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NBC Sports announced today that it has acquired the rights to the 2014 Sochi and 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.
The network will provide 116 combined hours of coverage in the United States. NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will combine to air 50 hours of television coverage for March’s Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, starting on March 7 with the Opening Ceremony. It will be followed by daily coverage of all five Paralympic sports in the Sochi program, before the Games’ Closing Ceremony is broadcast on March 16.
In September, 2016, NBC and NBCSN will show 66 hours of coverage from the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an increase of 60.5 hours from the coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The 2016 Games are set to be the biggest yet with more than 4,300 athletes competing in 22 sports, and aim to build on the success of London 2012 which were broadcast to a global cumulative audience of 3.8 billion in 115 countries.
“We are absolutely delighted to announce this two-Games agreement with NBC and the USOC as it provides more airtime of the Paralympics than ever before in the U.S.,” said Sir Phillip Craven, president of the IPC. “Following the success of London 2012, we said it was absolutely essential for the growth of the Paralympic Movement and the Paralympic Games that in future years U.S audiences had a greater opportunity to watch some of the world’s best elite athletes in action.
“This is tremendous news for sports fans, too, many of which will be able to watch a Paralympic Games live for the first time. I am sure they will be as captivated and emotionally enthralled as the billions around the world who tuned into London 2012 last summer.”
“With the support of the IPC, USOC and leading corporate sponsors, we are thrilled to provide an unprecedented level of coverage for the Paralympic Games from both Sochi and Rio,” said Gary Zenkel, president of NBC Olympics. “We look forward to telling the inspiring stories of the athletes and capturing the compelling competition across NBC and NBCSN.”
After four games, NBC Sports reports that Sunday Night Football is averaging an audience of 23.1 million viewers.
Sunday’s Bears/Steelers contest was the top rated program of the night, beating CBS’ telecast of the Emmy Awards by 3 million viewers.
NBA TV announced today that it will once again produce the popular NBA Inside Stuff program with two new hosts.
The program will be hosted by former NBA star Grant Hill and Atlanta-area radio and television personality Kristen Ledlow. The new iteration of the show will debut Saturday, November 2nd at 12:00 noon and have a run of 26 episodes. The return of NBA Inside Stuff will also include brand extensions across the entire NBA Digital portfolio and social media integration across all platforms.
“We look forward to bringing Inside Stuff to the next generation of NBA fans,” said Christina Miller, senior vice president and general manager of NBA Digital. “The series will offer fun, original content for our fans including all access features, must-see highlights and all-new segments which we will present across all screens”
The WNBA Playoffs begin this week and NBA TV and ESPN will have coverage of the action.
NBA TV will televise up to six games, beginning this Friday, with a doubleheader beginning at 7:00p.m. ET with Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals featuring the Indiana Fever against the Chicago Sky. In the second game, the Seattle Storm will visit the Minnesota Lynx,in the Western Conference Semifinals beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. The network will air pre-game, halftime and post-game shows with host Matt Winer and analysts Steve Smith and LaChina Robinson.
Saturday’s doubleheader will feature Game 2 in the Eastern Conference match-up between the Atlanta Dream and the Washington Mystics at 7:00 p.m. ET, followed by the Los Angeles Sparks battling the Phoenix Mercury in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at 10:00 p.m. ET. Vince Cellini will host Saturday’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage with analysts Dennis Scott and Katie Smith, the WNBA’s second all-time leading scorer.
Here is the NBA TV schedule:
|Friday, Sept. 20||
Indiana Fever @ Chicago Sky (Game 1)
Seattle Storm @ Minnesota Lynx (Game 1)
|Saturday, Sept. 21||
Atlanta Dream @ Washington Mystics (Game 2)
Los Angeles Sparks @ Phoenix Mercury (Game 2)
|Monday, Sept. 23||
|Tuesday, Sept. 24||
|*denotes potential Game 3 telecasts|
ESPN will televise up to 17 WNBA playoff games this season, beginning this Thursday and including the WNBA Finals.
Here is the ESPN schedule, along with announcer assignments for the early round games:
|Thu, Sep 19||8 p.m.||Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 1:No. 3 seed Washington at No. 2 seed Atlanta
Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & LaChina Robinson
|10 p.m.||Western Conference Semifinals – Game 1:No. 3 seed Phoenix at No. 2 seed Los Angeles
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe
|Sun, Sep 22||3 p.m.||Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 2:No. 1 seed Chicago at No. 4 seed Indiana
Pam Ward, Carolyn Peck & LaChina Robinson
|5 p.m.||Western Conference Semifinals – Game 2:No. 1 seed Minnesota at No. 4 seed Seattle
Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo & Holly Rowe
|Mon, Sep 23||10 p.m.||Western Conference Semifinals – Game 3:*No. 3 seed Phoenix at No. 2 seed Los Angeles||ESPN2|
|Tues, Sep 24||7 p.m.||Eastern Conference Semifinals – Game 3:*No. 1 seed Chicago at No. 4 seed Indiana||ESPN2|
|Thu, Sep 26||8 p.m.||Eastern Conference Finals – Game 1||ESPN2|
|10 p.m.||Western Conference Finals – Game 1||ESPN2|
|Sun, Sep 29||3 p.m.||Eastern Conference Finals – Game 2||ESPN2|
|5 p.m.||Western Conference Finals – Game 2||ESPN2|
|Tue, Oct 1||8 p.m.||Eastern Conference Finals – Game 3*||ESPN2|
|10 p.m.||Western Conference Finals – Game 3*||ESPN2|
|Sun, Oct 6||8:30 p.m.||WNBA Finals 2013 – Game 1||ESPN|
|Tue, Oct 8||8 p.m.||WNBA Finals 2013 – Game 2||ESPN2|
|Thu, Oct 10||8:30 p.m.||WNBA Finals 2013 – Game 3||ESPN2|
|Sun, Oct 13||8 p.m.||WNBA Finals 2013 – Game 4*||ESPN2|
|Wed, Oct 16||8 p.m.||WNBA Finals 2013 – Game 5*||ESPN|
The abundance of NFL studio shows continues to grow as NBC announced today that a new show will soon launch on the NBC Sports Network.
FNIA Coach’s Clicker will debut Wednesday, September 11th at 6:30p.m. ET with Liam McHugh hosting and Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison providing an in-depth preview of the upcoming week’s biggest games, including the Sunday Night Football contest.
“Every week, FNIA Coach’s Clicker will provide the deepest dive on the biggest games of the week,” said Sam Flood, executive producer, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “Tony, Rodney and Liam will take NFL fans inside the film room to break down the most critical Xs-and-Os elements of the upcoming week. While NFL Turning Point looks back at the most critical moments of the previous week’s biggest games, FNIA Coach’s Clicker will look ahead.”
ESPN announced today that the new football show featuring ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd will debut this Sunday at 9:00a.m. ET on ESPN2.
Colin’s New Football Show is a 60-minute program where Cowherd discusses the college and NFL stories of the week.
NBA TV will have exclusive coverage of this weekend’s Basketball Hall-of-Fame induction ceremony from Springfield, MA.
The telecast will begin at 2:00p.m. ET with the induction of NBA stars Gary Payton and Bernard King; ABA legend Roger Brown; 30-year NBA executive and former President of USA Basketball Russ Granik; six-time NBA All-Star and 1968 NBA Coach of the Year Richard Guerin; basketball pioneer Dr. E.B. Henderson; University of Houston five-time NCAA Final Four head coach Guy Lewis; college coaching legend and three-time National Coach of the Year Sylvia Hatchell; two-time NCAA champion and seven-time NCAA Final Four head coach Rick Pitino; one of FIBA’s 50 Greatest Players Oscar Schmidt; five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley; and UNLV coaching legend and 1990 NCAA Champion Jerry Tarkanian.
The next installment of Fox Sports’ Being: series will take a look at the New York City Police Department football team.
