NBC SPORTS GROUP AND UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK TO SERVE, DIG AND SPIKE 14 HOURS OF ASICS “WORLD SERIES OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL” SATURDAY – TUESDAY

Three Hours of Live Coverage on NBC, Four Hours on NBCSN, Seven Hours on Universal Sports Network

Olympians Kerry Walsh Jennings, April Ross, Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal to Compete

Final Rio Olympic Games Beach Volleyball Qualifier Held in the United States

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2015 – NBC Sports Group and Universal Sports Network will serve up 14 hours of coverage of the 2015 ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball this weekend from Long Beach, Calif., including three hours of live television coverage on NBC, four hours on NBCSN, and seven hours on Universal Sports Network. Additionally, NBC Sports Live Extra will stream all NBC and NBCSN telecasts.

Featuring the world’s top beach volleyball athletes, including 40 Olympians, the ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball will serve as the final Rio Olympic Games beach volleyball qualifying event played in the United States. The event will bring together the best American teams, along with a strong collection of international talent. Athletes participating in the 2015 World Series of Beach Volleyball include Americans; Kerri Walsh Jennings, April Ross, Phil Dalhausser, Nick Lucena, and Sean Rosenthal as well as many of the top beach volleyball players from Brazil, Italy and Germany. All athletes will compete for a prize purse of $800,000.

NBC, NBCSN, UNIVERSAL SPORTS NETWORK

Television coverage begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC, and continues through Tuesday on NBC, NBCSN and Universal Sports Network.

Olympic gold medalist and veteran play-by-play commentator Chris Marlowe will call the action from Long Beach. Marlowe will be joined by beach volleyball Olympian and three-time All-American Kevin Wong, who will serve as an analyst. Dain Blanton will report from the sideline.
ASICS WORLD SERIES OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

DATE EVENT NETWORK TIME
Saturday Women’s and Men’s Semifinal NBC 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Men’s Semi Round 1 Universal Sports 3 a.m.
Sunday Men’s Semi Round 2 Universal Sports 4 a.m.
Sunday Women’s Semi Round 2 Universal Sports 5 a.m.
Sunday Women’s Bronze Medal Universal Sports 1 p.m.
Sunday Women’s Gold Medal NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sunday Men’s Bronze Medal Universal Sports 4:30 p.m.
Sunday Men’s Gold Medal Universal Sports 6 p.m.
Monday Women’s Gold Medal* Universal Sports 2 a.m.
Tuesday Women’s and Men’s Gold/Bronze Medal* NBCSN 7 p.m.

All times listed are ET. Subject to change.

*Denotes encore presentation

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of the World Series of Beach Volleyball for all NBC and NBCSN telecasts. The majority of coverage will be provided 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 http://www.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.

For a full list of confirmed athletes and additional ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball event information, visit http://www.wsobv.com.

— NBC SPORTS GROUP —

NBC SPORTS TO PRESENT UNPRECEDENTED LIVE COVERAGE OF U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS MARATHON IN FEBRUARY 2016

U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon for Men and Women to Air Live for First Time

 Coverage Airs Saturday, February 13, at 1 p.m. ET on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 20, 2015 – NBC Sports Group, the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Track & Field, and LA MARATHON LLC announced today that NBC will broadcast unprecedented live coverage of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon for men and women from Los Angeles, Calif., on Saturday, February 13, 2016, beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

This marks the first time in U.S. Olympic Team Trials history that the men’s and women’s marathons will be televised live nationally. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will live stream the coverage.

“The Road to Rio will begin on the streets of Los Angeles as we start our U.S. Olympic Team Trials coverage with an unprecedented live presentation of the men’s and women’s marathons,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “This is a great start to our deepest U.S. Trials coverage ever.”

“NBC’s commitment to Team USA and the Olympic Games is extraordinary and we’re thrilled that these world-class athletes will be able to compete on live television,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “Whether you’re one of the thousands lining the race course in Los Angeles or one of the millions watching at home, these athletes will show you just how much it means to represent the United States of America at the Olympic Games.”

“Being able to ensure live, national television coverage was a top priority for USATF in the 2016 Olympic Trials selection process,” said USATF CEO Max Siegel. “With NBC’s coverage, the stars of one of this country’s biggest cultural and athletic movements will receive unprecedented national exposure. February 13 will be a great day for distance running in the United States.”

“Not only is it a great honor for Los Angeles to host the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon, it’s another opportunity to demonstrate to the country and the world exactly why Los Angeles is quickly becoming the capital of premiere endurance sports in the United States,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of LA MARATHON LLC. “We’re very pleased to announce that NBC will be broadcasting the Trials live and that millions of viewers will be joining us to witness the country’s best marathoners pursue their Olympic dreams here on the streets of Los Angeles.”

Expected to headline the men’s field will be 2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi, a three-time Olympian who earned a silver medal in Athens (2004) and placed fourth in London (2012). Other notable Olympians expected in the field include Abdi Abdirahman (2000, ’04, ’08, ’12), Ryan Hall (2008, ’12), Dathan Ritzenhein (2004, ’08, ’12), and Matt Tegenkamp (2008, ’12).

The women’s field is expected to be led by three-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, who won a bronze medal in the 10,000m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and placed 10th in the marathon at the 2012 London Games. London Olympian Desiree Linden, who finished fourth in the 2015 Boston Marathon, will be looking to make her second consecutive Olympic team. Other notable Olympians expected in the field include Amy Cragg (2012), Kara Goucher (2008, 2012), and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor (2000, ’04, ’08).

THE RIO OLYMPICS BEGIN AUGUST 5, 2016

 

About NBC Olympics

A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Olympics is responsible for producing, programming and promoting NBCUniversal’s Olympic coverage. It is renowned for its unsurpassed Olympic heritage, award-winning production, and ability to aggregate the largest audiences in U.S. television history. The 2012 London Olympics were watched by 217 million Americans, making it the most-watched event in U.S. television history.

