Kentucky Derby

NBC’s Coverage of the Kentucky Derby

NBC Sports will devote 14.5 hours to this year’s Kentucky Derby.

From Wednesday’s Derby Draw through the race on Saturday, NBC and the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will produce 11.5 hours about this year’s race.  An additional three hours will feature “Derby Classics” to air on NBCSN.

On Derby Day  Bob Costas will host along with NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond. Analysts include Randy Moss, Hall-of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey and handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier

Laffit Pincay, III will host on NBCSN with reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman. Larry Collmus will call the race. Michelle Beadle of Access Hollywood and co-host of The Crossover on NBC Sports Network, will provide features and interviews, and Coco Rocha, supermodel coach on Oxygen’s The Face, will talk Kentucky Derby fashions and handle celebrity interviews.

Here is the NBC Sports schedule for the Kentucky Derby:

Wed., May 1

4 p.m.- Kentucky Derby Classics – Mine That Bird (NBCSN)
5 p.m.- Kentucky Derby Draw (NBCSN)

Thurs., May 2

4 p.m.- Kentucky Derby Classics – Animal Kingdom (NBCSN)
5 p.m.- Kentucky Derby Access (NBCSN)

Fri., May 3

4 p.m.- Kentucky Derby Classics – I’ll Have Another (NBCSN)
5 p.m.- Kentucky Oaks (NBCSN(

Sat., May 4

11 a.m.- Kentucky Derby Saturday (NBCSN)
4 p.m.- Kentucky Derby (NBC)
7 p.m.- Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show (NBCSN)

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NBC Sports To Provide Extensive Content Leading to Kentucky Derby

Beginning this Wednesday the NBC SportsGroup will be providing 14 1/2 hours of horce racing covergae leading up to the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby this Saturday.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Live coverage of the Kentucky Derby Draw on NBC Sports Network, which will determine the post positions;
  • 11½ total hours on NBC Sports Network, which was re-branded from VERSUS earlier this year;
  • Three hours of “Derby Classics” (Barbaro, Mine That Bird, Animal Kingdom) to air on NBC Sports Network.

Derby Day coverage will be co-hosted by Bob Costas, and Tom Hammond. Analysts will include three-time Kentucky Derby winner Gary Stevens and two-time Kentucky Derby-winner Jerry Bailey, Mike Battaglia, Bob Neumeier, Randy Moss, Laffit Pincay, III, Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman.  Larry Collmus will call the race. Also, TODAY’s Jenna Wolfe will contribute features and Catt Sadler of NBCUniversal’s E! will talk Kentucky Derby fashions and handle celebrity interviews.

Here is the NBC Sports Group Schedule of Derby Week:

Wed. May 2 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Derby Classics – Barbaro NBC Sports Network
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Kentucky Derby Draw NBC Sports Network
Thur. May 3 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Derby Classics – Mine that Bird NBC Sports Network
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Live from Churchill Downs NBC Sports Network
Fri. May 4 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Derby Classics – Animal Kingdom NBC Sports Network
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Kentucky Oaks NBC Sports Network
Sat. May 5 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Kentucky Derby Saturday NBC Sports Network
4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Kentucky Derby 138 NBC
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Kentucky Derby Post-Race Show NBC Sports Network

Sports Media Weekly Podcast #33- Leon Schweir, Versus

Sports Media Weekly We are back with another edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang at Fang’s Bites joins me as we discuss the impressive ratings for NBC’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby, the passing of Tigers broadcast legend Ernie Harwell, Ken’s experience at the Boston Blogapalooza, and the growing ratings for the NHL and NBA Playoffs.

Speaking of the NHL Playoffs, our guest this week is Leon Schweir, Senior Vice President of Production and Executive Producer at Versus.  We talk with Leon about how the network has seen an increase in viewers for their NHL product, his background in sports television, his opinion of play-by-play voice Mike Emrick, and plans for some of Versus’ other sports properties for 2010.

Chicks dig the horses

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Is it the hats?

NBC’s latest news release on its Kentucky Derby ratings contained this tidbit: The telecast drew 2 percent more female viewers than male viewers. The Derby is one of just three major sporting events, along with the Winter and Summer Olympics, that draw a bigger female component, NBC reports.

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Baltimore-centric entry: ESPN’s Quint Kessenich predicts his NCAA lacrosse final four in news release today, and he says the Division I semifinals will be without a team from Maryland. The former Johns Hopkins goalie goes with Virginia, Princeton, Duke and Syracuse.

ESPN also sent out a short Q&A with Kessenich. Read it below. (more…)

Ray Frager: Good to be here

When one Web door closes, another one opens.

Until last week, I worked at The Baltimore Sun, where I was an assistant sports editor and sports media columnist and blogger. But a bunch of us were cut Tuesday and Wednesday.

Though I have to figure out what I will do with the rest of my life, one thing I immediately knew I wanted to keep doing was contribute a blog. I was fortunate enough to hear almost immediately from the proprietor of this site, Keith Thibault, who has linked to my work in the past. Despite having seen examples of what I write, Keith offered me the chance to blog here.

I said yes before he could change his mind.

As for what form this will take, we’ll have to sort of figure that out as we go along. I  liked to combine a view of national media with what was going on in the Baltimore market. I hope I can continue to do that here. Look for some facts and some half-informed opinion, as well as the occasional non sequitur pop culture reference. (If you can’t believe in a thing called love, what can you believe in?)

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