Tom Durkin decided on Tuesday not to renew his contract to call the Triple Crown races for NBC Sports.
In a press release, Durkin cited health concerns in stepping down as voice of the Triple Crown.
“The experience I’ve had working with NBC Sports, over the last 27 years has been the most satisfying and rewarding of my professional life,” Durkin said. “And so, it is with deep regret that I have made the decision not to renew my contract as NBC’s Triple Crown announcer. It was an extremely difficult decision to make and one that came after almost a year of reflection. Because of the stress of the event I felt it was not in the interest of my best health. My biggest disappointment though, is not being able to work with my NBC colleagues, many of whom have become some of my dearest friends.”
NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol said, “It’s rare in this business that you find someone who has such extraordinary talent, who works relentlessly, and never ceases to be the nicest person in any room he is in. We will truly miss Tom on our Triple Crown broadcasts.”
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