Clear Channel Secures Deal to Air Supercross Finals on ABC

Las Vegas Finals to Air on ABC’s Wide World of Sports

AURORA, Ill. (March 18, 2003) – Keeping their commitment of bringing THQ World Supercross GP/ AMA Supercross Series to network TV, Clear Channel Entertainment’s motor sports division announced today that the Las Vegas round of supercross will air on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in next day coverage May 4.

Over the past five seasons, Clear Channel Entertainment has invested millions of dollars in bringing THQ World Supercross GP/ AMA Supercross Series to network television.  Due to scheduling changes with the National Basketball Association switching from NBC to ABC in 2003, the supercross airtime was not available in 2003 until this deal was secured.

“We at Clear Channel Entertainment are extremely happy that we have been able to once again secure time on ABC for THQ World Supercross GP/ AMA Supercross Series.  We have always been committed to bringing the greatest motorcycle racing in the world to the most elite stadiums in the world and into everyone’s television sets at home,” said Ken Hudgens, vice president for Clear Channel Entertainment’s motor sports division.  “Bringing the supercross finals from Las Vegas to ABC is another huge step for our sport and a testament to our extremely loyal fans.”

Going into its sixth year on network television, supercross has posted impressive ratings reaching as high as a 3.7 household rating.  This will be the first time the supercross finals will be aired on network TV.  DirecTV and iNDemand carried the supercross finals from Sam Boyd Stadium in the past through pay-per-view.

“We are extremely delighted that we are able to bring the final race, traditionally on pay per view, to ABC Sports so all can witness the outstanding young talent this supercross series has to offer,” said Steve Ferrara, director of programming for ABC Sports.

The one-hour show will air on ABC’s Wide World of Sports the afternoon of May 4.  The exact time of the broadcast will be announced soon.

For more information, please contact Denny Hartwig at 630-566-6305 or email at dennyhartwig@clearchannel.com. Tickets for the THQ World Supercross GP/AMA Supercross Series are also available at www.ticketmaster.com, www.sxgp.com, and www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only).

About THQ World Supercross GP and AMA Supercross Series

THQ World Supercross GP is a 17-round global series that is produced and promoted by Clear Channel Entertainment and Dorna Off Road S.L. Riders must compete in the international rounds to be eligible to win the world championship. In 2002-2003, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events in Geneva, Switzerland and Arnhem, Holland, and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major markets throughout the United States as a part of the AMA Supercross Series. The other AMA Supercross Series event held in Daytona Beach, Fla., is independently produced by the International Speedway Corporation, and is not a part of the THQ World Supercross GP. An AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned for the series of events conducted in the United States only. 

THQ World Supercross GP is the premier off-road motorcycle racing series in the world. Clear Channel Entertainment is the largest promoter and producer of live events in the world, with a broad based tradition in the promotion and production of motorcycle racing events. The FIM, Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, is the body that globally governs motorcycle sport at the world level. Among other matters, the FIM groups together 85 affilliated National Federations relating to the sport of motorcycle racing. AMA Pro Racing is the National Federation representative that sanctions motorcycle-racing events in the United States. Dorna Off Road S.L. is an internationally recognized sports management group established in 1988 with an emphasis on major international motor sports events.  Dorna is headquartered in Madrid, Spain with branch offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo.  In addition to its involvement with THQ World Supercross GP, Dorna manages the rights to MotoGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship. For more information on THQ World Supercross GP and the AMA Supercross Series, log on to www.sxgp.com