Day 57 – Los Angeles Kings Can Clinch Stanley Cup With Game 4 Win Tonight At 8 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoGame 4 – Kings-Rangers at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Kings Lead 3-0

Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live

Josh Elliott to Conduct Live Pre-Game Interview with Rangers Fan and NBC Sports’ Tennis Analyst John McEnroe

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 11, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings can win their second Stanley Cup in three years tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with a victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to complete a sweep of the New York Rangers. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive of Game 4.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick,analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Game 4 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s pre-game coverage will also include a live interview between NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and NBC Sports tennis analyst and long-time Rangers fan John McEnroe prior to live game coverage at 8 p.m. ET.

The Kings aim for their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history and second championship in three years, with a victory tonight at Madison Square Garden to complete the first Stanley Cup Final sweep since 1998, when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Washington Capitals in four games. Two years ago, the Kings held a 3-0 series lead against the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, and eventually won the series in six games.

The Rangers will now look to become only the fourth team in NHL playoff history to win four straight games in a series after falling into a 0-3 deficit. One of those four teams to complete the feat is this year’s Kings, who climbed out of a 0-3 hole to the San Jose Sharks in the first round. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to win a Stanley Cup Final after losing the first three games of the series.

Following is the television schedule for the remaining games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 13
NBCSN 61
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 91

One-goal Games: 43
OT games: 25

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 3 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nbc-sports-groupSTAMFORD, Conn. – June 9, 2014 – NBC Sports Group continued its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – provided comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 3.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire had the call of Game 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Coverage began at 7 p.m. ET with NBCSN and NHL Live, hosted by Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Anson Carter and Jeremy Roenick among the fans outside the Madison Square Garden concourse. Pre-game coverage included a live interview on-set with Rangers legend Mark Messier, who captained the 1994 Rangers to the Stanley Cup title for their championship since 1940.

Coverage shifted inside Madison Square Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET with host Liam McHugh and former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, and included a one-on-one interview with NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty.

NHL Live

(7-8 p.m. ET)

Messier on impact of winning Stanley Cup in ’94: “I understood the meaning of the Stanley Cup to these people…seeing three or four generations of fans.”

Milbury on Rangers’ approach to Game 3: “They know exactly how they have to play to beat the Los Angeles Kings, because they’ve done it in the first two games…the one thing they don’t want to do is sit back.”

Jones on Rangers’ need to play aggressively:” “If they sit back and try to defend, they’re in trouble against this L.A. team.”

Pre-Game

Milbury on Kings: “They can smell it…one more win, and the Stanley Cup will be in the building.”

First Period

Olczyk on Kings’ strong start: “They’ve been so good in on the forecheck…a much better start than in Games 1 and 2.”

Emrick on Carter’s last-second goal: “A stunning goal.”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive interview with Kings forward Dustin Brown, who grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., a few hours outside of New York City. Brown discussed growing up among Rangers fans, and how he and the Kings draw upon inspiration from their 2012 Stanley Cup title.

Milbury on Carter’s goal: “You can’t underestimate the value of that goal. It was incredibly timely, and it’s no surprise that Justin Williams was right in the middle of it.”

Second Period

Emrick on Kings’ neutralizing MSG crowd: “You can hear the music pretty well, can’t you?”

Olczyk on Rick Nash: “I think he’s played very, very well…it’s time he gets a sniff on the power play.”

Second Intermission

Jones on Rangers penalties: “They got careless…it gave the L.A. Kings even more momentum.”

Milbury on Lundqvist’s & Rangers’ bad bounces: “No luck at all for Henrik Lundqvist…this series, no luck at all.”

Milbury on Jonathan Quick : “The kid from just down the street who’s never played here before looks like he’s going to own the joint…incredible. It’s got to be discouraging to the Rangers.”

Third Period

Emrick on Kings: “When it’s going well, it’s really going well. Everything about it has gone well for the Kings.”

Emrick on Rangers’ opportunities: “The chances in the game are 24-12, a two-to-one ratio…it’s amazing what that means – nothing – when you compare it with the big board at the top of your screen.”

McGuire on Kings: “Constant communication from player to player…you don’t see (head coach Darryl Sutter) say very much, and he doesn’t have to. This team polices itself, and it’s phenomenal to watch.”

Emrick on Kings: “What a night for the City of Angels.”

Olczyk on Kings: “The Kings wanted to improve their defensive part of the game, and they did that five-on-five…a perfect road Stanley Cup Final game for the L.A. Kings.”

