With the world of streaming cranking it up to full-force, many motorsports both in America and around the world have started to follow suit. INDYCAR’s deal with NBC makes one of their 2023 events (the Grand Prix of Toronto) exclusive to the network’s Peacock streaming platform and Formula 1 has their own streaming service.
NASCAR is currently in big negotiations with their summer-fall partner NBC for a new TV/streaming deal post the 2024 NASCAR Cup Series season. With that in mind, many fans are wondering whether or not any of the 2023 races will be streamed on Peacock in tandem with big NBC or the USA Network. This has created some confusion but don’t fret, I think we’ve got our answer.
With so many apps for these networks being available, it can seem daunting to find where exactly your favorite race will be aired. There’s the Peacock App, certainly, but there’s also the NBC Sports App as well as the USA App. But as we sit here just on the cusp of the NBC/USA stretch of broadcasting in a couple of weeks, NBC Sports has published their broadcast schedule. It is as follows:
- Nashville Superspeedway (6/25/23 at 7pm est on NBC)
- Chicago Street Course (7/2/23 at 5:30pm est on NBC AND Peacock)
- Atlanta Motor Speedway (7/9/23 at 7pm est on USA Network)
- New Hampshire Motor Speedway (7/16/23 at 2:30pm est on USA Network)
- Pocono Speedway (7/23/23 at 2:30pm est on USA Network)
- Richmond Raceway (7/30/23 at 3pm est on USA Network)
- Michigan International Speedway (8/6/23 at 2:30pm est on USA Network)
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (8/13/23 at 2:30pm est on NBC)
- Walkins Glen Speedway (8/20/23 at 3pm est on USA Network)
- Daytona International Speedway (8/26/23 at 7pm est on NBC AND Peacock)
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- Darlington Speedway (9/3/23 at 6pm est on USA Network)
- Kansas Speedway (9/10/23 at 3pm est on USA Network)
- Bristol Motor Speedway (9/16/23 at 7:30pm est on USA Network)
- Texas Motor Speedway (9/24/23 at 3:30pm est on USA Network)
- Talladega Superspeedway (10/1/23 at 2pm est on NBC)
- Charlotte Roval (10/8/23 at 2pm est on NBC)
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway (10/15/23 at 2pm est on NBC)
- Homestead-Miami Speedway (10/22/23 at 2:30pm est on NBC)
- Martinsville Speedway (10/29/23 at 2pm est on NBC)
- Pheonix Raceway (11/5/23 at 3pm est on NBC AND Peacock)
So, to break it down, according to the schedule released by NBC Sports, only 3 races will be streamed on Peacock. Those races will be the Chicago Street Course on July 2nd, the Playoff cutoff race at Daytona on August 26th, and the championship finale at Phoenix Raceway on November 5th. All of those races will also be shown on BIG NBC. The primary network will host a total of 10 races while their cable affiliate, the USA Network, will also host the other 10. The playoffs will be split with the USA Network hosting the first 4 races with NBC taking over for the remaining 6.
It is possible that the USA and NBC Sports Apps will also stream certain races as well as practice and qualifying, but most of that is just speculation. Going off what has been done in the past, the USA App will only stream races they cover on the season.
So, what do you think, Daily Downforce readers? Do you think Peacock hosting 3 races a year is NASCAR dipping their toes in the waters of the streaming future? Do you think Peacock will get an exclusive race all their own as part of the post-2024 TV deal? Let us know!