Comcast NBCUniversal celebrates NFL Kickoff 2018 in Philadelphia

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Comcast NBCUniversal celebrates NFL Kickoff 2018 in Philadelphia

  • Special “Countdown to Kickoff” event in the City of Brotherly Love next Thursday September 6th as Today, CNBC & NBC Sports present coverage from morning til midnight.

  • Vince Lombardi trophy, “Sunday Night Football” bus, giveaways, and special guests live on the Comcast Center Plaza in center city beginning at 7 a.m. ET

  • Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host Atlanta Falcons in “NFL Kickoff 2018” game Thursday night; coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC

STAMFORD, CT. and PHILADELPHIA, PA — With the Philadelphia Eagles returning to the field after their first-ever Super Bowl title, Comcast NBCUniversal will celebrate NFL Kickoff 2018 with unmatched participation by its sports, news and entertainment assets in downtown Philadelphia one week from today on Thursday, September 6th. 

Anticipating widespread excitement in the City of Brotherly Love, NBCUniversal programs will broadcast all day from Center City Philadelphia. NBC News’ TODAY, CNBC’s Squawk on the Street, CNBC’s Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer will be on-location on the Comcast Center Plaza, while NBC10 and NBC Sports Philadelphia provide all-day exclusive coverage to create an unprecedented “Countdown to Kickoff.” 

NFL Kickoff 2018 on September 6th features the Super Bowl LII champion Eagles hosting the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC).

In addition, the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs are in Philadelphia with Golf Channel and NBC televising all four rounds of the BMW Championship from nearby Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, PA, from September 6th-9th. The Sunday Night Football bus will appear at Aronimink’s Clubhouse on Wednesday, September 5th for PGA TOUR players to explore.

Below is a summary of the “Countdown to Kickoff” events happening live on the Comcast Center Plaza on September 6th: 

  • TODAY: Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones will broadcast LIVE from 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. ET. The Vince Lombardi Trophy – its first stop as it makes its way around the city throughout the day – the Sunday Night Football bus, special guests and more will all be featured throughout the program.

  • Squawk on the Street: CNBC’s Jim Cramer will join his co-anchors Carl Quintanilla and David Faber, who are live from Post 9 at the New York Stock Exchange, for the 9:00-10:00 a.m. ET hour.

  • Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer: CNBC’s Jim Cramer will host Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer from 4:00-5:30 p.m. ET, taking questions from the audience. Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer airs on CNBC weeknights at 6 p.m. ET.

The events on the Comcast Center Plaza are open to the public. Philadelphia community members and visitors are invited to show their support and share their excitement for the Eagles with a national audience. The events will occur rain or shine. 

Additional NFL Kickoff 2018 coverage and events from NBCUniversal partners on September 6th include:

NBC10: As the official station of the Philadelphia Eagles, NBC10 is thrilled to welcome the Super Bowl Champions as they kick off the NFL season in their hometown. NBC10’s “Eagles on 10” programming will include unparalleled coverage throughout the entire day, from the Comcast Center Plaza in the morning, to the NFL Experience at Penn’s Landing, to Xfinity Live and culminating with exclusive access inside the Linc in South Philadelphia.

NBC Sports Philadelphia: The home of the Authentic Eagles fan will have all-day multiplatform coverage of the defending Super Bowl Champions.  Live Eagles coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with the Mike Missanelli Show from Penn’s Landing as part of the NFL Kickoff Experience. Starting at 5 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Philadelphia will be live on location at Xfinity Live in South Philadelphia. Fans can stop by for great giveaways and be part of the live broadcast.  Immediately following the game, fans can tune into NBC Sports Philadelphia for Eagles Postgame Live for live reaction, player interviews and Coach Pederson’s press conference. End Game with Marc Farzetta wraps up coverage.  Fans can be part of the action by following @NBCSPhilly on all social media channels.

Golf Channel: Football Night in America studio host Mike Tirico is scheduled to join Morning Drive, the network’s daily lifestyle news show airing from 7:30-9:30 a.m. ET, to preview NBC Sports’ coverage of NFL Kickoff 2018.

Media contacts:

NBC Sports Group: 
Dan Masonson
Dan.Masonson@nbcuni.com
(203) 356-2790

Comcast:
Kate Finn
Kate_finn@comcast.com
(215) 286-7727

Katie Lubenow
Katie_Lubenow@Comcast.com
(215) 286-5691

Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

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Which decade of Philadelphia sports are you? Take the quiz to find out

Throughout the years, Philadelphia sports have had quite the journey. 

