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May 7, 2015 – Vol. 56 Collects Two Sports Emmy Awards’s presentation of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia earned two Sports Emmys awards this week; Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Event Coverage: The XXII Olympic Winter Games, and Outstanding New Approaches – Sports Programming: The XXII Olympic Winter Games – As the Athletes Experienced Them. NBC Sports Digital has gardened eight Sports Emmy Awards for is coverage of the Olympic Games since 2009.

Overall, NBC Sports Group’s presentation of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia earned seven Sports Emmys – the most of any program – to lead NBC Sports Group to 11 Sports Emmy Awards on Tuesday night. The awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Emmy wins. Posts Best April Ever, boosted by its live coverage from the Masters, posted its best April ever, up 30% vs. April 2014 in Unique Visitors (5.8 million), up 45% in page views (52 million), up 43% in visits (11.5 million), and up 35% in video starts (3.4 million). Posts Best April Ever

Boosted by coverage of the NBA, MLB and the 2015 NFL Draft, posted its best April ever with 4.6 million unique users and 18.7 million visits, up 26% and 12%, respectively, over April 2014. With the start of the NBA playoffs and MLB season, and the 2015 NFL Draft, following were the most-visited player pages on during April:

  1. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings
  2. Kris Bryant, Chicago Cubs
  3. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  4. Yasmany Tomas, Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers
  6. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
  7. Alex Guerrero, Los Angeles Dodgers
  8. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings
  9. Marcus Mariota (NFL Draft, Tennessee Titans)
  10. Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles

NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Up in Uniques and Minutes Watched on NBC Sports Live Extra

To date, the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Live Extra have totaled 775,000 uniques, up 9% vs. comparable period in 2014 Playoffs, and 96 million minutes watched, up 29%. Coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight on NBCSN, click here for more information.

NBC Sports Live Extra Sets Kentucky Derby Record

As previously announced, NBC Sports Live Extra’s live stream of the Kentucky Derby – which required authentication for the first time – delivered 221,000 unique visitors, up 12% from last year (198,000), and the largest-ever Kentucky Derby audience on NBC Sports Live Extra. Coverage included four exclusive camera angles (grandstand, paddock, overhead, and jockey), bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators, and replays and footage from the key “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep races. Click here for more information.

Follow the NBA with the NBC Regional Sports sites, and announced that SportsNet Central: Warriors Playoff Central, Bulls Postgame Live and Wizards Pre/Postgame Live will be available online and streamed live through their websites and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for tablets and mobile devices. Comcast SportsNet will present the latest team developments, interviews with players and coaches, upcoming game previews and an in-depth game breakdown with stats, highlights and locker room interviews.

ICYMI on NBC SportsWorld, NBC Sports Digital’s Long-Form Website

Joe Posnanski writes on the on the immense coverage “Deflategate” in New England is receiving in a piece entitled, “Wake me When it’s Over” on NBC SportsWorld. Click here for the full long-form story.

Travis Hale looks at San Antonio’s reign as NBA champion ending, and examines whether this will be the last time we see the Spurs as we know them. Click here for the full long-form story.

Sam Hitchcock of Intelligent Hockey provided his analytical take on why the Tampa Bay Lightning are poised for success, if not domination, over the Montreal Canadiens. Click here for the full long-form story.