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Friday, December 2nd, 2016

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH – NOVEMBER 23-27, 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 NBCSports.com, and Golf Channel Live Extra, click here.

Friday, December 2nd
9 a.m. on NBCSN – The Dan Patrick Show
1 p.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing – Val d’Isere – Super G
2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Avivia Premiership Rugby: Sal v. Exeter
5 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auto Auctions – Kansas City
7 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Red Carpet Special
9 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards Show
12 a.m. on NBCSN – USA Swimming AT&T US Winter Nationals

Saturday, December 3rd
6 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Preview Show
6:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live
7:25 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Manchester City v. Chelsea
9:55 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Tottenham v. Swansea City
10 a.m. on CNBC – Premier League: Crystal Palace v. Southampton
12:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League: West Ham v. Arsenal
12:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auto Auctions – Kansas City
2:30 p.m. on NBC – PGA Tour Hero World Challenge – Bahamas
5 p.m. on NBC – FIS Skiing – Val d’Isere – Downhill
5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – USA Swimming AT&T US Winter Nationals
8 p.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing – Lake Louise – Women’s Downhill
9:30 p.m. on NBCSN – FIL Luge World Cup – Lake Placid
10:30 p.m. on NBCSN – IBSF World Cup Bobsled – Whistler – Four Man Bobsleigh
11:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day

Sunday, December 4th
6:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day
7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live
8:25 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Bournemouth v. Liverpool
10:55 a.m. on NBSN – Premier League: Everton v. Manchester United
1 p.m. on NBCSN – Goal Zone
1 p.m. on NBC – PGA Tour Hero World Challenge – Bahamas
2 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier league: Behind the Badge – Watford
2:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Aviva Premiership Rugby: Worcester v. Wasps
4 p.m. on NBC – World Long Drive Championship
5 p.m. on NBC – USA Swimming AT&T US Winter Nationals
5 p.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing Val d’Isere – Downhill
7 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auto Auctions – Kansas City
7 p.m. on NBC – Football Night in America
8:20 p.m. on NBC – Sunday Night Football: Carolina Panthers @ Seattle Seahawks

NFL
NBC’s Sunday Night Football — primetime television’s No. 1 show — continues this week when Russell Wilson and the first-place Seattle Seahawks visit Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers in a rematch of last season’s NFC Divisional Playoff game. Coverage begins with Football Night in America this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

Calling Panthers-Seahawks are Al Michaels (play-by-play); Cris Collinsworth; and Michele Tafoya.

Football Night in America, the most-watched weekly studio show in sports, is hosted by Mike Tirico, who will report on-site from CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash., and Dan Patrick, who will host from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Patrick is joined by Tony Dungy, Rodney Harrison, and Mike Florio of NBC Sports’ ProFootballTalk. Paul Burmeister will report from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the Giants-Steelers game.

NASCAR
NBC Sports Group caps off the 2016 NASCAR season this Friday with the Sprint Cup Series Awards from Las Vegas. NBCSN’s celebration of a memorable and historic season of NASCAR action begins at 7 p.m. ET with a special two-hour NASCAR America: Red Carpet Special, followed by the awards banquet at 9 p.m. ET.

Carolyn Manno and Parker Kligerman kick off Friday’s coverage at 7 p.m. on NBCSN, live from NBC Sports Group’s headquarters in Stamford, Conn. Steve Letarte contributes from NBC Sports Charlotte. Meanwhile, Rutledge Wood and Marty Snider bring viewers onto the red carpet for interviews with all 16 playoff drivers, their guests and celebrities from the Wynn Las Vegas.

Krista Voda and Rick Allen host NBCSN’s coverage as the official award ceremony gets underway at 9 p.m. ET. The special includes an essay by Ken Squier that pays tribute to Jimmie Johnson‘s historic seventh championship, as well as the always anticipated-announcement of this year’s NMPA Sprint Most Popular Driver, a title held by Dale Earnhardt Jr. for the past 13 years.

PREMIER LEAGUE
First-place Chelsea visit third-place Manchester City this Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO, highlighting NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend. All top-five Premier League teams will be featured on NBC or NBCSN this week.

Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET, NBC presents coverage of West Ham United v. fourth-place Arsenal. The Gunners are coming off a 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday, featuring two goals from their leading scorer Alexis Sanchez. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play commentator Arlo White calls the match, joined by Lee Dixon at Emirates Stadium.

Premier League coverage continues this Sunday, December 4, at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Bournemouth v. second-place Liverpool. Liverpool, tied on points with third-place MANCHESTER City and just one point behind leaders Chelsea, must cope without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

GOLF
Tiger Woods is scheduled to return to competition this week for the first time in nearly 16 months at the Hero World Challenge. Woods will be joined by Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth, competing amongst an 18-man field in a no-cut event that will feature six of the top-10 and 16 of the top-30 players in the world. World No. 7 Adam Scott leads the field in his home nation at the Australian PGA Championship, airing live and in primetime on Golf Channel, Wednesday-Saturday. South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel will defend his 2015 title in his native country at the Alfred Dunhill Championship. The Asian Tour stages the Panasonic Open India in Delhi, where Chiragh Kumar will defend his 2015 title. And tonight, Golf Channel will recap the 2016 PGA Junior League Golf National Championship with a highlight show, featuring California’s win over Georgia in the championship match.

Broadcast Team:
Play by Play: Steve Sands (Golf Channel) Dan Hicks (NBC)
Analyst: Curt Byrum (Golf Channel) / David Feherty (NBC)
Tower: Gary Koch
On-Course: Notah Begay / Jerry Foltz
Interviews: Steve Sands (NBC)

SKIING
NBC Sports Group’s FIS World Cup skiing coverage this weekend is highlighted by the men’s alpine events in Val d’Isere, France, which will feature Bode Miller, the most decorated U.S. Olympic skier in history, as a color commentator on NBC and NBCSN’s telecasts.

NBC Sports Group will present more than 40 hours of men’s and women’s FIS World Cup skiing coverage this weekend, including women’s alpine skiing from Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety is expected to compete this weekend in France, while Switzerland’s Lara Gut, last season’s World Cup overall champion, is expected to compete at Lake Louise.

Former World Cup ski racer Steve Porino will call the men’s downhill action alongside Bode Miller this weekend. NBC Sports’ coverage begins Friday at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the super-G, followed by NBC’s coverage of the downhill on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present coverage of the giant slalom Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

SWIMMING
NBC Sports Group presents 14 hours of swimming coverage in December, beginning with the AT&T U.S. Winter Nationals tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of the event continues throughout the weekend, with a live show this Saturday, Dec. 3, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and coverage on NBC this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 5 p.m. ET.

Highlighting the competition are four-time Olympic medalist Amanda Weir, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Tom Shields, and 2012 Olympic gold medalists Breeja Larson and Claire Donohue.

Ted Robinson calls the action joined by analyst Rowdy Gaines, with Trenni Kusnierek reporting pool-side at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga.

BOBSLED
NBC Sports Group will present 150 hours of bobsled and skeleton coverage throughout the 2016-17 season, including all IBSF World Cup events, and the IBSF World Championships in Sochi, Russia. The events will be presented across a variety of platforms including NBCSN, Universal HD, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, from December through March 2017.

MECUM AUCTIONS
NBCSN presents 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage this weekend from the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Mo., beginning with a live four-hour block tomorrow at 2 p.m. ET.

Scott Hoke will host NBCSN’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at the Kansas City Convention Center, alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and Bill Stephens. Mecum Auctions is led by Dana Mecum, Founder and President of Mecum Auctions for the past 28 years.