There was a time in Supercross history when the TV networks paid for the filming rights of races, but that goes back to the long ago days of Mike Goodwin and the American Motocross Finals at Anaheim Stadium. Since then it has been pay to play. Supercross and motocross are on TV because the promoters buy the time, produce the show themselves and put it on the air—much like a Vegamatic commercial.
There is a bright spot this week as Fox Sports decided that Supercross was important enough to their bottom line to bump it from the lowly Fox Sports 2 (previously Fuel) to the much larger Fox Sports 1 channel (formerly Speed).
The Detroit Supercross will air on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, March 15 at 8:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) and both Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 will re-air the night’s main events on Sunday. Fox programming VP Patrick Crakes said, “Any time we have the opportunity to move an event or program to its largest possible audience, we consider it a classic win-win situation. By moving Monster Energy Supercross to FOX Sports 1, the Detroit races are now available to more than 90 million U.S. households, giving more fans an opportunity to tune in to the amazing world class racing.”