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Monday, June 15th, 2020
RIDERS UP! BELMONT STAKES THIS SATURDAY AT 2:45 PM ET ON NBC & ROYAL ASCOT TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY MORNINGS HEADLINE 25+ HOURS OF LIVE HORSE RACING THIS WEEK ON NBC & NBCSN
NBC Features Record 6+ Hours of Live Horse Racing on Broadcast TV this Saturday, June 20 – Royal Ascot from 9am-Noon ET and Belmont Stakes from 2:45-6pm ET
Beginning Tomorrow, Tues., June 16, Prestigious Royal Ascot Meet on NBCSN Each Day through Friday, from 8:30am-Noon ET
Belmont Stakes Show Features Socially-Distanced Broadcast Team
9 Consecutive Hours of Live Sports on NBC This Saturday (9am-6pm ET), Rounded Out by Premier League Match at 12:30pm ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 15, 2020 – NBC Sports will present wall-to-wall coverage of the world’s best horse racing this week, with 25+ hours of live racing. The week is highlighted by a broadcast-record 6+ hours of live horse racing on NBC this Saturday, June 20, with the 152nd Belmont Stakes at 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC capping a day which begins at 9 a.m. ET on the network with the Royal Meeting in Ascot, England.
Coverage begins tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16 at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Royal Ascot, the biggest event in British horse racing, which features 36 races, including eight at the “Group One” level. NBCSN coverage continues each morning live at 8:30 a.m. from Wednesday through Friday, before the action moves to NBC on Saturday at 9 a.m. ET.
On Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET, NBC broadcasts the 152nd Belmont Stakes, which for the first time will be the year’s first Triple Crown race contested. This year also marks the first time since 1931 that the Triple Crown races have not been run in the traditional Kentucky Derby-Preakness Stakes-Belmont Stakes sequence.
Between the horse racing events on Saturday, NBC will broadcast the West Ham-Wolves Premier League match – for a total of nine consecutive hours of live sports action on NBC (9 a.m.-6 p.m. ET).
SOCIALLY-DISTANCED COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes features host Mike Tirico and analyst Randy Moss from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. Hall of Fame jockey and two-time Belmont Stakes winner Jerry Bailey joins the broadcast from his home in Florida, and handicapper Eddie Olczyk from his home in Chicago. Reporters Britney Eurton and Kenny Rice, and race caller Larry Collmus will be on-site at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Nick Luck will host NBC’s Saturday Royal Ascot coverage on-location in the U.K.
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 and serves as the lead producer on his 25th Triple Crown race. The Belmont Stakes is directed by Pierre Moossa. Lindsay Schanzer produces NBC Sports’ Royal Ascot coverage. Hyland, Moossa, and Schanzer will all be handling their roles from NBC Sports Group’s facility in Stamford. Executive producer and president, production, NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood.
Highlights of Belmont Stakes and Royal Ascot coverage Saturday on NBC include:
- All stakes races within the Belmont Stakes show will be covered live, and are expected to include the Jaipur Stakes – presented by America’s Best Racing, a “Win and You’re In” for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
- Five live races in the Royal Ascot show, featuring the Diamond Jubilee, which is also a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race
- A look at this year’s unique Belmont Stakes, taking place over a mile and an eighth, rather than the traditional 1½ miles
- Tim Layden presents an essay on this new Triple Crown race order
- Jimmy Roberts provides commentary on the return of sports in New York City
- Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss remotely go “around the barns” to meet the contenders of the 152nd Belmont Stakes.
- A discussion about Bob Baffert’s spring, which included his two top Triple Crown contenders, Nadal (retired) and Charlatan (injured), being sidelined.
- A feature on the connections of likely Belmont Stakes favorite Tiz the Law, whose New York-based ownership group won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Funny Cide in 2003.
- Virtual visits with fans across the country watching the Belmont Stakes, presented with the Breeders’ Cup and America’s Best Racing.
NBC SPORTS AUDIO NETWORK BELMONT STAKES COVERAGE
In partnership with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), NBC Sports Audio Network will present live Belmont Stakes coverage beginning Saturday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m. ET featuring host Mike Penna and analysts Kurt Becker and Anthony Stabile. The broadcast will include a simulcast of the live race call by NBC Sports’ Larry Collmus. This is the sixth consecutive year HRRN and NBC Sports have teamed to produce radio coverage of the Triple Crown, which will be available throughout North America on SiriusXM satellite radio (channels 219 on Sirius and 201 on XM) along with terrestrial affiliates throughout the United States. Live streaming can also be accessed at NBCSports.com, and the HRRN website.
BELMONT STAKES COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM, NBC SPORTS APP & PEACOCK
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream live coverage to desktops, mobile, tablets, and connected TVs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high-quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The full HD-quality video stream will come directly from NBC’s broadcasts. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app are available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, and Chromecast. NBC Sports.com, the NBC Sports app, and Peacock – NBCUniversal’s new streaming service – will provide a full race replay of the Belmont Stakes. Peacock will launch nationally with free and premium tiers across mobile, web and connected TV devices on July 15.
THIS WEEK’S NBC SPORTS HORSE RACING SCHEDULE (All Times ET)
|Tues., June 16||8:30 a.m.||Royal Ascot (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Wed., June 17||8:30 a.m.||Royal Ascot (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Thurs., June 18||8:30 a.m.||Royal Ascot (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Fri., June 19||8:30 a.m.||Royal Ascot (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 20||9 a.m.||Royal Ascot (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sat., June 20||2:45 p.m.||152nd Belmont Stakes (LIVE)||NBC|
|Sat., June 20||6 p.m.||TVG Trackside Live (LIVE)||NBCSN|
|Sun., June 21||4 p.m.||TVG Trackside Live (LIVE)||NBCSN|
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, 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.
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