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2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES – AUG. 21 DAYTIME & PRIMETIME HIGHLIGHTS ON THE NETWORKS OF NBCUNIVERSAL

August 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

“Inch for inch, pound for pound, the most stunning athlete I’ve ever seen.” – Mary Carillo on Simone Biles

“I can’t wait to come back again. There’s a great vibe to the country as a whole – and to this city.” – Mike Tirico on Brazil and Rio de Janeiro

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 21, 2016 – Following are highlights of Sunday’s coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

NBC concluded its coverage of the 2016 Rio Games with the Closing Ceremony, hosted by Mike Tirico, Mary Carillo, and Ryan Seacrest, from Maracana Stadium in Rio. Today’s coverage across the networks of NBCUniversal was highlighted by Kevin Durant leading the U.S. men’s basketball team to its third consecutive gold medal with a 96-66 rout of Serbia; American boxer Claressa Shields winning her second consecutive gold medal; the U.S. men’s volleyball team winning the bronze medal against Russia; and American runner Galen Rupp earning the bronze medal in the men’s marathon.

Following are excerpts from today’s coverage of the 2016 Rio Games across the networks of NBCUniversal:

CLOSING CEREMONY – NBC

Mike Tirico: “Not be a Pollyanna about it – there are problems, there are issues, and they were present here at the Games. Whether it was game, or it was traffic, the conversation leading up about Zika – many of them were around, and are going to be there when all pack up and go home, and the Games are a memory. But there is so much that is so good about this place. I had the chance to experience it in 2014 when soccer’s World Cup was here. I couldn’t wait to come back, and I can’t wait to come back again. There’s a great vibe to the country as a whole – and to this city.”

Mary Carillo on the Rio Games: “Brazil has had a pretty great Games. 19 total medals, which is a record for them, including seven gold medals, which is another record. The first of which was won by a 24-year-old judoka named Rafaela Silva, who comes from a famous favela, known as the ‘City of God.’ That’s when I started crying. This is my 13th Olympics – I’ve never cried so much watching the athletes cry out of joy and out of sorrow. I’m glad we’re having a big party tonight.”

Carillo on what she will take away from the Games: “The good stuff, the joyous stuff, the hard stuff, the depressing stuff…when you’re in Brazil, I love it, but I love it with clear eyes, the way you’re supposed to love anything and anyone. The hope is that now that people have discovered Brazil and have come to understand it and its challenges, it will only get better.”

Carillo on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Games: “When he was awarded the 2020 Games in Tokyo, he said, ‘When I heard the word Tokyo, I was so touched and overwhelmed, the joy was even greater than when I won my own election.’”

Ryan Seacrest on the significance of Brazil’s men’s soccer team winning gold: “I was in a taxi earlier today, and the driver said to me, ‘You know what? All is good, because we won gold in football.”

Carillo on American Simone Biles, who won five medals in Rio: “Inch for inch, pound for pound, the most stunning athlete I’ve ever seen.”

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BASKETBALL – NBC & NBCSN

Analyst Doug Collins on the U.S. men’s basketball team’s dominant performance against Serbia in the gold medal game: “You know that beautiful song by Vanessa Williams, ‘Save The Best For Last?’ Well that’s what the United States have done. They’ve saved the best for last. This is their best performance (of the Rio Games) at both ends of the floor.”

Collins on Kevin Durant, who scored 24 points in the first half and 30 in the game : “A lot of speculation coming into this game. Could they beat Serbia? Serbia played them to a three-point game, had a chance to tie that game…Kevin Durant took only four shots in that game. In 2010 (FIBA World Cup), the 2012 gold medal game, and the Olympics here…he’s come up money. He’s a dynamic scorer – he was built and born to score.”

Collins on U.S. men’s basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski: “This is a bittersweet moment for Coach K. He’s put 11 years into USA Basketball. He’s done a magnificent job, winning his third gold medal. He won two gold medals in the FIBA World Cup and went undefeated in Olympic basketball. But more importantly, what he and Jerry Colangelo have done is uplift USA Basketball once again. After Athens, they’ve infused this feeling among NBA players to be a part of this family and this culture.”

Analyst Fran Fraschilla on the impact of the bronze medal for Spain in their 89-88 win over Australia in men’s basketball: “In international competition the teamwork, the effort, the sacrifice…a bronze medal is huge.”

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INDOOR VOLLEYBALL – NBC & NBCSN

Analyst Kevin Barnett on the men’s indoor volleyball gold medal winning Brazilian team: “What a payoff for a country stretching to host the Olympic Games. To win in their top two sports – soccer and now indoor volleyball. Gold on the beach as well.”

Barnett on Brazil defeating Italy in straight sets to win gold: “An incredible moment for Brazilian volleyball. They worked so hard to get here, so many times with failure in the finals. What a job by this group…Italy played their best volleyball when it mattered, but they just ran into a Brazilian team that played better.”

Barnett on the resiliency of the U.S. men’s volleyball team, earning a bronze medal in a victory over Russia: “Sweet vindication for the U.S. side. How do you erase the bitterness of 48 hours ago? You come out with a victory and do it with exciting fashion. The U.S. giving Russia a little taste of its own medicine from four years ago.” Note: USA came back to defeat Russia in five sets after dropping the first two sets to capture the bronze medal

Barnett on the future of U.S. men’s volleyball: “(Head Coach) John (Speraw) said of his young team, ‘I am already proud of this young group. What they have accomplished from the start of this tournament, to where they went, I’m proud of who they are and how they have handled it’ …No matter what the result of today is, his players will take on a new threshold for what it takes to win.”

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MARATHON – NBC

Analyst Tim Hutchings on men’s marathon gold medal winter Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya: “He was an outstanding favorite. This man has such an astonishing career. When he was 18 back in 2003, he won the world 5,000m title. Here he is all these years later moved on to the roads and made the most spectacular conversion from track to roads in the history of marathon running. Beautiful looking runner – bounces nicely, wonderful dimensions, powerful, amazing speed.”

Analyst Craig Masback on bronze medal-winner Galen Rupp of Team USA: “No American had won a medal in the marathon since 1908, before Frank Shorter won in 1972. So, the significance of Galen Rupp being among the leading three in this race is huge.”

