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Nice work gentleman, now if we could only have such an impact on CARB, EPA, DOT, etc. etc.



I'd be curious to know how many of us actually emailed speed channel to make this happen. I'd put money down that whatever the number, it far outreaches the replies to previous calls to action with respect to the above organizations.



Pardon the cheesiness, but I feel proud to be a part of MO right now, and think this is a small example of what we can do if we work together for our cause.



Lets think about that next time we want to b!tch about things like SUV's, motorcycle accident studies, and the calculated extinction of the 2-stroke.
 

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My apologies to the female contingent of MO's readership that may have contributed to the effort. My stereotypically-guided masculine opener above left out the fairer sex. Nice work to you also.
 

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Yesterday was clearly a farkup on Speed's part. And yes I did send them a nastygram.



But, in all fairness, I think they've done a great job thus far this year. A couple weeks back I nearly messed myself when I saw six races on a single Sunday.



Let's hope Speed continues this level (or greater) commitment to 2-wheelers!



Chris



 

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I just sent them a thanx for the apology, well as they got one hell of a nasty flame from me yesterday. I came home early from a lovely Cinco de Mayo day in the park to watch the race only to get that smug announcer smiling as he is telling me to watch it tonight instead. That sure set me off...
 

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I agree. When Speedvision was bought, I feared for the worst--the creation of the NASCAR Channel. But so far, the infusion of NASCAR money has improved the moto coverage significantly, similar to the way it has improved the Sears Point Raceway facilities, which are now top-notch.



They messed up and 'fessed up. I, for one, can forgive them this one time. If it happens again, I won't be so understanding because, IMO, once is an accident, twice is a pattern or trend.



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Appreciated the efforts of MO, and the response from Speed Channel. Now do you think we could muzzle Brian Drebber...? The guy was a babbling idiot when he covered the Tour de France a decade ago and didn't know anything about bicycle racing.



What happened to Fast Freddie? Not the best announcer, but a virtual subject matter expert. Better yet, let's get Suzy over here from SBK...
 

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Ditto... I flamed them loudly and longly when they pre-empted the race. I likewise sent them a 'thanks for acknowledging your mistake' just this morning.



Now, hopefully they have learned a lesson from this. I fear what someone else posted earlier, that this was a planned 'trial balloon' to see just exactly how ticked off we'd get. IOW: if not many had complained, then they'd feel it was o.k. to do this in the future.



Glad we all got "vocal"!



-James

 

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I particularly liked the last line of the apology (not quoted by MO, above): "There was no conscious effort by SPEED Channel to deny motorcycle fans the live coverage of the Supersport race from Sears Point in favor of NASCAR programming."



Oh, that explains it... they were unconcious. Probably brain dead from watching too much NASCAR....



I agree with the "trial balloon" theory, especially given their statement "now that this scenario has played itself out..." (I read that as saying "now that we've tested to see how many people who care are actually tuning in to watch motorcycle racing...")
 

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You're right, but be nice...

I would add Larry Meyers to your list of candidates for replacement.

AND would someone please get Drebber and Dave Sidowski to find out how to pronounce Miguel DuHamel's last name? Does that drive anyone else crazy to listen to them pronounce it differently through the entire race?
 

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This is the way men ( or for those Political Correctors - people) should handle themselves. Good going to Speed and they get my vote and money too. Good going to MO and the others too!!!
 

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I am still worried that it will become the NASCAR channel.



Yes, they still show other racing and shows but, if compared to before the sale, NASCAR has become their flagship. I miss somethings I would have enjoyed (I don't get TV Guide or a newspaper TV section) because it seems every time I turn on the channel it is a NASCAR race, tech show, or old (i'm in this old group > 50 ) NASCAR racers talking about the last race.
 

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How long will it be before they change their name from Speed Channel to the Nascar Channel?

When they were Speedvision, a random channel search would show something of interest to the informed motorhead about 30% of the time. Now, when I go thru my list of favorite channels with the remote, it's a 90% probability they're showing something related to nascar.

Why concentrate on nascar? Their races are as fixed as professional wrestling,and have been for a long time, by playing games with restrictor plates!
 
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