July 1, 1995 (as Outdoor Life Network)|
September 25, 2006 (as Versus)
January 2, 2012 (relaunch; as NBC Sports Network)
August 18, 2013 (renamed NBCSN)
|Owned by||NBC Sports Group|
Downgraded to letterboxed 480i for SDTV feed
Outdoor Life Network (1995–2006)|
NBC Sports Network (2012–13)
1220 (On Demand)
|PlayStation Vue||Internet Protocol television|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
NBCSN is an American digital cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the NBC Sports Group division of NBCUniversal. It originally launched on July 1, 1995, as the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), which was dedicated to programming primarily involving fishing, hunting, outdoor adventure programs, and outdoor sports. By the turn of the 21st century, OLN became better known for its extensive coverage of the Tour de France, but eventually began covering more "mainstream" sporting events – resulting in its relaunch as Versus in September 2006.
Comcast, the original owner of Versus, acquired a majority stake in NBC Universal in 2011. As a result, Comcast merged the operations of its cable channels with those of NBC. In particular, it aligned the operation of its sports channels with NBC's sports division, NBC Sports. On January 2, 2012, Versus was rebranded as the NBC Sports Network (with the on-air branding later shortened to NBCSN) to reflect these changes. As of September 15, 2014, the entirety of NBC Sports' operations, including NBCSN, is based out of facilities in Stamford, Connecticut.
As the Outdoor Life Network
The channel originally launched as the Outdoor Life Network (or OLN) on July 1, 1995; the name was licensed from Outdoor Life magazine. Its programming consisted of hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure shows. In its early days, the channel reached around one million homes and found most of its carriage via the then-infant platforms of direct broadcast satellite services and digital cable.
In 1999, OLN acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the Tour de France for US$3 million. Coverage of the Tour on OLN brought substantially greater viewership to the then fledgling channel, due in part to the then-growing popularity of American rider Lance Armstrong. In 2004, where Armstrong would aim for a record-breaking sixth straight Tour de France title, OLN would devote over 344 hours in July to coverage of the Tour, along with documentaries and other original programming surrounding the event – which was promoted through a $20 million advertising campaign.
Overall, while its coverage of the Tour de France helped OLN expand its carriage to over 60 million homes, critics became concerned that OLN's coverage had placed too much of its focus on Armstrong as its main attraction for viewers, and doubted if OLN could sustain itself without the viewership that Lance Armstrong's presence had brought to its coverage. Some critics had jokingly referred to OLN as the "Only Lance Network" due to its overemphasis on the American rider.
Following the 2005 Tour (where Armstrong captured his seventh victory in the race, and announced his retirement from cycling afterward), OLN debuted a new lineup of programming – anchored by repeats of the popular reality television series Survivor. OLN's executives believed that bringing Survivor into its lineup would fit well with the new direction it had planned for OLN, and could attract viewership from fans of the show who had watched it on CBS. Around the same period, OLN also acquired the rights to the Dakar Rally, America's Cup, the Boston Marathon, and the Iditarod. OLN planned to cover these multi-day events in a similar style to how it covered the Tour, hoping that its coverage might bring "surprise" results for the channel. Due in part to Lance's absence from the Tour in 2006, its ratings for live coverage of the first four stages of the race drew in 49% fewer viewers than previous years.
OLN and the NHL
In May 2005, ESPN rejected a $60 million offer to renew its broadcasting contract with the National Hockey League into the 2005-06 NHL season, and the league rejected its alternate proposal for a revenue sharing agreement similar to the one it had established with NBC. With the NFL also shopping a new late-season package of Thursday and Saturday night games to potential broadcasters, speculation began to surface that Comcast would bid on the new NHL contract as its first step to transforming OLN into a mainstream sports channel that could compete with ESPN. Comcast had already been involved in NHL broadcasting; at the time, it owned majority control of the Philadelphia Flyers, and four Comcast SportsNet regional sports networks.
