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Friday, May 25th, 2018
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH – MAY 25TH – MAY 27TH, 2018
(All times ET)
The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team. For live streaming information on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and the Golf Channel app, click here.
Friday May 25th
7 a.m. on Olympic Channel – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Semifinals – Thailand”
11 a.m. on NBCSN – Indy 500 Carb Day Final Practice
12 p.m. on NBCSN – Indy Lights Freedom 500
1:30 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar Pit Crew Challenge
3:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR America Motorsports Special
10:30 p.m. on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold – Prefontaine Classic
Saturday May 26th
2 a.m. on Olympic Channel – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Women’s Final – Thailand”
9:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premiership Rugby “Final”
1:10 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Glen Helen National Qualifiers
1 p.m. on NBC – Senior PGA Championship
1 p.m. on Olympic Channel – Archery World Cup, “Recurve Finals – Turkey”
4 p.m. on NBCSN – Indy 500 Festival Parade
4 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Glen Helen National Moto 1 (250)
4 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Prefontaine Classic
4 p.m. on Olympic Channel – FIG Gymnastic World Challenge Cup, “Artistic Gymnastics – Croatia – Day 1”
5 p.m. on NBC Sports Gold – Glen Helen National Moto 2 (450)
6 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Motorcross
6 p.m. on NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold – Glen Helen National Moto 2 (450)
7 p.m. on NBC and NBC Sports Gold – Glen Helen National Moto 2 (450)
Sunday May 27th
2 a.m. on Olympic Channel – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Men’s Final – Thailand”
12 p.m. on NBC – French Open, “First Round”
12 p.m. on NBCSN – Red Bull Air Race
1 p.m. on Olympic Channel – FIG Gymnastics World Challenge Cup, “Artistic Gymnastics – Croatia – Day 2”
3 p.m. on NBC – Senior PGA Championship
5 p.m. on NBC – Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup, “Day 8 – Bangkok, Thailand”
NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this Friday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN with a live presentation of the Indianapolis 500 Carb Day from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Highlights from Carb Day also include the annual Pit Crew Challenge at 1:30 p.m. ET, which follows the final practice session, as well as the Indy Lights Freedom 100 race at noon ET on NBCSN.
Kevin Lee will host coverage of Carb Day and alongside analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Marty Snider, Robin Miller, Katie Hargitt, and Jon Beekhuis will report from the pits. Lee and Anders Krohn will call the Indy Lights Freedom 100.
NASCAR AMERICA MOTORSPORTS SPECIAL
NBCSN surrounds Memorial Day Weekend’s “Biggest Day in Motorsports” with its 90-minute NASCAR America Motorsports Special today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Coverage will highlight the latest news and updates ahead of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600. Features include an essay by Nate Ryan on Danica Patrick, as she looks to compete in her final Indy 500 before retiring from professional racing. Coverage also includes a feature on Richard Childress Racing and the special program RCR has invested in for military veterans.
Krista Voda will host this afternoon’s show alongside Kyle Petty in Stamford, Conn. Coverage will also include on-site contributions from Steve Letarte and guest analyst Landon Cassill from Charlotte Motor Speedway, and NBC Sports NASCAR analyst Dale Earnhardt Jr. from JR Motorsports’ headquarters in Mooresville, N.C. In addition, NBC Sports IndyCar analysts Kevin Lee and Townsend Bell will join reporters Marty Snider and Ryan from Indianapolis Motor Speedway. NASCAR on NBC reporter Parker Kligerman will also contribute special “driver reports” as he prepares to drive Gaunt Brothers Racing’s No. 96 Toyota in the Coca-Cola 600.
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS
NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season with this week’s event at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Last week at the season opener at Hangtown, Eli Tomac recorded a sweep in the 450 Class, while Zach Osborne swept the 250 Class. Jason Weigandt will handle play-by-play duties, alongside two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston and reporter Will Christien.
NBC Sports presents live coverage of the Prefontaine Classic from Eugene, Oregon, this week, the third stop of the 2018 Diamond League track and field series. Live coverage begins this tonight, May 25, at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and continues Saturday, May 26, at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. Live, commercial-free coverage of the event will be available with direct-to-consumer live streaming product NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass.”
The 2018 Prefontaine Classic will feature a decorated field of Americans, including six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin, and 2018 60m world indoor champion Christian Coleman. Leigh Diffey handles the call, joined by analysts Ato Boldon, Sanya Richards-Ross, and Craig Masback, as well as reporters Todd Harris and Lewis Johnson.
PREMIERSHIP RUGBY FINAL
NBC Sports presents live coverage of the 2018 Aviva Premiership Rugby Final this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, as Exeter Chiefs and Saracens clash in a rematch of the 2015-16 Aviva Premiership Final. Exeter Chiefs aim to become just the fourth club in league history to retain the title for a second consecutive season after defeating Wasps, 23-20, in 2017 to win their first-ever championship. Saracens – one of the other three clubs to win back-to-back titles – return to the final for the sixth time in club history, with wins coming in 2010-11, 2014-15 and 2015-16, respectively.
NBC Sports’ Derek Rae will anchor studio coverage this weekend on NBCSN. He will be joined by analyst and former Premiership Rugby player Alex Corbisiero, who played for both the London Irish (2008-13) and Northampton Saints (2013-16), and former USA Rugby captain and Premiership Rugby player Dan Lyle.
NBC Sports presents coverage of the 2018 French Open, beginning this Sunday, May 27, live at Noon ET on NBC with the first round from Roland-Garros in Paris, France. Headlining the men’s competition is 16-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, who’s won a record 10 French Open titles (2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017). He’ll be joined by 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic, whose last victory at a major came at the 2016 French Open. Serena Williams will make her long-awaited Grand Slam return in Paris. Williams has not played in a major since winning the 2017 Australian Open, and giving birth to her daughter later that year (Sept. 2017).
Ted Robinson handles play-by-play for NBC’s coverage, joined by analysts John McEnroe and Mary Carillo. This is Robinson’s 19th French Open for NBC. McEnroe and Carillo teamed to win the mixed doubles title at the 1977 French Open.
SENIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP
The PGA TOUR Champions stages its second major in as many weeks with the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship outside of Washington D.C., airing on both Golf Channel and NBC. Days after winning the Regions Tradition to tie Jack Nicklaus for the most senior major titles all-time with eight, Bernhard Langer will make his first attempt at surpassing Nicklaus this week.
The PGA TOUR remains in Texas, shifting to Fort Worth for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, as Jordan Spieth defends, while Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm and Phil Mickelson also are in the field. Ariya Jutanugarn is set to defend her 2016 title at the LPGA Volvik Championship in Michigan.
THOMAS & UBER BADMINTON CUP
NBC Sports concludes coverage of the Thomas & Uber Badminton Cup on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA this weekend with the Thomas (men’s) and Uber (women’s) finals on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Thomas Cup final at 5 p.m. on Sunday.