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NBC SPORTS WINS MEDIA ECLIPSE AWARD FOR PREAKNESS BROADCAST
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) today announced that NBC Sports has won the Media Eclipse Award for National Television -- Live Racing Programming for its production of the 2002 Preakness Stakes. The show, produced by David Michaels, aired on Saturday, May 18, from Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Md. NBC Sports also won this year’s Media Eclipse Award for National Television -- Feature. The award is NBC’s sixth since 1971.
"We are so pleased to receive the prestigious Eclipse Award for our coverage of the Preakness," said Michaels. "This was a thrilling year to be involved in horse racing, as we saw War Emblem simultaneously attempt the Triple Crown and bring horse racing back into the sporting consciousness. The team of people we have working on our broadcasts are the best in the business, and this award acknowledges their passion and talent that resonates throughout their work."
Judges for the National Television -- Live Racing Programming category included Ed O’Brien, a morning news anchor at WRGB-TV in upstate New York; Marty Rotberg, a 25-year sports marketing veteran who is now managing director, national sponsorship, with PBS Sponsorship Group/WNET in New York; and Terry Hanson of Hanson Enterprises, a sports and entertainment management firm.
"The telecast provided a feeling of warmth and personal involvement, giving the viewer the sense of being part of the action and the emotion of the day," said Rotberg. "Instead of just reporting the day’s action in simple black and white, this production was delivered in warm living color."
Eclipse Award winners will be honored at the 32nd annual Eclipse Awards ceremony, to be held Monday, Jan. 27, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. For hotel accommodations and Eclipse Awards dinner reservations, contact Debbie Blair at the NTRA’s Lexington office, (800) 792-6872, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eclipse Awards are given to recognize members of the media for outstanding coverage of Thoroughbred racing. Eclipse Awards also are bestowed upon horses and individuals whose outstanding achievements have earned them the title of Champion in their respective categories. The awards are presented by the NTRA, the National Turf Writers Association and Daily Racing Form.
The Eclipse Awards are named after the great 18th-century racehorse and sire Eclipse, who began racing at age five and was undefeated in 18 starts, including eight walkovers. Eclipse sired the winners of 344 races, including three Epsom Derbies.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders’ Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com.
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