Having produced every Summer Olympics since Seoul in 1988 and every Winter Olympics since Salt Lake City in 2002, the networks of NBCUniversal are synonymous with the Games in the United States. NBCUniversal has the U.S. media rights on all platforms to all Olympic Games through 2032. At the conclusion of the 2032 Games, NBCUniversal will have presented 23 total Olympic Games and 17 consecutive, the most for a U.S. media company in both categories.

NBC has won an unprecedented 95 Emmy Awards for its Olympics coverage, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award for its presentation of the Beijing Opening Ceremony in 2008, which USA Today said was “the best overall Olympic experience ever provided by a U.S. network.”

 

About LA MARATHON LLC

LA MARATHON LLC, a subsidiary of McCourt Global, creates world-class experiences that ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sport. The Los Angeles Marathon is among the largest marathons in the country with more than 26,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The “Stadium to the Sea” course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most scenic in the world, taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark. LA MARATHON LLC will host the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Marathon, awarded by USA Track & Field and the United States Olympic Committee, which will take place in Los Angeles February 13, 2016. For more information, please visit www.lamarathon.com.

–RIO 2016–

 

BYTES: YAHOO SPORTS-NBC SPORTS NETWORK RANKED NO. 2 AMONG ALL SPORTS DIGITAL SITES IN JULY

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL “BYTES”

August 20, 2015 – Vol. 64

NBC Sports Digital “Bytes” is a collection of highlights, information and metrics for NBC Sports Digital properties. Previous editions can be found on NBCSportsGroupPressbox.com.

Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network Ranked No. 2 Among All Sports Digital Sites in July

NASCAR and Tour de France live content contributed to the Yahoo Sports – NBC Sports Network ranking No. 2 among all sports digital sites in July, with 52.8 million uniques, according to multiplatform data released by comScore.

NBC Sports Group’s digital properties delivered 29.1 million uniques, up 8% versus the prior year. In addition, GolfChannel.com delivered 2.9 million uniques in July, up 53% versus the prior year, and Rotoworld.com delivered 2.1 million uniques, up 12%.

NBC Sports Live Extra Up in Live Minutes and Unique Users for Premier League Action

Through the first two weeks of the 2015-16 Premier League season, NBC Sports Live Extra delivered 30.5 million live minutes and 392,000 uniques, up 35% and 14%, respectively, versus the same period last year. In addition, Sunday’s match between reigning Premier League champions Chelsea and last season’s runners up Manchester City ranks as NBC Sports Live Extra’s most-streamed Premier League match ever with 96,000 unique users.

More Than 110,000 Nine-Hole Rounds Booked on GolfNow in July

As part of its “Go Play” initiatives that promote alternatives to playing the traditional 18-hole round of golf, GolfNow, the leading tee-time reservation and golf course technology platform, reported that golfers in July booked more than 110,000 nine-hole rounds of golf through its platforms. This represents a 66% increase versus the prior year and demonstrates a growing consumer acceptance of such alternatives, as well as Golf Channel’s continued commitment to help grow the game.

CSNPhilly.com Delivers Record Numbers in July

CSNPhilly.com, the online home of Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, had a record month in July with nearly 7 million unique visitors, 9.5 million visits and 15 million page views.  In addition, earlier this month CSNPhilly.com’s “The700Level Show” was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Sports – Interview/Discussion program.  This is the first time a Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia digital property has been nominated.  The Emmy Award winners will be announced in September.

Digital Magazine Golf Channel Academy Launched This Week

Golf Channel Academy magazine, golf’s only digital magazine dedicated to instruction, launched this week, providing expertise from the industry’s best teachers who have brought their teaching academies and facilities under the Golf Channel Academy instructional brand. Initially, the digital magazine will be published monthly and will be available with a free-trial subscription by signing up at GolfChannelAcademy.com. The premiere issue launched with a cover story by Golf Channel Academy lead coach Mitchell Spearman, who appeared yesterday on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive.” Also included in the premiere issue is a frame-by-frame swing analysis of 2015 Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth, and now the No. 1 player in the world, by GCA lead coach Jeff Ritter, including a bonus video tip on Spieth’s “signature power move.”

CSN Mid-Atlantic Launches new CSNmidatlantic.com and CSN Mid-Atlantic Mobile App

As previously announced, CSN Mid-Atlantic yesterday launched CSNmidatlantic.com and the CSN Mid-Atlantic application for iOS and Android devices. The new platforms integrate and expand the extensive regional sports content previously available across its market-focused websites, CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, and their mobile apps.

The new website and mobile app present the entire portfolio of written, video and interactive digital content produced daily by CSN Mid-Atlantic’s writers, reporters and insiders. The new platforms are highlighted by exclusive coverage of the region’s professional teams and top college programs, including the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Maryland Terrapins.

Now replaced by CSNmidatlantic.com, CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com – launched in 2009 and 2010, respectively – established CSN as the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage. Bolstered by increased content, technical advancement and the acquisition of top talent, the network’s websites have earned continuous growth since inception. During the first half of this year, they earned double-digit gains in unique visitors (12%), visits (27%) and page views (26%) versus the same period in 2014, which was a record-setting year in all categories.

ICYMI on NBC SportsWorld, NBC Sports Digital’s Long-Form Website

Super Bowl-winning head coach for the Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy, an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America, provided his perspective on working with former Colts GM and recent Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian for a piece on NBC SportsWorld. Dungy details how Polian’s scouting acumen and communication set him apart from the rest. Click here for the long form story on NBC SportsWorld.

NBC Sports World’s Joe Posnanski spent time with Will Shields in Canton, Ohio during his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The piece weaves time and place with a profile of a hard-working and humble sports star. Click here for the long form story on NBC SportsWorld.

