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« on: December 07, 2005, 09:20:32 PM »

http://www.thatsracin.com/mld/thatsracin/13350596.htm

Ugh!  Fox gets all Daytona 500s beginning in 2007... :smt078

Good new is ESPN will be back in the NASCAR business, but I don't think this says which races they will have and which will be on ABC.

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Here's a bunch more from Jayski (two notes from me- so Fox is getting an even bigger piece of the pie AND they have the nerve to consider American Idol as important as the Super Bowl and Daytona 500 - Jeesh...)

From Jayski:

UPDATE 4 - OFFICIAL Announcement: NASCAR announced the completion of comprehensive broadcast agreements that will benefit the industry and its fans for years to come. Under the new eight year agreements NASCAR races will be broadcast on a combination of networks that includes FOX, SPEED, Turner’s TNT and ABC/ESPN beginning in 2007. “NASCAR’s new network agreements mark a historic moment for the entire NASCAR community,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “This is a major accomplishment for the NASCAR drivers, teams and track operators that have made this sport what it is today. It represents a significant reward for the competitive side-by-side racing our fans have come to expect. It also validates the marketing and production enhancements our current media partners have brought to the sport. The new broadcast partnership is also good for the fans because they will have so much more NASCAR content from a variety of media and new media sources."
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“NASCAR is proud to continue its relationship with FOX, SPEED and TNT, while welcoming back ABC/ESPN into the family of broadcasters,” said NASCAR Vice President Dick Glover. “By signing deals with three of the largest and best media companies in the world, NASCAR will meet the growing nationwide fan demand for more NASCAR content into the next decade,” Glover said.

NASCAR expands its relationship with News Corp as FOX becomes the official home of the Daytona 500. FOX’s broadcast agreements for the NFL Playoffs, the Super Bowl, the Bowl Championship Series and American Idol provide an excellent opportunity for cross promotion around the Daytona 500 held each year in mid-February. The deal also includes a brand-new comprehensive multi-media distribution program which includes Internet, wireless and broadband platforms. “FOX is extremely excited to extend its relationship with NASCAR for another eight years, and come 2007 be known as the official television home of the Daytona 500, by far the most watched auto race in this country,” said FOX Sports President Ed Goren. “Our production team has done an amazing job over the last five years to put NASCAR broadcasts on par with America's most popular sports, and we look forward to pushing the production envelope further as we move forward.”

SPEED will increase NASCAR programming as the continuing exclusive home for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as well as the new home for the Gatorade Duels, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pit Crew Challenge and NASCAR Nextel Cup Series All-Star Challenge.

NASCAR looks forward to continued great exposure and coverage of the sport from TNT, which will be entering its 22nd year with NASCAR, the longest continuous relationship of any media company with the sport. TNT will broadcast six consecutive races in the middle of the season including the July 4th weekend extravaganza, the Pepsi 400 from Daytona.

ABC and ESPN will provide comprehensive coverage of NASCAR on their numerous outlets. The final 17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events will be broadcast on ABC or ESPN with the last 10, the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, on ABC. All NASCAR Busch Series races will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN 2. In addition, ESPN will bring NASCAR coverage to its full suite of media including its cable TV networks, ESPN360, Mobile ESPN, ESPN.com and affiliated international networks throughout the world. “This agreement totally embraces NASCAR’s multimedia future,” said George Bodenheimer, ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports president and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks. “NASCAR is a strong and growing property, and the ESPN of the 21st century – an array of new media platforms and content outlets reaching fans wherever and however they consume sports – will take the sport to even higher levels of exposure and growth. ABC Sports first exposed sports fans to the racing excitement of NASCAR in the 1960s, and ESPN and the sport grew up together in the 1980s and ‘90s. Our tradition is rich, and our future is bright. To NASCAR, its drivers and fans we say, ‘Welcome back.”
“NASCAR thanks NBC for its stellar coverage and commitment to the sport for the past five years and looks forward to another great year in 2006,” Glover concluded.


About the agreements:
Beginning in 2007, each NASCAR season will be launched on FOX with the telecast of the Daytona 500. FOX will also carry NASCAR “Speedweeks” events including the Budweiser Shootout and Daytona Pole Qualifying. FOX will also broadcast the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races following the Daytona 500.

TNT will broadcast six consecutive NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races (races 14 through 19).

