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|Launched||May 17, 1939|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Key people||Pete Bevacqua (chairman, NBC Sports Group)|
|Major broadcasting contracts|
NBC Sports is an American programming division of the broadcast network NBC, owned and operated by NBC Sports Group division of NBCUniversal and subsidiary of Comcast. The division is responsible for sports broadcasts on the network, and its dedicated national sports cable channels. Formerly operating as "a service of NBC News", it broadcasts a diverse array of sports events, including Major League Baseball, the French Open, the Premier League, the IndyCar Series, NASCAR, the National Football League (NFL), Notre Dame Fighting Irish college football, the Olympic Games, professional golf, the Tour de France and Thoroughbred racing, among others. Other programming from outside producers – such as coverage of the Ironman Triathlon – is also presented on the network through NBC Sports. With Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011, its own cable sports networks were aligned with NBC Sports into a part of the division known as the NBC Sports Group.
In 2000, NBC declined to renew its broadcast agreement with Major League Baseball (MLB). In 2002, it was additionally outbid by ESPN and ABC for the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s new broadcast contract, ending the league's twelve-year run on NBC.
During this era, NBC experimented with broadcasting emerging sports. In 2001, the network partnered with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) to establish the XFL – a new football league which introduced modified rules and debuted to tremendous, but short-lived fanfare, only lasting one season (NBC shared broadcast rights to the league's games, which were mainly held on Saturday nights, with UPN). In 2003, NBC obtained the broadcast rights and a minority interest in the Arena Football League (AFL). The network televised weekly games on a regional basis, as well as the entire playoffs. The deal lasted four years, after which the league and NBC parted ways.
Beginning with the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NBC began its foray into NASCAR. NBC, along with Fox and TNT, obtained the broadcast rights of the top two series – the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series – in a six-year deal, beginning in 2001. NBC televised the second half of the season and alternated coverage of the Daytona 500 with Fox. In December 2005, NBC announced that it would not renew its agreement with NASCAR. In 2001, NBC obtained the broadcast rights to horse racing's Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing in a five-year deal.
In 2004, NBC reached a broadcast agreement with the National Hockey League (NHL). The revenue-sharing deal called for the two sides to split advertising revenue after the network recouped the expenses. Games were supposed to begin airing on the network during the 2004–05 season, however a league lockout that resulted in the cancellation of that season delayed the start of the contract until the second half of the 2005–06 NHL season. NBC televised regular season games at first on Saturday afternoons before moving the telecast to Sundays, Saturday and Sunday afternoon playoff games, and up to five games of the Stanley Cup. Additionally in 2008, NBC broadcast the 2008 NHL Winter Classic, an outdoor NHL game played on New Year's Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, a success in attendance and television ratings. The following year's Winter Classic would become the most-watched regular season game in 34 years. In addition to this regular season success, Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals was watched by an average of 8 million viewers, the highest ratings for an NHL game in 36 years.
The NFL also returned to NBC in 2006 after an eight-year hiatus, broadcasting the league's new flagship Sunday Night Football game, along with select postseason games and Super Bowls XLIII, XLVI, XLIX, LII, LVI and LX.
2010s: Comcast/NBCUniversal era
In January 2011, Comcast finalized its acquisition of a majority share in NBC Universal. As a result of the merger, the operations of Comcast's existing sports networks, such as Golf Channel and NBCSN, were merged into an entity known as the NBC Sports Group. NBC Sports' senior vice president Mike McCarley additionally became Golf Channel's new head. NBC Sports' golf production unit was merged with Golf Channel, along with NBC's on-air staff, with that unit rebranding under the banner "Golf Channel on NBC", while Versus was reformatted toward a more mainstream audience, renamed the NBC Sports Network and eventually rebranded as NBCSN.
