It's great it is airing at all. Moto GP gets an hour! If the race is delayed at all, the network would have to delay subsequent programing and that could really peave off some people. Just be thankful it's on! I won't be able to watch on the tube. I will see it LIVE!! Going down Friday through Sunday. Camping at the track with my son-in-law, grandson. I'll tape it however to see how the broadcast went.
Taking a chance on the series that has over 300 million worldwide viewers every race?
I get my MotoGP fix live every race from MotoGP.com (Yes, it IS a pay site and yes I get up early.) I am actually such a fan that I will pay to see the races live. Costs me almost $2.00 per race! I know, what a big spender! But wait - NO commercials!
BTW Speed will be there and will broadcast it live. Boy, that makes ABC look like a real bunch of pioneering risk takers. I will be at Laguna, watch it in person, ride the 750 miles home, and watch Speed's coverage before ABC's even airs.
Most American's have absolutely no clue how difficult and how much skill it takes to ride a motorcycle fast.
STOP watching network TV - IT SUCKS! When was the last time you saw A/NBCBSFoxESPN tape delay a nascar race? Never.
Your average American will turn it off when they see that there are no choppers involved.
Whoa, there, Trigger. What kind of national ratings do you think MotoGP is going to pull initially in the U.S.? Not big ones would be my guess. And since I have at least a scrap of knowledge about how the T.V. business works, it's not unreasonable to say that ABC is taking somewhat of a chance. They could certainly choose far less imaginative programming and pull better ratings in the short term.
Of course, I happen to think it's a good bet. Motorcycle racing, particulary MotoGP, is IMO the most compelling form of motorsport by a long way. And I think it's got a good chance to gain traction (as I've bloviated about on this site before), if given better exposure. This is the first step. If ABC sees some kind of future here, I give them lots of credit for having some foresight.
And the reason you don't see NASCAR races tape delayed is because they pull massive ratings in the U.S., even as boring as it is.
"Your average American will turn it off when they see that there are no choppers involved."
(And exactly what every other network who hasn't decided to air MotoGP was probably thinking.)
P.S. The chopper craze, at least on T.V. and surely soon to follow with the general public, has finally jumped the shark. Praise be to God.