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America’s Cup broadcasting changes

Ian Rawlins, programme manager and special projects for Bermuda Broadcasting, interviews the ACBDA's Vicki Abraham in the America's Cup Event Village (Photograph supplied)

NBC Sports will be implementing a blackout schedule for America’s Cup coverage this weekend, according to One Communications.

Another three dates this month will also be affected because of the unavailability of broadcasting rights for the America’s Cup in Bermuda, a statement said.

“One Communications would like to advise the viewing public of the following broadcast changes for the 35th America’s Cup,” it said.

“Due to the unavailability of broadcasting rights for the America’s Cup in Bermuda, NBC Sports will be implementing a blackout schedule on Saturday, June 10, Sunday, June 11, from 2pm to 4pm ADT.

“This blackout will continue during the same time period on June 12, 26, and 27 in the event America’s Cup racing is scheduled.

“Viewers may continue to follow all the AC35 action on Bermuda Broadcasting’s Channel 9 and now on Channel 401 in HD.”

Bermuda Broadcasting Company, an official broadcast partner of the 35th America’s Cup, welcomed the announcement, saying live action can be followed on Bermuda Broadcasting in high definition, through terrestrial TV, on Channel 20.9, or cable.

Local cable companies do not have the rights to broadcast the Cup via the NBC Sports Network, the company said.

Bermuda Broadcasting will continue to provide coverage of the 35th America’s Cup on ZBM TV 9. Both CableVision and Wow now have high definition channels for ZBM TV 9 and ZFB TV 7.

Patrick Singleton, CEO of Bermuda Broadcasting, said in a statement: “We have invested a lot of time and resources into providing live TV, radio and social media coverage of the America’s Cup, and it’s important that the rules are followed.

“This is the greatest sporting event ever hosted in Bermuda and we are delighted to be bringing it into people’s homes across the island.”

Mr Singleton welcomed visitors to Bermuda Broadcasting’s remote broadcasting facility in the heart of the America’s Cup Village, located close to the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s facility.