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Opening Round NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule

The NHL today announced the schedule and  national television outlets for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs:  All games will air on network television on the properties of the NBC Sports Group along with the NHL Network in the United States and CBC or TSN in Canada.

Here is the schedule:

SERIES A TIME (ET) #1  VS.  #8 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 7 P.M. OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS NHL NETWORK, CBC
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 7 P.M. OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 7:30 P.M. NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA CBC, CNBC
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 7:30 P.M. NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA CBC, CNBC
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 7 P.M. OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 TBD NY RANGERS AT OTTAWA TBD
*THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 TBD OTTAWA AT NY RANGERS TBD
SERIES B TIME (ET) #2  VS.  #7 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 7:30 P.M. WASHINGTON AT BOSTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 3 P.M. WASHINGTON AT BOSTON NBC, CBC
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 7:30 P.M. BOSTON AT WASHINGTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 7:30 P.M. BOSTON AT WASHINGTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 3 P.M. WASHINGTON AT BOSTON NBC, CBC
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD BOSTON AT WASHINGTON TBD
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 TBD WASHINGTON AT BOSTON TBD
SERIES C TIME (ET) #3  VS.  #6 NETWORKS
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 7 P.M. NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA NHL NETWORK, TSN
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 7:30 P.M. NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 7 P.M. FLORIDA AT NEW JERSEY NHL NETWORK, TSN
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 7 P.M. FLORIDA AT NEW JERSEY NHL NETWORK, TSN
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 6:30 P.M. NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA NHL NETWORK, TSN
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD FLORIDA AT NEW JERSEY TBD
*THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 TBD NEW JERSEY AT FLORIDA TBD
SERIES D TIME (ET) #4  VS.  #5 NETWORKS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 7:30 P.M. PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 7:30 P.M. PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 3 P.M. PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA NBC, TSN
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 7:30 P.M. PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 7:30 P.M. PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD PITTSBURGH AT PHILADELPHIA TBD
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD PHILADELPHIA AT PITTSBURGH TBD
2012 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS
SERIES E TIME (ET) #1  VS.  #8 NETWORKS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 10:30 P.M. LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER CBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 10 P.M. LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER CBC, NBC SPORTS NETWORK
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 10:30 P.M. VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18, 2012 10 P.M. VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER TBD
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD VANCOUVER AT LOS ANGELES TBD
*THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012 TBD LOS ANGELES AT VANCOUVER TBD
SERIES F TIME (ET) #2  VS.  #7 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 7:30 P.M. SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS CNBC, TSN
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 7:30 P.M. SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS CNBC, TSN
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012 10 P.M. ST. LOUIS AT SAN JOSE NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 10:30 P.M. ST. LOUIS AT SAN JOSE NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 7:30 P.M. SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS CNBC, TSN
*MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 TBD ST. LOUIS AT SAN JOSE TBD
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 TBD SAN JOSE AT ST. LOUIS TBD
SERIES G TIME (ET) #3  VS.  #6 NETWORKS
THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2012 10 P.M. CHICAGO AT PHOENIX NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2012 10 P.M. CHICAGO AT PHOENIX NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 9 P.M. PHOENIX AT CHICAGO CNBC, TSN
THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2012 8 P.M. PHOENIX AT CHICAGO CNBC, TSN
*SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2012 10 P.M. CHICAGO AT PHOENIX NBC SPORTS NETWORK, TSN
*MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2012 TBD PHOENIX AT CHICAGO TBD
*WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 2012 TBD CHICAGO AT PHOENIX TBD
SERIES H TIME (ET) #4  VS.  #5 NETWORKS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012 8 P.M. DETROIT AT NASHVILLE CNBC, CBC
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012 7:30 P.M. DETROIT AT NASHVILLE CNBC, CBC
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012 NOON NASHVILLE AT DETROIT NBC, CBC
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2012 7:30 P.M. NASHVILLE AT DETROIT NBC SPORTS NETWORK, CBC
*FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 8 P.M. DETROIT AT NASHVILLE CNBC, CBC
*SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012 TBD NASHVILLE AT DETROIT TBD
*TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012 TBD DETROIT AT NASHVILLE TBD
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NBC Sports Sets Television Schedule Of Olympic Trials

The NBC Sports Group plans to dedicate 67 1/2 hours of coverage this spring and summer to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. 43 hours will be televised on NBC Sports Network and 24½ on NBC and will feature 10 sports.

