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Friday, December 16th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH – DECEMBER 16-18, 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.
Saturday, December 17th
6 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Preview Show
7 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live
7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Crystal Palace v. Chelsea
10 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Middlesbrough v. Swansea City
10 a.m. on CNBC – Premier League: Sunderland v. Watford
12:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League: West Brom v. Manchester United
2:30 p.m. on NBC – Team USA Winter Champions Series: Big Air Snowboarding
4:30 p.m. on NBC – 2016 Winter Dew Tour
4:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Team USA Winter Champions Series: Women’s Hockey – USA v. Canada
6 p.m. on NFL Network – Saturday Night Football Game Day
7 p.m. on NBCSN – Luge – Men’s Singles – Park City, UT
7:30 p.m. on NFL Network – Football Night in New York
8:20 p.m. on NFL Network – Saturday Night Football: Miami Dolphins @ New York Jets
11 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day
Sunday, December 18th
6 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League World
6:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day
7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live
8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Bournemouth v. Southampton
11 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Manchester City v. Arsenal
11 a.m. on CNBC – Premier League: Tottenham v. Burnley
1 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Goal Zone
2 p.m. on NBC – USSA US Grand Prix – Copper Mtn
2:15 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Behind the Badge Watford FC
3 p.m. on NBC – USSA US Grand Prix – Copper Mtn
4 p.m. on NBC – ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Final
6 p.m. on NBCSN – ISU World Cup – Short Track Speed Skating
7 p.m. on NBC – Football Night in America
8 p.m. on NBCSN – FIS Skiing – Alta Badia – Men’s Giant Slalom / Val d’Isere – Women’s Super G
8:20 p.m. on NBC – Sunday Night Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers v. Dallas Cowboys
12 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day II
1 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Week
NBC’s Sunday Night Football continues this week with a matchup with NFC playoff implications, when Dak Prescott and the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (11-2) host Jameis Winston and the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Coverage begins with Football Night in America this Sunday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.
Calling Buccaneers-Cowboys are Al Michaels (play-by-play); Cris Collinsworth; and Michele Tafoya.
Football Night in America is hosted Bob Costas, who will report on-site from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, 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. Kathryn Tappen will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colo., on the Patriots-Broncos game.
In addition, NBC will produce Saturday’s Miami Dolphins-New York Jets game at 8:30 p.m. ET on NFL Network. Mike Tirico calls the game joined by analyst Doug Flutie, with Heather Cox reporting from the sideline. Dungy will join Tirico and Flutie in the booth beginning in the second quarter. Coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET with Football Night in New York hosted by Liam McHugh, who will be joined by Dungy and Harrison.
NBCSN presents an interconference clash on tonight at 7 p.m. ET, when the Penguins host Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Brian Boucher (‘Inside-the-Glass’) will call Kings-Penguins in Pittsburgh.
Pre-game coverage on NHL Live begins one hour prior to this tonight’s game. Liam McHugh anchors tonight’s studio coverage with analysts Jeremy Roenick and Keith Jones. Post-game coverage on NHL Overtime will air on NBCSN immediately following the game.
NBC Sports Group’s presentation of 10 live Premier League matches continues this weekend, highlighted by two blockbuster matches: Manchester City v. Arsenal and Everton v. Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby.
Weekend match coverage begins this Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Crystal Palace v. league-leaders Chelsea at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage continues Saturday at 10 a.m. ET with Middlesbrough v. Swansea City on NBCSN and Sunderland v. Watford on CNBC.
Saturday’s coverage continues at 12:30 p.m. ET with West Bromwich Albion v. Manchester United on NBC.
Live match coverage on Sunday begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Bournemouth v. Southampton at 8:30 a.m. ET. CNBC will present coverage of Tottenham v. Burnley Sunday at 11 a.m. ET.
Fourth-place Manchester City host third-place Arsenal on Premier League Sunday, this Sunday, Dec. 18, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play commentator Arlo White calls the match, joined by analysts Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux at the Etihad Stadium.
Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, joined by Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe.
Sunday at 2:15 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents the fourth and final episode of Behind the Badge: Watford FC, a series that provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Hornets. Voiced by BBC presenter and former English footballer Gary Lineker, this week’s episode focuses on the unique structure of Watford’s front office, explores the history of the club’s iconic badge and follows the squad as they prepare for a crucial match against Everton. Click here for more information on the entire series.
NBCSN will host coverage of the 227th Merseyside Derby, as Everton faces Liverpool on Monday, Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. ET. White calls the match, joined by Dixon at Goodison Park. Coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live.
Following Monday’s match at 5:30 p.m. ET is a new episode of THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW, hosted by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies. The episode will feature comedian John Oliver as guest.
