• Aug 13, 2008

If you're keen to follow the reunited IndyCar Series, you may want to call up your cable or satellite provider and add Versus to your package. The channel has secured the rights to broadcast the series, moving the races over from ESPN.

Although the lesser-known Versus reaches some 20 million fewer homes than ESPN, the network is expected to offer extended coverage, with pre- and post-race shows and the possibility of Indy-related programming in between races, as well. Meanwhile, ABC has renewed its contract with IRL officials to broadcast five races – including the Indy 500 – each season. While the deal with Versus might seem like a step backwards from ESPN, the stability of consistent and extended coverage could help put open-wheel racing in America back on the map.

[Source: Autosport]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      It's often shown as "VS" on cable listings like Comcast and DirecTV. I think this is good news as Im more likely to watch VS than ESPN, plus VS is right next to SPEED on my channel programming.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice! I hope they add A1 GP next.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Guess I won't be watching those Indy races here...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the same mistake hockey made . . . ESPN stacks the deck in their favor when it comes to commercials, promos, SportsCenter highlights--ESPN treats its own stuff as being more newsworthy, and they are the eight-hundred pound gorilla. Just like hockey, the diehards will love the extended (and frankly excellent) coverage, but the loss of exposure will prevent anyone other than diehards from ever enjoying it.

      Peace
      policy
        • 6 Years Ago
        IMO the NHL didn't make a mistake... They got PAID to go to VS. & they promote the h*ll out of the NHL.

        The IRL would have to pay ESPN & IndyCar gets minimal coverage on Sports Center (unless its the Indy 500 or perhaps the IRL Championship results).

        ESPN built ESPN2 by moving motorsports to the channel... rabid racing fans got cable providers to DEMAND that the "Deuce" be added to their cable line up Perhaps VS will benefit in same way.

        NHL reports viewing numbers up, even with VS reaching less cable systems.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I thought the IRL was getting its act together. I can't believe they looked at Vs. and how they're killing the NHL (because nobody watches) and said "yeah! let's go with them!" Idiots...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I live in the metro Detroit area (AKA: Hockeytown) & VS. coverage is praised, people here hated FOX (& the puck-tracker) & would watch CBC (& Don Cherrey) for authentic / enthusiasts coverage. Many have accepted VS. So there is "someone" watching...

        The NHL says their sponsors & teams have noticed an upswing in sales/ feedback based on better (& more focused) hockey coverage on VS. over their pay-for-airtime deal