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NASCAR Adds ESPN, ABC to Its TV Outlets

Dec 7, 2005  •  Post A Comment

NASCAR has announced new eight-year television rights deals with Fox, ESPN/ABC and Turner Sports worth $4.48 billion. ESPN and ABC return to the NASCAR field, replacing NBC on the roster. Additional changes have also been made involving which races are carried by which network.

The deals with Fox and ESPN/ABC include multimedia elements, including Internet, wireless and broadband content distribution.

Under the new agreements, which begin in 2007, Fox will launch each season with the Daytona 500 and show the next 12 NASCAR Nextel Cup races. TNT will follow by televising six consecutive Nextel Cup races. The final 17 Nextel Cup races will appear on ABC or ESPN. The final 10 races, The Chase for the Nextel Cup, will air on ABC.

NASCAR’s Busch Series will appear on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2, with at least four races airing on ABC. Fox’s Speed Channel continues as the home of NASCAR’s Craftsman Truck Series, except for two events, which will be broadcast by Fox. Speed will also broadcast the Nextel Cup Series All-Star Challenge.