Posnanski examined the story of Mike Hessman, who broke the minor-league home run record recently. The piece details his time toiling away in the minor leagues, and how Hessman’s workmanlike approach allowed him to carve out a great career in baseball at the end of the day. Click here for the long form story on NBC SportsWorld.

— NBC SPORTS DIGITAL —

NBC PRESENTS LIVE COVERAGE OF THE FINAL STAGE OF THE 2015 USA PRO CHALLENGE CYCLING RACE THIS SUN., AUG. 23, AT 4 PM ET

Phil Liggett & Paul Sherwen Call the Action Joined by Steve Schlanger, Christian Vande Velde, and Steve Porino in Denver, Colo.

Coverage Streamed Live on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2015 – NBC presents live coverage of the final stage of the 2015 USA Pro Challenge cycling race this Sunday, August 23, at 4 p.m. ET. The final stage of the seven stage race begins in Golden, Colo., where riders will tackle the main obstacle of the day, a 4-mile climb of Lookout Mtn., and finishes in downtown Denver, Colo.

American Brent Bookwalter (BMC Racing) currently leads the field after his Stage 2 win yesterday, with Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) of Australia six seconds behind.

Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen, the voices of cycling, call the race joined by analyst Christian Vande Velde and reporter Steve Schlanger. ‘Inside-the-Race’ correspondent Steve Porino will report from aboard a motorcycle on the course, and offer updates on race situations.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream coverage on NBC and NBCSN 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, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

OLYMPIANS USAIN BOLT, SHELLY-ANN FRASER-PRYCE, ALLYSON FELIX & JUSTIN GATLIN HEADLINE 2015 IAAF WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS WEEKEND

NBC & Universal Sports Network Host Coverage From Beijing, China

NBC’s Coverage Begins This Saturday at 3 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 20, 2015 – NBC and Universal Sports Network present coverage of premier track & field action from the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 30. NBC’s coverage begins this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and continues this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Approximately 2,000 athletes representing more than 200 countries will compete at the famed Bird’s Nest stadium, home of the 2008 Summer Olympics, with less than one year until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Headlining the field for the U.S. are four-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix, competing in the 400m and the 4x100m and 4x400m relay, four-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin, competing in the 100m and 200m, and Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, competing in the decathlon. International contenders include six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt and four-time Olympic medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

Veteran NBC Sports commentator Tom Hammond hosts coverage, joined by Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris in Beijing, China.

NBC and Universal Sports Network’s television schedule for the 2015 IAAF World Championships (all times ET):

Date Time Coverage Network
Fri., Aug. 21 7:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sat., Aug. 22 3 p.m.* Evening Session NBC
8:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sun., Aug. 23 1 p.m.* Evening Session NBC
9:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Mon., Aug. 24 7 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
Tues., Aug. 25 7 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
9:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Wed., Aug. 26 8 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
9:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Thur., Aug. 27 7:30 a.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
8:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Fri., Aug. 28 7 p.m. Evening Session Universal Sports
7:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sat., Aug. 29 2:30 p.m.* Evening Session NBC
7:30 p.m. Daytime Session Universal Sports
Sun., Aug. 30 2 p.m.* Evening  Session NBC

* Same Day Delay Coverage. All other coverage is live.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

NASCAR, INDYCAR AND FORMULA ONE ALL ON NBCSN THIS WEEKEND

NBCSN Presents NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Bristol Motor Speedway Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, Followed by Saturday’s Sprint Cup Race at 7:30 p.m. ET; 13 Consecutive Hours of NASCAR Coverage on Friday

IndyCar ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Live Coverage of Formula One Belgian Grand Prix Airs Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN

Leigh Diffey and Steve Matchett to Call Both F1 Belgian Grand Prix and IndyCar at Pocono on Same Day

Nearly 1 Million Viewers Tune In To Series Premiere of Mobsteel – New Episode Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN

 

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 19, 2015 – NBCSN presents more than 50 hours of motorsports content this week, providing fans with live race action from four different racing circuits in one weekend – NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, and Formula One.

Race coverage begins with NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET, and continues with Sprint Cup Series Racing from Bristol Presented by No Escape on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. The action continues Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET with the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix, and concludes with 500 miles at Pocono Speedway in the IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at 2 p.m. ET.

In addition, Sunday’s F1 and IndyCar coverage will be highlighted by a unique broadcasting doubleheader. Lead F1 and IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey and F1 and IndyCar analyst Steve Matchett will call the Belgian Grand Prix from NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn., then quickly travel to Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania to call IndyCar action.

This weekend’s motorsports coverage also includes the season finale of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with the Ironman National in Indiana. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this weekend’s NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula One and Pro Motocross race coverage.


NBCSN PRESENTS NASCAR XFINITY SERIES RACING FROM BRISTOL FRIDAY AT 7:30 P.M. ET, FOLLOWED BY SATURDAY’S SPRINT CUP RACE AT 7:30 P.M. ET

Fresh off Matt Kenseth’s domination at Michigan International Speedway, NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage heads to the “The Volunteer State” for an unprecedented weekend of racing from Bristol, Tenn. Friday’s 13 consecutive hours of NASCAR coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. ET with XFINITY Series practice. Dave Burns calls the action alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Frank Stoddard. Reporter Alex Hayden and analyst Parker Kligerman report trackside. The first Sprint Cup Series practice presented by DraftKings begins at 11:30 a.m.  ET, with Rick Allen, Petty, Stoddard, Hayden and Kligerman on the call. A special 30-minute NASCAR America anchored by Krista Voda alongside analyst Dale Jarrett starts at 1 p.m. ET, followed by the final Sprint Cup Series practice at 1:30 p.m. ET. Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte and 21-time Sprint Cup winner Jeff Burton join Allen to cover the Sprint Cup practice in the booth, while Marty Snider and Mike Massaro report the action from Bristol’s unique pit road.

