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CSN is Gobbling Up the NBC 10 Sports Team

Kyle Scott - November 19, 2013

A bit of interesting – if unsurprising – news from last night: The Comcast monster, which owns NBC, has decided to eat its young and gobble up the NBC 10 sports team. Starting in January, CSN will produce NBC 10 sports segments.

What does that mean for John Clark, who is one of the leading local sports personalities? Bob Fernandez of has the details:

NBC10’s sports reporter is John Clark, a Wallingford native who joined the station in 2001 as weekend sports anchor. He will move over to the 24-hour Comcast SportsNet and remain the face of NBC10 sports, station president Eric Lerner said Monday.

NBC10 anchor and sports director Vai Sikahema will cover news and major sports stories for NBC10, officials said.

Two NBC10 sports producers will transfer into news jobs and a third employee in the sports area will be let go, Lerner said.

The NBC10 sports report will remain in the same place in the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. That report will now be reported and produced by Comcast SportsNet. NBC10 officials believe that SportsNet programming will be more distinctive than what the station produces presently.

Again, not a surprise. In this day and age, local news sports segments are mostly nothing more than highlights and 12-hour-old headlines. Little value is added to the sports biosphere in a three-minute segment between weather and What The Tech?! That’s not a knock on the producers and personalities responsible for them, but rather, it’s just a causality of the format. CSN producing those segments isn’t going to change much (although the backdrop may now be bluer).

To me, this is a sign that mainstream media is finally understanding that most mainstream sports news is a commodity. There’s no need for two dozen reporters to all obtain the same quotes, same soundbites and same images, especially when some of those people are all part of the same media mega conglomerate hell-bent on world domination. If CSN is already employing people to do the sports thing, why should its sister, NBC 10, do the same?

There was already some partnership between CSN and the NBC 10 news team by way of weather updates, though I’m convinced those were solely to treat SportsNite viewers to 30 seconds of Sheena Parveen (nothing is worse than the soul-crushing blow when, say, Neil Hartman throws it over to NBC 10 for weather and you’re met with Hurricane Schwartz instead of Sheena– it’s deflating).

On John Clark: It’s no surprise that he’s going to CSN. As a solid host and good point man, he’s the perfect heir to Michael Barkann (my opinion). His hosting of the Great Sports Debate (full disclosure: I sit next to him for three minutes every week on that show) has pushed him further beyond the limits of just local news, and, to his credit, he actually goes to games and practices and often beats beat writers to news and updates. He should be part of CSN.

NBC Thinks Penguins Won Playoff Series Last Spring

Kyle Scott - January 17, 2013

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Say… what?

Oh, mega conglomerate, no. You didn’t. You own the Flyers. And NBC. How do you get this wrong?

“And Claude Giroux and the Flyers have their sights set on revenge for last season's playoff loss to Pitt.”

Yeah, no.

Video after the jump.

H/T to (@frsstrm33), Victoria and Vince, who sent the video

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NBC Philadelphia Went All-Out with Their Coverage of Falling Airplane Tires, Which Were Actually Just Truck Tires

Kyle Scott - October 22, 2012

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NBC Philadelphia just made a big boner.

This morning, reports surfaced that a tire went through the roof of a building alongside the Schuylkill Expressway in Grays Ferry. There was a serious accident nearby, and the hole was the result of truck tire that flew (quite literally) off the road and crashed into the roof of a public housing building.

But that’s not the conclusion local news outlets briefly jumped to. Their version? AIRPLANE TIRE FALLS FROM SKY.

Apparently, an eyewitness and a call from “Fire Radio” hinted that the tire may have been from an airplane. FOX briefly went with that version on their website, but covered themselves by citing said witness.

NBC had no time for such caution. Hell, they even managed to confirm something that didn’t happen (!!!).

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I guess they were able to rule out Wayward Shell From Rainbow Road.

They went full-bore with their live coverage, complete with this series of shameful headlines, banners and words:

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Their live coverage consisted of 30 minutes of conjecture about how a tire could fall off an airplane, how an airplane over Philly may suffer a grim fate, the irony of the building and hole being right near a major car accident, and other general OH MY GOD AIRPLANE TIRES ARE FALLING FROM OUR SKIES sensationalism.

When the folks from NBC learned that the tire came from a truck involved in the nearby accident, not an airplane (as first reported by 6 ABC), they spent the next 10 minutes trying to figure out how a truck tire could become airborne, which, if you’ve ever seen something like that first-hand (unfortunately, I have), isn’t all that hard to comprehend. It turns out, an object moving at 60 mph that gets slingshotted off an axel can take on a life of its own. Wild, I know.

