Following the NHL’s Winter Classic on NBC this past weekend, the network formerly known as Versus became NBC Sports, and the fight was on for ESPN’s self-proclaimed title of Worldwide Leader.
We have already detailed why NBC Sports has a better chance of succeeding where others have failed.
But to see how NBC Sports was doing out of the gate, we checked in with each network every hour of the day on Thursday. And what we learned is that it is not easy to fill 24 hours with sports programming.
Ultimately, NBC Sports success will hinge on the acquisition of live sports. That will take a while, but right now, NBC Sports needs more fringe sports (ESPN was big into sports like Australian Rules Football in the early years) and less fishing.
2am — The Orange Bowl was a lopsided matchup of weak teams, but that didn't stop ESPN from showing it again
11am — Another SportsCenter, and now they are previewing a game that won't happen for four more days
3pm — And NBC Sports has 'Storied Journey' which is a pretty neat look at the history of sports on NBC
5pm — Now it is time for Around the Horn, which if you haven't seen is just a bunch of writers trying to talk over each other
5pm — NBC Sports goes back to highlights from the Dakar Rally (did you know they have a big truck category?)
7pm — And NBC Sports goes into primetime with a fishing show with a blind fisherman (the guest, not the host)
8pm — The high school football game was basically a four-hour version of LeBron James' 'The Decision'
8pm — City Limits Fishing, which is just another fishing show, only this time in the dirty water of big cities
9pm — Yep, another fishing show, this one with a Boston guy with a hip-hop theme song. But at least he takes the Islanders coach fishing, promoting the NHL.
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