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NBC SPORTS GROUP TO PROVIDE UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF 2015 IPC PARALYMPIC SLED HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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NBC Sports Live Extra to Present Complete, Exclusive Streaming Coverage of 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championships

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 15, 2015 – International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Ice Sled Hockey and NBC Sports Group have announced an unprecedented 40 hours of coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y., culminating with live coverage of the gold medal game on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

As part of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage, NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide complete streaming coverage of all 20 games from the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship, beginning on Sunday, April 26.

“Following the unprecedented live coverage of the final between Russia and the USA during Sochi 2014, we are delighted to be working with NBC Sports Group again to bring ice sled hockey to fans in one of its most prolific territories,” said Xavier Gonzalez, IPC Chief Executive Officer. “The sport has gained huge popularity in the U.S. and worldwide in the last 12 months, and this agreement shows that major broadcasters are continuing to recognise the value and demand for para-sport, as well as representing a fantastic opportunity for new partners for Buffalo 2015.”

“We are thrilled to continue to work closely with the IPC to bring Paralympic sport to the U.S. audience,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics, and President, Operations & Strategy, NBC Sports Group. “Team USA’s victory over Russia in the gold-medal final was one of the great stories of the Sochi Paralympic Games, and we’re excited to showcase sled hockey to a national audience once again.”

NBCSN will telecast up to three games featuring the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team, beginning on Wednesday, April 29, at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Team USA faces Italy in preliminary-round action, followed by a semifinal match on Friday, May 1, at 10:30 p.m. ET. Both games will air following live Stanley Cup Playoff coverage on NBCSN as same-day delay presentations, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of the gold medal game on Sunday, May 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Games airing on NBCSN will feature the game commentary team of Marc Zumoff (play-by-play), 2014 Sochi Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Andy Yohe, and two-time Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey medalist AJ Mleczko (reporter).

The commentary team for games exclusively streaming on Live Extra will feature retired three-time U.S. Paralympian Taylor Lipsett, from the Sochi 2014 gold-medal winning squad, and former Canadian hockey player and coach Brent Pope, who voiced ice sled hockey at Torino 2006 and Sochi 2014.

Team USA looks to build off of its performance at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, highlighted by a 1-0 win over Russia in the gold medal final, which was broadcast live on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra will live stream the USA-Russia preliminary-round matchup on Sunday, April 26, at 8 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship follows its unprecedented coverage of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, which featured 52 hours of coverage across all five Paralympic winter sports.


NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of the 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s 2015 IPC Paralympic Sled Hockey World Championship coverage schedule:

DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Sun., April 26Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. Czech RepublicNBC Sports Live Extra9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. ItalyNBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Russia vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Mon., April 27Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. Czech RepublicNBC Sports Live Extra9:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group A – Norway vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra1 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. RussiaNBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Wed., April 29Preliminary Group B – Germany vs. RussiaNBC Sports Live Extra10:30 a.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USANBC Sports Live Extra2 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Czech Republic vs. CanadaNBC Sports Live Extra5:30 p.m.
Preliminary Group A – Japan vs. NorwayNBC Sports Live Extra9 p.m.
Preliminary Group B – Italy vs. Team USA *NBCSN10:30 p.m.
Thur., April 30Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Fri., May 1Semifinal Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Semifinal Round – TBA*NBCSN10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 2Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra4:30 p.m.
Qualifying Round – TBANBC Sports Live Extra8 p.m.
Sun., May 3Bronze Medal GameNBC Sports Live Extra11 a.m.
Gold Medal GameNBCSN2:30 p.m.

*denotes same-day delay
-NBC SPORTS GROUP-