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Before you sign up to one of the other TV providers, you might want to make 100% sure how long they are committed to keep carrying Speed. For all we know, the others may also be set to follow Rogers and drop it, depending on when their existing contracts for Speed run out.

I suspect Canadians may soon have to rely solely on the internet to watch any motorsport that is not F1, IndyCar, and Nascar racing already available on other TV channels. I would hope the Canadian carriers would have some idea that there is a demand for this type of channel (Rogers started carrying Speedvision in 1997). But I think Norris is correct in his assessment that they don't know and don't care. They knew the US Speed would be disappearing back in early March of last year when Fox made the official announcement, and apparently it never occurred to any of the Canadian carriers that they should think about providing another motorsports channel to replace it. And there are other such channels in other parts of the world they could attempt to carry, and there was nothing stopping Rogers or Bell from buying the same racing programming and starting their own new channel.

Look up SpeedTV on Wikipedia. It only exists in Canada to fulfill contractual agreements with the cable/satellite companies here as Fox wants to keep in their good graces. Once they run out though, Speed goes.

A.J. Allmendinger is signed to drive the JTG/Daugherty Racing #47 in the Sprint Cup for 2014.

I watched this in the
USA and with 20 minutes left there was yet another bogus NASCAR yellow for nothing. Nothing at all for 13 minutes.
NASCAR has conspired to reduce sportscar racing to just another fixed entertainment show. The fix is in. competition doesn't count when 'the show ' is at stake.

I don't know what to watch anymore..... But even IMSA/TUDOR or whatever it's called is now a sham. Sportscar racing has now been reduced to a green/white/checkered travesty.

AJ Allmendinger signed a 3 year deal (I think) to drive the JTG Daughtery 47 in the Cup Series. And Kyle Larson is moving up to the Cup Series in Juan Pablo Montoya's old ride, the Target 42 for Chip Ganassi (as you mentioned).

I agree with you about showing (or not) replays of crashes. This is car racing, and wrecks are part of the risk and driving 200 miles per hour with your hair on fire. I was glad I had rewind on my cable box, because from the first showing, I thought both drivers were dead (I thought the Ferrari disintegrated upon impact). Because I could rewind the crash, I was able to see the Ferrari dart off the to side after impact, and I was able to see the impact to the DP Corvette was not entirely head-on, but more of a left side smash into the back of the Ferrari. That gave me much hope for both drivers, once I reviewed the crash a couple of times. But the coverage at the time sure felt like the coverage of Dan Wheldon's crash at Las Vegas.

Actually, Kyle Larson DOES have a full-time ride in NASCAR. He's going to drive Ganassi's no. 43 Target Chevy in the Cup Series this season, replacing Juan Montoya. Allmendinger too, has a full-time NASCAR deal as well. He'll be driving the no. 47 Toyota for JTG Daugherty this season, replacing Bobby Labonte. Neither of these deals are new, I might add. Also, Kyle Larson isn't new to NASCAR- he ran a full season for Turner Scott Motorsports in the Nationwide Series last year.

Norris, I have forwarded your blog to Rogers, but this battle is I too think not as simple as going to Bell instead for the Speed Channel. Once the contract runs out Bell will drop it too.
It is a question what will happen to the racing content for Canada? Is Sportsnet going to pay for the rights and pick them up? (Do they really have any money left after buying the NHL rights and MLSE?)
I think Rogers is swimming in red ink at the moment.
Maybe TSN is the savior here, although they too spent more than half a billion dollars they don't have on MLSE.

Flood Rogers' Facebook page with disappointment regarding the hasty removal the SPEED Channel. I have spoken with a few service reps who indicated to me that Rogers is already suprised by the displeasure being voiced by racing fans over the decision, and could, if the issue continues to linger, re-evaluate their decision to cut SPEED.

POST/COMMENT/LIKE any and all SPEED Channel related feedback/disappointment here:
https://www.facebook.com/Rogers

S.ave O.ur S.peed !!!

PS. Keep it up Norris, exceptional punditry!

I can't get worked up about losing Speed now that it has become the NASCAR channel. The only races worth watching were the Daytona 24 hrs and Sebring. These races have now lost all credibility with the NASCAR TV caution orchestrated finish.

I don't want the Speed channel we've been getting. It's almost entirely useless and more than deserves to be dropped. I want something better, more like Speed was when it started and comparable to the Speed channel Australia now has, or like Motors TV in most of Europe (including Britain), with all motorsports programming.

www.foxsports.com.au/motor-sports/whats-on/

www.motorstv.com

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