Topic: Versus

Lance and Lennay Week: 5 Brands That Got Hurt Tour de France, Notre Dame and ESPN take hits

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,…

January 18, 2013, 4:07 PM EST

President Obama's jobs speech will push NBC football pre-game to cable
NBC Kickoff Show Pushed to Cable Obama speech chases pregame to USA, other Comcast channels

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…

September 7, 2011, 4:07 PM EDT

NBCU Lands Major League Soccer Deal Games will air on Versus and NBC

In its latest move to expand its sports offerings, Comcast’s NBCUniversal has landed the broadcast and cable rights for Major League Soccer. Terms of the deal weren’t made public, but…

August 10, 2011, 2:13 PM EDT

Versus Rebranded NBC Sports Network Parent Comcast tinkers with image as it preps for run at ESPN

Months after Dick Ebersol revealed plans to discard the Versus brand, NBC Sports Group is preparing a Viking funeral for it. Always something of an odd fit for the aspiring sports…

August 2, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

FCC Says Comcast Illegally Discriminated Against the Tennis Channel Regulators recommend the maximum fine

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. The FCC’s Enforcement…

July 12, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

NBC, Versus Freeze Out ESPN's NHL Offer Ebersol wins battle with $2 billion, 10-year bid

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. While…

April 19, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

NBCU Will Seek Bigger Sports Play CEO Steve Burke wants to use Versus to challenge ESPN in cable

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. NBCU currently…

April 15, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT