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Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
NBC SPORTS’ LIVE COVERAGE OF 2019 TRACK AND FIELD SEASON KICKS OFF THIS SATURDAY, JAN. 26 ON NBCSN & NBC SPORTS GOLD’S “TRACK AND FIELD PASS”
Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge Begins Saturday, Jan. 26 Live at Noon ET on NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass”
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix Starts Saturday, Jan. 26 Live at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass”
STAMFORD, Conn. – January 23, 2019 – NBC Sports’ live coverage of the 2019 USATF Indoor and Outdoor Championship series kicks off with a pair of events this Saturday, Jan. 26. The Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge from the Armory Track in New York City is first up at noon ET on NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass.” Then at 5 p.m. ET, live coverage of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix from the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston begins on NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass.”
Coverage of the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge will feature star athletes in 13 professional events, including 800m American record holder Ajee Wilson. In addition to NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass”, live coverage of the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge will be available on USATF.TV.
2016 Rio Olympic 400m hurdler Sydney McLaughlin will make her professional debut at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. She announced her decision to turn pro following her freshman year at University of Kentucky, where she won the NCAA title in the 400m hurdles. McLaughlin made her Olympic debut in the event in Rio after her junior year of high school.
Reigning world steeplechase champion Emma Coburn and 2016 Olympic 1500m bronze medalist Jenny Simpson will also compete, along with Rio 800m bronze medalist Clayton Murphy.
The event kicks off the IAAF World Indoor Tour, a series of six international events with stops in Germany (2x), Poland, Spain and Great Britain. Overall tour winners earn $20,000 and a guaranteed spot at the 2020 World Indoor Championships.
Track and field analyst Ato Boldon will call the competition on NBCSN, joined by Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross, distance analyst Craig Masback, and reporters Paul Swangard and Lewis Johnson. Rob Vermillion and Olympic silver medalist Manteo Mitchell will call the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge on NBC Sports Gold.
NBC SPORTS GOLD: NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — offers access to the Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge and the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix with its “Track and Field Pass.”
NBC Sports Gold’s “Track and Field Pass” gives fans access to major marathons, and top U.S. and international track and field events through December 31, 2019. The direct-to-consumer pass 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,” is available for $74.99 and can be purchased by visiting NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, and online at NBCSportsGold.com.
NBC SPORTS APP: The NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, 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, Roku, Win10, and Xbox.
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