BOB COSTAS’ MOST MEMORABLE NEW YORK BOXING MOMENT — 4 DAYS UNTIL “PBC ON NBC” HITS THE BIG APPLE THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 11 IN PRIMETIME ON NBC

Live PBC on NBC Telecast at 8:30 PM ET Features Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1), and “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0)

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 7, 2015 – In four days, boxing hits Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., with Bob Costas serving as a special contributor for NBC’s Saturday, April 11 primetime telecast of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC.

Costas, host Al Michaels, and blow-by-blow announcer Marv Albert will work together on a broadcast for the first time ever, and will be joined on the telecast by analyst and six-time world champion “Sugar” Ray Leonard, corner analyst B.J. Flores, and reporter Kenny Rice.

The primetime show features four boxers with a combined 127-4-1 record and 80 KOs – undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), and middleweight champion “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).

Costas, who will present a feature on the long and storied history of boxing in New York, describes his most memorable New York boxing moment:

“You would have to have experienced it in some way to understand the anticipation of Ali-Frazier I at Madison Square Garden in March of 1971. They were both undefeated. They could both claim to be heavyweight champion, because Ali had never lost in the ring, as his titles had been stripped from him by boxing commissions and now he was coming back. They had contrasting styles. Each was an all-time great.  If they had somehow been able to survive and somehow had fought 10 times, all 10 fights probably would have been close. It was more than a big sports event, because Ali was such a controversial and provocative figure that people took sides based not just on ring preference, but largely on politics. This had a kind of tension and was freighted with a kind of meaning in people’s minds that went beyond a great boxing match.  And it was a great boxing match.

“I was not at Madison Square Garden that night.  I was a freshman at Syracuse University, and in those days pay-per-view meant you had to go to a theater to see it.  I went to the Loew’s Theatre in Syracuse, and for $5 I sat in a movie theatre and watched it. The amount of passion in that theater went way beyond what you would feel for even a great sports event and it would turn out to be a truly great and close fight.  Championship fights were 15 rounds then, and they had an epic quality to them. To me it was one of the most exhilarating sports events I have ever seen and I could only imagine what it would have been like to have been in Madison Square Garden, because it was truly unforgettable to see it in a theatre some 250 miles away.”

Joe Frazier, who entered the fight 26-0 with 23 knockouts, defeated Muhammad Ali (31-0, 25 KOs) by unanimous decision in front of 20,455 fans at Madison Square Garden.

NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra 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 available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

BYTES: NBC SPORTS DIGITAL ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH WORKINSPORTS.COM

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL “BYTES”

April 7, 2015 – Vol. 53

NBC Sports Digital Announces Partnership with WorkInSports.com

NBC Sports Digital has partnered with WorkInSports.com, widely recognized as the number one source for jobs in the sports industry, on a co-branded sports careers page offering resources for anyone seeking jobs in the exciting and growing sports industry, both groups announced today.

“This is a game-changer for us,” said WorkInSports.com President/CEO John Mellor. “We have worked extremely hard over the last 15 years to reach an industry-leading position and develop an impeccable reputation for customer service and quality. Partnering with NBC Sports Digital’s brand will take us to even greater heights.”

“We are happy to partner with Work in Sports given their long track record of being an industry leader,” said NBC Sports’ Senior Manager of Digital Business Operations, Mark Ruzomberka. “We are advocates of their goal of connecting candidates with employers, and trust our users will find them a valuable resource.”

The career site, which will be accessible through NBC Sports’ myriad of digital platforms, will offer job openings, career advice columns, information on industry trends and other advantages for anyone who dreams of making a living in sports. Click here for more information.

NBC Sports Digital to Live Stream PBC on NBC Weigh-Ins  via Meerkat

For the first time ever, NBC Sports Digital will use Meerkat, a mobile application that allows users to stream live video via Twitter, to live stream the weigh-ins for this weekend’s Premier Boxing Champions on NBC card. On Friday, April 10 the @NBCSports Twitter handle will broadcast undefeated Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs), Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), middleweight titleholder “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs), and undefeated Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs) as they weigh-in before their primetime NBC debuts on Saturday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m. ET, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Click here for more information.

ProSoccerTalk’s Joe Prince-Wright Will Cover NBC Sports Group’s Premier League Announce Team in U.K.

ProSoccerTalk.com’s Joe Prince-Wright will cover host Rebecca Lowe, analysts Robbie EarleKyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe and NBC Sports Group’s UK-based team of Arlo WhiteLee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux and Steve Bower for their on-site Premier League telecasts this weekend. Prince-Wright will travel with the team to Turf Moor on Saturday for Burnley-Arsenal, Old Trafford on Sunday for the Manchester Derby, and Anfield on Monday for Liverpool-Newcastle, contributing behind-the-scenes content for NBC Sports Soccer’s social media sites. Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this weekend.

2015 Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals Garners Impressive Social Media Metrics

Golf Channel’s coverage of the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals on Sunday kicked off the network’s coverage of Masters Week and sparked significant social media engagement.

The event, which featured 80 junior golfers (ages 7-15) competing at the famed Augusta National Golf Club, garnered more than 5,700 tweets from viewers tuning in and more than 41 million total impressions.

