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DENVER, CO - APRIL 17:  A detail photo of the logo on the ice as it is ready for action as the Minnesota Wild face the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NHL on NBC Playoffs Announcing and Network Assignments for 04/17-19/2015

So we have the announcing and network assignments for what will eight Games 2 and four Games 3 for what will be a busy weekend for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Friday, CNBC and NBCSN will air doubleheaders. Saturday and Sunday, NBC will air doubleheaders while technically NBCSN will as well involving three games. […]

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17:  A detail photo of the logo on the ice as it is ready for action as the Minnesota Wild face the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

NBC Sports Group Unveils Announcing Assignments for 1st Two Days of 2015 NHL Playoffs

After March Madness, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are the best drama series on television for two months. Starting Wednesday, the tournament to determine the Champions of Professional Hockey will provide lots of drama, controversy and great athletic competition. In addition to the NHL’s flagship cable network, NBCSN which will air three games between Wednesday […]

DENVER, CO - APRIL 17:  A detail photo of the logo on the ice as it is ready for action as the Minnesota Wild face the Colorado Avalanche in Game One of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 17, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st Round Schedule

Just what the NHL was thinking in releasing the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st round schedule at 1:50 a.m. ET Sunday is beyond me. Why it couldn’t wait until later in the morning or even in the afternoon when it could maximize its exposure shows some strange thinking at the NHL offices. It’s not like […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 03/03/2015

Back to do a sports media notebook for you. Let’s get to it. NEWS NASCAR beat reporter Jim Utter of the Charlotte Observer notes that Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in Atlanta did well for Fox and was up from last year’s second race which was held in Phoenix. That along with increased viewership for the […]

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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 […]

16 Jun 1996:  Commentators Marv Albert and Matt Goukas for NBC Sports speak to each other during a playoff game between the Seattle Supersonics and the Chicago Bulls at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.  The Bulls won the game 87-75. Mandatory Credi

Marv Albert Returns to NBC to Call Boxing

Marv Albert is heading back to NBC to call boxing for the network. Albert had two separate stints with NBC, the first serving several roles including a local anchor for WNBC-TV, calling boxing, college basketball, NBA and the NFL, and hosting MLB and horse racing for NBC Sports. After the scandal that led to his […]

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/03/2015

Time for a sports media notebook. Plenty of stuff out there and I need to clear my browser tabs of all the links I have for you. First some news. NEWS As you’re aware by now, Super Bowl XLIX was declared the most-watched television program in U.S. history with an average of 114.4 million viewers. […]

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 25:  Detail of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX logo outside University of Phoenix Stadium on January 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The NFL Super Bowl XLIX will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Febrauary 1, 2015.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Super Bowl XLIX is the Most-Watched TV Show in U.S. History

Well, it’s official now. Super Bowl XLIX on NBC is the most-watched television program in U.S. history with 114.4 million viewers breaking the previous record of 112.3 set last year by Super Bowl XLVIII on Fox. The viewership peaked at over 120 million in the last ten minutes of the game. Thanks to a close […]

during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

Review of NBC’s Coverage of Super XLIX

In NBC’s third Super Bowl since returning to the NFL in 2006, the Peacock had the opportunity to showcase its production and broadcasting booth, both of which are the among the best in the business. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were both on top of trends and first-guessed on plays. And during the big play […]

Super Bowl XLIX on NBC

Sunday’s Sports Media Notebook — 02/01/2015

With today being Super Bowl Sunday and a new month to boot, let’s provide you with a new edition of the notebook. I have a lot of linkage to provide you plus a few pieces for News You Can Use. During the Super Bowl, I’ll do my annual grades of the ads during each quarter, […]

Super Bowl XLIX on NBC

NFL Viewing Picks for Super Bowl Sunday, 02/01/2015

All Times Eastern Studio and Pregame Shows NFL Matchup — ESPN, 7 a.m. NFL GameDay First live from Glendale, AZ — NFL Network, 7 a.m. NFL GameDay Morning live from Glendale, AZ — NFL Network, 9 a.m. That Other Pregame Show — CBS Sports Network, 10 a.m. Postseason NFL Countdown live from Glendale and Phoenix, […]

Reporter's Notebook

Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/30/2015, Part II

We did the news segment in the first part. Let’s do the linkage and News You Can Use here. LINKAGE Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch talks with Phil and Chris Simms about being television analysts after their playing careers. Deitsch has a preview of what NBC has in store for its Super Bowl XLIX production. Reuters […]

Reporter's Notebook

Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/30/2015, Part I

Ok, you’re owed a notebook. It’s been too long so let’s provide a full set of features for you. We have to do it in two parts. NEWS With Super Bowl Sunday just mere days away, NBC has released its plans for pregame programming. NBC will provide a full six hours of pregame programming beginning […]

Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/15/2015

Let’s do a notebook for this Thursday. NEWS NBC held a big press conference on Wednesday at its World Headquarters in Rockefeller Plaza in New York. It announced a multi-year agreement with Haymon Boxing to air the Premier Boxing Champions series starting with 20 events this year, 14 of which will be in primetime on […]

Reporter's Notebook

Wednesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/14/2015

We have quite a few things for you today. Let’s get to things without further delay. NEWS The National Football League has reason to smile after seeing the numbers for Divisional Weekend. After seeing lower ratings and viewership for Wild Card Weekend, the NFL saw significantly higher numbers this past weekend thanks to having glamor […]

Reporter's Notebook

Tuesday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/13/2015

We’re back with the notebook after a few days absence. Got busy with a few things so happy to have this back. I’ve plenty of linkage for you. NEWS Ratings from the weekend were delayed due to some problem at the Nielsen headquarters. This happens every so often. NBC said its first Divisional Playoff game […]

NFL Divisional Playoffs

NFL Viewing Picks for 2015 Divisional Playoffs Weekend

All Times Eastern Saturday, January 10 Studio and Pregame Shows NFL Matchup — ESPN, 8:30 p.m. Postseason NFL Countdown — ESPN, 10 a.m. NFL GameDay First — NFL Network, 10 a.m. NFL GameDay Morning — NFL Network, noon Football Night in America: Special Edition live from Foxborough, MA — NBC, 3:30 p.m. Fox NFL Sunday […]

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Thursday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/08/2015

Let’s do a notebook on this Thursday morning. SHAMELESS PLUG Your humble blogger was interviewed by BBC Sportshour which is aired Saturdays on the BBC World Service. Host Caroline Barker talked with yours truly about ESPN’s Stuart Scott and his legacy. The program will be heard at 10 a.m. in the UK which means 5 […]

NFL Divisional Playoffs

Ravens Vs. Patriots The Only NBC Game Of NFL Divisional Round

The New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens are familiar foes, having met three times in the postseason since 2009. Baltimore has won two of those games, though the Patriots have the home field advantage and are also a seven point favorite. Nonetheless, it’s clear this game could be a battle down to the wire and […]

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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