Speed is officially Fox Sports 1 on 8/17/13

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  1. GuyIncognito

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    i would not call it good news but it is news nonetheless. ohhhhhh i miss two wheel tuesday...saturday night thunder...

    rip speedvision.
     
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    +1

    Two Wheel Tuesday was awesome (that just happened to be during my bike riding years...sigh)

    they also had a lot of military/airplane shows, though most of those have migrated to Military Channel.

    now we get "RU faster than a redneck" and UFC. :(
     
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    chas, it is sad to think that there must be so few of us out here that we simply cannot drive or even represent a market w/ any specific gravity. :(
     
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    see also: ALMS :(

    although I would have thought a racing only channel with cars/bikes/planes/boats would have critical mass. I guess I was wrong.
     
  6. BartonWorkman

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    The kids have their dang gum fancy interwebs, Walkmans and
    Donkey Kongs now.

    Television hasn't got a chance.

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    You forgot ESPN's Larry Nuber & Bob Jenkins. When racing was real.
     
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    Don't worry racing (ur…) NASCAR fans, FOX Sports 1 has you covered with
    NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRACTICE, NCWTS QUALIFYING, NASCAR SPRINT CUP
    FINAL PRACTICE and NCWTS RACING.

    What would we do if we couldn't see NASCAR practice and qualifying sessions?
    Other forms of racing? Not so much...

    At least they're keeping MotoGP on the air.

    Don't Worry SPEED Fans: Fox Sports 1 Has Motorsports covered!
     
  10. Turbopanzer

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    Will the Kyle vs Danica story be continued???? OHHHHH THE DRAMA OF IT ALL!!!! :D
     
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    Speed Channel had motorsports? I thought all it had was reality shows and infomercials. Who knew!
     
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    That's the beautiful irony of it all...

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    +2 Especially in the beginning when they used to show EVERY lap of EVERY race. I was addicted to the TV on Tuesday afternoons...until they started with the themed show(s) and that bald headed dude and started just showing racing highlights. I am sort of thankful because I was able to quit the Tuesday TV habit due to them tinkering and wrecking the perfect programming they had before....which cost them much less IMO by just airing the pre-broadcasted races as opposed to producing a show(s) and generating content!
     
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    It's starting to look as though these sports networks are going to take over the
    cable and satellite menus. They're all running after ESPN's market share but ESPN
    has been around (what?) 30+ years now and with it's association with ABC looks
    to be in a solid position.

    With all the sports channel expansion, however, we may only hope that things don't
    get as diluted as they have with the cable "news" networks which seem to be in a
    race to the bottom with FOX once again leading the way.

    It seems all of them want a piece of MLB, NFL, NBA, etc. (stick & ball sports) but each
    of these organizations also have their own 24/7 dedicated networks which brings things
    back to NASCAR.

    If NASCAR wants their product out in front of an audience 24/7, why not just start their
    own network? They fully sucked all of the life out of Speed which was predictable and
    reports are that networks they have contracts with to show their races aren't happy as
    the audience is drifting away and NASCAR blocks up so much of their air time they have
    no where to move.

    The over saturation of TV sports may well be their undoing. Last year, under terms of the
    new deal between the NFL and participating networks, they granted 500 (extra) hours of
    TV broadcast time. So, the sports PR machines like ESPN start cranking up the NFL hype
    as early as June and it's now in full pitch that training camps have started. Watching
    ESPN today, one might think they were in mid-season as it is wall-to-wall NFL news and
    what MLB players are going to be banned for PED's.

    They're stepping all over the number one rule of marketing, over exposure cheapens
    the product. Every event, no matter how insignificant, now get's virtual Super Bowl hype
    which no event may ever live up to.

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    The final days of Speed - SportsBusiness Daily

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    Interesting article, thanks for posting.

    As much as we like to think motor sports is this huge entity with a virtually unlimited
    audience of fans around the world, it really accounts for a literal drop in the ocean
    compared to the stick and ball sports and other forms of entertainment.

    We'd like to think that Speed in it's original form would have had a huge following
    even though it played in very limited markets and many had to beg their cable or
    satellite providers to put it on their menus. The sad fact is they probably generated
    more income for the network selling air time to infomercials selling exercise
    equipment and kitchen appliances than they did showing actual racing.

    People working in media any amount of time understand one thing though, their gigs
    can change in an instant at the discretion of a corporate board of directors so the Speed
    staff in Charlotte should be happy at least, they had months to prepare rather than
    a few minutes.

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    I miss the days of WRC, victory by design, etc.
    RIP Speedvision, death by suicide.
     
  19. BartonWorkman

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    Death by NASCAR more like it...

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    Another interesting article, Voices of Speed: Reflections on the Demise of the Speed Channel | Car and Driver

    Snippet...

     
  21. BartonWorkman

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    Hopefully, Werner's drink will be as watered down as the channel he founded became due
    to his allowing NASCAR to get a foot in the door.

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    Nah......just on the rocks. The ice will do the rest!!!
     
  23. GuyIncognito

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    good article.

    this sentence, buried at the bottom of the article, tells me a lot:

    traditional racing (NASCAR, sports car, Indy, even amateur racing like SCCA) is decidedly NOT a GenX/GenY/Millenial sport, and those old fogeys tend to be stuck in the past and bitter....not exactly the dynamic, upbeat, discretionary income 18-34 y.o. audience advertisers love.
     
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    Well they better watch out, because those favored young kids do not watch TV. Motorsports tend to lose a bit on a two inch screen.
     
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    you are correct, those kids don't watch traditional racing but they do watch drifting and rallycross in 15 second youtube clips...
     
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    And this is exactly what motor sport of all types must be addressing, an aging demographic
    and a younger demographic which could hardly care less about getting driver's licenses
    much less sitting in front of a TV for eight hours watching 50's technology cars going
    roundy-round.

    The kids today which are into racing like guys like Ken Block and they're hip to technology.
    Racing must be looking forward 10 and 20 years from now and deciding where their
    interests will be best served if racing wishes to continue being relevant, otherwise that
    $400M investment DIS is putting into completely re-constructing their front grandstand
    may will be ending up in tomorrow's scrap heap.

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