For anyone who tuned to Speed over the weekend, you may have noticed a new Fox Sports logo looming at the bottom of the screen. According to SB Nation, this could be a bad sign for motorsports fans as it seems to verify rumors that Fox is on the verge of changing Speed into an all-sports network like ESPN.
Although we're thankful that the channel never completely turned into the 24-hour NASCAR channel as was evidently intended when Fox took over in 2001, it has become a go-to channel for all things motorsports from the mainstream to the offbeat. Speed has already expanded its broadcasting to include reality shows like Pass Time, Pinks and Hard Parts: South Bronx, but it is also the only place to find coverage for racing series such as Australian V8 Supercar, Formula One Racing and Grand-Am.

The Wall Street Journal says that converting Speed to a sports network would allow the company to capitalize on a new eight-year deal it just worked out with Major League Baseball that would allow for better distribution of games among cable and satellite companies. Only time will tell what as to what becomes of Speed, but for fans of motorsports coverage, things aren't looking good.


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      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      It died with Speedvision.
      bleexeo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Fox was the worst thing that ever happened to Speed Channel and this is further proof.
      Kuro Houou
      • 2 Years Ago
      As log as it doesn't effect F1 coverage at all... It's only a few hours every other weekend.. don't take the last good thing that channel has!!!
        aet1972
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kuro Houou
        That's already happened tho. I recall a couple of years back when they delayed the broadcast of the Australian GP because it was opening weekend for the stupid BJ Scottsdale auction. That's clearly what the audience wants to see.
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      When I used to have cable, it'd be my favorite channel as a kid. Then it turned into Nascar 24/7.
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Andre Neves
        I loved watching the old 70's Motorweek reruns.
      mrgdr
      • 2 Years Ago
      As if there isn't already a plethora of stick-and-ball sports channels available on satellite and cable. All we enthusiasts have is one lousy motor sports channel (Velocity is essentially entertainment) and now we're to be deprived of it. Thanks Fox. You suck.
      Steven Bremer
      • 2 Years Ago
      With F1 planning two US races this is not the smartest move. I wish BBC America would just broadcast the keep from the UK channel.
      SPG1
      • 2 Years Ago
      NOOOOOO, FOX you infantile pillocks DO NOT take F1 of SPEED. I watch practice, qualifying and the race.
      csrecord
      • 2 Years Ago
      It died with Speedvision.
      MIKE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Dear fox, Go have intercourse with yourself, oh and Rupert Murdoch can provide the reach around. Thank you and good night.
      BEEEAMMERRR_GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let them have it. I gave up on them when they were having a talk show about NASCAR during the 24 hours of LeMans.
      greg.reil
      • 2 Years Ago
      We want formula 1 and rally cars going balls out! We want nonstop tire smoke and in depth car reviews. The speed channel could be so awesome if a gear head was in charge. The people in charge are probably the ones that may have the awesome cars but just waste them putting around slowing down the passing lanes. We don't need another baseball channel.. I don't want to spend another second watching grown men play with their balls. We need some excitement on Television! I want to see four wheels and a monster engine flying through the air! Wheres the TV station for people like me?
      kevsflanagan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is a shame really. Speed has lost its way for numerous years and I guess this is the nail in the coffin. Shows like Pinks All-Out, Pass Time, to me were great. They featured cars and to a extend were fun to watch. Shows though like "My Car Rules" and "South Bronx" on the other hand are train wrecks. To top it off you have aired what seems like all the time when NASCAR isnt on "Dumbest Stuff on Wheels" and yeah you have hardly anything worth watching. I've said it numerous times they should attempt to create shows focusing say on Grand-AM and ALMS and have the production values be on par with some of the NASCAR shows they have. Follow a team as they prepare for X-race and then a nice recap of said race. BAM! People will be interested because they will get to know the racers personally. But no.. all we get is more NASCAR programming daily and if we are lucky enough to catch it (since its not advertised at all) a actual race series like V8 Supercars. Oh well maybe Velocity will see a opening and pick up the lost race series and we can view them in HD!
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