Breeders' Cup Classic hits prime time with NBC
NEW YORK (AP)
The Breeders' Cup Classic is coming to prime time for the first time.
NBC Sports Group and the Breeders' Cup have agreed to a multiyear deal for the network to televise the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships beginning with the 2012 event at Santa Anita Park.
This year, NBC Sports Network will televise the Breeders' Cup races on Nov. 2 and then Nov. 3 before NBC picks up coverage for the $5 million Classic from 8-9 p.m. EST.
The 15-race Breeders' Cup returns to NBC after several years on ABC/ESPN. NBC aired the event from 1984-2005.
Financial terms of the deal announced Monday were not disclosed.
NBC also televises the Triple Crown races - the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.