NBC, NBCSN to air 89 NHL games this season

NBC Sports Group will televise 103 regular-season NHL games this season. NBC will air 14 games and NBC Sports Net has 89, including an expansion of its Wednesday Night Rivalry series when 10 west-coast games are added in doubleheader action.

NBC Sports Group 2013-14 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):

Date

Away

Home

Network

Time (ET)

Wed., Oct. 8

Philadelphia

Boston

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 8

San Jose

Los Angeles

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 9

Colorado

Minnesota

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 14

Buffalo

Carolina

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 15

Boston

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 21

Philadelphia

Chicago

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 22

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 28

Minnesota

Boston

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 29

Detroit

Washington

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 4

St. Louis

New Jersey

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 5

Detroit

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 11

Buffalo

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 12

Boston

Toronto

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 12

Los Angeles

Anaheim

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 18

San Jose

Buffalo

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 19

Philadelphia

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 24

Pittsburgh

Boston

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 26

Philadelphia

Detroit

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 28

N.Y. Rangers

Philadelphia

NBC

1 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 2

Tampa Bay

Buffalo

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 2

Philadelphia

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 3

St. Louis

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 9

Los Angeles

Buffalo

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 10

Toronto

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 15

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 17

Boston

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 23

St. Louis

Colorado

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 27

Washington

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 27

San Jose

Los Angeles

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 29

Detroit

Boston

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 1*

Chicago

Washington

NBC

1 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 4

Dallas

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 6

San Jose

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 7

Boston

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 7

N.Y. Rangers

Anaheim

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 11

Minnesota

Chicago

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 13

Minnesota

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 14

Philadelphia

Washington

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 18

NY Rangers

Pittsburgh

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 18

Buffalo

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 19

Colorado

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 20

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 21

Chicago

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 21

Los Angeles

San Jose

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Tues., Jan. 27

Tampa Bay

Carolina

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 28

Pittsburgh

Washington

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 28

Chicago

Los Angeles

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29

Montreal

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29

Anaheim

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 1

St. Louis

Washington

NBCSN

1 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 3

Chicago

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 4

Boston

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 5

Detroit

Colorado

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 8

Chicago

St. Louis

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 8

Montreal

Boston

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 9

Arizona

Chicago

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 11

Detroit

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 11

Washington

San Jose

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 15

Pittsburgh

Chicago

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 15

Philadelphia

Buffalo

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 17

Buffalo

New Jersey

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 18

Detroit

Chicago

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 18

Los Angeles

Colorado

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 19

Columbus

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 21

Los Angeles

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 22

Washington

Philadelphia

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 22

Boston

Chicago

NBC

3:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 22

Dallas

Minnesota

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 24

Philadelphia

Carolina

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Wed., Feb. 25

Pittsburgh

Washington

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Thurs., Feb. 26

Minnesota

Nashville

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 28

N.Y. Rangers

Philadelphia

NBC

8 p.m.

Sun., March 1

Anaheim

Dallas

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Tues., March 3

Buffalo

Tampa Bay

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., March 4

N.Y. Rangers

Detroit

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., March 8

Detroit

Boston

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., March 8

N.Y. Rangers

Chicago

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 9

Pittsburgh

San Jose

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Tues., March 10

Los Angeles

Colorado

NBCSN

9 p.m.

Wed., March 11

N.Y. Rangers

Washington

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., March 15

Detroit

Pittsburgh

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., March 15

Boston

Washington

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 16

Washington

Buffalo

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Tues., March 17

Buffalo

Boston

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Wed., March 18

Chicago

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., March 18

Los Angeles

Anaheim

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Sun., March 22

St. Louis

Detroit

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., March 22

Anaheim

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., March 24

Los Angeles

N.Y. Rangers

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Wed., March 25

Chicago

Philadelphia

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sun., March 29

San Jose

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 30

Los Angeles

Chicago

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., April 1

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., April 1

Colorado

San Jose

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Thurs., April 2

Boston

Detroit

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Sun., April 5

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Sun., April 5

St. Louis

Chicago

NBCSN

7:30 p.m.

Tues., April 7

Minnesota

Chicago

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Wed., April 8

Boston

Washington

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Wed., April 8

Dallas

Anaheim

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

Thurs., April 9

Chicago

St. Louis

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Sat., April 11

Minnesota

St. Louis

NBC

3 p.m.

Sat., April 11

San Jose

Los Angeles

NBC

3 p.m.

Sat., April 11

Boston

Tampa Bay

NBCSN

TBD

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This week in sports broadcasting history

July 17 was a big day for television sports history.

In 1959, the first known use of sports instant replay takes place. Jim McAnany of the Chicago White Sox broke up a no-hit bid by Yankees pitcher Ralph Terry, and WPIX director Terry Murphy was able to use a videotape replay.
In 1964, the first pay television telecast of a Major League Baseball game takes place as the Cubs visited the Dodgers.
The United States Football League held its first championship game in 1983. The Michigan Panthers beat the Philadelphia Stars, 24-22, in Denver, Colo. The game was televised by ABC, with Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann on the call, and was played before 50,906.

