Fans of Speed are angry about the launch of Fox Sports 1. *Really* angry. Let's go ahead and ignore the final week of Speed ratings, where just one program drew more than 325,000 viewers (compared to eight for Fox Sports 1 during its first two days of launch on a weekend). Ignore the fact that on launch day, Fox Sports 1 aired six and a half hours of live NASCAR coverage. These Speed fans are pissed off and aren't going to stand for it anymore!
So in the interest of masochism, I decided to browse comment sections across the internet for some of the best comments from people angry about Speed disappearing. The results were stunning.
I was very sad when I learned that SPEED was being taken away from me but tried to give Fox Sport 1 a chance. They failed miserably.... they cut or cut in half all of the motorsports shows, failed to show crucial parts of a featured NASCAR race because they were in commercial break and never bothered to show a replay! That's a sports channel??? The talk shows are abhorent and all of the female "sportscasters" look like tranvestites ( no offense to transvestites. Please bring SPEED back!!!!! via Time
Fox 1 sports "SUCKS" we want Speed Channel back , More car racing , like the World of Outlaws ,NASCAR ,IHRA, NHRA .My Classic Car ,On the Edge ,Pinks reruns are better then what on Fox 1 . You lost this viewer & many more Not more football or boxing there are dozens of those channels via Time
Murdoch needs to drug test his people, it seems like he has some pot heads working for him. SPEED Channel was the best car channel out there. I want it back ! FOX 1 can sit on on the one and hope it flops. I agree that morons or if you want to call them idiot(s) are running FOX 1. I WANT THE SPEED CHANNEL BACK!!! via Time
what idiot decided we needed another stick and ball sport station? mma? boxing? you people are totally out of touch. speed was a car channel, the only car channel. here we are in the last 3 races before the chase , and who are you interviering? mike tyson.hopefully this channel will fail miserably and maybe we`ll get a car channel back. we don`t need more retired jocks and announcer wannabes telling us the same retread crap that we get fed on 100 other channels. if thats what we wanted we would watch those other 100 channels. please make an appt. with a proctologist and try just once to your head out of your ass! LEAVE SPEED ALONE !!!!!! via Time
I am a gearhead, Speed was a gearhead channel, Fox 1 is not. I want to turn on a channel that is about cars, trucks, boats, racing, or working on all of the above 24/7.. I DO NOT WANT my car channel to talk about soccer, football, tennis golf or any other non-motor related "sport". If you want a mix channel, fine, but put a all gear head channel on. I will boycott all Fox channels until you replace Speed with an all things gearhead. RIGHT KNOW, YOU SUCK, AND I AM PISSED via Time
what the He## you canceled speed channel what about the shows I watched on that channel...................what did you do you morons.....no pass time .....pinks....etc ....just more stupid channels of football,basketball, that could be canceled.......only about 50 channels of that out there ......but FOX SPORTS LIVE.....only about 16 hours of that a day....wont be watching your stupid channel... your as bad as ESPN via Hollywood Reporter
The only reason i got cable was for the speed channel. If i wanted to watch ball games i would have gone another route. Fox, you made a big mistake. Us motorheads will ignor you. Thank God Discovery still has the Gas Monkey. The Discovery channel is what I'll watch instead of your stupid mistake for a sports channel. You have other channels that you can use for sports instead you ruin it for us by downing the speed channel. Good luck on your stupid excuse for a sports channel. via Hollywood Reporter
This sucks! I want my speed channel back. There are so many other channels for sports, why did fox have to ruin the only sports channel I watched. Who cares about football and soccer, I want my speed back. You just lost a viewer. via Hollywood Reporter
you suck. did you really need anther stick and ball channel? I thought cutting wind tunnel to 30 min. was bad enough but then to cancel it!! what other good car shows and motorsports shows are on the chopping block? who the hell is whatching ufc and soccer? And do you really need another group of hasbend atheletes arguing about steerodes? I have an idea, change the classic espn channels format. I can't believe anyone whatches that channel. this was a great channel with great programming. you are truly a bunch of idiots! car guys spend a lot more money on motorsports than most stick and ball sports fans. I can only hope you will change your minds, but I will not know because I will not be watching any espn channels! via Hollywood Reporter
we did not need another all live sports channel, not everyone watches sports, we want all the car shows back from speed and everything else it had on it, now what, where did all those shows go? this is crazy that corporations keep messing with everyones lives on what we have to watch and we still have to pay the price for it. via Hollywood Reporter
I don't care for baseball,basket,pool,kirling, or what, jockstrap laBraun wears.Speed is what I care about you've killed replace the Speed channel!!! via Hollywood Reporter
I think this new Fox 1 channel is horrible! They turned off Speed channel to put this trash on! It sucks! That was the last motorsport we had and now we have a ESPN 4 known as Fox 1! I use Baseball as a way to cure my Insomnia! I don’t want to watch it all day! Please change it back before I throw my tv out the window!!!!!!! via Variety
Oh, and just for the hell of it, here are some people who commented on a Variety article that really, really hate Crowd Goes Wild.