The merger also helped influence an extension of NBC Sports' contract with the NHL; the 10-year deal – valued at close to $2 billion, unified the cable and broadcast television rights to the league and introduced a new "Black Friday" Thanksgiving Showdown game on NBC, along with national coverage for every game in the Stanley Cup playoffs. On July 3, 2011, ESPN obtained the exclusive broadcast rights to The Championships, Wimbledon in a 12-year deal, ending NBC's television relationship with The Championships after 42 years.
From 2012 until 2015, Major League Soccer (MLS) games were shown on NBC and the NBC Sports Network. This included the broadcast of two regular season games, two playoff games, and two national team matches on NBC and 38 regular season games, three playoff games, and two national team matches on NBC Sports Network. Since the 2013–14 season NBC Sports has also held the rights to televise Premier League soccer in English (primarily on NBCSN) and Spanish (on Telemundo and Universo), through a $250 million deal, replacing ESPN and Fox Soccer as the league's U.S. broadcasters.
NBC Sports held broadcast rights to the Formula One (formerly held by Speed and Fox Sports) from 2013 until 2017. The majority of its coverage (including much of the season, along with qualifying and practice sessions) aired on NBCSN, while NBC aired the Monaco Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix and the final two races of the season, which in the first year of the deal included the United States Grand Prix. All races were also streamed online and through the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app. They lost the broadcast rights to ESPN beginning from the 2018 season.
On March 18, 2013, nearly all of the operations for NBC Sports and NBCSN began to be based out of a purpose-built facility in Stamford, Connecticut. The move was made mainly to take advantage of tax credits given by the state of Connecticut, which NBC has taken advantage of previously with the tabloid talk shows of its NBCUniversal Television Distribution. Only Football Night in America remained in New York City, at NBC Studios, until September 7, 2014, when production of that program also moved to Stamford.
NASCAR returned to NBC Sports properties in 2015 under a ten-year deal, with NBC once again airing the second half of the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series seasons. While no specific financial details were disclosed, NBC reportedly paid 50% more than ESPN and TNT (who took over the portion of the season previously held by NBC) combined under the previous deal.
On June 7, 2015, amid its loss of rights to the USGA's championships to Fox (including the U.S. Open), NBC Sports and The R&A agreed to a twelve-year deal to televise The Open Championship, Senior Open Championship, and Women's British Open on NBC and Golf Channel, beginning in 2017. Existing rightsholder ESPN opted out of its final year of its agreement for the tournaments, with the Open subsequently debuting a year early in 2016.
Universal Sports ceased operations in November 2015. NBCUniversal acquired the rights to the content that was previously held by Universal Sports Network. Much of the programming moved to either Universal HD, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
From 2016 until 2018, NBC Sports held the rights to Premiership Rugby, the top division of English rugby union, through a three-year deal. The contract included up to 24 regularly-scheduled games on NBCSN per-season, and up to 50 streaming. Its first live match was on March 12, 2016, when London Irish hosted Saracens F.C. at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.
On July 15, 2017. NBCUniversal relaunched Universal HD as Olympic Channel, a network that would carry Olympic sports programming as a complement to its long-standing agreement to cover the Games.
In early 2018, it was announced that NBC Sports would renew its contract with the IndyCar Series (continuing a relationship with NBCSN which began in 2009 as Versus), through 2021, and acquire the broadcast television rights previously held by ABC. NBC televises eight races per-season since 2019, including the series flagship Indianapolis 500, with the remaining races airing on NBCSN as before. An IndyCar package is also offered through NBC Sports Gold. Shortly after, NBC announced a six-year agreement with the International Motor Sports Association beginning in 2019, including the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the majority of coverage on NBCSN.
Following the launch of NBCUniversal's streaming service Peacock, NBC Sports began to migrate some of its overflow content (including the Premier League and other NBC Sports Gold services) to the service. On June 29, 2020, Fox sold the last seven years of its contract to air USGA tournaments to NBC, regaining rights to the U.S. Open for the first time since 2015.
