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For the second
consecutive year, and only the second time in the 96-year history of the
NHL, every Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised nationally. NBC
Sports Group will provide unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup
Playoffs, which begin tomorrow, in April, May and June, televising as
many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of
programming. Games will be presented on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC
(in primetime), and NHL Network. In addition, more Stanley Cup Playoff
games will be live streamed than ever before.
NBC Sports Regional Networks will surround the Blackhawks (Comcast
SportsNet Chicago), Bruins (Comcast SportsNet New England), Capitals
(Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic), and Sharks (Comcast SportsNet
California) with in-depth live-event and/or news coverage. NBCSports.com
will provide comprehensive online coverage of the playoffs with
online-only video, contributions from Comcast SportsNet insiders, and
constant news updates from ProHockeyTalk.
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“After a regular season which has seen significant viewership growth
across both NBC and NBC Sports Network, we are proud to once again
employ all of our assets – broadcast, cable, regional and digital – to
surround the Stanley Cup Playoffs for hockey fans,” said Mark Lazarus,
Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “During the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC
Sports Group will provide fans and viewers with more live-event, second
screen and news coverage than any previous postseason in NHL history.”
CONFERENCE CALL TODAY
At 3 p.m. ET today, NBC Sports Group will host a conference call with
studio commentators Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy
Roenick, and executive producer Sam Flood, to preview the 2013 Stanley
Cup Playoffs. Press interested in participating should call
785-830-7991; password 7576258.
What: NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Call
Who: Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick, and executive producer Sam Flood
When: Monday, April 29; 3 p.m. ET
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra -- the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product
for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets -- will stream all Stanley Cup
Playoff games that air on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and CNBC, including
the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. The vast majority of games
will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort
to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and
out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at
NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile
devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and
iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within
Games airing on:
NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets
through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of
participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,”
which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of
CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”
Every first-round playoff game will be televised on a national platform.
In order to televise as many as four games on a given day/night, the NBC
Sports Group will utilize NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and the NHL
Network to carry Conference Quarterfinal games.
NBC Sports Network will be the primary home of the Stanley Cup Playoffs,
offering coverage of one or two games virtually every night of the
first round. NBC will present exclusive afternoon coverage during the
weekend of May 4-5.
CNBC and NHL Network will also provide live coverage in primetime. Games
airing on NBC Sports Network, CNBC and the NHL Network will be subject
to local blackouts in the first round.
See below for a complete Conference Quarterfinal schedule.
NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff exclusivity originates with the
Conference Semifinal round. Beginning in the second round and continuing
through the Stanley Cup Final, all games will air exclusively on NBC,
NBC Sports Network, or CNBC.
NBC Sports Network will serve as the primary home for Conference
Semifinal coverage, offering one or two games virtually every night of
the second round. When necessary, CNBC will provide live coverage in
primetime, although more infrequently than in the first round. NBC will
present exclusive afternoon coverage during the weekend of May 18-19,
plus a primetime game on Saturday, May 25.
NBC and the NBC Sports Network will team to provide exclusive coverage
of the Conference Finals. NBC will broadcast Saturday games on June 1
and June 8. The remaining games from both the Eastern and Western
Conference Finals will be televised exclusively on NBC Sports Network.
STANLEY CUP FINAL
For the eighth consecutive year, NBC and NBC Sports Network (formerly
VERSUS) will provide exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. NBC
will broadcast Game 1, Game 4, and Games 5-7 (if necessary), with NBC
Sports Network televising Games 2-3. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play
commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and
‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the Stanley Cup
Robust pre-game, post-game and intermission studio programming
throughout the 2013 NHL postseason will originate from NBC Sports
Group’s new, state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center located in
Stamford, Conn., except during the Stanley Cup Final, when the studio
will be live from the game sites.
On most weeknights, fans can expect NHL studio programming for games
airing on both NBC Sports Network and CNBC, sometimes simultaneously.
NHL Live will usually begin one hour prior to game time, with post-game
coverage airing immediately after the final game of the night.
On most days, the NHL Live team of Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, and Keith
Jones will man the studio for games airing on NBC and NBC Sports
Network, with Bill Patrick and Jeremy Roenick working the studio for
CNBC games. Host Russ Thaler and analysts Mike Keenan and Anson Carter
form an additional team of studio commentators during the NHL playoffs.
Beginning on Wednesday, May 1 and continuing nearly every morning
throughout the playoffs, NBC Sports Network will air encore
presentations of the previous night’s NHL Live post-game show, as well
as a cut-down version of the most exciting game of the night.
NHL Live post-game encores will air daily at 6 a.m. ET and 8:30 a.m. ET, with the game encore airing from 6:30-8:30 a.m. ET.
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the
Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via Comcast SportsNet,
available in more than 50 million U.S. households and the hometown
network for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, and Washington
Capitals. In-depth coverage for those teams advancing to the postseason
includes exclusive regional coverage of all first-round games with pre-
and post-game shows.
For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional
Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as
breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.
Comcast SportsNet New England will air special pre- and post-game
coverage for all Boston Bruins games throughout the playoffs, as well as
in-depth coverage and analysis of the team’s playoff run throughout all
CSNNE programming and online at CSNNE.com.