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8/23/12 - NBC TO AIR LIVE COVERAGE OF THE AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES THIS SUNDAY

Comcast SportsNet California to Provide Six Additional Hours

of Live Race Coverage

NEW YORK -- August 23, 2012 -- NBC will air 90-minutes of live coverage of the America’s Cup World Series, this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, from San Francisco. Sunday’s broadcast will feature the match racing final and fleet racing final.

11 crews from eight countries are competing in the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series, including two crews from Artemis Racing (Sweden), China Team (China), Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), Energy Team (France), J.P. Morgan BAR (United Kingdom), Luna Rossa Piranha (Italy), Luna Rossa Swordfish (Italy), Team Korea (Korea), and ORACLE TEAM USA (USA), which is fielding two boats with skippers James Spithill and Russell Coutts.

The race in San Francisco is the first leg of the 2012-2013 America’s Cup World Series. The America’s Cup World Series will return to San Francisco October 2-7, before heading to Venice, Italy, April 16-21, 2013, and Naples, Italy, May 14-19, 2013. The regatta will then come back to San Francisco for the Louis Vuitton Cup, July 4 - September 1, 2013, followed by the America’s Cup Finals from September 7-22, 2013.

Veteran announcer Todd Harris will serve as the play-by-play commentator for the NBC broadcast, and will be joined in the booth by legendary sailor and author Gary Jobson.

Comcast SportsNet California will air six hours of live race coverage of the America’s Cup World Series, beginning today through Saturday. John Rawling, Mitch Booth and Gary Jobson will serve as the telecast team for Comcast SportsNet California.

About the 34th America’s Cup on NBC:

The first two days of the 34th America’s Cup will be broadcast on NBC, September 7-8, 2013. The remaining races will air on the NBC Sports Network. With the event taking place in San Francisco, the NBC Sports Group’s regional sports network Comcast SportsNet California will provide additional local coverage that surrounds the America’s Cup Finals. The NBC Sports Group also acquired the rights to the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, America’s Cup Challenger Series, which determines the challenger for the America’s Cup Finals.

-- NBC Sports Group --