Golf Channel’s wraparound coverage of the Masters continues all week with Golf Central’s Live From the Masters programming originating on-site from Augusta National.

MLB Season Pass and Continued NFL Draft Previews on Rotoworld.com

With the start of the 2015 MLB Season, Rotoworld.com’s MLB Season Pass takes readers from Opening Day to the final game of the regular season, with tools, reports, updated ranking, projections, and much more. The Season Pass is available here for $14.99.

Rotoworld.com’s Josh Norris and Evan Silva continue their team-by-team look at the NFL Draft, including each team’s needs and draft options. A new team will be featured each day Monday through Thursday leading up to the draft, continuing with the AFC and NFC North this week.

CSNPhilly.com Posts Best Month Ever in March

Fueled by the frenzy of head coach Chip Kelly and Philadelphia Eagles news, CSNPhilly.com posted its best month ever in March with 6.3 million unique users, 8.5 million visits and 14 million pageviews. The most-read article of the month, by CSNPhilly.com columnist Reuben Frank, included an interview with head coach Kelly on why the team cut ties with LeSean McCoyJeremy Maclin and Nick Foles. Click here for a link to the article.

— NBC SPORTS DIGITAL —

WorkInSports.com Announces “Game-Changing” Partnership with NBC Sports Digital

Playing field expands for Phoenix-based site for sports job-seekers

Phoenix, Arizona – WorkInSports.com, widely recognized as the number one source for jobs in the sports industry, announces a groundbreaking partnership with NBC Sports Digital that will greatly expand the company’s reach.

WorkInSports.com and NBC Sports Digital will collaborate on a co-branded sports careers page offering resources for anyone seeking jobs in the exciting and growing sports industry.

“This is a game-changer for us,” said WorkInSports.com President/CEO John Mellor. “We have worked extremely hard over the last 15 years to reach an industry-leading position and develop an impeccable reputation for customer service and quality. Partnering with NBC Sports Digital’s brand will take us to even greater heights.”

“We are happy to partner with Work in Sports given their long track record of being an industry leader,” said NBC Sports’ Senior Manager of Digital Business Operations, Mark Ruzomberka. “We are advocates of their goal of connecting candidates with employers, and trust our users will find them a valuable resource.”

The career site, which will be accessible through NBC Sports’ myriad of digital platforms, will offer job openings, career advice columns, information on industry trends and other advantages for anyone who dreams of making a living in sports.

That dream is more accessible than ever, according to data from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). A recent study by the CareerBuilder subsidiary revealed job growth in sports-related industries has far outpaced the national average, with a 12.6 percent increase from 2010-2014 compared to the national average of 5.5 percent. Much of that growth has been in the business end of sports, with promoters and agents/managers seeing 30 percent and 17 percent growth, respectively, in that time period. EMSI’s study also pegs the annual individual sports industry earnings at $78,455, significantly above the national average.

“Sports are a more attractive career goal today than ever,” Mellor said. “This partnership will help even more people ‘get in the game’ thanks to the increased visibility offered us by NBC Sports Digital and their national reach. And it’s a slam dunk for our company.”

About Work in Sports, LLC: Since 2000, Phoenix-based WorkinSports.com has been widely recognized as the #1 source for jobs in the sports industry. With over 8,000 sports employers nationwide actively posting their latest openings, Work in Sports has helped thousands of job seekers follow their passion and discover their dream career.

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PREMIER LEAGUE ROAD TRIP TO U.K. THIS WEEKEND– LOWE, EARLE, MARTINO & MUSTOE PREVIEW NBC SPORTS GROUP’S FULL ON-SITE COVERAGE ON APRIL 11-13

 “[This weekend] we may witness the win that keeps Burnley in the Premier League, it may be a historic weekend for us.” – Kyle Martino on Saturday’s Burnley-Arsenal Match (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC)

“Turf Moor is what English football is all about. It has the heart of English football.” – Rebecca Lowe on Site of Burnley-Arsenal

“It might be the day that Manchester United keep their noisy neighbors quiet.” – Robbie Earle on Sunday’s Manchester Derby (11 a.m. ET, NBCSN)

“Anfield, when I played, was the most special place to play, for atmosphere, for history.” – Robbie Mustoe on Site of Monday’s Liverpool-Newcastle Match (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

Roger Bennett Hosts Premier League Download: The Goalkeepers’ Union Sunday Following the Manchester Derby on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 7, 2015 – For the first time since NBC Sports Group kicked off its Premier League coverage in August 2013, the entire Premier League team will work together on-location in the United Kingdom on April 11-13. Coverage includes six on-site studios, with in-stadium and pitch-side locations at Turf Moor for Burnley-Arsenal on Saturday, April 11, Old Trafford for the Manchester Derby on Sunday, April 12, and Anfield for Liverpool-Newcastle on Monday, April 13.  Host Rebecca Lowe and analysts Robbie EarleKyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe will join NBC’s UK-based team of Arlo WhiteLee Dixon, Graeme Le Saux and Steve Bower for more than 18 hours of live on-site Premier League coverage.

REBECCA LOWE, KYLE MARTINO, ROBBIE EARLE & ROBBIE MUSTOE PREVIEW ON-SITE PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE

What they are most looking forward to headed into the weekend:

Robbie Earle: “Seeing the game at real speed. Having been in the U.K., watched and played in the Premier League, there’s an appreciation that’s so much different when you’re actually live and close to the action, especially pitch-side.”

