Fox Secures More NASCAR Races, Extends Rights Deal

Fox Sports and NASCAR announced today that they have extended the network’s deal to cover NASCAR races tow years until 2024.  In return Fox Sports will telecast three additional NASCAR Sprint Cup races and 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, beginning in 2015.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed however Sports Business Daily is reporting that FOX and NBC combined will pay $8.2 billion for NASCAR TV rights from 2015 through 2024.

“FOX Sports has been an outstanding partner for NASCAR and we could not be more pleased with the additional commitment they are making to our sport and the fans,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “FOX Sports has delivered for our fans a number of innovations that have changed how our sport is presented, and our entire industry has now come to expect excellence from NASCAR on FOX. We believe this new agreement underscores our shared commitment to the fans over the next decade.”

“FOX Sports is now the exclusive home of NASCAR, the most popular racing series in America, for the first five months of every season through 2024,” said FOX Sports Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks. “The NASCAR Nationwide Series is second only to NASCAR Sprint Cup as the most-watched form of auto racing in the country. FOX Sports now owns the sport every weekend from Speedweeks and the Daytona 500 through June, and we expect these events to provide significant viewership for FOX Sports 1. The addition of Nationwide to the 1,100 hours of original motorsports programming already scheduled clearly puts FOX Sports at the front of the race to serve motorsports fans in the U.S.”

“We obviously are excited to extend our relationship with FOX Sports with a good balance of racing on the FOX Network,” said NASCAR VP of Broadcasting and Productions Steve Herbst. “NASCAR on FOX has been very popular with NASCAR fans everywhere and we believe its expanded schedule will strengthen its relationship with the fans and provide the sport with many opportunities to cross-promote and grow our combined audiences.”

Here is a breakdown of the NASCAR Races to be televised by Fox Sports beginning in 2015:

Summary of FOX Sports’ Exclusive Rights (2015-2024):

  • ·         First 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races of each season, including the Daytona 500

o    Nine on FOX Sports and seven on FOX Sports 1

  • ·         First 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series points races of each season

o    Fourteen races on FOX Sports 1

  • ·         NASCAR Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duel and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race
  • ·         All NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races

Sports Media Weekly No. 157- John Ourand, Sports Business Journal & Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times

This week is an “on the fly” edition of Sports Media Weekly.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I had two guests for the entire show this week, one scheduled, the other joining us at the last minute.

John Ourand of Sports Business Journal was booked for the show while Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times became our “fourth man in” after an exchange with Ken on Twitter.

We top off the show looking at the news yesterday of NBC Sports getting back into the business of televising NASCAR races beginning in 2015.  The panel saw this as a good move for NBC and a sad note for ESPN, which had been televising NASCAR events since the early 1980’s.

We shift to a column by John this week questioning whether we are at a time of a sports rights fees bubble and whether it will burst anytime soon.

The talk then took us into a discussion of the threat later tonight (as this is posted) of Time Warner Cable dropping CBS programming as the pair battle over carriage fees.

We wrap the show by looking at the move by Nate Silver from the New York Times to ESPN.

NASCAR Rights Awarded to NBC…ESPN, Turner Out After 2014

NASCAR and the NBC Sports Group have announced that they have signed a ten year agreement for NBC to hold exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.  NASCAR will return to NBC for the first time since 2009.

ESPN and Turner Sports will continue to air second half of the season races through next season.  Fox has the rights to the first 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup races each year through 2024, including the Daytona 500.

“NBC is known for being an exceptional partner and delivering outstanding production quality and presentation of live sports, as well as its broad portfolio of broadcast and digital properties so we are thrilled with the commitment they have made to NASCAR and its future,” said NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brian France. “We know this partnership will yield great value to our entire industry, provide a premium experience to our most important stakeholders, the fans, and help us achieve a number of strategic growth objectives. Our new partnership with NBC and the recent extension by FOX validate the strength of our fan base and the many bold steps we have taken the last several years to provide fans with better, more accessible racing.”

