Thursday, February 4, 2010

Follow the races - in the US

If you live in the United States, you can follow the America's Cup Match on ESPN - online that is.

And we'll have more information on how to follow BMW ORACLE Racing in its challenge for the 33rd America's Cup shortly.

Below is more info about ESPN360.

For the first time in its programming history, -- ESPN's 24/7 broadband sports network -- will carry the oldest sporting trophy event and sailing's most prestigious regatta and match race, the 33rd America's Cup. The best of three races duel will take place live from Valencia, Spain beginning Monday, Feb. 8th at 3:45 a.m. ET. Race 2 is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10th and -- if necessary -- Race 3 on Friday, Feb. 12th, both at 3:45 a.m. ET.

Calling the event for will be ESPN sailing commentator and president of US SAILING Gary Jobson along with renowned sailing expert Randy Smyth, both former winners of the America's Cup. After breaking into programming to carry Race 7 of the 25th America's Cup in 1983 -- won by Australia off the coast of Newport, R.I., to break the longest winning streak in sports -- ESPN networks televised every America's Cup competition through 2003.

The 33rd America's Cup is the highly anticipated sequel to the drama-filled result of the 32nd America's Cup in 2007 that sparked a two-year courtroom battle between defending champions Alinghi -- racing team for Société Nautique de Genève -- against Golden Gate Yacht Club's racing team BMW ORACLE Racing. This year's duel under the one-on-one Deed of Gift will settle the dispute between defender and challenger.