According to NASCAR journalist Mike Mulhern, NBC will be airing the second half of the NASCAR schedule in 2014.
ESPN and Turner were attempting to end their relationship with NASCAR a year early, after the 2013 season, in an attempt to cut costs and let NBC, the new rights holder, take over.
If NASCAR, ESPN, Turner, and NBC all come to an understanding, this will surely help fill up NBC's schedule next fall when they're not airing Notre Dame football and Sunday Night Football on the broadcast station, or the potpourri of second tier sports on NBCSN. As for ESPN, they'll just be able to continue to go all-out with college football coverage on Saturdays, though they'll lose a solid ratings producer on Sundays against NFL games on CBS and Fox.
And hey, if the switch does go into effect, NBC will earn some solid counter programming options in July and August when they really have no meaningful football to air. If the switch does happen like Mulhern has claimed, the transition will be happening sooner than we though.
Isn it amazig what a little cash wll do. 9 years ago NASCAR couldn't wait to jump from NBC to ESPN and Turner. Now ESPN and Turner can' t wait to dump NASCAR.
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@awfulannouncing Until someone other than Mulhern writes an update, let's all just pause. Undisputed King of Unsubstantiated Rumors.
@stuie299 More like ESPN and Turner seem to want out. Juding by the way they've been mailing in their coverage, I'd say they both really want out.
@stuie299 NBC is not desperate here, they can wait to 2015 it's not a big deal, the question here is why ESPN trying to get out of their contract a year early
@chrisbuda @stuie299 ESPN is freeing up cash for the B1G football and NBA TV rights which are the next big sports TV properties that will be coming up. It's for the best that NASCAR is transitioning to NBC next year because ESPN has no real incentive to go full out with promotion next season since they know that they're losing the property the following year.
NBC has done a great job in terms of loading up with sports properties since the days of OLN.
@ChristopherKull i see your point but ESPN has a legal contract for broadcast rights of 17 Sprint Cup and the full season of the Nationwide Series, First thing ESPN has to live up to their contract agrement or risk breaching their contract, Secondly NASCAR will have to redo their exsisting contract with Fox to cover the extra 3 sprint cup races in 2014 because Fox current contract doesn't cover those races plus nationwide series races, Fox also does not have rights to move sprint cup races to Fox Sports 1 under this current contract, plus NBC has to come with an agrement for 2014 and that if NASCAR can get Fox and NBC to agree and i'm sure their more legal issue to cover and everybody has to be on the same page. Well just see what happens