06/21/19: NBC Sports detailed plans for its portion of the 2019 NASCAR season

Good morning. It’s Friday June 21, 2019 and this is your first early morning Sports briefing.

NBC Sports’ fueled its plans for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, with its portion of the schedule getting the green flag next weekend with nearly 600 hours of coverage slated to run across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, beginning with the Camping World 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. NBC Sports will once again present the final 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events in 2019. Lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen, Steve Letarte, and Jeff Burton begin their fifth season in the booth, alongside Dale Earnhardt Jr. Host Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, and Dale Jarrett will again serve as the primary on-site pre- and post-race team. Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, and Parker Kligerman will report from pit road and the garages.
Meanwhile, NASCAR America, NBCSN’s daily motorsports show features a new look and daily themed episodes each week to super-serve NASCAR fans and motorsports fans at large, headlining nearly 300 hours of original and shoulder NASCAR programming on NBCSN in 2019. In addition, NBCSN will present one-hour cutdowns of the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series throughout the season, as well as episodes of NASCAR The Decades.

The Concacaf Gold Cup match between Mexico/Canada delivered 2.9 million Total Viewers and 1.5 million Adults 18-49 to Univision/UDN on Wednesday to rank as the top-rated men’s soccer match on any network in 2019 and the third most-watched soccer match of the year, trailing two recent USWNT World Cup telecasts. The match ranked as the top program of the day in Los Angeles and Houston among Adults 18-49 and Adults 18-34.
Meanwhile, FOX Sports reports that its metered market ratings for the FIFA Women’s World Cup continue to rise over 2015 averages. Through match day 13, ratings are up 10 % over 2015 and 62% over the 2011 stage, which was the last time the tournament took place in a European time zone. Japan/England numbers on FS1 were up 24% over 2015 non-US averages.
BT Sport solidified its plans for an exclusive new partnership with WWE in a multi-year deal that brings WWE’s weekly flagship programming to BT Sport in the UK and Ireland in January 2020 where it will air both Raw and SmackDown exclusively live every week. WWE and BT Sport will also partner across digital and social media platforms to create new content, further increase reach, and drive engagement for UK and Irish fans.
NBC Sports announced that the new NBC Sunday Night Football show open – for the first time in the series’ 14 seasons – will be filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium serving as the backdrop for this year’s performance. Carrie Underwood will take to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium field, accompanied by NFL stars in her presentation of the opening theme for NBC’s Sunday Night Football. “From the unique roof to the striking halo, with the perspective it offers relative to the action on the field, Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a number of features which will add to our creative execution of the show open,” said Fred Gaudelli, Executive Producer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
FOX Sports will see unified super welterweight world champion Julian Williams join Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini and hosts Kate Abdo and Chris Myers live in FOX Sports’ Los Angeles studios for coverage of FOX PBC Fight Night: Jermell Charlo vs. Jorge Cota today and tomorrow. Calling the action live on FOX on Sunday will be Lennox Lewis, Joe Goossen and blow-by-blow announcer Kenny Albert.
The decision to award the Olympic Winter Games 2026 to either Stockholm-Åre (Sweden) or Milan-Cortina (Italy), will be shown live on the Olympic Channel on Monday, featuring the host city announcement ceremony presided by IOC President Thomas Bach.
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Bridgestone Americas, a Worldwide Olympic and Paralympic Partner, announced its support for a group of seven Team USA Olympians and Paralympians on the road to the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The lineup includes: Scout Bassett (Para track and field), Jordan Burroughs (wrestling), Allyson Felix (track and field), Missy Franklin (swimming), Will Groulx (Para-cycling), Jessica Long (Para swimming), and Ryan Murphy (swimming). They will serve as athlete ambassadors for next year’s upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games, and join a global Team Bridgestone roster that includes more than 50 ambassadors across 14 different countries.
International Speedway Corporation announced its Proud Partner status with the Veteran Tickets Foundation, an organization providing event tickets through its Tickets for Troops program to all branches of currently serving military and veterans. ISC’s Proud Partner designation spans across its 12 motorsports entertainment facilities throughout the U.S. that host NASCAR events.