In August 2005, ESPN declined to match Comcast's offer, and OLN acquired cable television rights to the NHL beginning in the 2005–2006 season in a three-year deal worth close to $200 million. The new deal would include 58 regular season games on Monday and Tuesday nights, coverage of the NHL All-Star Game, conference finals, and the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals. With the help of its new NHL package, by June 2006, OLN had now reached 75 million subscribers. However, due in part to OLN's lesser carriage in comparison to ESPN, the NHL's ratings that season had suffered in comparison.
In 2006, OLN broadcast selected games in the Arena Football League's 2006 season. The channel televised a weekly regular-season game for 11 weeks as well as a wild card playoff game. However, the agreement was not renewed and was later picked up by ESPN, who also acquired a minority stake in the league's ownership.
In April 2006, Comcast announced that it would be renaming Outdoor Life Network to Versus in the fall of 2006. As the network had shifted beyond simply "outdoor" programming, the name "Versus" was intended to represent the common element of competition within its lineup. OLN's re-launch as Versus occurred on September 25, 2006.
Among the new programming acquired by Versus was a number of combat sports, beginning with a series of boxing programs promoted by Bob Arum's Top Rank group. The channel also began televising Chuck Norris's World Combat League, a kickboxing promotion where fights are contested in a unique round ring without ropes. Versus entered into a partnership with World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) to bring mixed martial arts events to the channel, with the first being broadcast live on June 3, 2007. Versus aired all the WEC events, except for WEC 48, which aired on pay-per-view, with live preliminary fights being aired on Spike TV.
The channel also added a variety of sports events as part of the rebranding, including men's and women's college basketball, high school basketball, a weekly "game of the week" for the National Lacrosse League, darts competitions, the Major Indoor Soccer League, and the USA Sevens, one of the nine tournaments (then eight) that make up the IRB Sevens World Series, the top annual circuit in the sevens version of rugby union.
In addition, Versus also added a package of college football games to its lineup, with games from the Mountain West Conference, Pac-10 (now Pac-12) and Big 12 conferences. totaling 19 scheduled college football games on the channel during 2007.
Versus secured coverage for the 2007 America's Cup, which had been a staple on ESPN and ESPN2 for years. The channel began to show qualifying regattas in late 2005, aired the Louis Vuitton Cup for challengers in 2007, and the America's Cup match between the Louis Vuitton winner and current champions, won by Alinghi of Switzerland in Valencia, Spain. In 2006, it picked up American broadcast rights (in conjunction with The Tennis Channel) of Davis Cup events.
Versus, with NBC Sports and the World Championship Sports Network (now Universal Sports), broadcast coverage of the 2007 World Championships in Athletics from Osaka, Japan, as well as the 2009 World Championships in Athletics from Berlin, Germany.
On January 28, 2008, Versus and the NHL extended their television contract through the 2010–11 season. In June 2008, operations were moved from Stamford, Connecticut, to Comcast's headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On August 7, 2008, the channel announced a 10-year deal with the Indy Racing League to broadcast at least 13 IndyCar Series events a year in HD, beginning in 2009. The channel would also broadcast various motorsports series on its Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour program such as USAC, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, and World Series of Off-Road Racing.
The channel began airing games from the United Football League in 2009. The first season Championship aired on November 27, 2009. The UFL would return to the channel for a second season in 2010.
On April 5, 2010, Versus debuted The Daily Line, a show consisting of a four-person panel (host Liam McHugh, handicapper Rob DeAngelis, comedian Reese Waters, and Jenn Sterger) who discussed, often with heavy satire, sports-related topics that were popular that day. However, the show was cancelled due to low viewership on November 4, 2010.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship would air two live events on the channel due to the new contract agreement with UFC sister promotion World Extreme Cagefighting. The first edition of UFC on Versus aired on March 21, 2010 headlined by Brandon Vera vs. Jon Jones in the Light Heavyweight division. The second event aired on August 1 with Jon Jones facing Vladimir Matyushenko. Also as part of the agreement with the UFC, several UFC Countdown shows would air. A countdown show aired the week of a pay-per-view event, usually lasting for one hour, and covering 2–3 of the biggest fights on the card. In August 2011, the UFC announced a new broadcasting deal with the channels of rival Fox Sports, which would begin to take effect in November 2011.