Robbie Mustoe: “It’s going to be so special to be in the stadiums for the games. We’ll cover all of the games that we normally cover, but you’re so close to the action to take in the atmosphere, to take in the visuals of the passionate fans in the Premier League – it going to be great. I’ve only played in these stadiums. I haven’t been there to watch a game, as a spectator or broadcaster, so I’m looking forward to take it all in.”

Rebecca Lowe: “I’m looking forward to remembering the atmosphere of a ground, especially the ones that we’re going to; all three are really different both outside the ground and inside the stadium. I’m also looking forward to getting a pie at Burnley…and giving one to Kyle who has never had one.”

Kyle Martino: “When you walk into an old stadium, Wrigley Field, or any of the old, iconic stadiums in the United States, even though you’ve been there before, it has this sort of magic and there’s this texture to it that’s almost like going back in time. I’ve been to Old Trafford, but this will be my first time at Anfield, so I am really looking forward to stepping onto the ground that I’ve seen on television so many times.”

Rebecca Lowe: “I’m looking forward to seeing Kyle see Anfield for the first time.”

Robbie Earle: “Yeah, Kyle might cry by the way.”

What U.S. viewers should know about the atmosphere at Old Trafford, Anfield and Turf Moor:

Kyle Martino: “Old Trafford is so interesting, because you come through these tiny little turnstiles, and when you go up the stairs and you get your first glance at the stadium, the stands are absolutely a mile-high. You see this field, and the grass arches up, it’s almost like a stage. You can see why they call it the ‘Theatre of Dreams,’ it’s almost like a cathedral…it’s something special.”

Rebecca Lowe: “Turf Moor is what English football is all about. It has the heart of English football. Every fan in that stadium will come from that town – most of them have probably walked from their house. It’s all very close to the action. It’s not the biggest grounds, so you get a really good atmosphere there. I’m expecting a really passionate home support because of how close they are to doing something they’ve never done – stay up in the Premier League.”

Robbie Earle: “Anfield, at an evening game, when the lights are on, it’s like a stage. There’s no better stage in world football. You’re amongst a group of fans who are probably the most knowledgeable and the most understanding of football in the league. It is the special place in the league to play or watch a match.”

Robbie Mustoe: “They’re all quite different – Burnley’s so small, but so passionate. Some of these smaller clubs are very special to the people that live nearby. Old Trafford is so special, and big, and Anfield, when I played, was the most special place to play, for atmosphere, for history, for the Hillsborough Memorial outside, the Shankly Gates, with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’”

The advantages of working pitch-side:

Robbie Earle: “Pitch-side gives you a whole different perspective than when you’re in the studio. When you’re away from the action, you have the view, but when you get the sounds, the smells, the noises, you can link into the play and feel the emotion. It always takes you back to your playing days. You know what people are feeling, you know what people are thinking, and it adds a different level to your analysis of the game.”

Kyle Martino: “As incredible as the television coverage is, you still have a blind spot that you don’t have when you’re there. You see, up close, interactions between players, and warm-up and walking through the tunnel. These little nuances that tell you so much about what’s going through players’ minds, seeing the expressions on their faces. It’s even as simple as smelling the grass and being that close just really makes you feel like you’re a part of the occasion.”

Rebecca Lowe: “The thing about being pitch-side is that you can actually hear what the coaches and the mangers are saying, and that can give you an insight into what they’re trying to do on the field. Sometimes you can say to everybody else, members of our team – ‘I’ve just heard Arsene Wenger say to Alexis Sanchez, move wider.’ Then, we can see it play out ourselves. You also get a sense of the mood that the managers are in, which is really important as well.”

Robbie Mustoe: “Pitch-side is great, you’re the same level as the players and you’re very, very close to them. Whether it’s warming up, in the game you see things, you hear things, you sense things that you’re not going to sense in the studio. You’re very close to the fans all the way through, so at warm-up time you can get the sense of the field, the way they fill up the stands, the way they react to the game, the pace of the game, the speed and the intensity. That probably is the most important thing for me to put over at some point – just how fast and intense the game is at the Premier League level in England. Other top leagues in other countries are just not as fast. The quality, the speed and the raw emotion of the Premier League.”

Predictions for this season and this weekend’s matches:

Kyle Martino: “[This weekend] we may witness the win that keeps Burnley in the Premier League, it may be a historic weekend for us.”

Robbie Earle: “It might be the day that Manchester United keep their noisy neighbors quiet. We may see a handing back of the baton to Manchester United a little bit.”

Rebecca Lowe: “I think this season we’re going to see somebody get relegated that we don’t expect…a big name.”

Robbie Mustoe: “I think that it will be great to see a team that’s so behind in terms of their wage salaries with a chance to turn them over and try to stay in the league. I always picked Burnley to get relegated this season, but they’ve surprised me. I wonder if they can surprise me one more time by beating Arsenal at home. Also – is this going to be the game where Manchester United regain the power in Manchester? I think it is.”

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On Saturday, April 11, the entire team will be at historic Turf Moor (hosted its first soccer match in 1883) for eight hours of live coverage, including Burnley v. Arsenal at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with Lowe, Earle and Martino in the on-site studio; Bower, Dixon and Mustoe pitch-side; and White calling the match alongside Le Saux.

