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NBC Sports to broadcast 16 NCAA games this season

The NBC Sports Group will air 16 live college hockey games this season on the NBC Sports Network, including four from the Hockey East tournament (one quarterfinal, both semifinals and the championship final).

This season is the first time that NBC will broadcast college hockey games.

“We are excited to be launching our first-ever college hockey package by building a destination on Friday nights on the NBC Sports Network with many of the preeminent brands in the sport,” president of programming for NBC Sports Jon Miller said in a statement.

It was also announced that a multi-year deal with Notre Dame to have Irish home games televised on the NBC Sports Network will start with the 2013-14 season, the same year Notre Dame joins Hockey East.

2011-12 NBC SPORTS COLLEGE HOCKEY SCHEDULE

Saturday, Dec. 31 – Boston University at Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (VERSUS)

Jan. 6 – Dartmouth at Rensselaer, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 – Minnesota-Duluth at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 – Michigan at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 – Yale at Harvard, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 3 – Cornell at Rensselaer, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10 – Boston College at Vermont, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 10 – Minnesota at Denver, 10 p.m.
Feb. 17 – Dartmouth at Yale, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 – Boston University at Vermont, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 24 – North Dakota at Denver, 10 p.m.

March 2 – Denver at Nebraska-Omaha, 7:30 p.m.

Hockey East Tournament
March 9 – Quarterfinals, 7:30 p.m.
March 16 – Semifinals 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 17 – Finals 8 p.m.


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  • Joe C

    Hooray for Notre Dame coming to Hockey East and starting the NATIONAL broadcasts of NCAA hockey during the regular season and league playoffs.

    This in addition to the wall-to-wall coverage of the NCAA Hockey Tournaments (with some tape delays) by the Worldwide Leader means more NCAA hockey on my television, even though I do not live in a college hockey region of the country.

    • Dave

      ESPN’s coverage of college hockey is a joke. They don’t cover a single regular season game… to me they should have to step up and cover some if they want to cover the NCAA Tournament. 

      • Joe C

        So the Notre Dame going to Agganis and beating BU during last year’s season was not really on ESPNU?

        I understand the premise you raise, that of ESPN not showing enough regular season hockey, or even worse, tape-delay NCAA tournament.

        Then again, the Big Ten Channel and NBC Sports (old Versus) giving more coverage is a great step forward.

  • Anonymous

    Well, this is just a beginning and once this is successfull perhaps there will be expended coverage.  College Hockey currently has so many regional/local tv deals like HEA with NESN but it would be great if every game were available in every market.

  • Razimmerman

    I don’t remember seeing anything name the NBC Sports Network on my system.  What channel or channels on DirecTV?

    • Joe C

      NBC Sports Network is Versus today, changing its name on Janurary 1st, I think, as part of the NHL’s Outdoor Classic expanded coverage.

      I get Versus, Versus HD, Big Ten Channel and Big Ten Channel HD on Verizon Fios. It is nice to see NCAA Hockey (even though I am not a Big Ten hockey fan) on my television.

    • guest

      603

  • LtPowers

    What happened to broadcasting at least one game for each conference??

  • Craigcstrd

    ESPN is a joke for any hockey coverage

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