Lance and Lennay Week: 5 Brands That Got Hurt

The sports world is on fire. But not the "fire" you associate with a quarterback completing numerous consecutive passes or a baseball team on a long winning streak. More like hellfire, thanks to Lance and Manti. And that's got some big brands in purgatory.

NBC Kickoff Show Pushed to Cable

President Obama’s Sept. 8 jobs speech won’t butt heads with the first game of the 2011-12 NFL season, but it will run up against NBC’s pregame coverage. As such, the network’s NFL Kickoff 2011 show is heading to cable.

NBCU Lands Major League Soccer Deal

In its latest move to expand its sports offerings, Comcast’s NBCUniversal has landed the broadcast and cable rights for Major League Soccer.

Versus Rebranded NBC Sports Network

Months after Dick Ebersol revealed plans to discard the Versus brand, NBC Sports Group is preparing a Viking funeral for it.

FCC Says Comcast Illegally Discriminated Against the Tennis Channel

Comcast and the Federal Communications Commission will be in front of Chief Administrative Law Judge Richard Sippel today, arguing over the cable provider's treatment of the Tennis Channel.

NBC, Versus Freeze Out ESPN’s NHL Offer

In their first duel since Comcast and NBCUniversal joined forces, NBC has iced ESPN out of the NHL rights package, signing a deal that sources say will span a decade.

NBCU Will Seek Bigger Sports Play

NBCU CEO Steve Burke wants to make his company a bigger player in sports programming—and he’s hoping that sports network could become a rival to Walt Disney’s ESPN.