Masback on the struggle of Team USA’s Meb Keflezighi, who finished 33rd: “When we’re watching these lead runners who look so easy as they go through the race, you forget about how hard the race is and how it takes its toll on individuals. For you to succeed in a marathon race, everything has to be right in the day. You can only fight through so much and remain competitive at a race at this level.”

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BOXING – NBCSN

Analyst B.J. Flores on Team USA’s Claressa Shields prior to her gold medal winning match: “She’s been ultra-impressive. She’s done an excellent job of really using her experience so far throughout this tournament and letting her opponents know that they don’t belong in the same ring with her, so she’s used that poise, that experience to really put them at a disadvantage. She comes in with a lot of confidence and that’s very valuable in a matchup like this.”

Flores on Claressa Shields’ success: “She had her way with her opponent today, was able to just stay on the outside, land the big shots, counter whenever she wanted and really use her experience and her poise to get the job done and win every single round.”

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27-TIME OLYMPIC MEDALIST MICHAEL PHELPS EXPECTED TO SWIM IN FINAL RACE OF CAREER IN PRIMETIME SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, AT 8 P.M. ET/PT

August 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Gold Medalists Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian Compete in Individual Gymnastics Events on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET/PT on NBC

Defending Two-Time Gold Medalist Usain Bolt Returns to the Track in the Men’s 100m on Sunday in Primetime

Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad Lead U.S. in Women’s Team Sabre Fencing on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Third Round of Men’s Golf Tees Off Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET on Golf Channel

All Events Live Streamed on NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app

Most Up-To-Date Olympic TV Listings on NBCOlympics.com 

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 12, 2016 – NBC’s primetime coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad continues tomorrow, Saturday, August 13, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and features the final day of swimming as Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian in history with 27 medals following his silver medal win in tonight’s 100m butterfly, competes in the men’s 4x100m medley relay in what could be the final race of his career. In addition, 2015 Worlds silver medalist Connor Jaeger seeks his first Olympic medal in the men’s 1500m final.

Saturday’s primetime coverage begins with track & field and is highlighted by the men’s 10,000m, as Galen Rupp aims to improve on his 2012 silver medal. Track & field coverage includes Jarrion Lawson in the men’s long jump gold medal final and 2008 Olympic champion LaShawn Merritt in the men’s 400m semifinals. In men’s beach volleyball, Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, the top-ranked U.S. team in the tournament, play their round of 16 match.

NBC’s daytime coverage features track & field with qualifying rounds and men’s discus gold medal finals at 10 a.m. ET/PT. Coverage also includes gold medal finals in rowing and men’s trampoline at 2 p.m. ET/PT.

NBCSN’s coverage on Saturday begins at 8 a.m. ET with women’s team sabre fencing. Men’s soccer quarterfinals highlight NBCSN coverage, kicking off at Noon ET when Portugal faces Germany, followed by Nigeria vs. Denmark at 3 p.m. ET, and wraps up as Brazil takes on Colombia at 9 p.m. ET.

NBCSN also hosts gold medal finals coverage of men’s skeet shooting at Noon ET, men’s 94kg weightlifting at 11 p.m. ET, followed by men’s pistol shooting at 11:30 p.m. ET. Meanwhile on MSNBC, Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad lead the U.S. in its quest for gold in women’s team sabre fencing at 4 p.m. ET.

Golf Channel continues its coverage of men’s golf with the third round on Saturday at 6:30 a.m. ET. Golf Channel provides wraparound news coverage immediately prior to and following live coverage of the competition via its Golf Central Live From the Olympics beginning at 5 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET.

On Saturday, Telemundo presents six hours of live coverage, including the men’s soccer quarterfinals with Portugal vs. Germany at Noon ET, followed by Nigeria against Denmark at 3 p.m. ET. NBC UNIVERSO continues coverage of men’s soccer as Honduras takes on South Korea at 6 p.m. ET.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14

NBC’s Sunday primetime coverage features individual event gold medal finals in gymnastics as all-around gold medalist Simone Biles looks to add to the two gold medals she has already won in Rio. U.S. teammates Madison Kocian and 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas compete in the women’s uneven bars.

Sunday’s primetime coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET/PT with women’s springboard diving gold medal final, followed by track & field when Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt aims to win his third Olympic title in the men’s 100m, and a women’s beach volleyball quarterfinal match at 11 p.m. ET/PT.

Women’s basketball highlights NBC’s daytime coverage as reigning WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne leads the U.S. against China at 11:15 a.m. ET/PT. Coverage on NBC continues with women’s volleyball as the U.S. faces China at 4 p.m. ET/PT.

Coverage on NBCSN tips off with men’s basketball as Kevin Durant leads the U.S. against NBA star Tony Parker and France at 1 p.m. ET. NBCSN also presents coverage of gold medal finals beginning at 5 p.m. ET with Greco-Roman wrestling, immediately followed by track cycling and women’s weightlifting.

Bravo concludes its coverage of Olympic tennis at 11 a.m. ET with gold medal finals in men’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

Golf Channel’s coverage of men’s golf concludes with the final round on Sunday at 6 a.m. ET. Golf will award its first gold medal since returning to the Olympic program for the first time in 112 years. Golf Channel provides wraparound news coverage immediately prior to and following live coverage of the competition via its Golf Central Live From the Olympics beginning at 5 a.m. ET and 3 p.m. ET.

Powered by Playmaker Media, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will live stream 4,500 total hours of coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games – including all Olympic competition for the third consecutive Olympics – for authenticated pay TV subscribers via TV Everywhere to desktops, mobile devices, and tablets, plus connected TVs for the first biggest time.

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Listings subject to change, any changes are italicized below.

