NBCSN

NBCSN is an American pay television channel that is owned by the NBC Sports Group division of NBCUniversal. It originally launched on July 1, 1995, as the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), which was dedicated to programming primarily involving fishing, hunting, outdoor adventure programs, and outdoor sports. By the turn of the 21st century, OLN became better known for its extensive coverage of the Tour de France but eventually began covering more "mainstream" sporting events, resulting in its relaunch as Versus in September 2006.

In 2011, Comcast, the original owner of the network, acquired a majority stake in NBC Universal. As a result, Comcast merged the operations of its pay channels with those of NBC. In particular, it aligned the operation of its sports channels with NBC's sports division, NBC Sports. On January 2, 2012, Versus was rebranded as the NBC Sports Network (on-air branding later shortened to NBCSN) to reflect these changes. As of September 15, 2014, the majority of NBC Sports' operations, including NBCSN, is based in facilities in Stamford, Connecticut.

As of February 2015, NBCSN is available to approximately 81,578,000 pay television households (70.1% of households with television) in the United States.[1]

NBCSN
NBCSN logo
LaunchedJuly 1, 1995
Owned byNBC Sports Group
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Downconverted to letterboxed 480i for SDTV feed
SloganBelieve
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersStamford, Connecticut
Formerly calledOutdoor Life Network (1995–2006)
Versus (2006–11)
NBC Sports Network (2012–13)
Sister channel(s)NBC
Golf Channel
NBC Sports Regional Networks
Olympic Channel
WebsiteNBC Sports
Availability
Satellite
Dish NetworkChannel 159
DirecTVChannel 220 (SD/HD)
Channel 1220 (VOD)
Cable
Available on most cable systemsChannel slots vary on each provider
IPTV
AT&T U-verseChannel 640 (SD)
Channel 1640 (HD)
Google FiberNBCSN
Verizon FiosChannel 90 (SD)
Channel 590 (HD)
Streaming media
NBC SportsInternet Protocol television
fuboTVInternet Protocol television
Hulu Live TVInternet Protocol television
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
YouTube TVInternet Protocol television
DirecTV NowInternet Protocol television

History

As the Outdoor Life Network

The channel originally launched as the Outdoor Life Network (or OLN) on July 1, 1995; the name was licensed from Outdoor Life magazine. Its programming consisted of hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure shows. In its early days, the channel reached around one million homes and found most of its carriage via the then-infant platforms of direct broadcast satellite services and digital cable.[2]

In 1999, OLN acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the Tour de France for US$3 million. Coverage of the Tour on OLN brought substantially greater viewership to the then fledgling channel, due in part to the then-growing popularity of American rider Lance Armstrong. In 2004, where Armstrong would aim for a record-breaking sixth straight Tour de France title, OLN would devote over 344 hours in July to coverage of the Tour, along with documentaries and other original programming surrounding the event – which was promoted through a $20 million advertising campaign.[3]

Overall, while its coverage of the Tour de France helped OLN expand its carriage to over 60 million homes, critics became concerned that OLN's coverage had placed too much of its focus on Armstrong as its main attraction for viewers, and doubted if OLN could sustain itself without the viewership that Lance Armstrong's presence had brought to its coverage.[2] Some critics had jokingly referred to OLN as the "Only Lance Network" due to its overemphasis on the American rider.[4]

Following the 2005 Tour (where Armstrong captured his seventh victory in the race, and announced his retirement from cycling afterward), OLN debuted a new lineup of programming – anchored by repeats of the popular reality television series Survivor. OLN's executives believed that bringing Survivor into its lineup would fit well with the new direction it had planned for OLN, and could attract viewership from fans of the show who had watched it on CBS.[5] Around the same period, OLN also acquired the rights to the Dakar Rally, America's Cup, the Boston Marathon, and the Iditarod. OLN planned to cover these multi-day events in a similar style to how it covered the Tour, hoping that its coverage might bring "surprise" results for the channel.[5] Due in part to Lance's absence from the Tour in 2006, its ratings for live coverage of the first four stages of the race drew in 49% fewer viewers than previous years.[4]

OLN and the NHL

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OLN interview with John Lieswyn after him winning the Stillwater MN Criterion in 2005

