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October 23, 2015 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of Penn coach Ray Priore's biggest concerns entering the season was finding a productive receiver to play opposite Justin Watson. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Watson emerged last season. Playing alongside Conner Scott and all-Ivy League receiver Spencer Kulcsar, Watson set Penn freshman receiving records for yardage (497) and receptions (42). But with Kulcsar and Scott gone, Priore knew that double coverage was coming Watson's way this season. But Priore is getting his answers and the production is coming from another emerging freshman.
SPORTS
September 4, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
THE ANNUAL Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway is always a highlight, because the South Carolina racetrack drips with history the way thick, tasty sauce clings to quality barbecue. Darlington was NASCAR's first superspeedway. Harold Brasington, a former racer, built the egg-shaped, 1.366-mile track on a former cotton and peanut field in his hometown. The raceway was the first paved superspeedway (longer than a mile). The track is egg-shaped, because Brasington promised the farmer he bought the land from he would not disturb the farmer's minnow pond on the property's western end. We are not making this up!
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
May 18, 2015 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The United States will defend its gold medal from the last Olympic rugby championship at next year's Summer Games in Rio. You don't recall team captain "Babe" Slater 's heroics in that 17-3 U.S. blowout over France? No surprise: It was in 1924. Rugby will be returning to the Olympics after 92 years, and one of the biggest customer-owned Philadelphia-area companies you might not be familiar with has joined forces with Comcast's NBC Sports , fast-growing but cash-starved men's and women's college rugby programs, and a gang of sports promoters who see opportunity in a revival of the famously physical ballgame.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Win or lose at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome will be racing with the weight of a TV network and a beleaguered horse-racing industry on his powerful shoulders. NBC expects to more than double the TV audience of a typical Belmont to 17 million viewers because of Chrome's story and his chance for the coveted Triple Crown - the last one was Affirmed in 1978. Over the last dozen years, four horses raced for the Triple Crown in the Belmont without winning: War Emblem in 2002, Funny Cide in 2003, Smarty Jones in 2004, and Big Brown in 2008.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 22, 2014 | By Jerry Iannelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matthew Dezii is on a bus and can't understand what anyone is saying around him. He's guarding a bag of videotapes, which sits at his feet. The bus - barreling down the side of a Russian mountain - needs to arrive on the coast of the Black Sea within the next half-hour, or NBC may not have any skiing footage for the night's telecast of the Winter Olympics. Dezii, a Haddon Township native, has been interning in Sochi with NBC Sports since Jan. 25. A junior audio production major at Ithaca College in New York, he has been used by NBC as a "runner" at its International Broadcast Center throughout the games.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
C HRIS REYNOLDS, 39, of Devon, is co-founder and CEO of OneTwoSee, a startup on Arch Street near 16th in Center City that develops real-time apps to supplement sports telecasts. The firm leverages the interactivity of connected TVs with traditional broadcast video that marries the best of "lean-back" TV viewing with "lean-forward" Internet consumption. Q: How did you come up with the idea for OneTwoSee? A: We built a prototype designed around interacting with what you watch on TV through your mobile phone or tablet.
SPORTS
July 25, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
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.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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