NEW YORK (AP) — The most important canine present within the nation is about to bark at a a lot larger viewers.
The AKC Nationwide Championship shall be introduced on ABC for the subsequent three years below an settlement between the American Kennel Membership and ESPN introduced Monday.
Almost 5,300 canine entered the AKC occasion that was received by Wasabi the Pekingese final 12 months, nearly twice as many pooches as normally participate within the prestigious Westminster canine present.
This 12 months’s AKC Nationwide Championship shall be held subsequent weekend in Orlando, Florida. The three-hour ABC broadcast of the competitors shall be proven on Jan. 17, hosted by Mary Carillo with Gina DiNardo and Carolyn Manno dealing with the paw-by-paw duties.
The afternoon telecast shall be reverse an NFL playoff sport. However a taped broadcast of a canine present going in opposition to soccer has labored properly prior to now — the annual Nationwide Canine Present on NBC routinely attracts a complete viewers of over 20 million on Thanksgiving Day for an occasion held exterior Philadelphia.
“Individuals simply love their canine and our viewers responded very properly to our earlier AKC telecasts,” Burke Magnus, ESPN govt vp of programming and unique content material, mentioned in an announcement. “I do know my black labs Luna and Stella shall be becoming a member of me to observe.”
The AKC, which has collaborated on “ESPN Canine Day” and “ESPN Pet Day,” will produce different championships and competitions for the community that function canine agility and abilities.