Details Emerge About NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Coverage

The NHL and NBC are crossing multiple platforms to bring every game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to viewers every night.

NBC, the NBC Sports Network, CNBC and the NHL Network will bring as many as 105 Stanley Cup Playoff games (approximately 262 hours of coverage) during 2012 chase for Lord Stanley’s Cup. NBCSports.com and Comcast Sportsnet will also assist in coverage online and on a local level, with numerous exclusive features. The networks will also use numerous social media tools to bring fans closer to the game.

“The NBC Sports Group is proud to employ all of its assets – broadcast, cable, regional and digital – to surround the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and provide fans and viewers with more live-event and news coverage than any previous post-season in NHL history,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.

Starting next Wednesday, April 11th, all four networks will televise the Conference Quarterfinal round. NHL Live will air every night, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET, and NHL Post-Game will wrap things up when all action is done. NBC hops on for exclusive coverage April 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd, with doubleheaders on the 15th and 22nd. All other games are subject to local blackouts, though in recent years, some markets have bypassed local coverage here and there and allowed then-VERSUS to go exclusively in that market.

Exclusivity will begin starting with the Conference Semifinals. In the past, VERSUS was only allowed two games per second round series. Starting this year, NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network (to a lesser extent than in Round 1) have exclusive coverage of the entire second round. NBC will be on the air April 28-29 and May 5-6.

NBC Sports Network will air all but two games of the Conference Finals, with NBC televising a game from each series on May 19th and 20th. NBCSN’s coverage will be exclusive. The Stanley Cup Final will go by the same broadcast format as in years past, with NBC televising games one and two, and 5-7 if necessary. NBC Sports Network will air games three and four.

NBCSports.com will provide online coverage. it will include “second screen” online streaming of every game on NBC, with a companion screen that provides live, in game highlights, “Star Cams”, chats with ProHockeyTalk, and a “Spotlight Cam”, that provides a look from above center ice.

Meanwhile, social media will be prevalent, as NBC Sports utilizes Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter throughout the post-season.

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13 Responses to Details Emerge About NBC’s Stanley Cup Playoff Coverage

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Thanks for getting this information out to us. It will be very interesting to see which games get assigned to which channels. I guess we’ll know on Sunday.

  2. kevin says:

    I think you can pretty much tell right now what you are going to get from NBC…

    Pitt vs Philly – a heavy dose of this
    NYR vs Wash/Buff – if its Wash you wil definitely see one of these games
    Det vs Nash – this will be the “Western” game
    Chi vs LA – if there is a late 4 pm game this will be it

    • leafsfan1967 says:

      This makes sense. I’m sorry to see that that NBCSN doesn’t have any exclusive broadcasts in the first round. It means that people who have Dish Network or DirecTV won’t be seeing many Pitt-Philly games.

      • Jason says:

        All games will be shown on NBC family network and NHL network. Exclusivity just means that u can only see on the NBC family which is round 2. So round 1 rsn’s and NBC sports will air games. Maybe u meant those in Philly can’t see flyers on there are rsn if they have satellite since they don’t carry Comcast Philly. Otherwise all fans in local markets will watch their home team on rsn and all other games as stated above. But NBC NHL networks will show all games

    • Arthur says:

      and what happens if NYR faces FLA? you think of that scenario yet?

  3. I’m hoping the games I want are on CNBC instead of the NHL Network so I can watch them without the annoying bar at the bottom of the screen. This assumes those games aren’t on NBCSN.

    • nosferatu says:

      I’m hoping this so that I can see the games at all, bar or no bar! Some cable systems (for instance, Charter, at least where I live–for just this one year!) don’t even offer NHL Network as an option.

    • leafsfan1967 says:

      You may not the NHL Network’s annoying ticker, but you could get CNBC’s annoying financial ticker instead!

      • Ha ha. I was thinking back to the 2010 Winter Olympics and don’t remember a financial bar on CNBC. Would love to see the NHL Network run it occasionally instead of constantly.

  4. kevin says:

    Florida sucks and have about three viewers…you won’t see that crap on NBC

    • Jason says:

      My bet is NBC will air Chi/Phx Saturday and Bos/Was will get Sunday 1st game and phi/pit get the double header to give a strong market draw up against nba double header. w west coast pick ups on Nbcsports Sunday double header.

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