Being: The Finest will debut Tuesday, September 10th at 9:00p.m. ET. The program follows the New York City Police Department’s semi-professional football team from the beginning of its season in April through its regular-season finale against The Bravest, the New York City Fire Department’s squad, in the Fun City Bowl at Hofstra University on June 2. The documentary is narrated by Tony Hernandez, the club’s general manager and an active NYPD narcotics detective.
“The bonds that grow between cops are strong,” Hernandez said. “Our team uses football to make them even stronger. We work together. We play together. We sacrifice together. You never know when life is going to throw you something nasty, something unfair. I like to think our team, our brotherhood, makes it a little easier to deal with at all.”
SiriusXM Radio announced today that The Dino Costa Show is moving to a new time and channel on the SiriusXM platform.
Starting this Thursday the program will be heard on SiriusXM Sports Zone (Sirius channel 92, XM channel 208) from 7:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. ET. Previously The Dino Costa Show was on nightly as part of the line-up on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio channel.
“When I joined SiriusXM nearly five years ago, my objective was to deliver listeners across North America a brand of sports commentary and opinion that they had never heard before, something that was a radical departure from the status quo,” said Costa. “I feel I have accomplished that and gained a more than appreciable audience over that time. Creating and delivering the kind of a show I do would not have been possible anyplace other than SiriusXM and it is an honor and a privilege to be with what I consider to be the mightiest radio broadcaster on planet earth. I enjoyed my time with Mad Dog Sports Radio and now I look forward to new challenges and conquests and feel more enthused than ever at the prospects of making SiriusXM Sports Zone a destination channel for our valued subscribers. This is the start of something very big!”
NBA TV has announced that it will televise eight (8) NBA preseason games held overseas this fall.
Here is the schedule of games that will be played outside the U.S.:
Overall NBA TV will televise 25 preseason games this fall.
NBA TV today announced its 97 game 2013-2014 NBA schedule. Action begins October 30th.
Game on NBA TV will feature nine appearances by the NBA Champion Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers; and up to eight appearances by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers.
Here is the complete schedule on NBA TV:
2013-14 NBA TV Regular Season Schedule
(All Times Eastern)
Date Time (ET) Game
Wednesday, Oct. 30 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ Cleveland Cavaliers
10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ Golden State Warriors
Saturday, Nov. 2 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Philadelphia 76ers
Sunday, Nov. 3 7 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Monday, Nov. 4 10:30 p.m. Houston Rockets @ L.A. Clippers
Tuesday, Nov. 5 TBD Fan Night
Friday, Nov. 8 7 p.m. New York Knicks @ Charlotte Bobcats
10 p.m. Sacramento Kings @ Portland Trail Blazers
Saturday, Nov. 9 7:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers @ Brooklyn Nets
Monday, Nov. 11 9 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Utah Jazz
Tuesday, Nov. 12 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Nov. 16 10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ L.A. Clippers
Tuesday, Nov. 19 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Nov. 23 9 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets
Sunday, Nov. 24 6 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Orlando Magic
Monday, Nov. 25 9 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Utah Jazz
Tuesday, Nov. 26 TBD Fan Night
Wednesday, Nov. 27 10:30 p.m. New York Knicks @ L.A. Clippers
Friday, Nov. 29 9 p.m. Golden State Warriors @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Saturday, Nov. 30 8 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ Memphis Grizzlies
Monday, Dec. 2 7 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Washington Wizards
Tuesday, Dec. 3 TBD Fan Night
Wednesday, Dec. 4 9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Minnesota Timberwolves (from Mexico City)
Saturday, Dec. 7 10 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers
Monday, Dec. 9 7 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Washington Wizards
Tuesday, Dec. 10 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Dec. 14 8:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks @ Dallas Mavericks
