America’s Cup racing set for live national broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network

© ACEA/Ricardo Pinto © ACEA/Ricardo Pinto


America’s Cup racing returns to network television in the United States in September when NBC broadcasts the 2013 America’s Cup Final.

America’s Cup fans won’t have to wait that long to get a taste of the Summer of Racing. The first race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger series, is scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, July 7, on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup (subject to territorial rights-holder restrictions).

The first two days of the America’s Cup Final, Sept. 7-8, will air live nationally on NBC, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm PT (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm ET) each day. Subsequent racing is slated to be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm PT (3:30 pm to 6:00 pm ET) on race days.

In August, NBC is set to air races of the Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, semifinal and final rounds. The broadcasts will be on NBC’s all-sports cable channel NBC Sports Network.

NBC Sports Network is scheduled to broadcast all races of the Louis Vuitton Cup Final (check local listings for timing) on scheduled race days. Races 3 and 4 of the Louis Vuitton Cup semifinals, Aug. 9 and 10, are also scheduled to air on NBC Sports Network.

Racing hits the airwaves on Sunday with the opening race of the Louis Vuitton Cup, between Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge. The broadcast on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup is scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm PT (3:00 pm ET).

On Thursday, July 4, the America’s Cup YouTube channel will showcase the “Story of the Day,” a two-minute sights and sounds video that will highlight the opening ceremony at the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29.

On Friday, July 5, the opening press conference of the 2013 America’s Cup will be streamed live on the YouTube channel beginning at 10:00 am PT for approximately 45 minutes.

Later on Friday the “Story of the Day” video will have highlights from the AC72 Time Trials, which are scheduled for the early afternoon on San Francisco Bay. The trials will be shown live in the America’s Cup Park, at Piers 27/29, the America’s Cup Village, at Marina Green, and other San Francisco venues.

Upcoming 2013 America’s Cup Broadcast Highlights

July 4
Late afternoon: Video news release to media outlets
Early evening: “Story of the Day,” a two-minute sights and sounds video featuring the Opening Ceremony of the 2013 America’s Cup on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup.

July 5
10:00 am PT: 2013 America’s Cup Opening Press Conference (approximately 45 minutes), streamed live on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup.
Late afternoon: Video news release to media outlets
Early evening: “Story of the Day,” a two-minute sights and sounds video featuring the boat parade, skippers’ press conference and America’s Cup Time Trials, on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup.

July 7
12:00 pm PT: Race 1 of the 2013 Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, between Emirates Team New Zealand and Italy’s Luna Rossa Challenge, on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup.
Late afternoon: Video news release to media outlets
Early evening: “Story of the Day,” a two-minute sights and sounds video featuring race one of the Louis Vuitton Cup between Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa Challenge, on the America’s Cup YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/americascup.