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Thursday, March 5th, 2015
TWO DAYS UNTIL DEBUT OF PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS IN PRIMETIME, THIS SATURDAY MARCH 7 ON NBC
PBC on NBC Show Open Features Current Boxers & Legends
Transcript of Conference Call with Al Michaels, Marv Albert & “Sugar” Ray Leonard
PBC on NBC Debuts Saturday, March 7, Live at 8:30 PM ET on NBC
STAMFORD, Conn. – Mar. 5, 2015 – In two days, on Saturday, March, 7, boxing returns to primetime broadcast television with the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC at 8:30 p.m. ET. The debut of PBC on NBC features a pair of blockbuster bouts — Keith Thurman vs. Robert Guerrero, and Adrien Broner vs. John Molina Jr. — from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert and analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard call the action. Al Michaels will host. Laila Ali and B.J. Flores serve as corner analysts, joined by reporter Kenny Rice.
PBC ON NBC OPEN TO FEATURE CURRENT BOXERS AND LEGENDS
The show open for PBC on NBC includes a cinematic nod to the golden age of boxing, but with a modern day approach. The look is a mixture of glamour and grit and takes the viewer from red carpet to ringside. It features the stars of boxing’s future, Thurman, Guerrero, Broner and Molina Jr., alongside the stars of boxing’s past, including champions Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Roberto Duran.
“In welcoming the return of boxing to primetime on NBC for the first time in 30 years, we created a special show open to convey the glitz surrounding big fights in the sport’s heyday,” said David Gibson, Coordinating Producer, NBC Sports.
TRANSCRIPT: PREMIER BOXING CHAMPIONS CONFERENCE CALL WITH AL MICHAELS, MARV ALBERT, AND “SUGAR” RAY LEONARD
Host Al Michaels, blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert, analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard, and Executive Producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN Sam Flood participated in a conference call yesterday. Michaels, Albert, Leonard and Flood discussed some of their greatest boxing memories, and previewed Saturday night’s debut show. Click here for a full transcript.
NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing. The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.
All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. NBC Sports Live Extra is available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.
NBC UNIVERSO will present encore coverage of PBC on NBC this Sunday, March 8, beginning with PBC on NBC: Corner to Corner at 2 p.m. ET, and continuing with a Spanish-language presentation of Thurman vs. Guerrero and Broner vs. Molina Jr. at 3 p.m. ET.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–