The final 17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series points races will be broadcast on ABC or ESPN. The final 10 races, the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, will be broadcast on ABC. The NASCAR Busch Series will be broadcast on ABC, ESPN or ESPN 2, with no less than four events on ABC.

SPEED will be home to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with the exception of two events, which will be broadcast by FOX.

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series qualifying practice and “happy hours” will be broadcast on a combination of SPEED Channel, ESPN and ESPN2.

SPEED will broadcast the Gatorade Duels held each year during “Speedweeks” to determine part of the Daytona 500 starting order.

SPEED will also broadcast the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series All-Star Challenge and its companion all-star event, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Pit Crew Challenge.
ESPN will launch specially NASCAR-branded news and information programming.

All broadcast partners will have new interactive rights, special “season preview” and “season end review” programming rights and other ancillary content. NASCAR fans will be able to receive NASCAR coverage from an expanded range of outlets including highlights and live streaming, content from and on each network’s Web pages, datacasts and newly-developed multimedia programming.(NASCAR PR)(12-7-2005)




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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2005, 11:51:04 PM »

So, in other words, the TV deal that was originally sold as a way for fans to know exactly where to find the races each weeks now involves Fox, Fox Sports, Speed, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and TNT.  Ane this is different from the bad old days how?

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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2005, 12:40:55 AM »

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So, in other words, the TV deal that was originally sold as a way for fans to know exactly where to find the races each weeks now involves Fox, Fox Sports, Speed, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and TNT.  Ane this is different from the bad old days how?


Personally, I never saw those as the "bad" days because a real race fan knew what network the race would be on next week.  Their claims about people knowing where to look for the races was obviously aimed at the "new" or "fringe" fan.

I hate to be the negative Nelly in all this, because 2-3 years ago, I was as SURE as everyone else that ESPN would be the saviour of TV coverage.  But now, after 5 seasons, I seriously doubt there is anyone remaining at ESPN who was involved with the race broadcasts as we knew them through 2000.

Driving  home, I happened to catch quite a few sound bites on XM.  First was a young female who was talking to Claire and taking calls from fans.  Her name was something like Kelly (probably Kelli) VanFarrier and she was the VP for Programming and Aquisitions at ESPN.  Yes, acquisitions...The first call I heard asked about commercials and her answer was the typical doublespeak we are so used to hearing.  She said "the commerical count will be consistent with what the fans are used to."  In other words, we'll still be seeing only 60-68% of the race.  Ugh!

Then this chick went onto to talk about "the league."  That's the word she continued to use and I could only conclude she had absolutely no knowledge of NASCAR and probably was still in college when ESPN last covered it.  I know I am naive to not believe (by now) that this is all about money.  But to have someone in charge of acquisitions also be in charge of programming just makes me sick!  Then she kept talking about how they were "telling a story" each week.  

A caller asked if ESPN would use "side by side" which I've heard they use for Indy car races.  I can't remember her exact words, but it was pretty clear they would probably not do that because the sponsors wouldn't go for it.

After this, Claire played some sound bites from the press conference annoucing the new TV deal, specifically when the representatives for each network were responding to questions about the same thing:  side by side.

First was someone from TNT who also called NASCAR "the league" and talked about "telling the story."  It became quite clear that these are now the terms Baby Brian wants used when referring to NASCAR.  There were also comments by he and th ESPN rep about how the sport "has so much growth potential."  Again, that sounds like all they care about is money, as in stock growth.

Last was Ed Goren, who is the head guy at Fox Sports.  His comments were extremely telling (to me at least) that the network felt they'd been extorted by Brian France in ante up so much more money to continue with TV rights.  He said the same old thing we hear from network TV; that they have to have commercials to pay for the broadcasts.  But then he gave an example which really made me laugh.  He said "It's like you're getting to watch the Daytona 500 for free and we have to sell commercials to pay Brian France the money he wants so that we can do that."  It was actually quite shocking to hear someone from Fox say it so blantently.

After that, I got home, so I didn't listen to anymore.  I'd pretty much heard enough to tell Lou that by the time 2014 came around NASCAR would probably not resemble anything we know now.  Not that today's NASCAR is that close to what made me love the sport in 1988 anyway.  

