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Triple Crown goes with NBC to leverage NBA

Updated: October 4, 1999, 3:39 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Horse racing's Triple Crown switched TV networks on Monday, and pro basketball might be responsible for the change.

NBC will televise the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes for five years, beginning in 2001.

ABC, led by commentator Jim McKay, has televised the Derby since 1975 and covered all three races since 1987. The network has a year left on its contract.

NBC reportedly paid $51.5 million for the Triple Crown package, with ABC ...

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