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A heavy blow has been dealt to Formula One fans throughout America. The announcement that SPEED Channel will no longer broadcast F1 races to the huge US market is extremely disturbing, at least to me. ............................................................................................... If it means the loss, and it probably does, of the highly respected trio of broadcasters - Bob Varsha, Steve Matchett and David Hobbs, everyone looses. For me, those three guys make the race. They're in touch; they know what's going on and present it with a style that is not match able. ................................................................................................................. In my opinion, and I've been involved in racing for over 40 years; as a driver, as an Editor/Publisher of a racing monthly magazine and a fan, NBC will be challenged to do the sport of Formula 1 the level of justice it deserves. The whole thing is an issue of MONEY with little regard for quality. A sad day, to say the least. ......................................................................................................................................... As a side note on David Hobbs: I witnessed his team make an engine change on his F5000 Lola at Laguna Seca in less than an hour. That was a long time ago.
October 12, 2012  04:18 PM ET

I , for one, have spent MANY an early, early Sunday morning watching F1 on speed. I too have thoroughly enjoyed the commentary of the trio you mention. This is disappointing. Without the F1 live broadcasts, I am sure SPEED will fill the void with lovely infomercials for kitchen and cleaning products.

October 12, 2012  11:41 PM ET

And to think I gave those knuckleheads at Speed network a shout-out in my post, "The Best of ESPN" a few months back (read by 52 (?) and counting). Agree with you both, the announcing on the F1 broadcasts was top-notch. Oh those kids in the Suits & Skirts at content & production. Can't see the forest.

October 15, 2012  03:28 PM ET

It will deminish the importance of the SPEED channel in the racing world...

October 15, 2012  03:30 PM ET

UncleHubie...verry interesting stuff you've been blogging about....hummmm smart guy you are...lol

 
October 17, 2012  07:14 PM ET

I like the variety on SPEED channel. My whole family watches it often.It didn't need any changin. Don't like this.
Good Blog tho.

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