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Sports Media Notebook for 08/14/2015 — Sports Media Thoughts

Let’s do some thoughts for you on this Friday. It’s all about providing you with fresh content. So without further delay, here’s the column: Earlier this week, Al Michaels broke some news on the Dan Patrick Show. Unfortunately, this interview is not available on the show’s YouTube page, but the audio is on his website […]

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - JUNE 02:  TV personality Ryan Seacrest looks down the aisle from his courtside seat as the Oklahoma City Thunder take on the San Antonio Spurs in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on June 2, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Ryan Seacrest Begins World Takeover With Late Night Olympics Hosting Gig

I’ll admit that I don’t see the appeal of Ryan Seacrest as the host of anything, but then again, I’ve never watched American Idol or any of the trash programming he’s produced. Apparently, ABC, NBC, E! and Fox see the appeal because they keep giving him gigs and they buy his reality programs. And he […]


NBC Sports Group Retains English Premier League Through 2021-22

In a big win for the Peacock, NBC has retained the rights to the English Premier League for six seasons. The new contract which will take effect in the 2016-17 season will last through 2021-22. The bids to the English Premier League were due last Thursday and apparently the league reviewed all the bids from […]


USA Network To Air English Premier League Games Starting This Week!

When NBCUniversal took over USA Network, it phased the channel out of sports only to air Olympics and handle other overflow stuff. But there seemed to be a change when NBC Sports Group decided to use USA for the NHL Playoffs in April and May. Now USA will be used for the Saturday 10 a.m. […]


Handicapping the English Premier League U.S. Rights

As NBC goes into its final year of its three-year deal to air all 380 games per season. Utilizing mostly NBCSN and then NBC, CNBC and the Extra Time channels, the way the Peacock has distributed the matches plus the plethora of studio programming (Premier League Live, Goal Zone, Match of the Day) as well […]


NBC Marks One Year to the 2016 Rio Olympics

Today marks one year to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And while there’s controversy over unfinished venues, water pollution and the possibility of white elephants after the Games, there’s still anticipation to the 17 days of competition that will begin on August 5, 2015. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, NBC will run […]

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15:  The Chicago Blackhawks pose with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning  by a score of 2-0 in Game Six to win the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at the United Center  on June 15, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The 2015-16 NHL on NBC Sports Group Schedule

It seemed that it just over a month ago that the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup and it was! Well, the NHL and the NBC Sports Group have announced the 2015-16 schedule. It’s a combined 105 game schedule between NBC and NBCSN, 12 of which will air on the NBC Television Network and the […]

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Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 18, 2015

To the notebook: NEWS The big sports media news from Wednesday came from a feature on HBO in this week’s Hollywood Reporter. In discussing the new era of HBO with its HBO Now over the top service was a line that the network is looking at luring soon-to-be ex-ESPN’er Bill Simmons. On June 21, HBO […]

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Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 17, 2015

Ok, let’s do this. NEWS The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final ended up being the second most-watched series on record just below the most-watched 2013 SCF between Boston and Chicago. This year’s series averaged 5.551 million viewers which is just off from 2013 which averaged 5.753 million. For Game 6 on Monday, the series-clincher for […]

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Monday’s Sports Media Notebook — June 15, 2015

To the notebook now. Lots of things to get to. NEWS The Women’s World Cup is still scoring for Fox. After the U.S. Women’s team’s debut last week vs. Australia which drew 3.331 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, Friday’s game against Sweden and the US’ former coach Pia Sundhage averaged 4.5 million viewers. That […]

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Sports Media Notebook — June 11, 2015

Let’s do another notebook for you on this Thursday. NEWS The NBA Finals are breaking records. Through three games, the series between the Cleveland Cavs and Golden State Warriors is averaging almost 18.5 million viewers and a 10.8 rating which is slaughtering all programming on broadcast and cable. Game 3 drew an 11.1 rating on […]

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Sports Media Notebook — June 10, 2015

Oh, bloody hell, it’s been a while since I’ve done a sports media notebook. We have quite a few things to provide so in lieu of me explaining why you haven’t seen one in months, let’s just get to the news, linkage and other stuff. NEWS A couple of things to lead with this morning. […]

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. […]

during the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York.

Replay of the 147th Belmont Stakes

After a 37 year drought, the longest in horse racing history, American Pharoah, the horse with the misspelled name has put his name in the record books as only the 12th to complete the Triple Crown. Affirmed in 1978 was the last winner, and there were several opportunities for horses to do it, but it […]


Game 1 of 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final Scores for NBC

Well, the final ratings for the NHL Stanley Cup Final are out and NBC is finding a way to celebrate the numbers. Game 1 of Chicago-Tampa Bay saw the Blackhawks come from behind to win 2-1 over the Lightning. The game drew a U.S. household rating of 3.34 which is up from last year’s opening […]


2015 Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Well, it wasn’t the dream matchup that NBC was hoping for, but with Chicago in the Stanley Cup Final, the Peacock should still do well even with Tampa Bay. NBCSN registered a very strong 2.65 overnight rating for the Eastern Conference Final Game 7 between Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers on Friday. That’s […]


36th Annual Sports Emmy Award Winners

The 36th Annual Sports Emmy Awards were handed out in New York on Tuesday, May 5. NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games was a big winner, but in several technical categories. We can’t say the usual suspects won because Bob Costas did not pick up the Outstanding Studio Host Award. Ernie Johnson won […]

Sunday Night Football

NBC Sports Provides the 2015 Sunday Night Football Schedule

NBC returns with a 19-game regular season schedule which includes 17 Sunday games and two on Thursday, the traditional season opener at the defending Super Bowl champions and the Thanksgiving Night game. This upcoming season, NBC will be in Foxboro, MA at Gillette Stadium as the New England Patriots unveil their Super Bowl XLIX banner […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08:  A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

2015 NFL Regular Season Schedule Announced

So the NFL schedule has been announced. It’s a 256-game schedule spread over 17 weeks. A few new things from last year. CBS gets the Week 1 doubleheader for the first time since 2000. From 2001 until last year, CBS had conceded the Week 1 late game to Fox due to its coverage of the […]