FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019
NEW “NBC SPORTS BET: DERBY SPECIAL” DIGITAL COMPANION SHOW DEBUTS THIS SAT., MAY 4 LIVE AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP
Ahmed Fareed Hosts NBC Sports’ First-Ever Kentucky Derby Day Betting Show
NBC Sports Bet: Derby Special to Feature Latest Horse Racing Betting News, Tips & Tutorials with Special Guests and NBC Sports’ Analyst/Handicapper Eddie Olczyk
New Special Broadens NBC Sports Group’s Multi-Platform Sports Betting Content
STAMFORD, Conn. – May 1, 2019 – NBC Sports will present its first-ever Kentucky Derby Day betting show – NBC Sports Bet: Derby Special – this Saturday, May 4 live at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSports.com/Bet and the NBC Sports app. The 30-minute show will serve as a companion to the live Kentucky Derby television broadcast, which begins Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
In addition, NBC Sports Radio’s The Daily Line will present a special pre-race show this Saturday from 3-5 p.m. ET, focusing on betting the Kentucky Derby.
NBC Sports Bet: Derby Special, hosted by Ahmed Fareed from the paddock at Churchill Downs, will provide horse racing bettors with last-minute tips on the Run for the Roses, with topics ranging from the value available in a 20-horse field to the impact of the weather on the race to track bias.
Fareed will be joined by a combination of special guests and members of NBC Sports’ on-air team, including analyst/handicapper Eddie Olczyk, who last year correctly predicted the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby (Race 12) and will offer up his full slate of picks for this year’s race. The show will run until the horses begin the walkover for the 145th Kentucky Derby. In addition, NBC Sports Radio’s The Daily Line will present a special pre-race show this Saturday from 3-5 p.m. ET, focusing on betting the Kentucky Derby.
The NBC Sports Bet: Derby Special expands NBC Sports Group’s multi-platform presentation of sports betting-related content. In December, NBC Sports’ launched the free-to-play NBC Sports Predictor app with the Premier League Pick ‘Em game and added Golf Pick ‘Em two months later.
In January, NBC Sports Washington launched an eight-game Predict the Game interactive Washington Wizards alternate live-game experience featuring a free-to-play predictive gaming contest, along with real-time sports-betting data and statistics. In addition, NBC Sports Philadelphia launched betting-focused telecasts for two Philadelphia 76ers games featuring an alternate broadcast with betting-related commentary and analysis in real time, along with up-to-date betting data and information.
Also in January, NBC Sports Radio in conjunction with Westwood One launched The Daily Line, a weekday afternoon drive show (3-7 p.m. ET), focusing on sports betting while also featuring topical and entertaining sports talk. The show is broadcast from NBC Sports Washington and hosted by Michael Jenkins of NBC Sports Washington, and Tim Murray, a 10-year sports radio veteran based in the Washington, D.C. area.
NBC SPORTS AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown, the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Royal Ascot, and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series. 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.