FOX SPORTS1 is just another EASTERN ELITIST network showing all event times as eastern, They also are streaming SOCCER scores ala ESPN. Good God!!!
I think the show is in need of Regis doing what he does best…. and that’s telling stories!!! No one in the history of the medium tells a story and the lead up better than Regis Philbin-the supporting players on this panel had nothing to contribute but frivolous commentary about today’s sports news stories-and some awkward moments ensued. Leave it to the master and let him have more commentary and show the newcomers how it’s done!!
Tuned it to see Regis, and was very disappointed in the rest of the panel as they dominated the show, especially Georgie (wow where did they find her?). Who are they…anyway? Let Regis tell his stories about ND, tennis, Valbella, The Yankees, The Bronx, etc., then have him draw a “map” on how he got to the show, etc. Keep Regis and have him be the anchor and be himself, then get a new panel, preferably someone we know.
This show sucked so bad,I was trying to keep open mind about Regis,( science I can’t stand the old frat stories,that never have anything to do with anything) but then the really anoying British voice made me want to throw a brick.the power button was pushed to. Off when gay began his turn,which now makes science why he should stick to words on papper and leave his mouth shut!!!!!!, and the live show replacing wind tunnel is best compaired to tally tubes on pot brownies,which leaves me to believe,someone at ESPN,received a New job and is butchering everything that was good with their dumb ass ideas of what sport news really should be. Get a team as great as race hub.and leave the grade school news casters ,to geust appearances,and go back to the good stuff.till then the only thing I like is race hub,and the rest of my sports will be viewed on kcra,or sat radio.
And hey, here's some "blistering" commentary about Fox Sports Live from the same comment section!
Honestly I would not be surprised if fox sports is pulled off after some months. They are showing mike tyson live…im mean r u serious? Andy roddick and gary payton look and sound stupid. Andy roddick said that its bad Kirk Cousins went down because washington was unable to showcase him because they may want to trade him…smh..wtf? Really Andy? Did you see Rg3 get a nasty knee injury and that he is prone to injury because he is a running QB. SO GUESS Andy, Washington needs a top notch back up…so they r not trading cousins.
Fox sports one is so bad its sad. Anchors who are not funny and if I hear Donovan McNabb talk anymore im going to scream. The panel idea is an absolute joke. The people on the panel who know nothing about other sports except the ones they play. I am not a huge ESPN fan either…but Fox Sports makes you appreciate ESPN a little more.
I mean, I understand that people might not like the network that has been around for all of six days, but the main complaint seems to be "this is different and I don't like things being different!"
If you ask these commenters what they're looking for in an ESPN alternative, I don't even think they'd be able to form a cogent thought. No matter what Fox did with Fox Sports 1, there would be segments of people that would be irritated. They seem to be catering to both the smart sports fan and the casual sports fan and the same time, and all that's doing is driving both sides away. It'll be interesting to see their strategy going forward.
