AMA Pro Racing has signed an agreement with CBS Sports Network to air the National Guard Superbike and GoPro Daytona Sportbike classes through the 2014 season. CBS Sports Network’s AMA coverage will begin June 1 at 2:30 pm ET with a 30-minute preview followed immediately by live flag-to-flag coverage of the Subway Superbike Doubleheader at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
CBS Sports Network has yet to release a full broadcast schedule, but AMA Pro Racing says events will be initially presented on weekend afternoons with several events airing live. The 30-minute weekly preview show will include coverage of qualifying sessions and highlights from previous rounds as well as vignettes about motorcycle racing and the history of the sport.
“We’re excited to add AMA Pro to our CBS Sports Spectacular lineup,” says Dan Weinberg, senior vice president of programming for CBS Sports Network. “GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is a high octane, action-packed sport featuring some of the world’s best motorcycle racers and is a great addition to our live programming this summer.”
Both the race coverage and the preview show will be produced by Chet Burks Productions which has produced AMA Pro Racing since the ’90s.
“This agreement is the result of a tremendous amount of time and commitment from AMA Pro and is a significant step for motorcycle racing in America,” says Chet Burks, president of Chet Burks Productions. “We look forward to producing an exciting television experience for CBS Sports Network viewers.”
The move to CBS Sports Network comes in the wake of Fox Sports Media Group‘s decision to rebrand Speed as Fox Sports 1 and air non-racing sports. The move follows a similar move by the World Superbike Championship to BeIN Sport. Fox Sports 1 will continue to air MotoGP
[Source: AMA Pro Racing]