Saturday’s coverage begins with Premier League Live at 7 a.m. ET, followed by Swansea City v. Everton at 7:45 a.m. ET and Tottenham v. Aston Villa at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Immediately following Burnley-Arsenal is a live Goal Zone on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET.

On Sunday, April 12, NBC Sports Group presents seven hours of live coverage from Old Trafford, the site of the Manchester Derby between local rivals Manchester United and Manchester City (11 a.m. ET on NBCSN). Lowe will be joined in the studio by Martino and Mustoe; while Bower, Earle and Le Saux provide the pitch-side perspective; and White calls the match with Dixon. Premier League Live from Old Trafford begins at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by Queens Park Rangers v. Chelsea at 8:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBCSN presents a new episode of Premier League Download Sunday following the Manchester Derby. In Premier League Download: The Goalkeepers’ Union, Men in BlazersRoger Bennett traveled to England to interview U.S. Men’s National Team and Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic, USMNT and Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, and Leicester City’s Kasper Schmeichel to find out about the art, tactical ability and psychology of a goalkeeper. Click here for a preview of the episode.

On Monday, April 13, NBC Sports Group’s announce team travels to Anfield for Liverpool-Newcastle. Just two days after his Everton side face Swansea City (Saturday, April 11 at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN), U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard will join NBC Sports Group’s pitch-side crew of Bower and Martino; with Lowe, Earle and Mustoe in studio at the stadium; and Le Saux re-joining White to commentate on the match. Monday’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET with Premier League Live.

Throughout the weekend, former U.K. footballer and BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, and Daily Mail columnist Neil Ashton will also contribute to the on-site coverage.

Today, Tuesday, April 7, NBCSN presents Premier League Live at 2:30 p.m. ET hosted by Russ Thaler, who will be joined by Earle, followed by Aston Villa v. Queens Park Rangers at 2:45 p.m. ET.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Bennett will air at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN Mondays throughout the Premier League season.

All Premier League games will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets.

Below is the schedule for NBCUniversal’s soccer coverage this week (all times ET):

Date Time Match Network
Tues., April 7 2 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Tues., April 7 2:30 p.m. Premier League Live  NBCSN
Tues., April 7 2:45 p.m. Aston Villa v. Queens Park Rangers NBCSN
Sat., April 11 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., April 11 7 a.m. Premier League Live  from Turf Moor NBCSN
Sat., April 11 7:45 a.m. Swansea City v. Everton NBCSN
Sat., April 11 10 a.m. Tottenham v. Aston Villa NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., April 11 10 a.m. Southampton v. Hull City Extra Time 
Sat., April 11 10 a.m. West Ham v. Stoke City Extra Time 
Sat., April 11 10 a.m. Sunderland v. Crystal Palace Extra Time 
Sat., April 11 10 a.m. West Brom v. Leicester City Extra Time 
Sat., April 11 12:30 p.m. Burnley v. Arsenal NBC, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., April 11 2:30 p.m. Goal Zone NBC
Sun., April 12 12:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., April 12 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League World NBCSN
Sun., April 12 6:30 a.m. Match of the Day NBCSN
Sun., April 12 7:30 a.m. Premier League Live from Old Trafford NBCSN
Sun., April 12 8:30 a.m. Queens Park Rangers v. Chelsea NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sun., April 12 11 a.m. Manchester United v. Manchester City NBCSN, Telemundo
Sun., April 12 1 p.m. Goal Zone; Premier League Download: The Goalkeepers’ Union NBCSN
Sun., April 12 10:30 p.m. Match of the Day II NBCSN
Sun., April 12 11:30 p.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., April 13 1:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League News NBCSN
Mon., April 13 2 p.m. Premier League Live from Anfield NBCSN
Mon., April 13 3 p.m. Liverpool v. Newcastle NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Mon., April 13 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., April 13 10 p.m. THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW NBCSN
Mon., April 13 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN
Mon., April 13 10:30 p.m. Barclays Premier League Review NBCSN

NBC Sports Group is once again making all 380 games from the Premier League available in the United States on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to 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 Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. NBC UNIVERSO is airing 100 Premiere League matches in Spanish on its network, with matches also streamed live on its NBC UNIVERSO NOW app. Every MVPD has the option to carry every Premier League match on live television and via live streaming at no additional cost to consumers.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS VENTURES ANNOUNCES 2015 REEBOK SPARTAN RACE TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA SCHEDULE

NBC Sports, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra to Present Six Reebok Spartan Races in 2015  

Reebok Spartan Race World Championship to Air Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC  

2015 Telecast Coverage to Debut Tuesday, July 21 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN  

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 7, 2015 – NBC Sports Ventures, a division of NBC Sports Group, and Spartan Race Inc., the global leader in the sport of obstacle racing, today announced the  2015 Reebok Spartan Race television and digital media schedule.

Coverage will begin Tuesday, July 21 at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the Montana Beast from Bigfork, Montana, and will culminate with the 2015 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe on Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. NBCSN will telecast four additional Reebok Spartan Races during the 2015 season.