NBCSN’s Friday coverage shifts back to XFINITY racing at 3:30 p.m. ET with qualifying hosted by Burns, Kligerman and Jarrett. Pit road reporter Kelli Stavast joins Hayden trackside. A second 30-minute NASCAR America anchored by Voda alongside Petty and Stoddard begins at 5 p.m. ET. Specialty reporter Rutledge Wood and NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan contribute to the coverage. Sprint Cup Series qualifying from “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” track begins at 5:30 p.m. ET announced by Allen, Letarte, Burton, Snider and Massaro.

XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race show kicks off at 7 p.m. hosted by Voda alongside Petty and Jarrett. Also contributing to the coverage are reporters Snider, Massaro, Stavast, Burns and Wood. The green flag drops on XFINITY Series racing at 7:30 p.m. ET with Allen, Burton and Letarte in the booth and Snider, Massaro, Stavast and Burns patrolling pit road.

NBCSN’s second evening of NASCAR coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings, hosted by Voda alongside Petty, Jarrett, Wood and Ryan. Coverage kicks into high gear at 7 p.m. ET with Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Served by Sonic, as Massaro, Stavast and Burns join the coverage to break down the field.

The green flag drops on Sprint Cup racing in Bristol at 7:30 p.m. ET with Allen, Burton and Letarte calling action and Snider, Massaro, Stavast and Burns patrolling pit road, followed by the post-race show at 11 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s weekend of race coverage concludes at 11 p.m. ET with NASCAR Victory Lap hosted by Dave Briggs and Brian Vickers.

 
NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE FEATURES

In Saturday’s pre-race features, 2004 Bristol Cup winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr. voices a look back at the history of Bristol International Speedway and the momentous moments his family has shared at “Thunder Valley.” Earnhardt Sr. earned his first career Cup win at Bristol International Speedway in 1979, and went on to win nine more Cup races at the track throughout his career. The most memorable of which was Earnhardt Sr.’s ninth and final Bristol win, where Earnhardt Sr. tapped Terry Labonte from behind, sending Labonte into a spin with half a lap to go, and allowing Earnhardt Sr. to take the checkered flag.

NBCSN will take a look at the partnership between Kurt Busch and his crew chief Tony Gibson.  After joining Busch’s team mid-way through the 2014 season, Gibson’s old school style and mastermind strategy has proven to be a good match for Busch, helping his resurgence in the Sprint Cup field.

NBCSN’s specialty reporter Rutledge Wood takes viewers around the “loudest NASCAR track” and explains why it earned the nickname. Wood also breaks down how the “Last Great Colosseum” will be transformed into a football venue next year, hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies and Tennessee Volunteers in September of 2016. In his weekly feature, Burton showcases the high-banked, quarter-mile race track from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car.

 

INDYCAR ABC SUPPLY 500 FROM POCONO AIRS SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents the penultimate race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET with live coverage of the ABC Supply 500 from Pocono Raceway. Graham Rahal’s (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; 456 points) victory at Mid-Ohio on August 2 has brought him to within nine points of Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske; 465 points) for first place in the driver standings. Rahal has notched eight top-five finishes this year, including four consecutive finishes in the top five. Montoya won last year’s race at Pocono, while Rahal has not finished higher than 18th in his two career races at Pocono.

Coverage from Pocono begins Saturday with qualifying at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN, prior to Sunday’s live race action at 2 p.m. ET. Leigh Diffey will call the race, alongside former IndyCar driver Paul Tracy and Steve Matchett. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will patrol the pits.

 


LIVE COVERAGE OF FORMULA ONE BELGIAN GRAND PRIX AIRS SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2015 Formula One season continues this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (202 points) and Nico Rosberg (181 points) continue to occupy the top two spots in the driver standings, followed by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (160 points). Vettel won the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 26, his second win of the year, and the trio has combined to win all 10 races this season. Vettel has won twice at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (2011, 2013), while Hamilton won at Spa in 2010.

Coverage of the Belgian Grand Prix begins with Practice 1 on Friday at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by NBCSN’s coverage of Practice 2 on Friday at 8 a.m. ET. Live Extra airs Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by CNBC’s live coverage of qualifying at 8 a.m. ET. NBCSN’s live coverage of the F1 Belgian Grand Prix begins on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by post-race analysis on F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

Diffey (play-by-play), Matchett (analyst) and veteran analyst and former driver David Hobbs will call the Belgian GP. Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

 


LEIGH DIFFEY AND STEVE MATCHETT TO CALL BOTH F1 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX AND INDYCAR AT POCONO

Lead F1 and IndyCar race-caller Leigh Diffey and F1 and IndyCar analyst Steve Matchett will pull a broadcasting doubleheader this Sunday, calling the F1 Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET and the IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Diffey and Matchett will arrive at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. on Sunday morning prior to their 4 a.m. ET production meeting. Following the F1 race, the duo will depart from Stamford at 10:30 a.m. ET, take a charter flight, and arrive at Pocono Raceway in time to call the IndyCar race on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET.

Following is the schedule for Diffey and Matchett for Sunday’s broadcast doubleheader:

  • 4 a.m. ET – Production meeting at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn.
  • 5:30 a.m. ET – F1 Rehearsal
  • 7:30 a.m. ET – F1 Belgian Grand Prix on NBCSN
  • 10:30 a.m. ET – Depart Stamford for charter flight to Pocono
  • 12:30 p.m. ET – Arrive at Pocono Raceway
  • 1 p.m. ET – IndyCar Rehearsal
  • 2 p.m. ET – IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono
  • 6 p.m. ET – Off-air

 


NEARLY 1 MILLION VIEWERS TUNE IN TO SERIES PREMIERE OF MOBSTEEL ON NBCSN; NEW EPISODE AIRS TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Mobsteel, NBCSN’s new automotive reality series which debuted on Sunday evening (6:10-7:10 p.m. ET) following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing from Michigan, averaged 965,000 viewers to become NBCSN’s most-watched original series premiere to date. Viewership was up 54% vs. NBCSN’s average post-Sprint Cup Sunday programming. The show delivered a 0.62 HH rating.