As I said, I hate to sound negative, but I certainly didn't feel we're going to be that much happier with ESPN than we were with NBC.  All I can hope is that take the conservative approach to the broadcast as NBC has done and don't try to innundate us with gags and announcers that will try to make themselves the show instead of the race.  One of the callers did suggest they thought Rusty Wallace would end up being the "color" guy for ESPN.  I'd like to hope he'd be more professional than another retired driver that became a commenator when he retired.  But then he has been hanging out with Larry Mac and the gang at Trackside.   :evil:

Edit:  Oh yeah, I just remembered, they mentioned on XM that there is another new head at the Speed Channel.  Guess Chris Long and his [not so] brilliant ideas was a total failure.   :lol:

Edit2:  Found an article by Ben Blake at SPEED that says that ESPN will have a daily news show, so hopefully, that means the return of RPM2Nite.  Also something about "a racing reality series."  God, I hope they mean another documentary like 360 or 24/7, not some crap like Survivior.  Here's the link to Blake's article which has some other interesting points:

http://www.speedtv.com/articles/auto/nascar/21126/

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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2005, 06:41:25 AM »

OK a couple things I didn't specifically see answers to.

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FOX will also broadcast the 12 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races following the Daytona 500.


Does this mean they will all be races on FOX, or does this include FX as well? I personally would love for them ALL to be on network, not a few on cable. For some reason, the "cable" races, IMO, just don't seem to flow as good as network ones.

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SPEED will be home to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series with the exception of two events, which will be broadcast by FOX.


Kinda the same question. Does "races on FOX" mean actually on the NETWORK channel? If so, thats a HUGE move for the CTS. I can only imagine the exposure it would bring in having the trucks (the best racing in NASCAR, IMO) on network tv.

But I do agree things are gonna get confusing. Imagine this type of weekend schedule:

Friday:
Cup practice - Speed
Cup qualifying - ESPN2
Truck race - Fox

Saturday:
Cup practice - Speed
Busch race - ABC
Cup happy hour - ESPN

Sunday:
Cup race - FOX

So now instead of having all one "group" doing the races, we're gonna have stuff on 4 different channels in 1 weekend (possibly). My question is, now we're gonna have 2 different production teams (ABC/ESPN, FOX/Speed) at the track at the same time. Hmm, thats gonna be interesting.

On the plus side, I really like ABC showing the ENTIRE Chase on network tv. Thats one thing I thought NBC should have done. With races as important and "hyped" as the Chase races, why stick them on cable? I'm also guessing the Brickyard is gonna definitaly be on ABC as well. Hopefully with ABC, we can FINALLY get the night Bristol race on network! If there's one race I want to "show off" on network, its gotta be Bristol on a Saturday night.

I don't agree with pulling the Nextel All-Star challenge off onto Speed. IMO, if anything, it should be moved UP to the network! All the other "all-star games" are on network, why not ours? Thats another race I think needs to be "shown off" to network viewers.

Overall, I see some pro's/some cons to the new deal. Glad ESPN/ABC is back (and I REALLY hope for a RPM2nite return! I desperatly miss that show!). Hopefully we get some type of "Side by Side" deal, but I'm sure those precious "advertisers" won't allow it.  :roll:
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2005, 01:37:58 PM »

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Kinda the same question. Does "races on FOX" mean actually on the NETWORK channel? If so, thats a HUGE move for the CTS. I can only imagine the exposure it would bring in having the trucks


Yes, I'm pretty sure they mean the main Fox channel, by everything I've read.  

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So now instead of having all one "group" doing the races, we're gonna have stuff on 4 different channels in 1 weekend (possibly). My question is, now we're gonna have 2 different production teams (ABC/ESPN, FOX/Speed) at the track at the same time. Hmm, thats gonna be interesting.


It's happened plenty of times before and was seamless to the TV audience.  In particular, the year I got to tour the TV compound in Richmond.  It was NBC/TNT's week to do the Busch and Cup races, but ESPN was there that night to do the truck race (back when they still had them).  I asked whether each network brought in their own camera people, etc. and found out that the only thing that changes is the "talent" in the booth and the main production team in the truck (director, producer, etc).  All the technical people (cameramen, audio, etc.) behind the scenes are the same throughout the entire season, even when the Fox production team leaves and the NBC team comes in.  Also, now that Speed is showing qualifying most times, you've got the Speed/Fox production group there on the same weekends that NBC/TNT is doing the Cup broadcasts.  Same with Speed being there to do the trucks on companion weekends with Cup.  So, that is nothing new.  Believe it or not, the groups do actually work very well together at the track.