All races shown on NBC and NBCSN will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets. Encore presentations of Reebok Spartan Races will also be available on NBCSN, NBC Sports Regional Sports Networks, and Universal Sports Network.

Following the success of its debut season, the Spartan Race Series returns with new obstacles, new race locations, and more of the world’s best athletes competing for  $500,000 in cash and prizes, and the title of 2015 Reebok Spartan Race World Champion. During each telecast, viewers will be provided a front-row seat to competitors tackling a gauntlet of obstacles, including fire jumps, aerial traverses over water, challenging rope climbs and barbed wire crawls. In addition, the all-access experience will chronicle the inspiring stories of many of the amazing people overcoming obstacles in the race and in life.

REEBOK SPARTAN RACE TELEVISION SCHEDULE

DATE RACE LOCATION NETWORK TIME (ET)
Tues., July 21 Kalispell, MT NBCSN 11 p.m.
Tues., August 18 Breckenridge, CO NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., September 15 Palmerton, PA NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., October 13 Washougal, WA NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., November 17 Vernon, NJ NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., December 20 Lake Tahoe, CA NBC 3 p.m.

 

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets — will stream all Reebok Spartan Races on NBC and NBCSN. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play and on Windows 8 and Windows mobile devices.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS VENTURES

NBC Sports Ventures, a division of the NBC Sports Group, is charged with acquiring and developing new and existing sports properties for NBC Sports and NBCSN. Properties under the NBC Sports Ventures umbrella include the Dew Tour, Red Bull Signature Series, World Series of Beach Volleyball and Reebok Spartan Race.

ABOUT SPARTAN RACE

Founded in 2010, Spartan Race is the global leader in the sport of obstacle racing. Spartan races cater to individuals looking to test their physical limits and change their frame of reference for what they can accomplish, from everyday people looking to get off the couch and lead a fitter lifestyle, to elite endurance athletes who seek the ultimate physical test. Currently, Spartan Race offers three primary race formats, “Sprint” (3+ miles; 20+ obstacles), “Super” (8+ miles; 24+ obstacles) and “Beast” (13+ miles; 30+ obstacles), along with a shorter format race for children. Unlike other obstacle-focused events, Spartan Races are always timed, and competitors are encouraged to complete each of the primary race distances to achieve “Trifecta” status, earning medals for each finish. With over 50 races slated for the United States in 2015 and an additional 83 races scheduled across 20 countries internationally, Spartan Race urges you to change your life today by signing up to race at www.spartan.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

FIVE DAYS UNTIL PBC ON NBC HITS THE BIG APPLE LIVE IN PRIMETIME ON NBC

Danny Garcia vs. Lamont Peterson & Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillin in Brooklyn Boxing Showdowns Saturday, April 11, at 8:30 p.m. ET

Bob Costas, Al Michaels & Marv Albert to Work Together For First Time Ever

Chris Mannix Joins NBCSN’s PBC Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 6, 2015 – In five days, on Saturday, April 11 at 8:30 p.m. ET, PBC on NBC makes its Big Apple debut from Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The event features four boxers with a combined 127-4-1 record and 80 KOs – undefeated superstar Danny “Swift” Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs) vs. Lamont Peterson (33-2-1, 17 KOs), and middleweight titleholder “Irish” Andy Lee (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0, 22 KOs).

The broadcast features native New Yorkers Marv Albert, Al Michaels, and Bob Costas working together for the first time ever (Albert and Michaels are from Brooklyn, Costas from Commack, Long Island).

Costas presents a feature on the history of boxing in New York. Michaels hosts the broadcast. Albert calls the fights alongside analyst “Sugar” Ray Leonard, the six-time world champion and 1976 Olympic gold medalist. B.J. Flores serves as corner analyst, with Kenny Rice reporting ring-side. Chris Mannix serves as a reporter on Saturday night’s live NBCSN 11 p.m. ET coverage, immediately following the NBC primetime show.

A LOOK AT THE MATCHUPS

Now in his fourth year as a titleholder, Philadelphia’s Danny Garcia returns to Barclays Center for a record fourth time to face Washington, D.C.’s Lamont Peterson, a gifted boxer-puncher with as much heart as talent. Peterson, a former longtime titleholder, once again has a chance to prove himself against Garcia in this long-anticipated clash.

Peter Quillin, born in Chicago but fighting out of New York City, faces Andy Lee in the same arena where he won the middleweight title in 2012 with a six-knockdown performance against Hassan N’Dam in the first boxing card hosted by Barclays Center. An accomplished amateur who was Ireland’s sole boxing representative at the 2004 Olympic Games, Lee returns to fight in New York City for a fifth time.

PBC: CORNER TO CORNER ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner leading up to Saturday’s broadcast.  The program is a one-hour show with an inside look at the lives of boxers Danny Garcia, Lamont Peterson, Andy Lee and Peter Quillin, as they prepare for their PBC on NBC debuts.

Below is the schedule for encore presentations of PBC: Corner to Corner on NBCSN (all times ET):

Date Time (ET)
Thurs., April 9 1:30 a.m.
Thurs., April 9 6 a.m.
Fri., April 10 7 a.m.
Fri., April 10 8 a.m.
Fri., April 10 6 p.m.
Sat., April 11 2 a.m.

