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NBC, Breeders' Cup Reach Multi-Year Deal

NBC, Breeders' Cup Reach Multi-Year Deal
The Breeders’ Cup and the NBC Sports Group today announced a multi-year media rights partnership beginning with the 2012 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, November 2-3, from Santa Anita Park, featuring the first-ever running of the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic in primetime. The agreement was announced by Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup Limited President and CEO, and Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network.
NBC and NBC Sports Network will combine to present 9 ½ hours of live coverage of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., including live primetime coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Classic on NBC on Saturday, Nov. 3 (8-9 p.m. ET). This marks the first time in its history that the Classic is broadcast live in primetime. The Breeders’ Cup returns to NBC where it was broadcast from its inception in 1984 through 2005. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“Everyone here is delighted that the Breeders’ Cup has returned home,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Bringing back this prestigious event, combined with our long-term partnerships for the Triple Crown with Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, in addition to the Preakness and Belmont cements the NBC Sports Group as the home of horse racing.”
The Breeders’ Cup, Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious global racing event, consists of 15 races held over two-days with over $25 million in purses at stake.  The culminating event of the Breeders’ Cup, the Breeders’ Cup Classic, is contested at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, for 3-year-olds and older, and is often the determining race for the coveted Horse of the Year title. Over the years, 11 Classic winners have been voted Horse of the Year.  In 2009 at Santa Anita Park, the great racemare Zenyatta became the first female to ever win the Classic.
“We are extremely excited to begin our new relationship with NBC and the NBC Sports Group in televising the Breeders’ Cup World Championships as the finale to its expanded commitment to Thoroughbred racing,” said Craig Fravel, President and CEO of Breeders’ Cup Ltd. “In addition to fans enjoying the best in international competition over the two days of the Championships on NBC Sports Network, we look forward to NBC showcasing the Breeders’ Cup Classic in primetime.”
All Times Live, ET
Friday, November 2                4-8 p.m.           NBC Sports Network
Saturday, November 3            3:30-8 p.m.      NBC Sports Network
Saturday, November 3            8-9 p.m.           NBC


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