‘Good Morning America’ Officially Says So Long To Josh Elliott: Video

By | Thursday April 3, 2014 @ 8:07am PDT

Having accepted NBC’s offer, Josh Elliott is out at Good Morning America and, unlike Sam Champion, won’t be seen on the show again to say so long to colleagues on-air. But the GMA gang this morning sent Elliott off with a we’ll-miss-you clip job anyway, in … Read More »

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Josh Elliott Says NBC Sports Offer Is Dream Job, Denies He’s Being Groomed To Replace Matt Lauer On ‘Today’

By | Wednesday April 2, 2014 @ 11:21am PDT

Departing Good Morning Americajoshelliot1__140402184903-275x154 news anchor Josh Elliott says he has not personally had any discussions about working on NBC’s Today, that he hopes co-anchor Matt Lauer will still be at Today “when I step away from this gig 30 years down the road,” and that he loves ABC News chief Ben Sherwood deeply and passionately for making him news anchor at GMA. Elliott was on the phone with reporters to discuss this week’s worst kept TV industry secret — Elliott has jumped ship, abandoning GMA to join NBC Sports Group.

NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus said Elliott would perform “a mix” of reporting and anchoring, including a presence in the division’s coverage of the  Kentucky Derby, NFL football, the Super Bowl and the Winter and Summer Olympics, to which NBC has broadcast rights through 2020. “One of the beauties of this budding and new relationship,” Lazarus said, is that Elliott fits in well with the existing team, adding, “we’ve still got plenty of time to sort out” details of his role.

Celebrity Sightings In New York City - January 15, 2014Elliott was asked loads of questions about his departure from GMA; he “denied categorically” press reports about the ensemble cast’s jealousy over Robin Roberts’ lucrative contract, insisting he loved them all and wished them the best. “I owe everything to the folks at Disney” he said. “They’re the ones who put me on the air nine years ago.’ I have nothing but gratitude for them” he said speaking “to my very deep and abiding important relationship I have with [ABC News chief] Ben Sherwood.”

Related: Michael Strahan Explains ‘GMA’ Gig To Anxious ‘Live!’ Fans: Video
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UPDATE: ‘GMA’, Sam Champion Weigh In On Josh Elliott’s ‘GMA’ Departure For NBC Sports (Video)

By | Monday March 31, 2014 @ 7:03am PDT

Josh Elliott Leaves Good Morning American For NBC Sports

UPDATE, 6:40 AM: GMA gang this morning told viewers that Josh Elliott is leaving the show to go to work for NBC Sports, marking the second successful poaching of a GMA cast member by NBCU, and that he would be replaced as news anchor by Amy Robach, who was on the scene –  Elliott himself was on “vacation.” Meanwhile, over at NBC, Al Roker publicly congratulated Elliot, via Twitter, for his “conscious uncoupling” from GMA/ABC. Watch here:

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UPDATE, 6:30 AM: Josh Elliott‘s former Good Morning America colleague Sam Champion weighed in this morning on Elliott’s announced exit from the ABC morning infotainment show to go to work for NBC Sports. Champion, who was also poached by NBCU and now works at The Weather Channel, called it “a great opportunity for Josh’s heart,” adding, “I know that fans of GMA are not loving it.” Watch here:

PREVIOUS, SUNDAY PM: After an intense negotiation with ABC NewsGood Morning America news anchor Josh Elliott is leaving the network for NBC Sports. ABC News wasted no time in announcing his replacement: Amy Robach, who has been part of the GMA team for some time, including filling in for Robin Roberts at various moments when she was out for medical reasons.  Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million.  After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. With Elliott, NBC is getting a strong sports guy — a next generation Bob Costas — who previously worked at ESPN. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today for six months according to people familiar with the situation. Elliott is the second member of the ensemble team that put GMA in first place in the morning show ratings race, and to depart for an NBCUniversal property. In December, NBCU successfully poached longtime GMA weatherman Sam Champion who is now a bigwig at their Weather Channel. In much the same way they did today, ABC announced Champion’s replacement, Ginger Zee, minutes after it was reported that he was leaving. In the wake of Champion’s departure, GMA has scored some of its highest ratings ever. Read More »

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NBC Sports Strengthens Yahoo’s Ties To 2014 Olympics Programming

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 1:39pm PST

UPDATE:  I’m told that there’s less than meets the eye to the ballyhooed “access” Yahoo says it will offer to “all of NBCOlympics.com’s exclusive digital video rights.” That simply means Yahoo will have links to the NBC site — not streams of the programming itself.

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NBC Sports Agrees To Carry NASCAR Races Beginning In 2015

By | Tuesday July 23, 2013 @ 12:17pm PDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and NEW YORK (July 23, 2013) – NASCAR and NBC Sports Group announced today they have reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015. Financial terms of the agreement, which runs through the 2024 season, were not disclosed.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes becoming the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s final 10 races of the season, including its season-ending championship event which will return to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

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UPDATE: Kentucky Derby Beats 2012 Ratings & Viewership Results

By | Tuesday May 7, 2013 @ 9:42am PDT

Orb Kentucky DerbyUPDATE, 9:42 AM: This year’s Kentucky Derby pulled in 16.2 million viewers on May 4 for NBC Sports. Viewership for this year’s Orb won race was up 9% from 2012 and up 12% … Read More »

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Yahoo And NBC Sports Partner On Event Coverage

By | Sunday December 9, 2012 @ 5:28pm PST

Yahoo and NBC Sports Group are teaming in a content and promotional deal combining Yahoo Sports’ original reporting, coverage of big events and other content with NBC Sports Group’’s expanding digital assets. Deal includes significant television promotion and integration. Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports Group will maintain separate sites and editorial control but they will collaborate on premium sports news and events coverage both online and on TV broadcasts. Yahoo Sports’ products will be included in the NBC Sports Group’s digital assets.
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NHL Cancels More Games As Offer Iced

