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NBC Sports Group presents record 15˝ live hours of Kentucky Derby coverage

April 28, 2015     E-mail this page to a friend!

NBC Sports Group presents 15˝ hours of Kentucky Derby live coverage, a record for the event, beginning on Wednesday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on NBCSN, and culminating with the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on NBC on Saturday, May 2.

Highlights of NBC Sports Group’s Kentucky Derby week coverage, which includes 7˝ hours on Derby Day:

Live coverage of 19 races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday—every race during NBC/NBCSN telecast windows: four live races on Thursday, April 30, at 4:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN; xeven live races on Friday, May 1, at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; and eight live races on Saturday, May 2, during NBCSN’s (Noon ET) and NBC’s (4:00 p.m. ET) Derby Day coverage.

Live coverage of the Kentucky Derby Draw on Wednesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN to determine the post positions.

The most comprehensive coverage plan in Kentucky Derby history with more than 50 cameras, including a camera suspended 80-feet high on the Churchill Downs video board structure, an 80-foot crane on Turn 1, a 4K main play-by-play camera, a robotic camera in the paddock saddling area, and a 4K super-slow-motion reverse finish-line camera.

Bob Costas presents an essay on Kentucky Derby longshots.

Eddie Olczyk, NBC Sports Group’s lead NHL analyst, joins the Kentucky Derby broadcast team for the first time.

Josh Elliott reports feature stories including a profile of 52-year-old jockey Gary Stevens, who makes a Derby comeback nine months after undergoing knee replacement surgery; and a look back at previous Kentucky Derby-winning horses including last year’s Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome.

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski return as NBC Sports Group’s Derby fashion and lifestyle experts


NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby features hosts Bob Costas, a 26-time Emmy Award-winner, and Tom Hammond, a veteran NBC Sports commentator; analysts Randy Moss and Jerry Bailey, the Hall of Fame jockey; analysts/handicappers Mike Battaglia and Eddie Olczyk; NBCSN host/NBC reporter Laffit Pincay, III; reporters Kenny Rice, Donna Brothers and Jay Privman; and race caller Larry Collmus. After making their Kentucky Derby debuts last year, Josh Elliott and Carolyn Manno provide a mix of features and interviews at Churchill Downs, and Olympic figure skaters and NBC figure skating analysts Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski reprise their roles as fashion and lifestyle experts.

The coordinating producer of NBC’s horse racing coverage is Rob Hyland, who has been a part of the network’s horse racing coverage since 2001. The Kentucky Derby is directed by Sunday Night Football and NBC Sports’ horse racing director, Drew Esocoff. The coverage on NBCSN is produced by Billy Matthews and directed by Charlie Dammeyer. The executive producer of NBC Sports and NBCSN is Sam Flood, who has produced 12 Triple Crown races for the network.

29˝ HOURS OF TRIPLE CROWN COVERAGE: NBC Sports Group will present 29˝ hours of Triple Crown coverage this season from Churchill Downs, Pimlico and Belmont, including live racing from all three tracks prior to the Triple Crown races, “classics” from the Preakness and Belmont, and post-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. This marks the fifth consecutive year that all three Triple Crown races will air on NBC.

NBC Sports Live Extra Kentucky Derby coverage

NBC Sports Live Extra—NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets—will stream Kentucky Derby week coverage on NBC and NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at

NBC Sports Live Extra’s Derby Day coverage includes four exclusive camera angles that showcase the activity happening across Churchill Downs; bonus analysis by NBC Sports commentators; and replays and footage from the key “Road to the Kentucky Derby” prep races.

NBC Sports Radio Kentucky Derby coverage

For the first time, NBC Sports Radio will present two hours of live Kentucky Derby coverage beginning Saturday, May 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Produced in partnership with Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN), and distributed by Westwood One, NBC Sports Radio will present live radio coverage of all three Triple Crown races this year.

For more information on programming, please contact Westwood One at For a complete schedule of shows, bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing NBC Sports Radio, log on to