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HRI – Zast: NBC’s Preakness coverage was good

Horse Race Insider Vic Zast gives high marks for NBC’s coverage of Preakness 136: “While not flawless – the coverage ran on a half-hour too long, failed to televise the sport’s number one turf horse even though Paddy O’Prado won the Dixie Stakes during the telecast’s timeframe, and had technical problems that obliterated trainer Graham […]

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Preakness PP draw and television coverage

The Preakness 136 post position draw is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday from Pimlico Race Course.  It will not be broadcast on NBC or Versus.  Instead, HRTV will have the draw as part of its “Pursuit of the Crown” show.  Here is the weekend schedule from NBC/Versus (all times Eastern): Fri., Preakness Classics, 3-4 p.m., […]

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Derby viewership: Fourth most in 21 years

Press Release NBC Sports’ coverage of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby drew 14.54 million viewers, the fourth most-watched Kentucky Derby in 21 years according to data provided by The Nielsen Company. Since implementing NBC’s Big Event Strategy, the last three Kentucky Derby races have recorded at least 14.5 million viewers including last year’s Derby, which was the […]

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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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