Post-Game

Milbury on Kings: “We learned that the Los Angeles Kings are clearly a better team.”

Jones on Kings: “It’s the way it should be. The Western Conference was dominant all year against the Eastern Conference…the L.A. Kings went through three very difficult opponents to get here…the L.A. Kings deserve to be up in the series, and they deserve to win the Stanley Cup.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Day 55 – New York Rangers Host Los Angeles Kings In Game 3 Of Stanley Cup Final Tonight At 8 P.M. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoJosh Elliott One-on-One Interview with Kings Defenseman Drew Doughty, Live Pre-Game Interview with Rangers Legend Mark Messier

Rangers-Kings Game 2 Registers 6.4 Million Viewers – Best Game 2 on Record, Wins Primetime for NBC on Saturday Night

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 9, 2014 – The New York Rangers look to regain momentum in front of a raucous Madison Square Garden crowd tonight when they host the Los Angeles Kings in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive coverage of Game 3.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Game 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s pre-game coverage will also include an exclusive one-on-one interview with NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, as well as a live interview with Rangers legend Mark Messier, who captained the 1994 Rangers to the Stanley Cup title.

The Rangers look to bounce back with a Game 3 victory in the first Stanley Cup Final game at Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks to win their first championship since 1940. The Rangers return to New York in a 0-2 hole despite never having trailed during the first two games of the series.

In Games 1 and 2, New York jumped out to two-goal leads in the first period, only to see the Kings come back and eventually force overtime. The Rangers carried a 4-2 lead into the third period of Game 2 before Dwight King and former Ranger Marian Gaborik scored to tie the game. The score stayed even until the midway point of double overtime, when Kings captain Dustin Brown deflected Willie Mitchell’s point shot past Henrik Lundqvist to move Los Angeles within two wins of its second Stanley Cup in three years.

RANGERS-KINGS GAME 2 IS MOST-WATCHED GAME 2 ON RECORD WITH 6.4 MILLION AVERAGE VIEWERS

Saturday night’s Game 2 (7:15-11:45 p.m. ET), in which the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New York Rangers 5-4 in double overtime to take a 2-0 series lead, averaged 6.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched Game 2 on record (since at least 1994). The game was up 60% vs. last year’s Game 2 on NBCSN (Bruins-Blackhawks, 4.0 million), and up 121% vs. 2012’s Game 2 on NBC that also featured the Kings (Kings-Devils, 2.9 million).

Viewership for the game peaked in the final quarter-hour (11:30-11:45 p.m. ET) with 7.6 million viewers. The 7:15-7:30 pre-game quarter-hour, which immediately followed Belmont Stakes coverage, averaged 9.1 million viewers. The game delivered a 3.7 HH rating.

Game 2 dominated primetime. NBC was No. 1 for the night among ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in A18-49 (2.0) and all other key measures. Game 2 ranked No. 1 in A18-49 in all six primetime half-hours, beat the other major broadcast networks combined in A18-49 rating (2.0 vs. 1.5).

New York delivered a 10.5 HH rating for Game 2, the highest-rated NHL game ever on NBC or NBCSN in the market, and up from a 10.1 for Game 1, which was the previous record. Los Angeles scored a 8.9 HH rating, the second-highest such game ever in Los Angeles, behind only the 2012 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 (13.6), which was when the Kings clinched their first-ever championship. L.A. did a 7.1 HH rating for Game 1.

Last night’s Game 2, which ended in the second overtime, delivered 9.0 million minutes of live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra, the most ever for an NHL game, according to Adobe Analytics. It surpassed last year’s Stanley Cup Final triple-overtime Game 1, which produced 8.9 million minutes of consumption. Game 2 was watched by 219,677 unique viewers.

TOP METERED MARKETS FOR STANLEY CUP FINAL GAME 2

1.      New York 10.5/21
2.      Los Angeles 8.9/21
3.      Buffalo 8.1/17
4.      Boston 6.9/14
5.      Minneapolis 6.4/14
6.      West Palm Beach 5.8/11
7.      Providence 5.6/11
8.      Pittsburgh 5.5/11
9.      Las Vegas 5.3/10
10.   Chicago 4.9/10
10.   San Diego 4.9/12
10.   St. Louis 4.9/9

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 13
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 90

One-goal Games: 43
OT games: 25

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 2 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nhl_nbc_2STAMFORD, Conn. – June 7, 2014 – NBC Sports Group continued its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 2 featuring the New York Rangers at the Los Angeles Kings on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – provided comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 2.

Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire had the call of Game 2 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

Coverage began at 7:20 p.m. ET immediately following NBC’s presentation of the 146th Belmont Stakes from Elmont, N.Y. Liam McHugh hosted intermission coverage alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

First Period

Emrick on 1st period physicality: “The ‘H’ in hockey stands for ‘hitting.’”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive interview with Kings forward Justin Williams, who scored the game-winning overtime goal in Game 1. The veteran forward scored in all three of the Kings’ Game 7 wins this postseason, is 7-0 in his career in Game 7s, and has posted an NHL-record 14 points in those seven games.

Milbury on Ryan McDonagh: “His teammates call him a Mack truck…he sure hit like one in the first period, and he spearheaded the Rangers in physicality. Alain Vigneault’s looking for the ‘A’ game…he brought the ‘A’ game with a little bit of nasty.”

Second Period

Emrick on Kings’ prolific offense this postseason: “Kopitar, Carter and Williams are the top three point-getters in the league, all three are Los Angeles Kings, and all three are on different lines – the definition of scoring balance.”

Emrick on Brassard’s goal to regain two-goal lead: “A quick turn of events in 11 seconds…the quickest two goals in a Stanley Cup Final in 67 years.”

McGuire on Rangers’ quickness: “Omnipresent speed from the Rangers…it’s everybody.”

Second Intermission

Milbury on Quick misplay behind his net, leading to fourth Rangers goal: “Jonathan Quick is going to look back at that goal and shake his head…if you’re going to go out and commit to playing the puck, you’ve got to be a little more definitive than that. He cost the Kings.”

Jones on Rangers’ forecheck: “It was aggressive early in this game, and it got aggressive again when they needed the momentum back.”

Milbury on Rangers: “This team has outplayed the Los Angeles Kings for all but the third period in the first game. They look fresher, more determined – and that says something about the Kings.”

Third Period

McGuire on Dwight King’s contact with Lundqvist on controversial third goal: “Absolutely – that’s definitely goalie interference, especially considering we had one called earlier.”

Overtime Intermission

Milbury on King’s contact with Lundqvist: “I wouldn’t want to be the guy with a whistle on this one…I could see justification for going either way with this one.”

Milbury on Rangers: “They sat back in the third period…the exact opposite of what they should have done.”

Overtime

Emrick on overtime hockey: “It is fun because it matters…close calls are part of what makes the sport exhilarating.”

Emrick on overtime hockey: “If you love the sport, but you don’t care who wins, this is fun. If you do, it’s agony.”

Second Overtime Intermission

McHugh on first overtime: “It is chaos out there – and it is exquisite.”

Jones on importance of Game 2 for Rangers: “The longer this game goes, the more important it is for the New York Rangers to win. If they lose this game late, they’re not coming back here to L.A. for another one.”

Second Overtime

Olczyk on Dustin Brown game-winner: “An overtime winner for the Kings’ captain.”

Post-Game

Roenick on the Kings: “I can honestly say I’ve never seen a team as resilient and battles back as well as this L.A. Kings team does.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

2014 Stanley Cup Final Notes & Quotes – Game 1 – New York Rangers vs. Los Angeles Kings

nhl_nbc_2STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2014 – NBC Sports Group began its exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final tonight with Game 1 featuring the New York Rangers at the Los Angeles Kings on NBC.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) called the game from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick missed Game 1 due to a death in his family, and will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

Coverage began at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live led by host Dave Briggs, alongside analysts Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter, on-site outside of the STAPLES Center. Coverage shifted inside the arena at 7:30 p.m. ET with host Liam McHugh,who was joined by analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Pre-game coverage also featured reporter Carolyn Manno on-site at Bryant Park in New York City, where the New York Rangers hosted a viewing party for Game 1 for more than 10,000 fans. Manno interviewed former Rangers Adam Graves and Stephane Matteau, who were members of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champions. NBC’s coverage featured shots of Rangers fans at Bryant Park following Rangers goals throughout the game.

Game coverage began at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, and included excerpts from Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault’s pre-game speech inside the New York locker room.

NHL Live (7-8 p.m. ET)

Carter on Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards: “Their leadership has been instrumental to this team getting this far in the playoffs.”

Roenick on Henrik Lundqvist: “If he is not the Conn Smythe Trophy winner, the Rangers are not winning this series.”

