FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES FROM TOULON, FRANCE THIS SUNDAY AT 10 P.M. ET
Coverage Available on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App
Land Rover BAR Looks to Upset ORACLE TEAM USA in Penultimate Event at Toulon
Stamford, Conn. – September 8, 2016 – NBC Sports Group’s continuing coverage of the America’s Cup sets sail again this Sunday, September 11, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Toulon, France. In addition to NBCSN’s telecast, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide streaming coverage of the event.
Featuring the best sailors in the world, six crews from six countries are competing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, including defending America’s Cup champion ORACLE TEAM USA (USA), Artemis Racing (Sweden), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), Groupama Team France (France), Land Rover BAR (Great Britain), and Softbank Team Japan (Japan).
At the top of the overall series rankings, only one point currently separates Land Rover BAR from ORACLE TEAM USA, while Emirates Team New Zealand trails ten points behind the leader. With two regattas left in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, Land Rover BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand are all competing for leader bonus points, which are awarded to the first and second place teams at the completion of the series. (Following the final regatta of the series, the first place team in the standings will receive two bonus points, and the second place team will receive one point.)
The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is the initial stage of the America’s Cup, and began in the summer of 2015 in Portsmouth, Great Britain. Series events have since taken place in Gothenburg, Sweden; Hamilton, Bermuda; Muscat, Oman; New York, N.Y.; Chicago, Ill.; and returning most recently to Portsmouth, Great Britain. Overall ranking position in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series determines the starting points score of the teams competing in the America’s Cup Qualifiers in 2017.
LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES STANDINGS
|1.||Land Rover BAR||GBR||367|
|2.||ORACLE TEAM USA||USA||366|
|3.||Emirates Team New Zealand||NZL||357|
|4.||Softbank Team Japan||JPN||328|
|6.||Groupama Team France||FRA||292|
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S AMERICA’S CUP COVERAGE
NBC Sports Group is the exclusive U.S. television partner of the America’s Cup. In 2016-17, NBC, NBCSN and the NBC Sports App will combine to provide more than 35 hours of coverage of the America’s Cup Match presented by Louis Vuitton, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and Qualifiers, and the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series. In addition to the 2017 America’s Cup Finals, and Challenger Playoffs, NBCSN will present coverage of specific America’s Cup World Series events, which will determine seeding for the 2017 America’s Cup Qualifiers. Once determined, the winning team of the Challenger Playoffs will then race against defending America’s Cup winner ORACLE TEAM USA in the 2017 America’s Cup Finals.
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2017 America’s Cup marks the second consecutive presentation of the event on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. NBC Sports Group previously served as the U.S. television home of the 2013 America’s Cup, in which ORACLE TEAM USA staged a dramatic comeback, winning eight consecutive races to defeat Emirates Team New Zealand, 9-8.
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