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NBC Making Changes To Versus' NHL Coverage In Wake Of Comcast Merger

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McGuire set for first appearance as Versus inside the glass commentator
NBC Sports' makeover of Versus' NHL coverage “will begin dramatically” with tonight's broadcast of the Rangers-Red Wings game, according to Greg Wyshynski of YAHOO SPORTS. A source said that NBC Sports Exec Producer Sam Flood will produce tonight's coverage on Versus, and Pierre McGuire will debut on the net as an "inside the glass" commentator, joining announcers Mike Emrick and Ed Olczyk. Tomorrow’s Sabres-Lightning broadcast will feature Versus studio analyst Brian Engblom "inside the glass," with Mike Milbury “inside the studio in place of Engblom.” Meanwhile, Wyshynski wrote he had been "told that reports of 29 people getting the ax at Versus are ‘inaccurate,’ and that any changes to the announcing team can't be confirmed yet" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/5). In Montreal, Pat Hickey reported Versus’ Rob Harwood “is out as game host and reporter.” Harwood said, “They’re adopting the NBC format and they want an ex-player between the benches” (Montreal GAZETTE, 2/4).
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