Hazmat456. Because they can. And they did create another channel. Speed is now fox sports 1 & the new channel is fox sports 2. You are correct they could have keep the Speed Channel line up & put it on fox sports 2, that way they could have had the best of both worlds. But fox is not that Smart....
ok I guess I still don't understand, fox wanted another sports program, so...... why not make one. why remove a channel? ok so the new channel is bringing in more viewership, but at the cost of alienating current viewers, the could have kept both, bandwidth can't be the issue, its not broadcast, so what gives? what's the real reason they killed off speed?
I hate FUX NEWS even more now than I did before they RUINED the SPEED Chanel. I give a rats ASS about ratings I want my Speed Chanel Back and I do not want to have to pay more for the programming like FUX and Verizon force you to do now.
Daniel, you are right that the ratings are higher because there are much more knuckle heads out there wanting to watch ball games.But if you take the motor sports fans “We” need a motor show that the ball fans don’t understand and it’s not just cars going around in circles, it is also about motorcycle sports and deeper into the engineering and development of motor sports.All Fox had to do is buy someone else Airwave and leave Speed alone who was not trying to compete with anyone!“Look outside of the small minded ratings BOX”
Also if you attend some of the motor sports events as I do… you will see that the coverage by fox is not even half as good as SPEED!Sorry your butt is pasted to the couch.
I'm writing this because of my husband displeasure with FOX SPORTS 1. The regular Fox Channel is second to none for the coverage of the first half of the sprint cup series but FOX SPORTS 1 is out to lunch in coverage like the old SPEED CHANNEL. Bring back the SPEED CHANNEL that covers all of NASCAR SERIES, NHRA DRAG RACING, WORLD OF OUTLAWS and others that were on SPEED. They are way short of a motor sport channel wake up guys does a mountain have to fall on you to set up and take notice. Bring SPEED back.
Two Guys Garage and Gearz are now on GAC with new seasons starting in March. I think it is 328 on direcTV
I canceled my cable . No Speed Channel no Cable . Screw them . Won't ever get a dime of my money. What dumb Asses
Thank god i have a full DVR of Monster jam and NASCAR. What a bunch of crap. If I wanted to watch a bunch of men play with balls I have 20 sports channels to watch while I wear a shirt with some A holes name on it.
, SPEED channel shows like Chop, Cut, Rebuild, Two Guys Garage, Gears, My Classic Car etc., actually taught you something. Their replacements are just more amusement. A- muse- ment. It means not to think or muse. I would much rather think and learn.
Not interested in another football channel. You lost this viewer.
Gearheads don't give a Damn about any stick & ball shows. They just want Speed Channel Programing back the way it was on the day before FS1 took over. Not hard to read what the viewers are requesting. O I forgot the folks over at fox can't read. That's pretty evident.
Fox announced that the Speed channel was not going away and would feature reruns of motorsports. Where is it? Where is Fox Sports 2? I subscribe to the top Dish network package and neither channel is available. However we do have a dozen ESPN channels that I never watch unless they have their pitifully poor NASCAR race coverage on. Sure miss the old time (Speed Channel).
I have been a NASCAR fan for 35 years, and have been raised around cars and race cars all my life. I am also an independent that leans heavily toward the conservative side. I have been watching the SPEED Channel nearly since it's inception. I am so ticked at what Fox has done with the SPEED Channel. Tune in to advertised races and see football, baseball, whatever... Set the DVR for a race and get Ball Games.
If I turn on a Fox Channel, and it doesn't feature something with TIRES on it, the channel gets changed, Period. I'll watch CNN or one of the others.
I have been following NASCAR since 1969 and it appears to me all you care about now is the money. I'm at the place where I don't even enjoy watching it anymore since you switched from SPEED to fox.
Why would nascar take away the speed channel after all of these years?I dont get fox channel 2 so i cant watch qualifying at talladega.Nascar you really screwed up when you took the speed channel away.We have enough football on the other sports channels.Nascar is the only sport that i like,so thanks for nothing!
