September 26, 2013 |
NBC Sports Network is facing a flurry of criticism over an episode of the outdoor sports program "Under Wild Skies" in which a National Rifle Assn. strategist shoots and kills an African elephant. In the episode, which aired Sunday night (a highlight reel is posted above), host Tony Makris and a guide stalk an elephant in the Okavango Delta of Botswana -- "a mecca for elephant hunting," according to a narrator. Makris boasts of his "positively lethal" rifle and the .577 ammunition ("made to kill ivory")
August 1, 2013 |
NASCAR on Thursday amended its television-rights pact with Fox Sports so that Fox Sports will show the first 16 Sprint Cup Series races of the season starting in 2015. Fox Sports already was set to carry the first 13 Cup races, as it does now, under an eight-year extension announced last October that was to last through 2022. Then last month, NASCAR announced another deal with NBC Sports -- a 10-year pact from 2015 through 2024 -- for NBC Sports to carry the final 20 races of the 36-race Cup schedule.
July 31, 2013 |
Comcast Corp.'s second-quarter profit rose 29% with media company NBCUniversal contributing more to the bottom line than Wall Street analysts had expected. For the quarter ended June 30, the Philadelphia cable giant earned $1.7 billion, or 65 cents a share, up from $1.3 billion in the year-earlier period. Revenue was up 7% to $16.3 billion. NBCUniversal generated 8.9% higher revenue, to nearly $6 billion. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Even the NBC broadcast division, which has been something of a financial laggard, hit some high notes.
July 23, 2013 |
NASCAR said Tuesday it signed a 10-year deal for NBC Sports Group to carry the second half of NASCAR's premier Sprint Cup Series season, starting in 2015. The multibillion-dollar deal means ESPN, which has the final 17 of the series' 36 annual races, and TNT (Turner Sports), which has six races in the summer, will no longer carry Cup events after next year. NASCAR Chairman Brian France told reporters on a conference call that it was "a very exciting and huge day for the sport of NASCAR.
June 10, 2013 |
Adam "Pacman" Jones' streak of steering clear of trouble with the law since signing with the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2010 seems to have come to an end. He apparently reported the news of his own arrest Monday morning on Twitter: Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for .... - ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) June 10, 2013 Mike Florio of NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Jones would be turning himself in to authorities later in the day after an alleged incident at a bar Thursday following a Cincinnati Reds game.
April 30, 2013 |
After an absence of over eight years, Maria Shriver is returning to NBC News. The former first lady of California first rose to prominence as an anchor and correspondent for NBC News from 1986 through 2004, when she stepped down to focus on her political life with her (now estranged) husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as governor of California. (Shriver and Schwarzenegger are currently separated). The announcement of Shriver's return was made Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show. But it wasn't completely unexpected; Shriver appeared on "Today" last month to contribute to the network's coverage of the selection of the new pope in Rome.