Versus had also struck a deal with the NBA to air 10 regular season NBA Development League Saturday night games, as well as six playoff games a year. In total, the channel would air 16 NBA Development League games, in addition to 25 hours of NBA specials.
Starting in August 2010, Versus aired nine races of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour each Wednesday at 7 p.m. The races originated from a variety of locations, including Stafford Motor Speedway, Tri-County Speedway, and Thompson Motor Speedway.
Merger with NBC Sports
In February 2011, Comcast acquired a majority stake in NBC Universal, and merged its content operations into the company. As part of the acquisition, Versus and Comcast's other sports channels began to be integrated into the NBC Sports division. Coinciding with the merger, President Jamie Davis was replaced by Comcast Sports Group president Jon Litner. Litner began to oversee the channel, in addition to his other duties following the Comcast takeover.
In March 2011, Versus expanded its college football coverage by becoming the cable partner for NBC's coverage of Notre Dame football, airing replays of Notre Dame games, and the first ever live broadcast of the team's annual spring game. Its coverage began with a marathon of three classic Fighting Irish games on March 17, St. Patrick's Day, to serve as a prelude to its coverage of the spring game.
For the 2011 season, Versus also returned to airing National Lacrosse League telecasts with a nine-game package, starting with the 2011 All-Star Game and culminating with the Champion's Cup final. Versus would drop the NLL for the league's 2012 season; U.S. broadcast rights were instead picked up by CBS Sports Network.
Relaunch as the NBC Sports Network / NBCSN
In April 2011, NBC Sports and Versus announced they had reached a ten-year extension to their television contract with the National Hockey League worth nearly $2 billion over the life of the contract. As part of the announcement, Dick Ebersol, the former chairman of NBC Sports, said that Versus would be renamed "within 90 days" in order to reflect the synergy resulting from the merger. However, the announcement of a new name did not come until August 1, 2011, when Comcast announced that Versus would be relaunched as the NBC Sports Network on January 1, 2012. The relaunch coincided with NBC's coverage of the NHL Winter Classic, which took place on the same day.
In an interview with TV Guide, president of programming Jon Miller detailed that NBC Sports Network would be "radically different" from Versus in many ways. His goal was for NBC Sports Network to become a credible "full-service sports network", with a new lineup of sports news and talk programs, and live event coverage. Programming such as Whacked Out Sports and The T.Ocho Show were dropped from the lineup, as Miller thought that low-brow programming would hurt the channel's credibility. The channel began an initiative to begin producing new original programming during the transition as well. NBC also made efforts to expand its current broadcasting relationships and acquire new rights for additional sports events to be broadcast on the channel. In the months leading up to the relaunch, NBC struck deals with Major League Soccer, dropped the UFL, and added coverage of college hockey games.
On June 6, 2011, it was revealed that NBC Sports would extend its rights to the Olympic Games through 2020, outbidding competing bids by Fox Sports and ESPN in a $4.38 billion contract. The network began to participate in NBC's overall coverage beginning at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Its coverage of the gold medal game between the United States and Japan in women's soccer set a new viewership record for the network, with 4.35 million viewers.
Almost immediately after the rebrand, the shortened moniker "NBCSN" began to be used in TV listings to refer to the network. In July 2013, the network announced its intention to use this abbreviation on an official basis. On August 18, 2013, commentators and graphics began to refer to the network as "NBCSN". The change was made to help streamline its branding in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics, by which time the name change was mostly complete.
On September 22, 2013, NBCSN broadcast an episode of Under Wild Skies—a hunting program aired as a time-buy by the National Rifle Association—in which host and NRA lobbyist Tony Makris was shown killing an African elephant on a trip to Botswana. The network was criticized by the media for airing such material; while NBC responded by pulling the episode due to its "objectionable" content and stating that it would be more "aggressive" towards the content of future episodes of the program, Under Wild Skies was pulled from the network entirely after Makris made remarks on an NRA-produced webcast comparing critics of the show to Hitler.