In January 2021, it was reported that NBCUniversal planned to shut down NBCSN by the end of the year; an internal memo cited increased competition from streaming services and the other mainstream sports networks as reasoning.
On April 6, 2022, NBC Sports announced a deal to carry a package of Sunday afternoon MLB games on Peacock beginning in the 2022 season. On July 1, 2022, NBC Sports announced that Olympic Channel would shut down as a linear channel on September 30, 2022.
On August 18, 2022, NBC Sports announced a seven-year deal to carry Big Ten Conference college athletics across its platforms beginning in the 2023–24 academic season. This contract will most notably include a new package of primetime Big Ten college football games on NBC beginning in the 2023 season, as well as a package of college basketball and Olympic sports coverage on Peacock.
In 1964, NBC televised the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo; in 1972, NBC televised the 1972 Winter Olympics for the first time. 1980 would prove to be a stinging disappointment for the network; after contentious negotiations, NBC won the broadcast rights to the 1980 Summer Olympics. After the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, the United States and 64 other countries boycotted the event. NBC substantially scaled back its coverage and lost heavily in advertising revenue. In 1988, NBC televised the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Since then, it has branded itself as "America's Olympic Network", televising every Summer Olympic Games since the Seoul event, as well as every Winter Olympic Games since 2002 Winter Olympics. In total, NBC has aired 13 Summer and Winter Olympics, the most by any one U.S. network. The Olympic Games have also become an integral part of the network, despite some recurring controversy over its method of broadcast delaying events in part to take advantage of a wider national audience in prime time.
In 1998, Ebersol was named president of NBC Sports and Olympics.
During the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, over 500 hours of the games were broadcast across five NBC-owned television channels (NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network), with 1,000 hours being streamed digitally. In January, the company announced some exclusive digital-only streaming of the 2014 Olympics via the NBCOlympics.com website and the NBC Sports Live Extra app for Android and iOS, including exclusive content such as Gold Zone, Olympic Ice and NBC's Olympic News Desk.
With the premiere of Sunday Night Football, NBCUniversal hired Troika Design Group to design an overall visual identity for its coverage, including branding, on-air graphics, and other visual elements.
Concurrent with the relaunch of Versus as NBC Sports Network on January 2, 2012, and the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, NBC Sports also launched a comprehensive redesign of its branding, including a new on-air graphics design built around the NBC peacock, and an updated logo for the division as a whole (replacing a logo that had been in use since 1989). The new design was also intended to be modular, allowing it to be expanded for use in larger events across multiple networks (such as the Super Bowl and the Olympic Games). A refreshed design for on-air graphics was introduced on January 1, 2015 (in time for the 2015 NHL Winter Classic and NFL playoffs), with a cleaner and brighter visual appearance.
NBC began using dedicated graphics packages specifically for Sunday Night Football during Super Bowl LII, and unveiled a second redesign for the 2022 season during Super Bowl LVI. NBC similarly diverged for its Premier League coverage in 2019, adopting elements of its new British sibling Sky Sports. In 2023, NBC transitioned college football (which had continued to use the 2015 graphics) to new graphics derived from the Sunday Night Football graphics introduced in 2022.
Programs throughout the years
- Major League Baseball on NBC (1947–1989, 1994–2000, 2022–present)
- MLB Sunday Leadoff (2022–present; Peacock will broadcast these games, with NBC carrying one game per season.)
