Breeders' Cup coverage on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 will be all over the Breeders’ Cup this week from Santa Anita Race Course, and there will be more time for them to tell the stories.
ESPN announced Monday that, for the first time, the commercial inventory will be reduced by 45 percent, meaning that there will be more time to cover the stories.
Translation, at least how I look at it, is that ESPN wasn’t able to sell all of its commercial spots. But ESPN spokesman Mark Mandel said that is not the case.
“We wanted more time to tell stories, and Breeders' was able to bring in sponsors who could make this work,” Mandel said. “The sponsors will have visibility in some of the content of the show.”
So much for my theory.
Coverage begins Wednesday at 5 p.m. with the “Breeders’ Cup Preview Show.” Race coverage begins Friday will all filly races.
ABC will start Saturday coverage at 1 p.m. ESPN takes over at 3:30 p.m.
Capital Region native Joe Tessitore will host the telecasts with analysts Jerry Bailey and Randy Moss. Kenny Mayne will work with handicapper Hank Goldberg. Jeannine Edwards, Jay Privman, and Caton Bredar (on horseback) will serve as reporters. Jessica Pacecho is the odds analyst, while Nick Luck is the European horse analyst and Tom Rinaldi will interview key personalities in the sport. Bill Nack, author of Ruffian, will contribute essays and features, while Trevor Denman will call the races.