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Friday, January 8th, 2016

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH – JANUARY 8-10, 2016

(All times ET)

The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team. For live streaming information on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Golf Channel Live Extra, click here.

Friday, January 8
2 p.m. on NBCSN – ISBF World Cup – Women’s Skeleton
3 p.m. on NBCSN – ISBF World Cup – Women’s Bobsleigh
4 p.m. on NBCSN – ISBF World Cup – Two Man Bobsleigh
5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Dakar Rally
6 p.m. on NBCSN – Pro Football Talk
6 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA TOUR Hyundai Tournament of Champions
7:30 p.m. on NBCSN – College Hockey: Western Michigan @ Notre Dame
10 p.m. on NBCSN – Curling Night In America

Saturday, January 9
5:30 a.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing – Women’s Downhill
5:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour BMW South African Open
7 a.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing – Men’s Giant Slalom
12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – U.S. Army All-American Bowl Pre-Game Show
1 p.m. on NBC – U.S. Army All-American Bowl
4 p.m. on NBC – PGA TOUR Hyundai Tournament of Champions
5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Dakar Rally
6 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Motorcycle Auction
6 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA TOUR Hyundai Tournament of Champions
9 p.m. on NBCSN – Women’s Indoor Volleyball: USA vs. Dominican Republic

Sunday, January 10
5 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour BMW South African Open
5:30 a.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing – Women’s Super G
7 a.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing – Men’s Slalom
12 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: URI @ St. Joe’s
12 p.m. on NBC – Football Night in America
1 p.m. on NBC – NFL Wild Card Game: Seattle Seahawks @ Minnesota Vikings
2 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: Richmond @ Fordham
4 p.m. on NBCSN – College Basketball: VCU @ St. Louis University
6 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA TOUR Hyundai Tournament of Champions
6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Dakar Rally
7:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live
8 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL: New Jersey Devis @ Minnesota Wild
11:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Sunday Shootout: The Week in Review

NFL WILD CARD GAME
NBC kicks off its coverage of the 2015 NFL playoffs this Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. ET with an NFC Wild Card matchup, when Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks (NFC West, 10-6) visit Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings (NFC North, 11-5) at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn. NBC’s NFL Wild Card coverage on Sunday begins at Noon ET with a special edition of Football Night in America.

Calling Seahawks-Vikings from TCF Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., is Al Michaels (play-by-play) alongside Cris Collinsworth (analyst), and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya.

Bob Costas will host Football Night in America reporting live alongside Hines Ward from Houston at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. Joining Costas and Ward from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., is co-host Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, Mike Florio and Peter King.

NHL
NBC Sports Group debuts Sunday Night Hockey on NBCSN, the first of 12 upcoming Sunday night NHL matchups, when Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild host Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils at 8 p.m. ET.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (analyst) will have the call of NBCSN’s Sunday Night Hockey showdown from Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

NHL Live host Liam McHugh will host studio coverage alongside Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick to provide pre-game and post-game analysis, as well as commentary during intermissions.

FIS SKIING WORLD CUP
NBC Sports Group’s live men’s and women’s FIS World Cup skiing coverage on NBCSN begins Saturday morning at 5:30 a.m. ET with the women’s downhill at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee in Austria.

Coverage continues at 7 a.m. ET with men’s giant slalom action from Adelboden, Switzerland. Sunday’s alpine skiing coverage on NBCSN begins at 5:30 a.m. ET with the super-G, and continues at 7 a.m. ET with the men’s slalom.

Steve Porino (play-by-play) and Kaylin Richardson (analyst) will call the women’s events, while Porino and Doug Lewis (analyst) will call the men’s races.

CURLING NIGHT IN AMERICA
Curling Night In America makes its return to NBCSN for the first of eight telecasts tomorrow night at 10 p.m. ET. The event features Team USA, as well as China, Japan, and Scotland, and includes one men’s, women’s and mixed doubles team from each nation. Jason Knapp (play-by-play), Pete Fenson (analyst), and Tanith White (reporter) will provide commentary from Curl Mesabi in Eveleth, Minn.

IBSF WORLD CUP
IBSF World Cup bobsled and skeleton coverage from Lake Placid on NBCSN begins tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET with women’s skeleton, followed by women’s bobsled at 3 p.m. ET and two-man bobsled at 4 p.m. ET. The four-man bobsled will air Saturday on Universal HD at 8 p.m. ET. John Morgan will provide commentary from Lake Placid.

DAKAR RALLY
NBCSN presents coverage of the 2016 Dakar Rally, the world’s most challenging off-road endurance race during the next two weeks.

Coverage of Stage 5 – San Salvador De Jujuy to Uyuni begins tonight at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage continues on NBCSN with Stage 6 – Uyuni to Uyuni on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. ET, and Stage 7 – Uyuni to Salta on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will provide commentary throughout NBCSN’s Dakar Rally coverage.

U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
NBC will air the 16th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school football all-star game, Saturday, Jan. 9, at 1 p.m. ET live from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage kicks off Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with a live pre-game show from the Alamodome.

Paul Burmeister will serve as play-by-play announcer for the game, as well as host of the pre-game show. Burmeister will be joined by analyst Anthony Herron, and reporters Lewis Johnson and Marty Snider. Barton Simmons from 247Sports will serve as an analyst for the telecast, contributing inside information on prep players and collegiate team recruiting rankings.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
NBC Sports Group presents coverage of the Atlantic 10 Conference on NBCSN this Sunday, Jan. 10, with three matchups beginning at Noon ET.

A-10 action tips off with Rhode Island at St Joseph’s at Noon ET, immediately followed by Richmond at Fordham at 2 p.m. ET. Coverage concludes with VCU at Saint Louis at 4 p.m. ET.

Mike Corey and Dalen Cuff call Sunday’s URI–St. Joe’s matchup from Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in Philadelphia, Pa.

Jason Knapp and Blaine Taylor call Richmond vs. Fordham from Rose Hill Gym, New York, N.Y., while Steve Schlanger and David Kaplan call the VCU-St. Louis University matchup from Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Mo.

COLLEGE HOCKEY
NBCSN’s coverage of the 2015-16 college hockey campaign continues this season with an interconference matchup between the Western Michigan Broncos and the No. 15 Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Steve Schlanger alongside Brian Boucher (analyst) will call Saturday’s matchup from Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.

GOLF
NBC Sports Group presents coverage of the first events of 2016 with the PGA TOUR’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the European Tour’s BMW South African Open.

Weekend coverage of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions begins tonight at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel. Saturday’s coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET on NBC, before moving to Golf Channel at 6 p.m. ET. Coverage concludes on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Rich Lerner (play-by-play) hosts coverage from the Kapalua Resort in Maui, Hawaii. Joing Lerner will be Peter Jacobsen (analyst) Frank Nobilo and Mark Rolfing (tower), Jerry Foltz and Curt Byrum (on-course). Steve Burkowski will contribute with interviews.

Live coverage of the European Tour’s BMW South African Open on Golf Channel continues Saturday at 5:30 a.m. ET, and concludes Sunday at 5 a.m. ET.

Scott Walker hosts coverage of the BMW South African Open from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla. Calling the action from Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa are Dominik Holyer (play-by-play), Denis Hutchinson (analyst), Jay Townsend (analyst), and Paul Eales (on-course).