After being unceremoniously dropped from the Speed/Fox Sports 1 channel lineup after the initial broadcast of the Daytona Bike Week races in March, AMA Pro Roadracing formally announced today that it has reached a two-year agreement with CBS Sports Network to broadcast the remaining races on the 2013 schedule, as well as the 2014 season. To be showcased as part of the network’s “CBS Sports Spectacular” series, the network is said to be airing “flag-to-flag race coverage of the premier National Guard Superbike and GoPro Daytona Sportbike classes through the 2014 season.” Programming will begin on Saturday, June 1, at 2:30pm EST with a 30-minute preview show that will “get fans up to speed with on-site coverage of qualifying sessions, highlights from previous rounds, as well as vignettes on the history of the sport and the technical aspects of motorcycle road racing. Hosted by a panel of industry experts, the show will provide insider insight on the latest paddock news, as well as interviews with riders and celebrity guests,” according to the press release. Then live coverage of the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin will follow at 3:00pm EST.
Produced by Chet Burks Productions, longtime maker of AMA Pro Roadracing TV programming, the Road America round will be one of several events to be broadcast live. The others will be broadcast in “afternoon weekend time slots”, in addition to encore airings for those without DVRs.
The CBS Sports Spectacular series is the same program that is used for the network’s airing of its AMA Supercross coverage.
"We're excited to add AMA Pro to our CBS Sports Spectacular lineup," said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network. "GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is a high octane, action-packed sport featuring some of the world's best motorcycle racers and is a great addition to our live programming this summer."
"We are incredibly proud of this television package and excited to begin our new relationship with CBS Sports Network," said David Atlas, Managing Board Member of AMA Pro Racing. "Through the live action and in-depth features, we will present fans with the most intense immersion into our unique and exciting racing that the sport has ever seen."
"This agreement is the result of a tremendous amount of time and commitment from AMA Pro and is a significant step for motorcycle racing in America," said Chet Burks, President of Chet Burks Productions. "We look forward to producing an exciting television experience for CBS Sports Network viewers."
CBS Sports Network is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to www.cbssportsnetwork.com.