NBC Scores Racing Coup with NASCAR: Will Air Cup & Nationwide Events in 2015


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Big news out of the NASCAR world today as it was announced that NBC is taking over for ESPN beginning in 2015. The peacock network last aired NASCAR races in 2006, after which ESPN took over. Their reign comes to an end next season.

The new deal is for ten years and will have the NBC franchise carrying a total of 20 Cup races, seven on NBC and 13 on the NBC Sports Network. These will be the final races of the season, which ESPN currently has to rights to air. In addition, the final 20 races from the Nationwide Series will also swift to NBC (four on NBC, 15 on NBCSN).

The new deal also allows NBC to air the K&N Series and Whelen Modified Tour events, the Toyota (Mexico) Series events, and the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Also in the mix are the season-ending banquets.

Along with ESPN's departure, TNT is also gone, that network having aired six races during the summertime for the last several years. It was through TNT that race buddy was developed where fans were first able to just watch the race from various on-track cameras.

It is anticipated that at least some of the first half of the Nationwide races will air on Fox Sports 1.

NBC will also have rights to all NASCAR practices and qualifying sessions during the second half of the year.

Finally, NBC has stated that some races will be used as lead-ins for Sunday Night Football, but which ones has yet to be decided.



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