Breeders’ Cup Classic Will be Broadcast Live in Primetime on NBC

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October 25th, 2012

via press release:

BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC TO AIR LIVE IN PRIMETIME ON NBC FOR FIRST TIME
NBC Sports Group to Present a Total of 9½ Hours of Breeders’ Cup World Championships Coverage

Coverage From Santa Anita Park Begins Friday, November 2, From 4-8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network and Culmintes with the Breeders' Cup Classic Saturday, November 3 at 8 p.m. ET Live on NBC

Tom Hammond, Gary Stevens, Randy Moss Lead NBC Sports Group’s Breeders’ Cup Commentator Team, and Will be Available on a Conference Call on Wednesday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. ET

NBC Sports’ and Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle On Site to Capture the Spectacle and Scene of Breeders’ Cup

Breeders’ Cup Returns to its Original Home on NBC, with First Year of a Multi-Year Media Rights Agreement Between NBC Sports Group and Breeders’ Cup

NEW YORK – October 25, 2012 – For the first time ever, the Breeders’ Cup Classic will be broadcast live in primetime, culminating 9½ hours of Breeders’ Cup World Championships coverage over two days by the NBC Sports Group from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The Breeders’ Cup returns to its original home at NBC for the first time since 2005, in the first year of a multi-year media rights agreement.

Live NBC Sports Group coverage of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships begins on Friday, November 2, from 4-8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, continues on Saturday, November 3, from 3:30-8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, and culminates with the first-ever live primetime broadcast of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Saturday, November 3, 8-9 p.m. ET on NBC

2012 BREEDERS’ CUP TELEVISION SCHEDULE:

All Times Live, ET

Friday, November 2 4-8 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Saturday, November 3 3:30-8 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Saturday, November 3 8-9 p.m. NBC

COMENTATORS: The NBC Sports Group coverage of the Breeders’ Cup will feature host Tom Hammond, whose first-ever assignment for NBC was as a reporter on the network’s inaugural Breeders’ Cup broadcast in 1984. He is joined by Hall-of-Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who has won eight Breeders’ Cup races; veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss; Hall-of-Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who has 15 Breeders’ Cup wins, including five wins in the Breeders’ Cup Classic; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; host/reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, Jay Privman and Nick Luck, who is making his NBC Sports Group debut; 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).

Additionally, NBC Sports’ and Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle will be on site to capture the spectacle and scene of the Breeders’ Cup, as well as contributing features and handling celebrity interviews.

NBC Sports Group’s Breeders’ Cup coverage will be produced by Rob Hyland, producer of NBC’s Triple Crown coverage, and a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001, and directed by Jeff Simon. The coverage on NBC Sports Network will be produced by Billy Matthews. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

 
  • Lisa Zalenski

    It was extremely disappointing that WDIV Channel 4 in Detroit chose to run their news broadcast instead of the Breeders Cup & they treated this as a joke & told their viewers not to contact the station. They switched over 2 minutes before the race ran & as switched back over to their news cast as soon as the race was over, even before the official results were given. This was very unprofessional & if you choose to be the only channel allowed to show the race then you need to show it.
    I ended up going to the Breeders Cup Website to watch.
    Extremely unprofessional & the Breeders Cup deserves a lot more respect than what WDIV Channel 4 gave it & I have told all of my family & friends to change the channel.

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