Universal Sports To Broadcast Semifinals Live
“We’re like oil and water. Different in style, different in opinion.”– NBC’s Sunderland
NEW YORK- July 1, 2009– Fourth of July weekend is highlighted by the reunion of two of volleyball’s broadcasting powerhouses, Chris Marlowe and Paul Sunderland. Marlowe and Sunderland first called volleyball games together in 1985 and are together again for the first time in a decade this weekend at the AVP Coney Island Open in Brooklyn, N.Y. NBC Sports will present live high-definition coverage of the women’s final on Saturday and the men’s final on Sunday beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET. Universal Sports will provide live coverage of women’s semifinal round on Saturday and the men’s semifinal round on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Marlowe and Sunderland first met playing volleyball on the beaches of Santa Monica in the early 1970’s. In 1975, the two first played together on the U.S. National Indoor Volleyball Team and in 1984 won the Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles. In 1985, Marlowe and Sunderland called their first match together between San Diego State and Pepperdine. They made their Olympic debut as a broadcasting duo at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona and then teamed up again in Atlanta and Sydney.
COVERAGE ON UNIVERSAL SPORTS:
Universal Sports will broadcast 12 hours of live semifinal coverage for events in Coney Island, Hermosa Beach and the Cup Championship in Chicago and will re-air all 12 hours of the finals after the live broadcast on NBC. UniversalSports.com will also live stream each semifinal event with on-demand video of the semifinals and finals available online for two weeks after each competition.
This weekend’s coverage highlights the surging top men’s team Sean Scott and John Hyden and Olympian Kevin Wong and partner Matt Olson as they battle it out on the men’s side, while the surprise story of the summer Brooke Hanson and Lisa Rutledge look for their first championship win with Olympians Jenny Johnson Jordan and Annett Davis on their heels.
ALLI AMA MOTOCROSS, SATURDAY, 3:30 PM ET
NBC Sports presents live coverage of the ALLI AMA Motocross from 3:30 p.m. ET. The coverage features the sixth stop of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship from the Redbud stadium in Buchanan, Michigan.
The 450 Class Motocross race will be the spotlight of NBC’s coverage where top competitors Tommy Hahn, Ivan Tedesco, and Andrew Short look to take the 2009 title.
Commentary provided by David Bailey, Jamie Bestwick, and Tiffany Simons.
HY-VEE TRIATHALON, SUNDAY, 3 PM ET
NBC presents coverage of the 2009 Hy-Vee Triathlon this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET from Des Moines, Iowa.
Elite women Emma Moffatt and Emma Snowsill (Australia) along with Lauren Groves (Canada) lead the competition for the women. Simon Whitfield (Canada) and Brad Kahlefeldt (Australia) lead the competition for the men. The elite team competition will be a competitive and close race between teams Switzerland, Canada, Australia and United States.
Jim Kozimor and Siri Lindley will provide commentary.