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New NBC sports network for 2012?

14 Dec 2011 00:13

Cool new commercial with Christian Vande Velde.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvwjucBb04Y&feature=youtu.be

New 24-hour sports network in the works as well.

I'm assuming that since they're featuring a cyclist in at least one of their ads that they're also planning on actually covering races?

But is this the end of Universal Sports?

Universal has been making pleas online for some time now for people to call their cable provided in order to avoid losing the channel come January 2012. Now this "new" network shows itself?

I'm lost on the power-play/politics at work here though. Universal has always had an NBC affiliation. Then NBC acquires and absorbs Versus, and now this? :confused:


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14 Dec 2011 01:00

Great commercial!! Christian is one of my fav's so I may be biased! I'm hoping that they keep Gogo and Schlaeger but I have a feeling that Phil and Paul's huge following will trump that possibility. :( Please, please, please give Bob Roll the heave-ho!
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14 Dec 2011 01:10

La Pandera wrote:Great commercial!! Christian is one of my fav's so I may be biased! I'm hoping that they keep Gogo and Schlaeger but I have a feeling that Phil and Paul's huge following will trump that possibility. :( Please, please, please give Bob Roll the heave-ho!


Or just give Eurosport a few quid for their feed with Harmon and Kelly. Although I suspect that Sean's distinctive tones might throw a few people for a while.
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14 Dec 2011 10:11

https://twitter.com/#!/PaulSherwen/status/146843886478827521

Paul Sherwen

Don't worry there will be a lot of coverage on both channels in the US.
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14 Dec 2011 10:52

possibly most important in all this...new Garmin kit???
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14 Dec 2011 16:03

Granville57 wrote:............ Universal has always had an NBC affiliation. Then NBC acquires and absorbs Versus, and now this? :confused:
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My understanding is that Universal Sports and Versus was bought by Comcast from NBC.

I contacted comcast this week and requested they carry Universal Sports. They told me that their cable lineup for 2012 is still being worked on.
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14 Dec 2011 17:06

Apparently I missed the link to Sherwen's first tweet on the topic.

https://twitter.com/#!/PaulSherwen/status/146841140790964224
On Jan 2nd Versus becomes the NBC Sports network.


Although I don't understand what he means by "both" channels if Versus is "becoming" NBC Sports.
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19 Dec 2011 05:01

NBC has owned Versus for a couple of months now. Starting on January 2nd they are changing the name of the channel, and possibly changing their coverage. Hopefully this means we get some real cycling coverage and less fishing. I'm pumped.
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19 Dec 2011 07:27

Yeah, I thought NBC Universal bought Versus last year, before the Giro. In any case, if they're at all keyed in to the zeitgeist, and I believe they are, they'll be carrying lots of cycling.

Just so long as I can keep buying season passes for cycling on line from NBC-whatever, at a reasonable price, I'm good. Though i would like to see them carry all the important races, not just the usual suspects.
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19 Dec 2011 08:07

I'll believe it when I see it, we've been duped before. Someone should send them a memo that a race ends when the winner steps off the podium not at the end of the hour or the beginning of Bass Masters...
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19 Dec 2011 20:18

I am pretty sure what's going to happen on Jan 2nd is:
Versus becomes NBC Sports, a 24 hour ESPN style network
Universal Sports continues in its current capacity broadcasting mostly fringe(for the USA not my own opinion) sports, sort of copying the ESPN and ESPN 2 model. I do not think there will be much change to the current volume of cycling on TV here, meaning Giro, Vuelta, etc. on Universal and TDF and Cali on new NBC Sports but we can always hope.
I think in the long term you might see Comcast bid for TV rights to other sports(NCAA), they already own the NHL rights for USA broadcasts.
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19 Dec 2011 20:25

Granville57 wrote:Apparently I missed the link to Sherwen's first tweet on the topic.

https://twitter.com/#!/PaulSherwen/status/146841140790964224

On Jan 2nd Versus becomes the NBC Sports network.



Yay! More bull riding than ever if they can fit more in between showings of Bloodsport.

I always thought they passed up the opportunity to get Pabst Blue Ribbon to advertise during Pro Bull Riding events. "PBR sponsors the PBR. Only on OLN...I mean Versus...I mean NBC Sports."
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19 Dec 2011 20:45

Your comedic efforts do a disservice to true sporting events.

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19 Dec 2011 23:39

Granville57 wrote:Your comedic efforts do a disservice to true sporting events.

WOSP

I wish it were a joke Oh, wait...


that is drama..."which card will he pick?....":rolleyes:
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03 Jan 2012 21:32

So did anyone hear anything more about what kind of cycling coverage we are going to get with NBC Sports Network? Its after new years, werent they supposed to announce their schedule for 2012?
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05 Jan 2012 13:59

As another poster said previously, Universal Sports has been making a fuss on Facebook and on the station itself lately about the possibility of people losing them due to cable shake-ups. We see US on an antenna, so no worries there, yet.

Schlanger was calling a cross-country ski race the other day. Hard to imagine a more boring sport to watch but it was nice to close my eyes and hear his voice, imagining it is May already and the Giro is on...
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05 Jan 2012 16:18

UniversalSports antenna signal ceased in our market (SoCal) on
Dec 31. You've still got it in NY?
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05 Jan 2012 16:23

CatsNK wrote:As another poster said previously, Universal Sports has been making a fuss on Facebook and on the station itself lately about the possibility of people losing them due to cable shake-ups. We see US on an antenna, so no worries there, yet.

Schlanger was calling a cross-country ski race the other day. Hard to imagine a more boring sport to watch but it was nice to close my eyes and hear his voice, imagining it is May already and the Giro is on...


Tyre Byter wrote:UniversalSports antenna signal ceased in our market (SoCal) on
Dec 31. You've still got it in NY?


There is NO Over the Air broadcast of US anywhere so the answer is no. We just have to hope that left hand (COMCAST) and right hand (Universal Sports 51% owned by COMCAST) can make an agreement.
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05 Jan 2012 16:56

Aleajactaest wrote:There is NO Over the Air broadcast of US anywhere so the answer is no. We just have to hope that left hand (COMCAST) and right hand (Universal Sports 51% owned by COMCAST) can make an agreement.


That's what has me puzzled. I have Comcast and figured I was immune but a couple days ago when I checked the schedule it was "off-air." I think it's safe to say the cable industry is about as craven as they come.
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05 Jan 2012 17:12

I will check as soon as I get home. I turn the TV on about once/week at this time a year, but we were watching xc skiing over the weekend. Perhaps it was 12/31??

And it's via antenna, I guess that's "over the air". But I'll check for US tonight and report back.
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