AURORA, Ill.(Aug 17, 2005) ¿ Clear Channel Entertainment`s Motor Sports division announced today they signed a five-year agreement with SPEED Channel to broadcast the THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series. As part of the agreement THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series will be positioned as the premier motorcycle property on SPEED Channel and supported by an aggressive national on and off-channel promotional campaign.
In 2005-2006, the 250cc races that air on SPEED Channel will receive next-day original airings. The 125cc race will be shown later in the same week. The relationship will utilize the substantial resources of Clear Channel Entertainment ¿ Motor Sports and SPEED Channel to generate synergy and maximize efforts for the most successful television package the sport has ever seen. The on-air promotions and joint marketing efforts will be significant.
Although SPEED Channel will be the exclusive carrier of THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series, there is an option for Clear Channel to air several of the 250cc shows on a major broadcast network. The 2005-2006 network and schedule will be announced later this month.
¿SPEED Channel¿s commitment to supercross makes it the perfect home for the sport,¿ said Charlie Mancuso, president, Clear Channel Entertainment ¿ Motor Sports. ¿SPEED Channel¿s accomplished production and professionalism capabilities as well as our already existing relationship with SPEED Channel, which hosts our other motorsports properties ¿ IHRA®, the AMA National Arenacross Series and Monster Jam® ¿ reinforces our decision to place supercross on a network that is completely dedicated to giving its audience the best in motorcycle and motor sports coverage.¿
¿With the addition of THQ World Supercross GP/ THQ AMA Supercross Series, SPEED Channel¿s portfolio of premier motorcycle properties is now complete,¿ said Robert Ecker, SPEED Channel VP of Programming. ¿We are extremely excited by this expansion of our existing relationship with Clear Channel, and we look forward with great anticipation to launching the first season of our new multi-year agreement this winter.¿
An announcement about the broadcast team will be made later this month.
For more information about the THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series, please log on to www.supercross.cc.com.
About THQ World Supercross GP¿/THQ 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 2005-2006, the 17-event THQ World Supercross GP will be comprised of two international events and 15 of the 16 events that are conducted in major cities throughout the United States as a part of the THQ AMA Supercross Series. The other THQ 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. A THQ AMA Supercross Series rider will be crowned as the national champion for the series of events conducted in the United States only.
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE:CCU), a global leader in the out-of-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximateely 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company¿s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world¿s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.
About SPEED Channel
SPEED Channel is the nation’s first and foremost cable network dedicated to motor sports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED Channel delivers quality programming from the track to the garage. Now available in nearly 70 million homes in North America, SPEED Channel is among the fastest growing sports cable networks in the country. For more information, please visit www.SPEEDTV.com.
Dorna Off Road is a part of the Dorna Group, an international sports management, marketing and television group founded in 1988, with headquarters in Madrid, Spain, and offices in Barcelona, London and Tokyo. Dorna is mainly dedicated to the organisation, production and marketing of major international motor sports events. It has been the exclusive holder of all commercial and TV rights to MotoGP since 1992 and is also involved in the FIM World Supercross GP, the British Superbike Championship, the Spanish Championship (CEV) and the FIM Trial World Championships. Dorna also markets Ad-Time, a rotating advertising system used in volleyball, baseball and football, in different countries.
The FIM is the international organisation, founded in 1904, acting in all matters connected with motorcycling activities and, as such, is active in domains such as sport (Road Racing, Motocross, Supercross, SuperMoto, Trial, Enduro & Cross Country Rallies, Track Racing, among others), tourism, leisure, environment, mobility, road safety, legal affairs, etc. It has 93 National Federations as members, divided among six Continental Unions. The official titles of World Championships and FIM Prize Events are the exclusive property of the FIM in all disciplines of motorcycling sport. The headquarters of the FIM are in Mies, Switzerland.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the THQ AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Motocross Championship Presented by FMF, the AMA Superbike Championship Presented by Parts Unlimited, the AMA Ford Quality Checked Flat Track Championship and the AMA Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.