NBC SPORTS’ 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND NASCAR LAUNCH BY THE NUMBERS

70 Cameras, 80 microphones, 150,000 Feet of Cable and 5 Mobile Units

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 26, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s multiplatform coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing is gearing up in a big way over 4th of July weekend.  Coverage begins Saturday, July 4th, at 7 p.m. ET with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series race on NBCSN.  On Sunday evening, NBC presents the 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 7 p.m. ET. The events wave the green flag over NBC Sports Group’s 10-year chapter as the home of NASCAR’s championship run, and NBC Sports’ production team in Daytona will employ a crew of more than 195 personnel, 70 cameras, and a wide collection of other tools to deliver the action.

Listed below are some key metrics surrounding NBC Sports Group’s upcoming NASCAR coverage.

1                      Helicopter providing aerial footage

2                      Open-air infield set locations for NBC Sports’ pre- and post-race coverage

3                      Daytona 500 victories captured by pre-race analyst Dale Jarrett

5                      Trucks that comprise “Peacock One,” NBC Sports’ state-of-the-art, mobile production unit group, designed in partnership with Game Creek Video

12                    Members of NBC Sports NASCAR on-air broadcast team on site at Daytona

16                    Race Analyst Steve Letarte’s age when he took a job sweeping the floors at Hendrick Motorsports

18                    Robotic cameras, some with high speed heads capable of tracking cars topping 200 MPH

19                    NASCAR XFINITY Series slated to air on NBC and NBCSN this season

20                    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races on NBC and NBCSN this season

21                    Number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races won by race analyst Jeff Burton

23                    HDK 4300 cameras with 4K capabilities

24                    On-board cameras imbedded within Sprint Cup Series cars

70                    Total cameras on site including: in-car, robotic, hard, hand-held, studio, jib, SSM, booth, beauty, pit, aerial, and grass cameras

80                    NBC Sports microphones placed throughout Daytona International Speedway

195                  NBC Sports Group personnel on-site in Daytona, Fla.

250+                NASCAR AMERICA shows on NBCSN since the weekday news and highlights program’s debut after the 2014 Daytona 500

150,000           Feet of fiber cable (more than 28 miles), surrounding Daytona International Speedway

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning this coming 4th of July weekend from Daytona International Speedway.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season. The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA is NBCSN’s weekday 30-minute news and highlights program dedicated to America’s fascination with speed and stock car racing, and features regular appearances by NBC Sports’ NASCAR experts, as well as a rotation of guest analysts.

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NBC SPORTS GROUP’S PRESS PASS – WHAT TO WATCH JUNE 26, 2015 – JUNE 28, 2015

(All times ET)

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

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

 

Friday, June 26

3:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

5:30 p.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW International Open

6:30 p.m. on NBCSN – 2015 NHL Draft Pre Draft Special

7 p.m. on NBCSN – 2015 NHL Draft

10 p.m. on NBCSN – USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

Midnight on NBCSN – IndyCar MAVTV 500 – Qualifying

 

Saturday, June 27

1:30 a.m. on NBCSN – FIVB Grand Slam of Volleyball: St. Petersburg Grand Slam

7:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW International Open

11 a.m. on NBCSN – Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series – Toronto

1 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Denver

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

2 p.m. on NBC – World of Adventure Sports

3 p.m. on NBC – Dew Tour Chicago: Skate Street

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

4 p.m. on NBC – USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

4 p.m. on NBCSN – IndyCar MAVTV 500

8 p.m. on NBCSN – Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Win and You’re In Series

9 p.m. on NBCSN – Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Budds Creek – Moto 2’s (Encore)*

 

Sunday, June 28

6:30 a.m. on Golf Channel – European Tour: BMW International Open

1 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA Tour: Travelers Championship

2 p.m. on NBC – Red Bull Signature Series: Simple Session

4 p.m. on NBC – USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships

3 p.m. on Golf Channel – PGA of America: PGA Professional National Championship

5 p.m. on Golf Channel – LPGA Tour: Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

7 p.m. on NBCSN – Mecum Auctions: Denver*

 

2015 NHL DRAFT

NBC Sports Group will provide its most comprehensive NHL Draft coverage ever tonight on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute NHL Draft Pre-Draft Special on NBCSN.