 

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Button up … it’s cold outside

Happy birthday to Olympic figure skating champion and long-time TV analyst Dick Button, born in 1929.
Button won Olympic gold in 1948 and 1952 and was a five-time World champion.
Button served as a figure skating commentator for CBS (1960-62), ABC (1962-2008) and NBC (2006, 2010).
Here are some of Button’s more famous TV calls:

Here is footage of Button skating in the 1948 Winter Olympics.

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Free baseball for a week!

MLB Extra Innings will be offered on a free mid-season preview from Friday, July 18, through Thursday, July 24. That means digital cable customers can watch almost every Major League Baseball game for a week.
The service, provided by InDemand, can be found on the standard definition channels in the pay tier for cable customers (sorry, no high definition for the free preview). All games, except those of the Yankees and Mets, will be available in the Hudson Valley area, and our Pennsylvania neighbors would be blacked out from Phillies games.

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“Hey mister, you can’t park your ox there … “

Monday Night Football analyst Alex Karras was born on this date (July 15), in 1935. Karras played with the Detroit Lions from 1958-70 (except 1963). He worked MNF games from 1974-76. Karras also acted, in the 1974 comedy “Blazing Saddles” and ABC situation comedy “Webster” (1983-89). Karras died on October 10, 2012.
Here is an October 1976 MNF pregame featuring Karras:

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Last week in Sports Broadcast history: July 4-8

4 – Happy birthday to Yankees’ radio voice John Sterling, born in 1938. Sterling was also the radio play-by-play voice of the New York Islanders from 1975-78.

5 – Hall of Fame boxing announcer Don Dunphy was born, in 1908. Dunphy called more than 2,000 fights on radio and television, from 1939-81. He died on July 22, 1998.

6 – Happy birthday to MSG analyst Ron Duguay, born in 1957.

8 – Famed sports TV pioneer Roone Arledge was born, in 1931. Arledge was president of ABC Sports (1968-86) and ABC News (1977-98). He was noted for creating Monday Night Football (in 1970) and for his Olympics coverage – he produced 10 Games. Arledge died from prostate cancer on December 5, 2002.

8 – Fox Sports airs its first Major League Baseball All-Star Game, in 1997, from Jacobs Field in Cleveland.

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On this date in Sports Broadcasting history: July 11

1928 – Chet Simmons, the president of NBC Sports and ESPN and first commissioner of the United States Football League, was born. He died on March 25, 2010.
The first USFL playoff game was held on July 9, 1983, as host Philadelphia needed overtime to beat Chicago, 44-38, in a game televised by ABC with Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann on the call.

The next day, the Michigan Panthers beat the visiting Oakland Invaders, 37-21, in the other semifinal on ABC, with Keith Jackson and Lynn Swann on the call.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xBC_Br1B-k

1950 – The Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is televised for the first time, from Chicago’s Comiskey Park.

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Happy birthday, WFL

The World Football League made its debut on July 10, 1974. The league barely made it through its first season and was disbanded 12 weeks into the 1975 season.
TVS Television Network syndicated a Thursday night game of the week, with Merle Harmon (the former Titans/Jets play-by-play voice) and Alex Hawkins serving as announcers. In the short history of the New York Stars, announcers included John Sterling and Spencer Ross. Famed radio and TV talker Larry King was the TV announcer for the Shreveport (La.) Storm.
Jacksonville announcers Mike Patrick and Dick Stratton call the closing action of a July 17, 1974, game between the Jacksonville Sharks and Chicago Fire.

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NFL Network to air 14 live preseason games

The NFL Network will televise 14 live preseason games in August.
The network will show every preseason game at least once on tape delay throughout the week (that schedule will be released later). NFL Network telecasts (which are taken from team’s local broadcast feeds) do not conflict with nationally televised games by CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN.
The schedule:
Thursday, Aug. 7 - San Francisco at Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.; Dallas at San Diego, 10 p.m. (joined in progress at 10:30 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 8 - New Orleans at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 9 - Cleveland at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 15 - Philadelphia at New England, 7:30 p.m.; San Diego at Seattle, 10 p.m. (in progress at 10:30 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 16 - Green bay at St. Louis, 4 p.m.; Baltimore at Dallas, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 17 - Denver at San Francisco, 4 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21 - Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 22 - Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m. (in progress at 11 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 23 - Tampa Bay at Buffalo, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 28 - Jets at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. (likely blacked out in N.Y. and Philly markets); Seattle at Oakland, 10 p.m.

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Cleanthony Early, Knicks on MSG this week

Knicks second-round draft pick Cleanthony Early of Middletown will get some early television exposure from the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. MSG Network will air all of the Knicks summer games, starting with 4 p.m. telecasts on Friday vs. Dallas, Saturday vs. Portland and Monday vs. Charlotte. The remainder of the Las Vegas tournament schedule will be determined by wins and losses.
Mike Crispino, Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Alan Hahn will be on the MSG broadcasts.

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