The Soon To Be NBC Sports Network is certainly making bold moves to beef up its original programming… and no, this time it doesn’t involve Jenn Sterger.  This Fall, in addition to new shows featuring Mike Florio and Darren Rovell, Versus will also be airing their first NFL programming.  Turning Point will focus on two games from the previous week and examine the turning points (predictably enough) of each game…

Every game has a turning point and NFL Films and the NBC Sports Group are partnering to cover that crucial moment for football fans in a more in-depth way than ever before by launching a new one-hour program, NFL Turning Point, that will air weekly on VERSUS during the NFL regular season. It is the first NFL program ever to air on VERSUS, which will be re-named the NBC Sports Network on January 2. The announcement was made today by NFL Films President Steve Sabol and Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group.

Each week, NFL Films will utilize its unprecedented access to cover two games in its traditional behind-the-scenes, award-winning style. The crucial moment in each game — its turning point — will be examined in-depth and from all angles using NFL Films’ unmatched cinematography, sideline and on-field audio as well as postgame access to players and coaches.

The new program debuts Thursday, September 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT and airs a new episode at that time every week through November 3. Beginning on November 10, when Thursday night NFL games begin on NFL Network, new episodes of NFL Turning Point will air at midnight ET.

This new show may not seem like a big deal for Versus/NBC, but it definitely is one.  Anything, and I mean anything that is branded with the NFL can only help NBC Sports Net now and in the future.  In addition, teaming up with NFL Films is even better.  I can almost guarantee that this program will immediately become the highest quality show on Versus, solely due to the fact that it will be produced by NFL Films.  There will be plenty of NFL fans that will try to find Versus for the first time just to watch this new show.  It’s another option to consume the NFL that involves someone that doesn’t appear on Mike & Mike, SportsCenter, or with Skip Bayless.  It’s a big score for Versus/NBC and for football fans.  Do you know what’s set to air this Thursday night on Versus?  The National Dog Show.  That’s ruff, oh, just the way your mother likes it Trebek.  Check the video preview…

[H/T Fang’s Bites]



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