January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Northeastern – George Mason Thursday at 7 P.M. ET

Lehigh – VCU Saturday at 5 P.M. ET

No. 13 Florida – Yale Sunday at 5:30 P.M. ET

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Pierre McGuire to Call College Hockey on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET

Liam McHugh On-site in Miami to Provide BCS Championship Reports and Updates

NEW YORK – January 2, 2013 – NBC Sports Network will televise three college basketball games this week, plus one college hockey contest called by veteran NHL commentators Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Pierre McGuire. In addition, NBC Sports college football studio host Liam McHugh will be on-site in Miami to file Notre Dame – Alabama reports from today through Monday.


Coverage begins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET, when George Mason hosts Northeastern at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Todd Harris will handle play-by-play duties for the game and will be joined by analyst Ron Thompson.

College basketball coverage continues on Saturday night at 5 p.m. ET when Lehigh travels to the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va., to take on VCU. Veteran play-by-play announcer Dave Strader will call the action, alongside analyst Dave Kaplan.

On Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. ET, No. 13 Florida takes on Yale at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven, Conn. Randy Moss will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the matchup and will be joined by analyst Dalen Cuff.

The NBC Sports Network will televise more than 60 college basketball games this season — the most in its history — featuring more than 40 different schools. The majority of the games and teams will come from the Atlantic 10, Mountain West, Colonial Athletic Association and Ivy League conferences.


In addition to this week’s college basketball coverage, NBC Sports Network will feature college hockey coverage on Friday night. No. 13 Nebraska–Omaha hosts Colorado College at 7:30 p.m. ET, from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will call the game, alongside ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire.

NBC Sports Network will offer more college hockey games this season than ever before. By compiling a schedule of contests from the ECAC, Hockey East, the University of Denver, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, NBC Sports Network is airing 25 games this season.


NBC Sports will offer extensive coverage of the Notre Dame-Alabama BCS Championship Game. Today through Monday, NBC Sports college football studio host Liam McHugh will be on-site in Miami offering reports for various programs and updates across both NBC and NBC Sports Network.

Today through Friday, McHugh will produce reports for NBC Sports Talk and The ‘Lights on NBC Sports Network. On Saturday, McHugh will report live from Sun Life Stadium during pre-game and halftime of NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the high school all-star football game airing on NBC. An interview he conducted with Brian Kelly will also air.

On Monday, McHugh will provide frequent live reports from Sun Life Stadium during the afternoon on NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Talk will be dedicated to Notre Dame-Alabama coverage with McHugh hosting NBC Sports college football analyst Doug Flutie and other special guests live from Sun Life Stadium. McHugh will often be joined by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports and Keith Arnold,’s Notre Dame insider.

Remaining NBC Sports Network 2012-13 college basketball schedule (all times ET):



Time (ET)
Thurs., Jan. 3 Northeastern at George Mason 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 5 Lehigh at VCU 5 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 6 Florida at Yale 5:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 10 Old Dominion at George Mason 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Butler at Dayton 2 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Drexel at James Madison 4 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Penn at Princeton 6 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Colorado State at San Diego State 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan 19 Columbia at Cornell 3 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 19 Hofstra at George Mason 5 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 19 UNLV at Colorado State 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan 26 Dartmouth at Harvard 2 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 New Mexico at San Diego State 4 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 28 Delaware at Drexel 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 31 Drexel at George Mason 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 Dayton at Saint Louis 2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 Columbia at Princeton 6 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 Nevada at New Mexico 8 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 4 George Mason at Old Dominion 7 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 7 Old Dominion at Drexel 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 New Mexico at UNLV 9 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 11 Old Dominion at Delaware 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 Saint Joseph’s at La Salle 1 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 Princeton at Harvard 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 San Diego State at UNLV 9 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 18 Hofstra at Drexel 7 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 21 Drexel at Delaware 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 New Mexico at Colorado State 4 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 Nevada at San Diego State 6 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 28 Drexel at Old Dominion 7 p.m.
Sat., March 2 George Mason at Delaware 2 p.m.
Sat., March 2 UNLV at Nevada 4 p.m.
Sat., March 2 Harvard at Penn 6 p.m.
Thurs., March 7 Butler at Massachusetts 7 p.m.
Sat., March 9 La Salle at Saint Louis 1:30 p.m.
Sat., March 9 San Diego State at Boise State 3:30 p.m.
Sat., March 9 Cornell at Harvard 5:30 p.m.
Sun., March 10 CAA Conference Semifinal Game # 1 2:00 p.m.
Sun., March 10 CAA Conference Semifinal Game # 2 4:30 p.m.
Mon., March 11 CAA Conference Championship Game 7 p.m.

Remaining NBC Sports Network 2012-13 college hockey schedule (all times ET):

Date Game Time (ET)
Jan. 4 Colorado College at #13 Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 Harvard at # 6 Boston University 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 #7 Union at Princeton 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 #13 Nebraska-Omaha at #15 Denver 10 p.m.
Jan. 18 Harvard at #14 Yale 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 #14 Yale at Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 #10 Dartmouth at Union 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 #8 North Dakota at #13 Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 #6 Boston University at Maine 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 #14 Yale at Quinnipiac 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 #8 North Dakota at #15 Denver 10 p.m.
March 1 Wisconsin at #13 Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
March 8 Maine at #2 New Hampshire 7:30 p.m.


