By Julie Glass
NBC Universal is owned by Comcast.
The Flyers are also owned by the Philly-based media giant.
But don’t expect to see much of the Orange and Black on NBC’s network in 2018-19.
NBC will televise the Vegas Golden Knights twice in the first week of the NHL season. The Nashville Predators will be featured three times in the first month. The Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning will appear on NBC before Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins.
The network’s changing strategy will be revealed today when it announces a record 109-game regular-season schedule with a greater diversity in team selection than in the past.
“It’s a new world,” Sam Flood, president and executive producer of NBC and NBC Sports, told USA TODAY Sports. “We need to embrace and celebrate those teams more than we ever have before. It doesn’t take away from those great Pittsburgh-Philadelphia games and Bruins-Canadiens games. We will keep doing those, but we have to lean into some different matchups.”
NBC also will announce that the All-Star Game, scheduled for San Jose on Jan. 26, will be broadcast in prime time on a broadcast network for the first time since 1997.