Whatever the reasons the bottom line is that this weekend’s AMA Superbike round and the other AMA Pro Racing support classes from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will not be available for live broadcast on FansChoice.tv or for post race viewing. Ditto for the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson round that will run in conjunction with the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP, August 8-10.
“AMA Pro Racing engaged in good faith negotiations with the event's rights holder, but, ultimately, was unable to reach an agreement in the best interest of all parties involved,” said a press release issued today by AMA Pro Racing. “Unfortunately, AMA Pro Road Racing will also not be able to broadcast the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series races during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is run in conjunction with MotoGP.”
With no television contract in place for the 2014 season, AMA Pro Racing has been using FansChoice.tv to broadcast rounds of its AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track races. That will continue, according to AMA Pro Racing, with the exception of this weekend’s race and the Indy round of the Harley series.
Both of the World Superbike races at Laguna will be will be broadcast live on the beIN Sports network.
Last year an 11th hour deal was put together to broadcast the AMA Pro races that were held in conjunction with the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna thanks to a deal worked out between Dorna (the rights holders for both MotoGP and World Superbike). The races were shown at the track live and were broadcast later on CBS Sports.
At the September World Superbike round, however, no such deal was worked out and Dorna opted only (again thanks to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO/General Manager Gill Campbell) to provide a feed to the pit late TVs, luxury suites, trackside big screens and the media center, but the races were never shot for broadcast purposes.