Recently posted by Weldon Johnson at LetsRun.com:
David Monti who is assembling the mile fields for Millrose has written me with good news, “Millrose will also be on TV on tape delay. It will be on both WNBC and Versus. I’m not sure of the schedule.”
WNBC is the New York affiliate. Since Versus has been rebranded as NBC Sports, we can assume that’s what was meant.
Monti is the man behind Race Results Weekly and is one of the most trustworthy sources in the sport, so this is not mere rumor. Presumably the announcement will happen when the time and date are firmed up.
This is a notable achievement. It’s a domestic invitational that managed to get on TV on its own merits, rather than being part of a TV package paid for and managed by USATF (currently the VISA Championship Series, formerly the Golden Spike Tour). I have no idea when the last time this happened; my best guess is 1994 or so.*
Once we know when it is, it goes on my Track on TV and the Web page.
LATE EDIT: I’ve been told that the 1998 Penn Relays were on national TV and not part of any USATF TV series. Whether that meet constitutes the kind of “invitational” that I meant is debatable (as it is held over multiple days and professionals are a distinct minority of the competitors). Still, it’s been a long, long time since a domestic indoor meet could stand on its own two legs.
*My guess is 1994 because the first big meet I ever went to was the 1995 (final) Cleveland K of C meet, and its next-day tape broadcast was part of a brand-new series put together by USATF (then known as TAC). Or at least that’s what I recall without hauling out the back issues of Track and Field News.