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NBC To Periscope Belmont Stakes Draw To Show Where American Pharoah Will Start

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 29 / 15

NBC Sports Group will Periscope the draw for the Belmont Stakes post positions on June 3, group CMO John Miller told the '15 Intersport Brand Engagement Summit in Chicago on Thursday. The draw for the Triple Crown’s third leg will be conducted at 30 Rock, he said. American Pharoah will be ra...

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