NBC and the NBC Sports Network will again be the home to the Breeders’ Cup next weekend.
Combined the networks will provide 9 1/2 hours of live coverage of the races at Santa Anita Park in California.
The NBC Sports Network will have coverage of all the races Friday, November 2nd from 4:00p.m. to 8:00p.m. ET and on Saturday, November 3rd from 3:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. ET . NBC will go live at 8:00p.m. ET Saturday with coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Tom Hammond will lead the network’s coverage along with Hall-of-Fame jockey Gary Stevens. Joining in as analysts will be Randy Moss; Hall-of-Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; host/reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, Jay Privman and Nick Luck; race caller Larry Collmus, who will call the Breeders’ Cup Classic and Ladies’ Classic (NBC will take the call of track announcer Trevor Denman for the remaining races over the two days).
After spending the last six years on ESPN, NBC has once again retained the rights to telecast the Breeders’ Cup thoroughbred races, beginning this year.
The multi-year agreement calls for the eraly races to be televised on the NBC Sports Network with the Breeders’ Cup Classic to air on primetime on NBC. This year’s races will take place November 2nd and 3rd from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, CA.
“Everyone here is delighted that the Breeders’ Cup has returned home,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network in a press release. “Bringing back this prestigious event, combined with our long-term partnerships for the Triple Crown with Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, in addition to the Preakness and Belmont cements the NBC Sports Group as the home of horse racing.”
NBC had aired the Breeders’ Cup races from its inception in 1984 through 2005. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
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