As of September 15, 2014, the entirety of NBC Sports' operations, including NBCSN, is based out of facilities in Stamford, Connecticut. Football Night in America remained at Studio 8G in Rockefeller Center (but originated from Studio 8H, home of NBC's Saturday Night Live) until September 7, 2014, when that program also moved to Stamford.
Announcers, reporters and hosts
- Liam McHugh: lead studio host (2011–present)
- Bob Costas: host (2006–present)
- Rebecca Lowe: studio host for Premier League coverage, other studio host (2013–present)
- Dan Patrick: (studio host 2008–present)
- Kathryn Tappen: host (2014–present)
- Mike Tirico: NBC Sunday Night Football/Thursday Night Football/Football Night in America host (2016–present)
- Mike Emrick: lead play-by-play (2006–present)
- Dave Strader: play-by-play (2006–2009, 2011–2015)
- Gord Miller: play-by-play (2013–present)
- Chris Cuthbert: play-by-play (2006–2007, 2014–present)
- Kenny Albert: play-by-play (2006, 2010, 2011–present)
- Randy Hahn: play-by-play (2013–present)
- John Forslund: play-by-play (2011–present)
- Pierre McGuire: lead "Inside the Glass" analyst (2006–present)
- Eddie Olczyk: studio analyst (2006), lead color analyst (2007–present)
- Brian Engblom: "Inside the Glass" analyst (2011–2015)
- Keith Jones: studio analyst (2011–present)
- Mike Milbury: studio analyst (2008–present)
- Jeremy Roenick: studio analyst (2010–present)
- Daryl Reaugh: "Inside the Glass" analyst (2012–present)
- Joe Micheletti: "Inside the Glass" analyst (2006–2007, 2011–present)
- Anson Carter: studio analyst (2012–present), "Inside the Glass" analyst (2014–present)
- Jamie Baker: "Inside the Glass" analyst (2014–present)
- Kathryn Tappen: alternate studio host (2014–present)
- Mike Tirico: play-by-play (2017–present)
- Rick Allen: lead lap-by-lap (2015–present), studio host (2014–present)
- Jon Beekhuis: pit reporter (2013–present), color commentator (2009–2012)
- Townsend Bell: color commentator (2013–present), pit reporter (2012)
- Dave Burns: pit reporter (2015–present), lead lap-by-lap (2015–present)
- Jeff Burton: color commentator (2015–present), studio host (2014–present)
- Wally Dallenbach Jr.: color commentator (2009–2014)
- Leigh Diffey: lead lap-by-lap (2013–present)
- Ray Evernham: color commentator (2015–present – Whelen Modified Tour)
- David Hobbs: color commentator (2013–present)
- Dale Jarrett: studio analyst (2015–present)
- Parker Kligerman: studio analyst (2014–present), color commentator (2015 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series), pit reporter (2016-present)
- Anders Krohn: color commentator (2014–present - Indy Lights)
- Steve Letarte: color commentator (2015–present)
- Arie Luyendyk Jr.: color commentator (2009–2012 – Indy Lights)
- Mike Massaro: pit reporter (2015–present), studio host (2015–present)
- Steve Matchett: color commentator (2013–present)
- Robin Miller: pit reporter (2011–present)
- Toby Moody: lead lap-by-lap (2014–present)
- Kyle Petty: studio analyst (2014–present)
- Ralph Sheheen: lead lap-by-lap (2015–present), pit reporter (2016)
- Marty Snider: pit reporter (2011–present)
- Frank Stoddard: studio analyst (2014–present), color commentator (2015 – NASCAR K&N Pro Series)
- Brian Till: reserve lap-by-lap (2012–present)
- Paul Tracy: color commentator (2014–present)
- Bob Varsha: reserve lap-by-lap (2013–2014)
- Brian Vickers: studio analyst (2015–present)
- Krista Voda: studio host (2015–present)
- Rutledge Wood: reporter (2014–present)
- Mike Tirico: studio host Xfinity Series stand alone events (2017–present)
- Al Michaels: lead NFL play-by-play
- Cris Collinsworth: lead NFL analyst
- Michele Tafoya: NFL Sideline Reporter
- Tony Dungy: (studio analyst 2009–present)
- Rodney Harrison: (studio analyst 2009–present)
- Josh Elliott: (Contributor 2014–2015)
- Peter King: (NFL insider 2006–present)
- Hines Ward: (on-site analyst 2012–present)
- Arlo White: lead Play-by-play announcer (2013–present)
- Graeme Le Saux: lead analyst (2013–present)
- Lee Dixon: lead analyst (2013–present)