The PBC: Corner to Corner specials featuring in-depth profiles of the boxers will air on NBCSN leading into each of NBC’s primetime PBC shows. Click here for program highlights.

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NBC and NBCSN will present 20 live PBC on NBC boxing events in 2015. Within the 20 live shows, NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of PBC coverage, including NBCSN pre- and post-fight programming for NBC telecasts. The Premier Boxing Champions series is created for television by Haymon Boxing.  The PBC on NBC will feature many of today’s brightest stars, in their most compelling matches.

All PBC on NBC shows will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra 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 available for desktops at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available at the App Store for iPad and iPod touch, on select devices within Google Play, and on windows phones and tablets.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP AND AVP PRO BEACH VOLLEYBALL TOUR ANNOUNCE MEDIA PARTNERSHIP

NBC Sports Group To Present More Than 17 Hours of AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour Coverage in 2015 on NBC and NBCSN

All AVP on NBC Telecasts to be Live Streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra

Stamford, Conn. – April 6, 2015 – NBC Sports Group and the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour today announced a media rights agreement for AVP tournaments to be televised on NBC and NBCSN, and live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.

The agreement returns the country’s premier professional beach volleyball tour, entering its 33rd year, to the network that first televised the AVP 25 years ago. It also marks the most comprehensive media partnership in Tour history and will include broadcast, cable and digital components for the first time.

“We are pleased to welcome the AVP back home on NBC,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “The AVP and beach volleyball have a long history with NBC Sports, and we will leverage the full collection of our broadcast, cable and online platforms of the NBC Sports Group to document the great stories, competition and personalities of the AVP’s athletes. With less than 500 days until the start of the Rio Olympics, we are excited to increase our coverage of this fan favorite Olympic sport.”

“We are very pleased to return the AVP Tour and its elite athletes to NBC Sports Group’s multiple platforms, and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership that brings the unparalleled excitement of AVP tournaments into fans’ living rooms on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer,” said AVP Managing Partner Donald Sun. “As the 2016 Rio Games approach, this comprehensive new partnership gives us the perfect platform to further showcase beach volleyball to a national audience.”

The agreement calls for 17.5 hours of coverage in 2015, 10 on NBC and 7.5 on NBCSN, plus live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra. Coverage will include the men’s and women’s finals of all seven regular-season tournaments. In addition, NBC and NBCSN will feature the finals and early-round coverage of an AVP-run tournament on the international FIVB (Federation International de Volleyball) Tour within the United States. Encore presentations of select telecasts will air on Universal Sports Network.

Coverage will run from May-September, beginning with the AVP’s season-opening event in New Orleans, La., over Memorial Day weekend. The AVP’s complete 2015 tour schedule can be found at avp.com. NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule will be released at a later date.

The AVP is the exclusive domestic beach volleyball home of the nation’s top athletes, including  Olympic gold medalists Kerri Walsh-Jennings (2004, 2008, 2012), Phil Dalhausser (2008) and Todd Rogers (2008); Olympic  silver medalist April Ross (2012); two-time Olympians Jake Gibb (2008, 2012) and Sean Rosenthal (2008, 2012); and Olympian Nicole Branagh (2008). The tour also features many up-and-coming stars who are helping build the future of the sport, such as Casey Patterson, Theo Brunner, Tri Bourne, Summer Ross, Emily Day, Lane Carico and 2014 Newcomers of the Year Trevor Crabb and Amanda Dowdy.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN (NBC Sports Network), Golf Channel, 10 NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

ABOUT THE AVP

Established in 1983, the AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) produces, markets and distributes volleyball events worldwide, including the popular AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. While promoting family-oriented events and supporting a healthy lifestyle, the AVP is best known for its world-class athletes, who have won numerous Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the Olympic games. The AVP headquarters are in Costa Mesa, Calif.

 

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH APRIL 3, 2015 – APRIL 5, 2015

(All times ET)

The “Press Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box is a quick overview of upcoming program information and highlights from the NBC Sports Group Communications team.

For live streaming information on NBC Sports Live Extra, and Golf Channel Live Extra, click here.

 

Friday, April 3

5:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Pro Football Talk

6 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: ANA Inspiration

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NASCAR K&N West Series: “Kern County”

 

Saturday, April 4

6 a.m. on NBCSN – Barclays Premier League Preview

7 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

7:45 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Arsenal v. Liverpool

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Manchester United v. Aston Villa

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimePremier League: Everton v. Southampton

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimePremier League: Leicester City v. West Ham

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimePremier League: Swansea City v. Hull City

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra TimePremier League: West Brom v. Queens Park Rangers

12:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League: Chelsea v. Stoke City

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open

2 p.m. on NBCSN – Global Champions Tour: “South Beach Grand Prix”

2:30 p.m. on NBC – Premier League Goal Zone

3 p.m. on NBC – PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open

5 p.m. on NBCSN – Horse Racing: Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby

5 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: ANA Inspiration

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Week

11 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day

 

Sunday, April 5

6 a.m. on NBCSN – Barclays Premier League World

6:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Match of the Day

7:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Live

8 a.m. on Golf Channel – Drive, Chip and Putt Championship Pre-Game

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Burnley v. Tottenham

9 a.m. on Golf Channel – Drive, Chip and Putt National Championships

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Premier League: Sunderland v. Newcastle

12 p.m. on NBC – NHL Game of the Week: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Premier League Goal Zone

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open

3 p.m. on NBC – PGA Tour: Shell Houston Open

3:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Global Champion Tour “South Beach Grand Prix”

4:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Indy Lights: St. Petersburg

5 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: ANA Inspiration

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL Live

7:30 p.m. on NBCSN – NHL: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN – Sunday Night Sports Report

 

NHL

This Sunday, NBC Sports Group presents an NHL doubleheader, beginning at Noon ET with NBC’s NHL Game of the Week, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers in the second Keystone State rivalry matchup of the week. Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 7:30 p.m. ET, when T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues visit Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks in a potential Stanley Cup Playoff preview.

