SPEED to air AMA SX through 2013

Coverage begins with Jan. 3 season opener

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Dec. 29, 2008
SPEED has reached a deal with Feld Motor Sports to extend broadcast rights for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.

SPEED will air events from AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, through at least 2013. The arrangement also gives SPEED the right to broadcast events from other Feld Motor Sports properties, AMA Arenacross, United States Hot Rod Association Monster Jam and International Hot Rod Association Nitro Jam. Contracts for the AMA Arenacross series and USHRA Monster Jam run through to 2012 while the IRA contract is a one-year deal for 2009.

“This new deal with Feld Motor Sports delivers a diverse collection of racing properties for our viewers,” says Hunter Nickell, president of SPEED. “It is a great blend of competition and entertainment ... a mix that already has proven to resonate with a large number of race fans.”

Chad Reed will begin his SX title defence Jan. 3 in Anaheim.SPEED’s coverage of the 2009 Supercross season begins with a live broadcast of the season opening event at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. on Jan. 3 at 10 p.m. ET. Ralph Sheheen will call the action with Motorcycle Hall of Famer Jeff Emig joining him in the booth and Erin Bates reporting from the pit.

Exclusive content from the AMA Supercross and AMA Arenacross series will be available during the season through SPEEDtv.com, VOD cable, iTunes video podcasts and mobile phones. Full races will be available on VOD cable and through select mobile carriers.

SPEED will also offer “best of” clips of USHRA Monster Jam action through its online and wireless outlets with 2009 Freestyle events available on iTunes and Amazon for $1.99.