- Jim Beglin: analyst (2014–present)
- Phil Neville: analyst (2014–present)
- Tim Howard: analyst (2013–present)
- Geoff Cameron: analyst (2014–present)
- Steve Bower: play-by-play (2013–present)
- Robbie Earle: (alternate color commentator) (2013–present)
- Robbie Mustoe: (alternate color commentator) (2013–present)
- Kyle Martino: studio analyst (2013–present)
- Roger Bennett: contributor (2014–present)
- Michael Davies: contributor (2014–present)
Mixed martial arts
- Bas Rutten: lead commentator (2012–present)
- Todd Harris: co-commentator (2012–present)
- Kenny Rice: co-commentator (2013–present)
- Chael Sonnen: lead commentator (2015–2016)
- Renzo Gracie: co-commentator (2016–present)
- Joey Varner: Cageside reporter/backstage interviewer (2012–present)
- Jazz Securo: Ring announcer (2012–present)
- Olympics on NBC (2012–present)
- 2012 Summer Olympics
- 2014 Winter Olympics
- 2014 Summer Youth Olympics
- 2016 Winter Youth Olympics
- 2016 Summer Olympics
- 2018 Winter Olympics
- 2018 Summer Youth Olympics
- 2020 Winter Youth Olympics
- 2020 Summer Olympics
- 2022 Winter Olympics
- 2023 Summer Youth Olympics
- 2024 Summer Olympics
- 2026 Winter Olympics
- 2028 Summer Olympics
- 2030 Winter Olympics
- 2032 Summer Olympics
- NASCAR on NBC (1999-2006, 2015–present)
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (2015–present), (13 races, practice & qualifying sessions)
- NASCAR Xfinity Series (2015–present), (15 races, practice & qualifying sessions)
- NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West (2015–present)
- NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour/NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (2010, 2015–present)
- NASCAR Mexico Series (2015)
- Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown (2015)
- IndyCar Series on NBC (2009–present)
- Formula One (2013–present)
- Practices and qualifying
- 13 races on NBCSN
- Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross (2012–present) (Moto2 450 & 250 races shared with NBC, also streamed on Live Extra)
- GP2 Series (2013–present) (tape delayed)
- Red Bull Global Rallycross (2014–present)
- GRC Lites races (2015–present)
- re-airings of all Supercar races (2014–present)
- Speed Energy Formula Off-Road (2013–2014, tape delayed)
- TORC: The Off Road Championship (2014, tape delayed)
- ARCA Racing Series (2013, tape delayed)
- English Premier League on NBC (2013–present)
- NHL on NBC (2005–present)
- College Hockey on NBCSN (2011–present)
- Friday Night Ice
- Hockey East championship
- College Football on NBCSN (2006–present)
- College Basketball on NBCSN (2007–present)
- Notre Dame Football on NBC (2011–present)
- Pre-game show
- Notre Dame spring game (Blue-Gold game)
- Tour de France (1999–present)
- Thoroughbred Racing on NBC (2011–present)
- Triple Crown pre-race coverage
- Undercard races
- Breeders' Cup (All races other than the Breeders' Cup Classic )
- USA Pro Cycling Challenge (2011–present)
- National Pro Grid League (coming Sept-Oct 2014)
- World Series of Fighting (2012–present)
WSOF was formed in 2012, having signed a broadcast deal with the NBC Sports Network. This was the third MMA promotion that NBC Sports has hosted, having broadcast World Extreme Cagefighting and Ultimate Fighting Championship events when the channel was formerly known as Versus. NBC Sports had been one of the bidders for the rights to broadcast future UFC events, but lost out to Fox. However, some journalists regarded WSOF's deal with NBC Sports to be a considerable coup for a debuting promotion, considering NBC Sports' past interest in the UFC. Upon the announcement of the broadcast deal, WSOF President Ray Sefo stated that the promotion wanted to host 8-10 events per year, whilst holding a one-year deal with NBC Sports. However, the next day, an NBC spokesman revealed that the deal only covered WSOF's inaugural event, with the option for more, should NBC hold a positive evaluation. On February 4, 2013, it was reported by several news outlets that NBC Sports signed a 3-year deal with WSOF.
