Big changes are coming to your NASCAR coverage. From daily programming to Sunday afternoons, things are going to be looking different.
Things will be dramatically different for the SPEED channel in 2013. The biggest change being the rebranding to FOX Sports One in August. But changes to the T.V. schedule will come as well.
As SPEED transitions to FOX Sports One, viewers will see more stick and ball sports covered on the network. With more stick and ball sports programming, NASCAR coverage will decrease. Trackside looks to be cut from the network. RaceDay, RaceHub and Victory Lane will remain on SPEED during the 2013 season.
Current TV contracts covering the NASCAR season expire after 2014. Potential new contracts include NBC and FOX exploring new options.
As NBC tries to jump back into NASCAR coverage, possible coverage could includes current races covered by ESPN in the latter half of the Sprint Cup season. NBC has not made any official announcements to this point.
FOX has interest in expanding its coverage to include the six summer races TNT currently broadcasts. There has been overwhelming criticism of TNT’s coverage, or lack there of, due to the abundant amount of commercials during race broadcast. Viewers expect more coverage during green flag action than they have gotten the past couple years and would like a change.
TV deals for the 2015 season have not been announced and all things are speculation. The TV landscape of NASCAR coverage will certainty look different in the coming years, but how much is still unknown.