NBC/NBCSN Changes Due to Winter Classic Time Change

1:00 p.m. ET
Winter Classic pre-game (interviews, features, likely clips from older games)
3:00 p.m. ET Winter Classic: New York vs. Philadelphia

NBC Sports Network
4:00 p.m. ET
NBC Sports Talk
post-Winter Classic NHL Live
6:00 p.m. ET Summit Series ’72: Cold War on Ice
7:30 p.m. ET NHL Live
8:00 p.m. ET San Jose vs. Vancouver
10:30 p.m. ET NHL Live
11:00 p.m. ET NHL Overtime

Now, the press release:

PHILADELPHIA – January 1, 2012 – The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers from Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, which was scheduled to air tomorrow at 1 p.m. ET, will now start at 3 p.m. ET on NBC to facilitate optimal game conditions, the NHL announced today. NBC Sports will still begin its live Winter Classic pre-game coverage at 1 p.m. ET with live interviews, features and other content.


The NHL said in a statement that the revised start time is based on tomorrow’s weather forecast and should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans.


NBC’s coverage of the Winter Classic will be hosted by Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winner. He will be joined by NBC Sports Group studio analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick for coverage on NBC and post-game coverage on NBC Sports Network. NBC’s game coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter).


The NBC Sports Network (currently VERSUS) will still launch at 4 p.m. ET with a special edition of NBC SportsTalk leading into a Winter Classic post-game show at the conclusion of the game.


The new NBC Sports Network will continue with hockey-themed programming at 6 p.m. ET with the premiere of Cold War on Ice: Summit Series ’72 produced by Ross Greenburg. The documentary focuses on the hockey series played in 1972 between a team of Canadian NHL all-stars and the Soviet Union national team during the height of the Cold War.


Cold War on Ice will be followed by NHL Live at 7:30 p.m. ET and the Vancouver Canucks hosting the San Jose Sharks at 8 p.m. ET. NHL Live post-game and NHL Overtime will end the NBC Sports Network’s first day.

Winter Classic Moves to 3 p.m. ET, More Details to Come

The NHL, in conjunction with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, announced Monday’s 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic will start at 3 p.m. ET (NBC, CBC, RDS). The revised start time is based on tomorrow’s weather forecast and should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans.

CBC Offers Statement on Passing of Sports Broadcasting Exec Doug Sellars

The world of sports broadcasting has lost one of its finest and most talented leaders. Doug Sellars passed on Friday and his extended CBC family is mourning the loss.

“While unfortunately I didn’t know Doug personally, I understand he had a wonderful disposition, and his calm and kind way made him a gifted leader, respected by everyone who had the pleasure of working for him. On behalf of Doug’s many friends at CBC, I extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to his family,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC.

Doug began his career at CBC in 1985 working on Hockey Night in Canada. Two years on, he produced the Grey Cup Game at just 27 years of age. In 1989, Doug was promoted to Head of Sports Production, where he oversaw all CBC Sports properties, including several Olympic Games and two Commonwealth Games. A multiple Gemini Award-winner, Doug went on from CBC to Fox Sports, where he worked his way up to Executive Vice-President, Fox Sports Media Group.