Liam McHugh will host coverage alongside analyst Pierre McGuire, NHL insider Bob McKenzie and draft analyst Craig Button. In addition, Kathryn Tappen will anchor coverage from the floor of the BB&T Center, conducting interviews with players, coaches and general managers. Darren Dreger will handle reporting duties, providing information on potential trades and developing storylines.

 

RED BULL SIGNATURE SERIES

NBC Sports Group continues coverage of the 2015 Red Bull Signature Series this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC with Simple Session, one of the biggest indoor BMX contests in the world. Sal Masekela hosts coverage of the event from the Tondiraba Arena in Tallinn, Estonia.

 

BREEDERS’ CUP

The second automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is on the line Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), which will be televised live on NBCSN, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Saturday features host Laffit Pincay, III, analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and reporter Nick Luck. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier serves as handicapper.

 

TRACK AND FIELD

NBC Sports Group’s live coverage of the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships this weekend begins tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and continues on NBC Saturday, and Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris call the action from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

 

MOTORSPORTS

Highlighting NBCSN’s weekend motorsports coverage is the Verizon IndyCar Series’ MAVTV 500 from the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., beginning tonight at midnight ET with qualifying. Live coverage of the MAVTV 500 begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the MAVTV 500, alongside analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett, and analyst and former driver Paul Tracy. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties.

In addition to IndyCar, NBCSN’s motorsports coverage includes the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship from Budds Creek National in Maryland, beginning Saturday at 9 p.m. ET with the Moto 2’s.

Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Md.

Mecum Auctions: Denver rounds out NBCSN’s weekend motorsports programming, continuing Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, and concludes with five straight hours of action on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, rounding out 12 hours of coverage from the auction company’s inaugural event in Denver, Colo.

NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast team of Scott Hoke, John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and reporter Bill Stephens call the action from the Colorado Convention Center.

 

DEW TOUR

NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of the 2015 Dew Tour season Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC, from Chicago, Ill., featuring many of the world’s best skateboard and BMX athletes.

Todd Harris, Chris Miller, Paul Zitzer and Carolyn Manno call the action from Grant Park Plaza in Chicago.

 

VOLLEYBALL

NBC Sports Group’s weekend coverage of the FIVB Grand Slam of Volleyball begins Saturday at 1:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with the St. Petersburg Grand Slam.

Kevin Wong, Chris Marlowe and Dain Blanton will call the action from St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

GOLF

Golf Channel’s live tournament coverage this weekend features the European Tour’s BMW International Open, PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship, LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, and PGA of America’s PGA Professional National Championship.

Coverage of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship begins today at 3:30 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, and continues Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Brian Hammons (play-by-play) and Curt Byrum (analyst) host coverage from TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Joining Hammons and Byrum are Frank Nobilo (tower), and Phil Parkin (on course).

Golf Channel’s live coverage of the BMW International Open continues Saturday at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. ET.

Scott Walker hosts coverage of the BMW International Open from Golf Channel’s studio in Orlando, Fla. Calling the action from the Golf Club Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany are Dominik Holyer (play-by-play), Warren Humphreys (analyst) and Julian Tutt (on course).

Weekend Coverage of the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship begins Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and continues Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.

Tom Abbott (play-by-play) hosts coverage from Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. Joining Abbott will be Judy Rankin (analyst), Jim Gallagher Jr. (tower), Karen Stupples and Jerry Foltz (on course).

Golf Channel’s coverage of the PGA Professional National Championship begins this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Dave Marr (play-by-play) and Michael Breed (analyst) will call the action from the Philadelphia Cricket Club in Flourtown, Pa. Joining Marr and Breed are Steve Burkowski (tower), Phil Blackmar (on-course) and Scott Walker (interviews).

