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Dec 28, 2012

NBC Sports recognized with Media Eclipse Award


New York, NY (Sports Network) - The Media Eclipse Award in the Television - Live Racing Programming category has been given to NBC Sports for its live coverage of the 2012 Kentucky Derby. This is the ninth time NBC Sports has been honored in the Live Television category.

"The Kentucky Derby is one of America's greatest sporting events," said Rob Hyland, coordinating producer of NBC Sports and the producer of the telecast. "It is a day that uniquely combines atmosphere and competition. From the 20 horses and their connections, to Millionaires Row and the raucous infield, Derby Day has something for everyone and it is our job to cover the many layers of this great event. Every Derby has a number of captivating storylines and this year was no exception. Our production team did an excellent job telling the stories of the 138th Kentucky Derby and we are very proud to win this prestigious award."

The 2012 Kentucky Derby telecast was directed by Drew Esocoff with Tom Hammond and Bob Costas serving as hosts. Handicapping information and analysis was provided by Bob Neumeier and Mike Battaglia along with expert analysts Gary Stevens, Randy Moss, Laffit Pincay III and Jerry Bailey. The on-scene reporters were Jay Privman, Kenny Rice and Donna Brothers.

The media awards are presented by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters (NTWAB) for outstanding achievement in media coverage of thoroughbred racing. Trophies will be presented to the Award winners at the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards on Saturday, Jan, 19, 2013, at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

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