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Old 12-04-2001, 11:09 AM   #11
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Default AMA is not the only culprit

If you check the sequence of events, you will find that Clear Channel was wedging the AMA out of Supercross racing. First they set up exclusive contracts with various race venues in major locations and then they can dictate everything else associated with them.



I'm not a big fan of the AMA either (they have a talent for screwing things up) but CC left them with little choice if they wanted to stay in racing.



CC has a history of grabbing up as many radio stations in area as they can (8 in my area), then producing concerts, and refusing to promote anybody else's concerts, thus forcing most artists to bow to their demands and go with CC's production companies if they want any attendance.

They could do the same with the Supercross teams.



There's a good series of articles about Clear Channel at

www.salon.com/ent/clear_channel



I'm not sure if CC is going to be good for the sport in the long run.
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Old 12-05-2001, 01:44 AM   #12
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Default Re: AMA is not the only culprit

Interesting reading... Hmmm. So, what are we left with here; two dirty birds and a bird-bath full of mud. What a sorry sight.



Time to scrap it all and start over w/a new series/sanctioning body! Argh!.. no, that won't work. I like the whole 'Take back the AMA' initiative happening on the road-racing side of things. They're trying to get some racers who actually care into the management... Kevin

Schwantz being one of them! Cool!



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Old 12-05-2001, 04:34 AM   #13
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Default Take back the AMA...

... is probably the most pragmatic strategy, at least from an overall perspective. This split series concept is apparently a thinly veiled "divide and conquer" tactic, whose roots emenate from a fetid morass of greed...all hail the god "profit"..
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Old 12-05-2001, 10:48 AM   #14
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'Take back the AMA'

Not a bad idea. Take a non profit organization whose charter is supposed to be for the betterment of the sport and get some people involved in the management of racing who actually understand racing and are willing to listen to the competitors about their concerns (especially safety). Then act on them. They could then actually promote the races and hopefully get a larger attendance at the various events. Once the numbers they can begin to get the tracks (Daytona) to be a bit more Press Friendly for something other than NASCAR.

You're right,Schwantz would be cool.
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Old 12-05-2001, 09:59 PM   #15
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Default of course Clearchannel locked down 6 stadiums already...

Of course ClearChannel locked down 6 stadiums already...they just said, 'Run Supercross, or we don't run any concerts with you'. Easiest thing in the world to do.



What can the AMA hold over the stadiums' heads? Nothing. That's why they'll lose, and that sucks.



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Old 12-06-2001, 06:16 AM   #16
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you are right my friend,look what they {the ama

]are doing to roadracing!
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Old 12-06-2001, 06:19 AM   #17
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the really sad part is that no one from the ama will even read these posts cause they have completely lost touch with the true spirit of motorcycling
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Old 12-06-2001, 03:48 PM   #18
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EXACTLY!!!
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