 

 

NHL ANALYST PIERRE MCGUIRE AND NHL INSIDER BOB MCKENZIE PREVIEW 2015 NHL DRAFT – EXCLUSIVE LIVE COVERAGE TOMORROW AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s Exclusive Coverage on Friday, June 26 Begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with Pre-Draft Special

“This is a very good draft for the United States. The Americans are producing as many or more players than anywhere else in the world right now.” – Pierre McGuire

 “This is the most anticipated NHL Draft since Sidney Crosby’s draft year (2005).” – Bob McKenzie

“We could see more established NHL players traded for draft picks than we’ve seen in a very long time.” – McGuire

“They are NHL-ready – both should be able to make an immediate impact.” – McKenzie on Projected Top Picks Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel

Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen Host Coverage, Alongside Analysts and Insiders McGuire, McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Craig Button

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 25, 2015 – The future stars of the NHL take center stage tomorrow night on NBCSN, as NBC Sports Group provides its most comprehensive NHL Draft coverage ever with an exclusive presentation of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET from the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with a 30-minute NHL Draft Pre-Draft Special on NBCSN.

Canadian Connor McDavid and American Jack Eichel, projected to be selected with the first and second overall picks respectively, headline this year’s draft class, regarded to be one of the top classes in recent history.

Liam McHugh hosts coverage alongside Emmy Award-winning analyst Pierre McGuire and NHL Insiders Bob McKenzie and Craig Button. In addition, Kathryn Tappen anchors coverage from the floor of the BB&T Center, conducting interviews with players, coaches and general managers. Darren Dreger handles reporting duties, providing information on potential trades and developing storylines.

 

Following are quotes from Pierre McGuire and Bob McKenzie previewing tomorrow’s draft:

McKenzie: “This is the most anticipated NHL Draft since Sidney Crosby’s draft year (2005), which came on the heels of a season-long lockout and of course a league-wide lottery for that first pick. There is no question in my mind that McDavid and Eichel are NHL-ready and both should be able to make an immediate impact.”

McGuire on this year’s draft, and success of previous drafts: “You had Tyler Seguin vs. Taylor Hall (in 2010), you had Victor Hedman and John Tavares (in 2009) – Tavares has become a tremendous player, and Hedman’s been a fantastic player in Tampa, so it’s interesting that there have been these twosomes recently when it comes to the draft. This is a really good draft, and the guys at the top end of the draft are fantastic, franchise players. While some of the drafts in other leagues are overhyped, our draft isn’t overhyped at all.”

McKenzie on which teams can benefit most from this year’s draft: “Arizona obviously will get an elite pick with No. 3 overall, but the Coyotes also own No. 30 and 32, so it’s almost as if they have three first-round picks. Columbus is another team — with Nos. 8, 34, 38 — that has a plethora of early picks. Buffalo and Edmonton are in similar situations. Teams with multiple early picks have greater flexibility to make deals on draft day.”

McGuire on growth of American talent, potential first-round picks beyond Eichel and Noah Hanifin: “This is a very good draft for the United States. The Americans are producing as many or more players than anywhere else in the world right now. I think Kyle Connor who plays for Youngstown in the USHL, and is headed to the University of Michigan, could potentially become a really good player. Another one is Brock Boeser from Waterloo in the USHL, who’s going to the University of North Dakota next year. I think with the proper development, those two kids have a chance to be very good players at the pro level.”

McKenzie on the depth of this year’s draft: “There are three high-end defensemen — Noah Hanifin, Ivan Provorov and Zach Werenski — with top 10 potential, so the teams that get them are adding guys who will likely be 15-to-20-year NHLers with top pairing potential. I am also interested to see if any team steps up in the first round to take Russian goalie Ilya Samsonov. Teams often shy away from taking a goalie in the first round and/or Russian players, and here we have a Russian goalie who, by most accounts, is the top-ranked goalie in the draft and a potential No. 1 building block netminder.”

McGuire on potential for Draft Day trades: “We could see more established NHL players traded for draft picks than we’ve seen in a very long time. There’s a lot of chatter about potential for NHL players with multi-year contracts that could be traded. That shows there are a lot of teams urgent to make the playoffs, and that a lot of teams out there prepared to trade NHL players, because there are some really good players here than can help your team down the road.”

McKenzie on Draft Day trades: “Outside of teams looking to move picks, I’m interested to see what teams like St. Louis and Toronto, for example, are going to do in terms of possibly moving core players. Chicago, because of salary cap constraints, will also be looking to offload player‎s. It’s going to be a fascinating week leading up to July 1.”

