I can’t believe I’m actually writing this! It has been announced via the below image from Sno*Drift that NBC Sports will be carrying coverage of the entire Rally America National Championship series!
As our very own Doug Patterson posted in a reply to Andrew Comrie-Picard a couple of weeks ago “With as many outlets as are available now, surely someone would be willing to pick up a 30-min or hour highlight show for the Rally America events, right?” Apparently Doug was spot on, but this is one better. It isn’t one of the more obscure motorsports channels televising these rally events, but none other than NBC Sports! These will be edited recaps produced and filmed by Bend, Oregon’s Rage Films who are known for filming extreme sports like back country skiing, snowmobiling, kite boarding, etc. Reminds me a bit of Warren Miller’s stuff.
At first I wasn’t 100% sure this was legitimate, but Rage is definitely at the event and posting all kinds of images about filming in the icy cold of Sno*Drift on their Facebook page. Could this change the entire outlook for Rally America and rally as a whole in the USA? Will more sponsors step up to help pay the costs for more teams to compete at the national level with TV coverage? Sure it isn’t live, but national TV is national TV. We’ll have to wait and see, but for now I’m not complaining!!
NBC Sports Air Dates:
Sno*Drift – Saturday 4/5/2014 2PM Eastern
100 Acre Wood – Saturday 5/3/2014 6PM Eastern
Oregon Trail – Saturday 5/31/2014 6PM Eastern
STPR – Saturday 6/28/2014 6PM Eastern
Climb to the Clouds – Saturday 7/12/2014 2PM Eastern
New England Forest Rally – Saturday 8/9/2014 2:30PM Eastern
Ojibwe Forest Rally – Saturday 9/6/2014 4:30PM Eastern
LSPR – Sunday 11/9/2014 5:00PM Eastern