- Golf on NBC (1954–present)
- USGA Championships (1954–1965, 1995–2014, 2020–present)
- Ryder Cup (1991–present)
- Presidents Cup (2000–present)
- Senior PGA Championship (1990–present)
- Women's PGA Championship (2015–present)
- The Open Championship (2016–present)
- Senior Open Championship (2016–present)
- Women's British Open (2016–present)
- Olympics on NBC
- Thoroughbred Racing on NBC (1949–present)
- French Open (1983–present)
- College Football on NBC Sports (1946–1965, 1991–present)
- College Basketball on NBC Sports (1969–1998, 2022–present)
- NFL on NBC (1951–1953, 1955–1964, 1970–1997, 2006–present)
- NBC Sunday Night Football (2006–present)
- NFL Wild Card playoff game (2007–present)
- NFL Divisional playoff game (2015–present)
- Super Bowl: I (shared with CBS), III, V, VII, IX, XI, XIII, XV, XVII, XX, XXIII, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX, XXXII, XLIII, XLVI, XLIX, LII, LVI, LX, LXIV, and LXVIII
- Football Night in America (2006–present)
- Tour de France (2011–present)
- Premier League (2013–present)
- United States Football League (2022–present)
- NASCAR on NBC (1979–2006, 2015–present)
- Drone Racing League (2019–present)
- IndyCar Series on NBC (2009–present)
- IMSA on NBC (2019–present)
- Rolex 24 at Daytona (2019–present)
- Monster Jam (2019–present)
- AMA Supercross Championship (2019–present)
- MotoGP World Championship (2020–present)
- Include Moto2 and Moto3 Races
- Superbike World Championship (2020–present)
- Include WorldSSP and WorldSSP300 Races
- Malaysian Cub Prix (2023–present)
- Olympic sports
- ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating (2004–present)
- U.S. Figure Skating Championships (2008–present)
- FINA World Aquatics Championships
- World Athletics Championships
- Diamond League
- World Men's Handball Championship (2019–present)
- USA Swimming
- USA Track & Field
- Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
- FIS Alpine Ski World Cup
- Bobsleigh World Cup
- Skeleton World Cup
- Fencing World Cup
- FINA Diving World Cup
- FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour
- World Marathon Majors
- Major League Baseball on NBC
- World Series (1947 (Games 1 & 5), 1948–1976, 1978, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1995 (Games 2, 3, & 6), 1997, 1999)
- Major League Baseball Game of the Week (1956–1989)
- Major League Baseball: An Inside Look (1979–1989)
- The Baseball Network (1994–1995) (co-production with ABC Sports and Major League Baseball)
- NBC College Football Game of the Week
- Rose Bowl Game (1952–1988)
- Sugar Bowl (1959–1969)
- Orange Bowl (1965–1995)
- Fiesta Bowl (1978–1995)
- Cotton Bowl Classic (1953–1957, 1993–1995)
- Gator Bowl (1996–2006)
- Outback Bowl (1988–1992)
- Citrus Bowl (1984–1985)
- Army–Navy Game (1945–1953, 1955–1959, 1964–1965)
- Blue–Gray Football Classic (1958–1963)
- NBA on NBC (1954–1962; 1990–2002)
- NFL on NBC
- NHL on NBC: (1966, 1972–1975, 1990–1994 (All Star Game), 2005–2021)
- College Basketball on NBC
- The Championships, Wimbledon (1969–2011)
- Sportsworld (1978–1992)
- Champ Car World Series (1979–1990, 1994, 2005–2007)
- WWF/E Saturday Night's Main Event (1985–1992, 2006–2008)
- American Le Mans Series (1999–2004, 2007–2008)
- Formula One (2013–2017)
- Red Bull Global Rallycross (2014–2017)
- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (1946–1960)
- Michael Jordan Celebrity Golf Classic (1990s)
- Superstars (1985–1990)
- XFL (2001)
