Belmont Stakes

NBC Sports Coverage of the Belmont

NBC is scheduled to produce six hours of coverage around this weekend’s Belmont Stakes.

Bob Costas and Tom Hammond will anchor the caverage on race day  Analysis will come from Jerry Bailey, Randy Moss, handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; host Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; race caller Larry Collmus, a Baltimore native; and Michelle Beadle, who will contribute features and handle interviews.

Here is the schedule for the Belmont on NBC Sports:

Fri. June 7 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Belmont Classics NBC Sports Network
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Live From Belmont NBC Sports Network
Sat. June 8 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Belmont Saturday NBC Sports Network
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Belmont Stakes NBC
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show NBC Sports Network

NBC Sports Group Unveils Plans for Belmont Stakes

History could be in the making this Saturday as I’ll Have Another tries to become the first horse to capture the Triple Crown since 1978.  And NBC has laid out its plans to provide blanket coverage of the event.

The network will devote 11 hours of coverage to the race across NBC and the NBC Sports Network.  Among the special programming planned for the race is a documentary on I’ll Have Another and replays of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Bob Costas andTom Hammond will co-host the network’ coverage on race day.  They’ll be joined by Hall-of-Fame jockey and three-time Belmont Stakes winner Gary Stevens; analyst Randy Moss; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; host Laffit Pincay, III; Hall-of Fame jockey and two-time Belmont Stakes-winner Jerry Bailey; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; and race caller Larry Collmus.

Here is the NBC Sports Group scheduled coverage of the Belmont Stakes: (All Times ET)

Thurs. June 7

7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.  I’ll Have Another – Charging Toward History (NBC Sports Network)
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Rebroadcast of 2012 Kentucky Derby (NBC Sports Network)
10 p.m. – Midnight Rebroadcast of 2012 Preakness (NBC Sports Network)

Fri. June 8

4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Belmont Classics (NBC Sports Network)
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Live from Belmont (NBC Sports Network)

Sat. June 9

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Saturday (NBC Sports Network)
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Belmont Stakes (NBC)
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show (NBC Sports Network)

NBC Sees Ratings Bump for Belmont Stakes

NBC Sports says the overnight ratings for yesterday’s Belmont Stakes registered a 4.8, 55% above last year’s race.  That’s the highest rating for the Belmont since 2005 .

NBC Sports Group is also touting its four hour pre-race coverage on Versus.  The last portion of the coverage (5pm-6:15pm) had an overnight rating of 2.6, 86% higher than last year’s coverage on ABC.

Here is the list of ratings based on local media markets:

1. Ft. Myers, 8.7/17
T2. Louisville, 8.6/18
T2. Baltimore, 8.6/18
4. Hartford, 8.1/15
T5. New York, 7.4/16
T5. Buffalo, 7.4/17
7. West Palm Beach, 7.2/13
8. Nashville, 7.1/13
T9. Tampa, 6.8/15
T9. Providence, 6.8/13