Network to Offer Live Coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes,
and Belmont Stakes
STAMFORD, CT - February 17, 2015 - NBC Sports Group, the home of horse racing, will provide live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races for the first time on NBC Sports Radio, it was announced today. NBC Sports Group in 2015 will present live, exclusive coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes on NBC and NBCSN; on desktops, tablets and mobile devices through NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live-streaming product; and on NBC Sports Radio.
For each race, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live coverage from 5-7 p.m. ET, produced in partnership with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), and distributed by Westwood One.
"We are excited to extend NBC's award-winning coverage of the ‘Sport of Kings’ to the radio airwaves" said Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President of NBC Sports Ventures. "NBC Sports Radio listeners all around the nation can now join our millions of TV viewers to enjoy the drama of these great races."
“The Westwood One team is proud to partner with NBC and the Horse Racing Radio Network to provide the thrilling description of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred racing to fans across America,” said Bruce Gilbert, Senior Vice President, Sports, Cumulus and Westwood One.
For more information on programming, visit NBCSportsRadio@westwoodone.com. For a complete schedule of shows, bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing NBC Sports Radio, log on to NBCSportsRadio.com.
NBC SPORTS GROUP AND HORSE RACING: NBC Sports Group is the exclusive home to the most important and prestigious events in horse racing, including the Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup. NBC has been the exclusive home of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes since 2001, and the Belmont Stakes since 2011, when the NBC Sports Group reassembled the Triple Crown.
The 2014 Belmont Stakes on NBC, featuring California Chrome’s Triple Crown attempt, averaged 20.4 million viewers – the second-highest Belmont Stakes viewership on record, trailing only the 21.9 million viewers for NBC’s telecast of Smarty Jones’ Triple Crown attempt in 2004 (People Meter viewership dates to 1988). In addition, the 2014 Kentucky Derby marked the fourth time in six years (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014) that NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage averaged more than 15 million viewers, and the 2014 Preakness Stakes registered a 6.0 household rating, ranking as the highest-rated Preakness Stakes since 2009 (6.8 for Rachel Alexandra’s victory).