I’ll post two press releases that pertain to The Group, one for NBC Sports and the other for Versus. One has to do with the U.S. Senior Open and the other to the second installment of Summer at Saratoga. You can guess which event goes where.
Here’s NBC Sports’ release on what it’s airing today and tomorrow.
Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Fuzzy Zoeller and Bernhard Langer Highlight the Field
Dale Douglass Set to Break Arnold Palmer’s Record
NEW YORK – July 27, 2011 – Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Fuzzy Zoeller and returning champion Bernhard Langer lead an impressive field at the 2011 U.S. Senior Open from the historic Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, this Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. ET live on NBC.
The golf legends return to Inverness for the first time since 2003 for the most prestigious senior event. Host Dan Hicks and analyst Gary Koch anchor coverage from the 18th hole tower. They are joined by tower reporter Mark Rolfing and course reporters Roger Maltbie and Dottie Pepper. Golf Channel’s Dave Marr will also be on site reporting for Golf Central throughout the week.
Langer will defend his title against an impressive field, including Toledo native, John Cook, who has already won three events this year (Mitsubishi Electric Championship, Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, Montreal Championship). Cook is looking to claim his first title on his home turf.
Dale Douglass will break a record this weekend when he tees off in his 26th consecutive Senior Open. Douglass is currently tied with Arnold Palmer with 25 straight appearances.
This is the U.S. Senior Open’s second trip to Inverness Club, marking the club’s ninth major championship. In addition to two U.S. Senior Opens (2003, 2011), Inverness has also hosted four U.S. Opens (1920, 1931, 1957, 1979), a U.S. Amateur Championship (1973) and two PGA Championships (1986, 1993) since it was established in 1903.
NBC SPORTS/U.S. SENIOR OPEN (all times ET):
Third Round Live 3-6 p.m. NBC
Final Round Live 3-6 p.m. NBC
And the next one is form Versus regarding the Summer at Saratoga series.
Seven Straight Weekends of Coverage from Saratoga Continues Today on VERSUS With the Diana and Jim Dandy
Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed Expected to Run in Jim Dandy
NEW YORK – July 27, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group’s seven straight weekends of “Summer at Saratoga” live horse racing from Saratoga Race Course continues this Saturday, 5-6 p.m. ET on VERSUS with coverage of the Diana and Jim Dandy.
The Grade 1, $500,000 Diana, run at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, is expected to draw a stellar field including graded stakes winners Aruna, Aviate, and Giants Play, while the 1 1/8 mile Grade 2, $500,000 Jim Dandy, Saratoga’s steppingstone to the August 27 Travers (on NBC), expects to draw Stay Thirsty and Brilliant Speed, graded stakes winners that ran second and third in the prestigious Belmont Stakes, respectively, along with Peter Pan winner Alternation.
COMMENTATORS: Saturday’s coverage will be hosted by Laffit Pincay, III alongside analyst Randy Moss. They will be joined by handicapper Mike Battaglia and reporter Kenny Rice. VERSUS will take the race call from the Saratoga track announcer, the legendary Tom Durkin.
ABOUT THE BROADCAST: In addition to the two grades stakes races (Diana and Jim Dandy), coverage will include a feature on Stay Thirsty and his owner Mike Repole.
NBCSports.com will feature highlights and features from every race, plus online-only features by NBC Sports and VERSUS’ on-air talent.
In May, The New York Racing Association (NYRA) and the NBC Sports Group announced a partnership to broadcast “Summer at Saratoga,” the most extensive live national television coverage of racing from Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., over seven weekends this summer beginning this Saturday and including the famed $1 million Travers Stakes on August 27.
NBC SPORTS GROUP SUMMER AT SARATOGA REMAINING COVERAGE (All Times ET)
Today, Diana and Jim Dandy, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 6, Whitney and Test, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 7, Vanderbilt and Honorable Miss, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 13, Sword Dancer, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Aug. 20, Alabama, 5-6 p.m., NBC
Aug. 27, Travers and King’s Bishop, 5-6 p.m., NBC
Sept. 3, Woodward and Forego, 5-6 p.m., VERSUS
Saratoga Race Course was named one of the world’s top 10 venues of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated. From late July through Labor Day, many of the sport’s top owners, trainers, jockeys, and horses gather in Saratoga Springs for the premier thoroughbred racing meet in the country. First held in 1863, the Saratoga meet now draws more than 20,000 passionate racing fans to the track on a daily basis.
A couple of more press release posts are next.