In May 2005, ESPN rejected a $60 million offer to renew its broadcasting contract with the National Hockey League into the 2005-06 NHL season, and the league rejected its alternate proposal for a revenue sharing agreement similar to the one it had established with NBC. With the NFL also shopping a new late-season package of Thursday and Saturday night games to potential broadcasters, speculation began to surface that Comcast would bid on the new NHL contract as its first step to transforming OLN into a mainstream sports channel that could compete with ESPN.[5] Comcast had already been involved in NHL broadcasting; at the time, it owned majority control of the Philadelphia Flyers, and four Comcast SportsNet regional sports networks.[6]

In August 2005, ESPN declined to match Comcast's offer, and OLN acquired pay television rights to the NHL beginning in the 2005–2006 season in a three-year deal worth close to $200 million. The new deal would include 58 regular season games on Monday and Tuesday nights, coverage of the NHL All-Star Game, conference finals, and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.[6] With the help of its new NHL package, by June 2006, OLN had now reached 75 million subscribers. However, due in part to OLN's lesser carriage in comparison to ESPN, the NHL's ratings that season had suffered in comparison.[7]

In 2006, OLN broadcast selected games in the Arena Football League's 2006 season. The channel televised a weekly regular-season game for 11 weeks as well as a wild card playoff game.[8] However, the agreement was not renewed and was later picked up by ESPN, who also acquired a minority stake in the league's ownership.[9]

As Versus

Versus logo

In April 2006, Comcast announced that it would be renaming Outdoor Life Network to Versus in the fall of 2006. As the network had shifted beyond simply "outdoor" programming, the name "Versus" was intended to represent the common element of competition within its lineup.[10] OLN's re-launch as Versus occurred on September 25, 2006.

Among the new programming acquired by Versus was a number of combat sports, beginning with a series of boxing programs promoted by Bob Arum's Top Rank group. The channel also began televising Chuck Norris's World Combat League, a kickboxing promotion where fights are contested in a unique round ring without ropes. Versus entered into a partnership with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) to bring mixed martial arts events to the channel, with the first being broadcast live on June 3, 2007. Versus aired all the WEC events, except for WEC 48, which aired on pay-per-view, with live preliminary fights being aired on Spike TV.

The channel also added a variety of sports events as part of the rebranding, including men's and women's college basketball, high school basketball,[11][12] a weekly "game of the week" for the National Lacrosse League, darts competitions, the Major Indoor Soccer League, and the USA Sevens, one of the nine tournaments (then eight) that make up the IRB Sevens World Series, the top annual circuit in the sevens version of rugby union.

In addition, Versus also added a package of college football games to its lineup, with games from the Mountain West Conference, Pac-10 (now Pac-12) and Big 12 conferences.[13][14][15] totaling 19 scheduled college football games on the channel during 2007.

Versus secured coverage for the 2007 America's Cup, which had been a staple on ESPN and ESPN2 for years. The channel began to show qualifying regattas in late 2005, aired the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers in 2007, and the America's Cup match between the Louis Vuitton winner and current champions, won by Alinghi of Switzerland in Valencia, Spain. In 2006, it picked up American broadcast rights (in conjunction with The Tennis Channel) of Davis Cup events.

Versus, with NBC Sports and the World Championship Sports Network (now Universal Sports), broadcast coverage of the 2007 World Championships in Athletics from Osaka, Japan, as well as the 2009 World Championships in Athletics from Berlin, Germany.

On January 28, 2008, Versus and the NHL extended their television contract through the 2010–11 season.[16] In June 2008, operations were moved from Stamford, Connecticut, to Comcast's headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[17] On August 7, 2008, the channel announced a 10-year deal with the Indy Racing League to broadcast at least 13 IndyCar Series events a year in HD, beginning in 2009.[18] The channel would also broadcast various motorsports series on its Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour program such as USAC, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and World Series of Off-Road Racing.[19]

The channel aired the 96th Grey Cup, the championship game of the Canadian Football League in 2008.[20]

The channel began airing games from the United Football League in 2009. The first season Championship aired on November 27, 2009. The UFL would return to the channel for a second season in 2010.

