Those of you who live in the U.S. will need to know that the Triple Crown races will be on NBC.

This is the first time since 2005 the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes will be broadcast by the same network.

ABC had broadcast the Belmont Stakes — the third leg of the Triple Crown — the past five years.

The deal includes more than 25 hours of race programming split between NBC and Versus, which is owned by NBC Sports Group.

Terms were not disclosed said an NBC public relations man.

Versus also will carry the Kentucky Oaks, the filly version of the Kentucky Derby.

Viewership of the Kentucky Derby has risen significantly in the past decade.

As an example of that, Super Saver’s win last May drew 16.5 million viewers.

Hey…NBC is OK with me.

Seriously, as a fan, I don’t really care who broadcasts the races. I’ll either be there in person or watching it on whatever channel carries it.

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