Mobsteel follows founder Adam Genei and his team of custom-car specialists, including his wife Pam Genei, as they restore vehicles ranging from the finest relics of the American automotive boom, to an old International Harvester Loadstar, and much more. Mobsteel is an existing custom-car shop that was founded more than 10 years ago, using vintage parts and Detroit steel to bring these ancient American cars back to life.

New episodes will air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, including tonight’s episode which will highlight the restoration of a 1963 Lincoln Continental. In addition, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of Sunday’s premiere tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

 


NBCSN AND NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA PRESENT LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS SEASON FINALE FROM IRONMAN NATIONAL

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season comes to a close on Saturday with coverage of the Ironman National from Indiana. Ryan Dungey has already secured the championship in the 450 Class, but the 250 Class is coming down to the wire, where Jeremy Martin (461 points) holds a slim lead over Marvin Musquin (459 points) heading into the weekend.

Coverage begins Saturday on Live Extra at 10:30 a.m. ET with practice, followed by the pre-show on Live Extra at noon ET. MAVTV airs Moto 1 coverage at 1 p.m., followed by Live Extra’s Moto 2 coverage at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air Moto 2 action at 11 p.m. ET.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s motorsports coverage this week:

 

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wed., August 19 Mobsteel (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
  Mobsteel (New Episode) 10 p.m. NBCSN
Thur., August 20 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Motordrome** 7 p.m. NBCSN
  Mecum Auctions – Monterey (Encore) 8 p.m. NBCSN
  Mecum Dealmakers – Seattle 10 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., August 21 Global RallyCross – Washington D.C. (Encore) 12 a.m. NBCSN
  F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 1 4 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 2 8 a.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Final Practice – Bristol 9:30 a.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Bristol 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR America 1 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Bristol 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR K&N Pro Series – Evergreen** 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Qualifying – Bristol 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Qualifying  – Bristol 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:00 p.m. NBCSN
  XFINITY Series Race – Bristol 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 22 F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying 8 a.m. CNBC
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Practice 10:30 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Pre-Show Noon NBC Sports Live Extra
  F1 Belgian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Moto 1 1 p.m. MAVTV
  Indy Car Series Qualifying – Pocono 2 p.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar Chronicles – Scott Dixon 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR America 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:00 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Race – Bristol 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
  Sprint Cup Series Post Race  – Bristol 11 p.m. NBCSN
  Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana – Moto 2* 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 23 GP2 Racing – Belgium* 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Belgian Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
  F1 Extra 10 a.m. NBCSN
  IndyCar ABC Supply 500 at Pocono 2 p.m. NBCSN
  NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., August 24 NASCAR America 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

*same-day delay
**taped last week

NBC SPORTS GROUP CELEBRATES THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP WITH THE QUICKEN LOANS $16M PERFECT GRID CHALLENGE

NBC Sports Group has teamed up with Quicken Loans, the nation’s third largest mortgage lender, to provide fans with the Quicken Loans $16M Perfect Grid Challenge.

Fans can register at NBCSports.com/GridChallenge to fill out a NASCAR Grid from the round of 16 drivers who qualified for Chase and predicting how they will advance through each round of The Chase through the final race. The lucky fan with a perfect bracket at the end of the season will win a 16 million dollar prize, one million to represent each of the 16 drivers in the Chase. Fans will be able to make their picks following the Federated Auto Parts 400 Sprint Cup Series race on September 12 on NBCSN from Richmond International Raceway, and will have until the 15 minutes prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup September Chicagoland Race the following Sunday, September 20, to submit their grids and get ready to cheer on their picks.

In addition to the $16 Million Perfect Grid Challenge, fans will also have the opportunity to compete in the Weekly Playoff Grid Challenge. Each week participating fans are entered to win great prizes including a Roku streaming player and NBC Sports prize packs. At the end of the 10 weeks the fan with the most points will receive a free mortgage for a year from Quicken Loans.

 

MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA


NBC Sports Live
Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s motorsports coverage 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, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.

 

MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

MotorSportsTalk’s content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

 

  • Luke Smith is creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. Smith works alongside Tony DiZinno in providing F1 content on MotorSportsTalk He’s on Twitter at @LukeSmithF1, primarily handling the F1 scene from Europe in great detail.
  • Tony DiZinno has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazine and provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.

 

To explore the site, please visit MotorSportsTalk.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

 

NASCAR COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.com and NASCARTALK

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@NASCARonNBC: @NASCARonNBC The official Twitter account of NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN provides exclusive access to drivers, NBC Sports NASCAR experts and behind-the-scenes content, as well up-to-the-minute news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

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

 

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NBCSN PRESENTS USA EAGLES-QANTAS WALLABIES INTERNATIONAL RUGBY SHOWDOWN FROM SOLDIER FIELD SATURDAY, SEPT. 5 IN PRIMETIME

USA Eagles Host Qantas Wallabies Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Historic Meeting Between Two Nations In Chicago Will Be A Preview Of September’s Rugby World Cup

STAMFORD, Conn. – Aug. 19, 2015 – NBCSN will present an international rugby showdown in primetime on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the USA Eagles host the Qantas Wallabies at historic Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream NBCSN’s coverage of the Eagles-Wallabies matchup.

The match will serve as the final tune-up for both squads prior to the Rugby World Cup 2015 later in the month in England. The Qantas Wallabies, Australia’s national rugby team, will enter the match ranked fifth in the world, while the USA Eagles are ranked 16th. This marks the second straight year NBC Sports Group will present an international rugby match from Soldier Field, following last year’s matchup between the USA Eagles and New Zealand All Blacks on NBC on Nov. 1.

The Eagles will be looking for their first-ever win against the Wallabies, with Australia having taken all eight meetings between the two sides. Their last U.S. meeting was in October 1993, as the Wallabies defeated the Eagles, 26-22, in Riverside, Calif.

