July 25, 2013 |
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.
May 19, 2013 |
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.
May 1, 2013 |
STAMFORD, Conn. - Officials call Connecticut the sports-media headquarters of the world, with the 19-building complex that is ESPN in Bristol and offices for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and the Yankees' YES Network here. Now they can add NBC Sports. Lured by generous tax credits and modern TV studios, the Comcast Corp.-owned NBC Sports is bailing on 30 Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan - the most prestigious address in the TV business - after rehabbing and reconfiguring a Clairol hair-products factory for $100 million.
April 22, 2013 |
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.
April 5, 2013 |
THE PHILADELPHIA sports scene will greet a new player Monday when "Philly Sports Talk" begins airing daily from 5-6 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. "Sports Talk" replaces "Daily News Live. " Daily News writers will continue contributing to "Philly Sports Talk," hosted by Michael Barkann, the longtime host of "DNL. " Thursday's show was the final "DNL" because the Phillies home opener vs. Kansas City airs Friday at 4 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. The Daily News show was the first live show to air on CSN on Oct. 1, 1997.
January 28, 2013 |
The rebranded NBC Sports Network is looking for sports fans. The National Hockey League lockout and a transition to new sports programming - after dropping UFC mixed-martial arts bouts and bull-riding - resulted in the Comcast Corp.-owned 24-hour sports network posting eight months of lower prime-time viewership in 2012. In December, its worst month, an average of 58,000 homes tuned in to the channel during prime time compared with 158,000 homes the previous year, according to Nielsen.
November 9, 2012 |
HARVARD AT PENNSYLVANIA Saturday, noon Franklin Field TV: NBC Sports Radio: WFIL (560-AM) Records: Harvard 7-1, 4-1 Ivy League; Penn 4-4, 4-1 History: Harvard leads the series, 46-34-2. It won last year at home, 37-20. Penn won the two before that. About Harvard: The 25th-ranked Crimson, the defending champs and preseason favorite, beat Columbia, 69-0. Its lone loss was at Princeton, 39-34, where it blew a 24-point fourth-quarter lead . . . It leads the Ivies in virtually every category . . . It has the fourth-best offense in FCS . . . QB Colton Chapple has thrown for 2,184 yards and 21 TDs . . . It leads the nation in sacks and rushing defense . . . DB Chris Splinter has an Ivy-best four picks . . . TE Kyle Juszczyk has 45 catches and seven scores.
October 24, 2012 |
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.
September 14, 2012
Outlet: NBC Sports Arena at XFINITY Live! We were there: 6:14 p.m. (pre-game). We waited: No wait to be seated. We ordered: NBC wings; garlic-studded roast pork sandwich. Cost : $19. Update: The last time Phooderick the Great trucked across Pattison Avenue to the food-and-drink court known as XFINITY Live!, things didn't go so well, thanks to a miserable experience at the PBR Bar & Grill. There is far better news to report this time. Here's why: The NBC Sports Arena (now there's a name to set the taste buds pulsing)
June 13, 2012 |
This isn't trash talk. As part of an NBC brand extension, NBC Sports will launch this September a radio network that will air five-minute hourly updates and three hours of nightly programming but is expected to broaden into around-the-clock talk and news. The NBC Sports Radio Network will be distributed through Dial Global, a publicly traded company that provides news, sports and entertainment to 8,500 AM and FM stations. Dial Global acquired Westwood One, a major provider of traffic reports, in 2011.