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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.
NEWS
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)
BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Gary Zenkel, a former college golfer with a lean frame and nervous energy over the fast-approaching Olympics, calls it "the most ambitious digital-video project ever. " At the height of this summer's Olympics in London, NBC will be live-streaming 40 separate sporting events that a user can click and watch on www.nbcolympics.com. Both NBC and Comcast say there could be technical glitches and YouTube is lending assistance with a streaming player, but officials seem confident that it can be pulled off. As of last week there were still details to be worked out. End-to-end, the 17 days of streamed Olympics competition will make up a major part of more than 5,000 hours of Olympics programming.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
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
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.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2012 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's showtime for the new head of NBC Sports, Mark Lazarus, and programming executive Jon Miller on the 15th floor in Rockefeller Center. After Monday's televised Winter Classic - the Rangers-vs.-Flyers NHL game at Citizens Bank Park - the also-ran Versus 24-hour sports channel that never lived up to its ratings expectations under Comcast Corp.'s ownership will be rebooted as the around-the-clock cable outlet NBC Sports Network. A national sports channel was one of the economic justifications for the $30 billion marriage of Comcast and NBC Universal Inc. in 2010, which combined the cable distribution power of Comcast, whose cable lines pass about 50 million homes, with the artistry and sports legacy of NBC-TV.
NEWS
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
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.
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