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NBC Has Created "Sky-High Expectations" For Its NASCAR Coverage, Beginning Sunday

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 07 / 02 / 15

NBC has "built sky-high expectations for its portion of the Sprint Cup Series schedule that begins Sunday night" at Daytona Int'l Speedway, but "living up to the hype won't be an easy task, because NASCAR fans are notoriously picky when it comes to broadcasts," according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY. ...

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British Open Moving To NBC/Golf Channel

The British Open will move to NBC and Golf Channel in '17 as part of a 12-year deal that "doubles the value of the golf tournament’s media rights," according to sources cited by Ourand & Lombardo in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The deal ends a relationship "that spans ...

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NBA Finals Game 2 Sets Another Record

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NBC Draws Third-Best Belmont Overnight

NBC drew a 12.3 overnight rating for the race portion of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday from 6:15-7:15pm ET, which saw American Pharoah secure horse racing's first Triple Crown since '78. The overnight is down 5% from a 12.9 last year, when California Chrome failed in his bid for the Triple Crown, b ...

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Belmont Boosts Stanley Cup On NBC

NBC drew a 4.8 overnight rating for the Lightning's 4-3 win over the Blackhawks Saturday night from 7:15-10:15pm ET, marking the best NHL Stanley Cup Final Game 2 overnight on broadcast TV on record. The telecast, which immediately followed the highly-rated Belmont Stakes race telecast , was up 4% ...

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Viewers See Good, Bad From WWC On Fox

Fox' coverage of the opening day of the FIFA Women's World Cup "lived up to the hype," according to Abe Asher of WORLD SOCCER TALK. Fox' "A roster of talent" was in its L.A. studio for the Champions League Final, so the net "went with five women to anchor their studio coverage" of the WWC, and it wa ...

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ABC Draws Its Best NBA Finals Opener

ABC drew a 12.9 overnight rating for the Warriors' 108-100 OT win over the Cavaliers on Thursday night, marking the net's best NBA Finals Game 1 overnight since it acquired TV rights for the league prior to the '02-03 season. The broadcast peaked during OT from 11:30-11:45pm ET with a 15.6 rating. C ...

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Fox Ready For First World Cup

Fox for this month's FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada "is gambling more with its airtime than its checkbook," as it "basically got the U.S. broadcast rights to the women's tournament -- almost as a throw-in -- after agreeing to pay" the governing body $425M to televise the '18 and '22 men's World C ...

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Charter To Begin Carriage Of SportsNet LA

Time Warner Cable SportsNet LA on Thursday announced that it will be available to Charter customers beginning Tuesday, via the carrier's most widely distributed tier of service. The RSN's Spanish-language game telecasts and its Korean-language SAP also will be available to Charter customers ( Sports ...

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NBC Seeks Balance For Belmont Stakes

NBC anticipates "big ratings" for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, and hopes American Pharoah's pursuit of the Triple Crown "will spark interest" for the race, according to Dan Caesar of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Viewers tuned in last year, when California Chrome "failed in his bid" for the Triple ...

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White Sox' Harrelson Expected Back Monday

In Chicago, Daryl Van Schouwen reports play-by-pay man Ken Harrelson "is expected back in the White Sox broadcast booth Monday after missing" the team's recent 11-game road trip. Harrelson on Thursday "had minor surgery." Chuck Swirsky, who "handled play-by-play duty alongside Steve Stone for the en ...

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