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2005, 02:06:46 PM »

The Twin Races at Daytona are gonna be on Speed Channel. It's too bad they cannot get them on FX. Those races are fun. I cannot afford to get premium/satellite channels like Speed.
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2005, 05:12:02 PM »

Has anybody heard any dollar figures for the new eight-year contracts to carry NASCAR racing?  I have heard that NASCAR's revenue will grow anywhere from 27 to 40 percent annually.

Also, some personal observations:
--ESPN aired a program about 21 drivers this past fall, I don't remember the title right now.  This could be the program executives there are talking about.  Maybe it'll air a few times next year, then every week of the '07 season and beyond.  Great idea, because it involves more than a few stars. Cool
--As for talk of "the league," remember that there's also the Indy Racing League and also there was supposed to be a National SprintCar League before it abruptly folded last week.  The use of the word is not new.
--NASCAR's sponsors don't like "side-by-side?"  Get them around a set for any of next year's IRL telecasts on ESPN/ESPN2/ABC (except the Indy 500, unfortunately).  I think they'll be hooked.
--Who should be hired for 2007: Rusty Wallace, Krista Voda, Ralph Sheheen and Bob Dillner.  Who should not be hired or should be fired: Bill Weber, Chris Myers, Jeanne Zelasko, and Todd Harris.  Who should be fired, but won't be because he's such a big shot: Darrell Waltrip.
--Finally:  BBB until 2014?  Run for your lives!  :lol:  :lol:
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2005, 05:17:31 PM »

Desmond,

The dollar figures are in the articles I cited and quoted above.  

And regardless of what other racing series call themselves, the word "league" has absolutely NEVER been used to describe NASCAR in the past!  

Also, today Mike Mulhern has an article about the whole deal and he does say that Jerry Punch will be included in the broadcast team for ABC, so that's fantastic news!   :-D

Here's the entire article:

http://www.journalnow.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WSJ%2FMGArticle%2FWSJ_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128768599908&path=!sports!autoracing!&s=1037645509202\

Edit:  Just saw a rumor that the Fox crew would remain "unchanged" and might, in fact, be the ones doing the 6 races on TNT.  God, I hope that is not true!   :x

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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2005, 09:07:07 PM »

Instead of trying to analyze all of the scenarios now, I think I will just wait and do all my guide surfing each Thursday which is what I have always done anyway.  That way I can just keep the same routine I have had for the past 3 or 4 years and set my dish to tune to the right station if I am not home.

I do like the idea that Dr. Jerry will be back!
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« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2005, 01:10:51 AM »

:?  :?  :? several points before i comment 1.can somebody please explain why the all-star challenge is on speed? my cable doesn't have speed channel and will not for several yrs 2. it's obvious fox is so desperate for programming murdoch will pay any price so i guess this means the price of my daily copy on the new york post is going up 3. i told everyone on this forum that the nfl will beat nascar every time because they chose football over racing( and well they should!) and 4. cheryl you're right about " the league" that term has never ever been used in connection with nascar. in closing the new york racetrack will open in 2010 prepare to be soaked if you come!! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2005, 06:33:12 PM »

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in closing the new york racetrack will open in 2010 prepare to be soaked if you come!! Cheesy


We have no interest in coming!   Wink  

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« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2005, 07:18:11 PM »

Actually, Ron, Fox will pay only $8 million more a year than it does now although the number of races will be reduced.  Your New York Post cover price is safe.
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« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2005, 07:40:04 PM »

Cheesy  Cheesy that's too bad you don't know what you're missing! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2005, 09:22:44 PM »

I've been to New York, Ron, and going about once every 10 years is often enough for me.  I just can't see me taking the ferry from an overpriced NY hotel to see a race!

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« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2005, 07:23:38 PM »

As with Sally, I've been to NYC a few times too, Ron.  It's a great city to visit.  Just not someplace I'd go to for a NASCAR race.  Especially since Lou and I are going nowhere for Cup races anymore.  

Even with Charlotte calling and pleading with us to renew our tickets for next year's 600 the other day.  If I'm no longer willing to go to Charlotte (which is my favorite superspeedway), why would I care to go somewhere else with too many people and to see the watered-down version of racing we get in Cup these days?  No thanks, I'm perfectly happy seeing real racing on short tracks in the Hooters Pro-Cup Series now.  As for the same price as one Winston Cup weekend, we can go to about 10 USAR races.

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