NBC Sports Network Debuts at 4 p.m.
The 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers from Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia, which was scheduled to air today at 1 p.m., will now start at 3 p.m. on NBC to facilitate optimal game conditions, the NHL announced Sunday. NBC Sports will still begin its live NHL Winter Classic pre-game coverage at 1 p.m. with interviews, features and other content.
The NHL said in a statement that the revised start time is based on the weather forecast and should offer optimal game conditions for players and fans.
Bob Costas, a 22-time Emmy Award-winner, will host NBC's coverage of the Winter Classic. He will be joined by NBC Sports Group studio analysts Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick for coverage on NBC and post-game coverage on NBC Sports Network. NBC's game coverage will be led by Emmy Award-winner Mike "Doc" Emrick (play-by-play) Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass reporter).
The NBC Sports Network (currently VERSUS) will still launch at 4 p.m. with a special edition of "NBC SportsTalk" leading into a NHL Winter Classic post-game show at the conclusion of the game.
The new NBC Sports Network will continue with hockey-themed programming at 6 p.m. with the premiere of "Cold War on Ice: Summit Series '72" produced by Ross Greenburg. The documentary focuses on the hockey series played in 1972 between a team of Canadian NHL all-stars and the Soviet Union national team during the height of the Cold War.
"Cold War on Ice" will be followed by "NHL Live" at 7:30 p.m., and the Vancouver Canucks hosting the San Jose Sharks at 8 p.m. "NHL Live" post-game and "NHL Overtime" will end the NBC Sports Network's first day.