We run the gamut of topics on this week’s edition of Sports Media Weekly.
Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I lead-off by talking about the extension issued by NASCAR to Fox Sports to continue to telecast Sprint Cup races through the year 2022. We discuss the online aspects of the $2.4 billion deal, and whether ESPN, Turner, and/or perhaps NBC Sports Network may be in play for the remainder of the package when it comes up for bid.
We keep it with auto racing as we discuss the news that NBC has attained the rights to Formula One racing beginning next year.
Ken and I then discuss the NFL/MLB double header Joe Buck pulled for Fox this past Sunday.
We move to sports radio as Dan Patrick announced today that the simulcast of his weekday radio program will no longer be telecast on Fox Sports Net. Perhaps a move to NBC Sports Network? Ken seems to think so.
We wrap-up our news briefly (and I mean briefly) talking about next year’s Steelers/Vikings contest in London and the announcement that Beyonce will perform at halftime of Super Bowl XLVII.
Our guest this week is timely. We speak with Greg Wyshynski, author of the Puck Daddy blog at Yahoo Sports. We talk to Greg about the news today of headway potentially being made in the NHL lockout. Greg also fills us in what he’s been writing about without the NHL, his thoughts of ESPN’s coverage of the KHL, and his recent participation at Blogs with Balls 5 in Toronto.
The NBC Sports Group and Formula One Management have agreed to a four year deal where the network will have exclusive U.S. media rights to all Formula One Grand Prix races, qualifying and practice sessions on all platforms and devices.
NBC Sports will televise 20 Formula One races — four on NBC and 16 on NBC Sports Network — as well as qualifying, practice sessions, studio shows and re-airs that amount to more than 100 hours of programming annually. The Grand Prix of Canada in June as well as the final three races of the 2013 season in November will air on NBC, while the remaining 16 races will air on NBC Sports Network.
All 20 Formula One races will be live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live-stream platform that is available online at NBCSports.com as well as on mobile and tablet apps.
“We are thrilled to add the top international open-wheel racing series to our already-strong motorsports portfolio,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Formula 1 is a perfect fit for the NBC Sports Group as it provides content across three platforms – broadcast, cable and digital – for nine months a year with more than 100 hours of premier programming annually.”
“NBC and its various media assets have a huge profile throughout the United States and I am obviously delighted to have concluded this agreement. I feel that they will promote Formula One to a level not seen before in the United States,” said Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One Group™ CEO. “I very much look forward to working with NBC. Together, we will endeavour to broaden the scope of Formula One coverage available to U.S. viewers incorporating additional digital content in particular that has not been available before.”
Here is the proposed Formula One schedule on NBC for 2013:
2013 FORMULA 1™ SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE; TIMES TBA)