Saturday, Dec. 17
7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Crystal Palace v. Chelsea, commentated by Jon Champion and Phil Neville
10 a.m. on NBCSN – Middlebrough v. Swansea City, commentated by David Stowell and Andy Walker
10 a.m. on CNBC – Sunderland v. Watford, commentated by Gary Taphouse and Neil McCann
10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Stoke City v. Leicester City, commentated by Jonathan Beck and Keith Andrews
10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – West Ham v. Hull City, commentated by Jim Proudfoot and Matt Holland
12:30 p.m. on NBC – West Brom v. Manchester United, commentated by Peter Drury and Jim Beglin
Sunday, Dec. 18
8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Bournemouth v. Southampton, commentated by Gary Weaver and Andy Townsend
11 a.m. on NBCSN – Manchester City v. Arsenal, commentated by Arlo White, Lee Dixon and Graeme Le Saux
11 a.m. on CNBC – Tottenham v. Burnley, commentated by Joe Speight and Tony Gale
Monday, Dec. 19
3 p.m. on NBCSN – Everton v. Liverpool, commentated by Arlo White and Lee Dixon
TEAM USA WINTER CHAMPIONS SERIES
NBC Sports Group presents the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series, a tripleheader of Olympic winter sports events, this Saturday, December 17, on NBC and NBCSN.
Coverage of the Team USA Winter Champions Series begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC with men’s and women’s big air snowboarding from Copper Mountain, Colo., an event that will make its Olympic debut at the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. NBC will also present the FIL Women’s World Cup luge event from Park City, Utah, as part of the telecast.
NBCSN caps the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series with one of international hockey’s best rivalries on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET, when the U.S. Women’s National Team hosts Canada at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
NBC’s coverage of big air snowboarding kicks off the Team USA Winter Champions Series on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET, and also serves as part of the opening weekend of the 21st season of the U.S. Snowboarding Grand Prix. The women’s FIL Luge World Cup follows big air snowboarding on NBC. Saturday’s event takes place at the Utah Olympic Park sliding center in Park City, which hosted the events of the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET, when the U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey Team hosts Canada in a clash of bitter rivals.
Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), and Tina Dixon (reporter) will call the Big Air event. Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Kate Hansen (analyst), and Lewis Johnson (reporter) will call women’s luge coverage. Gord Miller (play-by-play), AJ Mleczko (analyst), and Leila Rahimi (reporter) will call Team USA-Canada women’s hockey.
FIS WORLD CUP
NBC Sports Group will present nearly 100 hours of Olympic winter sports coverage this weekend across NBC, NBCSN, Universal HD, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, highlighted by FIS World Cup alpine skiing coverage from Val d’Isere in France and Val Gardena and Alta Badia in Italy.
In addition, NBC Sports Group will present freestyle skiing and snowboarding from the U.S. Grand Prix in Copper Mountain, Colo.; FIL World Cup luge from Park City Utah; ISU World Cup short track speed skating; IBSF World Cup bobsled and skeleton coverage from Lake Placid, N.Y.; and the inaugural Team USA Winter Champions Series.
Universal HD will air same-day delayed coverage of FIS World Cup alpine skiing each day, beginning today at 5 p.m. ET with the men’s super G from Val Gardena. In addition to Universal HD’s coverage each day, NBCSN will air a three-hour telecast on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, highlighting the men’s giant slalom from Alta Badia and the women’s super G in Val d’Isere.
Bill Doleman (play-by-play) and Steve Porino (analyst) will call this weekend’s FIS World Cup coverage on NBCSN.
NBC presents coverage of the U.S. Grand Prix season opener this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in Copper Mountain, Colo., as the world’s best skiers and snowboarders compete in the halfpipe.
Todd Harris (play-by-play), Todd Richards (analyst), Luke Van Valin (analyst), and Tina Dixon (reporter) will call the action.
NBC Sports Group will present coverage of this weekend’s ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating event from Gangneung Ice Arena in South Korea, which will serve as a test event for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. Universal HD will televise coverage Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, followed by NBCSN’s presentation on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.
Steve Schlanger (play-by-play) and Dan Weinstein (analyst) will provide commentary.
NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2016 Winter Dew Tour kicks off this Saturday, December 17 at 4:30 p.m. ET, highlighting three days of winter action sports competition from Breckenridge Ski Resort, in Breckenridge, Colo.
Jimmy Coleman hosts NBC’s coverage from Breckenridge Ski Resort. Coleman will be joined by analysts Todd Richards, Tina Dixon and Eddie Wall (Snowboard) and Luke Van Valin and Mike Rogge (Ski).