05/28/2014 3:42PM

NBC plans 16 hours of Belmont coverage

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NBC Sports and its parent network will show 16 hours of Belmont Stakes-related coverage beginning June 4 and through the race June 7, double the amount it had originally been planning, the network said Wednesday.

NBC Sports had been planning just less than eight hours of Belmont-related programming prior to California Chrome winning the Preakness Stakes on May 17 and setting up a potential run at the Triple Crown. Most of the additional coverage will be comprised of repeat airings of a new documentary based on California Chrome and a series of “Belmont Classics” shows that will briefly recap some of the previous runnings of the race.

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The anchor of the Belmont Stakes coverage will be the live broadcast of the Belmont Stakes, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern and ending at 7 p.m. June 7 on NBC. That broadcast will be preceded by two hours of live coverage from Belmont on NBC Sports. The NBC broadcast of the race will also be followed by a half-hour Belmont recap show.

Live coverage from Belmont Park on Friday will begin at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports and include live coverage of the True North Handicap and the Belmont Gold Cup, along with interviews and analysis of the Belmont, the network said.

walesfoodmusic More than 1 year ago
oh goody,16 more hours of stupidity
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
95% of the viewers dont understand racing jargon nor can put it in perspective. ..no viewer will understand "bullet works", "track bias" "switching leads" "galloped out" a billion other racing terms. Poker at least took the time to explain each term and show examples. my friends don't watch this with me because they don't understand tons of stuff said in interviews
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
maybe they understand its a suckers game, and maybe u don't get it!
Jack Armstead More than 1 year ago
To Bugsy Anderson: You are absolutely correct about this as well. I just realized (from your comment) that when my family or friends are over watching a big day of racing like BC... they don't understand our language and they might as well be "reading 'Shakespeare' to a pig."
will More than 1 year ago
The question is... how much of it will be filmed from a blimp? The race coverage is horrible...nobody wants to see that aerial shot nonsense... film it like very single race track films... from the side angle
Walter More than 1 year ago
We posters are always so quick to hope for new fans, more exposure and all things positive for racing. But I ask, what has racing done to help its image? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! They allow known cheats to participate, they raise takeout, they worry about casino interests more than racing interests, and price gouge fans on Belmont Day. Racing needs an introspective review of itself.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Well put
Jack Armstead More than 1 year ago
Ten four Walter; I read you loud and clear. To Bugsy Anderson: You are absolutely correct about this as well. I just realized (from your comment) that when my family or friends are over watching a big day of racing like BC... they don't understand our language and they might as well be "reading 'Shakespeare' to a pig."
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Great News to get some exposure for Racing. The air time is welcome to a sport that needs as much promotion/media attention as it can get.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
NBC should do an interview with TOD PLETCHER and ask him why his triple crown contenders don't do so well at tracks that have real security protocols and testing like Churchill for example.and then ask NYRA if they have ever done pre race testing on a pletcher horse .
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
All of this talk for the other horses holds no value to me. Truth of the matter is that Chrome has been running these races the way he wanted. Everybody else was straining to keep up. If Chrome has everything his way, where do you think anybody gets an advantage? Chrome hasnt so much as broken a sweat or had to really look another horse in the eye and battle him. These horses are really up against it. If you are one of the distance doubters, I want you to tell me why Chrome doesnt get it and HOW someone else does. Exactly.
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
And dont tell me anything about pedigree because NONE of these horses were bred for 1.5 miles and California Chrome shouldnt even want a MILE based on his daddy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't believe those 16 hours will help the "sport" of losing money getting any adepts over a tv screen. Better chance to get hooked is the person that is in the racetrack, that bets his first $10 in a pre stake race and gets a return of $50.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
As for the race, Cali Chrome wins by 3, Wicked Strong is 2nd and Ride on Curlin 3rd... - RAMMER
sjm80s . More than 1 year ago
15 hours and 57 minutes however will be filled with boys pretending to be girls and interviews with other irrelevant characters. Next to none of the time will be spent educating people about the game, paying any homage to past Triple Crown winners or talking about anything that fans want to hear. CANT WAIT!
freecharm More than 1 year ago
won't that just tick off the infomercial aficionados? :)