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In addition, NBCSN’s coverage will feature interviews and features with all of the top 2015 NHL Draft prospects, including McDavid and Eichel, as well as video, interviews and highlights from the 2015 NHL Draft Combine held last month in Buffalo, N.Y.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream comprehensive coverage of the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft 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 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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NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA GEARS UP FOR NASCAR ON NBC WITH EXCLUSIVE CAMERA ANGLES AND INTERACTIVE FEATURES

Exclusive Alternate Camera Angles Take Users Inside the Race With In-Car Views & Cameras at Key Track Locations

Driver Updates, Cup Standings, Biographies, & More Available on the Desktop/Laptop Experience

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 25, 2015 – NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs, will provide racing fans with unparalleled interactive digital access to every NASCAR Sprint Cup series race, including exclusive camera angles, custom diver information, and insider track information, beginning this 4th of July weekend when NBC Sports Group hits the ignition switch on its 10-year chapter as the home of NASCAR’s championship run.

When accessing NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR Sprint Cup series coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra, viewers will be able to experience NASCAR like never before, by selecting from curated video and infographic options including:

  • Multi-view options that bring fans inside the race, combining NBC Sports Group’s race simulcast and alternative camera angles, ranging from in-car views to various key track locations. For the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 5th, one specialty camera will offer an innovative speed shot from turn four, capturing the cars as they speed by at over 150 mph.
  • Dedicated full-view, on-board alternate cameras.
  • Additional features on the desktop/laptop experience, bringing fans comprehensive race-day information to their fingertips:
    • Driver updates, cup standings, and biographies
    • Track infographics with key facts and history

NASCAR on NBC coverage begins on Saturday July 4th at 7 p.m. ET with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on NBCSN.  Coverage continues with one of the most anticipated events of the season, the 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC Sports Live Extra will stream NASCAR 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.

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning this coming 4th of July weekend from Daytona International Speedway.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season. The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA is NBCSN’s weekday 30-minute news and highlights program dedicated to America’s fascination with speed and stock car racing, and features regular appearances by NBC Sports’ NASCAR experts, as well as a rotation of guest analysts.

— NBC SPORTS GROUP —

GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA HEADLINES SECOND BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC QUALIFIER OF THE YEAR THIS SATURDAY LIVE AT 8 PM ET ON NBCSN

NEW YORK (June 25, 2015) – The second automatic berth into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic is on the line Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1), which will be televised live on NBCSN, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The  1 1/4 mile Gold Cup is the third of 10 programs in the  “Breeders’ Cup Challenge: Win and You’re In Series,” featured on NBC and NBCSN from some of America’s most iconic racetracks, all leading to the 32nd Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 30-31 on NBC and NBCSN.

NBCSN’s coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Saturday features host Laffit Pincay, III, analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey and five-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, and reporter Nick Luck. Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier serves as handicapper.

The Gold Cup is the second of five televised Breeders’ Cup Classic qualifying races in the series for potential challengers to Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who will be paraded in front of the Santa Anita crowd Saturday afternoon. The first “Win and You’re In” qualifier of 2015 was Noble Bird, who won the Stephen Foster on NBCSN at Churchill Downs on June 15.

The Gold Cup field is led by Catch a Flight and Moreno, the first and second-place finishers in the 1 1/8 mile Californian Stakes on May 30 at Santa Anita. Trained by Richard Mandella and ridden by Gary Stevens, Catch a Flight is shooting for his third consecutive win, having also won the Precisionist at 1 1/16 miles on May 2. The Argentine bred son of Giant’s Causeway is 5 of 6 lifetime at the 1 ¼ mile distance.

The 5-year-old front-running Moreno finished just half a length behind Catch a Flight in the Californian. Trained by Eric Guillot and ridden by Cornelia Velasquez, Moreno is a career earner of nearly $3 million in 27 starts. This year, he won the Charles Town Classic (G2) by two lengths on April I8; was third by a half-length in the New Orleans Handicap at the Fair Grounds on March 28 and was second to Shared Belief in the Santa Anita Handicap earlier that month. Moreno also won the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga last summer.

Hoppertunity, trained by Bob Baffert,  had been idle four months prior to running third, beaten 5 ¾ lengths, in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs June 13 and could likely show major improvement on Saturday with a recent race under his belt.  Owned by Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman, the 4-year-old colt by Any Given Saturday won the Grade I Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs four starts back and is a three-time graded stakes winner who will try a mile and quarter for the first time in the Gold Cup.

