4. Televised Motorcycle Racing in U.S.
For years, American television viewers relied on SPEED to provide coverage of motorcycle racing. The channel formerly known as Speedvision was the go-to source to watch MotoGP, World Superbike and AMA racing on television (at least, it was when SPEED gave us a break from its seemingly endless NASCAR coverage.) That all changed this year when SPEED was rebranded as Fox Sports 1, shifting the focus from motorsports to mainstream sports to compete against ESPN.
Fox Sports 1 held onto the TV rights for MotoGP and AMA Supercross but gave up the rights to air WSBK. For a while it looked like U.S. viewers would be left without WSBK coverage before BeIN Sport stepped in, scooping up the broadcast rights just days before the start of the 2013 season.
Meanwhile, AMA Superbikes landed with CBS Sports Network, though the change was not without its own controversy. It turned out the CBS Sports contract did not include all of the series’ events, resulting in no coverage of the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Not only were racing fans deprived of seeing the final race of the season, but the race teams themselves got screwed over as they weren’t able to provide their sponsors with the television exposure they were promised.