FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 17th, 2016

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS THE LOUIS VUITTON AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES FINALE FROM FUKUOKA, JAPAN THIS SATURDAY AT MIDNIGHT ET

Land Rover BAR Looks to Upset ORACLE TEAM USA in Final Event of the Season  

Coverage Available on NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 17, 2016 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series culminates this Sunday, November 20, at Midnight ET on NBCSN with the America’s Cup World Series finale in Fukuoka, Japan. In addition to NBCSN’s telecast, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide streaming coverage of the championship 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).

Land Rover BAR currently leads the overall series with 437 points, and holds a 14 point advantage over two-time defending America’s Cup champion ORACLE TEAM USA (423 points). Emirates Team New Zealand is currently in third place in the standings, with a total of 420 points.

This weekend’s regatta is the ninth and final stop of the ACWS. The winner of the overall series will earn two bonus points to carry into the America’s Cup qualifiers, and the second-place team will earn one bonus 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

POSITION TEAM COUNTRY TOTAL POINTS
1. Land Rover BAR GBR 437
2. ORACLE TEAM USA USA 423
3. Emirates Team New Zealand NZL 420
4. Softbank Team Japan JPN 399
5. Artemis Racing SWE 391
6. Groupama Team France FRA 360

 

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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