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play) and Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) call the action for Penguins-Flyers from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pa.

Dave Strader (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call for Blues-Blackhawks from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NHL Live, NBCSN’s pre- and post-game NHL studio show, begins a half hour before NBCSN’s Sunday matchup. Kathryn Tappen hosts NHL Live alongside analysts and former players Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

 

PREMIER LEAGUE

NBC Sports Group’s weekend Premier League coverage begins Saturday at 6 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Barclays Premier League Preview, followed by Premier League Live at 7 a.m. ET. Live match coverage begins at 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Arsenal v. Liverpool, and continues at 10 a.m. ET with Manchester United v. Aston Villa. Coverage of the Everton v. Southampton, Leicester City v. West Ham, Swansea City v. Hull City and West Brom v. Queens Park Rangers matches will air on Premier League Extra Time at 10 a.m. ET. Saturday’s live match coverage wraps up with Chelsea v. Stoke City at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC, immediately followed by NBC’s Premier League post-game show, Premier League Goal Zone.

NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls Chelsea v. Stoke City, joined by Lee Dixon at Stamford Bridge.

Sunday’s Premier League coverage begins at 6 a.m. ET with Barclays Premier League World, followed by Match of the Day at 6:30 a.m. ET. NBCSN’s live coverage begins at 7:30 a.m. ET with Premier League Live, followed by Burnley v. Tottenham at 8:30 a.m., and Sunderland v. Newcastle at 11 a.m. ET. Sunday’s coverage concludes with Premier League Goal Zone at 1 p.m. ET.

Below is a full list of match commentators for this weekend’s Premier League coverage:

 

Saturday, April 4

7:45 a.m. on NBCSN – Arsenal v. Liverpool, commentated by Peter Drury and Jim Beglin

10 a.m. on NBCSN – Manchester United v. Aston Villa, commentated by Tony Jones and Davie Provan

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Everton v. Southampton, commentated by Gary Taphouse and Brian Little

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Leicester City v. West Ham, commentated by Ian Crocker and Tony Gale

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – Swansea City v. Hull City, David Stowell and Barry Horne

10 a.m. on Premier League Extra Time – West Brom v. Queens Park Rangers, Joe Speight and Trevor Francis

12:30 p.m. on NBC – Chelsea v. Stoke City, Arlo White and Lee Dixon

 

Sunday, April 5

8:30 a.m. on NBCSN – Burnley v. Tottenham, Jon Champion and Jim Beglin

11 p.m. on NBCSN – Sunderland v. Newcastle, Jim Proudfoot and Phil Neville

All matches will be preceded and followed by Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows. Rebecca Lowe hosts Premier League Live, alongside Kyle Martino and Robbie Mustoe from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.

 

HORSERACING

NBCSN presents live elite horse racing Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, with coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby.

NBCSN’s coverage features host Tom Hammond, joined by Hall-of-Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who has won each Triple Crown race twice; veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss; and reporters Laffit Pincay III and Jay Privman.

 

GOLF

NBC Sports Group presents the final PGA Tour event before the Masters this weekend, with coverage of the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open. On Saturday and Sunday, coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Dan Hicks (play-by-play) and Johnny Miller (analyst) lead Golf Channel on NBC’s coverage from the Golf Club of Houston. Whit Watson (play-by-play) and Curt Byrum (analyst) will host lead-in coverage on Golf Channel. Joining them are Gary Koch and Mark Rolfing (towers), Roger Maltbie and Notah Begay (on-course reporters), and Todd Lewis (interviews).

Golf Channel’s weekend live tournament coverage also includes the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration, golf’s first major championship of 2015. Coverage begins tonight at 6 p.m. ET, and continues Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

Terry Gannon leads Golf Channel’s team from the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Joining Gannon is Judy Rankin (analyst), Tom Abbott (tower), Jerry Foltz, Karen Stupples, and Phil Parkin (on course) and Lisa Cornwell (interviews).

In addition to tournament coverage, Golf Channel presents the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship National Finals this weekend. The competition features 80 boys and girls ranging from ages 7-15 years old competing on the grounds of Augusta National Golf Club.

Rich Lerner leads Golf Channel’s team calling the action, and will be joined by Peter Jacobsen (analyst), Michael Breed, Charlie Rymer and Kay Cockerill (on course), and Steve Sands and Jimmy Roberts (interviews).