Looking back, every decade went through some highs and lows but no matter what, it was always a thrilling time (minus those few pesky seasons that will forever haunt us ... I'm looking at you 1993 Phillies and 2010 Flyers). 

While some years see more success than others, it always seems like the four teams find a way to balance out to keep Philly sane. 

Which decade of Philadelphia sports do you resonate with the most?

Take  the quiz below and find out: 

 

Vote Now! Who is the ultimate Philly Sports Villain?

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Vote Now! Who is the ultimate Philly Sports Villain?

All last week, fans voted to find the ultimate villain for the Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Flyers. Now, we’re down to four contestants. 

Vote for the ultimate Philly Sports Villain below. 

Here are your nominees:  

Eagles: Chip Kelly

Kelly ruined the Eagles from the inside. And even though the Birds went on to win a Super Bowl just a couple years after his ouster, that pain still runs deep. 

That’s why Kelly beat out Norman Braman, Michael Irvin and Jadeveon Clowney to become the ultimate Eagles villain. 

 

The shame of it was that Chip wasn’t a bad coach. The Eagles won 20 games in his first two years. But he was an awful general manager, getting rid of great talents like DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles. And his idea to treat NFL players like his college athletes was a complete disaster. We always say Chip the GM got Chip the Coach fired … but Chip’s personality didn’t help either. 

After Andy Reid created one of the best locker room cultures in the NFL over 14 years in Philadelphia, it didn’t take Kelly long to completely destroy it. He was cold, awkward and was devoid of what we later began to call “emotional intelligence.” 

— Dave Zangaro 

Sixers: The Colangelos 

The other villains on this list are plenty worthy and deserve your consideration.

But are they guilty of a hostile takeover, nepotism, poor personnel decisions, the mishandling of a star player’s injury and last but certainly not least making the organization the laughing stock of the entire league?

Only one father-son duo is guilty of that: The Colangelos. While you may not have been on board with Sam Hinkie’s Process, consider how disastrous Bryan Colangelo’s tenure was as the team’s president of basketball operations.

Colangelo got the Ben Simmons’ pick right … but little else after. He passed on All-Star Pascal Siakam twice late in the first round of that same draft. Under his stewardship, Joel Embiid played a game on what turned out to be a season-ending injury. He got swindled by Danny Ainge and agreed to trade for the No. 1 overall pick before even seeing Markelle Fultz work out. He also got little in return for former lottery picks Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.

And just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse, Collargate happened. While Colangelo feels “absolved” for the incident it’s still a stain for the Sixers’ organization and still a punchline around the league.

While you can’t go wrong picking any of the villains on this list, consider the Colangelo conglomerate as the biggest.

— Paul Hudrick 

Phillies: Joe Carter

It's no surprise that Carter beat out Chipper Jones, J.D. Drew and Cody Ross for ultimate Phillies Villain. The guy hit a walk-off home run to win his team a World Series, which has happened only twice in baseball history.

It was the ultimate heartbreak for Phillies fans.

Jim Salisbury had an interesting, funny story about how Carter even got to Toronto. Then-Blue Jays GM Pat Gillick was the man who orchestrated the blockbuster trade that sent Fred McGriff and Tony Fernandez to San Diego for Roberto Alomar and Carter. You don't see 2-for-2 trades like that anymore. 

Carter has his own wing in the Hall of Phillies Villains, though he was a very good player against most teams. He hit 402 career home runs. The biggest one came at the Phillies' expense.

— Corey Seidman

Flyers: Sidney Crosby 

Not only is Crosby the clear-cut No. 1 Flyers villain, but he’s also right up there among the top villains in Philly sports.

The rivalry with the Penguins’ star goes back to 2005 and is still humming.

Crosby has scored more goals (43) against the Flyers than he has against any other team and he owns 105 points in 70 career regular-season meetings with the orange and black. He has also knocked the Flyers out of the playoffs three times and has won three Stanley Cup titles in Pittsburgh while the Flyers continue to look for their first championship since 1975.

There’s something about the way in which he plays (and wins) that has never jived with Flyers fans. The disdain for No. 87 is authentic and it won’t be fizzling anytime soon.

— Jordan Hall