Milbury on Drew Doughty: “All due respect to Ryan McDonagh, Shea Weber, Zdeno Chara, other great defensemen…Drew Doughty is the best defenseman in the National Hockey League.”

Jones on Kings: “A superstar center in Anze Kopitar, a superstar defenseman in Drew Doughty, a superstar goaltender in Jonathan Quick – that’s why they’re favored.”

Game (8 p.m. ET)

Pre-Game

Olczyk: “I think you’ve got the two best goaltenders in the National Hockey League in Henrik Lundqvist and Jonathan Quick…you need a big save, you look to Quick or Lundqvist.”

First Period

McGuire: “This is a part of the game that I’m not sure the L.A. Kings were prepared for. These guys are a lot quicker than the teams they played against out West…the New York Rangers are winning the track meet right now.”

First Intermission

Tonight’s first intermission featured an exclusive one-on-one interview with Pierre McGuire and Martin St. Louis. St. Louis discussed his mid-season trade from Tampa Bay to New York, and how the Rangers rallied around him and provided support following the passing of his mother midway through the playoffs.

Click here to watch McGuire’s sit-down with St. Louis: http://www.nbcsports.com/video/all?guid=IErm7J8naxngxaExSFP_ijftUfD0kjC9

McHugh: “Somebody forgot to tell the Rangers that the Kings were the favorite.”

Milbury on Carl Hagelin goal: “…a display of ludicrous speed.”

Second Period

McGuire: “The Rangers’ speed is very apparent here in Game 1.”

Olczyk on Kings’ ability to erase early deficits: “I don’t think that’s the plan that Darryl Sutter would like…but it’s working.”

Olczyk on Ryan McDonagh: “The confidence level of Ryan McDonagh has certainly gone to another level…asked to do a little bit more under this coaching regime and the philosophy in which the Rangers are playing.”

Second Intermission

Jones on Rangers: “I know they blew a 2-0 lead, but I’ve liked their physical play in this game…you’ve got to go after the stars.”

Milbury: “This is a game the Rangers need to win.”

Third Period

Olczyk on frantic finish to regulation: “Absolutely incredible last 30 seconds for the Rangers and Kings.”

Overtime Intermission

Milbury on Hagelin: “This guy should be running in the Belmont.”

Milbury on finish to regulation: “This is wild. Talk about two teams going for it. Nothing better than this. Nothing more fun than this. Nothing more exciting than this.”

Overtime

Albert on Justin Williams’ game-winning goal: “Mr. Game 7 becomes the hero in Game 1 in Los Angeles.”

Post-Game

Jones on Kings: “Some great adjustments by Darryl Sutter…early in this game, it was all New York…they looked faster than L.A…Sutter played his fourth line a little more, juggled his lines as well, and by the end of the game, the Kings have another win, and their coach is looking like a genius.”

Roenick on Williams game-winner: “Who’da thunk it? Well, maybe everybody that knows Justin Williams in a big-time situation.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

California Chrome Runs For Triple Crown History In Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, At 4:30 PM ET on NBC

nbc-sports-groupNBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Belmont Stakes Programming; Coverage from Belmont Park Begins Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

TODAY, CNBC, MSNBC and The Weather Channel Live On-Site Friday; Access Hollywood and E! News to Provide Coverage

Special Documentary California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion Debuts Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBC Sports Live Extra to Live Stream Belmont Stakes on NBC with Exclusive Camera Angles and Analysis

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome runs for history, aiming to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, as NBC Sports Group presents 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes – more than double the number of hours initially scheduled.

Coverage from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y., begins Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and culminates with the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

Highlights of NBC Sports Groups’ Belmont coverage include:

  • Live coverage of every Saturday race in NBC/NBCSN telecast windows - including the first two events of the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win & You’re In,” the Metropolitan Handicap and the Ogden Phipps Stakes, as well as the Manhattan Handicap
  • California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion, a special 30-minute documentary narrated by Bob Costas
  • Three hours of Belmont Classics - highlighting past Belmont Stakes winners
  • A feature on California Chrome’s journey to the Triple Crown
  • Josh Elliott takes a look at Triple Crown spoilers of years past, including  three consecutive Triple Crown upsets: 2002 winner Sarava (beat Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem), 2003 winner Empire Maker ridden by NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey (topped Triple Crown contender Funny Cide), and 2004 winner Birdstone (beat Triple Crown hopeful Smarty Jones)
  • A feature on the unlikely team of co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin coming together with trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza to take their horse to the brink of the Triple Crown
  • Bob Costas’ essay on the elusive Triple Crown

NBCUNIVERSAL SURROUNDS BELMONT WEEK: TODAY, CNBCand The Weather Channel will provide live reports on-site at Belmont Park Friday, MSNBC will air live updates Friday and Saturday, and SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports will be on-site Wednesday through Friday. Correspondents and hosts on-site include Dylan Dreyer reporting live for TODAY, Stephanie Abrams for The Weather Channel’s Wake Up with Al, Sam Champion for The Weather Channel’s AMHQ with Sam Champion, CNBC’s Morgan Brennan, and SportsDash with Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno. NBC Sports Regional Networks will provide interviews and other Belmont-related content featuring NBC Sports Group’s on-air team throughout the week. On Friday, TODAY’s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb toast to the Belmont Stakes with Belmont Jewel cocktails instead of their signature glasses of wine, The Dan Patrick Show features an interview with Belmont Stakes host Bob Costas, E! News takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Belmont with Josh Elliott, and Access Hollywood provides a special Belmont feature. In addition, NBC Sports Radio will feature interviews with NBC Sports Group’s commentators during Belmont week.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group coverage of the Belmont Stakes features Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winner, and veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond; analysts Randy Moss and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Bob Neumeier; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny RiceDonna Brothers and Jay Privman, and race caller Larry Collmus. In addition, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno will provide a mix of features and interviews at Belmont Park.

The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, a veteran of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Belmont Stakes is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Patrick McManus. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 11 Triple Crown races for the network.

NBC Sports Group’s programming around the Belmont Stakes begins tomorrow, Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET with California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion and continues throughout the week.

Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming:

THE BELMONT STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Wed., June 4 6:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion       NBCSN
Wed., June 4 10:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion (Encore) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 5:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 6:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2011 Winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 Winner Union Rags, 2013 Winner Palace Malice) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 7:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 3:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8:30 p.m. 140th Kentucky Derby NBCSN
Fri., June 6 9:30 p.m. 139th Preakness Stakes NBCSN
Fri., June 6 10:30 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access (Encore) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 Midnight California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Prep NBCSN
Sat., June 7 4:30 p.m. The 146th Belmont Stakes NBC
Sat., June 7 7:15 p.m. Stanley Cup Final – Game 2: N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC
Sat., June 7 7:30 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show NBCSN

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA BELMONT STAKES COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets — will stream NBC and NBCSN’s Belmont Stakes coverage. The vast majority of the content will be streamed live via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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.

Belmont Stakes coverage airing on NBCSN and NBC, including the running of the 146th Belmont Stakes, will be streamed to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra.

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Belmont Stakes coverage includes:

  • An online-only isolation camera on Triple Crown contender California Chrome during the race
  • Exclusive analysis by NBC Sports commentators in the days leading up to the race plus post-race, online commentary by NBC commentators
  • Replays and highlights from the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes

Belmont Stakes coverage will also air on the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs

BELMONT STAKES ALL-ACCESS

NBC Sports Group will implement its All-Access social media strategy for Belmont week, where horse racing fans can access content from the Belmont at a “social center” housed on NBCSports.com/Belmont. Fans can access and sort social media content from Instagram, Twitter and Vine through various streams including horse racing experts, horses (including the horses themselves, jockeys and trainers), a photos-only section and Vine videos. Belmont All-Access aggregates what’s trending around the race and what’s hot in the social world. In addition, fans can plug in their first and last names and will be given their ‘Horse Name’ to be shared on Twitter.

Twitter: Viewers and Tweeters alike will be encouraged to join the conversation by using the hashtag #TripleCrown. Reminders will appear on screen throughout all of NBC’s Belmont coverage.

  • On-air integration of live tweets from celebrities, horse racing experts and @NBCSN will be featured on screen throughout the broadcasts to keep viewers up to date with what’s happening on Twitter;

Facebook: Fans will have the chance to join in on the Belmont broadcast:

  • Everyone at home can pick their winner with the “Choose the Winning Horse” Facebook poll on www.facebook.com/NBCSports. The nation’s votes will be tallied and shown on-air during the Belmont broadcast.

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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.

KENTUCKY DERBY: California Chrome’s exciting victory in 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. From 1991-2008, Kentucky Derby average viewership did not reach 15 million.

