Breaking Out The Friday Linkage

Ok, time for some linkage on a Friday. Let’s get to this. Matt Yoder of Awful Announcing reports that NBC Sports Network, formerly Versus, also known as OLN, and once the Outdoor Life Network, will undergo yet another rebranding. Douglas Alden Warshaw at Fortune/CNN Money says the ESPN hiring of Nate Silver could transform sports […]

NHL on NBC Announcing Assignments for May 10, 2013

This is late and actually games are in progress, but in case you’re wondering who’s where for NBC Sports tonight, we have the announcing assignments for you. Three networks are being utilized, CNBC, NBC Sports Network and NHL Network. Maple Leafs-Toronto is being handled by CBC for NHL Network as Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn […]

NHL on NBC Announcing Assignments for May 9, 2013

Let’s post the announcing assignments for tonight’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games on the networks of NBC. There will be three Games 5, two of which are elimination games. NBC Sports Group will staff two of the three games, New York Islanders at Pittsburgh and Minnesota at Chicago, both of which are on NBC Sports […]

NHL on NBC Announcing Assignments for May 8, 2013

Tonight, the NBC Sports Group will have another four games in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. That includes two Games 5 including Los Angeles at St. Louis and Detroit at Anaheim. Both series are square at 2 all. Then there are two Games 4 in the Eastern Conference, Boston at Toronto and Washington at […]

NBC Sports Group All Over 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Once again, NBC Sports Group will provide blanket coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. The networks of NBC will have every game of the playoffs. NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network will be involved in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Then NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine for the […]

2013 NHL Stanley Cup Conference Quarterfinals Schedules and Networks

Now that the National Hockey League regular season is over, it’s time to post the schedules for each series. In the first round, local regional sports networks can air playoff games. Only NBC games are exclusive in the United States, while in Canada, the playoffs are split between CBC and TSN. Playoff games in the […]

NHL Network To Air Eight Games Over The Next Five Days

Starting tonight, NHL Network gets busy and airs a host of games through Monday. NHL Network has single games tonight, Friday, Sunday and Monday. And then on Saturday, the first time it’s ever aired four games including simulcasting three from CBC. This marks the first time in a while that NHL Network has decided to […]

NHL Network (US) Releases A 78 Game Schedule for the 2013 Season

To pick up the slack of NBC Sports Network when it’s not airing games, NHL Network in the United States will carry 78 regular season games. Some will include Hockey Night in Canada games on Saturday evenings. Others will be local broadcasts of various games. In addition, various studio shows will return like NHL Live […]

Oh My! It’s The Return of The Linkage!

It’s been way too long since you’ve seen linkage on this site. This has been the main mission of Fang’s Bites since the beginning, but too often, I get roped into doing family stuff and it prevents me from getting on here until late. I hope to rectify that. So without further delay, here’s the […]

The NHL is Back. What Next?

Nobody won. Really, nobody. The fans lost because they were left hanging and lost a half-season including the Winter Classic at the Big House in Michigan. NBC Sports Network whose ratings fell into abyss with no NHL games from October through now has been “The Biggest Loser” through all this. Regional sports networks across the […]

NHL Releases The 2012-13 Regular Season National TV Schedules

This is like last year when the NBA released its national TV schedules in the midst of its lockout and nobody cared. Now, it’s the NHL’s turn to release this and until the lockout is settled between the league and its NHL Players Association, this means nothing. After all the momentum the NHL built at […]

Let's Break Out Some Monday Linkage

Here’s the Monday linkage wrapped in a nice bow for you. From Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand and Michael Smith, they report that ESPN will pay an average of $80 million per year to air the Rose Bowl. That more than doubles the current contract which pays $30 million. Liz Mullen of SBJ says a […]

A Few Tuesday Sports Media Thoughts

Time for some sports media thoughts. These have been percolating in my head all day Monday. It’s fine time to pour them out and have you peruse through them. As always, they’re in bullet form. Monday’s announcement from NFL Network regarding its new morning show could be a game changer for sports television. If “NFL […]

NHL Network To Air Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement

Tomorrow, NHL Network in the US will pick up TSN2’s airing of the Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee Announcement at 3 pm. ET. Here’s NHL Network’s press release. NHL NETWORK U.S. TO SIMULCAST 2012 HOCKEY HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE ANNOUNCEMENT TOMORROW AT 3 P.M. NEW YORK (June 25, 2012) -–  NHL Network U.S. will simulcast TSN2’s […]

NHL Draft Starts on NBC Sports Network, Ends on CNBC & NHL Network

Tonight, the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh will air on three outlets. The first round will air on NBC Sports Network starting from 7 – 9 p.m. ET. At 9, NBC Sports Network will move to U.S. Olympic Trials coverage airing the Track & Field trials. The NHL Draft will move to CNBC and NHL […]

NHL Network To Air Niklas Lidstrom Announcement

Thursday morning, NHL Network will carry the Detroit Red Wings press conference that will unveil the future of celebrated captain Niklas Lidstrom. It’s expected that the Wings will announce that the 42 year old defenseman will call it a career. And he’s had a great career that has spanned 20 consecutive playoff appearances with Detroit […]

NHL Network & Reveal Stanley Cup Final Coverage Plans

We have this announcement from the National Hockey League in regards to this year’s Stanley Cup Final coverage. NHL Network will carry pregame coverage on days of the game. It will begin Final coverage on Tuesday, May 29 at noon ET with Media Day at the home of the Eastern Conference Champion. Then the following […]

Some Wednesday Night Linkage

I’ll do some more linkage for you this evening. You’re owed it. Why not? Thomas O’Toole from USA Today reports that Laurie Fine, the wife of ex-Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, is suing ESPN for libel saying a report ruined her reputation. Barry Petchesky of Deadspin goes inside the lawsuit and notes that Fine […]

Some More Overdue Sports Media Thoughts

Yesterday, I provided two overdue sports media thoughts. Today, it’s time to do some more. As always, they’re in bullet form. I like what the NBC Sports Group has done on the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Covering all the games has paid off with higher ratings thus far. By giving all of the games a […]

At Day 20 of The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Group

Two Games 2 in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight. NBC Sports Group will have them covered for you. NBC Sports Network carries Game 2 of the Easyern Conference Semifinal series between Washington and the New York Rangers live from Madison Square Garden starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. Rick Peckham and Eddie Olcyzk have […]