Kentucky Native Jac Collinsworth Joins Kentucky Derby Team for NBC Sports

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The Twin Spires at Churchill Downs before the Kentucky Derby in 2014. This year, the May 1 first jewel of the Triple Crown will be televised on NBC and NBC Sports. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Kentucky native Jac Collinsworth will join NBC Sports’ 2021 Kentucky Derby coverage as a reporter next Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

From locations throughout Churchill Downs, Collinsworth will report on a wide-range of topics – from the connections of improbable Kentucky Derby qualifier Hot Rod Charlie to the food (and drink), fashion and fun that make the Kentucky Derby one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.

“I grew up in the infield and parking lots of Churchill Downs,” said Collinsworth. “It’s a horse race that writes history and a party unlike any other. Kentucky is buzzing already.”

“We look forward to Jac’s unique perspective and storytelling throughout our weekend of coverage,” said Rob Hyland, Coordinating Producer of NBC Sports Group’s Triple Crown horse racing coverage.

Collinsworth, who has attended the Kentucky Derby many times as a spectator, will be part of NBC’s Saturday, May 1 Kentucky Derby broadcast at 2:30 p.m. ET, as well as the Kentucky Oaks show, Friday, April 30 at Noon ET on NBCSN.

Collinsworth joined NBC Sports as a host and reporter in March 2020, and serves as an on-site host for Football Night in America and NBC Sports’ Notre Dame football coverage. The son of NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth, Jac has also served as the play-by-play voice for NBC Sports’ Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball coverage and served as NBC Olympics’ first-ever social media correspondent at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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