PREAKNESS STAKES: NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2014 Preakness Stakes registered a 6.0 household rating – ranking as the highest-rated Preakness Stakes since 2009 (6.8 for Rachel Alexandra’s victory). The 6.0 HH rating for California Chrome’s exciting victory marked a 15% increase from 2012 when I’ll Have Another won the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

AWARDS FOR NBC’S HORSE RACING COVERAGE: Since its involvement in the Triple Crown, NBC Sports has been honored with 13 Eclipse Awards for its thoroughbred racing coverage including the award for Television – Live Program for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. NBC’s previous wins in that category include: Preakness (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008), Kentucky Derby (2007, 2012), Belmont (2004) and Breeder’s Cup (2001).  Additionally, NBC Sports has won three Eclipse Awards in the features category: 2002 War Emblem (Preakness broadcast), 2005 Afleet Alex (Kentucky Derby broadcast) and 2009 Mine That Bird (Preakness broadcast). The 2005 and 2006 Preakness broadcasts were nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Special.

For Listings and the NBCSN Channel Finder, visit http://www.nbcsports.com/tv-listings .

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Rangers-Kings Stanley Cup Final Begins Tomorrow Night – Game 1 At 8 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_22014 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Day 49

Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Pierre McGuire, Sam Flood Preview Stanley Cup Final on Media Conference Call Today at 3:30 p.m. ET

Game 1 Coverage Starts Tomorrow with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 Is Most-Watched Non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff Game On Record

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2014 – The New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings face off in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, in the first major professional sports league final between New York and Los Angeles franchises in 33 years.

Coverage of Game 1 begins tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live on-site at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick and Jones will anchor NHL Live from inside the arena, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will provide commentary from a set outside of STAPLES Center.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Olczyk and McGuire will have the Game 1 call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Emmy Award-winner Mike “Doc” Emrick, who will miss Game 1 due to a death in his family, will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

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NBC Sports Group NHL analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire, as well as executive producer Sam Flood, will preview the upcoming Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings on a media conference call today at 3:30 p.m. ET. Media interested in participating should dial 719-457-2661; passcode 6129259.

  • WHAT: 2014 Stanley Cup Final Conference Call
  • WHO: Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire, Keith Jones, executive producer Sam Flood
  • WHEN: Today, June 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • NUMBER: 719-457-2661
  • PASSCODE: 6129259

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The Rangers advanced to the Final with a Game 6 victory on Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 18 shots he faced, and Dominic Moore scored the lone goal of the game late in the second period as New York earned a 1-0 victory in front of the Madison Square Garden faithful.

The Kings won a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday night in Chicago, overcoming deficits of 2-0, 3-2, and 4-3 to eventually force overtime, before Alec Martinez’ point shot deflected off of Nick Leddy’s shoulder and past Corey Crawford to send Los Angeles to the Final.

The Kings played 21 of a possible 21 games in the first three rounds, becoming the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win three Game 7s on the road in all three series while advancing to the Stanley Cup Final. The Rangers played 20 of a possible 21 games, earning Game 7 victories at home against Philadelphia and on the road in Pittsburgh, before dispatching Montreal in six games in the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers’ last Stanley Cup title came in 1994, when New York defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games for its first Stanley Cup since 1940. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2012 for their first championship, and made their Stanley Cup debut in 1993 against the Canadiens.

Although this is their first encounter in the Stanley Cup Final, the Rangers have faced the Kings twice in Stanley Cup Playoff history. New York defeated Los Angeles twice in preliminary round series in 1979 and 1981.

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 4 Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Stanley Cup Final – Game 2 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 7:15 p.m.#
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

#Game 2 coverage will commence immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

KINGS-BLACKHAWKS GAME 7 IS MOST-WATCHED NON-STANLEY CUP FINAL NHL PLAYOFF GAME ON RECORD

As reported earlier today, The Los Angeles Kings-Chicago Blackhawks Game 7 overtime thriller on Sunday night averaged 4.137 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company, making it:

  • the most-watched non-Stanley Cup Final NHL Playoff game on record;
  • the most-watched NHL game ever on NBCSN; and
  • the most-watched non-Olympic program ever on NBCSN.