- AFL on NBC (2003–2006)
- CFL on NBC (1954, 1982, 2012–2013)
- Professional Bowlers Association (1984–1991)
- Association of Volleyball Professionals (1990–2009)
- Hambletonian Stakes (2007–2012)
- Premier Boxing Champions (2015–17)
- NASCAR on NBC
- Extreme Championship Wrestling (2006–2010)
- WWE SmackDown (2010–2019)
- Premier Lacrosse League (2019–2021)
- Belmont Stakes (1950–1952, 2001–2005, 2011–2022)
- NBC Sunday Night Football – Al Michaels
- NBC Olympic broadcasts – Dan Hicks, Leigh Diffey, Ted Robinson, Bob Fitzgerald, Terry Gannon, Kenny Albert, Steve Schlanger, Todd Harris, Paul Burmeister. Bill Spaulding, Jim Kozimor, Jason Knapp, Kenny Rice
- MLB Sunday Leadoff - Brendan Burke, Matt Vasgersian, Chris Vosters
- NASCAR on NBC – Rick Allen, Dave Burns, Leigh Diffey, Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Leigh Diffey, Kevin Lee
- IMSA on NBC – Leigh Diffey, Brian Till, Kevin Lee, Dave Burns
- Tennis on NBC – Dan Hicks
- Golf Channel on NBC – Dan Hicks, Mike Tirico, Terry Gannon, Steve Sands
- Big Ten Saturday Night – Noah Eagle, Jac Collinsworth, Mike Tirico, Brendan Burke, Paul Burmeister, Andrew Siciliano
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Jac Collinsworth, Noah Eagle
- Premier League on NBC – Peter Drury, Jon Champion
- World Athletics/USA Track & Field – Paul Swangard, Leigh Diffey
- FINA/USA Swimming/USA Diving – Dan Hicks, Ted Robinson
- Tour de France – Phil Liggett
- USFL – Jac Collinsworth, Paul Burmeister
- WWE – Kevin Patrick, Vic Joseph
- NBC Sunday Night Football – Cris Collinsworth, Tony Dungy, Jason Garrett, Terry McAulay
- NASCAR on NBC – Steve Letarte, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Dale Jarrett, Parker Kligerman, Brad Daugherty
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Townsend Bell, James Hinchcliffe
- IMSA on NBC – Dale Earnhardt Jr., Calvin Fish, Townsend Bell, James Hinchcliffe
- Tennis on NBC – John McEnroe, Mary Carillo
- Golf Channel on NBC – Paul Azinger, Gary Koch, Justin Leonard
- Big Ten Saturday Night – Todd Blackledge, Jason Garrett, Chris Simms, Michael Robinson, Kyle Rudolph, Joshua Perry, Anthony Herron, Terry McAulay, Reggie Smith
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Jason Garrett, Todd Blackledge, Terry McAulay, Reggie Smith
- Premier League on NBC – Lee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux, Tim Howard, Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, Danny Higginbotham, Stephen Warnock
- IAAF/USA Track & Field – Ato Boldon, Sanya Richards-Ross, Craig Masback, Kara Goucher, Trey Hardee
- FINA/USA Swimming/USA Diving – Rowdy Gaines, Elizabeth Beisel, Michael Phelps, Cynthia Potter
- Tour de France – Bob Roll
- USFL – Jason Garrett, Michael Robinson, Cameron Jordan, Colt McCoy, Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Herron
- WWE – Corey Graves, Booker T
- NBC Sunday Night Football – Melissa Stark, Kaylee Hartung
- Olympics on NBC – Andrea Joyce, Heather Cox, Kelli Stavast, Trenni Kusnierek, Lewis Johnson, Steve Sands, Tina Dixon
- MLB Sunday Leadoff – Ahmed Freed
- NASCAR on NBC – Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Kim Coon, Dillon Welch, Matt Yocum, Kevin Lee
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, Georgia Henneberry
- IMSA on NBC – Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Parker Kligerman, Kevin Lee, Brian Till, Dillon Welch, Georgia Henneberry, Matt Yocum, Hannah Newhouse
