This comes from CNBC’s Darren Rovell, the NBC Sports Group will announce today that it has secured the rights to all three races of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
In October of last year, NBC announced that it had reupped with the Kentucky Derby for five more years. Then last week, ESPN announced it was dropping out of the bidding for the Belmont after holding the rights since 2005.
Darren reports that Versus will be involved in the package airing the preliminary races and combined with NBC, will air an estimated 25 hours of Triple Crown coverage.
I’ll provide more details as they become available.