America's Cup - live on NBC

US network signed up for the next two years

Friday March 2nd 2012, Author: James Boyd, Location: United States

The NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of the 34th America’s Cup on both NBC and the NBC Sports Network beginning on 7 September, 2013 from the Cup’s host city of San Francisco.

The first two days of racing will be broadcast over-the-air across the United States on 7-8 September on NBC, with the remaining races airing on NBC Sports Network. With the event taking place in San Francisco, the NBC Sports Group’s regional sports network Comcast SportsNet California will provide the additional local coverage that surrounds the America’s Cup Finals. NBC Sports Group also acquired the rights to the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, which determines the challenger for the America’s Cup Finals.

Jon Miller, President of Programming at the NBC Sports Group said: “This is a great example of how the unique assets of the NBC Sports Group – broadcast, cable, and regional - can work together to provide comprehensive coverage of a prestigious event. Viewers are in for a treat as the defense of the Cup by Team USA/Oracle Racing takes place in the U.S. for the first time in 18 years.”

To change the way people understand the sport of sailing, the 34th America’s Cup event organisers have made a significant investment in the production of next-generation broadcast images, anchored by onboard agile HD cameras and 14 microphones on each America’s Cup boat.

“This America’s Cup is breaking remarkable new ground in the broadcasting of sailing, which is intensely watchable and much more reliable for sports schedulers than in the past.” Richard Worth, Chairman, America’s Cup Event Authority said. “Viewers are in for a real treat over the next 18 months as the America’s Cup unfolds, and we are delighted in the enthusiasm the NBC Sports Group has shown for this partnership.”

The backbone of this new visual experience is also a breakthrough in sports broadcasting – augmented reality from a helicopter called LiveLine. Created by the same Emmy award-winning team that developed the yellow first-down line widely used in the broadcast of American football, this revolutionary graphics system enables embedded technical aids for viewers, such as ahead-behind lines so audiences can clearly see who is leading the race.

“To connect with a national television audience, we know we must deliver a product that is compelling, exciting and world-class, and I believe we have accomplished that goal,” said Worth. “We’re telling the America’s Cup story in a way that is unique in sports today, bringing the audience right onto the boats so they are embedded into the action.”

Beyond the television presentation, the partnership between the NBC Sports Group and the America’s Cup Event Authority includes marketing, promotion and distribution of the 34th America’s Cup events over the next two years.

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