Hockey East Tournament

Date Game Time (ET)
March 15 Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
March 22 Semifinals 5 &8 p.m.
March 23 Final 7 p.m.

NBC Sports Group–



December 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – December 31, 2012 – Last night’s Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday Night Football is the highest-rated NFL regular-season primetime game ever on NBC, and the highest-rated NFL regular-season primetime game on ANY network in 15 years, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company. The game also generated the best overnight rating for any Cowboys-Redskins primetime matchup in 19 years. The Washington D.C. market had its best rating ever for a primetime NFL game.




Sunday’s game on NBC, in which the Redskins defeated the Cowboys, 28-18, to win the NFC East, drew an 18.3 overnight rating and a 30 share, seven percent higher than last year’s Week 17 game (Cowboys-Giants 17.1/27), which was also a win-and-in game to determine the winner of the NFC East. Last night’s game topped the previous-best NFL regular-season primetime overnight on NBC (18.0/29 for the 2012 Week 1 matchup between the Steelers and Broncos).


Other Ratings Notes:


  • The Washington D.C market has its best overnight rating (44.6/68) for a regular-season primetime game in the history of Nielsen People Meters (since 1987), topping the previous high of 43.0/63 for Cowboys-Redskins, Sept. 6, 1993 on ABC).


  • Best overnight rating for any regular-season primetime game on ANY network in 15 years (Broncos-49ers, 19.3/30, Dec. 15, 1997 on ABC).


  • Best overnight rating for an NFL primetime regular-season final game in 18 years (19.6/33 for 49ers-Vikings, Dec. 26, 1994 on ABC).




  • Best overnight for a Cowboys-Redskins primetime matchup in 19 years (20.7/34 on Sept 6, 1993 on ABC).




NOTE: Official national ratings and viewership will be available on Thursday.




1. 18.3/30 Cowboys-Redskins, 12/30/12
2. 18.0/29 Steelers- Broncos, 9/9/12
3. 17.7/28 Vikings-Saints, 9/9/10*
4. 17.2/28 Saints-Packers, 9/8/11*
5. 17.1/27 Cowboys-Giants, 1/1/12
6. 16.9/27 Cowboys-Jets, 9/11/11
T7. 16.5/27 Giants-Cowboys, 9/20/09
T7. 16.5/26 Cowboys-Giants, 9/5/12
T7. 16.5/25 Eagles-Cowboys, 12/12/10
10. 16.4/26 Cowboys-Redskins, 9/12/10




* NFL Kickoff Games






1. Washington D.C. 44.6/68
2. Richmond 42.8/60
3. Norfolk 37.1/53
4. Dallas 36.9/55
T5. San Antonio 28.4/44
T5. Austin 28.4/48
7. Albuquerque 27.6/41
8. Baltimore 23.9/35
T9. Greensboro 23.6/35
T9. New Orleans 23.6/32


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Bob Costas Goes One-On-One With Former Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine, Tuesday, October 23 on NBC Sports Network

October 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Valentine’s First Sit-Down Interview Since Being Fired by Red Sox Following the 2012 Baseball Season

Costas Tonight Includes Michelle Beadle on Social Media and Viral Videos, and NBC Sports Group NHL Analyst Jeremy Roenick Discussing the Current Lockout

Tomorrow on NBC Sports Network Also Includes: Live Team USA Women’s Soccer vs. Germany, Return to London Featuring the Team USA Women’s Soccer Semifinals vs. Canada and Gold Medal Match vs. Japan

Costas Tonight Originates from Studio 8G at 30 Rock and Airs Tomorrow, October 23 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

NEW YORK – October 22, 2012 – Former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine, who was fired after his first season leading the Boston Red Sox, is scheduled to join Bob Costas, a 23-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and one of America’s preeminent interviewers, on the latest edition of Costas Tonight, a 60-minute program, to air on Tuesday, October 23 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

This will be Valentine’s first sit-down interview since being fired by the Red Sox the day after the 2012 baseball season ended after his Red Sox finished in last place in the American League East for the first time in 20 years. It was Valentine’s only season as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

In addition to Costas’ sit-down interview with Valentine, NBC Sports’ and Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle will make her debut on Costas Tonight, joining Costas to discuss top trending social media topics; and former NHL star and current NBC Sports Group analyst Jeremy Roenick will discuss the NHL lockout, and his experience going through a similar thing in 2005 when he lost an estimated $8 million in salary.


5:30 p.m. ET – Return to London: Team USA Women’s Soccer semifinal match vs. Canada

7:30 p.m. ET – Team USA Women’s Soccer vs. Germany (Live)

10 p.m. ET – Costas Tonight – Interview with Bobby Valentine

11 p.m. ET – Return to London: Team USA Women’s Soccer Gold Medal match vs. Japan

Costas Tonight builds on Costas’ long and storied career as an interviewer from Later with Bob Costas and Costas Coast-to-Coast to his acclaimed HBO programs, On the Record and CostasNOW. Costas Tonight originates from Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza,



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.



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.


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)


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.


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


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).


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



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.



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 Alex Flanagan will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High on the Chiefs-Broncos game.

“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.”


(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.

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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

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.



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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