11 Supercrosses Live On TV In 2012

Cycle News Staff | November 22, 2011

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