NBC Sports and TVG are looking to step up their horse racing coverage by teaming up for new “Trackside Live” broadcasts.
TVG, which stands for Television Games Network, already provides live streams for horse racing events on its website and its horse betting app.
Adding NBC Sports into the mix beefs up the company’s coverage options. With NBC already in 80 million households around the country, TVG now has a new avenue to showcase its product.
NBC is already the broadcasting home of the Kentucky Derby, the Triple Crown, and the Breeders’ Cup, so the partnership makes a lot of sense for both sides.
The first event that the duo will tackle together will be the Louisiana Derby on March 21. The race has a $1 million purse up for grabs.
Betting on the Louisiana Derby
TVG is a licensed and regulated gambling site in the US, so racing fans can bet on the Louisiana Derby directly through TVG’s app or website. The same goes for all of the other races that TVG live streams.
Enforceable is the betting favorite for the race. The colt won the Lecomte Stakes back in January and was the runner-up in February’s Risen Star race.
Here’s a look at the odds for each horse in the Derby.
|Shake Some Action||15-1|
|Mr. Big News||20-1|
The simulcast live coverage for the race will be available through both NBC Sports and TVG’s websites and apps due to their new partnership.
Britney Eurton will anchor the new broadcasts. She was the natural choice for the job since she’s previously spent time working for both companies.
Much like online sportsbooks such as DraftKings and FanDuel, TVG offers promotions on its site.
Right now, TVG is offering new users a $200 risk-free bet on their first single horse win wager.
Racing continues despite COVID-19 concerns
Despite almost every sport throughout the country putting things on hold in the wake of COVID-19, the Louisiana Derby will still be taking place without cancelations.
The CDC has recommended limiting social gatherings to less than 10 people. That recommendation has already led to changes for other horse racing events.
Although the show will go on, the race will take place without spectators present. The same goes for the rest of the season’s events at the Fair Grounds Race Course. There was a meeting Friday to discuss options for the race, but those involved ultimately concluded the best course of action was to proceed with the race.
TVG and NBC Sports are not 100% sure if every future simulcast will still be available since more races could still be canceled down the line. The duo will continue their broadcasts as planned if there are no delays or cancelations.
The next race after the Louisiana Derby that the duo will broadcast is the Florida Derby on March 28.