For NBC daytime, primetime and late night during the 2016 Rio Games, all times listed are ET/PT unless otherwise noted. For NBCSN, Golf Channel, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, USA, Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO all times listed are ET.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13 (DAY 8)

NBC

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE)
Men’s Discus – Gold Medal Final

Rowing – Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Women’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Hungary (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Forrer/Verge-Depre (Switzerland) vs. Ludwig/Walkenhorst (Germany) (LIVE)

Rowing – Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Trampoline – Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

8 p.m. – Midnight

Track & Field (LIVE)
Men’s Long Jump – Gold Medal Final
Men’s 10,000m – Gold Medal Final
Women’s 100m – Semifinals and Final
Women’s Heptathlon – 800m
Swimming (LIVE)
Women’s 50m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final
Men’s 1500m Freestyle – Gold Medal Final
Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Gold Medal Final
Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay – Gold Medal Final
Women’s Diving – Springboard Semifinal

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Dalhausser/Lucena (U.S.) vs. Huber/Seidl (Austria) (LIVE)

12:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Track & Field – Semifinals

1:35 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

NBCSN Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

8 a.m. – Noon

Women’s Fencing – Team Sabre Quarterfinals (LIVE)

Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE)
Men’s Discus – Gold Medal Final

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Portugal vs. Germany (LIVE)

Men’s Shooting – Skeet Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Denmark vs. Nigeria (LIVE)

Women’s Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Pedro/Evandro (Brazil) vs. Liamin/Barsuk (Russia)

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Spain vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

Men’s Weightlifting – 94kg Gold Medal Final

Cycling – Track Finals

Men’s Boxing – Elimination Matches

9 p.m. – Midnight

Men’s Soccer – Brazil vs. Colombia (LIVE)

Men’s Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Weightlifting – 94kg Gold Medal Final

Men’s Shooting – Pistol Gold Medal Final

MSNBC

9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Women’s Water Polo – Russia vs. Italy (LIVE)

Women’s Fencing – Team Sabre Semifinals (LIVE)

Cycling – Track Qualifying

Women’s Table Tennis – Team Quarterfinal

12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Men’s Doubles Badminton – Chew/Pongnairat (U.S.) vs. Fuchs/Schoettler (Germany)

Men’s Singles Badminton – Shu (U.S.) vs. Guerrero (Cuba)

Women’s Table Tennis – Team Quarterfinal

Men’s Volleyball – Poland vs. Russia (LIVE)

4 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Women’s Fencing – Team Sabre Bronze and Gold Medal (LIVE)

Sailing

USA

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Men’s Beach Volleyball – Alison/Bruno (Brazil) vs. Herrera/Gavira (Spain) (LIVE)

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Pavan/Bansley (Canada) vs. Broder/Valjas (Canada) (LIVE)

Men’s Handball – Slovenia vs. Germany

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Brazil (LIVE)

CNBC

5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Women’s Field Hockey – U.S. vs. Great Britain (LIVE)

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Honduras (LIVE)

GOLF CHANNEL

5 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round (LIVE)

9 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round (LIVE)

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

11 p.m. – 5 a.m.

Men’s Golf – 3rd Round Encore

BRAVO

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Australia vs. Belarus (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Brazil (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Brazil Encore

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Turkey vs. Brazil

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Spain vs. Lithuania (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Japan vs. France

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Croatia vs. Nigeria (LIVE)

SOCCER SPECIALTY CHANNEL

Noon – 2 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Portugal vs. Germany (LIVE)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Portugal vs. Germany Encore

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Nigeria vs. Denmark (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Nigeria vs. Denmark Encore

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Honduras (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Honduras Encore

9 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Soccer – Brazil vs. Colombia (LIVE)

11 p.m. – Midnight

Men’s Soccer – Game of the Day

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

News Recap

Men’s Basketball – Argentina vs. Brazil

Men’s Soccer – Quarterfinal

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – Canada vs. Mexico

Men’s Soccer – Nigeria vs. Denmark (LIVE)

Midnight – 2 a.m.

Late Night Recap Show

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Soccer – South Korea vs. Honduras (LIVE)

8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball – Canada vs. Mexico

Men’s Soccer – Brazil vs. Colombia (LIVE)

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime): 

  • Swimming – Live coverage includes what could be Michael Phelps’ final Olympic race, as he swims the butterfly leg for Team USA in the men’s 4x100m medley relay. Other swimming finals include the women’s 4x100m medley, Connor Jaeger of the U.S. in the men’s 1500m free, and Australia’s Campbell sisters, Bronte and Cate, in the women’s 50m free.
  • Track & Field – Track finals feature American Tori Bowie in the women’s 100m, plus training partners Mo Farah of Great Britain (2012 gold) and Galen Rupp of the United States (2012 silver) in a men’s 10,000m rematch. In the heptathlon, Canada’s Brianne Thiesen-Eaton, wife of U.S. decathlon star Ashton Eaton, is among the challengers to reigning gold medalist Jessica Ennis-Hill of Great Britain.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):

  • Track & Field – Live coverage of track and field includes the men’s discus final, plus heats of the men’s 100m, featuring two-time defending champion Usain Bolt and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Justin Gatlin, and American Allyson Felix, the reigning world champion, in round one of the women’s 400m.
  • Rowing – In rowing, the U.S. targets a third consecutive gold in the women’s eight, and just two years after graduating from medical school, Massachusetts native Gevvie Stone is a contender in women’s single sculls.
  • Volleyball – A young, but already accomplished U.S. men’s volleyball team, coming off titles at the 2014 World League and 2015 World Cup, meets France in a Pool A match.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Late Night):

  • Track and Field – Semifinal-round races include the men’s 800m and the men’s 400m, where American LaShawn Merritt, the reigning Olympic champion, continues his pursuit of the 200m/400m double.

NBCSN HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fencing – Live coverage includes quarterfinal action in the women’s team sabre event of fencing, where the U.S. has an accomplished duo in Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad.
  • Shooting – American Vincent Hancock targets a third consecutive gold in the men’s skeet final.
  • Weightlifting – The men’s 94kg class in weightlifting, featuring three-time U.S. Olympian Kendrick Farris.

USA HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Basketball – In a men’s basketball Group B match-up of South American teams, Argentina meets Brazil. Manu Ginobli and Luis Scola return, 12 years after leading Argentina to gold at the 2004 Athens Games.

