BC-SOC--NBC-Sky Sports News
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Britain’s Sky Sports News will air regularly on U.S. television for the first time since 2013 starting Friday.
NBC said Tuesday that NBC Sports Network will broadcast a simulcast of SSN from 11 a.m. to noon Eastern on weekdays. SSN will replace part of the programming block previously occupied by “The Dan Patrick Show,” which ends Thursday after six years.
SSN focuses on British and European soccer and was a staple of the Fox Soccer Channel. But it was dropped when NBC took over U.S. broadcast rights to England’s Premier League from Fox. Premier League highlights are often broadcast on SSN, and Fox no longer had the rights to show those clips.
Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, outbid 21st Century Fox in September to take control of Sky. The first major collaboration between the companies was a simulcast of SSN on the final day of European soccer’s January transfer window.
The rest of the programming block held by Patrick will be filled with a replay of “PFT Live with Mike Florio,” which will air live from 7-9 a.m. Eastern on weekdays and then be replayed. NBCSN will televise a special four-hour edition this Friday leading into SSN.
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