Click here for more ratings information on Kings-Blackhawks Game 7 and the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs through three rounds: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/06/03/kings-blackhawks-game-7-is-most-watched-non-stanley-cup-final-nhl-playoff-game-on-record/

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 88

One-goal Games: 41
OT games: 23

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

New York Rangers Face Los Angeles Kings In Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 Wednesday At 8 P.M. ET on NBC

nhl_nbc_2Coverage of Game 1 Begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

Kings Defeat Blackhawks 5-4 in Game 7 Overtime to Advance

Notes & Quotes from Kings’ Game 7 OT Win Against Blackhawks

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 2, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the Stanley Cup Final begins with Game 1 on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, when the Los Angeles Kings host the New York Rangers at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage begins with NHL Live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The Kings advanced to the Stanley Cup Final with a 5-4 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks, as Alec Martinez’s point shot deflected past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford to send the Kings to their second Stanley Cup Final in three years. With the win, the Kings became the first team in Stanley Cup Playoff history to win three Game 7s on the road in all three series while advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

The Kings will look to earn their second Stanley Cup in three seasons, after defeating the New Jersey Devils in six games in 2012 for their first ever title. The Rangers aim for their first Stanley Cup title in 20 seasons, when they defeated the Vancouver Canucks in seven games in 1994 for their first championship since 1940.

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Emmy Award-winner Pierre McGuire (Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the Game 1 call from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Emmy Award-winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, who will miss Game 1 due to a death in his family, will return for the remainder of the series beginning with Game 2 on Saturday.

Host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick will anchor NHL Live from inside STAPLES Center, while Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will comment from a set outside the arena.

Following is the television schedule for the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.

DATE GAME MATCHUP NETWORK TIME
Wed., June 4 Stanley Cup Final – Game 1 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Stanley Cup Final – Game 2 N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 7:30 p.m.#
Mon., June 9 Stanley Cup Final – Game 3 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 11 Stanley Cup Final – Game 4 Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8:00 p.m.
Fri., June 13 Stanley Cup Final – Game 5* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.
Mon., June 16 Stanley Cup Final – Game 6* Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers NBC 8:00 p.m.
Wed., June 18 Stanley Cup Final – Game 7* N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles NBC 8:00 p.m.

* if necessary

#Game 2 coverage will commence immediately following NBC Sports’ coverage of the Belmont Stakes.

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NOTES AND QUOTES – KINGS-BLACKHAWKS WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME 7

Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst), and Brian Engblom (Inside the Glass analyst) called last night’s Kings-Blackhawks game on NBCSN, while NBCSN’s NHL Live studio team featured host Liam McHugh, and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones.

Following are quotes from Sunday night’s Game 7 coverage between the Kings and Blackhawks:

Albert on game-winning goal: “Martinez with a shot – it’s in! The Kings are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. The shot by Martinez deflected and beat Crawford – it’ll be the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.”

Martinez to Brian Engblom following game-winning goal: “We never say die. I think someone described us a bunch of cockroaches – we just don’t go way. If that’s our M.O., it’s fine with me.”

Micheletti on the Kings: “The resolve of the L.A. Kings, we’ve talked about so often…they trailed 2-0, then 3-2, 4-3 in the third before scoring late…incredible…a team that never stops. They never lose their confidence.”

Milbury on Kings-Blackhawks dramatic Western Conference Final: “It’s just about as good as it gets for a hockey fan.”

McHugh following the third period: “Let’s be honest – there was pretty much no way this one wasn’t going to overtime.”

Milbury on Kings-Blackhawks: “It’s sad that it’s over, because it was so much fun to watch this thing. It’s sad to think that Chicago has their heads down in the locker room. They have to be inconsolable, and they’ll stay that way for a while. But in time, they’ll realize they were a part of one special series.”

Jones on effect of grueling seven-game series: “Good news for the Rangers that it went to seven games…it gives the Rangers some hope. It was big that it was an overtime game.”

Jones on Kings’ Marian Gaborik, who leads all players in goals in 2014 postseason: “That trade for Marian Gaborik was simply perfect…Gaborik found a way to break through…I’m pretty sure he’ll be looking forward to matching up against the New York Rangers.”

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 11
NBCSN 60
CNBC 15
NHL-N 2
Total 88

One-goal Games: 41
OT games: 23

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Final coverage. NBCSN games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Programming Culminating with the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

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NBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Programming Culminating with the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Special Documentary California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion Debuts Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 28, 2014 – NBC Sports Group presents 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes – more than double the number of hours initially scheduled – beginning next Wednesday, June 4.

On Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, California Chrome runs for history, aiming to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Coverage begins Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion,a special 30-minute documentary narrated by Bob Costas, detailing the story of an unlikely team of horsemen in co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin coming together with trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza to take their horse to the brink of the Triple Crown.

