NBC is making an aggressive move this year in changing its approach to sports. The network has told distributors and some sports leagues that it plans to shut down its NBC Sports Network channel by the end of the year, per John Ourand.
NBCSN has featured a host of sports content over the years. It currently airs soccer, golf, NHL, and NASCAR, among other sports. Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Flint is reporting the network will move NHL and NASCAR to its USA Network.
This year we’ve seen NBC move a large amount of its Premier League soccer coverage exclusively to its Peacock streaming service. This follows what we’ve seen from ESPN in moving content to ESPN+ for exclusively live streaming.
While USA will show plenty of broadcast coverage, I suspect a large amount of content will be airing on the Peacock service. The streaming wars have turned what was a way to save money by cutting the cable cord into another way to spend more money to get every separate streaming service out there.