NBC Named New IMSA Broadcast Partner

2018 IMSA Long Beach race start
After routinely being highlighted on FOX with network coverage, IMSA's Long Beach visit will be shown on NBC beginning in 2019. | Photo: Richard Dole / IMSA

Television coverage of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and other IMSA-sanctioned series will shift from FOX to NBC next year to begin a six-year partnership with the NBC Sports Group.

Three WeatherTech Championship races will be shown live on NBC’s main network channel in 2019, marking an increase in network coverage over 2018. IMSA’s premier championship will be featured for more than 45 hours on NBCSN throughout the season, with more than 100 combined hours set to be shown on NBC’s broadcast, cable and digital platforms.

Similar to INDYCAR’s new TV partnership with NBC, flag-to-flag live streaming coverage of every WeatherTech Championship race will be offered on the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com to authenticated subscribers.

“This agreement is the culmination of a comprehensive process to align ourselves with a media rights partner that will capitalize on the tremendous momentum the WeatherTech Championship and IMSA is currently enjoying, and will help our sport reach new heights,” IMSA CEO Ed Bennett said.

“Without question, NBC Sports Group ‘gets’ motor sports and our unique premium product. We could not be prouder to call NBC Sports our future partner.”

The 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona, scheduled for Jan. 26–27, 2019, will mark NBC’s first IMSA broadcast. The TV schedule for the entire season will be announced in the coming months.

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