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Following NCFLMedia's lead, I made a thread for NBC Sports and its many properties following their announcement this week of them revamping their NHL coverage for this upcoming season. http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2018/08/13/nbc-sports-scheduled-to-air-record-109-games-during-2018-19-nhl-regular-season/ Good bye Wednesday Night Rivalry, hello Wednesday Night Hockey. Finally gone are the match ups between contrived rivals (since when did Tampa become a rival to Chicago?) and most match ups being between teams east of the Mississippi. Wednesday Night Hockey brings a doubleheader most weeks and more varied match ups to promote the NHL stars. Looking through the rest of the schedule, it looks like a lot of the non-Wednesday games during the week will be side-by-side productions by NBC RSNs (lots of Blackhawks, Flyers, Capitals and Sharks games on the schedule). Genius as a cost saving move by NBC but kinda flies in the face of the whole "more varied matchups" mantra that they're trying to promote.
It's about time to create a thread for the ongoing effort of America's largest broadcaster to "Sinclair-ize" itself...rather than adding on to the previous WJLA thread. Here's my observations thus far....feel free to add, correct, and even list-ify this information...could we do another "HD News" type thread that keeps it all here? All of Sinclair's full-blown legacy stations (prior to 2011) with the exception of WLOS and WEAR have upgraded. KDNL even uses it "The Allman Report". WDKY still uses the old look even though Gray's WKYT does their news. KBSI and WPGH use the news look of whoever is producing their shows. The Four Points stations are stll sort of doing their own thing, KEYE uses some of the old color scheme while KUTV has adopted some of the new weather graphics The Freedom stations, with the exception of WTVC (which upgraded to the prior look and Devlin set when they went HD), are still looking the same. Aside from Newport stations WPMI, WHP and WKRC (and even KMTR through their "Fisher" connection), WHAM and WOAI (through KABB) have taken the plunge as well. Fisher remains untouched, and Barrington (aside from the mutated mess that WACH is putting out) remains status quo as well, even with the changes so far at WNWO. Only WJLA and WBMA (as of today) have upgraded from the Allbritton front...this seems to be ongoing since other stations have recently upgraded their weather looks. As for the other "stragglers" (stations from smaller companies and spinoffs/trades sucked into the fold) KDBC/KFOX unified their efforts under the new look as KDBC took on a new independence. WTOV in Steubenville upgraded as well, while the others remain status quo....for now.