Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 17, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Seven talking points from the first week of the 2016 Giro d’Italia; Alexey Tsatevich ejected from Giro d’Italia by his own Katusha team; “Feeling good again,” Degenkolb returns to stage racing in California, unsure about Tour participation; Faces of the Future: Eight things to know about Tao Geoghegan Hart; NBC Sports Group renews TV and streaming rights for Tour of California through 2019; Worldwide Ride of Silence set for Wednesday; Sinead O’Connor missing after leaving for bike ride; On-board footage from Amgen Tour of California, stage 1; Inside the BMC team bus; Satirical video shows dangerous bike lanes in Manchester; Man tells Danny MacAskill he has “Wee bit to go before you’re Danny MacAskill”

NBC Sports Group renews TV and streaming rights for Tour of California through 2019

by CyclingTips

The Amgen Tour of California will continue to have live video coverage for the next three years, according to an agreement between NBC Sports Group and AEG, owners of the race. The extension will see live coverage of the race across multiple NBC Sports Group properties, including NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra through 2019.

The final stage began with a backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge.

NBC Sports Group will retain U.S. domestic media rights to include live streaming and up to 16 hours of live race coverage each year.

“We are excited to extend our longstanding partnership with AEG and the Tour of California,” said Michael Perman, a vice president of programming at NBC Sports Group.

“The Amgen Tour of California is a signature part of our annual cycling coverage. We look forward to continuing to showcase the sport’s biggest stars in the best cycling tour in the United States.”

The 2015 telecast ratings numbers were up seven percent with an average of 194,000 viewers, compared to 182,000 in 2014. The 2015 ratings were an increase of 30 percent from 2013.

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