“We are thrilled to present a record number of hours of Olympic Trials on NBC and NBC Sports Network – which will serve as the home of Team USA during the London Games” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “Our extensive coverage gives fans a head start to follow the U.S. Olympians as they prepare for London 2012.“

Here is the schedule of Olympic Trials on the properties of the NBC Sports Group:

Date Time Network Event
Sun., April 22 4-7 p.m. ET NBCSN Wrestling – Finals (next day coverage)
Mon., April 23 3-6 p.m. ET NBCSN Wrestling – Finals (next day coverage)
Sun., May 13 3-5 p.m. ET NBCSN Volleyball – Men’s Olympic Qualification TournamentFinal (next day coverage)
Sun., May 27 3-4:30 p.m. ET NBCSN Water Polo – USA Men vs. Hungary (live)
Tues., June 19 12-2 a.m. ET NBCSN Diving – Semifinals: Men’s 10-meter (live)
Wed., June 20 10 p.m.-2 a.m. ET NBCSN Diving – Semifinals: Men’s 3-meter (live);Women’s 10-meter (live);

Women’s 3-meter (next day coverage)

Thurs., June 21 10 p.m.-12 a.m. ET NBCSN Diving – Synchro Finals: Women’s 3-meter;Men’s 10-meter (live)
Fri., June 22 9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live)
11 p.m.-12 a.m. ET NBCSN Diving – Synchro Finals: Men’s 3-meter (live)
Sat., June 23 1:30-3:30 p.m. ET NBCSN Field Hockey – USA Women vs. Argentina (live)
4-6 p.m. ET NBC Diving: Men’s 10-meter – Finals (live)
6-7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN Rowing (from June 11-14) and BMX (from June 16)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live)
Sun., June 24 3-6 p.m. ET NBC Diving: Men’s 3-meter, Women’s 10-meter, Women’s 3-meter – Finals (live)
7-8 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live)
Mon., June 25 6:30-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live)
Tues., June 26 6:30-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
Wed., June 27 7-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
Thurs., June 28 4:30-5:30 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage)
5:30-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Gymnastics – Men’s Competition (live)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
9-11 p.m. ET NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live)
Fri., June 29 4:30-6 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage)
6-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Track & Field – Finals (live)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
9-11 p.m. ET/PT NBC Gymnastics – Women’s Competition (live)
Satur., June 30 4-6 p.m. ET NBC Gymnastics – Men’s Final (live)
6:30-8 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
9-10 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live)
Sun., July 1 6-7 p.m. ET NBCSN Swimming – Qualifying Heats (same day coverage)
7-8 p.m. ET/PT NBC Track & Field – Finals (live)
8-9 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
9-11 p.m. ET/PT NBC Gymnastics – Women’s Final (live)
Mon., July 2 8-8:30 p.m. ET/PT NBC Swimming – Finals (live)
Sun., July 8 6-7:30 p.m. ET NBCSN Water Polo – USA Women vs. China (live)

Sports Media Digest- March 22, 2012

ESPN to Produce a Special Prime Time Tebow-Themed Edition of First Take ESPN is hopping on the Tim Tebow to New Yorks Jets bandwagon by producing a special prime time edition of First Take that will air tomorrow night.  Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith will co-host First Take- #TebowTakesManhattan beginning at 7:00p.m. ET.  The duo will discuss Tebow’s possible with the Jets “both sensible and senseless”.

News on Manning, Tebow, Saints Drive Viewers to NFL Media Properties-  The strong news week in the NFL…the signing of Peyton Manning in Denver, the trading of Tim Tebow to the Jets, and the stiff suspensions for members of the Saints resulted in strong numbers for the NFL Network and NFL.com. Viewership on the NFL Network on Monday-Tuesday jumped 235 percent over the comparable Mon-Tues. last March, including a 213 percent increase in primetime viewership with an average of 216,000 viewers.  Wednesday’s overnight ratings spiked 333 percent over last year. NFL.com, NFL Mobile Only From Verizon and other NFL mobile products — posted a 502 percent increase in page views compared to the comparable Mon.-Wed time period last March.

MLB Network to Air Opening Japan Series-  The MLB Network will be providing coverage as the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland A’s open up the 2012 regular season in Japan.  The opening two-game series will air on tape delay, with the first game on Wednesday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. ET and the second game on Thursday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m. ET.  MLB Network will televise ROOT Sports’ feed of both games, which will be available on MLB Network in the Athletics’ home television territory.  The games will be blacked out on MLB Network in the Mariners’ home television territory.

NBA Twin Bills for ESPN Friday and Sunday-  ESPN will have NBA double header action tomorrow and Sunday.  It all kicks-off at 8:00p.m. tomoor night as Mike Breen and Hubie Brown call the Celtics at 76’ers.  Tomorrow’s nightcap features the Jazz and Nuggets at 10:30p.m. ET with  Mark Jones and Chris Mullin calling the game.  Sunday’s action begins at 8:00p.m. as Miami Heat visit the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Mike Tirico, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters will be on hand.  The finale at 10:30p.m. will pit the Grizzlies at the Lakers.  Dan Shulman, Chris Mullin and Heather Cox will provide commentary.