On April 5, 2010, Versus debuted The Daily Line, a show consisting of a four-person panel (host Liam McHugh, handicapper Rob DeAngelis, comedian Reese Waters, and Jenn Sterger) who discussed, often with heavy satire, sports-related topics that were popular that day.[21] However, the show was cancelled due to low viewership on November 4, 2010.[22] NBC Sports announced plans to revive The Daily Line in 2019.[23]

The Ultimate Fighting Championship would air two live events on the channel due to the new contract agreement with UFC sister promotion World Extreme Cagefighting. The first edition of UFC on Versus aired on March 21, 2010 headlined by Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones in the Light Heavyweight division. The second event aired on August 1 with Jon Jones facing Vladimir Matyushenko. Also as part of the agreement with the UFC, several UFC Countdown shows would air. A countdown show aired the week of a pay-per-view event, usually lasting for one hour, and covering 2–3 of the biggest fights on the card. In August 2011, the UFC announced a new broadcasting deal with the channels of rival Fox Sports, which would begin to take effect in November 2011.[24]

Versus had also struck a deal with the NBA to air 10 regular season NBA Development League Saturday night games, as well as six playoff games a year. In total, the channel would air 16 NBA Development League games,[25] in addition to 25 hours of NBA specials.

Starting in August 2010, Versus aired nine races of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour each Wednesday at 7 p.m. The races originated from a variety of locations, including Stafford Motor Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, and Thompson Motor Speedway.[26]

Merger with NBC Sports

In February 2011, Comcast acquired a majority stake in NBC Universal, and merged its content operations into the company. As part of the acquisition, Versus and Comcast's other sports channels began to be integrated into the NBC Sports division. Coinciding with the merger, President Jamie Davis was replaced by Comcast Sports Group president Jon Litner. Litner began to oversee the channel, in addition to his other duties following the Comcast takeover.[27]

In March 2011, Versus expanded its college football coverage by becoming the pay-TV partner for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football, airing replays of Notre Dame games, and the first ever live broadcast of the team's annual spring game. Its coverage began with a marathon of three classic Fighting Irish games on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, to serve as a prelude to its coverage of the spring game.[28]

For the 2011 season, Versus also returned to airing National Lacrosse League telecasts with a nine-game package, starting with the 2011 All-Star Game and culminating with the Champion's Cup final.[29] Versus would drop the NLL for the league's 2012 season; U.S. broadcast rights were instead picked up by CBS Sports Network.[30]

Relaunch as the NBC Sports Network / NBCSN

NBC Sports Network logo
The logo using the full “NBC Sports Network” name, used from 2012 to just before the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In April 2011, NBC Sports and Versus announced they had reached a ten-year extension to their television contract with the National Hockey League worth nearly $2 billion over the life of the contract. As part of the announcement, Dick Ebersol, the former chairman of NBC Sports, said that Versus would be renamed "within 90 days" in order to reflect the synergy resulting from the merger.[31] However, the announcement of a new name did not come until August 1, 2011, when Comcast announced that Versus would be relaunched as the NBC Sports Network[32] on January 1, 2012. The relaunch coincided with NBC's coverage of the NHL Winter Classic, which took place on the same day.[33]

In an interview with TV Guide, president of programming Jon Miller detailed that NBC Sports Network would be "radically different" from Versus in many ways. His goal was for NBC Sports Network to become a credible "full-service sports network", with a new lineup of sports news and talk programs, and live event coverage. Programming such as Whacked Out Sports and The T.Ocho Show were dropped from the lineup, as Miller thought that low-brow programming would hurt the channel's credibility. The channel began an initiative to begin producing new original programming during the transition as well.[34] NBC also made efforts[35] to expand its current broadcasting relationships and acquire new rights for additional sports events to be broadcast on the channel. In the months leading up to the relaunch, NBC struck deals with Major League Soccer,[36] dropped the UFL,[37] and added coverage of college hockey games.[38]

On June 6, 2011, it was revealed that NBC Sports would extend its rights to the Olympic Games through 2020, outbidding competing bids by Fox Sports and ESPN in a $4.38 billion contract. The network began to participate in NBC's overall coverage beginning at the 2012 Summer Olympics.[33][39][40] Its coverage of the gold medal game between the United States and Japan in women's soccer set a new viewership record for the network, with 4.35 million viewers.[41]