Next up: your local weather. NBC is reporting mild temperatures with a chance of Jesus tears this weekend. ABC and CBS are saying we can just expect a little rain. Either way, you'll need an umbrella.

Eagles-Giants Game Got Massive Ratings for NBC

Kyle Scott - October 1, 2012

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NBC announced today that the Eagles-Giants game was the highest-rated Week 4 Sunday Night Football game ever and the highest-rated primetime Week 4 game in 16 years, with a 15.6 rating.

NBC was also the highest-rated network last night, beating out ABC, CBS and FOX, on the first night of the primetime TV season. 

The top market for the game was, obviously, Philadelphia, where the game received a 31.8 rating and a 48 share, meaning 31% of all households with TVs in the area were tuned to the game, and 48% of all TVs that were on were tuned to NBC. Interestingly, Richmond, Norfolk and Las Vegas had higher ratings than New York, which had a 20.7 rating and 31 share. 

The Virginia viewers, of course, were the Michael Vick fans, and the Las Vegas folks were the gamblers.

To put this in perspective, the highest rated Phillies game ever on Comcast SportsNet, against Atlanta in 2010, received a 15.2 local rating, meaning that more than twice as many people watched the Eagles Week 4 game last night than the highest-rated local Phillies game ever.

Video: Hunter Pence Played Ping Pong on NBC’s 10! Show Today

Kyle Scott - May 14, 2012

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NBC Philadelphia forged ahead with its new content strategy today: having it’s hottest talent (and Bill Henley, apparently) do everyday things with Hunter Pence. 

Back in February, Pence went on a lunch date with a gushing Sheena Parveen. That went well:

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Hunter gives shows Sheena "The Matrix"

Today, Pence stopped by the 10! (!!!!!!) Show, where he played ping pong with Jillian Mele and… um… does it really matter who sits alongside Jillian Mele? She could have co-hosted today’s show with a snail and it still would have been uncomfortably sexy.

Hunter also did a Q & A for NBC’s website.

Video after the jump.

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Lightning, Matt Carle Beat The Flyers

Kyle Scott - March 27, 2012

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One of these days Bryz had to give up more than two goals in game. The problem last night was that none of the Lightning’s three tallies coming after their second goal were Bryz’s fault. First there was a breakaway by Martin St. Louis to start the third period. 3-2 Bolts. Then Matt Carle floated a beautiful pass to Lightning forward JT Wyman, who briefly found himself in that Buick Unexpected Pleasures commercial* (for me? An insurance goal placed on my stick by the kindest defenseman in all the land? How unexpected.). 4-2.

*Next thing Wyman knew he was being serenaded by a bottomless ice girl and Peter Frampton in the Bolts’ locker room. Unexpected pleasures.

Matt Carle:

Q: Matt what happened there on that goal?

“I don’t know, I’d have to watch the replay but I don’t think I want to… so it’s kind of a give and go with Kimmo and I lost handle of it and it popped out in the front and Bryz didn’t see it.  It’s just one of those things where I think the sooner I put it behind me the better off I’ll be. Obviously it’s gut wrenching to have that happen and I just want to apologize to my teammates and all the fans and everybody that paid a ticket to come to the game tonight.  So it’s hard to swallow right now especially in a playoff race and where we are in the standings right now. Those are a huge two points that we needed.”


Thanks, Matt. 

Scott Hartnell would add his league-leading 16th power play goal, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Lighning iced the game with an empty-net goal. 5-3, other guys.

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Three Straight Penguins – Flyers Games Will Be On NBC to End the Season

Kyle - March 20, 2012

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NBC loves them some Flyers and Penguins. Who doesn't?

NBC selected the April 1 game in Pittsburgh as their Game of the Week, and now the April 7 game has been chosen as well. This is all in addition to last Sunday's incredible game, which was also on the Nothing But Crosby network.

The April 1 game, originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m., has been moved to 12:30 p.m. and the April 7 game is a 4:00 p.m. start.

If the season ended today, these teams would square off in the first round of the playoffs with the Pens being the home team, though it's unlikely the seeds finish where they are right now.

The Flyers Announced That Their Parent Company Announced That They Will Feature The Team on Their “Game of the Week”

Kyle Scott - March 1, 2012

This is all a tad incestuous, but we're not complaining. Anyway, Flyers-Penguins– Game of the Week. From the release:

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that their game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday, March 18 has been selected as NBC’s Game of the Week.  Accordingly, the start time of this game has been moved to 12:30 PM.  The game had previously been scheduled for a 3pm start time. 


For those who don't get the joke: Comcast owns NBC and is the parent company of Comcast Spectacor, which owns the Flyers.