The complete field for the Gold Cup, to be run as the ninth on a 10-race card Saturday, with jockeys in post-position order:  Batti Man, Fernando Perez; Hard Aces, Victor Espinoza, Poshsky, Flavien Prat; Motown Men, Tyler Baze; Majestic City; Hoppertunity, Martin Garcia; Big Cazanova, Corey Nakatani; Moreno, Cornelio Velasquez; Catch a Flight, Gary Stevens; Lideris, Joe Talamo and Finnegans Wake, Mike Smith.

Fans can also get into the excitement of the Gold Cup by playing the Million Dollar Finish, which offers them the chance to correctly select the exact order of finish in the race and win a trip the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The game is free to enter and play, and fans can register and submit their picks for each race online at: http://www.milliondollarfinish.com/. The fantasy player with the highest score for each designated race will win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2015 Breeders’ Cup. Along with the 10 chances to win during the Challenge Series, fans can enter for a shot at the ultimate prize of $1 million during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships by predicting the correct order for the top 10 finishers in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will air on Saturday, October 31 on NBC.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

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

About Breeders’ Cup

The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships.  The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses totaling $26 million, will be held October 30-Oct. 31 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, www.breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms FacebookTwitter and YouTube 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. The Promotion registration period begins on or about April 28, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. ET and ends on October 31, 2015 at 5:40 p.m. ET. Promotion is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C., who are 18 years of age or older. See Official Rules at www.MillionDollarFinish.com/rules for exact registration times for each race, additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details. Void where prohibited. PROMOTION IS DEVISED AS A NON-GAMBLING PROMOTION and is intended solely for entertainment purposes. Promotion is sponsored by Breeders’ Cup Limited. Breeders’ Cup Limited is the sole sponsor of the Promotion. NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC are not sponsors of the Promotion and are not associated with the administration of the Promotion in any way. Entrants are providing information to sponsors and not to NBC Sports and NBCUniversal Media, LLC.

GOLF CHANNEL AIRTIMES & NOTES (JUNE 25-28)

Watson, Reed, Garcia Headline the Field at the Travelers Championship 

Kaymer Competing in Home Country at the BMW International Open

Lewis Defends at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Field of 312 Players Competing for 20 Spots in the 2015 PGA Championship

at the PGA Professional National Championship in Philadelphia

 

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 24, 2015) – The PGA TOUR shifts to the Northeast for the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., with Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Sergio Garcia headlining the field. Golf Channel’s evening news program, Golf Central, will air on-site from TPC River Highlands throughout the week with Kelly Tilghman hosting, Brandel Chamblee and Mark Rolfing serving as analysts and Angela Hamann reporting. The European Tour is in Germany for the BMW International Open with Martin Kaymer teeing it up in his home country, and Henrik Stenson also in the field. Stacy Lewis will defend her title at the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, with eight of the top-10 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings in the field. And on Sunday, the PGA Professional National Championship gets underway from Philadelphia Cricket Club, as the 312-person field will be competing for 20 available spots in the 2015 PGA Championship in August.

PGA TOUR

Travelers Championship

Dates: June 25-28

Venue: TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

Friday              3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m. (Replay)

Saturday          1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 7-11:30 p.m. (Replay)

Sunday            1-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (Replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Golf Central on-site from TPC River Highlands: Golf Central will air on-site at the Travelers Championship from TPC River Highlands to offer tournament insight and analysis throughout the week. Kelly Tilghman will host, with Brandel Chamblee and Mark Rolfing serving as analysts, and Angela Hamann reporting.

Streelman defends: Kevin Streelman birdied each of his last seven holes to defeat K.J. Choi and Sergio Garcia by one stroke to earn his second career PGA TOUR win.

Headlining the field: Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Billy Horschel, Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Brandt Snedeker.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Brian Hammons

Analyst: Curt Byrum

Tower: Frank Nobilo

On-Course: Phil Parkin

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

BMW International Open

Dates: June 25-28

Venue: Golf Club Munchen Eichenried (Championship Course), Munich, Germany

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday         5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Live)

Friday              5:30-7:30 a.m. / 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Saturday          7:30-11:30 a.m. (Live)

Sunday            6:30-11 a.m. (Live)

Broadcast Notes:

Zanotti defends: Fabrizio Zanotti defeated Gregory Havret, Henrik Stenson and Rafa Cabrera-Bello on the fifth playoff hole to become the first player from Paraguay to win on the European Tour.

