FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
PREAKNESS STAKES WINNER EXAGGERATOR HEADLINES THE BELMONT STAKES THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 11, AT 5 PM ET ON NBC
Coverage from Belmont Park Begins This Friday, June 10, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN to Host Coverage of Belmont Prep Show Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Belmont Stakes with a Mosaic of Four Exclusive Camera Angles
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 7, 2016 – Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator headlines the field for the 148th Belmont Stakes this Saturday, June 11, at 5 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., begins Friday, June 10, at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN. In addition, NBCSN will present a pre-race show Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.
Highlights of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont coverage include:
- Bob Costas interviews Keith and Kent Desormeaux, the trainer and jockey who led the three-year-old Exaggerator to a Preakness Stakes win and more than $2 million in earnings;
- Carolyn Manno examines the new challengers and returning horses from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes;
- A look back at American Pharaoh’s historic Triple Crown-clinching 2015 Belmont Stakes victory.
COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Belmont Stakes features hosts Bob Costas, a 27-time Emmy Award-winner, and Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Belmont Stakes winner; analysts/handicappers Bob Neumeier and Eddie Olczyk; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers, and Carolyn Manno; and race caller Larry Collmus.
The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, who has been a part of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Belmont Stakes is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Pierre Moossa. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 13 Triple Crown races for the network.
Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming:
THE BELMONT STAKES (all times ET)
|Fri., June 10||4 p.m.||Belmont Access||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 11||3 p.m.||Belmont Prep||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 11||5 p.m.||Belmont Stakes||NBC|
NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA BELMONT STAKES COVERAGE
NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will offer a mosaic of four different camera angles for the first time ever at the Belmont. The angles include the NBC broadcast, an isolation camera on Preakness Stakes winner Exaggerator, an overhead camera, and Larry Collmus’ Belmont Stakes race call live as streamed by a camera in his booth at Belmont Park Race Track.
NBC Sports Live Extra will stream NBC and NBCSN Belmont Stakes coverage 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 powered by Playmaker Media. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.
NBC Sports Live Extra’s Belmont Stakes coverage includes:
- Bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators
- Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and earlier prep races
NBC SPORTS RADIO BELMONT STAKES COVERAGE
NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live Belmont Stakes coverage beginning Saturday, June 11 at 5 p.m. ET. The program is produced in partnership with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), and distributed by Westwood One. In addition, NBC Sports Radio will offer a three-hour pre-race show on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
For more information on programming, please contact Westwood One at NBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com. For a complete schedule of shows, bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing NBC Sports Radio, log on to NBCSportsRadio.com.
BELMONT STAKES ALL-ACCESS
NBC Sports Group will implement its All-Access social media strategy for Belmont week, where horse racing fans can access content from the Belmont at a “social center & behind the scenes hub” housed on NBCSports.com/Belmont. Within the Belmont All Access experience, horse racing fans can access video highlights and the latest social conversations around the Belmont Stakes. In addition, fans can find out their ‘Horse Name’ and share across Facebook and Twitter.
For the ultimate horse racing fan, the @NBCSN Twitter handle will have the latest news and analysis leading up to the Belmont, and Twitter users will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #BELMONT. In addition, everyone at home can cast their vote for the Belmont winner with the “Choose the Winning Horse” Facebook poll on www.facebook.com/NBCSports. The nation’s votes will be tallied and shown on-air during the broadcast.
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NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown. NBC Sports’ coverage of 2016 Kentucky Derby averaged 15.5 million viewers – marking the fourth consecutive year the “Run for the Roses” has topped 15 million viewers on NBC. NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2016 Preakness Stakes averaged 9.4 million viewers, up 6% from Triple Crown-winner American Pharoah’s first-place finish at Pimlico last year (8.9 million viewers), and the third time in four years that its Preakness Stakes audience topped nine million viewers.
AWARDS FOR NBC’S HORSE RACING COVERAGE: NBC Sports Group’s coverage of American Pharoah’s historic Triple Crown run in 2015 earned two Sports Emmys: Outstanding Camera Work for the entire Triple Crown series, and Outstanding Open/Tease for the 141st Kentucky Derby, narrated by Ashley Judd. Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 16 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage including the award for Television – Live Program for the 2015 Belmont Stakes, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the 2013 Kentucky Derby. NBC’s previous wins in that category include: Preakness (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008), Kentucky Derby (2007, 2012), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001). Additionally, NBC Sports has won four Eclipse Awards in the features category: “California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion,” which aired on NBCSN in June 2014, a 2002 feature on War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), a 2005 feature on Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and a 2009 feature on Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast).
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–