October 7th, 1777 is one of the most important dates in the history of Western Civilization.
That day ended the Battle of Saratoga; a victory for the American Colonies over General Burgoyne and the British Empire. This battle decisively turned the war in favor of the Americans, aided by the French, for good. From that day forward, Britain would inevitably lose the war.
Years from now, when assessing the history of broadcast television, we may deem August 17th, 2013 the Battle of Saratoga of sports media. Certainly for television sports media, as we’ll see both the launch of Fox Sports 1
and the beginning of NBC
Sports English Premier League coverage. The former is obviously the more important of the two events, so Fox Sports 1 is the American rebellion. The latter is less important, so NBC would be the French in this case.
However, I’ll explain later just how huge it is that NBC is bringing Premier League to the United
States. Obviously, ESPN
is Great Britain in this analogy. I guess CBS
would be the Hessians and Turner Sports the Native Americans in this conflict...
awhile ago to host The Crossover, a daily sports and entertainment show on NBC
Sports Network. The program, hosted solely by Michelle Beadle
(unlike Sports Nation on ESPN
in which she had a co-host) will go all in Stanley Cup Final content on Monday with a one-hour extended episode prior to game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks
and Boston Bruins. It airs at 5 p.m. CDT.
There will also be special NHL
edition of the Michelle Beadle
talk show after the game). For whatever reason, game 3 tomorrow night will only be on NBC
Sports Network, not NBC
(game 2 was demoted to cable as well)...
NBC announced Dan Hicks as Tom Hammond’s replacement for lead play-by-play on Notre Dame
football broadcasts this fall. Hammond has been calling Notre Dame
football since 1992. Hammond will continue at NBC, announcing horse racing
, figure skating and track and field at the Olympics
. In other words, three sports you don’t care about. However, Hammond will also call the next two Olympics
; which is a very cool, high-powered assignment...
NBC Sports network is truly suffering from the NHL lockout. The network known last year as Versus, and Outdoor Life Network previous to that, is really hurting in the ratings department. In fact the only thing drawing viewers at all is hunting and fishing shows. Notre Dame game replays are not helping the network. Although the numbers are obviously not in yet for the New Year's Day ND marathon on programming. But I'm guessing it won't be favorable considering it had to compete with live college football bowl games.
As the NHL lockout could be nearing an end, things may turn around soon for the struggling channel...