UPDATE: USA-Russia Olympics Hockey Game Hits Record Viewership For NBC Sports Network

By | Sunday February 16, 2014 @ 12:20pm PST

nbcsochi__131202172913__140212145821UPDATE, 12:20 PM:  Turns out a lot of people like to get up early on a Saturday to watch hockey – a lot. The final Nielsen numbers are in and yesterday’s 7:30-10:30 AM USA 3-2 Olympics victory over Russia’s men team drew a record 4.1 million viewers for NBC Sports Network. The most to ever watch a hockey game on the channel. In fact, the audience peaked all the way up at 6.4 million in the last half hour as the two teams went head-to-head against their respective goalies in the 8-round shootout. That’s the most viewed half-hour in NBCSN’s history. Ice Hockey - Winter Olympics Day 8 - United States v RussiaAdditionally, Saturday’s results beat the previous NBCSN hockey audience record of 4.0 million who tuned in on June 17, 2013 to watch the Stanley Cup Final Game 3 between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks.  The USA-Russia game yesterday also delivered NBCSN’s best-ever daytime audience with 2.9 million watching as the channel continues it’s third straight viewership weekend day record of the Sochi Games. Read More »

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NBC Sports Network To Up Rebranding Effort During Premier League Games

By | Tuesday August 13, 2013 @ 6:41am PDT

NBC Sports Network was known as Versus until the beginning of last year, and is about to adopt a new name: NBCSN. It will be a gradual transition, with new graphics and references phased in leading up … Read More »

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NBC And Yahoo Plan Sports Programs To Run On TV and Internet

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 11:31am PDT

The companies hinted in December, when they announced a sports content alliance, that we’d see collaborative programming arrangements like the two announced today. This week they’ll introduce Fantasy Football Live — Thursday Night, Read More »

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NBC Sports Group To Air 100-Plus NHL Regular-Season Games In 2013-14

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 3:04pm PDT

NBC and NBC Sports Network are putting on the foil before the puck drops on the next National Hockey League season. The same day the league released its 2013-14 schedule, NBC Sports Group announced that the broadcast net and its cable sibling will air a combined 103 regular-season games during the NHL campaign. NBC Sports has fared well with its NHL coverage, with last month’s six-game Stanley Cup Final drawing the championship series’ most viewers since 1994. Overall, this year’s NHL playoffs averaged 1.47 million viewers across 84 games on NBC, NBC Sports Network and CNBC, resulting in the most-watched playoffs since 1997. Read More »

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ESPN Close To Deal For Big East Games Through 2020: Reports

By | Friday February 22, 2013 @ 1:35am PST

ESPN is said to have matched NBC’s offer for a media rights package to the Big East conference’s games through the 2019-2020 academic year in a deal worth $130M, according to various sports media reports. … Read More »

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NBC Sports Sticking With Gun Show Sponsorship Despite Connecticut Shooting

By | Friday January 11, 2013 @ 1:25pm PST

Even though its corporate executives at Comcast are meeting with the Vice-President discussing ways to curb gun violence, NBC Sports Network said today it will not be dropping its sponsorship of the largest gun trade show in … Read More »

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NHL Season Inches Toward Total Loss

By | Friday November 23, 2012 @ 3:45pm PST

The National Hockey League cancelled another swath of games today, eliminating all regular season games through December 14 plus the All-Star Game in Columbus, Ohio that was scheduled for January 27. The NHL lockout has now wiped out 422 regular … Read More »

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NBC Sports Network To Air DirecTV’s ‘Dan Patrick Show’

By | Sunday November 4, 2012 @ 4:33pm PST

NBC Sports NetworkNBC Sports Network has acquired multi-year rights from DirecTV to broadcast The Dan Patrick Show, TV and syndicated radio program with Football Night in America co-host Dan Patrick. The show will debut on NBC Sports Network tomorrow and air weekdays from 9 AM–Noon ET. A Best Of version will air weekday afternoons from 4-5 PM ET on NBC Sports Network. To coincide with tomorrow’s debut of the show NBC Sports Network will relocate to Channel 220 (from Channel 603) on DirecTV, adjacent to other sports channels. Patrick’s show also airs daily on DirecTV’s exclusive Audience Network. Read More »

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Specter Of NHL Lockout Or Delay Looms For NBC Sports: Reuters

By | Wednesday September 5, 2012 @ 5:31pm PDT

If the National Hockey League and its players union fail to reach a new labor agreement and avoid a lockout, NBC could be scrambling for a replacement for one of the linchpins of NBC Sports programming. NBC signed … Read More »

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NBC Sports Network To Launch ‘Sports Illustrated’ Magazine Show

By | Monday July 2, 2012 @ 3:29pm PDT

NBC Sports Group and Time Inc. Sports Group are teaming up to produce a monthly TV show titled Sports Illustrated. The announcement was made today by Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and … Read More »

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NBC Sports Network Renews ‘Fight Night’

By | Monday July 2, 2012 @ 8:29am PDT

You’ll like this news if you enjoy seeing men try to give each other brain trauma. NBC’s cable sports channel says this morning that it has renewed its Fight Night series of Saturday matches for a second season, … Read More »

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Breeders’ Cup Races Return To NBC; Main Event Set For Primetime

By | Monday January 23, 2012 @ 10:59am PST

NBC had the rights to the two-day horse racing series from its start in 1984 until 2005. As part of the new deal, the main event, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, will run in primetime on the network on the East Coast — a first. Friday and Saturday’s other coverage is set for NBC Sports Network, recently rebranded from Versus. The pact reaffirms the network’s commitment to the sport, after it aired all three Triple Crown races last year for the first time since 2005. From the release: Read More »

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What To Expect From NBC Sports Network (Formerly Versus): Bob Costas, Olympics

By | Tuesday December 27, 2011 @ 8:04am PST

The NBC Sports Group launches the NBC Sports Network at 4 PM ET on January 2nd to replace Versus, which had been Comcast’s bullriding and gunshooting and cycling channel pre-NBC Universal merger. The new strategy is to bring all four tiers of … Read More »

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Ex-HBO Sports Head Ross Greenburg Lands At NBC Sports Group

By | Thursday November 10, 2011 @ 10:09pm PST

Ross Greenburg, who in July departed as president of HBO Sports, has been tapped to produce documentaries for the newly formed NBC Sports Group, which includes the NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel and NBC. He also will produce Costas Read More »

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NBC Lands Rights to Major League Soccer

By | Wednesday August 10, 2011 @ 11:47am PDT

NBC Sports announced today that it has sealed a three-year agreement with Major League Soccer that will begin at the start of next season. No financial terms were revealed, but The Sports Business Journal said the deal is reportedly … Read More »

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TCA: Comcast’s Versus Channel To Be Rebranded As NBC Sports Network

By | Monday August 1, 2011 @ 1:05pm PDT
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Another name change post Comcast-NBCUniversal merger. At TCA’s press tour today, Mark Lazarus, Chairman of the NBC Sports Group, announced that sports channel Versus, previously owned by Comcast, was being re-branded as the NBC Sports Network beginning on … Read More »

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