“Acquiring the rights and bringing NASCAR back to NBC comes at an important point in time for NBC Sports Network, NBC, and all of our distributors and affiliates,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman, Mark Lazarus. “We look forward to working with Brian and his management team, who have brought a renewed focus to NASCAR’s intersection of sports and technology.”

“We are excited about the cross-promotional opportunities NBC provides, especially in the timeframes right before NBC’s NASCAR schedule and during the Chase,” said NASCAR VP of Broadcasting and Productions, Steve Herbst. “We’re confident NBC will utilize its powerful Championship Season lineup, including the NHL Playoffs, Premier League, the French Open, the Kentucky Derby and other events, to build interest and excitement for NASCAR. Those opportunities, combined with the opportunity to lead into the number one show on television – NBC’s Sunday Night Football – for select Chase races, were both very attractive prospects when considering this partnership.”


Fox Sports Readies for Coverage of NASCAR

The 2013 NASCAR season begins this month and Fox Sports has unveiled its plans to cover races over the first part of the year.

Fox will telecast 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in its 13th year in covering the sport.  The debut of Fox Sports’ 2013 Speedweeks coverage begins with the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona, live on Saturday, February 16th at 8:00p.m. ET, followed by live coverage of Daytona 500 Qualifying on Sunday, February 17th at 1:00p.m. ET.  Fox has the telecast of the Daytona 500 Sunday, February 24th beginning at 12:00p.m. ET.

Mike Joy returns as Fox’ voice for NASCAR races, joined in the booth by Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds.    Jeff Hammond will join reporters Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda on pit road.

Here is the complete schedule of NASCAR races this year on Fox Sports:

NASCAR on FOX 2013 Schedule

Date                             Track                                        Event                                       Coverage

Sat. Feb. 16                  Daytona Int’l Speedway             Sprint Unlimited                         8:00 PM

Sun. Feb. 17                 Daytona Int’l Speedway             Daytona 500 Qualifying             1:00 PM

Sun. Feb. 24                 Daytona Int’l Speedway             Daytona 500                             12:00 PM

Sun. March 3                 Phoenix Int’l Speedway              NASCAR Racing – Phoenix        2:30 PM

Sun. March 10               Las Vegas Motor Speedway      NASCAR Racing – Las Vegas     2:30 PM

Sun. March 17               Bristol Motor Speedway            NASCAR Racing – Bristol           12:30 PM

Sun. March 24               Auto Club Speedway                 NASCAR Racing – Fontana        2:30 PM

Sun. April 7                   Martinsville Speedway               NASCAR Racing – Martinsville    12:30 PM

Sat. April 13                  Texas Motor Speedway             NASCAR Racing – Fort Worth     7:00 PM

Sun. April 21                 Kansas Speedway                     NASCAR Racing – Kansas City   12:30 PM

Sat.  April 27                 Richmond Int’l Raceway             NASCAR Racing – Richmond     7:00 PM

Sun. May 5                   Talladega Superspeedway         NASCAR Racing – Talladega      12:00 PM

Sat.  May 11                 Darlington Raceway                   NASCAR Racing – Darlington     6:00 PM

Sun.  May 26                 Charlotte Motor Speedway         NASCAR Racing – Charlotte       5:30 PM

Sun.  June 2                  Dover Int’l Speedway                 NASCAR Racing – Dover           12:30 PM



All times Eastern; Schedule subject to change

Sports Media Weekly No. 123- Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Blog, Yahoo Sports

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.

NASCAR Extends Television Rights Deal with Fox Sports

NASCAR and Fox Sports announced today that the network’s rights deal has been extended eight years and will ensure Fox the rights to NASCAR Sprint Cup races through 2022.

The extension begins in 2015 when Fox will continue to telecast 13 opening season NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the Daytona 500.  Fox also retains the rights to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, the Daytona Shootout, the Duel at Daytona, the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season and practice and qualifying for both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races that Fox broadcasts.

Fox also significantly increases its digital rights to include “TV Everywhere” live race streaming of its portion of the season for the first time ever beginning in 2013.