On December 16, 2012, NBC Sports Network, along with CNBC, aired a portion of the Sunday Night Football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots. This was because the game's coverage on NBC was interrupted by President Barack Obama's press conference following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. NBCSN will continue to serve as overflow coverage for Sunday Night Football and other NFL games covered by NBC in the event the ongoing game is interrupted by an NBC News special coverage.
On July 23, 2013, NBC announced that coverage of NASCAR racing would return to NBC beginning in the 2015 season under a new contract lasting through 2024. The deal includes broadcast rights to the second half of the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series seasons; the majority of which will air on NBCSN.
Original programs aired by the network include NBC SportsTalk, and the weekly CNBC Sports Biz, which both debuted in the fall of 2011. Bob Costas hosts Costas Tonight, which consists of monthly interview episodes, and quarterly town hall specials – the first of which aired from Indianapolis on February 2, 2012, as part of NBC's overall coverage of Super Bowl XLVI.
The network also added more documentary-style series, including 36, Caught Looking (a weekly series co-produced with Major League Baseball), and Sports Illustrated, a monthly series produced in conjunction with the magazine of the same name.
On August 13, 2012, NBCSN premiered a new morning show, The 'Lights, which consists of a 20-minute loop of sports highlights with no on-camera personalities, repeated from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. ET.
In 2014, NBCSN premiered a new auto-themed reality series Mecum Dealmakers. It was renewed for a second season in 2015.
In April 2016, it was announced that NBCSN would begin to air the Dan Patrick-hosted Sports Jeopardy!, with a premiere run following nightly 2016 Summer Olympics coverage, and joining NBCSN's Wednesday night schedule later in October.
At the beginning of September 2009, DirecTV pulled Versus from its lineup, as it was unable to reach terms on a rate increase demanded by Comcast. In public statements (including a message shown on the channel which formerly carried Versus), DirecTV scolded Comcast for its "unfair and outrageous demands", and considered the company to be "simply piggish" in its demands for higher rates, as it described Versus as "a paid programming and infomercial channel with occasional sporting events." On March 15, 2010, an agreement was reached between the two sides and Versus returned to DirecTV's lineup. The channel was returned to its original package on the service, Choice Xtra. The network has since drastically reduced its paid programming blocks to the traditional early morning time periods only under NBC management.
A 1080i high definition feed of the network was launched in January 2007. Initially, its HD feed was shared with sister network Golf Channel in an arrangement marketed as Versus/Golf HD; Golf Channel programming was broadcast during the daytime hours, and Versus programming was broadcast during the evening and primetime hours with some schedule variation during Tour de France coverage. The shared channel was replaced by individual HD feeds for both channels in December 2008.
In May 2013, the network's standard definition feed was converted to a widescreen presentation with letterboxing to duplicate the display seen on the high definition feed in line with their competitor's presentations of their SD channels.
