Strong comments from Milbury, Jones on illegal hits in NHL

Maybe because it is hockey, but Mike Milbury and Keith Jones don’t get enough credit for their studio work for NBC and NBC SN.

Both are extremely candid and passionate about the game. When they talk, hockey fans should listen. Such as last night, when they came down hard on illegal hits in hockey, and how some players, coaches and league executives still don’t get it.

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Costas special: Playing for Dallas Cowboys in wake of Kennedy assassination; ‘People booed us’

Bob Costas and NBC Sports Network has an interesting sports angle on the 50th anniversary of that awful day in Dallas. The Cowboys had to endure the wrath of the country.


The rundown from NBC Sports Network

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 11, 2013 – Fifty years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Bob Costas looks back at the time leading up to and following the Nov. 22, 1963 tragedy through the eyes of the 1963 Dallas Cowboys and 1963 U.S. Naval Academy quarterback Roger Staubach on the one-hour Costas Tonight Special – No Day For Games: The Cowboys and JFK. The show debuts Wednesday, November 20 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Ten former Cowboys players and personnel, including Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle Bob Lilly, Hall of Fame quarterback Staubach, linebacker Lee Roy Jordan, … Continue Reading

More Notre Dame: NBC SN signs on to cover 12 Irish home hockey games

It appears as if college hockey is going to be a big winner as all these cable networks scramble to air live programming. Earlier this week, NBC SN announced it would air five Big Ten game this year.

Today, the network stretches its exclusive relationship with Notre Dame to hockey.

Here are the details NBC SN:


NBC Sports Group and Notre Dame announced a three-year agreement to annually telecast 12 Notre Dame Hockey home games on NBCSN. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream all 12 games telecast on NBCSN and eight additional Notre Dame Hockey home games.

NBCSN will present more than 20 college hockey games this season including 12 Notre Dame home games, five Hockey East games and five Big Ten games. The network’s 2013-14 college hockey schedule is highlighted by more than 10 appearances … Continue Reading

Big night for Blackhawks, NBC SN; Chills from Stanley Cup video

Update at 6 p.m ET:

NBC SN just filed the final numbers, and they are huge:

NBCSN’s coverage of last night’s game between the Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks to start the 2013-14 NHL season was watched by an average of 935,000 viewers, making it the most-watched season opener on cable on record (data available since 1993), and the second-most watched regular-season game ever on NBCSN.

Due to the lockout, last year’s season began in January on NBC with regional coverage. Last year’s inaugural Wednesday Night Rivalry game between the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers (1/23/13, 956,000) is the only NBCSN regular-season matchup with more viewers than last night’s game. NBCSN began its NHL coverage in 2005-06.

Last night’s game peaked with 1.045 million viewers from 10:45-11 p.m. ET, and posted a 0.51 HH rating. Chicago delivered a 7.32 … Continue Reading

Michelle Beadle’s quick ride: From studio host for 2012 Olympics to likely being out at NBC

With The Crossover being cancelled, Jason McIntyre of the Big Lead reported Michelle Beadle could be negotiating a way out at NBC. It seems like executive producer Sam Flood no longer is a fan. Neither Beadle nor her agent are talking.

This morning, Richard Deitsch of wrote: 

Under this backdrop, I emailed NBC Sports last Thursday to ask what was next for Beadle in the wake of her show’s cancellation. Here was the nice, neat response from your friendly neighborhood NBC Sports spokesperson: “We expect her to remain a part of the shows she’s done for us in the past such as Breeders’ Cup and Triple Crown horse racing, and potentially adding some other assignments within our sports and entertainment properties. Michelle also continues as a correspondent for Access Hollywood.”

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NBC SN ‘adjusts’ schedule; Failure of Beadle show big blow to network

NBC SN send out a release this afternoon with this headline:


Talk about burying the lede.

The official release makes no mention of Michelle Beadle’s show, The Crossover, being canceled. That’s kind of a big deal since Beadle was brought over to be one of the main faces of NBC SN. Her show didn’t even make it nine months.

Instead, the release says:

“With NBCSN televising three weeknight NHL games each week plus pre- and post-game shows beginning with the October 1 start of the season, NBCSN has adjusted its late-afternoon weekday schedule to create vertical programming blocks around its core sports.”

Keep in mind that there isn’t a sports show out there that isn’t doing at least 50 percent on NFL these days, and that included The Crossover. Obviously, if … Continue Reading

NBC SN cancels The Crossover; What’s next for Beadle?

Earlier this week, I did a post on how Michelle Beadle planned to do more promotion for her show, The Crossover.

No need.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times just did a tweet saying her show has been cancelled.

Indeed, even with some heavy promotion for the initial launch of the show last winter, it never caught on. Beadle’s appeal, which made her a star at ESPN, hasn’t transferred over to NBC SN.

So it’s back to the drawing board for Beadle and NBC SN. The network made a considerable investment in her, and she does have a track record. Finding the right vehicle is another story.

Clearly, it wasn’t The Crossover.



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Michelle Beadle: ‘Realize we’re on network that is struggling and we don’t get a lot of promotion’

You don’t hear much from Michelle Beadle these days, at least on the sports side. Her move to NBC Sports Network has been a struggle.

The first version of her show, The Crossover, was blown up; bye-bye Dave Briggs. Now going solo, she plays to a fraction of the audience that once watched her daily at ESPN.

Beadle did a chat with the guys at Sports Media Weekly last week, and Sports Business Daily published some of the highlights.

“I love what we’re doing now, but then again I’m not an idiot. I realize we’re on a network that is new and struggling and we don’t get a lot of promotion. So I kind of battle with that every day. Do I fight the good fight and promote the show on my own? Do I just give up and

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Yet another NFL show: Dungy, Harrison featured on NBC SN’s ‘Coach’s Clicker’

There really is no end in sight.

Here are the details from the latest serving to the NFL smorgasbord.


NBCSN will launch a new, weekly half-hour NFL studio show– FNIA Coach’s Clicker – on Wednesday, Sept. 11, that dovetails off of Football Night in America, the most-watched pre-game show in sports. FNIA Coach’s Clicker will debut each week at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison providing an in-depth Xs-and-Os preview of the upcoming week’s biggest games, including the Sunday Night Football contest. Liam McHughwill host the new program from the famous Studio 8H at NBCUniversal’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza headquarters in New York City.

Derived from the weekly coach’s clicker segment on Football Night in America, FNIA Coach’s Clicker will look ahead to the upcoming week by providing in-depth breakdowns of teams, … Continue Reading

Tony Dungy on impact of King’s speech in sports: “We’ve made a lot of progress; not quite there yet, but it’s coming”

Tony Dungy ranks among top people in all of sports when it comes to making an impact that goes beyond games. So it is quite fitting to hear his comments about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech.

Turns it out made quite an impression on a 7-year-old boy in Michigan.

Here is what Dungy said during an interview with Carolyn Manno today on Sports Dash With Yahoo! on NBC SN:


Carolyn Manno: “We are celebrating the 50-year anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, a moment in history that helped shape modern America. Super Bowl-winning coach and current NBC NFL analyst Tony Dungy joins us now on the phone. Tony, what do you remember about that moment?”

Tony Dungy: “Carolyn, I remember it like it was yesterday. I was 7 years … Continue Reading