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Title: NBC May Want Out Early?
Post by: Cheryl on November 07, 2005, 01:55:48 PM
Two things from Jayski, but the one about NBC selling their 2006 rights to TNT is VERY interesting.  Maybe that's why they're just going through the motions during the last few weeks this year.  


From Jayski:

"NBC back in the TV picture? or MORE TNT? hearing that NBC/TNT may be back in the bidding for the Nextel Cup TV Package which was expected to go to ABC/ESPN TNT wants a 8-9 race package, but ESPN doesn't want to give up four or five races from their half and still pay the amount NASCAR wants, so rumor is NASCAR has gone back to NBC to reopen talks.(11-5-2005)
UPDATE: NBC might be interested in selling the final year of its NASCAR Nextel Cup contract (2006) to TV partner Turner (TNT), according to television sources. That could be seen as a blow to the sport. NBC's new National Football League contract kicks off next season, and NBC wants its Sunday night coverage to start a 7 p.m., which conflicts with some of NASCAR's weekend time-window desires. However, according to other reports, Brian France could be prepared to announce a new TV contract for 2007 through 2112 for as much as $4 billion. France said in late September he would probably make a TV announcement within four to six weeks. Turner officials say they want "as many (Cup) races as we can get." Turner currently splits the second half of the NASCAR season with NBC, though NBC carries the year's final eight events.(Winston Salem Journal)(11-7-2005)"

Title: NBC May Want Out Early?
Post by: Desmond on November 10, 2005, 05:09:30 AM
NASCAR was just blindsided!  It had no idea that NBC would win back the rights to carry NFL games.  It's so hard to believe that, in the first season of the current contract, the network actually co-founded the XFL with Vince McMahon of WWE.  I still remember Dick Ebersol, chairman of NBC Sports, saying that it would never again show NFL games because he thought the rights fee was too expensive.  How times have changed!

I wonder how hurt Brian France will feel with the potential Chase audience reduced by 20 million TV households, the estimated number still without cable or satellite service.  :smt013