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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…