By: Kobe Lambeth
Happy New Year race fans! It is finally that time of year…….. Racing season begins January 30th with the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Many battles are going to heat up on the race track, but it is not the only battle that we will see.
Last year, I noticed something about broadcasting in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Watching sportscar racing online is better than watching it on television. I remember the 2014 season and the first two races of 2015. It was extremely annoying to watch literally “five minutes” of actual racing, followed by ten minutes of pointless commercials. I understand that commercials are a necessity, but it is ridiculous that us race fans see more commercials than actual racing.
I would rather see ten minutes of racing, followed by five minutes of commercials. What’s the point of having a television deal and you miss the best racing on the planet? Fox Sports 1 has a great team and I respect them for finding a place for sportscar racing in the United States. However, I do not plan to continue watching their broadcasts as I discovered IMSA Radio.
Nothing personal against Fox Sports 1, but I strongly believe that the internet is the future of how we watch races at home. There are no commercials, so you see racing flag to flag. My very first race using IMSA Radio was for the Long Beach Grand Prix last year. I was so amazed at the professionalism displayed by the staff. They were very energetic and appeared to love doing their job. The Fox Sports 1 crew is the same way, and it is quite a shame that we do not see them enough.
Television ratings for IMSA races began to dip a little. Why would this happen? The answer is, more people are discovering IMSA Radio. It is fantastic to watch the great door to door racing without being interrupted by commercials every few minutes.
I predict that Fox Sports 1 will lose even more viewers in 2016. IMSA Radio is gaining more popularity and it is easy to access. I use my PlayStation 4 to watch IMSA races while others use their cell phones or tablets. Technology is advancing so watching motorsports races on television might be a thing of the past in years to come. How cool would it be to watch NASCAR or IndyCar races online without paying for it? That dream has the potential to become a reality in the next five to ten years. It will be interesting to see who prevails in 2016: IMSA Radio or Fox Sports 1? Television or the internet? An interesting war continues as we ring in the New Year.