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IndyCar extends deal to keep races on ABC

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IndyCar announced on Wednesday that the local racing series has signed a long-term deal with ABC-TV to keep its races on the network through 2018.

Terms of the agreement call for ABC to televise five races each year, including the Indianapolis 500.

The network has televised IndyCar races annually since the formation of the series in 1996. It has aired five races each season under the current agreement, which runs from 2009 to 2012.

“IndyCar is every excited about our continued relationship with ABC,” series CEO Randy Bernard said in a prepared statement. “This allows the series long-term growth on the network.”

Versus, which will be rebranded as the NBC Sports Channel on Jan. 2, broadcasts the other IndyCar series races.


 

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  • lee grace i have lot time watch indycar
    versus is like the street race money in the bank this is business
  • .2 for Mid-Ohio...things looking up
    Mid-Ohio a paltry 0.2 TV rating on VersUs.

    Isn't it wonderful the versUs and ABc deal is locked in for the next 6 years?

    IRL mediocrity lives on forever....implode already.
  • 5 years?
    5 years from now there will be no roar of the loud cars. Reflection will be in order on the lonely walk. The great speed sport the thing of books, my friends. And tales on the porch swing but few will care to listen.

    Paintings on a wall. Paintings on a wall.
  • cottman should be fired for new car
    irl will be here for 5 years shame on dallara with the new car
    • Ratings workin' out for ya?
      How're them dadgum TV ratings on that there Vision or Versus or Vertigo or what have ya'll there working out for ya?

      Don't tell me know that there Pagenuad boy's doesn't got 'em all tunin' in. By dad, what a world beater the IRLCar thing is.
    • What Channel is
      Champ Car on this weekend? I can't find Spike....is that still a channel??? LOL
    • Back to the 70's...
      ...only worse. The time will come when the Indy 500 and maybe five races, at the most, will be shown on live TV. In fact, I venture to say the series could be reduced to 5 races total. Indy, Texas, Iowa, Fontana (maybe), and possibly another oval.
    • No one else wants it
      I read this as no one else is interested, and they did not want any of the Verses races, and no one cares about IndyCar. This is an effort to keep some kind of exposure for a failing franchise. If not for the 500, this would be a dead series.
    • Zero Sum Game
      Nothing from nothing equals nothing.

      Now ABC and ESPN can get with Disciple to really focus on those target demos. All 17 guys and that fat chick in the Dario T-shirt.

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