Coverage continues with Belmont Classics Thursday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with a look at past Belmont Stakes winners including three consecutive Triple Crown upsets: 2002 winner Sarava (beat Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem), 2003 winner Empire Maker ridden by NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey(topped Triple Crown contender Funny Cide), and 2004 winner Birdstone (beat Triple Crown hopeful Smarty Jones). Belmont Classics continues at 6:30 p.m. ET with a look at 2011 winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 winner Union Rags, and 2013 winner Palace Malice.

On Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents Belmont Stakes Access featuring live race coverage of the True North and Belmont Gold Cup, as well as Belmont Stakes news, interviews and analysis. Later Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET respectively, NBCSN presents special one-hour looks back at California Chrome’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Race coverage on Saturday, June 7, begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, continues at 4:30 p.m. ET with the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on NBC, and is followed by a post-race show at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming: 

THE BELMONT STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Weds., June 4 6:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion                 NBCSN
Weds., June 4 10:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion (Encore) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 5:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 6:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2011 Winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 Winner Union Rags, 2013 Winner Palace Malice) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 7:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 3:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8:30 p.m. 140th Kentucky Derby                          NBCSN
Fri., June 6 9:30 p.m. 139th Preakness Stakes NBCSN
Fri., June 6 10:30 p.m. Belmont Access (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 7 Midnight California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Prep NBCSN
Sat., June 7 4:30 p.m. The 146th Belmont Stakes NBC
Sat., June 7 7 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show NBCSN

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Sports Group Doubles Belmont Stakes Programming As California Chrome Runs For History

nbc-sports-groupNBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Programming Culminating with the 146th Running of the Belmont Stakes Saturday, June 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC

Special Documentary California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion Debuts Wednesday, June 4 at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 28, 2014 – NBC Sports Group presents 16 hours of programming surrounding the 146th Belmont Stakes – more than double the number of hours initially scheduled – beginning next Wednesday, June 4.

On Saturday, June 7 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, California Chrome runs for history, aiming to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

Coverage begins Wednesday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion,a special 30-minute documentary narrated by Bob Costas, detailing the story of an unlikely team of horsemen in co-owners Steve Coburn and Perry Martin coming together with trainer Art Sherman and jockey Victor Espinoza to take their horse to the brink of the Triple Crown.

Coverage continues with Belmont Classics Thursday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with a look at past Belmont Stakes winners including three consecutive Triple Crown upsets: 2002 winner Sarava (beat Triple Crown hopeful War Emblem), 2003 winner Empire Maker ridden by NBC analyst and Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey(topped Triple Crown contender Funny Cide), and 2004 winner Birdstone (beat Triple Crown hopeful Smarty Jones). Belmont Classics continues at 6:30 p.m. ET with a look at 2011 winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 winner Union Rags, and 2013 winner Palace Malice.

On Friday, June 6, at 5 p.m. ET, NBCSN presents Belmont Stakes Access featuring live race coverage of the True North and Belmont Gold Cup, as well as Belmont Stakes news, interviews and analysis. Later Friday evening at 8:30 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET respectively, NBCSN presents special one-hour looks back at California Chrome’s victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Race coverage on Saturday, June 7, begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, continues at 4:30 p.m. ET with the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on NBC, and is followed by a post-race show at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Following is a full schedule of NBC Sports Group’s Belmont Stakes programming: 

THE BELMONT STAKES

Date Time Event Network
Weds., June 4 6:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion                 NBCSN
Weds., June 4 10:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion (Encore) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 5:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 6:30 p.m. Belmont Classics (2011 Winner Ruler on Ice, 2012 Winner Union Rags, 2013 Winner Palace Malice) NBCSN
Thurs., June 5 7:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 3:30 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 4 p.m. Belmont Classics (2002 Winner Sarava, 2003 Winner Empire Maker, 2004 Winner Birdstone) NBCSN
Fri., June 6 5 p.m. Belmont Stakes Access NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8 p.m. California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Fri., June 6 8:30 p.m. 140th Kentucky Derby                          NBCSN
Fri., June 6 9:30 p.m. 139th Preakness Stakes NBCSN
Fri., June 6 10:30 p.m. Belmont Access (Encore) NBCSN
Sat., June 7 Midnight California Chrome: The Unlikely Champion  NBCSN
Sat., June 7 2:30 p.m. Belmont Prep NBCSN
Sat., June 7 4:30 p.m. The 146th Belmont Stakes NBC
Sat., June 7 7 p.m. Belmont Post-Race Show NBCSN

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–