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Fencing – Live coverage of fencing includes quarterfinals and semifinals of the women’s team sabre event, where the 2014 world champion United States is a medal contender. Coverage includes the final rounds of women’s team sabre, where the U.S. has a formidable duo in two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad.
  • Volleyball – A clash of men’s volleyball powers as 2012 Olympic gold medalist Russia meets 2014 world champion Poland.

CNBC HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Field Hockey – The United States faces 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Great Britain in a women’s field hockey Group B match.

GOLF CHANNEL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Golf – Men’s golf continues with 3rd-round action. The Rio competition follows a 72-hole stroke play format, with all players making the 36-hole cut.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 14 (DAY 9)

NBC

8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Women’s Track & Field – Marathon (LIVE)

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – U.S. vs. China (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Equestrian – Individual Jumping Qualifying

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Italy (LIVE)

Synchronized Swimming – Duet Qualifying

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. China (LIVE)

7 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Diving – Springboard Gold Medal Final

Track & Field (LIVE)
Women’s Triple Jump – Gold Medal Final
Men’s 400m – Gold Medal Final
Men’s 100m – Gold Medal Final
Gymnastics – Individual Event Gold Medal Finals
Men’s Floor
Women’s Vault
Men’s Pommel Horse
Women’s Bars
Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

12:35 a.m. – 1:35 a.m.

Gymnastics – Individual Event Gold Medal Finals

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinal

1:35 a.m. – 4:30 a.m.

Primetime Encore

NBCSN

2 a.m. – 6 a.m.

NBCSN Primetime Encore

6 a.m. – 7 a.m.

NBC Late Night Encore

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinals (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Wrestling – Greco-Roman Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Cycling – Track Gold Medal Finals (LIVE)

Women’s Weightlifting – +75kg Gold Medal Final (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – Brazil vs. Hungary (LIVE)

Men’s Boxing – Elimination Matches

9:30 p.m. – Midnight

Women’s Volleyball – Brazil vs. Russia (LIVE)

Badminton – Preliminary Round

USA

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Women’s Volleyball – Serbia vs. Netherlands (LIVE)

Women’s Handball – Montenegro vs. Brazil

Badminton – Preliminary Round

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wrestling – Greco-Roman Qualifying (LIVE)

Men’s Shooting – Men’s Rifle, Three Positions Final (LIVE)

MSNBC

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Men’s Water Polo – Australia vs. Greece (LIVE)

Men’s Field Hockey – Quarterfinal

Women’s Handball – Montenegro vs. Brazil

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Men’s Table Tennis – Team Quarterfinals

Sailing – Gold Medal Finals

CNBC

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Women’s Handball – Norway vs. Romania (LIVE)

Men’s Field Hockey – Quarterfinal (LIVE)

Women’s Badminton – Wang (U.S.) vs. Li (China)

GOLF CHANNEL

5 a.m. – 6 a.m. 

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

6 a.m. – 9 a.m. 

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

9 a.m. – Noon

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

Noon – 3 p.m.

Men’s Golf – Final Round (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Golf Central Live From the Olympics

11 p.m. – 6 a.m.

Men’s Golf – Final Round Encore

BRAVO

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tennis (LIVE)

BASKETBALL SPECIALTY CHANNEL

11:15 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – China vs. U.S. (LIVE)

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France (LIVE)

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France Encore

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Senegal vs. Serbia

6 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Australia vs. Venezuela (LIVE)

7:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball – Spain vs. Canada

9:30 p.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Men’s Basketball – Serbia vs. China (LIVE)

11:15 p.m. – 12:15 a.m.

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France Encore

TELEMUNDO

3 a.m. – 5 a.m.

Late Night Encore

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

News Recap

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Men’s Basketball – U.S. vs. France

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Women’s Beach Volleyball – Quarterfinal

Boxing – Elimination Matches

Midnight – 2 a.m.

Late Night Recap Show

NBC UNIVERSO

6 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Late Night Encore

5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball – Italy vs. Puerto Rico

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Primetime): 

  • Track & Field – In live coverage of track & field, Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt attempts to become the first man to win three Olympic titles in the 100m; among his rivals is the Athens 2004 gold medalist, Justin Gatlin of the U.S. Also on the track, American LaShawn Merritt seeks a return to the 400m podium after his 2008 triumph.
  • Gymnastics – In apparatus finals of gymnastics, U.S. contenders include three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles on women’s vault.
  • Diving – The women’s 3m springboard final in diving, where Kassidy Cook and Abby Johnston represent Team USA.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Daytime):

  • Track & Field – Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Linden and Amy Cragg form a talented U.S. trio seeking to challenge the favored contingent of East African runners in the women’s marathon.
  • Basketball – The United States women face China in live coverage (ET/CT) of each team’s final Group B game. With a sampling of Olympic veterans and influential newcomer Elena Delle Donne, Team USA is poised to win a sixth consecutive gold in the event.
  • Water Polo – The United States men take on 2012 Olympic silver medalist Italy in each team’s final preliminary-round match.
  • Volleyball – Team USA, coming off back-to-back silver medals, meets 2004 Olympic gold medalist China in a women’s volleyball Pool B match on the final day of preliminary-round action; the top four teams in each pool advance to the quarterfinals.

NBC HIGHLIGHTS (Late Night):

  • Coverage includes apparatus finals in gymnastics and a women’s beach volleyball quarterfinal.

NBCSN HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Basketball – The United States men’s basketball team concludes Group A preliminary-round action against a French team featuring Tony Parker, Nic Batum and Rudy Gobert.
  • Wrestling – Live coverage includes medal-round matches in the 75kg Greco-Roman weight class of men’s wrestling, where American Andy Bisek, bronze medalist at the 2014 and 2015 Worlds, is among the contenders.
  • Weightlifting – Sarah Robles attempts to give the U.S. its first medal in the sport since 2000 in the super heavyweight division.

USA HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Shooting – 2012 bronze medalist Matt Emmons in the men’s smallbore rifle, three positions final in shooting.

MSNBC HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Handball – Montenegro plays host Brazil in women’s handball on the final day of preliminary-round action for both events, where top-four finishes are required to advance to the quarterfinals.

GOLF CHANNEL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Golf – The men’s Olympic golf tournament concludes.

BRAVO HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Tennis – The final day of tennis includes gold-medal finals in men’s singles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles.

TELEMUNDO HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Basketball – The United States women face China in live coverage of each team’s final Group B game. With a sampling of Olympic veterans and top newcomer Elena Delle Donne, Team USA is poised to win a sixth consecutive gold in the event.

-RIO 2016-

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THE FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CANADA 2015™ FINAL MATCH, THIS SUNDAY, JULY 5 AT 6:30PM/5:30C/3:30P ON TELEMUNDO

July 1, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

For the first time in eight years viewers will be able to enjoy the final match on Spanish-language network TV, with the extra excitement of watching the US compete for first place Japan and England compete for the other finalist spot tonight at 6:30PM/5:30C/3:30P on NBC UNIVERSO, NBCDEPORTES.COM and the NBC Deportes EN VIVO EXTRA mobile app

MIAMI – July 1, 2015  With a resounding 2-0 victory over Germany last night, the United States clinched a spot in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 final match airing this Sunday, July 5 at 6:30PM/5:30C/3:30P on TELEMUNDO, NBCDeportes.com and the NBC Deportes EN VIVO EXTRA mobile app. This will be the first time in eight years that the Women’s World Cup final will be broadcast live on Spanish-language network TV.

 

“Team USA has unleashed its full potential,” acclaimed NBC Deportes soccer commentator Andrés Cantor remarked following the US win over Germany. “The US has been a favorite to win since the beginning of the tournament, and it has shown consistency and commitment to make it to the final. With terrific players and the support of fans around the country, no matter what their language, the US women are playing for all Americans.”

 

Japan, winner of the last Women’s World Cup, will face surprise finisher England for a chance to play the US for the first-place trophy. If England wins, it will play its the US on Sunday, the day after America’s July 4 independence celebrations. A Japan-US final, in turn, would give the US a chance to redeem itself against the team that beat it on penalty kicks to take home the cup in Germany 2011.

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MICHELLE WIE TAKES FEHERTY TO SCHOOL ON NEXT EPISODE OF “FEHERTY”

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 22, 2012) – She’s not yet 23, but Michelle Wie has lived one of the most public and highly scrutinized careers in the history of women’s golf. On the next episode of Feherty, Monday at 10 p.m. ET, David Feherty gets a rare visit with Wie to provide Golf Channel viewers with an inside look into the ups and downs of Wie’s life, which has been dominated by driving the little white ball down the fairway.

Wie turned pro just before her 16th birthday, but had been on the national golf scene since she became the youngest ever to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at age 10. Since an early age, she has commanded international attention for her golfing prowess and ability to hit the ball more than 300 yards. She has garnered two LPGA Tour victories so far, and has had seven, top-10 finishes in LPGA major championships. She’s even qualified and played in a men’s PGA TOUR event.

Feherty meets Wie in Palo Alto, Calif., on the campus of Stanford University, where she’s making graduation plans. The two discuss her decision to attend college and face critics who thought she should remain focused solely on golf, as well as the shocking transition from a sheltered life with her parents to becoming a “regular” co-ed. Feherty also finds out what dorm life is like for the golf star, checks out a Stanford volleyball match and gets soaked during a little “fountain hopping” (a Stanford tradition) along the way. He also experiences what it’s like to be the Stanford Tree, donning the mascot costume with hilarious results.

The episode reveals the lighthearted side of Wie, rarely seen through television cameras following her in competition.

Feherty, which originally debuted in June 2011 as Golf Channel’s most-watched original series in the network’s 17-year history, has been called a “cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times. Early in its second season, the series has seen Feherty going one-on-one with NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell, “running with the bulls” in Spain with golfing superstar Sergio Garcia, and playing with slightly less than a full deck in Las Vegas with famed golf swing coach Butch Harmon.

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SUPER BOWL XLVI IS MOST-WATCHED SHOW IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY

February 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

111.3 Million Watch Super Bowl XLVI, Tops Last Year’s Super Bowl (111.0 Million)

47.0 Household Rating is Best in 26 Years, Since 48.3 for Super Bowl XX

40.5 Adult 18-49 Rating is Best for a Super Bowl in 16 Years

14% Higher Than Last Giants-Patriots Super Bowl in 2008

12% Higher Than Last NBC Super Bowl in 2009

7th Straight Year Super Bowl Audience Increases

INDIANAPOLIS – Feb. 6, 2012 – Super Bowl XLVI is the most-watched television program in U.S. history and the highest-rated Super Bowl in 26 years, according to fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The game, in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 21-17, was seen by a record 111.3 million viewers (6:31-9:58 p.m. ET), topping last year’s 111.0 for Super Bowl XLV on Fox and is the biggest audience to watch a television program in U.S. history.

MOST-WATCHED PROGRAMS IN U.S. TELEVISION HISTORY

1. 111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Last Night’s Game)
2. 111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, Fox
3. 106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS
4. 106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. Finale, CBS
5. 98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC

HIGHEST-RATED SUPER BOWL IN 26 YEARS: The game earned a 47.0 rating and a 71 share, a gain of two percent from last year’s 46.0/69 for Super Bowl XLV and is the highest-rated Super Bowl since 1986 (Bears-Patriots, Super Bowl XX, 48.3/70). The 47.0 rating is the 6th highest in Super Bowl history.

· The game drew a 40.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, the highest for a Super Bowl in 16 years (41.2 for Super Bowl XXX on Jan. 28, 1996)

HIGEST-RATED SUPER BOWLS:

1. 49.1/73 – Super Bowl XVI, CBS
2. 48.6/69 – Super Bowl XVII, NBC
3. 48.3/70 – Super Bowl XX, NBC
4. 47.2/67 – Super Bowl XII, CBS
5. 47.1/74 – Super Bowl XIII, NBC
6. 47.0/71 – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Last Night’s Game)
T7. 46.4/71 – Super Bowl XVIII, CBS
T7. 46.4/63 – Super Bowl XIX, ABC
9. 46.3/67 – Super Bowl XIV, CBS
10. 46.0/69 – Super Bowl XLV, Fox

VIEWERSHIP GROWS THROUGHOUT THE GAME: The viewership and rating grew throughout the game and peaked at a 117.7 million viewers and a 50.7/72, respectively, from 9:30-9:58 p.m. ET in the fourth quarter when Eli Manning led the Giants on a game-winning drive.

HALF HOUR VIEWERSHIP (Times ET):

6:31-7, 99.2 million
7-7:30, 107.9 million
7:30-8, 110.9 million
8-8:30, 114.0 million
8:30-9, 114.3 million
9-9:30, 115.4 million
9:30-9:58, 117.7 million

HALF HOUR RATINGS (Times ET):

6:31-7, 42.5/69
7-7:30, 45.5/71
7:30-8, 46.4/71
8-8:30, 47.4/70
8:30-9, 47.7/70
9-9:30, 48.9/70
9:30-9:58, 50.7/72

HALFTIME SHOW FEATURING MADONNA IS MOST-WATCHED EVER: The halftime performance by Madonna (8-8:30), was seen by 114.0 million viewers, nearly four million more than last year’s performance featuring the Black Eyed Peas (110.3 million), and is the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show featuring entertainment ever (dating back to 1991).

· The halftime viewership 18.3 million more than NBC’s last Super Bowl with Bruce Springsteen (95.7 million).

· The halftime show earned a 47.4 household rating, six percent higher than last year (44.7/68) and is the highest-rated halftime show featuring entertainment ever.

“THE VOICE” DELIVERS HUGE NUMBERS: The season two premiere of “The Voice” that followed the Super Bowl averaged a 16.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 37.6 million viewers overall, making it the highest-rated entertainment program in 18-49 in six years, since ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” post-Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2006 (16.5). “The Voice” is up versus last year’s post-Super Bowl telecast of “Glee” by 47 percent in 18-49 (16.3 vs. 11.1) and up one percent versus the 2010 post-Super Bowl telecast of “Undercover Boss” (16.3 vs. 16.2).

BOSTON SETS LOCAL MARKET RECORD: The rating in Boston was the best ever for an NFL game in that market (56.7/81) topping the previous high of 56.1/78 for Super Bowl XXXVI (56.1/78 on Fox).

· The New York market registered a 49.7/74, the second-highest overnight for an NFL game in that market, trailing only the 53.4/72 for Super Bowl XXI, the Giants first-ever Super Bowl. By comparison, New York registered a 44.9/67 for Super Bowl XLII, the last time they were in the big game.

· The host market of Indianapolis registered a 56.4/79 overnight rating, the second-best overnight for a host market only trailing Jacksonville (58.9/77) for Super Bowl XXXIX).

TOP 10 METERED MARKETS FOR SUPER BOWL XLVI:

1. Boston, 56.7/81
2. Indianapolis, 56.4/79
3. Norfolk, 54.2/73
4. Columbus, 54.1/72
5. New Orleans, 54.0/72
T6. Nashville, 53.5/74
T6. Jacksonville, 53.5/70
8. Buffalo, 52.9/72
9. Kansas City, 52.1/73
10. Milwaukee, 52.0/73
*New York ranked 18th with a 49.7/74

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NBCUNIVERSAL SURROUNDS SUPER BOWL XLVI

January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Features and Segments from NBCUniversal Properties Include CNBC, Golf Channel, Bravo, Telemundo, Access Hollywood, Weather Channel, E!, Style, G4, iVillage

NBC Sports Network to Present More Than 18 Hours of Live Super Bowl Programming including Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl and Daily Editions of NBC SportsTalk: LIVE from the Super Bowl

TODAY Show Segments Live from Indianapolis Start Friday

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to Originate Four Shows from Indianapolis including LIVE Show on Super Bowl Sunday Night

NEW YORK – January 25, 2012 – NBCUniversal will surround its coverage of Super Bowl XLVI with an unprecedented and diverse collection of assets ranging from sports to news to entertainment. It will also utilize Spanish-language programs, kids news services, theme parks and in-flight programming to cover and promote the game.

Coverage of Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5 begins at Noon, ET with the Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Game Show.

NBCUNIVERSAL AT THE SUPER BOWL: The following NBCUniversal properties and programs will have live presence in Indianapolis to cover Super Bowl XLVI.

· TODAY Show
· Weekend TODAY
· Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
· E! News
· Access Hollywood
· Bravo’s Top Chef
· CNBC sports-business reporter Darren Rovell
· Weather Channel’s Al Roker, Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams
· Style correspondents, Jeannie Mai and Alexa Prisco
· Golf Channel’s Feherty Live
· Telemundo
· NBC SportsTalk
· Scholastic Kids press corps reporter

NBC Sports Network: The recently rebranded NBC Sports Network will be live on site in Indianapolis with more than 18 hours of live coverage including the first ever Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl and daily editions of NBC SportsTalk: LIVE from the Super Bowl.

TODAY Show: America’s No. 1 Morning News Program will kick off Super Bowl weekend with a split show from Indianapolis on Friday with Al Roker and Ann Curry. Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie will join TODAY’s coverage on Super Bowl morning.

TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda: The fourth hour of the TODAY Show will feature a Super Bowl-themed “Who Knew” segment on Wednesday of Super Bowl week and a Super Bowl kickoff featuring cuisine and chefs from the two Super Bowl cities Friday of Super Bowl weekend.

Weekend TODAY: Jenna Wolfe will report from Indianapolis for Weekend TODAY for Saturday’s coverage.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: For the first time in the show’s history, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will take the show on the road – to Indianapolis – for a total of four shows; including one first-ever LIVE Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show on Sunday night after Super Bowl XLVI.

Weather Channel: Jim Cantore will join NBC’s Super Bowl coverage from Indianapolis, and Wake Up with Al’s Stephanie Abrams and Al Roker will also be on-site reporting the Super Bowl headlines for Weather Channel.

CNBC: Sports business reporter Darren Rovell will do live hits from Indianapolis Thursday-Sunday, and will also tape his NBC Sports Network show, Sports Biz: Game On from Indianapolis on the Friday before the game.

Golf Channel: In anticipation of season two of his critically acclaimed series premiering Feb. 27, David Feherty will host a special Feherty Live stage show from Indianapolis Friday night, which Golf Channel will air as a one-hour special Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. And throughout Super Bowl week, Golf Channel’s popular morning show, Morning Drive, will feature various NFL guests, including former and current players and executives to talk Super Bowl predictions. Friday’s Golf Central show will include look-ins at Feherty’s rehearsals in Indianapolis and promote Sunday’s Super Bowl.

E!: The nation’s premier destination for celebrity and entertainment news will report from Indianapolis Wednesday through Monday with correspondents Catt Sadler and David Burtka.

NewsChannel/Affiliates: NBC’s NewsChannel, which feeds all 235 NBC affiliates nationwide, will have numerous reporters on-site in Indianapolis doing live stand ups for stations and offering technical support for other on-site stations.

Bravo: Top Chef, Bravo’s Emmy-Award winning culinary show, will be on-site in Indianapolis with host Tom Colicchio and two popular former contestants, Richard Blais and Antonia Lofaso, competing to create the perfect tailgate food. Their tailgate preparations and end result will be featured on NBC’s Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Game Show. Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison of Football Night in America will determine the winner.

NBCU Entertainment: Stars of NBC’s primetime line-up will hit the Super Bowl pre-game red carpet with host Nick Cannon. Celebrities from NBC’s new primetime shows include Jessica Simpson (Fashion Star), Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly (The Voice) and Katharine McPhee (Smash).

Access Hollywood: The No. 1 entertainment show will be on-site in Indianapolis with reports on all Super Bowl festivities Tuesday through Monday.

Style: The destination for inspiring lifestyle programming will feature a pre-game Super Bowl party-planning segment with Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Throughout Super Bowl week, the couple will offer party tips on Style and through Style’s twitter handle, @mystylequicktip. The segments will pay off in a Super Bowl Party reveal with Bill and Giuliana during Super Bowl pre-game, a few hours before the game kicks off.

iVillage: the largest content-driven community for women online, will feature VIDEOS and profiles on wives of NFL players on how they achieve family balance with the hectic schedule of the NFL. iVillage will also feature stories on Super Bowl community and philanthropic events throughout the week. The iVillage community will participate with their Super Bowl content through activities and discussions on the iVillage social media pages.

Telemundo/mun2: Stars of Telemundo and mun2 will be in Indianapolis all week, covering all the NFL and Super Bowl activities. Telemundo will air a 1 hour special, Sabor Al Super Bowl XLVI, on Saturday at 2pm EST/PST, 1pm CST, highlighting all activities leading up to the big game and providing expert analysis for the US Hispanic audience.

Universal Parks: Universal Parks and Resorts in Los Angeles and Orlando will help promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI by featuring NBC Sports-produced trailers and video on their CityWalk Astrovision screens throughout Super Bowl week. Super Bowl signage on print billboards and other signage throughout the Parks will also be present.

Universal Pictures: Several movies from Universal Pictures will be promoted during Super Bowl pre-game.

NBC News Scholastic Reporter: Kids press corps reporter Grace Ybarra will be on-site in Indianapolis to report on the youth-themed Super Bowl activities for Scholastic News, a youth-oriented news service and NBC News partner.

G4: The gaming and technology network will air a special Super Bowl-themed segment of the popular show, Gadget Pr0n, which will feature all the best gadgets and technology needed to create the ultimate Super Bowl viewing experience. The episode will air Monday, Jan. 30.

NBC Experience Store: The popular Rockefeller Center destination features a window display promoting NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI.

American Airlines: NBC’s in-flight programming on American Airlines, which reaches 5 million viewers/month is airing Super Bowl features throughout the month of January.

NBC Out-of-Home Platforms: NBC Sports utilized the promotional platforms of NBC’s out-of-home assets to extend the Super Bowl tune-in message. Super Bowl spots ran on the following screens: taxi cabs, universities, arenas, PATH stations and gas pumps.

NBC Retail Store Screens: NBC Sports-produced Super Bowl promos ran in retail stores including Wal-Mart, Costco and Sam’s Club stores nationwide throughout January. Super Bowl promos were seen on 210,000 screens in 6,400 stores, reaching 600 million viewers.

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GIANTS HOST COWBOYS FOR NFC EAST DIVISION TITLE ON “SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL”-COVERAGE BEGINS WITH FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA AT 7 PM ET

December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – December 28, 2011 – The NFC East division title is on the line as the New York Giants (8-7) host the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) in a win-and-in game on Sunday Night Football. The winner will be the No. 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game next week, while the loser’s season is over. The last time these two teams met was Week 14 on Sunday Night Football with the Giants rallying from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cowboys, 37-34, in Dallas. The game was seen by 24.5 million people, the second-most watched SNF game this season (see chart below).

Calling Cowboys-Giants will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 26th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 12-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst in both of his seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, in her first season on SNF.

Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET with 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas hosting the program live from inside MetLife Stadium. Costas is joined on site by Michaels and Collinsworth for reaction to the afternoon games.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com. Alex Flanagan will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High on the Chiefs-Broncos game.

ON COWBOYS-GIANTS:
Collinsworth:
“There were so many points and so many yards put up in that last one (Week 14 game) that maybe it comes down to the defensive side of the ball on Sunday. Jason Pierre Paul was remarkable in the last game. He really almost won the thing by himself. And DeMarcus Ware is going to have to get after Eli Manning.”

Harrison: “It’s going to be more of a defensive-minded game. The Cowboys are going to come out and try to slow down the Giants pass rush by running the ball. The Giants will win. They will run the ball with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, and in tight games like this, I trust Eli not Romo.”

Dungy: “This is a playoff game.”

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(WWE) WWE Suspends Heath Slater

October 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

STAMFORD, Conn., October 17, 2011 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Heath Miller (Heath Slater®) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s policy.

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.
Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.

-30-

Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.

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OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST SHAUN WHITE HEADLINES COMPETITION AT DEW TOUR’S WENDY’S INVITATIONAL ON NBC SPORTS & USA

July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – August 12, 2010 – Following a gold-medal-winning performance at the Vancouver Olympics in snowboard halfpipe, Shaun White is now vying for a Dew Tour Skateboard title. White highlights NBC Sports’ and USA Network’s coverage of the Wendy’s Invitational this weekend from the Rose Quarter in Portland, Ore. NBC Sports’ live coverage of skateboard park airs Saturday and skateboard vert airs Sunday at 4 p.m. ET both days. USA Network will air late-night coverage of the BMX vert competition Saturday at midnight ET and coverage of BMX park Sunday at 2 a.m. ET.

