure in December of Snider ally and partner Peter Luukko. Michael Sheehey was appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president for business development. He has been senior vice president with NBC Sports and worked for Comcast's cable division for almost two decades.
July 16, 1991 |
The first NBA players ever to compete for the United States Olympic basketball team will be named on a live NBC Sports special presentation on Saturday, Sept. 21. Bob Costas, host of NBC's "NBA Showtime," and Marv Albert, play-by-play announcer for the NBA on NBC, will co-host the program. The decision to use pros is for the 1992 Summer Games only and will be reviewed after the Olympics. College players for the team will be selected after the NCAA season. Olympic assistant Mike Krzyzewski said that Magic Johnson, David Robinson and Karl Malone could be among the NBA players on the Olympic team.
May 18, 1988 |
As the Summer Olympics approach, NBC Sports officials are sweating out the latest glitches to pop up, ones involving the schedule and their star host. The games are scheduled for Seoul, South Korea, from Sept. 17 to Oct. 2, and South Korean opposition leaders, flexing their new political muscle following a strong showing in National Assembly elections last month, have just called on the government to repeal daylight-saving time, which took effect May 8. The shift to DST puts the country 14 hours ahead of the United States (Eastern time)
May 14, 2012 |
London, ho! Two Philadelphia-based companies will be seeking gold-medal performances at the Summer Olympics: food vendor Aramark and media giant Comcast Corp., whose NBC Sports division holds the U.S. broadcast rights. Officials from both companies spoke last week about the Games, scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 12, at a meeting hosted by the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia at the Cira Centre. It kicked off the fanfare for the global event, which Nick McInnes, a deputy consul-general with the British Consulate, said could generate $35 billion in economic activity.
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.