The Maple Leaf’s Auston Matthews will be the cover athlete for EA Sports NHL ’20. The announcement was made at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. Matthews became the third American-born player to appear on the cover, and the first since Patrick Kane was featured in NHL ’10. The game will be releases on Sept. 13. NHL 20 will feature celebratory commentary, ranging from Snoop Dogg to Will Ferrell (as Ron Burgundy) in addition to including a new battle royale mode for player.

Riot Games announced that Berlin, Madrid and Paris will all play host in the leadup to this year’s League of Legends World Championship. The Play-In Stage will open n on Oct. 2 at LEC Studio in Berlin, with Group Stage Action beginning on Oct. 12 out of Verti Music Hall in the city.  Starting Oct 26, Quarterfinal and Semifinal play will be held at Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid while the World Championship Finals take place at ccorHotels Arena in Paris on Nov. 10. The event will see 24 teams from 13 regional leagues compete for the Summoner’s Cup.
PUBG Corporation unveiled plans for the PUBG Nations Cup, described as a global event taking place in Seoul at the Jangchung Arena from August 9-11 where top PUBG pro players will be selected to represent their respective countries for a $500,000 prize pool. Overall, a total of 16 teams spanning five continents (North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Oceania) will be represented in Seoul with participants from each country selected by their peers or through other country-specific methods. The selection process will produce four all-stars that will be part of a 16-team tournament across three days of competition, with each team playing a total of five matches a day.
Electronic Arts and FIFA announced that the EA SPORTS FIFA 19 Global Series this year generated more than 680 million viewership minutes, for a markup of 60% over last year with 61 million total views, a 25% rise. Viewership growth was anchored by 17 official league partners, up over eight a year ago, the first-ever eChampions League and the introduction of the FIFA eNations Cup. FIFA 19 Global Series Playoffs starts first with the Xbox ladder on July 5-7 in Hamburg, Germany with the PlayStation 4®bracket occurring July 12-14 in Berlin, Germany. The top 120 EA SPORTS FIFA 19 players in the world will advance from the playoffs to the pinnacle – the FIFA eWorld Cup 2019.
Dignitas announced the grand opening of a new content and media production facility in Newark that will be dedicated to producing original content dedicated to the “cross-section of gaming, entertainment, music and lifestyle media.” The 3,000 square-foot facility is adjacent to Prudential Center, the HBSE owned 19,000 seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena, and will feature a 500-square foot Content Studio presented by Caffeine TV, equipped with four 4K cameras capable of 4K-quality live broadcast workflow, two soundproof live-streaming and recording pods and fully-stocked café. The new East Coast training home for Dignitas’ seven teams, including League of Legends, World Champion Rocket League and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams, includes a professional gaming space, outfitted with high-end gaming computers, console systems and Dignitas-branded Raynor Gaming chairs. 
ESPN is bringing esports back to the X Games, announcing plans for the EXP Invitational – Apex Legends at X Games Minneapolis. Online qualifiers begin on June 29 for teams in North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand. Two winners from North America, two winners from Europe, and one winner from Australia/New Zealand will be selected to compete in Minneapolis. Along with the five teams earning their spot via online qualification, ESPN will invite 15 of the best teams in the world to compete at the EXP Invitational – Apex Legends at X Games Minneapolis, from August 2-3 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

MLB’s Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball’s executive council to explore a plan that would see the team play home games in both the Tampa Bay area as well as in Montreal, according to ESPN. The club is now looking to a two-city solution as the “most feasible” option to save baseball in the Tampa Bay area, playing early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal, although multiple hurdles remain.
NASCAR racing out of Sonoma this weekend will also see the launch of the first ever NASCAR Innovation Summit, hosted by Comcast Business and offering “thought leadership discussions from industry recognized executives and influencers, sharing insights on a rapidly changing world with limitless technology change” on Saturday. Panels include Creating New Pathways; Embracing the Opportunity of Sustainability and Impact of an Increasingly Connected World.

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