NASCAR This Weekend on Fox-  Fox Sports is again getting set for the next stop on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule with production of the Fontana for Auto Club 400 beginning this Sunday at 2:30p.m.  Mike Joy will call the action with Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReyolds.  Chris Myers will be joined by Darrell and Michael Waltrip for pre-race analysis.

MLS On ESPN This Sunday-  ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3 will have coverage of Major League Soccer this Sunday as the New York Red Bulls host the Colorado Rapids. Kick-off is at 4:00 p.m. ET with  Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman on the call.  Alexi Lalas will be on-site for studio analysis, joining Healey and Twellman at halftime.

NBC Sports Group Hires New SVP of Talent-  The NBC Sports Group has promoted Princell Hair to serve as Senior Vice President, News and Talent, for the NBC Sports Group.  Hair will oversee all talent recruitment, negotiation and development for the NBC Sports Group, including NBC Sports, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, and the 11 Comcast Regional Sports Networks, while also consulting with NBC Sports Digital. In addition, Hair will oversee the NBC Sports Group’s newsgathering operations and news strategy. Prior to his pormotion Hair was the Senior Vice President of New Operations for the Comcast Sports Group.

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Sports Media Digest- March 20, 2012

NFL Network has Coverage of Griffin III, Luck Pro Days-  The NFL Network will be providing comprehensive coverage of the pro days of future NFL quarterbacks Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.  Special editions of Path to the Draft  will be preduced Wednesday at 1:00p.m. ET for the workouts at Baylor University and Thursday at 3:00p.m. ET for Stanford University’s pro day.  Fran Charles will host the special coverage with analysis in studio and on site by Mike Mayock, Paul Burmesiter and Charley Casserly.

Episode Four of The Association: Denver Nuggets Premieres Tomorrow- The next episode of NBA TV’s The Association: Denver Nuggets will air tomorrow night at 6:30p.m. The episode will focus on the behind-the-scenes moves of the Nuggets through last week’s trade deadline.

Lampley to Host New HBO Boxing Show-  HBO Sports announced today that it will be launching a new boxing show hosted by Lim Lampley.  The Fight Game With Jim Lampley will delve into the storylines, newsmakers and issues that are making headlines in boxing. Lampley has been covering boxing for the network since 1988.  The debut of The Fight Game With Jim Lampley takes place May 12th at 12:00a.m. ET.

NBC Sports to Begin Its Road to the Kentucky Derby The NBC Sports Group, in conjunction with the Jockey Club, CNBC, and six racetracks will begin production of the Road to the Kentucky Derby.  The series will feature six prep races heading toward the Kentucky Derby.  Coverage begins with the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes this Saturday 5:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Laffit Pincay III will host NBC Sports Network’s coverage with analysts Gary Stevens and Randy Moss; and reporters Donna Brothers, Jay Privman and Millie Ball.

Sports Media Digest- March 15, 2012

Record Number Fill Out Btackets at ESPN.com- Nearly 6.45 million brackets were filled out as part of ESPN’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Challenge.  That’s a 8.9% increase over last year’s record of 5.9 million brackets. Those who took part selected Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio State and North Carolina more than any others to reach the Final Four. Of those 35% picked Kentucky to win it all.

NBC Sports to Present Seven Notre Dame Football Telecasts in 2012-  When the college football season begins this fall, seven Notre Dame home games will be telecast on NBC.  NBC Sports Netowrk will also provide coverage of the Blue-Gold Spring Game on April 21st.  Here is the schedule of Notre Dame football on NBC (all times ET): Apr. 21 Blue-Gold Spring Game 1:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network, Sept. 8 PURDUE 3:30 p.m. NBC, Sept. 22 MICHIGAN 7:30 p.m. NBC, Oct. 6 MIAMI (Soldier Field) 7:30 p.m. NBC, Oct. 13 STANFORD 3:30 p.m. NBC, Oct. 20 BYU 3:30 p.m. NBC, Nov. 3 PITTSBURGH 3:30 p.m. NBC, Nov. 17 WAKE FOREST 3:30 p.m. NBC.

Friday NBA Double Header on ESPN-  ESPN will again provide a NBA double header this Friday.  The opener tips-off at at 7:oop.m. ET with Mike Tirico, Doris Burke and Lisa Salters calling the Miami Heat at the Philadelphia 76’ers. The San Antonio Spurs will travel to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30p.m. ET with Dan Shulman and Chris Mullin on the call.