I hate what they did to our speed channel, my little kid love racing and now he caint watch it that sucks and we will never watch another fox sports channel ever, and i hope the other race fans wont either.
How dare you fox sucks 1 interrupt an interview with Marcose Ambrose on Nascar race hub, with petty enterprises (the king of nascar) to show some stupid idiot football players court hearing. on nascar racing hub. You took my speed channel away, which i saved up for each month to watch. your live repeats are annoying, your announcers are terrible.
What happened to "The Hub" today? (10/9/2013), 10 min. into the show it switched to some court show about some jock that supposedly killed someone. Never heard of the guy and sure don't care. No notice, it just stopped and no replay announced. The used to replay "The Hub" during the early morning hours but not any more. You never know when or if the show is going to air or if it will be 30 min. or 60 min. The network sucks since they dropped the Speed Channel. So sad.
I agree with my gear head brothers taking the Speed Channel away for another sports channel is a big mistake. I also will boycott this channel and other fox channels, stupid, stupid idea on who ever made this decision.
All we need is the phone number to fox & then we can load up the switch board. That will get their attention.
The loss of the Speed Channel was gut wrenching. The lack of thought by Fox on the importance of this channel to us is so obvious. They replaced it with a mixed mash of crap not speed related. What did they think think the Speed Channel was about? The speed of a bat, get real. You missed the boat on this one and the damage is ireversible. We/you have lost so much, you have no clue. I hope your return matches the amount of consideration you gave us. This channel was so unique it would take 10 of your channels to come close but one huge problem. All the superfluous non-speed related crap would take a ridiculous amount of time to filter, K&N could not handle this task.
Lost Viewer Alan of Kentucky
With the stronghold that Fox has on the coverage, the only thing that we can say now is "Remember when we used to be able to watch Nascar and it was like we were there" I just don't believe that this will change now with the contract they just signed, it's a sad day for us!
It's bullshit ya can't watch quilifiing, practice or anything it was something we look forward to Friday evening after work wether it was live or replay
Fox sports1 sux we want our speed channel back if I wanted to watch baseball , football or whatever I would watch espn but I don't
Fox Sports 1&2 is the worst thing to happen to race fans in a long time. It's a piss poor attempt to match what Speed gave us. They couldn't stand to see another network do so well with its followers, that they had to destroy it. Now, they try and tell you that they give more coverage than ever before. I hope that some stuffed shirt pulls his head out of his a** and changes things before the end of the chase. We're missing all the coverage that we were used to getting at the end of the season and you know that they won't be able to make it any better for the new season next year. Their coverage SUCKS!
it was one one thing to change the name of the station, but they wipped out the whole station of its programming.i want the announcers and the speed channel back on our channel 42 on medicom in iowa. we want danielle trotter, dave despain, and all the others they have taken and off and put on other channels or they just disappeared. all the racing programs that were on speed have totally been erased and are non- existing. i am a dirt track racer in iowa and a nascar fan, WHOM IS VERY DISSAPPOINTED IN THIS CHANGE. wayne struchen, outraged customer and fan.
Wow what a bunch of bozo's, I am a new fan of Motorsports but I still like to watch MMA, and some boxing. Most of the other Stations just play baseball, football, hockey golf, and poker ??? Forgot Poker was a sport. I think I'm going to miss the Super cross , and motocross coverage the most. WOW loosing the SPEED channel really SUCKS BIG-TIME.
TO HELL with a bunch of bozos kicking each other in the head!!! I want my car programs back! Are you people at FOX on drugs or just plain STUPID for dropping the SPEED channel? PLEASE take FOX Sports 1 and stick it where the sun doesn't shine.
" I mean, I understand that people might not like the network that has been around for all of six days, but the main complaint seems to be "this is different and I don't like things being different! "
Read Joe. SPEED fans WANT SPEED BACK and don't give a crap for stick and ball channels! I have perpetually paid for all those channels in the "Sports" package, just to get SPEED. I never watch ESPN 1,2,3,4,5,classic, moldy, special, raunchy, NFL, NBA, BO, etc.. It's SPEED that was my channel. Gone. FAAAAAACK!!!
