Sports fans, rejoice: Connecticut will now be the home to two major sports networks.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced on Tuesday that NBC Sports Group will consolidate its Philadelphia and New York operations and establish new headquarters in Stamford. Once completed, the site will serve as the new home of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Digital, VERSUS and the Comcast Sports Management Group.
“This new campus is about bringing people together to maximize production, creativity and efficient teamwork,” Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group said in a press release. “We are creating one 32-acre unique location that allows us to build numerous state-of-the-art studios, house more than 450 employees, and prepare for anticipated future growth.”
The NBC Sports Group also has plans to construct a state-of-the-art studio for the NHL Network, which is expected to create additional jobs. In total, the project is expected to bring 450 jobs to the Stamford area, and will begin in September 2012.
The move is part of Connecticut’s “First Five” program, a measure that is intended to bring business development projects to the state that will add more than 200 jobs to the state economy. NBC Sports will be the second sports network to broadcast from the Constitution State, as ESPN’s headquarters are located in Bristol.