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March 21, 2013

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vern

Interesting lineup but wonder how many will tune in to see F1 and tune off when they see Indycar instead? The other side is Iam sure the network is hoping that F1 with Indycar will help their ratings in general?
Guess we'll see but some say F1 doesn't have the following in this country that it does overseas anyway and why its relegated to this garbage network--time will tell?

Sounds negative--not really--just truthfull as NBCsports is the lowest rated sports network ON TV and we all know it. Personally dont care as I don't watch anyway unless maybe tuning in & out randomly but only if the race is on the major Network TV like ABC etc?

Personally Ive never saw the point of starting or having a secondary cable/satellite network that is expensive & hard to get for some people rather then just put the races on Network tv all the time instead of the garbage programming we see on weekends very often with infomercials most the day--just stupid as its costing the networks viewers & ratings--regardless?

Apparently--Heres the major networks idiots in charge thinking-- Lets fill up our major network Tv programming with garbage shows on the weekends and lets put major sports series on our 3rd rate network that half the viewers don't even know about or cant pay for hence garbage ratings less then 10% of what the ratings might be if on Network TV all the time--yeh --that's smart--Good Grief.

bradman

During the spring, summer, and fall the major sports networks are dominated by baseball (yawn), golf (yawn again), tennis (good when blond Ruskie ladies play...just sayin), and NASCAR (like herbal tea, good for falling asleep by).

Thus, networks are experimenting with "farm team" networks to broaden their viewership; or, rather, to niche target. F1 and Premier League soccer come to mind as sports that are slowly but surely gaining viewership in the US, and there is some modest interest in alpine ski racing as well (US racers Ted Ligety and young phenom Mikaela Shiffrin won the World Cup in their respective specialties this season), among other more arcane sports.

I think that the proven team of F1 broadcasters bought lock, stock, and barrel from Speed (alas, sans Bob Varsha), and the dolled up production quality, show that NBC thinks that F1 is worth putting some effort into. The success of the US Grand Prix at the nice new venue in Austin has likely played a role as well.

The real question is, who will watch IndyCar after seeing F1?

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