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Volume 10 No. 25


NBC will "pre-empt its Sunday morning staples 'Today' and 'Meet the Press' this May to show the Monaco Grand Prix live" on May 26 at 7:30am ET, according to Tripp Mickle of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The telecast "marks the first time the famed race will be aired live on U.S. broadcast TV." NBC Sports Group President of Programming Jon Miller said, “Monaco captures what Formula One is. It’s got the glamour and the celebrities.” Mickle noted the Monaco Grand Prix will be the "first of four F1 races that air live on NBC this year." The other three -- Montreal on June 9; Austin on Nov. 17; and Brazil on Nov. 24 -- "give F1 unprecedented network coverage in the U.S." Another 13 races will "air on NBC Sports Network and two races will air on CNBC because of a scheduling conflict" with the Tour de France on NBC Sports Net. The net’s sales team "signed a deal with Rolex that makes the watch company the presenting sponsor of all of its F1 coverage." It also "picked up advertising commitments from ExxonMobil, Mercedes-Benz, Pirelli, John Deere and other companies." Miller said, “We’ve gotten tremendous sponsor and advertising support before we’ve even broadcast one race.” Mickle noted NBC Sports "plans to block off three hours of coverage for every F1 race" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 3/11 issue). NBC is billing its broadcast as “Mimosas from Monaco” (USA TODAY, 3/11).

German public broadcaster ZDF "continues to record strong ratings with its winter sports broadcast," according to Alexander Krei of DWDL. A total of 4.48 million viewers tuned in to watch the women's biathlon relay race on Sunday. The race received a 22.9% market share. Before the women's race, the men's relay race attracted 4.26 million viewers, which translated into a 25.4% share. On Saturday, the biathlon races recorded a market share of up to 26.6% (DWDL, 3/11).