NBC Sports Group Celebrates Opening Of New 300,000-Square-Foot HQs In Stamford
NBC Sports Group yesterday celebrated the official opening of its new HQs in Stamford, Conn., with "speeches from state and local officials," according to Brian Dowling of the HARTFORD COURANT. NBC Sports over the past six months "has consolidated four former locations in three Northeast states here." The new facility has "a giant newsroom, six on-air studios with control rooms, 50 graphics suites, more than 50 editing rooms, and 250 producers to man all that space." The company said that more than "500 employees work in the 300,000 square-foot facility now." NBC Sports Group Chair Mark Lazarus said that the new facility will "likely house more employees as the network lands the rights to broadcast new sports." What "sealed the deal" was a low-interest $20M loan from the state of Connecticut, "which is forgivable if NBC Sports meets its job creation targets in five years and invests at least" $100M (HARTFORD COURANT, 7/25). In Stamford, Rob Varnon notes NBC was "an early company picked to participate" in Conn. Gov. Dannel Malloy's First 5 Program, which provided the company with the $20M loan "in exchange for creating at least 450 jobs and investing money in the facility." Lazarus said, "We would not be here today if not for Gov. Malloy and his First 5 program" (STAMFORD ADVOCATE, 7/25).