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Old January 5th, 2011, 03:32 PM
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Default ALMS on ESPN networks.

HUGE news, should mean great exposure going forward for the series and partners compared to where it was on the Nascar Channel, I mean SPEED.
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Old January 5th, 2011, 09:08 PM
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New ALMS "TV" deal - All Live on ESPN3 (computer streaming). All "traditional" TV is delayed and truncated or docudrama on ESPN2 or ABC
Only Sebring, Road America, Baltimore and Petit will air on ABC. Everything will be delayed and cut to 2 hours. ESPN3 is supposed to be online streaming every race live. At least Speed aired some of the races live.

This is not in any way shape or form moving forward....except to the series eventual end. The only races that will be worth watching will be sebring and petit because the big dogs will show. The rest of the season will be slim. Last I read there might be 5 prototypes for the season. GT cars seem to be fall off left and right. Many going to Grand AM. Many of the big name sponsor are also pulling out or greatly cutting back funding. I'd be very surprised if ALMS make it to 2012. Thats why Im looking forward to DTM and the GT3 spec Grand Am racing. Hopefully I can catch some ILMC races along the way.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 04:36 AM
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I think having ESPN3 on Xbox Live will be cool. Most people already have an xbox hooked up and ready for their TV. We can watch as a party too.

TV Deal is better than what many presumed, all streaming with only 2 hour docudramas via Versus. Also the docudramas aren't weeks out either, they're mostly next day.

I'm sort of with Murphy in that even with the best TV deal the content of the races would be weak. But Cytosport just announced they'll run 2 of last year's LMP1 Aston Martin Lolas in ALMS. So that's a few more protos.

DTM and GT3 does look impressive for Grand Am. But I'm not holding my breath just yet until I see how Nascar (because that's who it is) runs them logistically.

ALMS and LMS has really been just watered down to several ILMC races. 2 of which we can actually watch in the US. Only one of which will have the Audi R18 (R15 ++ for Sebring :()
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Old January 6th, 2011, 10:40 AM
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Ras - That is one thing I am really looking forward to, is the ability for us to watch as a party. I have been watching a ton of stuff on ESPN 3 on my xbox lately, and I think it really is the future for broadcast sports, especially longform programming that doesn't fit into what the cable networks want to see as far as programming chunks go.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 12:30 PM
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Striker - I think you make some valid points, and they were brought up in the conference call yesterday. I sat through all 80 or so minutes of it, and actually had all of the questions I kept wanting to ask, answered. I was actually surprised at how candidly they panel addressed the concerns of the fan groups that were on the call. They admitted to mishandling the announcement, and not explaining just what the possibilities of the new contract are.

We should see an increase in production value in the live streams when compared to the live events on Speed. It is was also made clear that for those that do not have broadband from an ESPN3 partner provider, that all events will be available streamed live for free from the ALMS website.

As it stands today, ~65 million households have access to ESPN3 content, almost exactly the same number that have a cable/sat package that includes SPEED. And that ESPN number had grown approximately 15 million over where they were even 3 months ago according to the numbers that Atherton discussed on the call.

The ALMS may yet die, but I think it will have much more to do with the overarching economic picture than anything else. I was hoping to win the mega millions and sponsor a GT entry for all off us here. Didn't work out though. :(
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Old January 6th, 2011, 11:59 PM
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From a fan's perspective, tucking away live feeds on broadband doesn't sound very appealing, but better than no live choice at all as some races were on Speed/CBS last year.

For those that matter, sponsors, 2 hour docudramas on ABC and ESPN2 probably do much better than a full live season on Speed or Versus.

It's kinda a get your cake and eat it too thing...

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Yeah. Especially when they said that they average only 150k viewers for races on speed. I would have to think you could hit that many viewers on ABC who are asleep with their televisions on during any given Sunday afternoon.
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Friday, March 18 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, March 19 ESPN3.com 10:15 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday, March 20 ABC 12:30-2 p.m.

Long Beach
Friday, April 15 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, April 16 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, April 17 ESPN2 5-7 p.m.

Lime Rock
Friday, July 8 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, July 9 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, July 10 ESPN2 1-3 p.m.

Mosport
Saturday, July 23 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Sunday, July 24 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, July 24 ESPN2 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Mid-Ohio
Friday, August 5 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, August 6 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, August 7 ESPN2 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

Road America
Friday, August 19 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, August 20 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, August 21 ABC 4:30-6 p.m.

Baltimore
Friday, September 2 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, September 3 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, September 11 ABC 4-6 p.m.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Friday, September 16 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, September 17 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, September 18 ESPN2 1-3 p.m.

Road Atlanta
Friday, September 30 ESPN3.com Live Qualifying
Saturday, October 1 ESPN3.com Live Race Coverage
Sunday, October 2 ABC 4-6 p.m.
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