“NASCAR has been in very good hands and has enjoyed tremendous success the last 12 years in large part because of our fantastic partnership with FOX and FOX Sports Media Group,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “We are thrilled to be able to extend our relationship in such a significant way for our track partners, race teams, and most importantly, our millions of loyal and passionate fans. This extension with FOX Sports Media Group helps position the sport for future growth as NASCAR continues to be an anchor with one of the world’s largest and most influential media companies.”

“We’re extremely happy to have worked closely with Brian and his team at NASCAR over the last few months to expand and extend our relationship for what is without question the most popular motorsport in the country,” said FSMG Co-Presidents and CEOs Eric Shanks and Randy Freer. “NASCAR has been a staple at FOX for more than a decade and we consider it one of the signature sports we cover. With our commitment renewed, we look forward to presenting NASCAR thoroughly, professionally and creatively for many years to come.”

Earlier this year NASCAR and FOX announced they are teaming up to provide expansive Spanish-language broadcast offering ever with Fox Deportes’ coverage of 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races starting in 2013. Of the 15 race broadcasts, Fox Deportes will carry six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races live, including, for the first time ever, a Spanish-language broadcast of the Daytona 500.

ESPN’s Coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

This weekend ESPN begins coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  ESPN will televise the final 17 races of the season, including the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Race action will be led by Alan Bestwick along with analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.  Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake and Vince Welch.

Marty Reid will be the lap-by-lap announcer for the remainder of ESPN’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecasts.

The NASCAR Countdown pre-and post race show will be hosted by Nicole Briscoe.  She will be joined by Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, and Brad Daugherty.

Here is the schedule of NSACAR Sprint Cup Races on ESPN: (All times ET)

July 29 Indianapolis Motor Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 5 Pocono Raceway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 12 Watkins Glen International ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 19 Michigan International Speedway ESPN 1 p.m.
Aug. 25 Bristol Motor Speedway ABC 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 2 Atlanta Motor Speedway ESPN 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 8 Richmond International Raceway ABC 7:30 p.m.
Sep. 16 Chicagoland Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Sep. 23 New Hampshire Motor Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Sep. 30 Dover International Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Oct. 7 Talladega Superspeedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Oct. 13 Charlotte Motor Speedway ABC 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 Kansas Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Oct. 28 Martinsville Speedway ESPN 2 p.m.
Nov. 4 Texas Motor Speedway ESPN 3 p.m.
Nov. 11 Phoenix International Raceway ESPN 3 p.m.
Nov. 18 Homestead-Miami Speedway ESPN 3 p.m.

Sports Media Weekly Podcast No. 93- John Daly, The Daly Planet

There is a lot on our plate during this week’s edition of the Sports Media Weekly Podcast.

Ken Fang of Fang’s Bites and I start the show talking about the inappropriate headline that appeared on ESPN’s mobile site over the weekend in connection with Knicks guard Jeremy Lin.  Ken has a personal connection to the story while I try to focus on the excessive sensitivity to racial speech in our current culture.

We then follow-up on the ratings bonanza the Lin story has provided the the NBA media, specifically MSG in New York, which magically settled its carriage dispute with Time Warner Cable.

We also follow-up on the impact watching the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament online may have for some folks.  We talk about the announcer pairings for the tournament and we wrap up our news segment looking back at the announcement that Ron Jaworski will not longer be in the Monday Night Football booth beginning next season.

With the Daytona 500 this weekend we decided to invite John Daly of The Daly Planet back to the show to talk about the beginning of the NASCAR season.  John talks about how Fox, TNT, and ESPN plan to cover the races this year and its impact on bidding for the next television contract, which may take place later this year.

Sports Media Digest- February 16, 2012

Fox Begins NASCAR Coverge This Weekend-  Fox Sports will kick-off its 12th season of NASCAR coverage with events this weekend from Daytona.  Saturday night at 8:00p.m. ET Fox will have live coverage of the Budweiser Shootout from Daytona.  Chris Myers and Darrell Waltrip will provide pre-race coverage while Waltrip will join race announcer Mike Joy and Larry McReynolds for the call of the race.  Joy, Waltrip, and McReynolds will anchor coverage Sunday at 1:00p.m. ET of qualifying for the Daytona 500.  Fox will telecast the Daytona 500 on February 26th.

