NBC is moving some Cup and Xfinity races to a new channel in 2022.
A big alteration will be made to the NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series schedules in 2022. All races that do not air on NBC will be moved to the USA Network from the NBC Sports Network.
With a press release on Tuesday, November 2, NBC announced the adjustment. NASCAR is one of many “premium sports” that will be carried on the USA Network, which also includes IndyCar, the Olympic Games, the Premier League, cycling, and many others. The Golf Channel and NBC will continue to broadcast all PGA Tour tournaments.
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“The United States has always been home to big, iconic characters – on reality shows like ‘Chrissie Knows Best,’ premium scripted dramas like ‘Chucky,’ and of course the high-octane energy of our WWE personalities – and larger-than-life pro athletes will fit right in,” said Frances Berwick, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television & Streaming. “We anticipate that this extension of our live sports offering will both engage existing fans and attract new communities to the United States, further consolidating the network’s position as a leading destination for the greatest and broadest entertainment in all of its forms.”
The shift to the USA Network comes as NBC Sports Network prepares to close its doors on December 31, 2021. The Camping World Truck Series, which airs exclusively on FS1 for the entire season, will be unaffected by the changes.
There Will Be a Path for More Streaming Races to Take Place
On October 7, NBC Sports reporter Dustin Long stated that three of the remaining races would be televised simultaneously on the Peacock streaming platform. Subscribers to the premium tier ($4.99 a month) would be able to watch the races at Texas Motor Speedway, Martinsville Speedway, and Phoenix Raceway, as well as the championship event.
More races may be available in 2022, according to the news statement. “Peacock will continue to deliver a diversity of live sports content,” according to NBC. “This includes Super Bowl LVI and Olympic competition.” NBC did not explicitly say that NASCAR will return to Peacock in 2022, but SVP of Media and Productions Brian Herbst told Awful Announcing in late September that streaming will have some role in the broadcast deal… Nokia News – Quick Recap