The racing industry Aug. 10 was offered a look at the success of the National Football League and, though racing lacks the fundamental structure to support similar growth, there were tips on maximizing interest in the sport.
TVG Network and the New York Racing Association announced July 15 a multi-year extension of their agreement for TVG to televise, stream, and accept wagers on live horse races from NYRA tracks.
HRTV is unveiling a new show when "The Horizon" premiers Saturday, June 28 at 11 a.m. EDT. The program is designed to shine a spotlight on emerging young equine stars on the racing scene.
This year's telecast of the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on NBC garnered the second-highest overnight rating and share, according to the NBC SportsPR Twitter account.
NBC Sports has announced its lineup of coverage for June 6-7 in conjunction with the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I), in which California Chrome will shoot for the Triple Crown.
The Jockey Club Tour on FOX makes its first and only stop at historic Belmont Park May 11, with live coverage of the $400,000 Man o' War Stakes (gr. IT) on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes from 4:30-6 p.m. EDT.
Some of the pioneers in television technology said yes, in presentations May 7 at the Asian Racing Conference in Hong Kong. read blog
NBC Sports' coverage of the 140th Kentucky Derby May 3 averaged 15.3 million viewers, according to fast national data provided today by The Nielsen Co.
Breeders' Cup announced May 1 that it has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Henry Birtles Associates to distribute international television rights to the Breeders' Cup World Championships.
NBC Sports Network begins its coverage with a feature on the 2013 Derby winner. The post draw will be shown starting at 5 p.m.
NBC and Churchill Downs have reached agreement on a 10-year contract extension that will keep the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks on the NBC family of networks and platforms through 2025.
Live coverage of the March 8 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) has been added to "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX," officials said Feb. 24.
- By Tom LaMarra
Nine live racing telecasts that are part of the "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX" will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 from early February through mid-September, the partners in the project announced Jan. 20.
The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), televised in prime time on the East Coast by NBC, took a substantial fall from year-ago numbers, registering a rating of 1.4, down from 2.2 last year, according to numbers released Nov. 4.
HRTV will present comprehensive live coverage leading into, and continuing through, the 30th Breeders' Cup World Championships Nov. 1-2 at Santa Anita Park.
Horse racing's decades-old video production of live racing through the pan shot was panned, and otherwise described as unimaginative when compared with other sporting events, during an industry conference Oct. 8.
This year's telecast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 8 registered a final national rating of 4.5 and an 11 share, down slightly from 4.8/11 in 2011, NBS Sports Network said June 11.
HRTV and TVG will offer on-site coverage of the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) showdown between Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Orb and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Oxbow.
Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to see Oxbow win the 2013 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 18 from Pimlico Racecourse near Baltimore, as ratings for the second jewel of the Triple Crown improved markedly over year-ago numbers.
Television coverage of the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on NBC drew about 16.2 million viewers, up 9% from 2012 and the second-highest number since 1989, according to The Nielsen Company.
The May 4 telecast of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on NBC registered a 10.4 overnight rating and 23 share for the race portion, according to The Nielsen Company, a viewership increase of 16% from 2012.
NBC Sports Group will offer 14.5 hours of television coverage of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) from May 1-4, as well as live video streaming.
Beginning April 1, TVG will drop the 25 cents per wager charged some customers and offer 10 hours of free streaming per month. TVG had charged the fee since its launch in July 1999.
TVG has announced that in partnership with Woodbine Entertainment Group, the horse racing network is expanding its live coverage of racing from Japan in 2013.
HRTV again will cover "big event" programs from Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, including the April 20 Charles Town Classic (gr. II) program.
Viewership numbers for the Breeders' Cup Classic nearly doubled from 2011 as NBC got a 2.0 rating for its primetime coverage of the 2012 event, up from a 1.0 rating the Classic received on ESPN a year ago.
The industry's two racing television networks, TVG and HRTV, will both broadcast races from Betfair Hollywood Park live beginning Nov. 8 under a new agreement in California.
