NBC SPORTS NETWORK (NBCSN) TO FOLD AT THE END OF 2021 — WHAT NOW?

NBC SPORTS NETWORK (NBCSN) TO FOLD AT THE END OF 2021 — WHAT NOW?

The future of the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) cable channel is limited and its days are numbered to the end of 2021—when it will close up shop. This decision will have a major impact on numerous sports, series and events, including Supercross, Motocross, NASCAR and IndyCar. NBCSN was launched in 1995 as the Outdoor Life Network and was known as Versus from 2006 to 2011.

The announcement was leaked from a memo to the staff on Friday. It said, “At the conclusion of 2021, we have decided that the best strategic next step for our Sports Group and the entire company is to wind down NBCSN completely, with key elements of NBCSN’s programming moving to USA Network and, in some cases, Peacock for 2022 and beyond.”  What does this mean for major properties such as the NHL, NASCAR, Supercross and the Olympics which aired on NBCSN? The premium sports shows will move to the USA Network and be streamed on Peacock. At this moment, no one is saying what gets moved and what gets dropped. NBCSN is currently available in 80.6 million homes, but they don’t have the top-tier properties to attract big audiences or subscriber fees from cable providers.

Supercross will have to find a new TV network for 2022.

Currently, the USA Network is not much of a channel— they show Chrisley Knows Best, Temptation Island, NCIS: Los Angeles, Chicago P.D., WWE NXT wrestling, The Rev, old movies and reruns. If you were looking to find a channel that you could turn into a new sports channel, USA could only be helped by having sports programming.

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