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 1:54pm PDT

NBC Sports and the various regional sports networks must be wondering if the NHL lockout will ever end. Today the league said it was canceling all regular-season games through November 1, making it a total of 135 games down the tubes as the league and the players fight over a new labor deal. The NHL made a very public offer earlier this week that ws rejected by the players’ association yesterday, prompting today’s move. That offer was based on the idea that, if accepted, the NHL could squeeze in a full 82-game season if the season started by November 2. At this point it’s still a workable scenario — unlike the wacky schedule that emerged out of the NBA lockout last season, when teams were often forced to play back-to-back-to-back nights to make up the lost time and only fit in 66 games. Read More »

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NBC Cites Deep Bench If NHL Lockout Drags On

By | Wednesday September 19, 2012 @ 5:12pm PDT

The NHL today cancelled its 2012 preseason through September 30 as the league’s lockout continues after its union pact with players expired Saturday at midnight. More cancellations are expected as the labor unrest drags on, and no talks on a new collective bargaining agreement have been scheduled. NBC Sports, which signed a record $2 billion, 10-year TV rights deal with the NHL last year, remained neutral in the wake of the news, saying in a statement:

“We are hopeful that the lockout is resolved soon and does not affect our NHL programming. However, if games are missed, we have a large amount of quality live-event programming available to replace them, including soccer, boxing, and college hockey and basketball.”

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NBC Extends French Open Coverage Through 2024

By | Sunday August 5, 2012 @ 7:58am PDT

NBC Sports Group and the French Tennis Federation have added another 10 hours of live U.S. TV coverage and expanded digital rights for the Grand Slam through 2024. Under the multiplatform deal NBC will air … Read More »

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NBC Sports Boss Says Summer Olympics Edit Of Women’s Gymnastic’s Fall Was ‘In Interests of Time’

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 8:49am PDT

NBC says they hear the criticism of their XXX Summer Olympics coverage. “Some of it is fair, and we are listening,” said NBC Sport’s Mark Lazarus today. “We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect,” added … Read More »

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Well, Forget That ‘I’ll Have Another’ Biopic

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 11:22am PDT

I'll Have Another NBC RatingsNBC’s 2 1/2 hours of planned coverage Saturday afternoon of the Belmont Stakes was supposed to center on I’ll Have Another, the 3-year-old colt who has captivated the sports world (and beyond) trying for horse racing’s … Read More »

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NBCUniversal’s Expanded Olympics Coverage: 280-Plus Hours Planned

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 5:25pm PDT

NEW YORK – May 16 – Fully-distributed NBCUniversal cable channels MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo will again serve as Olympic platforms when they combine to televise 284.5 hours of coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games this summer.

MSNBC will host 155.5 hours of a wide variety of Olympic sports, CNBC will carry 73 hours of Olympic boxing coverage — including the debut of women’s Olympic boxing — and Bravo will serve as the home of Olympic tennis with 56 hours of coverage. All three channels have previously televised Olympic programming.

MSNBC’s, CNBC’s and Bravo’s Olympic coverage will complement the programming airing on NBC and the NBC Sports Network, the details of which will be released shortly. It has already been announced that Telemundo will provide the most extensive Spanish-language Olympics coverage in NBCUniversal history by offering more than 173 hours of programming, and that NBCOlympics.com will live stream every event and sport for the first time ever, more than 3,500 hours. The vast majority of live streaming on NBCOlympics.com will only be available to authenticated cable, satellite or telco customers.

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NBC Sports Trades 30 Rock For Connecticut

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 1:19pm PDT

The Associated Press is reporting that NBC Sports has made a deal to move its longtime home at 30 Rockefeller Plaza to Stamford, Conn., to take advantage of state tax incentives there. The move out of the network’s flagship … Read More »

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Is Dick Ebersol Back At NBC Sports?

By | Tuesday August 30, 2011 @ 1:12pm PDT

On the same day that NBCUniversal announced it has picked Jim Bell to executive produce coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London comes a report that former NBC Sports guru Dick Ebersol is returning to the fold in an … 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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NBC Sports Sweep: Dick Ebersol’s No. 2 Ken Schanzer Leaves Too

By | Thursday May 26, 2011 @ 10:20am PDT
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After the shocking exit of NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol last week, a not-so-shocking aftershock: His loyal deputy, NBC Sports president Ken Schanzer, today announced he is retiring after 30 years at NBC. He will stay through the summer, a … Read More »

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Post-Merger NBC Sports Group Unveils Executive Team

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With Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal completed, the newly formed NBC Sports Group – which consists of NBC Sports, Golf Channel, VERSUS and 11 Comcast regional sports networks – this morning unveiled its executive structure under chairman Dick Ebersol. Turner veteran Mark Lazarus, who has long been rumored to take run the new group’s cable properties, is the only outsider on the team, while NBC Sports execs are being given the reins of Comcast’s Versus and Golf Channel. Here is a rundown of the new exec hierarchy: Read More »

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John Miller Returns To Top Marketing Post At NBCU, Will Launch & Run NBC Sports Agency

By | Monday January 24, 2011 @ 10:11am PST
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NBC Universal TV Group Chief Marketing Officer John Miller is joining NBCU’s sports division to create and head The NBC Sports Agency immediately following the pending acquisition of NBCU by Comcast. After 25 years of running marketing for NBC, Miller in June stepped down as president of The NBC … Read More »

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