NASCAR and NBC announce major TV deal that begins in 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and NEW YORK (July 23, 2013) – NASCAR and NBC Sports Group announced today they have reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal 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. Financial terms of the agreement, which runs through the 2024 season, were not disclosed.
With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes becoming the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s final 10 races of the season, including its season-ending championship event which will return to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.
“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.”
In addition to rights to NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series races, NBC has also obtained exclusive rights to practice and qualifying sessions for NBC’s national series events during their portion of the season, as well as rights to broadcast the NASCAR K&N Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and NASCAR’s season-ending banquets. Further, NBC has been granted Spanish-language rights, certain video-on-demand rights and exclusive TV Everywhere rights for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events.
“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.”
Summary of key NBC Sports Group Exclusive Rights – 2015-2024:
·Final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (7 on NBC, 13 on NBCSN)
·Final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races (4 on NBC, 15 on NBCSN)
·NASCAR K&N Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events
·NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series events
·NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and season-ending banquets
·‘TV Everywhere’ live-streaming rights for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series
·Spanish-language broadcast rights on Telemundo and Mun2 for national series events and NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series
The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.
About NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, two regional news networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.
Friday, April 17 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING 12:00 - 1:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE 1:30 PM NSCS QUALIFYING INSPECTION BEGINS 4:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, April 18 7:00 AM - 1:30 PM NSCS GARAGE & REGISTRATION OPENS 8:30 - 9:25 AM NSCS PRACTICE 11:30 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE 1:15 PM NSCS ALL CARS MUST BE PARKED IN HAULERS
Sunday, April 19 6:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEF MEETING 12:20 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION 1:00 PM NSCS RACE
All times above are listed in LOCAL Time
Bristol Driver Tale of the Tape
Greg Biffle (No. 16 ORTHO Ford) · Six top fives, 13 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.9 · Average Running Position of 13.0, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 93.5, fifth-best · 333 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most · 893 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.537 mph, seventh-fastest · 7,144 Laps in the Top 15 (71.3%), third-most · 578 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), fourth-most
Kurt Busch (No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet) · Five wins, eight top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.5 · Average Running Position of 14.0, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 91.6, eighth-best · 377 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-most · 973 Green Flag Passes, fifth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.524 mph, eighth-fastest · 6,358 Laps in the Top 15 (63.5%), eighth-most · 579 Quality Passes, third-most
Carl Edwards (No. 19 Comcast Business Toyota) · Three wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 14.8 · Average Running Position of 14.4, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 89.9, 11th-best · 407 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.439 mph, 11th-fastest · 6,519 Laps in the Top 15 (65.1%), sixth-most
Jeff Gordon (No. 24 3M Chevrolet) · Five wins, 16 top fives, 24 top 10s; five poles · Average finish of 12.3 · Series-best Average Running Position of 9.8 · Driver Rating of 99.9, third-best · 426 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most · 882 Green Flag Passes, 10th-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.685 mph, third-fastest · 8,014 Laps in the Top 15 (80.0%), second-most · 622 Quality Passes, second-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota) · One win, four top fives, eight top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 16.9 · Driver Rating of 90.1, 10th-best · 398 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-most · 922 Green Flag Passes, seventh-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.514 mph, ninth-fastest · 5,351 Laps in the Top 15 (59.4%), 12th-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's/Budweiser Chevrolet) · One win, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.2 · Average Running Position of 12.9, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 91.6, seventh-best · 386 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most · 1,013 Green Flag Passes, third-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.641 mph, fourth-fastest · 6,433 Laps in the Top 15 (64.2%), seventh-most · 512 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet) · One win, eight top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 15.0 · Average Running Position of 13.4, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 91.9, sixth-best · 532 Fastest Laps Run, third-most · 6,746 Laps in the Top 15 (67.4%), fourth-most · 459 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Great Clips Chevrolet) · One win, five top fives, 10 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 17.8 · Driver Rating of 88.4, 12th-best · 460 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most · 1,005 Green Flag Passes, fourth-most · 5,467 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), 11th-most · 563 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Dollar General Toyota) · Three wins, 12 top fives, 19 top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 12.2 · Average Running Position of 10.2, second-best · Series-best Driver Rating of 103.4 · 546 Fastest Laps Run, second-most · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.744 mph, second-fastest · Series-high 8,188 Laps in the Top 15 (81.7%) · Series-high 657 Quality Passes
Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Miller Lite Ford) · Two wins, four top fives, four top 10s · Average finish of 13.1 · Average Running Position of 11.8, third-best · Driver Rating of 98.6, fourth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 115.636 mph, fifth-fastest
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Target Chevrolet) · One top 10 · Average finish of 11.0 · Average Running Position of 12.2, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 91.6, ninth-best · Series-best Average Green Flag Speed of 115.883 mph