Almost immediately after the rebrand, the shortened moniker "NBCSN" began to be used in TV listings to refer to the network. In July 2013, the network announced its intention to use this abbreviation on an official basis. On August 18, 2013, commentators and graphics began to refer to the network as "NBCSN".[42][43] The change was made to help streamline its branding in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics, by which time the name change was mostly complete.[42]

On September 22, 2013, NBCSN broadcast an episode of Under Wild Skies—a hunting program aired as a time-buy by the National Rifle Association—in which host and NRA lobbyist Tony Makris was shown killing an African elephant on a trip to Botswana. The network was criticized by the media for airing such material; while NBC responded by pulling the episode due to its "objectionable" content and stating that it would be more "aggressive" towards the content of future episodes of the program, Under Wild Skies was pulled from the network entirely after Makris made remarks on an NRA-produced webcast comparing critics of the show to Hitler.[44][45]

As of September 15, 2014, the entirety of NBC Sports' operations, including NBCSN, is based out of facilities in Stamford, Connecticut. Football Night in America remained at Studio 8G in Rockefeller Center (but originated from Studio 8H, home of NBC's Saturday Night Live) until September 7, 2014, when that program also moved to Stamford.[46]

NBCSN simulcast Spanish-language coverage of two matches from the 2018 FIFA World Cup from corporate sibling Telemundo: Brazil vs. Switzerland on June 17, and England vs. Belgium on June 28.[47][48]

In December 2018, the yearly ratings rankings for American sports networks saw the Olympics-augmented NBCSN rank second for the first time, ahead of FS1 and ESPN2 (which fell below the second spot for the first time in its history)[49]

Notable personalities

Announcers, reporters and hosts

Mike "Doc" Emrick (2014)
NBCSN's lead hockey play-by-play announcer Mike "Doc" Emrick

Hockey

Motorsports

  • Rick Allen: lead NASCAR lap-by-lap (2015–present), studio host (2014–present), reserve IndyCar lap-by-lap announcer (2016–present)
  • Jon Beekhuis: pit reporter (2013–present), color commentator (2009–2012)
  • Townsend Bell: color commentator (2013–present), pit reporter (2012)
  • Ato Bolden reporter (2017)
  • Dave Burns: pit reporter (2015–present), lead lap-by-lap (2015–present)
  • Jeff Burton: color commentator (2015–present), studio host (2014–present)
  • Will Buxton: pit reporter (2013-2017)
  • Wally Dallenbach Jr.: color commentator (2009–2014)
  • Leigh Diffey: lead IndyCar lap-by-lap announcer (2013–present), reserve NASCAR lap-by-lap announcer (2015–present), lead IMSA lap-by-lap announcer (2019–present)
  • Kevin Lee: pit reporter (2010–present), reserve Indycar lead lap-by-lap (2014–present)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr.: NASCAR analyst (2018–present)
  • Ray Evernham: color commentator (2015–present – Whelen Modified Tour)
  • David Hobbs: color commentator (2013–present)
  • Dale Jarrett: studio analyst (2015–present)
  • Parker Kligerman: studio analyst (2014–present), color commentator (2015 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series), pit reporter (2016–present)
  • Kelli Stavast: pit reporter (2015–present)
  • Katie Hargitt: pit reporter (2015–present)
  • Anders Krohn: color commentator (2014–present – Indy Lights), pit reporter (2017–present)
  • Steve Letarte: color commentator (2015–present)
  • Arie Luyendyk Jr.: color commentator (2009–2012 – Indy Lights)
  • Mike Massaro: pit reporter (2015–2016), studio host (2015–2016)
  • Steve Matchett: color commentator (2013–present)
  • Robin Miller: pit reporter (2011–present)
  • Toby Moody: lead lap-by-lap (2014–present)
  • Kyle Petty: studio analyst (2014–present)
  • Ralph Sheheen: lead lap-by-lap (2015–present), pit reporter (2016)
  • Jason Weigandt: lead lap-by-lap (2012–present)
  • Marty Snider: pit reporter (2011–present)
  • Frank Stoddard: studio analyst (2014–present), color commentator (2015 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series)
  • Brian Till: reserve IndyCar lap-by-lap (2012–2016), reserve IMSA lap-by-lap (2019–present)
  • Calvin Fish: color commentator (2019–present)
  • AJ Allmendinger: color commentator (2019–present), studio analyst (2019–present)
  • Paul Tracy: color commentator (2014–present)
  • Ricky Carmichael: color commentator (2019–present)
  • Daniel Blair: reporter (2019–present)
  • Grant Langston: color commentator (2012–present)
  • Bob Varsha: reserve lap-by-lap (2013–2014)
  • Brian Vickers: studio analyst (2015–present)
  • Krista Voda: studio host (2015–present)
  • Rutledge Wood: reporter (2014–present)