Monday, Dec. 16 7:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves @ Boston Celtics
Tuesday, Dec. 17 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Dec. 21 8 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Chicago Bulls
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ L.A. Clippers
Monday, Dec. 23 10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans @ Sacramento Kings
Friday, Dec. 27 8 p.m. Washington Wizards @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Saturday, Dec. 28 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ Indiana Pacers
Sunday, Dec. 29 7 p.m. Houston Rockets @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Monday, Dec. 30 8 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Memphis Grizzlies
Tuesday, Dec. 31 TBD Fan Night
Thursday, Jan. 2 8 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Friday, Jan. 3 8 p.m. New York Knicks @ Houston Rockets
Sunday, Jan. 5 7:30 p.m. New York Knicks @ Dallas Mavericks
Tuesday, Jan. 7 TBD Fan Night
Sunday, Jan. 12 6 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ Sacramento Kings
Monday, Jan. 13 8 p.m. Washington Wizards @ Chicago Bulls
Tuesday, Jan. 14 TBD Fan Night
Thursday, Jan. 16 3 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ Atlanta Hawks (from England)
Saturday, Jan. 18 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Indiana Pacers
Monday, Jan. 20 5 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans @ Memphis Grizzlies
Tuesday, Jan. 21 TBD Fan Night
Friday, Jan. 24 10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves @ Golden State Warriors
Saturday, Jan. 25 7 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Charlotte Bobcats
10 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves @ Portland Trail Blazers
Monday, Jan. 27 8 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves @ Chicago Bulls
Tuesday, Jan. 28 TBD Fan Night
Monday, Feb. 3 8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies @ Oklahoma City Thunder
Tuesday, Feb. 4 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Feb. 8 7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Detroit Pistons
Sunday, Feb. 9 6 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ Boston Celtics
Monday, Feb. 10 8 p.m. Houston Rockets @ Minnesota Timberwolves
Tuesday, Feb. 11 TBD Fan Night
Wednesday, Feb. 12 7:30 p.m. Sacramento Kings @ New York Knicks
10:30 p.m. Miami Heat @ Golden State Warriors
Tuesday, Feb. 18 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Feb. 22 7:30 p.m. New York Knicks @ Atlanta Hawks
10:30 p.m. Brooklyn Nets @ Golden State Warriors
Monday, Feb. 24 7:30 p.m. Dallas Mavericks @ New York Knicks
Tuesday, Feb. 25 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Mar. 1 10 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Portland Trail Blazers
Monday, Mar. 3 7:30 p.m. Chicago Bulls @ Brooklyn Nets
10 p.m. New Orleans Pelicans @ Sacramento Kings
Tuesday, Mar. 4 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Mar. 8 7:30 p.m. New York Knicks @ Cleveland Cavaliers
Sunday, Mar. 9 6 p.m. Detroit Pistons @ Boston Celtics
9 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ Golden State Warriors
Monday, Mar. 10 8 p.m. Orlando Magic @ Milwaukee Bucks
10:30 p.m. Phoenix Suns @ L.A. Clippers
Tuesday, Mar. 11 TBD Fan Night
Friday, Mar. 14 8:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers @ San Antonio Spurs
Saturday, Mar. 15 7:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets @ Atlanta Hawks
Sunday, Mar. 16 9:30 p.m. Cleveland Cavaliers @ L.A. Clippers
Tuesday, Mar. 18 TBD Fan Night
Saturday, Mar. 22 10:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Golden State Warriors
Monday, Mar. 24 8 p.m. Indiana Pacers @ Chicago Bulls
Saturday, Mar. 29 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers @ Houston Rockets
Sunday, Mar. 30 9 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies @ Portland Trail Blazers
Monday, Mar. 31 7 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Indiana Pacers
Saturday, Apr. 5 8:30 p.m. Toronto Raptors @ Milwaukee Bucks
Sunday, Apr. 6 7 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies @ San Antonio Spurs
Friday, Apr. 11 7:30 p.m. Indiana Pacers @ Miami Heat
10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors @ L.A. Lakers
Saturday, Apr. 12 7 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks @ Washington Wizards
Sunday, Apr. 13 6 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder @ Indiana Pacers
9:30 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies @ L.A. Lakers
Monday, Apr. 14 8 p.m. San Antonio Spurs @ Houston Rockets
10:30 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves @ Golden State Warriors