No More Excuses: Get Flyers-Penguins at Penn State Done

No More Excuses: Get Flyers-Penguins at Penn State Done

Ever since the NHL held the first Winter Classic in 2008, Flyers fans have been imagining the day when the Bullies would meet the cross-state Pittsburgh Penguins in State College, PA for an outdoor game at Beaver Stadium.

The rivalry is heated, the venue is obvious. All the league needs to do is slap it on the schedule.

Okay, so it’s not quite as simple as that. There is tremendous amount of planning involved in these events, not only on the league’s end, but for the host site and television network as well. Winter Classics don’t spring up overnight.

Great news: on Thursday Tim Panaccio confirmed a report that Penn State is considering hosting an outdoor hockey game, and Flyers president Peter Luuko is hopeful the contest would be between Philly and Pitt. Panotch writes that there are three issues to overcome first however.

Only three? Fantastic. What are they?

1. Parking
2. The university winterizes the stadium in January
3. NBC does not want an outdoor game in December because it would preempt the Classic

Really? That’s it? I was expecting overwhelming hurdles based on the story’s headline, and they give us parking and scheduling conflicts.

I can’t even take the parking problem seriously – it can be solved. As for having to dance around everybody’s desired schedules, you would think all of the coin involved would take care of that. The university is going to rake in a ton of cash regardless of when they have the game, which normally trumps everything else.

As for NBC, they undoubtedly are aware of – not to mention likely televising – most of the six outdoor games the NHL will play in 2013-14. That’s not a complaint, but you have to admit the league already made the one dubbed the Winter Classic a lot less unique. What does it matter if a game is played at Penn State in December?

It seems likely that all parties involved will eventually come to a mutual agreement, and the Flyers will one day face off against the Penguins at a neutral site in Pennsylvania. And whenever it happens, I suspect it will be a marquee game on the NHL schedule, perhaps even a future Classic.

Still, it’s frustrating to hear these are the kinds of reasons causing further delay. Figure them out and play the game. The university will be happy to take the money, the network will be happy to generate the ad revenue and exposure, and the fans in PA will get their dream hockey matchup.

Sounds like a win-win situation for everybody – except the Penguins, we hope.

>> Issues cloud possible Flyers game at Penn State [CSN]

For the first time, NBC Sports regional networks add live, local Major League Baseball streaming


For the first time, NBC Sports regional networks add live, local Major League Baseball streaming

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 19, 2017 – NBC Sports Regional Networks today announced an agreement with MLBAM to stream local market MLB games, as well as pre- and postgame shows, beginning with the 2017 regular season. This new streaming offering is available at no additional cost to authenticated pay TV subscribers of NBC Sports Group’s CSN regional sports networks (RSNs). This local initiative advances NBCUniversal’s implementation of “TV Everywhere,” which strives to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home, and on multiple platforms.

CSN’s local streaming allows authenticated viewers in their respective markets to live stream games and related programming that is carried by their pay TV provider of the Chicago Cubs (CSN Chicago), Chicago White Sox (CSN Chicago), Philadelphia Phillies (CSN Philadelphia), Oakland Athletics (CSN California) and San Francisco Giants (CSN Bay Area). Game broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date.

“This is a home run for our local sports fans,” said David Preschlack, President, NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NBC Sports Group Platform and Content Strategy. “We are constantly looking for ways to better serve our fans and provide comprehensive coverage of their favorite teams. With the addition of MLB in-market streaming rights, they don’t have to miss a pitch.”

The addition of MLB authenticated in-market streaming completes the local streaming portfolio for the NBC Sports Regional Networks, which also includes local NBA and NHL live streaming. The RSNs first introduced NBA streaming in 2014 and last fall announced the addition of NHL in-market streaming, beginning with the 2016-17 season. 

The NBC Sports Regional Networks now have partnerships for in-market streaming of the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, San Jose Sharks, San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s (CSN Bay Area/CSN California); Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox (CSN Chicago); Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals (CSN Mid-Atlantic); Philadelphia 76ers, Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phillies (CSN Philadelphia); and Boston Celtics (CSN New England).

Authenticated CSN subscribers can access live MLB, NBA and NHL games, as well as other sports programming, anywhere in the United States.  During the 2017 MLB season, all in-market MLB games will be streamed on the respective local CSN regional network site on PCs as well as on the NBC Sports app—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs. The NBC Sports app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. 

Phillies games to stream live on, NBC Sports App in 2017

Phillies games to stream live on, NBC Sports App in 2017

Phillies fans, you will be able to watch all of your team's games on a live stream on during the 2017 season.

The live streaming service will be available at no additional cost to authenticated CSN Philadelphia and TCN Philadelphia subscribers as part of an agreement between NBC Sports Regional Networks and Major League Baseball Advanced Media that was announced today.

Fans of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants can also stream their team's games on their local CSN websites.

The addition of Major League Baseball games completes a local streaming portfolio for NBC's Regional Sports Networks. The RSNs began streaming local NBA games in 2014 and added local NHL games this season. Authenticated subscribers have the ability to access their team's games when traveling outside of their region, provided they are within the U.S.

In addition to being able to watch a live stream of all Phillies game action, authenticated CSN subscribers will be able to watch Pregame Live and Postgame Live before and after the game.

Authenticated CSN subscribers wishing to stream their local MLB, NBA or NHL team on their desktop, mobile device, tablet or connected TV must first download the NBC Sports app. It is powered by Playmaker Media and available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.