By Chris Lotsbom
(08-Jan) -- USA Track & Field announced today that each of the three indoor meets which comprise the USATF Championship Series will be televised both live and on tape-delay for a national audience to watch. This year, the series is comprised of the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix (2-Feb), the Millrose Games (16-Feb), and the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships (1-3-March).
"As our business model continues to evolve, two key components are our broadcast strategy and event strategy," USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement. "In 2013, we will be bringing our events to the public in new ways while developing new broadcast properties outside of the realm of traditional track meets."
Broadcast coverage of the series begins with the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, shown live February 2 on ESPN3, an on-line broadcasting service. A day later, the meet can be seen on tape-delay on ESPN2 on cable television.
Two weeks later on February 16, the Millrose Games will be aired live on ESPN3, with coverage of the meet also appearing on ESPN the following evening on cable.
The final leg of the USATF Championship Series --the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships-- will be broadcast from Albuquerque, N.M., on both Universal Sports and the NBC Sports Network, both cable outlets.
A summary of broadcast times can be found below.
"Having both live video and later a network telecast will be a great opportunity for track & field fans to experience the Millrose Games," said Millrose Games' executive director, Dr. Norbert Sander. "We are particularly pleased to be able to collaborate with USATF as part of their Indoor Series."
2013 Indoor USATF Championship Series
All telecast times Eastern. Check local listings; times subject to change
New Balance Indoor Grand Prix - Saturday, Feb. 2
Feb. 2, LIVE on ESPN3
Feb. 3, 2-4 p.m. on ESPN
Millrose Games - Saturday, Feb. 16
Feb. 16, LIVE on ESPN3
Feb. 17, 8-10 p.m. on ESPN
USA Indoor Track & Field Championships - Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3
March 2, LIVE 6-8 p.m. on Universal Sports
March 3, LIVE 4-6 p.m. on NBC Sports Network