- Golf Channel on NBC – Roger Maltbie, Mark Rolfing, Notah Begay III, Kathryn Tappen
- Big Ten Saturday Night – Kathryn Tappen, Zora Stephenson, Caroline Pineda
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Zora Stephenson, Kathryn Tappen
- World Athletics/USA Track & Field – Lewis Johnson, Todd Harris
- FINA/USA Swimming/USA Diving – Ahmed Fareed, Laura Wilkinson,
- Tour de France – Steve Porino, Jens Voigt
- USFL – Corey Robinson, Zora Stephenson, Lewis Johnson, Caroline Pineda
- Football Night in America – Maria Taylor, Jac Collinsworth
- Olympics on NBC – Mike Tirico, Rebecca Lowe, Jimmy Roberts, Kathryn Tappen, Ahmed Fareed, Maria Taylor
- MLB Sunday Leadoff - Ahmed Fareed
- NASCAR on NBC – Marty Snider
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Mike Tirico
- Golf Channel on NBC – Jimmy Roberts
- Big Ten College Countdown and Notre Dame Football on NBC – Maria Taylor, Ahmed Fareed
- Premier League on NBC – Rebecca Lowe, Ahmed Fareed, Paul Burmeister, Cara Banks, Anna Jackson
- National Dog Show – John O'Hurley
- Tour de France – Paul Burmeister
- Football Night in America – Tony Dungy, Jason Garrett, Mike Florio, Rodney Harrison, Chris Simms, Devin McCourty, Steve Kornacki, Matthew Berry
- NASCAR on NBC – Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett, A. J. Allmendinger, Brad Daugherty
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr., A. J. Allmendinger
- Premier League on NBC – Robbie Mustoe, Robbie Earle, Tim Howard, Danny Higginbotham, Stephen Warnock
- Tour de France - Christian Vande Velde, Chris Horner
- Big Ten College Countdown and Notre Dame Football on NBC – Joshua Perry, Matt Cassel, Michael Robinson, Nicole Auerbach
- NFL on NBC - Dick Enberg, Don Criqui, Curt Gowdy, Marv Albert, Charlie Jones, Tom Hammond, Al Michaels
- Major League Baseball on NBC – Mel Allen, Bob Costas, Dick Enberg, Joe Garagiola, Curt Gowdy, Bryant Gumbel, Lindsey Nelson, Vin Scully, Bob Wolff
- NBA on NBC - Greg Gumbel, Dick Enberg, Don Criqui, Mike Breen, Bob Neal, Curt Gowdy, Dan Hicks, Paul Sunderland, Jim Lampley, Tom Hammond, Mike Breen, Marv Albert, Bob Costas
- NHL on NBC – Tim Ryan, Mike Emrick, Dave Strader, Chris Cuthbert, Kenny Albert, Mike Tirico, John Forslund, Gord Miller, Brendan Burke, Randy Hahn, Rick Peckham, Alex Faust
- NASCAR on NBC – Bill Weber, Allen Bestwick
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Bob Jenkins, Brian Till, Bob Varsha
- IMSA on NBC – Allen Bestwick, Bill Weber
- MLS on NBC – John Strong, Steve Cangialosi, Richard Fleming
- Thoroughbred Racing on NBC – Tom Durkin
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Don Criqui, Dick Enberg, Tom Hammond, Dan Hicks
- SportsWorld – Paul Page
- The Championships, Wimbledon – Dick Enberg
- Formula One – Leigh Diffey, Bob Varsha
- Premier League on NBC - Steve Bower, Derek Rae, Clive Tyldesley, Bill Leslie, Arlo White
- NFL on NBC – Merlin Olsen, Paul Maguire, Phil Simms, Bob Trumpy, Len Dawson, Al DeRogatis
- Major League Baseball on NBC – Joe Morgan
- NBA on NBC – Bill Walton, Matt Guokas, Doug Collins, Quinn Buckner, Tom Tolbert, Dan Issel, Chuck Daly, Cotton Fitzsimmons, Julius Erving, Steve "Snapper" Jones
- NHL on NBC – Ted Lindsay, Bill Clement, John Davidson, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Brian Engblom, Brian Hayward, Peter McNab, Joe Micheletti, A. J. Mleczko, Mike Johnson, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Peter McNab, Jim Fox
