June 2, 2011 |
If you're one of the millions of Americans who have never seen a rugby sevens match, who might not even know the sport exists, you'll probably be surprised to learn that NBC is devoting 14 hours to this weekend's 2011 USA Sevens Collegiate Rugby Championships at PPL Park in Chester. Is this a slow week for celebrity poker? The answer is simple. Rugby sevens will become an Olympic sport in 2016, and NBC has long carried a torch for anything related to the Games its multimillions support.
May 20, 2011 |
Legendary TV executive Dick Ebersol is leaving as head of NBC Sports only weeks before the broadcast network, now controlled by Comcast Corp., is expected to bid for the next round of Winter and Summer Olympics - coverage that over the years brought Ebersol extraordinary acclaim. Ebersol, who also cocreated Saturday Night Live , made the announcement Thursday. Negotiations for the rights to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will take place early in June in Switzerland.
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.
April 20, 2011 |
Even with ESPN, Fox Sports and Turner jockeying to win over the NHL's U.S. television-rights package, the league announced a record-breaking, 10-year deal with NBC Sports Group yesterday to retain the network as the home of hockey on cable. Somewhere, Flyers chairman Ed Snider is jumping up and down. The decadelong pact is reportedly worth $2 billion, or $200 million per season, which is a far cry from the $77.5 million that Versus paid to air 50 games this season. Before being purchased by Comcast under the NBC Universal umbrella in January, NBC hadn't paid to broadcast the NHL nationwide, opting instead to share revenue with the league.
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.
February 3, 2011 |
Comcast Corp.'s 24-hour sports network, Versus, will fall under the direct management of Jon Litner, a former ABC Sports executive who has run Comcast's regional sports networks, and will stay in Philadelphia. Some employees had been concerned that Versus - or even the regional sports networks - might relocate to New York after control of their businesses was taken over by entertainment and news giant NBC Universal Inc. because of the company's joint venture with Comcast. In an announcement Wednesday naming its top executives, NBC Sports said Litner would be president of Versus and SportsNet and would be based here.
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.
September 3, 2009 |
In a conference call yesterday, new NBC Sports analyst and recently retired safety Rodney Harrison began by saying he is excited to see new Eagles quarterback Michael Vick play and is interested in how he'll do with his second chance in the NFL. Tony Dungy, Vick's adviser since his release from federal prison after his conviction for running a dogfighting ring, reiterated his pleasure with the Birds for giving Vick another chance in the NFL....
November 27, 2008 |
Bloody noses. Smashed mouths. Comcast Corp.'s Versus has gone mano a mano in its entertainment to boost ratings on the national sports network. On Dec. 3, the 24-hour channel will present a new episode of The Contender, a reality boxing show previously on NBC and ESPN. The Contender will join mixed-martial-arts cage fighting and NHL games in prime time. "We are trying to find the programming that hits our audience, no pun intended," said Marc Fein, executive vice president for programming, production and business operations at Versus.
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.