 

BYTES: NBC SPORTS DIGITAL & YAHOO SPORTS’ MAD DASH DELIVERS 16.3 MILLION VIDEO STARTS SINCE DEBUT

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL “BYTES”

April 2, 2015 – Vol. 52

NBC Sports and Yahoo Sports’ Mad Dash Delivers 16.3 Million Video Starts Since Debut

Mad Dash, a weekday morning video roundup of the day’s biggest trending sports stories, has delivered 16.3 million video starts since its debut in November, according to Omniture.  The two-minute, short-form video hosted by NBC Sports Digital’s Jenna Corrado is curated each morning by Yahoo Sports and co-produced by NBC Sports Digital. Mad Dash is an integral part of the NBC Sports/Yahoo alliance that includes original, short-form, digital programming, as well as a cross-platform collaboration around Fantasy Football Live on NBCSN.

Click here for a link to today’s Mad Dash.

Rotoworld.com Posts Best March Ever

Rotoworld.com posted its best March ever with 5.6 million unique users and 24.2 million visits, up 26.2% and 16.9%, respectively, over Mar. 2014. With the start of NFL Free Agency and the NBA season in full swing, following were the most-visited player pages on Rotoworld.com during March:

  1. Sam Bradford, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Michael Crabtree, WR, Free Agent
  3. DeMarco Murray, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  4. LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo Bills
  5. Hassan Whiteside, C, Miami Heat
  6. Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City Thunder
  7. Brandon Knight, G, Phoenix Suns
  8. Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
  9. Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors
  10. DeMarcus Cousins, C, Sacramento Kings

Play Ball with the RSN’s!

Hope springs eternal as the NBC Regional Sports Networks celebrate the opening of the 2015 Major League Baseball season.

The best coverage for the World Championship San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s baseball is Comcast SportsNet. With 291 live broadcasts in 2015, Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic and A’s Insider Joe Stiglich bring you wire-to-wire TV and online coverage.

Expectations run high in Chicago as Insiders Patrick Mooney and Dan Hayes deliver the most comprehensive coverage for Cubs and White Sox fans.

Coming off an off season where Jim Salisbury broke stories like the Jimmy Rollins trade, he’ll continue to cover everything you want to know about the Phillies for CSNPhilly.com.

CSN Mid-Atlantic offers multiplatform coverage of the Nationals and Orioles from BBWAA members Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and Rich Dubroff.

Veteran Insider Sean McAdam will deliver the latest news and start conversations that matter most to Red Sox fans on CSNNE.com.

SNY.tv provides comprehensive, exclusive online coverage of the Mets featuring game highlights, exclusive web-only postgame show, Post Game Extra, and one-on-one interviews with players, coaches and SNY personalities Keith Hernandez, Ron Darling and Gary Cohen.

GolfChannelAcademy.com Launches For Golfers Seeking Hands-On Instruction

Golf Channel Academy, a dedicated network of teaching facilities and a hands-on extension of Golf Channel’s primetime instruction programming, will begin to roll out next week with an initial 57 locations in 26 states and Canada. In support of this launch, GolfChannelAcademy.com – the dedicated website for the new initiative – is now live. The site features a directory of all Golf Channel Academy locations and additional information on the facilities, programs, PGA of America and LPGA teaching credentials, and the inaugural group of more than 190 lead and staff coaches.

ICYMI on NBC SportsWorld

This week on NBC SportsWorld, Joe Posnanski profiles former Major League Baseball player Bobby Bragan, who played with — and was heavily influenced by — Jackie Robinson. Click here for a link to the long-form story.

Travis Hale takes an in-depth look at just what the Spurs mean to the blue-collar city of San Antonio as they prepare for another playoff run. Click here for a link to the long-form story on NBC SportsWorld.

– NBC SPORTS DIGITAL –

NBCSN PRESENTS LIVE ELITE HORSE RACING COVERAGE THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 4, AT 5 P.M. ET WITH WOOD MEMORIAL, BLUE GRASS STAKES & SANTA ANITA DERBY

Races Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 1, 2015 – NBCSN presents live elite horse racing this Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. ET, with coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby. The winner of each race receives 170 points, enough to guarantee a spot in the gate for the Kentucky Derby, May 2 on NBC.

Undefeated 3-year-old Dortmund leads the field at Santa Anita. In the past three years, two horses, I’ll Have Another (2012) and California Chrome (2014), were victorious in the Santa Anita Derby before going on  to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

Headed by grade I winner Daredevil, a field of 3-year-olds will race in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack. The field for the Blue Grass Stakes, a prestigious 1 1/8-mile race for top 3-year-olds at Keenland, is led by Carpe Diem.

COMMENTATORS: NBCSN’s coverage features host Tom Hammond, joined by Hall-of-Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, who has won each Triple Crown race twice; veteran horse racing analyst Randy Moss; and reporters Laffit Pincay III and Jay Privman.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC’s coverage of the Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby will be streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to 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 Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

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 the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.

The 2014 Belmont Stakes on NBC, featuring California Chrome’s Triple Crown attempt, averaged 20.4 million viewers – the second-highest Belmont Stakes viewership on record, trailing only the 21.9 million viewers for NBC’s telecast of Smarty Jones’ Triple Crown attempt in 2004 (People Meter viewership dates to 1988). In addition, the 2014 Kentucky Derby marked the fourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers, and the 2014 Preakness Stakes registered a 6.0 household rating, ranking as the highest-rated Preakness Stakes since 2009.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –