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December 2, 2009

Five Chances (Including a Big One) To Screw IndyCar Up Again in 2010

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:56 am

IndyCar announced the 2010 broadcast schedule yesterday. Frankly, it is not all that different than 2009. Most of the races are on Versus with their excellent coverage, and IndyCar again mercy humped five, including the Indianapolis 500, to ABC. Why IMS continues to allow ESPN on ABC brand killing is beyond me. My fervent hope is that Comcast is successful in its acquisition of NBC Universal. Then perhaps an event as great in stature as the Indianapolis 500 can receive the treatment it so richly deserves with the type of professional coverage Versus has offered only on a major network. NBC has a long history of restoring prestige and ratings to sporting events neglected after ABC began its downhill slide.

Before the blithering cart idiots go off on their typical nonsense rants about Tony George, 25/8 and other such revisionist history lunacy, my advice is to fight that war in a forum that caters to those of you not blessed with enough sense to live your lives in the current century if that is what spins your wheels. My focus (and that of any other real racing fan) is moving the sport forward. My belief is there is not a chance in hell of that happening as long as ESPN on ABC is allowed to continue its bastard stepchild treatment of the IndyCar franchise. ABC does no longer deserves their association with IndyCar.

I am certain growth of the brand is secure in the capable hands of Versus, but given the ESPN on ABC handicap for the most important event we should all be glad the growth curve is really long. ABC has a street, oval, Indy, road course and the streets of Toronto. Meh. I am saddened the month of May will not be adequately showcased except by Versus.

It is my hope that Versus continues to expand their reach and that they reach agreement with DirecTV to again carry the network.


  1. https://irldefender.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/who-cares-what-the-stupid-fans-want/

    I still get a good laugh out of that blog. Back then Versus was just “some small network called Versus” and you told everyone that there would be no way the 500 would be brokered seperate. When the story came true, you changed your tune quickly. How is that “gold mine” of the centennial era working out?

    Editor’s Note: Stalkers with pea-sized brains are fun. The Indianapolis 500 is doing great. It is quite profitable and rakes in cash for a month. The IndyCar Series is also poised for additional growth with the 500 as its centerpiece. I do not share the idiotic notions of the chicken littles who foolishly believe the end is near. It is imbeciles like these who have believed the end is near for fifteen years, but each year they look more stupid than the year before. Why wouldn’t those so obsessed simply enjoy it? It is not going away.

    Comment by TroyM — December 2, 2009 @ 4:54 am | Reply

  2. Look, Defender, we all love the Indy 500 and the tradition and great races of yesteryear, but the disaster the IRL put on this year is one of the reasons the series fails to attract new fans…I am sick and tired of hearing how the IRL is waiting, and waiting and waiting to unveil the new chassis package…in 2012
    F1 witnesses its teams develop new chassis each and every year…how can the IRL seriously continue promoting the series as an upper tier series with a chassis that dates back to the early 2000s? As for Versus, yes, the coverage is significantly better than anything we have had in a long time, however, unless Comcast acquires NBC, which sounds serious, and puts the IRL on his major network, the Versus deal will eventually prove to be a failure if nobody knows where to find the races…and forget about us Direct TV viewers, the channel is gone…sure, I am dumb enough to subscribe to both Direct TV (full package) and the local cable system (basic only that carries Versus) to watch the series…I guess that I am forever tied to this dying series…

    Editor’s Note: ‘Disaster?’ Were you watching the same race I was? I was actually there and found it as compelling as most others. Yeah, we’re tired of waiting on a new chassis. It will get here. Sucks to be a DirecTV subscriber and IndyCar fan; why don’t you concoct some legal way to compel DirecTV to do the right thing for its customers?

    Comment by Neil Rubin — December 2, 2009 @ 11:04 pm | Reply

  3. If the Indy 500 rakes in so much cash, why did Tony George get sacked? Is it those darn money losing ventures like Nascar and MotoGP that are victims of the economy? Or do the profits (and then some) get poured into the money pit called the IRL?

    Editor’s Note: After years of Anton heckling you are now concerned that he is out? As usual you are trying to make a connection that is tenuous at best. Let’s move forward, shall we?

    Comment by TroyM — December 2, 2009 @ 11:21 pm | Reply

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