Headlining the Field: Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer, Retief Goosen, Tommy Fleetwood, Victor Dubuison, Joost Luiten, Camilo Villegas, Bernd Wiesberger and Shane Lowry.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Studio Host: Scott Walker

Play by Play: Dominik Holyer

Analyst: Warren Humphreys

On-Course: Julian Tutt

 

LPGA TOUR

Walmart NW Arkansas Championship

Dates: June 26-28

Venue: Pinnacle Country Club, Rogers, Ark.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Friday              11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-5:30 a.m. (Saturday replay)

Saturday          3-6 p.m. (Live) / 12:30-3:30 a.m. (Sunday replay)

Sunday            5-8 p.m. (Live) / 4:30-6 a.m. (Monday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Lewis defends: Stacy Lewis finished one shot ahead of Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford for her 11th career LPGA Tour win.

Headlining the field: Inbee Park, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, So Yeon Ryu, Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist, Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie and Cristie Kerr.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Tom Abbott

Analyst: Judy Rankin

Tower: Jim Gallagher Jr.

On-Course: Jerry Foltz / Karen Stupples

 

PGA OF AMERICA

PGA Professional National Championship

Dates: June 28-July 1

Venue: Philadelphia Cricket Club (Wissahickon Course); Philadelphia Cricket Club (Militia Hill Course), Flourtown, Pa.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Sunday            3-5 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Monday replay)

Monday           3:30-6 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Tuesday replay)

Tuesday           3:30-6:30 p.m. (Live) / 3-5 a.m. (Wednesday replay)

Wednesday     2-5 p.m. (Live) / 2:30-4:30 a.m. (Thursday replay)

Broadcast Notes:

Tournament format: 312 PGA of America professionals will compete for 20 available spots in the field at the upcoming PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin. The field will play one round at each course over the first two days before a 36-hole cut is made with the low 90 players and ties. A second cut after 54 holes will include the low 70 players and ties. The final two rounds will be held on the Wissahickon Course, which will host the Constellation SENIOR PLAYERS Championship in 2016.

Block defends: Michael Block defeated Jamie Broce with a birdie on the second playoff hole.

Golf Channel Broadcast Team:

Play by Play: Dave Marr

Analyst: Michael Breed

Tower: Steve Burkowski

On-Course: Phil Blackmar

Interviews: Scott Walker

 

-NBC Sports Group-

U.S. OLYMPIANS ALLYSON FELIX & LASHAWN MERRITT HEADLINE NBC SPORTS GROUP’S USATF OUTDOOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE THIS WEEKEND

Live Coverage Begins Fri., June 26, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN & Continues at 4 p.m. ET on NBC on Saturday and Sunday

Coverage Available on NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 24, 2015 – NBC Sports Group presents live coverage of the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships this weekend beginning Friday, June 26, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN and continuing on NBC this Saturday, June 27, and Sunday, June 28, at 4 p.m. ET. The USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., is the final stop of the 2015 Outdoor USATF Championship Series and will determine which athletes represent the U.S. at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing in August.

Coverage of the USATF Outdoor Championships features two-time Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt competing in the men’s 400m, and four-time Olympic medalist Justin Gatlin in the men’s 200m, where he has the fastest time in the world this year.

Headlining the women’s field are a pair of four-time Olympic gold medalists – Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards-Ross – competing in the women’s 400m, three-time Olympian Lolo Jones (two Summer Games and one Winter Games) in the women’s 100m hurdles, and Olympic gold medalist and 15-time national champion Jenn Suhr in the women’s pole vault.

Tom Hammond, Ato Boldon, Craig Masback, Lewis Johnson and Todd Harris call the action from Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

NBC Sports Group’s schedule for the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships (all times ET):

Date Time Network
Fri., June 26 10 p.m. – Midnight (LIVE) NBCSN
Sat., June 27 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (LIVE) NBC
Sun., June 28 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (LIVE) NBC

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 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 –

NBCSN CONTINUES COVERAGE OF THE 2015 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES WITH MAVTV 500 FROM FONTANA THIS SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET

NBCSN Presents 12 Hours of Mecum Auctions Coverage from Inaugural Denver Auction

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Budds Creek National – Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Visit Hampton VA 175 – Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 24, 2015 – NBCSN continues its extensive coverage of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., with live coverage of the MAVTV 500 on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET.