- Seidman, Robert (February 22, 2015). "List of how many homes each cable network is in as of February 2015". TV by the Numbers. Zap2it. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
- Deitsch, Richard (July 30, 2004). "Life after Lance: What happens to OLN once Armstrong finally retires from cycling?". CNNSI. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- Bernstien, Andy. "No word could describe the Tour de France, so OLN made one up". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- Sandomir, Richard (July 7, 2006). "OLN Sizing Up Impact of the Post-Lance Era". The New York Times. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- Sandomir, Richard (July 28, 2005). "With Armstrong Out, N.H.L. May Be in at OLN". The New York Times. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- Rovell, Darren (August 18, 2005). "ESPN decides not to match Comcast's offer". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- El-Bashir, Tarik; Heath, Thomas (June 5, 2006). "NHL's Strong Comeback Marred by Poor TV Ratings". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- "OLN and AFL announce national TV partnership" (Press release). Arena Football League. February 17, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- "ESPN acquires minority stake, TV rights in AFL" (Press release). ESPN.com. December 20, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- "OLN Network getting new name". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
- "MWC Announces 2006–07 Men's Basketball Television Schedule" (Press release). Mountain West Conference. September 14, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- Morfoot, Addie (December 7, 2006). "Versus gets rights to basketball tourney; Network will televise all eight high school games live". Variety. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- "Mountain West Conference Announces Updated 2006 Football Broadcast Schedule" (Press release). Mountain West Conference. July 27, 2006. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- "Mountain West Football". Versus.
- Consoli, John (June 6, 2007). "FSN, Versus Ink College Football Game Deal". MediaWeek. Archived from the original on October 10, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
- "NHL, Versus extend TV contract by 3 Years". yahoo.com. January 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-06.
- "Time Warner Cable Closing Conn. Offices". courant.com. August 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
- "Solid Partnerships". indycar.com. August 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
- "WSORR Oshkosh Races Garner More National TV". Motorsports Journal. Retrieved February 10, 2013.
- "Grey Cup to air live on Versus in the U.S.". CFL.ca. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
- Huff, Richard. "Versus seeks game-changer with 'Daily Line' news show starring Jenn Sterger." New York Daily News Apr 2, 2010, Print.
- McCarthy, Michael (October 29, 2010). "Versus cancels Jenn Sterger's sports TV show". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-10-29.
- "It's Official: UFC and Fox Are Now in Business Together". MMAWeekly.com. 18 August 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2011.
- "VERSUS To Air 16 NBA D-League Games This Season". NBA. January 4, 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-10.
- "Whelen Modified Telecasts Set For VERSUS". NASCAR.com. July 22, 2010. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
- Renyolds, Mike. "McCarley To Head Golf Channel, Davis Out at Versus in NBC Sports Group Reorg: Sources". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
- Rosentha, Phil (March 7, 2011). "Notre Dame football: Comcast-NBC Universal merger helps Versus get its Irish up". Tower Ticker. The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- "2011 NLL TV Schedule with VERSUS features two playoff games, plus VERSUS name change?". ILOnline.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
- Bailey, Budd (November 14, 2011). "Bandits notebook: New TV package". The Buffalo News. Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved November 15, 2011.
- Condor, Bob (April 19, 2011). "NHL, NBC sign record-setting 10-year TV deal". NHL. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
- Koo, Ben (27 February 2013). "Looking Back at NBC Sports Network's Lack of Growth". AwfulAnnouncing.com. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- Fernadez, Bob. "Goodbye Versus, hello NBC Sports Network". Philadelphia Inquirer. Philly.com. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
- Sands, Rich. "Channel Changing: Versus Becomes NBC Sports Network". TV Guide. Retrieved January 1, 2012.
- Karangu, Jesse. "Guest Column: How To Improve NBC Sports Network". Fangsbites.com. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
- Goal Blogs, New York Times (August 10, 2011). "MLS and NBC Sports announce new TV deal". NYTimes.com. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- Glanville, Jerry (March 21, 2011). "Jerry Glanville Named Hartford Colonials Head Coach and General Manager". United Football League. Retrieved 2011-03-21.
