Premier League Action this Week on NBC

Here is this week’s schedule of English Premier League matches, along with network assignment, on the networks of NBC Sports:

Below is the NBCUniversal schedule for the seventh week of the Premier League season (all times ET):


Date Time (ET) Home-Away Network
Mon., Sept. 30 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Mon., Sept. 30 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore: Manchester Monday NBCSN
Tues., Oct. 1 11 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN
Fri., Oct. 4 7 a.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 2:30 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 7:45 a.m. Manchester City v. Everton NBCSN, mun2
Sat., Oct. 5 9:45 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 10 a.m. Liverpool v. Crystal Palace NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 10 a.m. Hull City v. Aston Villa Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 5 10 a.m. Cardiff City v. Newcastle United Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 5 10 a.m. Fulham v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Oct. 5 Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Oct. 5 12:30 p.m. Sunderland v. Manchester United NBCSN, mun2
Sun., Oct. 6 12:30 a.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 6 8 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 6 8:30 a.m. Norwich City v. Chelsea NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 6 8:30 a.m. Southampton v. Swansea City Extra Time
Sun., Oct. 6 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 6 11 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Arsenal NBCSN
Sun., Oct. 6 11 a.m. Tottenham Hotspur v. West Ham United Extra Time
Sun., Oct. 6 11 p.m. NBCSN’s Match of the Day II NBCSN

Stanley Cup Finals Game One Most Watched in 16 Years

The triple-overtime thriller in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Bruins and Blackhawks averaged 6.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched Stanley Cup Finals game one since 1997.  The game was the most-watched game one on NBC since 2006 and 119% over last year.

The game registered a 3.9 rating, up 117% over 2012.

Locally, Boston led all markets with a 28.1 rating while Chicago was second with a 25.1 rating


Sports Media Digest- May 23, 2012

Sunday Night Football Top Rated Program for the 2012-2013 TV Season–  The 2012-2013 television season is over and Sunday Night Football has been crowned the top-rated prime-time program for the year.  NBC has earned that honor for the second straight year.  Over the course of the 19 telecasts Sunday Night Football earned an average audience of 21.5 million viewers.

TNT Nets a 5.3 Rating for NBA Eastern Conference Finals Opener–  Turner Sports reports that last night’s opening game of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals register an average rating of 5.3 with 8.2 million viewers.  The rating was up 10% over the network’s coverage of the first game of the Western Conference  Finals last year.

Finebaum Joins ESPN and SEC Network–  ESPN has announced that it has hired long-time sports voice Paul Finebaum to host a radio show which will eventually be simulcast on the SEC Network.  The radio show will debut this August with the simulcast on the SEC Network to begin in August of 2014.  Finebaum will also appear on a variety of other shows and outlets, including SportsCenterCollege Football LiveCollege GameDay and in ESPN The Magazine.

Coca-Cola 600 This Weekend on Fox– Fox Sports continues its coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunday evening with the Coca-Cola 600 from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.  Coverage begins at 5:30p.m. ET with pre-race action hosted by Chris Myers with Darrell and Michael Waltrip.  When the race begins Mike Joy calls the action alongside analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds while Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for reports on teams and pit stops. FOX Sports’ Jeff Hammond serves as the network’s roving analyst.

Sports Media Weekly No. 120- Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

The NFL dominates this week’s Sports Media Weekly program.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I spend our entire news segment looking at the issue of the replacement officials in the NFL and the reaction across all segments of the media to their work.  We point to those outside the sports media talking about this story and how the “train wreck” that has been the replacement officials may actually benefit the NFL as some non-football fans may begin watching the games to see how the referees will mess up this week’s games.

Ken and I also bring up the news from late last week that the NFL Network has reached an agreement with Time Warner cable to include the network on its cable line-up.  It’s a deal that has been seven years in the making for Time Warner cable subscribers.

Our guest this week is Joe Flint, television and media reporter for the Los Angeles Times.  Joe is a regular on the paper’s Company Town blog on latimes.com.  Joe joins us to talk a little about the NFL officials flap, but also spends time taking about the deal Time Warner has the the Lakers to create a team-specific network for cable subscribers.  We also talk to Joe about the role the business of sports plays for the television networks, the recent Emmy Awards, and someone named Honey Boo Boo…

NBC Sports Group’s 2012-2013 NHL Broadcast Schedule

It is still unclear to what extent we will have an NHL season this year as the league and players work toward a new collective bargaining agreement.

Nevertheless, the NHL has a schedule in place for 2012-2013 and the national television coverage for the season has been released.

NBC Sports Group has the national television rights to the NHL in the United States and unveiled its schedule today.

More than 100 regular season games will air on NBC and the NBC Sports Network.  The network will also have coverage of the NHL Winter Classic, the All-Star Game and the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NBC Sports Network will have exclusive rights to action on Wednesday nights.  The network will also continue to produce its pre and post game NHL Live and NHL Overtime programs.

NBC will telecast 14 games this season, with it’s Game of the Week coverage beginning on January 20th.  Here is the schedule:

Date Away Home Time
Friday, November 23 New York Rangers Boston 1 p.m.
Tuesday, January 1 Toronto Detroit 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 Philadelphia Chicago 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 Los Angeles Washington 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 Los Angeles Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 Detroit Minnesota 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 Pittsburgh Buffalo 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 Boston Chicago 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 Chicago Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 Chicago Philadelphia 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 Boston Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 Boston Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 Washington Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 New York Rangers Philadelphia 3 p.m.

Coverage on the NBC Sports Network begins on opening night, October 11th. Here is its complete schedule:

Date Away Home Time
Thursday, October 11 Boston Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Thursday, October 11 St. Louis Colorado 10 p.m.
Friday, October 12 New York Rangers Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
Monday, October 15 Florida Washington 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16 Detroit Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17 New York Rangers New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 22 Florida New York Islanders 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23 Detroit Columbus 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 24 New Jersey Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Monday, October 29 Washington Minnesota 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 30 Los Angeles St. Louis 8 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31 Pittsburgh Washington 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 5 Pittsburgh Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 7 Pittsburgh Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 13 Dallas Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14 Washington New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 15Monday, November 19 San JosePittsburgh DallasDetroit 8 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 20 Montreal New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 21 Tampa Bay Carolina 7:30 p.m.
Monday, November 26 Minnesota Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 27 New Jersey Boston 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28 Chicago Minnesota 8 p.m.
Monday, December 3 Buffalo Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4 San Jose Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 New York Rangers Washington 7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 10 Boston Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 11 Pittsburgh Washington 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 Minnesota St. Louis 8 p.m.
Monday, December 17 Buffalo Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18 Phoenix St. Louis 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 19 New Jersey Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 26 Washington Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 31 New York Rangers Florida 7 p.m.
Wednesday, January 2 New York Rangers Chicago 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 6 Detroit Chicago 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 8 Tampa Bay Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 9 Boston Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 13 Boston New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 14 Dallas Colorado 9 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15 Anaheim Minnesota 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16 St. Louis Chicago 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 17 San Jose Minnesota 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 Detroit St. Louis 12:30 or 7:30 p.m.
Monday, January 21 Los Angeles Nashville 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22 San Jose St. Louis 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 Colorado Dallas 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 Boston St. Louis 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30 Montreal Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 4 Boston Colorado 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5 Los Angeles Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 Buffalo Boston 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 Detroit St. Louis 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 Chicago Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 14 San Jose Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 Philadelphia New York Rangers 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 19 Detroit Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 Tampa Bay Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 25 New York Rangers Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26 Buffalo Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 Washington Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 Pittsburgh St. Louis 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 4 Montreal Boston 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 Tampa Bay New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 Colorado Chicago 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 Boston Washington 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 11 Colorado Los Angeles 10 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 Phoenix Minnesota 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 Philadelphia New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 Buffalo Washington 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 18 San Jose Dallas 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 Phoenix Nashville 8 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 New York Rangers Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 25 Los Angeles Dallas 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26 Buffalo Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 Montreal Boston 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 Chicago Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 1 Minnesota Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2 Nashville St. Louis 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 Pittsburgh New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 St. Louis Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 8 Buffalo Toronto 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9 Los Angeles Dallas 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10 Boston New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 Dallas Minnesota 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 Boston Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 San Jose Phoenix 9 p.m.

NBC Sports Group/Dial Global to Create NBC Sports Radio Network

It looks like the NBC Sports Group (NBCSG) will soon be getting into the sports radio business.

NBCSG will partner with Dial Global Sports beginning this September to distribute a NBC Sports Radio Network.  The network’s content will include hourly sports news updates, daily features as well as full-length shows.

NBC Sports’ audio content will be streamed on NBCSports.com, DialGlobalSports.com, affiliate stations’ websites and other streaming services. On-demand short-form audio content will also be distributed online and through podcasts and other digital applications. Dial Global will be the exclusive ad and affiliate sales representative to the network.

“We are thrilled to bring the rich heritage of NBC Sports to listeners across national radio for the first time,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group in a press release. “By adding radio to our broadcast, cable, regional, and digital assets, the NBC Sports Radio Network will give sports fans a new way to interact with the NBC Sports Group day in and day out.”

“Dial Global is excited to partner with NBC Sports Group to expand upon Dial Global’s live play-by-play platform. We are confident that with NBC’s sports assets, we will create a leading full service sports network and bring great sports audio to listeners across America,” said Spencer Brown, Co-CEO of Dial Global.

