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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Olympic Viewing Picks for August 20, 2016

All Times Eastern NBC 10 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Women’s Triathlon – Gold Medal Final (LIVE) 12:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Women’s Volleyball Bronze Medal – United States. vs. Netherlands (LIVE) Canoeing – Sprint Gold Medal Finals 2:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Women’s Basketball Gold Medal Final – United States vs. Spain (LIVE) 4:45 p.m. – […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 18:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the Mens 200m final on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Olympic Viewing Picks for August 19, 2016

All Times Eastern NBC 10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Equestrian – Individual Jumping Gold Medal Final, Round 1 (LIVE) Canoe/Kayak – Sprint Semifinals Synchronized Swimming – Team Gold Medal Final (LIVE) 12:10 p.m. – 2 p.m. Men’s Volleyball – United States vs. Italy (LIVE) 2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Cycling – BMX Gold Medal Finals […]

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 17:  Andre de Grasse of Canada (L) and Usain Bolt of Jamaica (2nd-L) react after competing in the Men's 200m Semifinals on Day 12 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Olympic Viewing Picks for August 18, 2016

All Times Eastern NBC 10 a.m. – Noon Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE) Men’s 400m Hurdles – Gold Medal Final Canoe/Kayak – Sprint Gold Medal Finals Noon – 2 p.m. Women’s Volleyball –United States vs. Serbia (LIVE) 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Women’s Diving – Platform Semifinal Men’s Cycling – BMX Quarterfinals 3:15 […]

on Day 11 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Beach Volleyball Arena on August 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Olympic Viewing Picks for August 17, 2016

All Times Eastern NBC 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE) Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase – Gold Medal Final Decathlon Shot Put Canoeing – Sprint Qualifying Heats and Semifinals Equestrian – Team Jumping Gold Medal Final 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Men’s Volleyball – United States vs. Poland (LIVE) 3 p.m. […]

on Day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Olympic Viewing Picks for August 16, 2016

All Times Eastern NBC 10 a.m. – Noon Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds (LIVE) Men’s Triple Jump – Gold Medal Final Women’s Discus – Gold Medal Final Noon – 1 p.m. Equestrian – Team Jumping Qualifying (LIVE) Track & Field – Qualifying Rounds 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Volleyball – United States vs. Japan (LIVE) […]

competes during the Men's 100m Final on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Olympics Viewing Picks for August 16, 2016

All Times Eastern NBC 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Track & Field (LIVE) Women’s 200m – Round 1 Women’s Hammer Throw – Gold Medal Final Women’s 3,000m Steeplechase – Gold Medal Final Men’s 400m Hurdles – Round 1 Men’s Volleyball – United States vs. Mexico (LIVE) 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Women’s Water Polo – United […]

on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Olympic Viewing Picks for August 8, 2016

All Times Eastern NBC 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rowing – Qualifying Heats (LIVE) Men’s Water Polo – U.S. vs. Spain (LIVE) Swimming – Qualifying Heats (LIVE) Canoe/Kayak – Whitewater Qualifying (LIVE) 2 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Women’s Volleyball – U.S. vs. Netherlands (LIVE) 3:45 p.m. – 5 p.m. Men’s Beach Volleyball – Gibb/Patterson (U.S.) […]

xxxx during the final round on day four of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 17, 2016 in Troon, Scotland.

NBC/Golf Channel’s 1st Open Championship Could Not Have Gone Any Better

The new home of The Open Championship got an early present with American Phil Mickelson leading after 18 and then 36 holes and then match play between Mickelson and eventual champion Henrik Stenson on Saturday and Sunday. And through it all, Golf Channel and NBC stayed on top of the drama providing pictures and replays […]

TROON, SCOTLAND - JULY 11:  Detail of a flag during previews ahead of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon on July 11, 2016 in Troon, Scotland.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

NBC and Golf Channel will be all over The Open Championship

NBC Sports has been looking forward to the day when it got back into the Major golf business and after losing the U.S. Open in 2014 to Fox, it was hoping to find an event to bring its Big Event strategy back to golf. Last year, it was able to do that by obtaining the […]

Mike Tirico

Mike Tirico’s First Assignments for NBC are Open Championship, Olympics and NFL

Yesterday when NBC announced its record 170 commentators for next month’s Rio Olympics, one name that was noticeably absent was Mike Tirico who officially joined the Peacock at the beginning of this month. Well, NBC has released his first three assignments for its Sports Group and one will be a familiar setting, next week’s Open […]

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NBC to use a record 170 announcers for 2016 Rio Olympics

The announcement is out. With a month to go until the Opening Ceremony, NBC has released the list of the record 170 combined play-by-play and color commentators for the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Some of the usual suspects are back, Bob Costas as NBC Primetime host, Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines on […]

Big Dozen

The Big Dozen Sports Media Stories of 2015

2015 was not your ordinary sports media year. We did have some upheaval in sports properties, record viewership for a new event, record viewership once again for the Super Bowl and some upheaval at ESPN. Overall, it made for an interesting year in covering the sports media beat in 2015. As is our tradition at […]

Open Championship

NBC/Golf Channel Gets the Open Championship a Year Early

Broken early this morning by John Ourand at Sports Business Journal, NBC Sports Group has secured the rights to the Open Championship and its associated tournaments, the Women’s British Open and the Senior Open Championship starting in 2016, a year earlier than planned. Earlier this year, NBC Sports Group signed a 12-year agreement with the […]

Open Championship

NBC Takes the Open Championship From ESPN

After losing the rights to the U.S. Open two years ago to Fox, NBC had targeted the Open Championship as the major golf tournament to replace its loss. And two years later, the Peacock has come out and wrested the Open away from ESPN. It ends a relationship between ESPN/ABC that dates back to 1962. […]

Reporter's Notebook

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/04/2015

As we hit mid-week, let’s do another edition of the notebook. NEWS CBS announced on Tuesday that it has hired former Colorado, Washington and UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel as a studio analyst. He’ll join the cast of College Football Today before SEC games and Inside College Football on CBS Sports Network. Neuheisel had been […]

Reporter's Notebook

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/18/2015

Time for another edition of the notebook. Let’s do this. NEWS NBC Sports has announced it will pick up radio coverage of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Over the past few years, radio coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes has been piecemeal with various syndicators producing the races. Now, NBC which has […]

Reporter's Notebook

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/20/2015

Let’s open the notebook after a busy weekend. Took Monday off after the Greg Anthony news and an interview I conducted with CBS’ Tracy Wolfson which I’ll provide in the links. First the news: NEWS The ratings and viewership for the NFL Conference Championship games are in. While both games drew over 40 million viewers, […]

Reporter's Notebook

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/07/2015

Let’s do our notebook for this hump day. We begin with some late news that came out on Tuesday. NEWS It appears that new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh will be involved in ESPN’s coverage of next Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press has the story. Fox Sports […]

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Golf Channel Announces 22nd Cycle of Big Break

Golf Channel’s highest-rated original series, Big Break returns for a 22nd season in October. It will premiere on Tuesday, October 7 at 9 p.m. ET. The locale will be at the Barefoot Resort & Golf in Myrtle Beach, SC. Six men and six women will be part of the cast. The winner will get a […]

Notah Begay

Guest Column: Notah Begay III’s Legacy Continues to Evolve

We continue our guest columns. Tim Dobyns of Minneapolis, MN profiles Golf Channel on-course reporter Notah Begay III who just recently returned to the network after suffering a heart attack. Last week, Notah Begay III returned to his analyst role on the Golf Channel, serving as the on-course reporter for the NCAA Championships just a […]

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