After 62 Years With INDYCAR, ABC To Wrap Up Coverage In 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Major North American open wheel racing has always been a staple of ABC Sports. The Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR and ABC Sports have been together since 1956. No matter what you want to say about ABC and their broadcast these days, with Wednesday’s announcement that the Verizon IndyCar Series will be moving their broadcasting rights over to NBC Sports beginning in 2019, a long tenured broadcast partner and relationship is coming to an end on the other. ABC’s interest in the series has waned in the…

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Indianapolis 500 To Remain On Local Indianapolis Blackout Still

INDIANAPOLIS – The Verizon IndyCar Series announced a new TV deal on Wednesday morning, as the 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons will air exclusively on NBC Sports. That decision includes the next three Indianapolis 500 races as well. That also means that for the first time ever, the ‘500 will air on a network other than ABC Sports. So, with that being said, what does that mean for the Indianapolis market and their local blackout? Does it become lifted? Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean a thing. Even with the new deal, the…

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New TV Deal Also Puts INDYCAR On Paywall Network, What To Expect

INDIANAPOLIS – The Verizon IndyCar Series launched their plans for the 2019 TV deal and beyond on Wednesday, as the series will air exclusively on NBC Sports. As far as the races go, eight events, including the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 will air on NBC. The remaining race will air on NBCSN. Also part of the new deal are that NBC Sports will also air all practice sessions, qualifying as well as the Indy Light Series races. But, a kicker to this is, some of those sessions or MRTI…

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ESPN’s Formula 1 Coverage Begins This Weekend

After an absence of more than 20 years, the FIA Formula One World Championship returns to its original television home in the United States this weekend with the launch of the 2018 season in Australia. ESPN and ABC will televise all 21 races in the championship as part of a multi-year linear and digital partnership. The Rolex Australian Grand Prix will start the new season and will air live on ESPN2 at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday, March 25 (late Saturday night). ESPN networks also will air all three practice sessions live from Australia as well as qualifying…

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Starting In 2019, Full INDYCAR Season To Air on NBC Sports, Including Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Since 1965, the Indianapolis 500 has always been televised by ABC. Well, starting in 2019, it and the other four races that are currently aired on ABC will shift to NBC Sports. INDYCAR and NBC Sports Group announced a new, multi-year media rights agreement today in which NBC Sports has acquired the rights to present all INDYCAR races, qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights races across its platforms beginning in 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Indianapolis 500 and seven additional Verizon IndyCar Series races will be broadcast annually on…

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