Tom Durkin April 26 announced his decision to not to renew his contract to call the Triple Crown races this year for NBC Sports.
“The experience I’ve had working with NBC Sports over the last 27
years has been the most satisfying and rewarding of my professional
life,” said Tom Durkin in a statement. "And so, it is with deep regret
that I have made the decision not to renew my contract as NBC’s Triple
Crown announcer. It was an extremely difficult decision to make and one
that came after almost a year of reflection. Because of the stress of
the event I felt it was not in the interest of my best health. My
biggest disappointment though, is not being able to work with my NBC
colleagues, many of whom have become some of my dearest friends.”
Durkin, 60, had been affiliated with NBC Sports for 27 years. According to the Daily Racing Form,
Durkin, who has called the last 30 Triple Crown races on network
television, will continue to work as the announcer at the New York
Racing Association’s three tracks–Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga.
Durkin is under contract with NYRA through the fall of 2015.