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Preliminary NBC Derby ratings show slight decline

The overnight television numbers for NBC Sports’ telecast of the Kentucky Derby show a 7.4 rating and a 17 share.  The rating is a 7% decline from 2010 numbers, which were the highest in the last 20 years. The rating represents the percentage of all households with TV sets tuned into Derby coverage.  The share […]

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They’re in the Gate: Would’ve been nice to hear Collmus

The They’re in the Gate blog assesses the good and bad of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage.  Positive points go to the broadcast crew and NBC’s production values, but the audio on the Derby was frustrating to say the least: “The call by Larry Collmus was actually pretty good, that is if you could actually hear […]

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NBC/Versus to air Saratoga races this summer

The Thoroughbred Times reports that NBC-Universal and the New York Racing Association plan to announce a deal this month for eight days of live racing from Saratoga Race Course this summer. Preliminary plans call for NBC to broadcast three days of racing with the cable network Versus telecasting five more.  The eight days include seven […]

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NBC unveils 14+ hours of Derby coverage

Press Release The NBC Sports Group will present 14½ hours of Kentucky Derby coverage beginning tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET on VERSUS and culminating with the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC, Saturday, May 7 beginning at 4 p.m. ET. The shared vision of Churchill Downs and NBC Sports’ successful ‘Big Event Strategy’ […]

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NBC Sports Group announces broadcast team, TV schedule

The NBC Sports Group made several additions to its coverage team for this year’s Kentucky Derby, which will include 14 hours of coverage (11 on VERSUS beginning Wednesday, including the May 6 Kentucky Oaks, and the three-hour NBC Derby telecast on Saturday, May 7). In addition to Larry Collmus taking the reins from Tom Durkin […]

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Durkin opts out of Triple Crown calls for NBC

Tom Durkin, who has called American racing’s Triple Crown on radio and television for the last 14 years, has decided not to renew his contract with NBC Sports, citing stress during the buildup to the three races. NBC is televising this year’s Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. Durkin will continue to be the lead […]

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$100,000 Derby Dream Bet returning in 2011

Can history repeat? Last year, during the NBC Sports telecast of the Kentucky, Glen Fullerton made a $100,000 wager on 8-1 Super Saver, who went on to win the Run for the Roses to gave the 40-year-old Houston, Texas, resident the payoff of a lifetime. Who will get the opportunity in 2011? For the second […]

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ESPN drops out of bidding for Belmont; will NBC claim Triple Crown again?

ESPN said it is dropping out of negotiations with the New York Racing Association to televise the Belmont Stakes, suggesting that all three Triple Crown races could be reunited on NBC Sports for the first time since 2005, according to Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Daily. NYRA broke away from Churchill Downs and Pimlico to get […]

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RIP Michael Letis: helped launch Breeders’ Cup by securing NBC Sports as broadcast partner

One of the most important contributors to the early success of the Breeders’ Cup was its four-hour broadcast window on NBC Sports. Michael Letis, who played a major role in securing that unprecedented telecast beginning in 1984, has died in Connecticut at the age of 69.

 Letis and Mike Trager were partners in Sports Marketing […]

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CUT! ABC BUTCHERS BELMONT RACE COVERAGE

By Ray Paulick Is it that difficult to show a race on television so that it both reflects the power and excitement of the Thoroughbred horse and yet still allows viewers to know what’s going on in the race? Apparently so, especially if you happened to be the person in charge of televising Saturday’s Belmont […]

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