According to reports in both the Wall Street Journal and Sports Business Journal, NBC Sports Network will shutter by the end of the year, representing a shift in the television rights agreement for NASCAR, IMSA and IndyCar.
NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood has called his network ‘America’s Home for Motorsports. The network premiered in 1995 as the Outdoor Life Network. It was rebranded as Versus in 2006.
NBCSN is also the home of syndicated car culture and automotive programming such as Proving Grounds, Caffeine and Octane and Mecum Auctions.
The IndyCar television rights agreement ends after the 2021 season, but NBC carries a contact with NASCAR and IMSA through 2024. The Wall Street Journal reports that NASCAR races are likely to move over to USA Network.
NBC currently offers multiple subscription-based packages for its various motorsports holdings. NASCAR regional and touring plus IMSA content is offered through the TrackPass platform. IndyCar content, including the entirety of Indianapolis 500 practice, was made available through the IndyCar Gold service.
AMA Monster Energy Supercross airs live on Peacock with select races currently airing on NBC Sports Network. Nine IndyCar races will air via over-the-air NBC this summer with the rest appearing on NBCSN.
The IndyCar Gold Pass content will move over to Peacock Premium according to the Sports Business Journal.
NASCAR entered into its current television rights agreement with NBC in 2014 after extending with longtime partner FOX Sports. The latest television rights agreement saw more races appear on NBC Sports Network and FOX Sports 1 with the goal of boosting the challengers to ESPN.
NBC Universal has yet to respond to a request for comment.
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