Next month’s Eagles-Wallabies clash will feature the traditional 15 players per side. The match comes less than one year away from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where the seven-a-side format will make its Olympic debut as the sport returns to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. In addition, Universal Sports will air an encore presentation of the match the following Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. ET.

The Legacy Agency, Inc., one of the world’s leading athlete representation and sports and entertainment marketing businesses, is the organizer of the match and co-partner with USA Rugby, with Astellas Healthcare the match’s presenting sponsor.

“NBC Sports has been a great partner for us, and we are looking forward to having this match on the air Labor Day Weekend,” said USA Rugby Chief Executive Officer Nigel Melville. “We had a great event last year in Chicago, and are expecting much of the same this year as we prep for the World Cup.”

“Rugby has been a great addition to our live content in recent years, and we’re building off of the success of last year’s Eagles-All Blacks match by adding USA-Australia this year,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming and Owned Properties. “As we’ve shown with our presentations of the Rugby World Cup, the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship, the Sevens World Series and last year’s matchup Eagles-All Blacks, we’re committed to the growth of rugby in the U.S.”

“The excitement for this match has been building over the summer as rugby grows here in the U.S. on a national level, and having NBC Sports on board as our broadcast partner again speaks very loudly to the brand value the sport now has,” said Mike Principe, chief executive officer of The Legacy Agency. “We are looking forward to this match being the next in a series of strong partnerships we are working with USA Rugby on to grow the game.”


ABOUT THE LEGACY AGENCY/TLA WORLDWIDE

TLA Worldwide is a leading athlete representation, event management and sports marketing group quoted on London’s AIM. The Group derives revenues from long term agency relationships with many prominent US and international sports stars, broadcasters and media personalities associated with major sports including  the MLB, NFL, NBA, PGA TOUR, AFL and Olympians and Cricketers.  In addition, it also provides a range of services in respect of media consultancy, sports sponsorship and event creation and ownership, including the International Champions Cup tournament in Australia.  With over 140 full-time personnel, TLA Worldwide serves its clients from 10 locations worldwide including its offices in London, UK; New York, Houston and Newport Beach, USA; and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.  For more information, please visit http://www.tlaww-plc.com


ABOUT USA RUGBY

Established in 1975, USA Rugby is the governing body for the sport of rugby in America and a Full Sport Member of the United States Olympic Committee. Currently headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, USA Rugby is charged with developing the game on all levels and has more than 95,000 active members, with more than 29,000 playing collegiate rugby and 35,000 playing senior club rugby. USA Rugby oversees four national teams, multiple collegiate and high school All-American sides, and an emerging Olympic development pathway for elite athletes. It also hosts more than 30 national playoff and championship events each year as a service to its members. In October 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced Rugby Sevens (the seven-a-side version of the game) will appear in the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro. Visit http://www.usarugby.org for more information.


ABOUT NBCSN

NBCSN, part of the NBC Sports Group, is a 24/7/365 sports network dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 85 million homes, the Emmy Award-winning network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Premier League, NASCAR, Formula One, IndyCar, Mecum Auctions, Tour de France, and the America’s Cup. In addition, NBCSN features college football, college basketball, college hockey, cycling, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup, Premier Boxing Champions, Ironman, the Dew Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk, The Dan Patrick Show, Men in Blazers, and NHL Rivals, as well as original motorsports programming, including NASCAR America, Mecum Dealmakers, /DRIVE on NBCSN and Off the Grid.  NBCSN is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

TOP-TIER MATCHES BETWEEN EVERTON & MANCHESTER CITY, ARSENAL & LIVERPOOL HIGHLIGHT NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PREMIER LEAGUE COVERAGE THIS WEEK

Tim Howard & Everton Host Sergio Aguero & Manchester City This Sun., Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN & TELEMUNDO

Arsenal v. Liverpool This Mon., Aug. 24 at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN & NBC UNIVERSO

Sunday’s Manchester City-Chelsea Match on NBCSN Ranks as the Most-Watched August Match in U.S. Cable Television History

NBC Presents Part Two of Premier League Download: Jack to a King, This Sat., Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. ET

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW Mondays at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN

All Matches Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – August 18, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage this week is highlighted by top-tier matches, with Everton v. Manchester City this Sunday, August 23, at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN and TELEMUNDO, and Arsenal v. Liverpool this Monday, August 24, at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO.

Everton and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard face Manchester City after a 3-0 win at Southampton on Saturday. Manchester City enter the match coming off a 3-0 win of their own against reigning champions Chelsea, which featured a goal from last season’s league-leading scorer Sergio Aguero.

Sunday’s match between Chelsea and last season’s runners-up Manchester City averaged 818,000 viewers on NBCSN to rank as the most-watched August Premier League match in U.S. cable television history. In addition, the match ranks as NBC Sports Live Extra’s most-streamed Premier League match ever with 96,000 unique users.

Arsenal won 2-1 over Crystal Palace on Sunday, thanks in part to a stunning volley from Olivier Giroud, while Liverpool come off a 1-0 win over Bournemouth yesterday. NBC Sports Group’s lead Premier League play-by-play announcer Arlo White calls both Everton v. Manchester City and Arsenal v. Liverpool, alongside analyst Lee Dixon.

Weekend Premier League coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET this Saturday, August 22, with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by Manchester United v. Newcastle on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO. Coverage continues at 10 a.m. ET with Leicester City v. Tottenham on NBCSN, and Crystal Palace v. Aston Villa on USA Network. Matches not featured on NBCSN or USA Network in the Saturday, 10 a.m. ET or the Sunday, 11 a.m. ET television windows will be available on Premier League Extra Time, a bonus television package available to MVPDs at no extra cost for customers who receive NBCSN.

