Friday, April 20, 2012

Could it be NBC's Time to Shine this summer?

NBC has been one of the best networks when it comes to sports coverage in history. That took a major hit when they lost the NBA and NASCAR among others. But with the addition of the NHL, the major sports ratings are NBC's for the taking this summer.

Can NBC give ESPN a run for its money during "Championship Season?"

Let's take a look at the lineups that the major networks have through September, starting with FOX, who any other summer could compete with NBC.

Can MLB provide as much drama as all of NBC's events once NASCAR switches to TNT/ESPN?

FOX Sports:
FOX Saturday Baseball: Regional Games of the Week
MLB All-Star Game from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races through June 3 including:

  • Aaron's 499 at Talladega
  • Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington, Mother's Day Weekend
  • Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, Memorial Day Weekend
**The Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race will be on SPEED, owned by FOX**
UEFA Champions League Soccer
Select Formula 1 Races from SPEED
NFL on FOX (Preseason Football and Beginning of Regular Season)

Don't expect much now, but wait until the fall!

Here is CBS' lineup through September:
PGA Tour Golf (no majors)
AMA Supercross 
Tennis (including US Open)
NFL on CBS (Preseason Football and Beginning of Regular Season)
SEC on CBS (Beginning of College Football Season)

Sorry, wrong logo. You probably expected this atrocity below...

Messed up by moving NSCS Races to ESPN...and think Indycar can match the ratings...

Here's ABC's lineup:
The (British) Open Championship Rounds 3 and 4
NASCAR Nationwide Series (2 Races):
  • Top Gear 300 presented by The History Channel at Charlotte (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Zippo 200 at the Glen
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:
  • "One Last Race to Make the Chase" at Richmond
  • NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of America at Charlotte
**NSCS Chase for the Cup on ESPN**

IZOD Indycar Series

  • Indianapolis 500 (Memorial Day Weekend)
  • Chevy Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix
  • Milwaukee IndyFest
  • Honda Indy Toronto
  • Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
And some stupid show called "ESPN on ABC Sports Saturday...

And now here is NBC's lineup and it's a douzee...

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and Finals
Horse Racing's Triple Crown
French Open 
Majority of PGA Tour Weekend Coverage
US Open (Golf)
The Players Championship
Tour de France 
MLS Soccer
**IZOD IndyCar Series Races, including the championship from Fontana, CA, on the NBC Sports Network**

and just when you think their lineup can't get anymore stacked, there's this...

Yeah. The 30th Annual Olympic Games Games of the XXX Olympiad. 300+ hours of coverage over the many platforms of NBCUniversal (NBC Sports Network, USA, CNBC, MSNBC, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen, Telemundo...get the picture? It's a lot!). 12 1/2 days of coverage folks. That's mind-shatteringly awesome and unheard of for any...and I do mean ANY Olympic broadcaster, not in their home country.

Throw in NFL Preseason and Sunday Night Football to start the season and I can't see how they can't dominate the ratings this summer. But then again, putting Ryan Seacrest on Olympic coverage can quickly and swiftly defeat the purpose of this article and make me and NBC look like total jackasses.

So here's to hoping Seacrest doesn't screw up our Olympic memories!

Please don't screw this up!!!

And come October...can NBC have their place as the #1 broadcast sports network solidified? Simple...we are gonna find out and it's gonna be fun doing it.

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