via press release:

NBC & NBC Sports Network to Present 20 Hours of Live Coverage this Saturday of Tennis, Gymnastics, Track & Field, Horse Racing, Motor Sports & Hockey
NEW YORK – June 8, 2012 – Three championship events — the Women’s French Open Final (9 a.m. ET), the Belmont Stakes (4:30 p.m. ET), in which I’ll Have Another will attempt to become the first horse in 34 years to win the Triple Crown, and Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final (8 p.m. ET), which can be won by the Los Angeles Kings, who lead the series 3-1 over the New Jersey Devils — will all take place this Saturday on NBC, and will highlight a unique day in which NBC and the NBC Sports Network combine to provide 20 hours of live-event coverage.

This unique Championship Saturday when possible because I’ll Have Another won the first two legs of the Triple Crown, and when the Los Angeles Kings won three of the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final. Combined with the previously-scheduled Women’s French Open Championship, all three events provide a unique Championship Saturday for NBC and viewers.

In addition to the three championship events, NBC and NBC Sports Network will present: gymnastics, the Visa Championships from St. Louis, Mo. (1 p.m. ET, NBC); track and field, the Adidas Grand Prix from Randall’s Island in New York City (3 p.m. ET, NBC); and motorsports, Alli AMA Motocross from Mt. Morris, Pa. (5 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network) and IndyCar’s Firestone 550 from Texas Motor Speedway (8 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).

In all, NBC will air 12 hours of live-event coverage, NBC Sports Network will televise five hours of live-event coverage, and both channels will combine for three hours of on-site pre- and post-event coverage.

NBC and NBC Sports Network Championship Saturday
9 a.m. – Noon Women’s French Open Finals (LIVE) NBC
1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Visa Championships (LIVE) NBC
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Saturday (LIVE) NBC Sports Network
3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Adidas Grand Prix (LIVE) NBC
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Belmont Stakes (LIVE) NBC
5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Alli AMA Motocross (LIVE) NBC Sports Network
7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Post-Show (LIVE) NBC Sports Network
7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. NHL Live (LIVE) NBC Sports Network
8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Stanley Cup Final Game 5: LA Kings @ NJ Devils (LIVE) NBC
8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Firestone 550, IndyCar Series (LIVE) NBC Sports Network
11 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Post-Game (LIVE) NBC Sports Network

Highlights for this Saturday’s coverage of events include:

  • The Women’s French Open Final, hosted by Ted Robinson, Mary Carillo and John McEnroe will be shown live at 9 a.m. ET on NBC from Paris, France. No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova will face No. 21 Sara Errani, the first woman since 2003 to make the finals of both singles and doubles at the French Open.
  • NBC will air live coverage of Olympic hopefuls competing at the Visa Championships Men’s Gymnastics Finals beginning at 1 p.m. ET from St. Louis, Mo. The results of the Visa Championships will determine who qualifies for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and, in turn, the 2012 Olympic Gymnastics Team. NBC’s Olympic gymnastics commentators Al Trautwig, Elfi Schlegel, Tim Daggett and Andrea Joyce will call the action.
  • The Adidas Grand Prix will be live on NBC at 3 p.m. ET, featuring some of the nation’s best track and field athletes, including the U.S.’s two-time 400m hurdle World champion Lashinda Demus and high jump World champion Jesse Williams. Paul Sunderland, Ato Boldon, Lewis Johnson and Dwight Stones will call the action from Randall’s Island in New York City.
  • The Belmont Stakes will be live on NBC beginning at 4 p.m. ET as I’ll Have Another looks to win the first Triple Crown in 34 years at Belmont Park in New York. NBC and NBC Sports Networks’ coverage of the 144th Belmont Stakes will feature co-hosts Bob Costas, a 23-time Emmy Award-winner; NBC’s lead horse racing voice Tom Hammond; Hall-of-Fame jockey and three-time Belmont Stakes winner Gary Stevens; analyst Randy Moss; contributing analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; reporter Donna Brothers and race caller Larry Collmus.
  • IndyCar’s Firestone 550 will air live in primetime on NBC Sports Network beginning at 8 p.m. ET from the Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth, TX. Lead commentator Bob Jenkins, former race car drivers Jon Beekhuis and Townsend Bell, reporter Kevin Lee and analyst Robin Miller call the action from the track. Earlier on Saturday will be Alli AMA Motocross live at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Network from Mt. Morris, Pa.
  • With a 3-1 series lead, the Los Angeles Kings can win the Stanley Cup for the first time in team history with a win over the New Jersey Devils in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The game begins on NBC at 8 p.m. ET at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-glass’ analyst) will call the action during the game. Half-hour pre- and post-game shows will air on NBC Sports Network featuring the studio team of host Liam McHugh, analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick. The studio team will also work intermissions during the game on NBC.


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