- "NBC Sports Announces National College Hockey TV Package". College Hockey News. Retrieved December 28, 2011.
- "NBC Wins TV Rights For 4 More Olympic Games, All Events Will Be Live Either on TV Or Internet". TV by the Numbers. June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- "Update: NBC Bids $4.38 Billion for Olympic Gold". Ad Week. June 7, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
- "2012 Olympics: NBC Sports Net Scores Most-Watched Telecast with Women's Gold-Medal Soccer Match". Multichannel News. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
- Tim Basinger (2013-08-13). "NBC Sports Network Rebranding as NBCSN". Multichannel News. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
- Matt Yoder (2013-08-26). "NBC Sports Network will rebrand as NBCSN". AwfulAnnouncing.com. Retrieved 2014-07-18.
- "NBC Sports Network Cancels NRA-Sponsored Elephant Hunting Show". Deadspin. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- Blake, Meredith (September 26, 2013). "NBC Sports Network under fire for elephant killing on NRA show". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
- Heistand, Michael (13 March 2013). "NBC to air MLS marathon in new digs". USA Today. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
- Fryer, Jenna. "NBC Sports Group gets US rights to Formula One". Associated Press.
- "SPEED coverage of Formula One comes to an end in 2012". Motorsport.com. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
- "Formula 1 lands four-year deal with NBC". Racer. Retrieved October 16, 2012.
- "NBC wins $250m rights to broadcast English Premier League in US". London. Associated Press. October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
- "NBC Sports Group Launches First-Ever College Hockey Coverage with 16 Games on NBC Sports Network This Season - Ratings". TVbytheNumbers.Zap2it.com. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
- "Lockout protection: NBCSN beefs up college hockey coverage". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2014-06-28.
- "CAA and NBC Sports Group reach five-year agreements for national basketball and football rights". caasports.com. Retrieved February 14, 2012.
- "Atlantic 10 Secures Long-Term Media Rights Agreements with ESPN, CBS Sports Network, NBC Sports Group". Atlantic10.com. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
- Sharrow, Ryan (February 22, 2011). "NBC re-ups deal to carry Preakness through 2015".
- Murphy, Jim. "NBC Signs Five Year Deal To Televise Belmont Stakes". belmontstakes.org. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- "Viewpoint: Uphill Climb". sherdog.com. September 10, 2012.
- "NBC Sports: World Series of Fighting deal only covers one event". mmafighting.com. September 7, 2012.
- "Ray Sefo ready for new challenge with World Series of Fighting". mmafighting.com. September 6, 2012.
- "World Series of Fighting Inks 3-Year Deal with NBC Sports Network". bleacherreport.com. February 4, 2013.
- "World Series of Fighting signs 3-year deal with NBC Sports Network". mmafighting.com. February 4, 2013.
- "Over 1 Million Viewers Watched "Sunday Night Football" On NBCSN During Obama Newtown Address". SportsRants. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
- "NBC wins NASCAR TV rights, signs 10-year deal to replace ESPN, Turner". Sporting News. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
- "NASCAR AND NBC SPORTS GROUP REACH LANDMARK MEDIA RIGHTS AGREEMENT". NBC Sports Group Press Box. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
- "Sports Illustrated on the Air". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "Break Glass in Case of Lockout: What's Left Of NBC Sports Network". SB Nation. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
- "NBC Sports Group Presents Season Premiere of "Mecum Dealmakers" Thursday, July 30 at 10 P.M. ET on NBCSN". The Futon Critic. July 27, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
- "NBCSN Acquires TV Rights to Sports Jeopardy". Awful Announcing. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
- Hiestand, Michael (September 1, 2009). "Versus does disappearing act after dispute with DirecTV". USA Today. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- DIRECTV and VERSUS Reach Carriage Agreement; Sports Net Returns to DIRECTV Lineup Today Market Watch March 15, 2010
- Moss, Linda. "Comcast To Launch Three HD Nets, Including E!". Multichannel News. Retrieved August 20, 2011.