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NBC Sports Group Doubles the Planned Coverage for The Belmont Stakes

With California Chrome on track to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978, NBC is expanding its planned coverage of the Belmont Stakes next week. NBC/NBCSN will provide 16 hours of coverage of the final leg of the Triple Crown. It begins with a documentary next Wednesday, “California Chrome: […]

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The 139th Preakness Stakes Replay

With California Chrome winning the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, we now have our first contender for horse racing’s Triple Crown since Big Brown in 2008. I’ll Have Another won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness two years ago, but was scratched from the Belmont. So California Chrome won today’s Preakness and Larry Collmus […]

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The 139th Preakness Stakes on NBC Sports Group

The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes is on for this Saturday. NBC and NBCSN will be all over California Chrome’s quest to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to complete the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes trifecta. Coverage begins Friday on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET with […]

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The 140th Kentucky Derby

California Chrome blew away a field of 19 horses at the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs on Saturday making it a heavy favorite to complete the Triple Crown. It would be the first horse since Seattle Slew in 1978 to finish horse racing’s toughest feat. California Chrome took the lead in the final turn […]

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Tara & Johnny to Join NBC’s Coverage of the Kentucky Derby

One of the best things to come out of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the Tara & Johnny Show from the figure skating venue, will be in the spotlight once again in May. Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir who were just tremendous in their commentary and in bringing fashion to the broadcast booth, will be out […]

NBC Keeps the Kentucky Derby Through 2025

Also announced this week, NBC Sports has signed a new 10 year agreement with Churchill Downs Group to keep the Kentucky Derby and its affiliated race, the Kentucky Oaks in the fold through 2025. NBC has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 2001. It guarantees that NBC will be the home of the […]

Fox Sports 1 to Air the First of 9 Horse Racing Programs in 2014 in February

Fox Sports 1′s contract with the Jockey Club to air mostly races for older horses begins this year and it will encompass nine telecasts this year. The first races will be seen on Sunday, February 9 from Gulfstream Park in Florida with the Donn Handicap. Some of the races will feature younger horses including the […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 26 — September 1, 2013

We’ve survived the first full week of Fox Sports One and the premiere of new shows. We have another premiere this week, but this one on ESPN2. In addition, we get the first full week of college football as the new season begins in earnest on Thursday. Not only that, the U.S. Open gets underway […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 19 — 25, 2013

Once again, it’s another busy week. Lots of premieres of various studio programs begin this week as Fox Sports 1′s launch continues. In addition, there are plenty of live games as we speed towards the beginning of college football next week and the NFL in September. Let’s get started. TELEVISION We have a lot of […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 12 — 18, 2013

This is the week sports media observers have been waiting for. It’s going to be a rather busy seven days and it all culminates on Saturday, August 17 when the English Premier League starts its first season on NBC Sports Group. This is what all of us have been waiting for. No? Oh, you’re expecting […]

Fox Sports 1 Picks Up Horse Racing

Is there a sport that Fox Sports won’t pick up? We have an announcement that Fox Sports has signed a multi-year contract with the Jockey Club meaning a series of races will be seen on Fox Sports 1.  There will be up to 10 telecasts a year that will originate from tracks all over the […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, August 5 — 11, 2013

Time for your look ahead in the week in sports media. It’s going to be a busy seven days. GOLF The final Major of the year in the PGA Tour takes place at the Oak Hill Country Hill East Course in Rochester, NY. TNT and CBS will team up for coverage. Here’s how it will […]

The Week Ahead in Sports Media, July 29 — August 4, 2013

I’ve been meaning to start a regular Monday feature and since Richard Deitsch has a weekly Monday column at and Tom Hoffarth has his Southern California Sports Calendar, I figured I would preview the upcoming week in the sports media. With a little luck, this will be a signature post on Fang’s Bites. Give […]

Some Weekend Linkage

Ok, I wasn’t able to get to do linkage during the day so in lieu of a Friday post, I’ll make this a weekend post so you can go through these at your leisure. So while I watch some Australian Rules Football, I’ll do a nice links post for you. Let’s begin with John Ourand […]

NBC Sports Group All Over the Preakness Stakes

The middle jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, takes place this Saturday from the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Orb or as Larry Collus called in the Kentucky Derby, “OOOOORRRRRRBBBB!”, will be running for history as the only horse with a chance to win the Triple Crown. NBC Sports Network begins the […]