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May 22, 2014 – Vol. 25

NBC Sports Group Wins “Best in Digital Sports Media” at Sports Business Awards

Last night, NBC Sports Group won the 2014 Sports Business Award for “Best in Digital Sports Media,” and was recognized for its excellence and outstanding achievement. This past year, NBC Sports Group Digital saw record performance and consumption for the Sochi Olympics, NFL, Premier League, NHL, and others; continued its digital partnership with Yahoo! Sports; and established new partnerships.

NBC Sports Group also won “Best in Sports TV” and “Best in Sports Media,” sweeping all three media awards, a Sports Business Awards first.

Wall-to-Wall Motorsports Coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra This Weekend

NBC Sports Digital will stream more than 50 hours of motorsports coverage this week leading into the “Biggest Day in Motorsports,” highlighted by the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. Coverage spans Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, AMA Motocross, Global Rallycross and new original programming, culminating with NBC’s live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix. NBC Sports Live Extra will also air F1 and Motocross practices exclusively online.

The majority of content will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

Following is the digital programming schedule:

DateProgramTime (ET)Network
Thu., May 22F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 14 a.m.NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 28 a.m.NBCSN
NASCAR America5 p.m.NBCSN
Fri., May 23Indy 500 Carb Day11 a.m.NBCSN
Indy Lights – Freedom 100NoonNBCSN
Indy 500 Carb Day1 p.m.NBCSN
NASCAR America – 90-Minute Special4 p.m.NBCSN
NASCAR – The List6:30 p.m.NBCSN
Senna – The Legend7 p.m.NBCSN
Senna – Documentary8 p.m.NBCSN
The Last Teammate10:30 p.m.NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore)11:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sat., May 24Sebastian Vettel – On Road and On Track1 a.m.NBCSN
Road to Indy 1:30 a.m.NBCSN
Mobil1: The Grid2:30 a.m.NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 35 a.m.NBC Sports Live Extra
Road to Ferrari7 a.m.NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying8 a.m.NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco9:30 a.m.NBCSN
Off The Grid: Barcelona10 a.m.NBCSN
Red Bull Global Rallycross – Barbados1 p.m.NBC
AMA Motocross Glen Helen – Practice1:30 p.m.NBC Sports Live Extra
AMA Motocross Glen Helen – Race 13:30 p.m.NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)3:30 p.m.NBCSN
Indy 500 Festival Parade5 p.m.NBCSN
AMA Motocross Glen Helen – Race 26 p.m.NBC Sports Live Extra
RacerTV6:30 p.m.NBCSN
Road to Ferrari7 p.m.NBCSN
F1 Documentary – “1”8 p.m.NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco (Encore)10:30 p.m.NBCSN
Off The Grid: Barcelona (Encore)11 p.m.NBCSN
GP2 Monaco11:30 p.m.NBCSN
Sun., May 25AMA Motocross – Glen Helen1 a.m.NBCSN
F1 Extra – Pre-Race7 a.m.NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix7:30 a.m.NBC
F1 Extra – Post-Race10 a.m.NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Encore)10:30 a.m.NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Encore)4:30 p.m.NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Encore)11 p.m.NBCSN
Mon., May 26F1 Extra (Encore)1:30 a.m.NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco (Encore)2 a.m.NBCSN
Off The Grid: Barcelona (Encore)2:30 a.m.NBCSN

Viewers Stream Nearly 2 Million Minutes of Preakness Stakes

The Preakness Stakes delivered its best race ever in all key metrics, including 1.95 million minutes and 122,000 uniques on NBC Sports Live Extra. Consumption was up 127% and 175%, respectively, over last year. This year’s streaming coverage included exclusive camera angles (California Chrome, overhead, fans), bonus analysis from NBC Sports commentators, and replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and earlier prep races.

Rangers-Canadiens Score Best Digital NHL Conference Final Game

Monday’s Game 2 between the Rangers and Habs, in which the Rangers won 3-1, was the best authentication-required NHL Conference Finals game ever in uniques (46,000), visits (51,000) and live starts (128,000). The game also delivered 2.34 million minutes.


Joe Posnanski’s Big Read this week is a feature on Michael Phelps’ return to swimming and his rediscovered joy of swimming. Read it here:

MotorSportsTalk: MST will be writing daily posts featuring NBC Sports Motorsports Analyst Townsend Bell called “Ingredients of Indy.” It’ll focus on the prep, competition and buildup for the Indy 500 from a driver’s perspective. MST writers Tony DiZinno and Chris Estrada are at the Indy 500 and covering the event.

ProSoccerTalk: PST’s 2014 World Cup preview content starts this week here: