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NBC Sports Vs Versus

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by RACJ2, Feb 16, 2012.

Which did you prefer Versus or NBC Sports?

  1. I prefer the programming on NBC Sports.

    1 vote(s)
  2. I preferred the programming on Versus

    27 vote(s)
  3. There are things I liked about both, so it's a tie.

    2 vote(s)
  4. I never watched either and really don't care.

    12 vote(s)
  1. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    With the change that happened, I find myself watching NBC Sports a lot more then I watched Versus. They just seem to have programming that is more interesting to me. The sports coverage seems to be more mainstream and they really improved the NHL coverage. Plus the HD picture quality seems so much better to me, especially the NHL games. I was wondering what others thought about the change?
  2. crawdad62

    crawdad62 Godfather

    Jul 16, 2008
    I only watched Vs. for Indy car and bicycling and if they don't carry that then I won't have a reason to watch NBC Sports. I didn't answer the poll because I've yet to view it. But again if they do carry the stuff I watch and the HD quality is better then I'm all for it.
  3. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    All I watch on this channel is the NHL and that hasn't changed. Interesting they are adding MLS this year though.
  4. 1995hoo

    1995hoo AllStar

    May 14, 2004
    I normally only watch the NHL and the Tour de France on Versus, so I haven't noticed any change. I might watch their MLS coverage. I always found the picture to be pretty good, especially compared to our RSN's (CSN Mid-Atlantic), so I have no comment there.

    One thing I noted that is kind of cheesy but that I kind of liked anyway was that when the channel was called Versus, they put their logo in the middle of the score box graphic so it would read, for example, "New York [VS] Washington" where "[VS] denotes their logo of that circle with "VS" in it. Hardly a big deal, of course, just a nice little touch.

    The change they could make that I'd like would be to get rid of Emrick and Milbury on their NHL broadcasts. Emrick's style and voice simply irk me; he's not a bad announcer per se, but even my wife said "this guy sounds constipated" during last Monday's game. His constant groans make it sound like he's trying to squeeze out a dump. Milbury just goes out of his way to be an arsehole and then gets angry when any of the other guys MIGHT be seen as disagreeing with him.
  5. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I mainly watch NHL games and sports talk shows. I like Turning Point, NBC Sports Talk and NHL Overtime. And don't you think the NHL HD broadcasts are much brighter and sharper then they were on Vs?
  6. Red Dog

    Red Dog Godfather

    Aug 3, 2008
    They had the same stuff and personalities on it before and after the name change, so I'm not sure what the difference is (besides the name and graphics). And I preferred the hockey graphics when it was VS (particularly how they indicated PPs/time).

    I watch it for hockey (come playoff time) and their limited college basketball (MWC) and college football coverage. Same when it was VS. That's all I watch on it. If they increase their college basketball offerings (like they've done by acquiring the CAA rights), I'm sure I'll watch it more.
  7. iceturkee

    iceturkee DINFOS Trained Killer

    Apr 1, 2007
    they do have more hockey games this season. and every game of the playoffs will be on nbc, nbc sports net and cnbc!
  8. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    I only watch for cycling, and that has not changed. I just wish NBC would bring cycling coverage (and picture quality) on Universal Sports up to the level that it is on OLN/Versus/NBC Sports/whatever-the-name-will-be-the-next-time-I-watch-it.
  9. Mike Bertelson

    Mike Bertelson 6EQUJ5 WOW! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

    Jan 24, 2007
    Interesting poll but since NBC/Comcast re-branded Versus it doesn't really matter. It isn't as if Versus will come back because it never really went away.

  10. lokar

    lokar Icon

    Oct 7, 2006
    I think the HD broadcasts look a little better than they used to but still not as good as MSG or CSN-Bay area or Chicago. It's weird how telecast looks can vary even on the same channel, I watched Nashville vs. Detroit last week on the Nashville channel and it looked strangely orange-tinted, usually that channel looks at least OK.
  11. detroit_fan

    detroit_fan Legend

    Dec 27, 2007
    VS had ufc programming, which is all i watched on the channel, but that programming moved to fuel. i have not watched nbc sports yet, but i hope they can compete with espn, i hate espn.
  12. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I'm moving this to the Sports Programming forum so everyone can join in!
  13. 1980ws

    1980ws Legend

    Mar 18, 2008
    I have noticed that myself. Not that Versus was bad, but Yes.
  14. RACJ2

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    Some of the changes really happened when the merger took place. The format and personalities on the NHL pre and post game shows all changed from last season, except for Keith Jones. And the crew that does the games is now the same as on NBC. So there have definitely been changes with the merger/name change. And they also added Bob Costas to some of the shows like Costas Tonight.

    No Vs is not coming back, but that wasn't the point of the poll. I wanted to know if people have noticed the changes or just don't tune in. And to see if the majority like the changes, including some of the new programming like Turning Point and NBC Sports Talk. Or they preferred the old Vs with shows like T Ocho, Wacked Out Sports and Sports Soup.

    Although now that the threads been moved, it may lose a lot of exposure in the Sports forum.
  15. APB101

    APB101 Icon

    Sep 1, 2010
    I don't usually tune in the channel; but I do like the name change. NBC Sports Network is more a standout than Versus (or Vs.). This rebranding was a smart move.
  16. Phil17108

    Phil17108 Mentor

    Apr 10, 2010
    Is the Bike Race on NBC sports or not. that's all I would watch on Versus
  17. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    I only watch NHL games on NBC Sports... it nice to have the extra game (Sunday Nights) now.
  18. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    I watch programs that I like (sports and non-sports). I don't pay any attention to what channel/network they're on.
  19. Paul Secic

    Paul Secic Hall Of Fame

    Dec 16, 2003
    Is this channel called Universal Sports now?
  20. sigma1914

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX

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