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.

6 Responses to NBC/NBCSN Changes Due to Winter Classic Time Change

  1. JASON says:

    so john collins felt that it impacted last years rating because non followers would have thought they were watching the classic when they showed replays…i think this hurts them as many viewers/ fans made their plans and will now dvr or miss it all together…when you also consider that its not on new years as it was jast few…it will be a ratings disaster…it will be lowest of all WC games.

    ud think this league would have accounted for things like if the game faces sunny vs partly cloudly when is this sun shinning down on them? so my recommendation is to send people out now to possible locations to see when the sun is at its worst, so they have this more down to a science…wth did they spend millions on for this ice machine if it cant handle this? why didnt they review situations as to when sun will be at its worst cast down for these locations? dont count on sun belt locations for any WC games…get real people…nbc cant be happy with another game time change..i predict a disaster in ratings…another amature hour

  2. JASON says:

    also this is not good for NBC SPorts Network…they wanted their NBC SPorts Talk to be their show to attract eyeballs with and use the lead in to help show case it. They want this show to be their staple in the big picture (like ESPNs SC).

  3. Patrick says:

    This won’t be good for the NHL. Dan has lost every wc except in CHI and BOS. I’m with you will be bad for the game. Poor ratings I say too.

  4. Sean says:

    Hate to agree but I dont have a good feeling either.

  5. Eddie says:

    I think this game will do great regardless. I’m expecting a great rating from NY. 5 million plus will watch this game. Setting a regular season record and everybody in the NHL offices will be high-fiving each other.

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