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NBC Sports Group Adds Additional Games To Their Broadcast Schedule

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 22, 2021 – NBC Sports has announced the following game additions, start time changes and updated matchups for its NHL coverage in the month of April on NBCSN:

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NBCSN Will Be No Longer By The End Of The Year

from John Ourand of Sports Business Journal,

NBC has told distributors and some sports leagues that it plans to shut down its NBCSN sports channel by the end of the year. NBC’s most recent affiliate deals with Charter and Dish Network do not include carriage for NBCSN beyond this year, sources said. Plus, sports leagues that have deals with NBC were being told of the changes this week.

The move is in line with the current media trend of consolidating cable channels. For NBC, it also is part of a bigger strategy to grow its Peacock streaming service, while, at the same time, bolstering the programming schedule for other NBC channels like USA Network. Bigger properties, like the NHL, NASCAR and EPL, will move to USA Network while keeping some windows on the broadcast channel. Smaller properties, like car shows, dog shows and some motorsports, will have to find new linear TV outlets.

The big question is how a league like the NHL reacts to the shutting down of a network that has carried its games for the past 15 years. The NHL’s deal with NBC ends after this season. The NHL has made it clear that it wants to split its rights between at least two TV outlets. NBC has told the NHL that it would carve out regular windows on its broadcast channel and USA Network, which is in 86.2 million homes, plus Peacock.

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NBCSN Draft Coverage Tonight

STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 6, 2020 – The New York Rangers hold the first overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, which airs on NBCSN tonight at 7 p.m. ET, as consensus top prospect Alexis Lafreniere (Canada) headlines the incoming class of future NHL stars. Coverage begins with a special pre-draft edition of NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Liam McHugh will host the four-hour broadcast from NBC Sports’ studios in Stamford, Conn., alongside Emmy Award-winning analyst Pierre McGuire, while NHL Insiders Bob McKenzie and Craig Button will contribute remotely from a studio in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Canceling Mike Milbury

from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post,

Repent, sinners!

Well, not all of you. After all, TV judges not the sin but the sinner.

Why did NBC hire Mike Milbury if not for his lure as a player and coach given to brutish, caveman displays and wild words? NBC was eager to exploit him as a draw.

But now NBC has drawn a specious line on Milbury, removing him at least through the Stanley Cup playoffs, as a member of the He-Man Women Haters’ Club, Alfalfa presiding.

In this mad rush to demand unconditional tolerance attached to unconditional intolerance, Milbury was “caught” on the air speaking of teams’ COVID 19 “bubbling” as a means to devote full attention to hockey, “Not even any women to disrupt your attention,” he said.

Did he say that indelicately? No. As a wise guy? I don’t know. It didn’t sound that way, more like a statement of fact. Regardless, Milbury was canceled as a crude misogynist.

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NBCSN Recognizes International Women’s Day With An All Female Crew For An NHL Game

STAMFORD, Conn. – February 16, 2020 – NBC Sports will utilize an all-female crew to broadcast and produce game coverage of the St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks NHL matchup on March 8 on NBCSN, coinciding with International Women’s Day and marking the first NHL game broadcast and produced solely by women in the U.S.

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Video - Afternoon Line- Jeremy Roenick

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Jeremy Roenick Suspended From NBC Sports

from Stephen Whyno of the AP,

Former NHL forward Jeremy Roenick was suspended indefinitely by NBC Sports on Monday for his inappropriate comments about coworkers.

Roenick made a series of questionable remarks about fellow hockey broadcasters Kathryn Tappen, Patrick Sharp and Anson Carter during a recent appearance on the Spittin’ Chiclets podcast.

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NHL Hockey Returns To NBCSN Wednesday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 1, 2019 – NBC Sports NHL commentators Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), Mike Milbury (analyst), and Patrick Sharp (analyst), as well as executive producer Sam Flood, previewed the upcoming 2019-20 NHL regular season on a media conference call yesterday, Sept. 30.

NBC Sports drops the puck on the 2019-20 NHL season tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, when Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly and the defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues host Alex Ovechkin and the 2018 Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals on NBCSN’s NHL Face-Off. Coverage continues at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights take on Brent Burns and the San Jose Sharks in Las Vegas.

Pre-game coverage starts with a special 90-minute edition of NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Kathryn Tappen alongside Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp and Bob McKenzie.

Following are excerpts from Monday’s media conference call. Click here for the full transcript.

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Watching The NHL On NBCSN And NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 8, 2019 – NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018-19 NHL regular season – which included a record 112 games as well as a record number of doubleheaders and games featuring Canadian and Western Conference teams – delivered viewership increases across all platforms, according to Nielsen. Combined viewership across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 424,000 viewers, up 2% vs. the 2017-18 regular-season (105 games, 417,000).

“This was our most diverse schedule yet, with a record number of doubleheaders featuring Western Conference teams and more Canadian teams in primetime than ever before,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer & President, Production, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Our goal was to celebrate the league’s expanding fan base and to showcase its exciting young stars. Frankly, we weren’t sure what the response would be, but we were committed to the league’s long-term benefit. So to have a viewership increase in year one is a huge win. And now we’re on to the greatest tournament in sports…the Stanley Cup Playoffs.”

Following are highlights:

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GIF- Incoming Puck Pierre!

Thar was close.

 

 

added 9:03pm, a little longer version with audio below...

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