NBC to shut down NBC Sports Network at end of 2021
NBC Sports Chairman Bevacqua announced the move Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in an internal memo to staff. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)The NBC Sports Network, which is best known for its coverage of the NHL and English Premier League, will be going away at the end of the year. It changed its name to Versus in 2006 and then to NBC Sports Network six years later after Comcast bought NBC Universal in 2011. Bevacqua said in the memo that Stanley Cup playoff games and NASCAR races would be moving to USA Network this year. USA Network, which is available in 85.6 million homes, had already been airing early-round playoff games since 2012.
Ex-Red Wings coach Mike Babcock joins NBC Sports as studio analyst
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)Former Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock has a new job as a studio analyst for NBC Sports. Babcock spent 10 seasons with the Red Wings from 2005-2015, posting a record of 458-223-105 in 786 career games. Babcock left Detroit in 2015 when he signed an 8-year, $50 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Read back: Chelios says Babcock caused Franzen to have nervous breakdown on Red Wings benchJohan Franzen went as far as calling Babcock “the worst person” had ever met. Read more: Ex-Red Wings D Colaiacovo on Babcock: Guys hated him in Detroit, tried to get him fired every year
Hockey broadcasting legend Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick is retiring, NBC announces
Mike “Doc” Emrick is calling it a career. NBC announced Monday that Emrick, 74, is retiring from broadcasting after a career that included his voice over more than 3,750 professional and Olympic hockey games. After 3,750+ Professional and Olympic hockey games, 100 different verbs used to describe a pass or shot, and 22 Stanley Cup Finals, the legendary Mike "Doc" Emrick has announced his retirement from broadcasting. From hockey fans around the world, we say #ThankYouDoc! His career took him to New Jersey, Philadelphia and all over the world for international hockey coverage.
Here is the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup qualifiers, round robin TV schedule
Here’s the NBC and NBC Sports Network TV schedules for the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup qualifiers. ETSat., August 1Game 1 – Carolina vs. N.Y. Rangers – NBCSN – 12 p.m. ETMon., August 3Game 2 – Carolina vs. N.Y. Rangers – NBCSN – 12 p.m. ETRound Robin – Dallas vs. Vegas – NBCSN – 6:30 p.m. ETGame 3 – Carolina vs. N.Y. Rangers – NBCSN – 8 p.m.
Costas joins CNN to talk on intersection of news and sports
NEW YORK Time to cut a conversation with Bob Costas short. The new boss CNN chief Jeff Zucker is calling on the other line. Costas, who ended his 40-year hitch at NBC Sports more than a year ago, this week signed on as a CNN contributor to offer commentary on the intersection of news and sports. My relationship with Jeff makes me comfortable with the whole arrangement, Costas said. But Costas has the hardest time justifying college football, a sport with constant contact, resuming when student attendance in general will be restricted at many schools.
How to stream NBC's Sunday Night Football: Steelers vs. Patriots
Tim Bradbury/Getty ImagesNBC Sports will have live coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots beginning at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 8. Fans can catch all the action in spectacular high definition via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Game Time: 7 p.m.TV: NBCCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
Less Pierre McGuire? And a 'massive' trade rumor
McGuire demotedSo here we are today: McGuire is being demoted from NBC's and NBC Sports' top NHL coverage team. Less Pierre McGuire seems to be what a lot of hockey fans have wanted for years. Back here in Red Wings land, we await the start of Training Camp (Sept. 13-16). It's an end of an era on the Red Wings blue line. Earlier this week NHLTradeRumors posted a note about a "massive" trade between the Detroit Red Wings and Buffalo Sabres.
Report: Pierre McGuire no longer on NBC Sports' top NHL coverage team
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Pierre McGuire will not be in the starting lineup this season for NBC Sports' coverage of NHL games. That's according to The Athletic's Rick Carpiniello, who tweeted earlier this week:"Per impeccable source, Pierre McGuire has been removed from NBC Sports' No. Carpiniello said McGuire will still work NHL games for NBC, but Brian Boucher will replace him on the No. McGuire, 58, joined NBC Sports after the network acquired NHL games in 2006. McGuire started out as a coach at Hobart College, then became an assistant coach in the NHL for Pittsburgh and Hartford.
Report: Pierre McGuire no longer on NBC Sports' top NHL coverage team
Pierre McGuire will not be in the starting lineup this season for NBC Sports' coverage of NHL games. That's according to The Athletic's Rick Carpiniello, who tweeted earlier this week:"Per impeccable source, Pierre McGuire has been removed from NBC Sports' No. Carpiniello said McGuire will still work NHL games for NBC, but Brian Boucher will replace him on the No. McGuire, 58, joined NBC Sports after the network acquired NHL games in 2006. McGuire started out as a coach at Hobart College, then became an assistant coach in the NHL for Pittsburgh and Hartford.
Earnhardt Jr. takes break from broadcast booth after plane crash
Dale Earnhardt Jr. signs autographs during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 9, 2019, in Brooklyn, Michigan. (CNN) - Having just survived a plane crash in Tennessee, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will be excused from participating in the broadcast of Saturday's NASCAR Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway, NBC Sports says. Earnhardt popular figure in racingEarnhardt was voted as NASCAR's most popular driver in 2017 for the 15th straight year. Earnhardt, son of the late racing legend Dale Earnhardt, has survived a fiery crash in the past. In 2004, he was driving a Corvette during a practice session at an American Le Mans Series race at the Sonoma Raceway in California.
Lacrosse now has new US pro league
It's called the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL). All-star professional lacrosse player Paul Rabil left the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) that's been around for nearly two decades, to pursue a new vision for the way fans watch professional lacrosse. The league also tweaked some of the traditional rules to make the game a faster-paced viewing experience for at-home viewers, Paul Rabil said. Week two of play brought the most-watched outdoor professional lacrosse game in history garnering over 400,000 viewers across all platforms, according to a PLL press release. Historically professional lacrosse players don't make enough to make a career of it, most have full-time jobs to make ends meet.