After televising NASCAR for five years, NBC is making a comeback.
According to a report in the Sports Business Daily on Tuesday morning, NBC and Fox will share the rights to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2015. The report says NBC could air the races on Sunday afternoons as a lead-in to Sunday Night Football, and that Fox and NBC would most likely share the rights to the Nationwide Series, which has aired on ESPN/ABC in 2007. Fox announced last season an eight-year contract extension with NASCAR that would have the series run on the network until 2022. Also, Fox is getting ready to launch their own sports network in August, while NBC already has one.
NASCAR has a press conference later in the day where the deal will be officially announced. This will be the biggest rights victory for NBC since the launch of the NBC Sports Network, which currently airs IndyCar and Formula One. NBC Sports network may become the network of choice for American racing fans.
NASCAR has made the announcement and here are the bullet points about their partnership with NBC Sports:
–Final 20 NSCS races (7 on NBC, 13 on NBCSN)
–Final 19 NNS races (4 on NCBC and 15 on NBCSN)
–Rights to the regional series races to include K&N, Modified, Toyta Series, etc.
–Rights to the HoF induction ceremonies and the season ending banquets for NSCS and NNS
–”TV Everywhere” live-streaming rights
–This new package begins in 2015 and goes through 2024—Rights to the HoF induction ceremonies and season ending banquets for NNS and NSCS
–“TV Everywhere” live-streaming rights
This new television package starts in 2015 and will continue through 2024.
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