Football

Soccer

Mixed martial arts

Programming

Event coverage

Olympics

Motor sports

Soccer

Hockey

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NBCSN broadcast set at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft

Rugby union

College sports

Other sports

WSOF was formed in 2012, having signed a broadcast deal with the NBC Sports Network. This was the third MMA promotion that NBC Sports has hosted, having broadcast World Extreme Cagefighting and Ultimate Fighting Championship events when the channel was formerly known as Versus.[60] NBC Sports had been one of the bidders for the rights to broadcast future UFC events, but lost out to Fox.[61] However, some journalists regarded WSOF's deal with NBC Sports to be a considerable coup for a debuting promotion, considering NBC Sports' past interest in the UFC.[61] Upon the announcement of the broadcast deal, WSOF President Ray Sefo stated that the promotion wanted to host 8-10 events per year, whilst holding a one-year deal with NBC Sports.[62] However, the next day, an NBC spokesman revealed that the deal only covered WSOF's inaugural event, with the option for more, should NBC hold a positive evaluation.[61] On February 4, 2013, it was reported by several news outlets that NBC Sports signed a 3-year deal with WSOF.[63][64]

On December 16, 2012, NBC Sports Network, along with CNBC, aired a portion of the Sunday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots. This was because the game's coverage on NBC was interrupted by President Barack Obama's press conference following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. NBCSN will continue to serve as overflow coverage for Sunday Night Football and other NFL games covered by NBC in the event the ongoing game is interrupted by an NBC News special coverage.[65]

On July 23, 2013, NBC announced that coverage of NASCAR racing would return to NBC beginning in the 2015 season under a new contract lasting through 2024. The deal includes broadcast rights to the second half of the NASCAR Playoffs and Xfinity Series seasons; the majority of which will air on NBCSN.[66][67]

On August 17, 2014, NBCSN aired rain-delayed coverage of the USGA's 2014 United States Amateur Challenge, making it the first golf event to be televised on the network.

Original programming

Original programs aired by the network include NBC SportsTalk, and the weekly CNBC Sports Biz, which both debuted in the fall of 2011 (the latter ending when Darren Rovell moved to ESPN as their sports business correspondent). Bob Costas hosts Costas Tonight, which consists of monthly interview episodes, and quarterly town hall specials – the first of which aired from Indianapolis on February 2, 2012, as part of NBC's overall coverage of Super Bowl XLVI.[34]

The network also added more documentary-style series, including 36, Caught Looking (a weekly series co-produced with Major League Baseball), and Sports Illustrated, a monthly series produced in conjunction with the magazine of the same name.[68][69]

On August 13, 2012, NBCSN premiered a new morning show, The 'Lights, which consists of a 20-minute loop of sports highlights with no on-camera personalities, repeated from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET.[69]

In 2014, NBCSN premiered a new auto-themed reality series Mecum Dealmakers. It was renewed for a second season in 2015.[70]

In April 2016, NBCSN acquired rights to air the Dan Patrick-hosted Sports Jeopardy!. The premiere run followed nightly 2016 Summer Olympics coverage, and joined NBCSN's Wednesday night schedule later in October.[71]

In February 2019, it was announced that The Dan Patrick Show would be dropped and replaced by an encore of PFT Live and an hour-long simulcast block of British sister channel Sky Sports News.[72]

