Eleven of this year's 17 round of the AMA Supercross Championship will be aired live, according to a release issued today by Feld Motor Sports, the promoters of the series.
The package includes 11 live broadcasts on Speed and and nine hours on CBS Sports.
For the first time in the sport's history, Speed will broadcast live coverage from the following 11 races: Anaheim I, Phoenix, San Diego, Arlington, Atlanta, St. Louis, Daytona, Indianapolis, Toronto, Seattle and Las Vegas.
"The last few seasons of Monster Energy Supercross on Speed have provided great storylines and fantastic racing," said Speed president Hunter Nickell. "Being able to deliver a record number of races live on Speed in 2012 is a testament to the growing interest in the series and the commitment to continue that growth by our partners at Feld Motor Sports and the team here at Speed."
CBS Sports will provide next-day coverage at Los Angeles, Oakland, Anaheim II, Houston, New Orleans and Salt Lake City. In addition, CBS Sports will air a Monster Energy Supercross season preview on December 25 at 2 p.m. (Eastern), a Monster Energy Supercross special on February 26 at Noon (Eastern) and a season recap show on May 5 at Noon (Eastern).
"On the heels of the greatest season ever, the increase in live coverage on Speed, and the network coverage on CBS Sports is another step forward for the sport," said Charlie Mancuso, president, Feld Motor Sports. "This elevates the riders, the sponsors and the sport to a higher level and provides the loyal fans the most comprehensive television package Monster Energy Supercross has ever had."
Host Ralph Sheheen will be joined by color analyst Jeff Emig with Erin Bates set to return as pit reporter.
In 2011, television ratings on Speed increased 24 percent, which included eight live broadcasts, up two from 2010, and CBS Sports provided nine hours of network coverage that yielded a 21 percent increase in ratings, according to Feld.
In addition, the series was broadcast in 181 countries. Highlighting the international interest was a 66 percent increase in Australia, home of former two-time Supercross class champion Chad Reed.
The following are the airdates of the series.
Air Date Venue City Network Time
12/25/2011 Supercross Preview Show CBS 2:00pm ET
1/7/2012 Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif. SPEED (Live) 10:00pm ET
1/14/2012 Chase Field Phoenix SPEED (Live) 9:30pm ET
1/22/2012 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles CBS Noon ET
1/29/2012 Overstock.com Stadium Oakland CBS Noon ET
2/5/2012 Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif. CBS Noon ET
2/11/2012 Qualcomm Stadium San Diego SPEED (Live) 10:30pm ET
2/18/2012 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas SPEED (Live) 9:30pm ET
2/25/2012 Georgia Dome Atlanta SPEED (Live) 7:30pm ET
2/26/2012 Supercross Special CBS Noon ET
3/3/2012 Edward Jones Dome St. Louis SPEED (Live) 9:30pm ET
*3/10/12 Daytona Int'l Speedway Daytona, Fla. SPEED (Live) TBD
3/17/2012 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis SPEED (Live) 7:30pm ET
3/24/2012 Rogers Centre Toronto, ON SPEED (Live) 7:30pm ET
4/1/2012 Reliant Stadium Houston CBS Noon ET
4/15/2012 Louisiana Superdome New Orleans CBS Noon ET
4/21/2012 Qwest Field Seattle SPEED (Live) 10:30pm ET
4/29/2012 Rice-Eccles Stadium Salt Lake City CBS Noon ET
5/5/2012 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas SPEED (Live) 10:00pm ET
5/6/2012 Supercross Season Review CBS Noon ET