Athlete analysts Jamie Bestwick, Chris Miller and Paul Zitzer will join host Todd Harris and correspondent Tiffany Simons from Portland.

The Wendy’s Invitational marks White’s first skateboarding contest since his recent Olympic snowboarding victory. White previously captured the 2007 Dew Cup in skate vert with three straight event titles.

In addition to White, the star-studded field of athletes competing in this weekend’s Dew Tour includes reigning Dew Cup champions, Olympic gold medalists and X Games 16 gold medalists including Pierre Luc-Gagnon – skate vert (’08 Dew Cup Champion, X Games 16 gold medalist), Ryan Sheckler – skate park (three-time Dew Cup Champion and X Games 16 gold medalist), Garrett Reynolds – BMX park (defending Dew Cup champion and recent X Games gold medalist), and Dave Mirra – BMX park (BMX legend and second in last season’s Dew Cup standings).

Complete 2010 Dew Tour Schedule, airs on NBC Sports & USA:

Sept. 16 – 19: Toyota Challenge – Salt Lake City, Utah – Energy Solutions Arena

Oct. 14 – 17: Dew Tour Championships – Las Vegas, Nev. – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

AMA MOTOCROSS, SATURDAY, 3 PM ET (LIVE)
NBC Sports presents live coverage this Saturday of AMA Motocross from New Berlin, NY.

2008 AMA Motocross Champion James Stewart makes his long awaited return to the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship this Saturday at the Rockstar Energy Drink Unadilla National. After a 23-month hiatus from the outdoor nationals, Stewart will attempt to dethrone rookie phenom Ryan Dungey, who has won the last seven races. NBC Sports will bring the action live from Unadilla Valley Sports Center as the world’s fastest riders battle it out at the legendary facility.

The broadcast team of Jason Weigandt, Jeff Emig, and Erin Bates will call the on-track excitement from Unadilla in New Berlin, New York.

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ABC’S NBA FINALS SCORES THE MOST-WATCHED GAME 6 IN 13 YEARS

June 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

ABC Shoots to the Top on Sunday with Coverage of the 2011 NBA Finals, Beating
Its Combined Competition on CBS, NBC and Fox with Viewers and Adults 18-49

The Net Generates its Strongest Non-Oscar Sunday Numbers in More Than 5 Years

Sunday’s No. 1 TV Show in Viewers and Young Adults, The Finals on ABC Stands
As the Top-Rated Show of the Evening for 25 Consecutive Telecasts in Adults 18-49

ABC’s Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals Qualifies the Most-Watched in 13 Years

The 2011 NBA Finals on ABC Game 6 Outdelivers Fox’s Season Finale of “Idol”
In Adults 18-49 to Become TV’s Top-Rated Telecast Since the Oscars in February

On Average, ABC’s 2011 Miami-Dallas NBA Finals is Up Sharply Over the Last Time the Two Teams Met in 2006 to Finish as the Top Non-Seven-Game Series Since 2004

Sunday Night (7:00-11:00 p.m.)
Driven by its coverage of the 2011 NBA Finals Game 6 (Dallas-Miami), ABC shot to the top of Sunday’s primetime (according to Nielsen’s time-period based “Fast Affiliate Ratings”), outdelivering its combined competition on CBS, NBC and Fox by 22% in Total Viewers (18.0 million vs. 14.7 million) and by 109% in Adults 18-49 (7.3/20 vs. 3.5/10).  In fact, the Net ranked No. 1 on all 6 evenings with its broadcasts of the 2011 NBA Finals among young adults (AD18-34/AD18-49) and across all key Men demos (M18-34/M18-49/M25-54).

* In viewers and young adults, ABC produced its biggest non-Oscar Sunday in more than 5 years – since 3/12/06.

“2011 NBA Finals on ABC Game 6” (7:59 – 10:48 p.m. E.T.)
Based on Nielsen’s special-ordered program-based “Fast National Ratings,” the series-clinching 2011 NBA Finals on ABC Game 6 (Dallas at Miami) overshadowed the primetime landscape to register as Sunday’s dominant No. 1 TV program in Total Viewers (23.5 million) and across each of the key Adult demographics:  A18-34 (9.6 rating), A18-49 (9.5 rating) and A25-54 (9.9 rating).  In the advertiser-coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, The Finals on ABC finished as the No. 1 TV program of the night for the 25th straight broadcast.  The Dallas Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat 105-95 to win the franchise’s first-ever NBA championship.

* In Total Viewers and Adults 18-49, the series-clinching game of 2011 NBA Finals generated the biggest-ever Game 6 results on ABC – since beginning carriage of The Finals in 2003.  In fact, it marked the most-watched Game 6 overall for The Finals in 13 years – since the series-ending Game 6 of the 1998 Chicago-Utah match-up on 6/14/98.

* Outperforming the season finale of Fox’s “American Idol” in Adults 18-49, Game 6 of the NBA Finals on ABC emerged as TV’s highest-rated telecast since the 2011 Academy Awards on ABC in February – since 2/27/11.

* On average, the 2011 NBA Finals outperformed the first six games of last year’s huge Lakers-Celtics match-up  among Total Viewers (+5% – 17.3 million vs. 16.4 million), Adults 18-49 (+8% – 7.1 rating vs. 6.6 rating) and Adults 18-34 (+9% – 7.3 rating vs. 6.7 rating), achieving the biggest non-seven-game series since 2004 (Lakers-Pistons).  In addition compared to the last time the same two teams met in The Finals in 2006 (also a 6-game series), the 2011 Miami-Dallas NBA Finals was up by wide margins in Total Viewers (+33% – 17.3 million vs. 13.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+34% – 7.1 rating vs. 5.3 rating).

Source: The Nielsen Company (Fast National, Live + Same Day Program Ratings), 6/12/11.

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