The 2013 World Superbike Championship may make its live U.S. television debut on beIN SPORT television on Saturday night, while being simultaneously streamed live online.
BeIN Sport, which has the U.S. broadcast rights to World Superbike, may show the first race live in the U.S.on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m. EST. (Phillip Island is 16 hours ahead of EST.) Though the beIN SPORT website doesn't list World Superbike on its schedule, a spokesperson originally confirmed the time slot. However, in a follow-up e-mail, the spokesperson wrote that a decision hadn't been made on whether it would be televised.
"Superbike is only confirmed to be available streaming live online through the beIN SPORT website," the spokesperson wrote, adding that a decision on televising it would be made Wednesday, February 20.
BeIN SPORT TV, which is owned jointly by Time Warner Cable of New York and Al Jazeera, is a sports channel that primarily broadcasts the top levels of European soccer, but also televises tennis, golf, volleyball, boxing, rugby and basketball. It's currently available on DISH and DIRECTTV, as well as in many areas on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, and Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico.