On Saturday, August 17 at 6:00 AM, Speed will go off the air. Its channel will be replaced by a new multi-sport network, called Fox Sports 1. Rumors that a switch were in the works first emerged in late 2012, while things became clearer in March, when the FS1 name emerged. That story disappointed a lot of people. It disappointed us. While Speed's heavy focus on NASCAR got annoying some times (switching away from the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Sprint Cup qualifying comes to mind), it was still a great source of motorsports coverage.

As the network prepares to go off the air, Street & Smith's Sports Business Daily staff writers Tripp Mickle and John Ourand have penned a touching recap of the events that preceded the shutdown, while capturing how many of the employees are handling the change. It's a great read, and we strongly encourage you to take a look.


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      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel absolutely zero compassion for the company/network as a business. They were the morons who thought a channel could survive on a saturation of NASCAR and brain-insulting serial programs. They caused their own downfall by doing things like locking-up excusive US rights to racing series such as DTM, BTCC, FIA WTC, FIA GT1, etc. but then holding the races to be broadcast months later.... What did that do with people such as myself? Caused me to automatically dislike the network and anything related to it. Caused me to have no reason to watch 'live' events such as the earlier series, and to instead DVR them. And what does that accomplish? Allows me the freedom to use the fast-forward button and ignore ALL of your sponsor ads, and ignore ALL of your promos and plugs for your own programs and those of your related networks. The worst part is that even as NASCAR's (continuing) downfall started, the idiots at Speed failed to acknowledge their mistakes and make adjustments to their attitudes and programming. So, they not only lost viewers who wanted to see actual racing, but they were then losing the 'motorsport entertainment' fans who were fleeing NASCAR. Good bye and good riddance Speed. You brought it on yourself and you deserve it. If your dedicate sports channel has the same level of stupidity as displayed by your NFL 'robot' and Gus Johnsons screaming like a fool during soccer matches, the new network will also disappear. I can't picture you having what it takes to compete with ESPN or even NBC Sports.
      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Article is BS. Speedvision was a source of motorsports coverage. Speed was a source of sound systems and rims coverage.
        stevenh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick
        speedvision was awesome, Speed became trashy with Unique Whips and over the top Nascar focus
        Alexander Franco
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick
        6 year old episodes of "Pimp My Ride" were the sh*t!
      Greg
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to love it when it was Speedvision but it just became too NASCAR-centric for my tastes.
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Greg
        You got that right. Hours and hours and hours of mindless conversations by the talking heads of NASCAR.
      Hi There Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to enjoy the odd stuff, like swamp buggy racing, and those crazy little short boats with roll bars, and big V-8's that ran in New Zealand, and Australia. NASCAR is probably the automotive sport I least enjoy.
      Sean Thompson
      • 1 Year Ago
      There's something wrong here. Fox (who I generally like) bought "Speedvision" about a decade ago as they obviously saw the idea of a channel devoted to automotive/motorsports coverage a viable concept. But gradually, they replaced international motorsports coverage with NASCAR shows and automotive 'reality' shows (No, I will never forget the atrocity that was: "Texas Hardtails"). As one Speed forum contributor lamented: "I wish Speed would try to be the ESPN for car guys instead of the MTV for car guys." That sums things up nicely. Formula 1 (and occasional weekend morning fare such as "Stacey David's Gearz") were the only reasons I tuned in as often as I did. I didn't leave Speed ... it left me. Automotive programming has a strong following ... note the Velocity and NBC Sports Channel's current line-ups ... but Fox mismanaged the concept terribly.
        rbnhd1144
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sean Thompson
        C-mon, dont you see the Fox and Nascar connection? Fox focuses on the Nascar crowd in many things they do, its a mentality issue.
        lasertekk
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Sean Thompson
        Agreed. Regarding Velocity, have you seen some of the crap they broadcast? It's leaning towards that reality programming.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      After Speedvision became SPEED, things were never the same.
      rbnhd1144
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like motorsports but Nascar was on everytime I tuned in, so the minute they discontinued WRC I forgot they exisited.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rbnhd1144
        Pretty much my experience. I loved Speedvision, watched in despair as it transformed into the Nascar channel, but continued to watch WRC religiously. Once they dropped WRC, I almost never turned on SPEED. I did continue to record My Classic Car, I hope it finds a new home.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good riddance. Everyone else pretty much said it. Rest in hell Speed, Long live Speedvision.
      Justin Gassaway
      • 1 Year Ago
      I will miss Speed. There's always the Velocity Channel.
      Chayil
      • 1 Year Ago
      Speedvision was epic and catered to gearheads like me Then, Fox came along and raided the proverbial chicken coop. NASCAR replaced much of the automotive themed programs although Speed still carried F1, Sports Car racing, European Touring, Australian Supercars and other kinds of racing. I am not sure if losing out on the bid for F1 to NBCSports made any difference. Perhaps the damage was already done. Speed basically killed itself with its endless, mindless programs. Think R U faster than a redneck?, Car Warriors, Dumbest stuff on wheels and a zillion other programs similar to them. It seems that America cannot get enough college football, pro football, college basketball, pro basketball, pro baseball, tennis and golf. Fox is going to tap into that market that ESPN went to a long time ago. I hope everyone remembers when ESPN was more automotive themed back when they started. They carried F1, Group C, IMSA racing and other varieties of motor sports. They then moved into all sports like Fox is going to do. It is all about ratings. Ratings generate income through advertisers. Let's face it: auto racing in general will never go head to head with the NBA or NFL or even college basketball and football.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      I miss SpeedVision. After it turned into Speed, it turned me off.
      Mr Mario
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember when Speed Vision was amazing in the late 90's.
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