For a network that only showed 2 hours of horse racing two years ago, the announcement that the Breeders Cup will not only return to NBC, but will be offered in a prime-time viewing spot is a welcome change for horse racing enthusiasts.
The Breeders Cup is likely considered the lesser-known of major horse racing events compared to the Triple Crown events including the Preakness, Belmont and of course the Kentucky Derby. But with viewership ratings up overall for all of horse racing (especially the Derby), it’s really a no brainer for NBC to extend their coverage of horse racing nationwide and bring it into primetime. With NBC also looking to add more sports to the network and the NBC Sports Network, it's a smart move.
From the NYT: “NBC and the NBC Sports Network will combine to present nine and a half hours of live coverage of 15 Breeders’ Cup races over two days with horses from around the world competing for more than $25 million. The Classic, which has helped crown 11 Horses of the Year, will be run between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern on Nov. 3.”
From 1984-2005, NBC held the Breeders Cup rights only to lose them to ESPN/ABC. In the new four year deal, it makes NBC the sole home for horse racing out of all the television networks. Something few networks can say in regards to any sport.
Craig! you're an idiot. Cancerous nobody that played the sport in mediocrity. Get a grip. BOISE STATE>CRAIG JAMES/MARK MAY
Man I really hate Craig James. Total bozo with horrible opinions. The fact that he slandered Mike Leach unfairly and got him fired because his son wasn't getting playing time is unreal.
Another interesting wrinkle to this ballot is that King James doesn't have West Virginia on it. For those who don't know the story, Dana Holgorsen came out and defended Mike Leach when that whole thing went down. Holgorsen even criticized Adam James' work habit's publicly, which many people Corroborated. I see King James is getting his revenge on Holgorsen. What a Douche!
Craig James can't vote for the Girl next door when he is sitting in bar with his AP cronies. They all agree that the tramp down the street across town will suit their purposes better after all. Cheers lets have another round for the house, of good ole southern moonshine. Sorry Boise State you are just too nice.