VERSUS Will Be Retired At the End of the Year, New Name Coming Soon

From Pete Dougherty of the Albany Times-Union:

In the course of an interview for this week’s Times Union sportsmedia column, NBC programming president Jon Miller said the new name for “Versus” should be revealed within the next couple of weeks, “but we’re not going to flip the switch until the start of the new year.”

 

“We’ll have regular NHL,” Miller said of NBC’s cable entity. “We’ll have some other stuff that we’re going to be announcing. We have some fun programming in the works that’s going to make it an exciting place for people to go look. We’re not going to be ESPN. We’ve never claimed to be ESPN, but I think we’ll be an attractive alternative.”

 

Versus will carry five of the eight “Summer at Saratoga” programs (NBC has the other three). The series will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday with the American Oaks on NBC.

 

Dave Strader to Work NBC/VERSUS Full-Time?

As per Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic:

Dave Strader, the television play-by-play voice of the Coyotes, is expected to leave his position and accept a job with NBC/Versus, according to an NHL source.

The Coyotes have posted an ad on NHL.com to fill Strader’s position.

Strader joined the Coyotes for the 2007-08 season, moving over from the Florida Panthers, for whom he held a similar position for two years.

E-mails to both Mr. Strader and VERSUS by Puck the Media have not been responded to at this time.