Santa Anita Park will provide its fans both on-track and around the world a high-definition, digital simulcast television presentation beginning with the opening of the 2012 Autumn Meet Sept. 28.
The $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) will return to television this year during a live FOX Sports Net broadcast from 5-6 p.m. EDT Aug. 4.
Viewership for the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on NBC was up 12% from last year and 62% from 2010, according to official data provided by The Nielsen Company June 12.
"I'll Have Another -- Charging Toward History" will premiere June 7 at 7:30 p.m. (EDT) on the NBC Sports Network. It will be shown again June 8 at 7:30 p.m. and June 9 at 2:30 p.m.
HRTV has scheduled 13 hours of programming, beginning with the June 6 post position draw, surrounding this year's June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
The Thoroughbred Owners of California June 1 tabled action on exchange wagering for one year and endorsed a deal proposed by The Stronach Group, leading to a strong response from Betfair TVG.
More than eight million viewers tuned into the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 19, as ratings declined for the second leg of the Triple Crown. I'll Have Another figures to attract more viewers for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.
Preliminary numbers for NBC's telecast of I'll Have Another's Preakness (gr. I) victory indicate a slight dip from 2011 figures, although that could change when national numbers are released May 22.
NBC will implement all-access social media strategy along with TV and live online streaming for the Preakness May 19 from Baltimore.
Television viewership was up 2% for the 2012 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), while the share of viewers watching the race rose 6%, making I'll Have Another's victory the third-highest watched since Sunday Silence in 1989.
NBC Sports Group announced overnight TV ratings for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) were off slightly from 2011 numbers but remained relatively strong compared to other premium sports events.
NBC Sports Group will present 27 1/2 hours of Triple Crown coverage as it adds Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey to its team.
The $750,000 West Virginia Derby (gr. II) will return to television this year as part of an $800,000 promotional package approved April 13 by the West Virginia Racing Commission.
TVG will provide live coverage of the annual race meets at Keeneland and Woodbine that begin Friday, April 6.
"The Road to the Kentucky Derby," a four-Saturday package of televised stakes that stemmed from recommendations in the 2011 McKinsey and Company report, will begin March 24 with the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
TVG will provide live on-site coverage of the April 14 Charles Town Classic (gr. II) program at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, officials said March 14.
Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and TVG have announced a simulcast and ontrack broadcast partnership that will begin with the start of racing at Del Mar July 18.
NBC Sports Group picked up the contract to televise the Breeders' Cup beginning in 2012 in a four-year deal that gives it a monopoly on coverage of all major racing events.
For the second consecutive year, ESPN has won the Media Eclipse Award for Television-Live Racing Programming for its telecast of "The Breeders' Cup Classic" at the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.
Without Zenyatta, TV ratings on ESPN2, ABC, and ESPN all fell in 2011 with Saturday's Breeders' Cup program suffering the most damage.
New policies in place at this year's Breeders' Cup as a result of the Life At Ten incident in 2010 will still allow pre-race television interviews with jockeys immediately prior to the start of a World Championship race.
- By Tom LaMarra
The recommendations in the McKinsey Report, a document design to drive growth in Thoroughbred racing, already are being implemented, including plans for four consecutive Saturdays of television coverage next spring.
Horse racing has been a family affair for Joe Tessitore, who will host two days of Breeders' Cup coverage Nov. 4-5 on the ESPN networks and ABC.
Most Popular Stories
- Bayern Cruises to Pennsylvania Derby Win
- Untapable Unstoppable in Grade I Cotillion
- Miss Behaviour Romps in Charles Town Oaks
- Game On Dude, Won Three Big 'Caps, Retired
- California Chrome Draws Rail in PA Derby
- Suffolk Open to Any Viable Plans for Racing
- Artemis Agrotera Gets Up to Win Gallant Bloom
- Featured Horse Profile: Artemis Agrotera
- Thank You Marylou Coasts Clear in Dogwood
- Top Filly Princess of Sylmar Retired