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.
AJ Allmendinger (No. 47 JTG/Daugherty Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 21.857, 13th-best · Average Running Position of 20.523, 13th-best · Driver Rating of 84.5, 12th-best · 24 Fastest Laps Run, series-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.992, third-fastest · 359 Laps in the Top 15 (46.2), 13th-most · 167 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 HScott Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, six top fives, eight top 10s · Average finish of 8.600, series-best · Average Running Position of 13.390, fifth-best · Driver Rating of 96.7, fourth-best · 40 Fastest Laps Run, 13th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.953, fifth-fastest · 671 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6), fifth-most · 264 Quality Passes, fourth-most Kurt Busch (No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · One win, seven top fives, seven top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 11.909, third-best · Average Running Position of 9.613, series-best · Driver Rating of 109.3, series-best · 78 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 90.227, series-fastest · 955 Laps in the Top 15 (78.5), series-most · 261 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · Two wins, two top fives, three top 10s · Average finish of 19.091, 10th-best · Average Running Position of 18.503, 11th-best · Driver Rating of 88.3, sixth-best · 54 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.796, 13th-fastest · 635 Laps in the Top 15 (52.2), 10th-most · 186 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Carl Edwards (No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, three top fives, five top 10s · Average finish of 16.455, sixth-best · Average Running Position of 15.193, eighth-best · Driver Rating of 88.3, seventh-best · 33 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.813, 12th-fastest · 682 Laps in the Top 15 (56.0), ninth-most · 225 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · Four top fives, six top 10s · Average finish of 16.727, seventh-best · Average Running Position of 14.511, seventh-best · Driver Rating of 86.9, ninth-best · 41 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.883, ninth-fastest · 732 Laps in the Top 15 (60.1), seventh-most 237 Quality Passes, sixth-most
Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, four top fives, nine top 10s · Average finish of 10.636, second-best · Average Running Position of 11.336, second-best · Driver Rating of 101.0, second-best · 63 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.955, fourth-fastest · 928 Laps in the Top 15 (76.3), second-most · 304 Quality Passes, series-most
Kasey Kahne (No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet SS) · One win, two top fives, five top 10s; two poles · Average finish of 17.000, eighth-best · Average Running Position of 15.608, ninth-best · Driver Rating of 86.7, 10th-best · 41 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.841, 10th-fastest · 695 Laps in the Top 15 (57.1), eighth-most · 279 Quality Passes, third-most
Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS) · One top 15 · Average finish of 21.500, 12th-best · Average Running Position of 12.173, fourth-best · Driver Rating of 86.3, 11th-best · 5 Fastest Laps Run, second-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.936, sixth-fastest · 159 Laps in the Top 15 (72.3), third-most · 42 Quality Passes, 13th-most
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two top fives, two top 10s; three poles · Average finish of 17.182, ninth-best · Average Running Position of 16.143, 10th-best · Driver Rating of 87.1, eighth-best · 27 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.910, eighth-fastest · 596 Laps in the Top 15 (49.0), 11th-most · 153 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two top fives, six top 10s · Average finish of 13.545, fourth-best · Average Running Position of 13.984, sixth-best · Driver Rating of 88.5, fifth-best · 18 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.827, 11th-fastest · 737 Laps in the Top 15 (60.6), sixth-most · 230 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet SS) · Two wins, five top fives, nine top 10s; one pole · Average finish of 14.182, fifth-best · Average Running Position of 11.931, third-best · Driver Rating of 98.1, third-best · 79 Fastest Laps Run, ninth-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 90.113, second-fastest · 852 Laps in the Top 15 (70.0), fourth-most · 295 Quality Passes, second-most
Martin Truex Jr (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry) · One win, one top five, two top 10s · Average finish of 21.000, 11th-best · Average Running Position of 18.563, 12th-best · Driver Rating of 83.3, 13th-best · 52 Fastest Laps Run, third-best · Average Green Flag Speed of 89.930, seventh-fastest · 517 Laps in the Top 15 (46.7), 12th-most · 187 Quality Passes, ninth-most
Sonoma Schedule of Events
Friday, June 24 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN 11:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING 12:00 - 1:55 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE 3:30 - 4:55 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE
Saturday, June 25 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN 11:15 AM NSCS QUALIFYING
Sunday, June 26 7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS 10:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING 11:30 AM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS 12:00 PM NSCS RACE
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