Tuesday, November 4th, 2014



November 4, 2014 – Vol. 41

NBC Sports Digital Unveils New Graphics for Premier League Live Streaming

NBC Sports Digital has developed new broadcast-quality graphic overlays that provide an improved streaming experience for Premier League fans when they watch matches on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The new functionality and visualizations include real-time player and match statistics; navigable Play-by-Play text synchronized with the video stream; fantasy news from RotoWorld; and live tables that provide real-time league standings. In addition, every goal, every red card and every key moment are quickly available to viewers via the redesigned Key Events bar.

The replay experience is spoiler-free, as all relevant statistics provided by the new graphics are synchronized to the video.

“We constantly strive to improve the streaming experience for our viewers,” said Jack Jackson, VP, Product Development, NBC Sports Group. “These new graphic overlays provide fans with real-time information at their fingertips. Whether it’s real-time match information, league standings or fantasy stats, Premier League fans will have more information at their disposal than ever before. And the new information is synchronized to the video, allowing fans watching replays a spoiler-free experience.”

For photos, click here.

Rotoworld Scores Record Traffic in October

Boosted by the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB, Rotoworld scored its best October ever and second-highest month of all time. Rotoworld attracted 6.8 million unique users in October, up 10% vs. Oct. 2013 (6.2 million) and its second-highest month ever; 143.5 million page views, up 8.2% vs. Oct. 2013 (132.7 million), second-highest month ever; and 29.1 million visits, up 2% vs. Oct. 2013 (28.7 million), an all-time monthly high.

Golf Live Extra Showcases RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship

Golf Channel and Golf Live Extra will showcase the raw power of eight of the longest hitters of the golf ball in the world tonight, Tuesday, November 4 at 10 p.m. ET with the 2014 RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.  At stake during the two-hour live finale is a winner-take-all prize of $250,000 and the world long drive championship belt.  The finalists will crush drives – requiring both distance and accuracy – in excess of 400 yards from a custom-made set under the lights of the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort.

Hines Ward Treats Pittsburgh Fans to a Trick and a Treat

NBC Sports’ social media team provided Steelers fans with a Trick and a Treat this Halloween. The Sunday Night Football Bus rolled into Pittsburgh this past weekend with Hines Ward, the former Steelers WR and current NBC Sports commentator.  Ward wore a disguise amidst unsuspecting Steelers supporters on the SNF Bus before revealing himself to the delight of the fans. On Facebook, the video reached 523,000 people, had 126,000 views and 2,500 Likes.

Watch the clip here:


Below are the latest long form pieces on NBC SportsWorld:

Joe Posnanski on LeBron James and his return to Cleveland. Click here to read the story.

Nick Zaccardi on the increasing popularity of distance running, in tribute to the NYC marathon this past weekend. Click here.

Joe Posnanski on the magic of “MadBum” and whether the Giants are a dynasty after winning their third World Series in five years. Click here.

The godfather of Moneyball, Bill James, on the baseball insurrection he sparked, and his regrets over the statistical revolution he wrought. Click here.

HardBallTalk debuted its Top 150 baseball free agents for the 2015 season. Click here.

MotorSportsTalk surrounded the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix with two writers in Austin and collaborated with the NBC Sports’ original programming team on video, including a piece on what F1’s future in the U.S. looks like, click here.

Names in the News

NBC Sports Digital’s VP of Technology Eric Black recently spoke at Microsoft’s Media in the Cloud Summit in Los Angeles.  He participated in a panel discussion about Live Streaming at Scale with NBC Sports and Next Generation Sports Network. Click here to watch the session.