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NBC Sports to televise Kentucky Derby through 2025

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – NBC Sports Group has announced a 10 year agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated for broadcast rights to the Kentucky Derby.

The agreement includes rights to programming on Oaks and Derby days that will televised on both NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and featured on the NBC digital platforms.

We are excited to extend our partnership with Churchill Downs for both the iconic Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby and are proud to have them as signature elements of our Championship Season," said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, in a statement released Wednesday. "This decade-long deal is a testament to the strength of the relationship between Churchill Downs Incorporated and NBC Sports, and underscores NBC's commitment to the sport of horse racing. We will continue to utilize the wide-ranging media platforms of NBCUniversal to surround the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with wall-to-wall coverage and extensive promotion."

Bob Evans, chairman and CEO of Churchill Downs said, "This agreement extends our relationship with NBC to 25 years and includes what will be a very special historical moment, the 150th Kentucky Derby in 2024. We will not only achieve our financial objectives with this deal, but we will also continue to benefit from NBC's unique media assets and innovative perspective to help us continue to grow the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby brands."

The Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in America.  The 140th Run for the Roses is Saturday, May 3, 2014.

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