The new NBC Sports Radio Network will feature national and local talent and programs will be of national and regional nature.  Specific programming and commentator details will be announced at a later date.

At first glance it looks like NBC Sports is continuing to go after ESPN on another platform, this time radio.  I will reserve judgement until a schedule is released and programming begins.

NBC to Stream Super Bowl Live For the First Time in the United States

NBC and the NFL have announced that Super Bowl XLVI, the Pro Bowl, and the network’s two Wild Card Playoff games will be streamed live to computers in the United States.  This is the first time the NFL post season will be available to live viewing online.

NBC Postseason Extra will provide the streaming on NBC Sports.com and NFL.com.  Streaming of the games will also be made available on the NFL Mobile app on Verizon.

“We are pleased to work with our partners NBC and Verizon to bring our fans more ways to watch their favorite sport during their favorite time of the year,” said Hans Schroeder, NFL Senior Vice President of Media Strategy and Development in a press release. 

“With a heritage of streaming live NFL games since 2008, we are especially excited to now bring our unique and innovative SNF Extra video experience to the NFL Playoffs, Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl,” said Rick Cordella, Vice President & General Manager, NBC Sports Digital Media. “By adding multiple camera angles, HD-quality video, DVR controls along with social interactivity, our online streaming represents a compelling, second-screen experience that nicely complements NBC’s on-air presentation.”

The service will be implemented on January 7th as NBC provides coverage of two Wild Card playoff games.

Another Sunday Night Football Telecast, Another Ratings Win for NBC

Last night’s Sunday Night Football (SNF) telecast between the Packers and Falcons once again won the ratings night for NBC.  SNF has won the Sunday night ratings for the network for the fifth straight week.

The game registered a 14.0 overnight rating, a 20% increase over last season’s fifth game of SNF between the Eagles and 49’ers.  The rating was 30% higher than 2009 (Colts/Titans) and the highest rated week five SNF in the telecast’s six year history.

The game registered a monster 51.2 rating in Milwaukee and a 28.0 in Atlanta.  Here is the listing of the top 10 highest rated local markets for the game:

1. Milwaukee, 51.2/66
2. Atlanta, 28.0/40
3. New Orleans, 19.4/26
4. Las Vegas, 19.3/31
5. Minneapolis, 18.5/29
6. Richmond, 17.5/26
T7. Nashville, 16.7/24
T7. Norfolk, 16.7/24
9. Jacksonville, 16.6/26
10. Chicago, 16.5/26

NFL Week Three Schedule, With Local Media Links

Here is the NFL schedule for week three, with links to the local media covering each NFL team (all games ET):

Sunday, Sep. 25
Game Time TV
New England at Buffalo 1:00 pm CBS
Jacksonville at Carolina 1:00 pm CBS
Denver at Tennessee 1:00 pm CBS
N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia 1:00 pm FOX
Houston at New Orleans 1:00 pm CBS
Detroit at Minnesota 1:00 pm FOX
Miami at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS
San Francisco at Cincinnati 1:00 pm FOX
N.Y. Jets at Oakland 4:05 pm CBS
Baltimore at St. Louis 4:05 pm CBS
Kansas City at San Diego 4:05 pm CBS
Atlanta at Tampa Bay 4:15 pm FOX
Arizona at Seattle 4:15 pm FOX
Green Bay at Chicago 4:15 pm FOX
Pittsburgh at Indianapolis 8:20 pm NBC
Monday, Sep. 26
Game Time TV
Washington at Dallas 8:30 pm ESPN

NBC Sports Group Unveils NHL Announcer Slate

The NBC Sports Group today took the wraps off its 2011-2012 NHL announcer field for both NBC and Versus.

Not much has changed over the 2012-2011 season with Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, and Pierre McGuire returning as the number one game announcing team.  The trio will call all lead games on NBC as well as the Wednesday night affairs on Versus.  Emrick will pair with McGuire on Versus’ Monday night package.

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will call the action on Versus on Sundays and Tuesdays.

In terms of the NHL studio shows, Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones will handle pre- and post game shows on NHL Live on Versus.  McHugh and Milbury will be at the desk during intermissions of NBC telecasts.

Bill Patrick and Jeremy Roenick, joined by other network hockey analysts, will host Versus’ NHL Overtime highlights show.

“The key ingredient to the success of our broadcasts has been the people and we’re thrilled that the best in the business are returning,” said Sam Flood, executive producer for NBC Sports and VERSUS in a press release. “This talent schedule benefits hockey fans because it allows us to produce consistent broadcasts across all platforms, which is more important than ever as fans will see more national regular-season and playoff telecasts than ever before.”

The 2011 NHL season begins on Versus on Thursday, October 6th.