NBC presents a live, 1.5-hour Match of the Day at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. Rebecca Lowe hosts the program, joined by former Jamaican National Team Player Robbie Earle and former Major League Soccer and U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Kyle Martino.

Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, NBC presents part two of a new, two-part Premier League Download: Jack to a King. Produced by YJB films, Jack to a King is a passionate portrait of the rise of Swansea City Football Club from near oblivion to the world stage of the Premier League.

Match Coverage on Sunday begins at 8 a.m. ET on USA with Premier League Live, followed by West Bromwich Albion v. Chelsea at 8:30 a.m. ET on USA and NBC UNIVERSO.

Saturdays throughout the Premier League season, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, hosted by Earle and former Premier League footballer Robbie Mustoe, airs at 5 p.m. ET on the terrestrial NBC Sports Radio Network as well as on NBCSportsRadio.com and the NBC Sports Radio mobile app. For more information, and to download the app, visit NBCSportsRadio.com.

THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW hosted by Michael Davies and Roger Bennett will air at 11 p.m. ET each Monday 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, tablets, and connected TVs.

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

Date Time Match Network
Sat., Aug. 22 6 a.m. Barclays Premier League Preview NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 7 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 7:45 a.m. Manchester United v. Newcastle NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Leicester City v. Tottenham NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Crystal Palace v. Aston Villa USA
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Norwich City v. Stoke City Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. Sunderland v. Swansea City Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 22 10 a.m. West Ham v. Bournemouth Extra Time
Sat., Aug. 22 Noon Premier League Live NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 22 12:30 p.m. Match of the Day NBC
Sat., Aug. 22 2 p.m. Premier League Download: Jack to a King NBC
Sat., Aug. 22 5 p.m. The 2 Robbies ‘Football’ Show NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 23 8 a.m. Premier League Live USA
Sun., Aug. 23 8:30 a.m. West Bromwich Albion v. Chelsea USA, NBC UNIVERSO
Sun., Aug. 23 10:30 a.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 23 11 a.m. Everton v. Manchester City NBCSN, TELEMUNDO
Sun., Aug. 23 11 a.m. Watford v. Southampton Extra Time
Sun., Aug. 23 1 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 23 Midnight Match of the Day II NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 1 a.m. Match of the Week NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 2 p.m. Premier League Live NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 3 p.m. Arsenal v. Liverpool NBCSN, NBC UNIVERSO
Mon., Aug. 24 5 p.m. Goal Zone NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 11 p.m. THE MEN IN BLAZERS SHOW NBCSN
Mon., Aug. 24 11:30 p.m. Premier League Encore NBCSN

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACE COVERAGE FROM MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON NBCSN

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Marty Snider on his dominance at Michigan: “This has been a great week. We have had a great couple months. We definitely have some momentum built.”

Steve Letarte on Matt Kenseth’s win: “Not just a win, it is a very impressive dominant performance out of the No. 20 team.”

Steve Letarte on the potentially illegal right side skirt on Kenseth’s car: “Without a doubt not on purpose. If you were going to flair the side skirt for an advantage you would want to do it way closer to the rear tire, out underneath the tail pipes. That would be an advantage.”

Brooklyn, Mich. – August 16, 2015 – NBCSN presented NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway this afternoon. Friday’s pole winner Matt Kenseth dominated the race, leading 146 out of the 200 laps. It was Kenseth’s third win of the season and 34th career win in the Sprint Cup Series.

Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen and analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte called the action. Working the pits were NBCSN reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro and Dave Burns.

 

Position Driver Car #
1 Matt Kenseth 20
2 Kevin Harvick 4
3 Martin Truex Jr. 78
4 Austin Dillon 3
5 Denny Hamlin 11

 

The following are highlights from today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race coverage on NBCSN.

Burton on the preferred line at “MIS”: “You have seen that the leader picked the outside line all day today. You are able to carry your momentum on the outside, there is no one taking air off your car. That car on the bottom is having all the air pulled off the side of the car, taking the downforce away. The outside line I believe will be the preferred line all day.”

Burton on Clint Bowyer’s three-wide crash on a restart: “The No. 15 car and Clint Bowyer, they do not need a bad race. They were running well, their performance was good, but this wreck is really going to hurt their opportunity to make the Chase.”

Letarte on Kenseth’s restart strategy: “Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth are two veteran race car drivers. They understand the importance of every restart. It’s not just luck, there is strategy involved.”

Letarte on Carl Edward’s loss of power during the caution: “When you shut the car off, you have to have battery juice to crank the car back up. That is the one scary part about saving fuel.”

Burton on Dillon’s pursuit of Kenseth: “If Austin Dillon can run the same speed through the corner as Matt Kenseth, he will have an advantage on the straight. It is hard to do because you are losing air when you are in second, but that is the whole key. He needs to try and maintain position and use the straights to his advantage.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s top-30 points standing in the Chase: “I think at this point they have to be deliberate. It doesn’t appear they have had the fastest car here today…The No. 18 needs to be a little conservative because he needs those points.”

Burton on Jimmie Johnson’s current racing situation: “This team isn’t in sync. They are not running well, they don’t have the speed and they are making mistakes. They have found a way every year to be better when the Chase started, but they are not in sync right now.”

Denny Hamlin to Burns on his 5th place finish: “Top five is pretty good with this aero package, twice in a row we got top five. Hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Austin Dillon to Burns on his fourth-place finish: “I had fun racing Matt out front. I just couldn’t lead very well when we got out front. It was a little bit of a learning experience I think for me. Matt has been up there a lot in his career. For me, it was my first time and I will learn from it and get better next time.”

Burton on Austin Dillon’s improvement over the season: “I think this is the most-improved team on the race track. They are starting to get consistent top tens, and that is what you want to see. That is real improvement.”

Third place Martin Truex Jr. to Massaro on his momentum in Michigan: “We passed a lot of cars, but we just could never get that track position we needed to fight for the win.”