CBS Hopes to Continue Its Ratings Run With the PGA This Weekend-  CBS Sports once again will have coverage of this week’s PGA Tour stop.  The Northern Trust Open from Riviera Country Club will air on CBS Saturday and Sunday beginning at 3:00p.m. ET.  Jim Nantz and Sir Nick Faldo will anchor the coverage.  Phil Mickelson will be on hand to try to win two tournaments in a row.  Tiger Woods is not in this week’s field.

Roach Documentary Series Continues Friday on HBO- The fifth episode of the behind-the-scenes documentary series featuring boxing trainer Freddie Roach will debut this Friday on HBO.  On Freddie Roach will air Friday at 9:30p.m. ET with replays Saturday at 9:30a.m. & 10:45p.m ET, Sunday at 10:30 a.m, Monday at 5:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

Hiller Next Big Ten Icon-  Northwestern Women’s Head Lacrosse Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller will be the next person profiled as part of the Big Ten Network’s (BTN) Big Ten Icons series.  Hiller has led the Lady Wildcats to six National Championships in the last seven years.  She has been head coach for 11 seasons.  The program, narrated by Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson, will debut on BTN Saturday at 9:30p.m. ET following the Northwestern-Minnesota men’s basketball game.

Extreme Winter Sports Returns to NBC-  The Sprint U.S. Grand Prix – a three-day snowboardcross and skicross competition at Canyons Resort in Park City, Utah will air this weekend on NBC.  Coverage begings Saturday at 3:30p.m. ET.  At 5:00p.m. ET NBC will air the Red Bull Crashed Ice Netherlands ice cross downhill races hosted by Sal Masekela.

Sports Media Digest- February 15, 2012

Evernham Rejoins ESPN NASCAR Crew-  Famed NASCAR crew chief Ray Evernham has been hired by ESPN to re-join its NASCAR coverage.  Evernham will be in Daytona as part of the network’s coverage of the opening of the NASCAR season.  He will be an analyst on NASCAR Countdown for many of the 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races that will appear on ESPN networks in the second half of the season. In addition to his work on NASCAR Now and SportsCenter, he will help call several NASCAR Nationwide Series races from the booth.  Evernham was a NASCAR analyst for ESPN from 2008 to 2010.

30 Clubs in 30 Days Returns to MLB Network-  As camps begin opening around Major League Baseball, the MLB Network will once again be proeducing its 30 Clubs in 30 Days series, giving fans a preview of each MLB team from their Spring Training homes.  Coverage begins Monday, March 5th at 5:00p.m. ET with MLB Network analysts Sean Casey, Al Leiter, Kevin Millar, Dan Plesac, Harold Reynolds, John Smoltz and Mitch Williams reporting from all of the 30 Spring Training camps throughout Arizona and Florida.

Golf Channel Sees Record Ratings for its Coverage of Pebble Beach Pro-Am-  The big ratings for last week’s PGA AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am were not limited to CBS.  The Golf Channel registered its highest ratings in its 17 year history from early coverage of Sunday’s final round.  Its Sunday lead-in from 1:oopm-2:30p.m. ET earned a rating of 2.1, with an audeince of 2.3 million viewers.

Big Ten Network Partners with Verizon for BTN2Go-  The Big Ten Network (BTN) is working with Verizon in offering BTN2Go, a multiplatform version of the sports network to customer of Verizon FiOS.  BTN2Go features a live feed of all BTN television programming, including live game telecasts and Extra Football Game Channels, part-time channels available on football Saturdays when BTN airs more than one game simultaneously. BTN2Go viewers also have on-demand access to BTN’s deep video archive.  Verizon FiOS customers will be able to view BTN2Go via the Interbet or on iPad or iPhone apps.