The fox channel sucks. if we needed another non motor channel we could just have gone to ESPN or any other ball channel. We need Speed back!
Fox 1 & 2 both suck!
My husband asked me to try and find gearhead listing, and now that he has read the statements made about fox 1, he is mad. he has paid the cable company extra for years to watch his programs. he said that if he wanted to find out about football or all of the other sports not related to motor's he would have gone to espn...I really have never seen him so angry..
@IreneMarch I can understand being mad, but here's the facts. FOX recently released their base averages. With SPEED, they averaged 155,000 viewers each hour. 6 months into Fox Sports 1, they are averaging nearly 300,000 viewers each hour. In both cases those numbers only go up when live sports is on. FS1 had one game where more than 2 million viewers tuned in. The races on SPEED rarely cracked the million mark. FOX isn't about to bring back SPEED when they are getting more viewers and more money with the new format.
@DebraGardner NASCAR never owned the channel. Fox purchased SPEED a few years ago, and they did not take it away. They rebranded it because they had more live sports and wanted to make their own sports network. They also figured that SPEED, which was costing them money and not producing the ratings they desired, and FUEL could be sacrificed to make the sports channels- Fox Sports 1 and 2. They rebranded SPEED into FS1 and rebranded FUEL into FS2, moving live games from FX to FS1 and getting rid of Fox Soccer channel. Fox still is using the same number of sports channels. They are just trying to gain viewers and spend their money wisely but not focusing on a single genre that wasn't producing enough for them.
@papagarland I also pay for the 'Premium' Channel service for ONE reason, The Speed Channel! The ONLY place to find 'Gearz' on DirecTv. Angry does not describe my current state of mind. I hope, with all my heart, that the Execs at Fox appreciate the fact that I no longer own Firearms. If I did, I think it would be easy to declare it 'Open Season' on Fox Execs! It is currently September, if I don't see the speed channel return before October, September will be the last time a 'Dish' graces my Property! I hear you can cut-up a disn and it makes a reasonable Fire Pit!
Do you believe those BS numbers that Fox is putting out. You need to get thevNielsons numbers. They are the only numbers that count. And you are right about bone the ng Fox will never bring backbSPEED CHANNEL, but the SPEED CHANNEL shows are showing up now on other channels. Which is a good thing.
@Larry D Lewis Sr I'm going to forgive the insult, and let me make something perfectly clear. I DON'T CARE whether Fox airs motor racing or if they air football & basketball on the network. I DON'T CARE what they air, because I rarely get to watch. Now for a casual sports fan, like myself, the variety of what FS1 offers is more likely to cause me to tune in. And as for the race quality, I watched SPEED races and I've watched FS1 races on occasion, and while you may claim they are different, there is no difference at all. The same crew is used. The same cameras are used. Heck, most of the time the same announcers are used. The only difference between Fox Sports 1 and SPEED races is FS1 has to air more commercial breaks because they have more sponsors. If you want to talk about the programming, then yes, I agree they probably should have a racing show on the network. However I wouldn't air it more than two or three times a day max. It would replace one of the endless reruns of Fox Sports Live and have a slot in the afternoon if it were up to me.
Fox numbers are Bull Sh t. Now to get some of those shows you have to buy a premium package from the cable co. They just lost me . Screw them all
@Larry D Lewis Sr What has always mattered for live sports are the actual numbers, not Nielsen numbers. If you want to get specific, a different formula is used by Nielsen for cable TV and broadcast TV. The reason a different formula is used by Nielsen is because everyone has access to Broadcast television, whereas cable and satellite limit the number of homes a station like Fox Sports 1 or ESPN may be in. However if you really want to debate it by ratings, then you should compare that the highest football game on FS1 had more than quadruple the ratings of any race on SPEED.