TV Rights Negotiations to Include 2001 Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 1999) National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing officials confirmed Wednesday that all of the current NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division television rights holders (ABC,...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 1999) National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing officials confirmed Wednesday that all of the current NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division television rights holders (ABC, CBS, NBC, ESPN, TBS and TNN) have released their contractual rights for all events beginning with the 2001 season. The announcement allows NASCAR to begin the process of securing a consolidated television package immediately with negotiations expected to begin later this year.

"Today's announcement speeds up our original timeline of negotiating a consolidated television package," said Bray Cary, vice president of broadcasting for NASCAR. "Negotiations for the 2001 season will begin in the fall and will include all forms of multi-media rights and allow us to build up our ancillary programming.

"We look forward to working with all of the current and potential broadcast and cable networks to create the most beneficial package for NASCAR and its fans."

NASCAR announced its intentions to retain and negotiate television, radio and other electronic media rights for its NASCAR Winston Cup Series and NASCAR Busch Series events in February. At that time NASCAR officials had noted that they did not expect any significant changes to NASCAR programming prior to the 2002 season.

Source: NASCAR Online

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