Good day for NBC, Fox and NASCAR as they announced a brand new TV and digital rights deal that will be 10 years. It begins in 2015 and runs through the 2025 season.
The big winner’s here are NBC Sports and Fox Sports 1 who gained valuable content. Both ESPN and Turner Sports will be out of the NASCAR business in two years.
The move gives NBCU the rights to NASCAR, IndyCar, and Formula One, establishing them as the leader in motor sports coverage.
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.
Look for Fox to pick up the first half of the Nationwide Series for their new Fox Sports 1 and the six Sprint Cup Series that was formerly aired on TNT will be split by NBC and Fox.
Some happy statements from NASCAR and NBC brass:
“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.
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