Fantasy Baseball Preview Tonight on ESPN-  As part of it’s new season of fantasy baseball at ESPN.com, ESPN will telecast the Baseball Toningt Fantasy Draft Show.  The program airs tonight at 9:30p.m. on ESPN. Steve Berthiaume will host, and will be joined by ESPN.com senior fantasy analyst Matthew Berry, MLB Insiders Buster Olney, Keith Law and Eric Karabell, baseball analyst Chris Singleton, and injury expert Stephania Bell.

Fox Preps for Next NASCAR Sprint Cup Event-  Fox will be televising this weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race from the Bristol Motor Speedway.  The Ford City 500 begins at 12:30p.m. ET.  Chris Myers will anhcor the pre-race show along with Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, and Larry McReynolds will call the race.

Formula One Racing on SiriusXM Radio-  SiriusXM Radio will be the satellite radio home of every 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship race.  Coverage on Sirius channel 94 and XM channel 208 begins this weekend with the Formula 1 Qantas Australian Grand Prix, which will air Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 am ET.

Sports Media Digest- March 5, 2012

Honda Classic A Big Draw for NBC-  This weekend’s PGA Tour stop, the Honda Classic, scored big ratings for NBC. The final round on Sunday earned NBC a rating of 3.2, the highest for the tournament in ten years.  The rating was 78% over last year’s rating of 1.8.  The third round gave NBC a 1.9 rating, 27% over 2011.

Strong Ratings for UNC/Duke on ESPN-  Saturday night’s ACC match-up between North Carolina and Duke registered a 3.1 rating for ESPN, the highest rating for a men’s college basketball game on the network in four years.  As to be expected the four markets in North Carolina (Greensboro, Raleigh-Durham, Charlotte & Greenville) registered the higest local ratings in the county.

Whitaker to Recieve Lifetime Achievement Emmy-  The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced today that legendary sports commentator Jack Whitaker will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s 33rd annual Sports Emmy® Awards ceremony. Jack spent much of his career with CBS Sports and ABC Sports, and covered many of the historic sports events from the 1960’s into the 1990’s.  Whitaker, who is 87, will accept the award at the event on April 30th.

Martino Tabbed as Lead MLS Analyst for NBC Sports Group-  Former Major League Soccer (MLS) nidfielder and U.S. Men’s National Team member Kyle Martino has been hired by NBC Sports to serve as its lead analyst during its coverage of the MLS.  Martino will join NBC MLS play-by-play voice Arlo White on Sunday, March 11, at 3:00 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network as FC Dallas hosts the New York Red Bulls in the MLS season opener.

Geoff Russell Named Excutive Editor at the Golf Channel-  Golf Channel President Mike McCarley announced today that Geoff Russell has been hired to serve as Senior Vice President and Executive Editor, Golf Channel. Russell, who spent 26 years as editor at the Golf Digest Publications, will work collaboratively across all on-air and online production and programming groups to shape the editorial direction of Golf Channel.

ESPN Opens Developer Center for App Creation-  ESPN annonced today that it has launched its ESPN Development Center that offers software engineers and developers the opportunity to join the company’s API (application programming interface) Program, which provides access to ESPN content and data for the purpose of creating new web and mobile apps for sports fans.  ESPN will showcase its APIs and other digital media technology projects later this week at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Colonial Athletic Association and NBC Sports Reach Football and Basketball Rights Deal

NBC Sports Group and the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) have come to terms on a five year deal to have the league’s football and basketball games telecast on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).

The deal takes effect this fall and calls for the CAA men’s basketball and football games be telecast on the NBC Sports Network, regional television coverage of CAA men’s and women’s basketball and football through the Comcast SportsNet regional networks and coverage of a variety of other CAA sports through NBCSports.com.

NBCSN will air at least 12 men’s college basketball games a season, including the semi-finals and finals of the conference championship.  NBCSN will also air a minimum of five CAA football match-ups each season.  Regionally the CAA will have upwards of 39 men’s and women’s basketball games and 13 football games telecast annually on Comcast Sports Net.

“We are thrilled to be associated with the NBC Sports Group,” CAA Commissioner Tom Yeager said in a press release. “The NBC Sports Network now provides a national platform to elevate the conference in conjunction with the relationship we’ve had with the Comcast SportsNets, which have been the foundation of our television package for almost three decades.”

“We are very excited to begin our new relationship with the Colonial Athletic Association and extend our college sports offerings,” said Michael Sheehey, Senior Vice President, Sports Content and College Sports, NBC Sports Group. “Given our unique four-tier portfolio of assets, we are able to deliver high-quality production of the conference’s football, basketball and other sports to viewers nationally, regionally and online unlike anyone else.”