NBC revealed its plans for its coverage of the English Premier League, which begins with the 2013-2014 season. It looks to be quite a feast for soccer fans.
Here are the details from NBC.
All 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season will be presented live on NBC Sports Group’s television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels. NBC Sports Group’s schedule, which begins on Saturday, August 17, includes live matches on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow television channels, the NBC Sports Live Extrawebsite and app, and other NBCUniversal channels including CNBC and USA.
As previously announced in October 2012,NBCUniversal, via the NBC Sports Group, acquired the exclusive U.S. media rights to the Premier League through a multi-year agreement that begins with the 2013-14 … Continue Reading
Chris Berman appeared on Dan Patrick’s radio/TV show yesterday. Interesting stuff about the early days of ESPN and SportsCenter, the future of ESPN, and looking ahead to when Berman does his final sign-off.
Here’s Rodney Harrison with some frank talk about his experience in the 90s. He said he was given two Advils and then went back out and played. After suffering more than 20 concussions, he is afraid for his future.
Michelle Beadle doesn’t do serious. During a teleconference to promote her new show, The Crossover, she couldn’t resist dishing out the one-liners.
“I think (the show will) be a little bit different on our lineup, you know, after hunting,” Beadle said.
It’s a good line to be sure. However, there’s more than tinge of reality to that statement, considering hunting shows still generate some of the highest ratings on NBC Sports Network.
So while the jokes were flying Wednesday, make no mistake, Beadle’s new show is serious stuff for a network that still is struggling to gain a foothold. The 30-minute Monday through Friday program debuts live from New Orleans Monday at 6 p.m. ET.
The NBC Sports Network needs to develop signature, go-to personalities if it ever is going to make an impact in the market. It is imperative. The addition of Dan Patrick’s radio … Continue Reading
Here you go NHL-starved fans. NBC and NBC Sports Network have a massive helping of games. Here’s the rundown from the network:
NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season. The schedule includes 14 exclusive windows (15 games) on NBC, the most regular-season windows ever for the network, as well as 24 exclusive windows and 26 exclusive games on NBC Sports Network.
Coverage begins the weekend of Jan. 19-20 with the NBC Sports Group presenting four games over two days, three on NBC and one on NBC Sports Network. Additional scheduling highlights include the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup championship banner raising, a Hockey Day in America tripleheader, and the start of rivalry nights on Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. According to the National Hockey League, which released the … Continue Reading
A few months back, Bobby Valentine, then manager of the Red Sox, threatened to punch Boston radio host Glenn Ordway during an interview. Valentine took offense to suggestions that he had bailed on a dismal season.
Valentine eventually met his fate with Boston. Now in his next incarnation, he will be playing the same role as Ordway: Sports talk radio host.
Richard Deitsch of SI.com reports that Valentine is in line for his own show on the NBC Sports Radio Network when it goes 24/7 in April.
How opinionated will Valentine be about players and coaches he either managed or coached against? “I don’t know that you have to be negatively biased to inform people of what is going on, or to keep them listening,” Valentine said. “I think you have to be true. If I have a
For the second time, I was the opening act for Michelle Beadle in the latest Sports Media Weekly podcast with Keith Thibault and Ken Fang. One of us broke some news, and it wasn’t me. Not that anyone would care if I had any news.
Beadle disclosed in the podcast that she will debut a new show called The Crossover on NBC Sports Network during Super Bowl week in New Orleans. She said the show will run 30 minutes Monday through Friday in a late afternoon time slot.
Much like SportsNation, where she made a name for herself on ESPN, the new program will feature a mix of sports and pop culture, she said.
“Basically what I did before again,” Beadle said. “I love sports and pop culture. I never wanted to do only one. They’re giving me a chance to do a … Continue Reading
Bob Costas’ NBC Sports Network vehicle has been struggling to get a foothold in the market. However, he might have found a ratings-grabber for tonight’s show: Charles Barkley and guns.
Fresh off his controversial commentary last Sunday, Costas tackles the gun issue on the latest version of Costas Tonight (Thursday, NBC Sports Network, 9 p.m. ET )
Barkley and John McEnroe join Costas for a roundtable discussion. Now, there’s a roundtable.
Barkley, a massive man who is more than capable of protecting himself physically, says he feels safer with a gun. Question: Do you feel safer with Barkley carrying a gun?
Here are excerpts from their conversation:
Barkley: “I think, especially in the black culture, it’s a crime culture. We, as black people, and I always say we, we don’t have respect for each other. We got more black men in prison than we do … Continue Reading
Dan Patrick settled into his new home Monday morning. At 9 a.m. ET, The Dan Patrick Show officially launched on the NBC Sports Network.
“It’s a big day for us,” said Patrick at the top of the show. “We’re doing the big boy thing here. I’m glad we were able to keep it in the family….I feel bad for Bob Costas, Al Michaels, Matt Lauer, Brian Williams. They now work for a company that employees ‘The Danettes.’”
It is a great move for Patrick, giving him a national platform for his radio show. It also is a good move for NBCSN. Patrick finally gives the network a block of sports programming in the morning, knocking out some of the hunting shows.
So where does this leave Michelle Beadle? In September, NBCSN president Jon Miller told me the network was trying to find … Continue Reading