F1 Moves from SPEED to NBC

F1 Moves from SPEED to NBC

In a surprising move, Formula One and Speed will be going their separate ways after this season, ending a 17-year relationship.

Fox Sports Media Group, which owns Speed, confirmed that the partnership will end after this season and that the network was outbid for the US broadcast rights for F1. Though there’s no official announcement yet on F1’s new partnership with NBC, sources familiar with the negotiations have confirmed that NBC Sports will be the new home for Formula One starting in 2013.

Speed has been a partner with F1 since 1996, the first full season that was ever on air in the US. The television network moved to live coverage a year later and continued to expand its coverage for the world’s most popular form of motorsports. NBC Sports currently broadcasts the majority of the IndyCar Series.

“Speed has been the U.S. voice of F1 since the mid ’90s, and it is a passion for many people at the network,” a Fox Sports statement said. “Fox Sports Media Group made what we believed to be a fiscally responsible bid based on the sport’s current viewership levels, but F1 has elected to go in another direction. We wish them well.”

  • M Palmero

    Wow!  Now viewing F1 races will suck big time…

  • ….NBC might be able to afford to send broadcasters to the actual event (more than just Will Buxton, who does a great job), similar to BBC and SKY. Watching F1 back when the BBC was at every race, compared with watching F1 on SPEED…there was no contest. SPEED commentators were not nearly as insightful or knowledgeable. There were no programs prepared, sidelines, or interesting tid bits. I’m hopeful that NBC puts as much effort into it as BBC and SKY put in.

  • Juke Joint Jimmy

    The current F1 commentators have a wealth of knowledge, are interesting, and 2 of them actually were in F1. I have enjoyed the current lineup for years and years, They offer insight to the politics of the sport and are not choked with tring to be PC, unlike the current NASCAR commentators. I hate to see a change in the coverage; I hope at least some of the guys get an offer to work at the new network. To me it is going to be like trying to replace Christopher “Chris” Constantine Economaki in American motorsports commentating with “insert any ABC commentator of the time”.