FOX Sports Network Plans 18 Hours of Coverage for 2012 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah in August
Pro Cycling Race Will Include 12 Hours of Live Programming
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH (April 23, 2012) – Organizers of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah renewed the broadcast partnership with FOX Sports Network (FSN) for this year’s professional cycling stage race. FSN will provide 18 total hours of national programming for the Tour of Utah, including 12 hours of live coverage. All six days of programming will be produced in high definition for the first time for “America’s Toughest Stage RaceTM”, August 7-12, 2012.
This is the second year that FSN has been tapped as the national broadcast partner. FSN affiliated regional sports networks reach 85+ million homes across the country. The live coverage of the six-day race is scheduled daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) to coincide with the daily stage finish and award ceremonies. A one-hour highlight program will be televised across the sports network at 11 p.m. (local time). Because FSN covers professional baseball with its regional networks, all cycling fans should check local listings to confirm air times.
“Professional cycling is a fast and exciting sport, from the unique Team Time Trial discipline to the epic climbs along the Wasatch Front. We anticipate having seven or eight teams from the Tour de France racing in Utah this year. FOX Sports Network understands how significant this race has become in the world of cycling, and we appreciate their support in showcasing the event every day. Of course we want all race fans to travel to Utah to watch the race unfold in person, but FSN makes it possible for more people to be part of this exciting event,” said Steve Miller, president of the Tour of Utah.
Regional coverage of the Tour of Utah in the Western states will be broadcast by ROOT Sports. ROOT Sports Rocky Mountain region is based in Denver and is the cable home of the Utah Jazz and Colorado Rockies, among a broad roster of sports programming. And the local broadcast affiliate will be KJZZ TV, an independent broadcast television station based in Salt Lake City which serves households across the entire state of Utah, as well as parts of five other western states.
“We’re excited to continue our broadcast partnership with the Tour of Utah, and introduce significant live coverage this year for the passionate cycling fans,” added David Sussin, VP Programming for FOX Sports Media Group.
The eighth edition of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah will consist of six stages, five days of road racing and one Team Time Trial. Host cities and venues for 2012 are Ogden, Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City, Utah County, Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort and Park City. For a second year, the Tour of Utah has been designated by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the worldwide governing body of cycling, as a 2.1-rated event for the UCI America Tour. The Tour of Utah is sanctioned by both USA Cycling, Inc. and the UCI. It continues to be free for spectators, making professional cycling one of the most unique pro sports in the world today. More than 600 volunteers are encouraged to take part in the event over the course of the week. Official information will be posted at www.tourofutah.com, with updates on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
About the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a six-day, professional bicycle stage race along the Rocky Mountain's Wasatch Range. Known as "America's Toughest Stage RaceTM," it covers over 400 miles of racing through some of Utah's most beautiful and challenging terrain. Now in its eighth year, the 2012 Tour of Utah is scheduled to take place August 7-12 as a UCI 2.1 sanctioned stage race for the best professional cyclists in the world. The event is owned and operated by the Utah Cycling Partnership. Larry H. Miller Group of Companies continues as the title sponsor. Official Partners of the 2011 event included the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the Utah Office of Tourism, an agency of GOED, the Utah Sports Commission and Zions Bank. www.tourofutah.com
FOX Sports Network is the nation’s leading provider of local sports. Through its 19 owned-and-operated regional networks, FSN serves as the TV home to more than half of all MLB, NHL, and NBA teams. FSN’s nationwide roster of regional sports networks includes FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Houston, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Wisconsin, PRIME Ticket, SportSouth, and Sun Sports. FSN produces over 5,000 live local events each year, including more than 3,200 in high definition, making FSN the most prolific producers of HD Sports programming in the country. In addition to its thousands of home team games and a wide variety of locally produced sports programs, FSN televises national collegiate sports events and programs, including football and basketball from the Pac-12, Conference USA, SEC, and ACC, as well as Big 12 football.
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