- NASCAR on NBC – Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach Jr., James Hinchcliffe,
- IndyCar on NBC – Robbie Buhl, Jon Beekhuis, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Dan Wheldon, Sam Hornish Jr., David Hobbs, Steve Matchett, Anders Krohn, Paul Tracy, AJ Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson
- IMSA on NBC – AJ Allmendinger
- MLS on NBC – Brian Dunseth, Stuart Holden, Shep Messing, Robbie Russell
- Golf Channel on NBC – Johnny Miller
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Pat Haden, Mike Mayock, Drew Brees
- College Basketball on NBC – Al McGuire, Billy Packer
- Formula One – David Hobbs, Steve Matchett
- Tour de France – Paul Sherwen
- NBC Sunday Night Football – Andrea Kremer, Alex Flanagan, Michele Tafoya, Kathryn Tappen
- Thursday Night Football – Heather Cox
- Major League Baseball on NBC – Bob Costas
- NBA on NBC – Jim Gray
- NASCAR on NBC – Bill Weber, Allen Bestwick, Matt Yocum, Mike Massaro, Alex Hayden, Jim Noble, Lindsay Czarniak, Dorsey Schroeder, Kelli Stavast
- NHL on NBC – Pierre McGuire, Brian Boucher, Ray Ferraro, Cammi Granato, Darren Pang
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Jack Arute, Michelle Beisner, Calvin Fish, Robbie Floyd, Gary Gerould, Brian Hammons, Bruce Jenner, Sally Larvick, Cameron Steele, Bill Stephens, Lindy Thackston, Anders Krohn, Robin Miller, Kelly Stavast
- Olympics on NBC – Melissa Stark, Lesley Visser, Chris Wragge, Craig Sager, Marty Snider
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Lewis Johnson, Alex Flanagan
- The Championships, Wimbledon – Bud Collins
- French Open – Bud Collins
- Formula One – Will Buxton, Townsend Bell
- NFL on NBC – Gayle Gardner, Bryant Gumbel, Greg Gumbel, Jim Lampley, Bob Costas
- Major League Baseball on NBC – Bill Macatee
- NBA on NBC – Bob Costas, Hannah Storm
- NHL on NBC – Bill Clement, Pierre McGuire, Bob Costas, Dan Patrick, Liam McHugh, Kathryn Tappen, Mike Tirico, Ahmed Fareed, Paul Burmeister, Russ Thaler
- Olympics on NBC – Bob Costas, Dick Enberg, Gayle Gardner, Curt Gowdy, Bryant Gumbel, Greg Gumbel, Jim Lampley, Dan Patrick, Alex Flanagan, Liam McHugh
- NASCAR on NBC – Bill Weber, Brian Williams, Krista Voda
- IndyCar Series on NBC – Kevin Lee, Krista Voda
- MLS on NBC – Russ Thaler
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Hannah Storm, Liam McHugh
- Premier League – Steve Bower, Russ Thaler, Liam McHugh, Derek Rae, Arlo White
- USFL – Sara Perlman
- NFL on NBC – Ahmad Rashad, Cris Collinsworth, Mike Ditka, Joe Gibbs, Sam Wyche, Paul Maguire, Joe Montana, O.J. Simpson
- NHL on NBC – Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp, Anson Carter, Mike Babcock, Dominic Moore, Ryan Callahan, Ray Ferraro, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Brett Hull
- Notre Dame Football on NBC – Doug Flutie, Corey Robinson
- Premier League – Kyle Martino
Presidents and chairmen
- Chet Simmons (1977–1979)
- Arthur Watson (1979–1989)
- Dick Ebersol (1989–2011)
- Ken Schanzer (1998–2011)
- Jon Miller (2011–present)
- CBS Sports – sports division of Paramount Global
- ESPN Inc. – joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Hearst Communications
- Fox Sports – sports division of Fox Corporation
- Stadium – joint venture between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Chicago White Sox
- Warner Bros. Discovery Sports – sports division of Warner Bros. Discovery
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