Following an inaugural run this past summer, the NBC Sports Group and the New York Racing Association have reached a two-year extension for Summer at Saratoga.
The pact, financial terms of which were not disclosed, will bring live national coverage of the Saratoga Race Course meet through 2013.
This year's NBC Sports Group coverage of the Saratoga meet marked the most extensive live national broadcast presence ever of racing from the prestigious track, including three hour-long shows on NBC and five on Versus, spanning seven weekends in total.
The tentative plans calls for coverage on five dates next year on the broadcast network and national cable service that will be named NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2.
"The NBC Sports Group's landmark coverage of this summer's Saratoga meet was phenomenal," said NYRA president and CEO Charles Hayward in a statement. "NBC and Versus took everything that is special about Saratoga, from the incredible racing to the unparalleled fan experience to the storied history and beauty of the track and the town, and conveyed those elements to viewers across the country. We are very excited to extend this partnership for at least two more years and are already looking forward to the 2012 meet."
"We are excited to extend our partnership with Charles Hayward and NYRA, one of our valued Triple Crown partners, to present Summer at Saratoga for two more years," noted Jon Miller, president of programming, NBC Sports and Versus. "Saratoga is one of the iconic venues in American sports, and we couldn't be happier with the multi-platform success we shared in the first year of this partnership."
The following is the tentative schedule for next summer:
• Saturday, August 11 - 6-7 p.m. ET - NBC Sports Network
• Sunday, August 12 - 4-6 p.m. ET - NBC Sports Network
• Saturday, August 18 - 5-6 p.m. ET - NBC Sports Network
• Saturday, August 25 - 4-6 p.m. ET - NBC
• Saturday, September 1 - 5-6 p.m. ET - NBC