Past carriage disputes

At the beginning of September 2009, DirecTV pulled Versus from its lineup, as it was unable to reach terms on a rate increase demanded by Comcast. In public statements (including a message shown on the channel which formerly carried Versus), DirecTV scolded Comcast for its "unfair and outrageous demands", and considered the company to be "simply piggish" in its demands for higher rates, as it described Versus as "a paid programming and infomercial channel with occasional sporting events."[73] On March 15, 2010, an agreement was reached between the two sides and Versus returned to DirecTV's lineup. The channel was returned to its original package on the service, Choice Xtra.[74] The network has since drastically reduced its paid programming blocks to only three-four hours deep in late night under NBC management (between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. Eastern time), and that remaining paid programming itself is now often subject to pre-emption with live sports from Asia or Australia, and is removed wholly during Olympic coverage.

High definition

A 1080i high definition feed of the network was launched in January 2007. Initially, its HD feed was shared with sister network Golf Channel in an arrangement marketed as Versus/Golf HD; Golf Channel programming was broadcast during the daytime hours, and Versus programming was broadcast during the evening and primetime hours with some schedule variation during Tour de France coverage. The shared channel was replaced by individual HD feeds for both channels in December 2008.[75]

In May 2013, the network's standard definition feed was converted to a widescreen presentation with letterboxing to duplicate the display seen on the high definition feed in line with their competitor's presentations of their SD channels.

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CFL on NBC

CFL on NBC was a de facto branding for the Canadian Football League (CFL) games that have been carried on American broadcaster NBC or its sports network, NBCSN.

College Football on NBCSN

College Football on NBCSN is the branding used for broadcasts of NCAA Division I and Division I-A college football games produced by NBC Sports and televised on CNBC and NBCSN in the United States. The network has broadcast college football games from various athletic conferences since 2006.

Dave Briggs (journalist)

Dave Briggs (born October 11, 1976) is an American television journalist.

He is a co-host on CNN's Early Start with Christine Romans, which debuted Thursday, February 23, 2017, and a relief co-host of CNN's New Day, a three-hour morning news show. Formerly he was with NBC and NBCSN, serving as studio host for the 2016 Rio Olympics tennis coverage, NHL playoffs, NASCAR and fantasy football. He is also a former co-host of the Fox News Channel weekend morning show Fox & Friends Weekend. During the December 22, 2012, broadcast of the show, Briggs announced that he was leaving Fox and Friends Weekend at the end of 2012.

Hockey Weekend Across America

Hockey Weekend Across America is an annual event devised by USA Hockey to promote the game of ice hockey in the United States. The weekend is capped by "Hockey Day in America", with broadcasts of National Hockey League games on the national networks of NBC.

IndyCar Series on NBC

IndyCar Live (formerly IndyCar Central) is an American television program dedicated to the coverage of Indy Car racing and is broadcast by the American broadcaster NBC from 2012 onwards. The IndyCar Series on NBC is the branding used for telecasts of IndyCar Series races produced by NBC Sports, and televised by NBCSN (or CNBC if there is a conflict) in the United States. When the network began carrying the race broadcasts in 2009, the network introduced "IndyCar Non-Stop," featuring a format and appearance nearly identical to that of Side-By-Side.

It is a live on-site pre-race show for all Indycar races televised on NBC Sports Network and CNBC. It was initially broadcast on Versus from 2009 to 2011. At IndyCar events, the program is always hosted by Leigh Diffey; Diffey also does Athletics and Rugby Union coverage on NBC so Brian Till (Former Racing Driver), Kevin Lee (NBC IndyCar pit reporter) and Rick Allen (NASCAR on NBC lead announcer) are on reserve when needed. Joining them for the IndyCar races former racing driver Paul Tracy and current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Townsend Bell.

Krista Voda

Krista Voda (born May 31, 1974) is an American sportscaster who covers auto racing. Voda was a pit reporter for NASCAR on Fox and was the host of The Setup, the pre-race show for coverage of the Camping World Truck Series, as well as Trackside on Fox Sports 1 (formerly Speed Channel). She also was a fill-in sideline reporter for the NFL on Fox.