This week’s motorsports action on NBCSN also features 12 hours of coverage from Mecum Auctions’ inaugural event in Denver, Colo., beginning Friday at 2 p.m. ET, as well as coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at the Budds Creek National on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of this week’s IndyCar, Mecum Auctions and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross events on NBCSN.

 

INDYCAR MAVTV 500 – SATURDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

American Josef Newgarden (CFH Racing) looks to build on his win two weeks ago at the Honda Indy Toronto, where he earned his second victory of the 2015 season and led CFH Racing to a 1-2 result, as teammate Luca Filippi earned a second-place finish. Juan Pablo Montoya (Team Penske) continues to lead the drivers’ standings with 374 points, followed by teammate Will Power (347) points, who boasts five poles in nine races. Montoya has won four of his nine career 500-mile races in IndyCar, including this year’s Indianapolis 500. Last year, Tony Kanaan (Chip Ganassi Racing) took the checkered flag at the MAVTV 500, which served as the IndyCar season finale.

This weekend’s NBCSN IndyCar coverage begins on Friday at midnight ET with qualifying. NBCSN’s presentation continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with live race coverage. NBC Sports Group’s lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the MAVTV 500, alongside analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett, and analyst and former driver Paul Tracy. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties.

 

MECUM AUCTIONS: DENVER – COVERAGE BEGINS FRIDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents 12 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from the auction company’s inaugural event in Denver, Colo., this week, beginning on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET. Main attractions from this week’s event which will feature over 700 vehicles include a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am Ram Air IV and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible.

Mecum Auctions coverage from Denver continues on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET, leading into the IndyCar MAVTV 500, and concludes with five straight hours of action on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions telecast team of Scott HokeJohn KramanStephen Cox, and reporter Bill Stephens will call the action from the Colorado Convention Center.

 

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP BUDDS CREEK NATIONAL – SATURDAY AT 9 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will present six hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship coverage this weekend from Budds Creek National in Maryland, in the sixth round of the 12-race championship series. Ken Roczen earned his first overall win of the season in the 450 Class last week at High Point National, while Marvin Musquin swept both motos in the 250 Class for his second win of the season, passing Jeremy Martin to take the lead in the 250 Class points standings.

Coverage begins on NBC Sports Live Extra with practice at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by pre-race coverage on Live Extra at noon ET. Coverage of Moto 1’s begins on MAVTV at 1 p.m. ET, followed by Moto 2’s on NBC Sports Live Extra at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present coverage of Moto 2’s at 9 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 from Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Md.

 

 

NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST VISIT HAMPTON VA 175 – THURSDAY AT 5:30 P.M. ET

NBCSN continues its coverage of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East this week with a presentation of the Visit Hampton VA 175 on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. ET. William Byron entered the race as the series leader in points ahead of Kyle Benjamin, with two wins under his belt already this season.

Dave Burns (play-by-play), Parker Kligerman (analyst) and Jason Weigandt (analyst) call the action from Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va.

 

Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., June 25 NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East – Langley 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Chronicles: Josef Newgarden 7 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., June 26 Mecum Auctions: Denver 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 27 IndyCar MAVTV 500 – Qualifying* 12 a.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Budds Creek – Practice 10:30 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Speed Energy Stadium Super Truck Series – Toronto 11 a.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Budds Creek – Pre-Show Noon NBC Sports Live Extra
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Budds Creek – Moto 1’s 1 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Mecum Auctions: Denver 1 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Budds Creek – Moto 2’s 3 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
IndyCar MAVTV 500 4 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Budds Creek – Moto 2’s (Encore)* 9 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., June 28 Mecum Auctions: Denver* 7 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay

 

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 IndyCar, Mecum Auctions Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 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 IndyCar content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

 

  • Tony DiZinno, who has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazineand 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.com.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

 

@INDYCARONNBCSN: @IndyCaronNBCSN provides up-to-the-minute IndyCar 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.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –

NBC SPORTS FINALIZES NASCAR BROADCAST TEAM FOR 4TH of JULY WEEKEND DEBUT IN DAYTONA

Announcer Rick Allen Joins Analysts Jeff Burton & Steve Letarte to Call NASCAR XFINITY Series Action and Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series Race

Krista Voda Hosts Pre- and Post-Race Coverage alongside Analysts Kyle Petty & Dale Jarrett from Open-Air Infield Studio atop Pit Road and at Victory Lane

Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro & Dave Burns Patrol Pit Road

Reporters Nate Ryan and Rutledge Wood Complete 12-person On-Air Team

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 24, 2015 – NBC Sports Group has finalized the on-air broadcast team that will present the organization’s first live slate of NASCAR racing action since 2006, when a hand-picked team of proven experts and motorsports journalists make their 4th of July Weekend debut from “The World Center of Racing” — Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.  The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN.

“NBC Sports has always taken great pride in the belief that we surround each of our broadcasts with the very best on-air talent in the business and this NASCAR team is exemplary,” said Flood. “We’re bringing fresh viewpoints from behind the wheel and on top of the pit box, multi-generational perspectives and Hall of Fame credentials, journalistic muscle, and an entertaining style that fans will enjoy and ultimately feel closer to the action.”

Accomplished race announcer Rick Allen joins 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton and Daytona 500 champion crew chief Steve Letarte in the NBC Sports broadcast booth to call two primetime races over the holiday weekend.  NBC Sports Group hits the ignition switch on its 10-year chapter as the home of NASCAR’s championship run on Saturday July 4th at 7:00 p.m. ET with the Subway Firecracker 250 NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on NBCSN.  Allen, Burton and Letarte return the next evening to call one of the most anticipated events of the season, the 57th running of the Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 7 p.m. ET on NBC.

NBC Sports’ Krista Voda will sit alongside engaging NASCAR personality Kyle Petty, as well as three-time Daytona 500 champion and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett, from a state-of-the-art open-air studio located atop pit road to set the stage for both races.  Rutledge Wood, NBC Sports’ NASCAR features reporter and “man about the track,” will present pieces that delve into the experience of attending a race at the famed Daytona International Speedway and NBCSports.com lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan will be on hand to cover news and timely information affecting the sport.  Once each checkered flag is captured, the set location will shift to Victory Lane in order to take in the post-race festivities and break down the pivotal moves and strategic decisions that dictated the outcome.

Experienced motorsports reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Mike Massaro, and Dave Burns will cover pit road during both 4th of July Weekend telecasts,

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content, beginning this coming 4th of July weekend from Daytona International Speedway.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season. The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

NASCAR AMERICA is NBCSN’s weekday 30-minute news and highlights program dedicated to America’s fascination with speed and stock car racing, and features regular appearances by NBC Sports’ NASCAR experts, as well as a rotation of guest analysts.

— NBC SPORTS GROUP —

TOUR DE FRANCE PREVIEW SHOW AIRS THIS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

Live Tour de France Coverage Begins on Sat., July 4 on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – June 22, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 102nd Tour de France begins with the Tour de France Preview Show hosted by Todd Harris this Wednesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The show will take an in-depth look at the Tour de France, the world’s most prestigious cycling event, featuring interviews with past Tour de France winner Alberto Contador (2007, 2009); Tejay Van Garderen, who placed fifth in the 2012 and 2014 Tour de France; 2013 Tour de France runner up and 2014 Giro d’Italia winner Nairo Quintana;  2014 Criterium du Dauphine winner and Current USA National Time Trial Champion Andrew Talanksy; 25-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish; and Fabian Cancellara, who has 28 Tour de France yellow jerseys to his name,  the most of any active rider. In addition, the program features an overview of the race route, profiles of competing cyclists, and historical moments.

NBC Sports Group is the exclusive rights holder of Tour de France coverage in the U.S. and will provide television coverage on NBC and NBCSN. Daily live coverage of the Tour de France begins Saturday, July 4, at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN with Stage 1, and continues each night with the Tour Primetime show featuring a look at the day’s most compelling action with new analysis, interviews, and updates. Live coverage culminates with the final stage Sunday, July 26, at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN. More information on NBC Sports Group’s extensive 102nd Tour de France coverage, including a full programming schedule, will be released soon.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP –