FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS LIVE PREFONTAINE CLASSIC TRACK & FIELD COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND FROM EUGENE, ORE.
Live Coverage Begins this Friday at 11 pm ET on NBCSN & Continues Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC
Coverage Streamed Live & On Demand with NBC Sports Gold “Track and Field Pass” including Exclusive Bonus Coverage of Field Events
Content will be Presented As Part of Olympic Channel Partnership among NBCUniversal, the IOC, and the USOC
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 24, 2017 – NBC Sports Group presents live coverage of the 2017 Prefontaine Classic from Eugene, Ore., beginning this Friday, May 26, at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and continuing this Saturday, May 27 at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” live stream will begin Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET, and also offers exclusive bonus coverage of field events, highlights, and replays, as well as an exclusive 30-minute preview of the event.
In addition, NBC and NBCSN’s coverage will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product available on mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. Content will be presented as part of the Olympic Channel partnership among NBCUniversal, the IOC, and the USOC.
The Prefontaine Classic, named for famed American distance runner Steve Prefontaine, is the only stop in North America on the prestigious IAAF Diamond League circuit. Track and field athletes ranked in the top 50 in the world in their events are eligible to compete.
The U.S. team will be headlined by six-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, who is slated to compete in the women’s 200m. It will be a star-studded event as all three Rio 200m medalists are expected to enter: American Tori Bowie, Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson, and Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers. The women’s long jump field includes Tianna Bartoletta, who won gold in Rio, and London Olympic gold medalist Brittney Reese.
The men’s 100m will feature a showdown between five-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin and Canada’s Andre De Grasse, who won three Olympic medals last summer. Americans Christian Taylor and Will Claye, who went 1-2 in Rio, highlight the men’s triple jump field, and Matthew Centrowitz, who won the first U.S. gold in the 1500m since 1908 at the 2016 Games, will race the mile.
Rick Allen handles the call on NBC and NBCSN, joined by analyst and four-time Olympic medalist Ato Boldon, analyst, four-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion Sanya Richards-Ross, analyst Craig Masback, and reporters Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris.
Coverage of Olympic Sports on NBC Sports Group platforms is a presentation of the Olympic Channel, Home of Team USA.
NBC SPORTS GOLD: NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — offers access to the Prefontaine Classic with its “Track and Field Pass.”
In addition to live video streaming, viewers will have access to exclusive bonus coverage of field events, full stage video replays and highlights. NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” gives fans access to more than 25 major marathon, track and field events from April through December 2017. The direct-to-consumer pass, powered by Playmaker Media, offers fans unprecedented coverage — including some exclusive coverage beyond what is available on linear TV in the United States — live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass,” available for $69.99, also includes coverage of the top USATF outdoor events, including the Nike Prefontaine Classic, and the USATF Outdoor Championships. Also included are the world’s most anticipated international track and field events, including all 14 Diamond League stops as well as unprecedented coverage of every event from all 10 days of the 2017 IAAF World Track & Field Championships from London. The “Track and Field Pass” can be purchased by visiting NBCSportsGold.com.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” continues NBC Sports’ commitment, along with the IOC and the USOC, to increased access to Olympic-sports programming. As previously announced, during the second half of 2017, a new U.S. television network — “Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA” — will launch, offering sports fans year-round Olympic-sport programming from around the world, with an emphasis on favorite American athletes and teams. Additional details about the launch of the new linear cable channel will be provided at a later date.
NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream 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. The NBC Sports app is available on Apple iOS, Android and select Samsung devices, as well as on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Comcast’s X1, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
Both the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold are powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
–NBC SPORTS GROUP–