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SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by RealRacer4 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:23 pm

http://dalyplanet.blogspot.com/2012/10/boom-goes-dynamite.html

"Boom Goes The Dynamite" is one of the most popular viral sports videos of all time. Former Ball State University student Brian Collins will live on forever in the YouTube world. The clip shows the total meltdown of a TV sports broadcast, but Collins puts the video over the top with his now infamous line toward the end.

What this video shows is a situation where things are just going so wrong it's painful to watch. On Tuesday afternoon the FOX Media Group officially signed a TV deal with Major League Baseball. Just like that, the SPEED network's fate was sealed. It will cease to exist and become the FOX Sports 1 cable network in 2013.

Boom goes the dynamite.

Here is an excerpt from Joe Flint's outstanding "Company Town" column from the Los Angeles Times:

The new contracts take effect at the start of the 2014 season and run through 2021. FOX's rights fees will go from a per-season average of about $257 million to $495 million. The deal also clears the way for FOX to use baseball for a new national sports cable channel it is planning to launch in the summer of 2013.

FOX also received broad rights to baseball highlights that could be used for a sports news program similar to ESPN's "SportsCenter." While FOX has declined to comment on its planned channel, people familiar with the matter said the company will convert its niche sports channel called SPEED into a broad-based sports network.

Besides baseball, Fox will also put NASCAR racing, college football, soccer and Ultimate Fighting on its cable channel. The working name for the channel is Fox Sports 1.

Well, there you have it. The baseball game of the week slated for the FOX Sports 1 network is going to be on Saturdays, either at 4 or 7PM Eastern Time. As Flint's column mentioned, FOX will also use the new network for college football on Saturdays as well.

While those sports put FOX out of the mix for a future bid on the Nationwide Series, it does keep hope alive that the Camping World Trucks may survive the cut. The trucks have given SPEED it's only major NASCAR series carried by the network from start to finish for many years.

These tentative plans also seem to suggest an end to the type of all-inclusive TV coverage from the Sprint Cup Series tracks of Saturday activities seen on SPEED in the past. A FOX Sports 1 commitment to both Major League Baseball and college football would add Saturday telecasts throughout most of the NASCAR season.

It's unclear why a mediocre sport like baseball would draw this kind of national TV interest. Like hockey, baseball has traditionally been a regional TV sport up until the playoffs. There are an endless array of MLB games already available on regional sports networks, home satellite and online services. It's a bit of a head-scratcher.

Our primary concern is the confirmation that SPEED will be ending. Flint was the first to offer a timeline for the transition in mentioning next summer. Since it would be impossible to begin 2013 NASCAR coverage in February and then end it in late April for baseball, we can perhaps speculate that this may be the final season for some familiar NASCAR programming and some familiar NASCAR faces on SPEED.

Change in sports television is almost always awkward. There is also little doubt more significant changes in NASCAR's future TV plans are on the way. The tough part is, despite all its faults, SPEED has done the heavy-lifting for NASCAR's TV needs for a very long time.

It still seems strange to believe it all may be over when the current NASCAR racing season ends. But as young Mr. Collins would say: "Boom goes the dynamite!"

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Click here for a story on what happened to Collins on this fateful night, where he is now and his level of media involvement.

It's pathetic how FOX handled SPEED Channel. From being an awesome car channel to crappy reality shows that none of us would give a damn about. I hope there's some channel out there that covers a lot of racing that the good ole Speedvision did back then. All I got to say to this is: screw FOX for ruining a great channel and turning it into another ESPN-like channel. Mad


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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by conrail1990 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:26 pm

This sucks!
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by PYLrulz on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:28 pm

They better keep F1
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by Rykia on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:38 pm

PYLrulz wrote:They better keep F1

If they don't, people will die.
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by f1fan12 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:40 pm

Well, I can't watch Nascar from my camper. I would imagine that the 500 though would still take place on regular Fox.
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by RealRacer4 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:50 pm

In the past year, I've only watched 1 F1 race on SPEED channel. Even if I had SPEED on basic cable, I would still go on my laptop to watch a live stream race from SKYSports. The commentators may be more dull than Bob Varsha and David Hobbs but having no commercials for the whole race makes it worth watching.

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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by AntmanB on Wed Oct 03, 2012 9:57 pm

People are gonna rage if f1 races aren't going to be shown live in the us ever again. Rip us and New Jersey Grand Prix in other words
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by crl on Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:36 pm

FOX Sports 1? What the hell kind of name is that? No one calls ESPN "ESPN1".

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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by GamerAzuzu on Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:05 pm

and the final score

Fox Sports 1
ESPN 2

...yeah because THAT works
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by JMac525 on Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:48 pm

*facepalm* It's too bad because Speed used to be very enjoyable.
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by Tanrar on Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:10 am

I could see BBC America possibly broadcasting the F1 races. ARCA is probably boned as far as this goes unless by some miracle they get picked up by NBC Sports Network or something to that extent.
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Post by BWard on Thu Oct 04, 2012 2:28 pm

Wasn't there already an older FOX channel called 'FOX Sports 1'? I'm sure there was but I can't remember.
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by MPatterson1724 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:51 pm

I actually like it, it's not like I cared to watch happy hour that much anyway, and most qualifying is prolly gonna be on fridays next year too. F1 will probably stay too considering the majority of the races are late at night or in the morning. I don't even care about arca so it's irrelevant to me whether it gets canned or not.
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by f1fan12 on Thu Oct 04, 2012 3:58 pm

MPatterson1724 wrote:I actually like it, it's not like I cared to watch happy hour that much anyway, and most qualifying is prolly gonna be on fridays next year too. F1 will probably stay too considering the majority of the races are late at night or in the morning. I don't even care about arca so it's irrelevant to me whether it gets canned or not.

The problem I have with it is, not everyone has Speed. If they put the Sprint Cup Series on this, fans are gonna rage...
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Re: SPEED Channel to Become FOX Sports 1

Post by RACECAR on Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:26 pm

MPatterson1724 wrote:I actually like it, it's not like I cared to watch happy hour that much anyway, and most qualifying is prolly gonna be on fridays next year too. F1 will probably stay too considering the majority of the races are late at night or in the morning. I don't even care about arca so it's irrelevant to me whether it gets canned or not.

My problem with this is the many other racing series that I may (probably will) now have to resort to the usual crappy internet streams or that pathetic watchESPN service just to watch Mad Just when Speed starts bringing the good stuff like V8 Supercars and WTCC, this happens.
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