The upstart NBC Sports Network swept one show under the rug after it was proving to be too big of a mess, and revealed another recent broadcast was more lucrative than previously thought. All in all, it wasn't a terrible weekend.
Until today, NBC Sports was home to a hunting show, called Under Wild Skies, hosted by NRA lobbyist Tony Makris, whose company, Mercury Group, made those terrible NRA ads after the Newtown massacre. Makris recently said some questionable things about Hitler. "Under Wild Skies will no longer air on NBC Sports Sports Network due to the program's close association with its host, whose recent comments comparing his critics to Hitler are outrageous and unacceptable," an NBC Sports spokesperson told Deadspin on Saturday. So, what's this all about?
Deadspin started zeroing in on Makris earlier this week. The network broadcast an episode in which Makris shot an elephant in the face. That scene brought a wave of criticism down on NBC Sports and Makris, and one handled it better than the other. Makris, responding to his critics, said this on an NRA radio show: "And now they're shocked. And they said but they're so big and special and they're smarter. And I went, you know, Hitler would have said the same thing." That's what got him fired.
But, on a more positive note, The New York Times' Richard Sandomir revealed Saturday morning that NBC Sports Network didn't pay a dime to broadcast the 2013 America's Cup. In a day and age where the costs for live sports rights are escalating at alarming rates, NBC was actually paid to broadcast the yachting competition this year. The amount isn't disclosed, but turning a profit before an ad is sold or a race is aired is remarkable. On top of that, thanks to America's stunning comeback victory, the ratings were great and brought in more viewers than what the channel would have shown otherwise.