Voda was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa. In high school, she lettered in volleyball, basketball, and track and field.

Voda began as a NASCAR broadcaster in 2003 as co-anchor of Totally NASCAR on Fox Sports Net. She was also co-host on NASCAR Nation when that show aired on Speed Channel. Before moving to FSN, she worked for various local television stations in Iowa and Kentucky, including WLEX, the NBC affiliate in Lexington. Among her first radio jobs was working the night shift at KROS AM/FM in her hometown of Clinton, Iowa.In addition to NASCAR, she has covered college football (including the Cotton Bowl Classic), the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, the Kentucky Derby, the World Series, the PGA Championship, and the National Football League.Voda lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and married Phillip "PK" Kelley on January 23, 2010.

On October 29, 2014, Voda was announced to be the pre- and post-race host for NBC Sports' NASCAR coverage, which includes hosting NASCAR America on NBCSN.

List of NHL Entry Draft broadcasters

The following is a list of broadcasters of the NHL Entry Draft.

List of programs broadcast by NBCSN

This is a list of past and present programs broadcast by the American television channel NBCSN including its former iterations OLN, Outdoor Life Network, Outdoor Life, and Versus.

NASCAR America

NASCAR America is NBCSN's daily NASCAR news program, broadcast each weekday at 5 pm. ET each weekday. The show made its debut on February 24, 2014, the day after the 2014 Daytona 500.

Starting in 2015, the show was hosted on a regular basis by Krista Voda, who joined NBC after previously working for Fox NASCAR

NASCAR on television and radio

The television and radio rights to broadcast NASCAR on television and radio are one of the most expensive rights of any American sport, with the current television contract with Fox Sports and NBC Sports being worth around US$8 billion.

In the early days of the sport, sports programs like CBS Sports Spectacular and ABC Wide World of Sports would air video highlight packages of NASCAR races. These packages were typically 15 to 30 minutes long that were cut from film of the entire race. This is similar to video packages created by NFL Films. For major races, like the Daytona 500, ABC Sports would show it live for a certain number of laps at the beginning and come back to it to show the end of the race. There had been a few races shown in their entirety in the 1970s, but these were always recorded and shown days or weeks later.

In 1979, CBS Sports televised the entire 1979 Daytona 500 live from start to finish. When ESPN came along in 1981, more races began being shown live in their entirety. Since 1992, all NASCAR races have been shown from start to finish, and all have been shown live since 1997. Until 2001, race tracks struck individual agreements with networks to broadcast races, but NASCAR wanted to capitalize on the growing popularity of the sport and announced in 1999 that television contracts would now be centralized; that is, instead of making agreements with individual tracks, networks would now negotiate directly with NASCAR for the rights to air a package of races.

NBC SportsTalk

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NHL on NBC

The NHL on NBC is a presentation of National Hockey League (NHL) games that are produced by NBC Sports, and televised on NBC and NBCSN in the United States. While NBC has covered the league at various points in its history, the network's current relationship with the NHL is the result of NBC Sports acquiring the league's broadcast television rights from ABC in 2006. Its current contract with the league runs until 2021.

Since 2008, NBC's regular season coverage includes the annual NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor game usually played on New Year's Day; one national weekly regular season game each Sunday afternoon after New Year's Day; one week of regionally televised contests in February for Hockey Weekend Across America; and one nationally televised game on the day after Thanksgiving. NBCSN's coverage includes 90 regular season games that are mostly aired on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and later in the season on Sunday evenings. Coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is split between NBC and NBCSN, with CNBC and the USA Network (beginning in 2015) airing selected playoff games during the first two rounds.

Notre Dame Football on NBC

Notre Dame Football on NBC is a presentation of college football games involving the Notre Dame Fighting Irish that are produced by NBC Sports, the sports division of the NBC television network in the United States. NBC has broadcast all Notre Dame home games since September 7, 1991, with two games so far broadcast live on NBC Sports's sports cable channel, NBCSN.

