‘How Are We Going To Fill Four Hours?’: NBC Sports Crew Recalls Inaugural Breeders’ Cup Broadcast

by | 10.06.2017 | 4:28pm
Wild Again (inside) holds off Gate Dancer to win first Breeders' Cup Classic at 31-1

In just a few short weeks, the 34th edition of the Breeders' Cup will be contested, this year for the first time ever at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.

Consisting of 13 races held over two days, it has grown considerably from its inaugural 1984 edition, which was made up of a seven-race card held on one afternoon.

In a recent interview with Bryce Miller of the San Diego Union-Tribune, broadcaster Dick Enberg and producer John Gonzalez, who were part of the original NBC Sports team to work on the Breeders' Cup, recalled the work that went into that inaugural telecast, and how nervous everyone was about televising such an event such as that.

“My first thought was, 'Oh my gawd, how are we going to fill four hours?'” said Gonzalez. “Halfway through, it was, 'Oh my gosh, how are we going to get all of this in?'”

Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune

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