Letarte on Kenseth’s win: “Not just a win, it is a very impressive dominant performance out of the No. 20 team.”

Coach Joe Gibbs to Stavast on Kenseth’s two wins in last three races: “We were down for about a year and a half, we have come back to a point where we have a chance at races…I don’t think you can ever guess in pro-sports. Things can turn and next week they twist and go the other way. I think that is the reason that all the fans and all of us love it, you don’t know what is going to happen.”

Race winner Matt Kenseth to Snider on his dominance at Michigan: “This has been a great week. We have had a great couple months. We definitely have some momentum built. The guys gave us a rocket today. They gave us rockets the last couple months. We are just going to work hard to try and keep it rolling.”

Letarte on the potentially illegal side skirt on Kenseth’s car: “The competitor in me saw it in the closing laps and I wanted to know how that side skirt got to where it was. There is a distinct rule that says you can’t flail these side skirts on purpose…but without a doubt, this was not on purpose. If you were going to flair the side skirt for an advantage you would want to do it way closer to the rear tire, out underneath the tail pipes. That would be an advantage.”

Kenseth’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff, to Snider on the side skirt incident: “Actually it slowed the stop down quite a bit, I would like to sit here and say that was by design. The jack slid under it and they had to reset and obviously it bent the side skirt.”

NBCSN’s NASCAR coverage continues this evening with NASCAR Victory Lap at 11 p.m. ET, and tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR America.

***

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

 

 

NOTES AND QUOTES FROM NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRE-RACE COVERAGE FROM MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ON NBCSN

NBCSN Analyst Kyle Petty on Brad Keselowski’s home track advantage: “A Michigan driver has never won at this race track. To win here would be huge for him.”

Jack Roush’s philosophy on flying and driving, in his Countdown to Green feature: “If I have survived the day, if I’ve had a good trip, then I have done something well.”

Brooklyn, Mich. – August 16, 2015 – NBCSN presents NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing from Michigan International Speedway this afternoon. Coverage began with NASCAR America Sunday presented by DraftKings, followed by the Countdown to Green, Served by Sonic pre-race show. Krista Voda hosted the pre-race action alongside NASCAR on NBCSN analyst Kyle Petty, and 2009 Sprint Cup winner at “MIS” Brian Vickers.

Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Mike Massaro and Marty Snider reported from pit road leading up to today’s green flag, while specialty reporter Rutledge Wood explored the track. Inside the NBCSN broadcast booth, race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte offered their perspectives.

Countdown to Green featured a sit down interview between Burton and his old boss, CEO of Roush Fenway Racing, Jack Roush. Roush shared his philosophies on life and optimistic viewpoints on the future for Roush Fenway Racing. Burton also gave viewers a tour of NASCAR’s fastest track, from behind the wheel of NBC Sports’ Toyota Camry On Track Car. Wood caught up with Mobsteel custom car builders Adam and Pam Genei, as they previewed the premiere of their upcoming show. NBCSN’s new custom-car show, Mobsteel, makes its debuts today immediately following Sprint Cup Series Racing from Michigan.

The following are highlights from this afternoon’s NASCAR Sprint Cup pre-race coverage on NBCSN.

Jamie McMurray to Snider on his race for the Chase: “It is really no different. We are still racing every week to get the best finish we can.”

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver with the most wins of any active driver at “MIS,” Greg Biffle, to Dave Burns: “I think we have an opportunity to win here today…If we can get our track positions and things go well for us today, I think we could win one of these things.”

Vickers on the new high-drag aerodynamics package: “It is going to be different. Indy and Michigan are very different race tracks. This package here at Michigan is about Michigan verses Michigan. They are trying to make the Michigan race better, and that is what this is about for NASCAR.”

Kasey Kahne to Massaro on his tough season and chances of making the Chase: “Today will be interesting. We will see what happens. Bristol, Darlington and Richmond are all tracks that we can win at. We still have a shot for sure.”

Kyle Busch to Stavast on starting at the back of the pack: “As the race changes and progresses, hopefully our car is good all day, and we can make our way up through the field.”

Petty on Keselowski’s home track advantage: “This is Michigan, a Michigan driver has never won at this race track. To win here would be huge for him.”

Burton’s thoughts on the front straightaway from behind the wheel of the On Track Car: “In the front straightaway we are going to see people passing at the bottom of the track. It is rough; if you get down here you are going to see a lot of sparks flying, as your car bottoms out.”

Burton on the high-drag aerodynamics package at “MIS”: “We ran this high-drag package at Indy with mixed results, but Indy is a one groove racetrack. This race track has two grooves on the bottom and two grooves on the top. There is a place for drivers to go here rather than just following another car. That could make the package work well at Michigan.”

Jack Roush’s philosophy on flying and driving, in his Countdown to Green feature: “If I have survived the day, if I’ve had a good trip, then I have done something well.”

Roush’s thoughts on retirement: “I am 73-years-old and I am still working every day. People ask me why do you work. They haven’t figured out that they don’t need to pay me. I would come and do what I do for fun every day.”

Jeff Burton on Roush’s philosophy: “What really struck me was that he still has enthusiasm. He still has a great deal of passion for what he is doing. He emphatically said to me many times, they are going to fix Roush Racing. That Roush Racing is going to find their way back to the top.”

Biffle to Burton on the new aerodynamics during the pace lap: “We haven’t been grouped up yet going at the green, with 20 cars around us. We really don’t know what to expect…I have been around a few cars but not this many, so turn one is going to be exciting.”

Letarte on the mandated air ducts required in today’s race to cool the car down: “As crew chiefs, we are selfish. If we think we would have an advantage we would probably take that gamble, and leave them sealed up.”

@NASCARonNBC:  The official Twitter account of NASCAR coverage on NBC and NBCSN provides exclusive access to drivers, NBC Sports NASCAR experts and behind-the-scenes content, as well up-to-the-minute news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

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