Since NBC began airing Notre Dame home football games in 1991, the network's deal with the university has ensured that all of its home games are on national broadcast television, a unique configuration amongst American sports. Most of the games are televised in the afternoon, usually starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. Since 2011, two significant home games per year were shown during prime time at 7:30 p.m. ET, and are often played at neutral venues for the purposes of recruiting and financial benefits for playing at those sites. The games were typically planned around NBC's schedule of such sporting events which are Golf Channel and Thoroughbred Racing on NBC and include full-game replays on NBCSN.

Premier Boxing Champions

Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) is a television boxing series organized by Haymon Boxing. The television series seeks primarily to bring renewed mainstream exposure to professional boxing, emphasizing a modern "concert"-like atmosphere, "high-quality" cards, television broadcasts through major networks and cable channels as opposed to pay television and pay-per-view events, and the use of technology to provide enhanced insight to the bouts.

The first Premier Boxing Champions card was broadcast by NBC on March 7, 2015. The promotion has reached deals with an array of broadcasters, with cards scheduled across all four of the United States' major television networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC) and their affiliated sports-oriented cable networks (ESPN, CBS Sports Network, FS1, and NBCSN, respectively) as well as Spike and Bounce TV.

Premier Boxing Champions has proven controversial from a business perspective; both Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank filed lawsuits against Haymon and the investors of PBC, arguing that through PBC and other internal intricacies, Haymon was serving as both a manager and promoter—actions which are forbidden under the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act. Additionally, the two promoters claimed violations of antitrust law, with Top Rank in particular claiming that Haymon was trying to effectively monopolize professional boxing in the United States by consolidating boxers, venue bookings, the events themselves, and broadcast rights under his ownership. Top Rank settled its suit in May 2016.

Premier League on NBC

Premier League on NBC is a live telecast of the English Premier League produced by NBC Sports exclusively for viewers in the United States. NBC's coverage of the Premier League is quite similar to broadcasts produced by English television companies such as Sky Sports and BT Sport. Coverage begins with the pre-match show called Premier League Live and a post-match show by the name of Goal Zone. NBC's highlight show is a programme called Match of the Day based on BBC's show of the same name.

Sports broadcasting contracts in the United States

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Stanley Cup Finals television ratings

The following is an overview of the television ratings for the National Hockey League (NHL)'s Stanley Cup Finals in both the United States and Canada.

Sunday Night Hockey

Sunday Night Hockey (abbreviated as SNHSS)is a weekly presentation of National Hockey League games that air on NBCSN on Sundays during the regular season. Sunday Night Hockey usually debuts during the second Sunday of January.

The package made its debut on January 10, 2016, featuring a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Minnesota Wild. Following the game, NBCSN premiered a weekly recap show, NHL Sunday Shootout, which is a summary of the previous week's NHL action.

During the 2016–17 NHL season, NBC Sports began to promote both the Game of the Week and Sunday Night Hockey broadcasts under the Star Sunday brand, focusing primarily on the NHL's star players. Star Sunday features extensive pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage of each featured player. The first game under the new package featured the Wild visiting the Anaheim Ducks on January 5, 2017. The game's featured players were Minnesota's Ryan Suter and Anaheim's Ryan Kesler.

Wednesday Night Rivalry

Wednesday Night Hockey is the branding used for National Hockey League games that air on NBCSN on Wednesday nights during the regular season.

In the 2012–13 NHL season, NBCSN rebranded their coverage of Wednesday night games as Wednesday Night Rivalry. It primarily featured rivalry games, although the network has received criticism for games which do not seem to include a strong element of rivalry (such as Los Angeles-Detroit, Pittsburgh-Buffalo, and Chicago-Philadelphia) are common. NBCSN sometimes produces a Wednesday Nightcap game primarily featuring Western Conference teams immediately following their Wednesday Night Rivalry game. Beginning in the 2013–14 NHL season, NBCSN aired the series NHL Rivals, which looks back at the participating teams' historic rivalry, leading up to their Wednesday Night Rivalry game. That same season, NBCSN promoted the games with the slogan "The Night You Love To Hate".Beginning with the 2018–19 NHL season, NBC Sports rebranded its Wednesday night broadcasts of the NHL as Wednesday Night Hockey, with the focus shifting from rivalry games to powerhouse teams and top NHL stars. The first season of Wednesday Night Hockey will feature more West Coast games and a few matchups featuring Canadian teams.

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