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3 weeks 20 hours ago #2381 by Kathy Koczekan
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For those of us who don't get NBCSN, is there any way to watch the INDY races live in Canada?

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3 weeks 14 hours ago #2382 by Brian Dawe
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I did not find the Indy race on Canadian TV, I have attached at racing tv schedule up to March 12th although it will not help for the Indy races this week.

So far this year all the Indy Car practice sessions have been live to facebook, I will post again when I find out if the race will be live to Facebook.

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3 weeks 14 hours ago #2383 by Brian Dawe
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I have been watching the NASCAR truck races from this website below, It looks to me that they will also be carrying the Indycar series live.

motorsports-stream.com/live/indycar-live-stream/channel-1/
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2 weeks 5 days ago - 2 weeks 5 days ago #2384 by Brian Dawe
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BREAKING NEWS - At least for me, I just saw this.

INDYCAR Media secures wide-ranging international broadcast deals
By INDYCAR | Published: Mar 6, 2019

INDYCAR’s exciting 2019 season will be shown worldwide as INDYCAR Media, the in-house global distribution arm of INDYCAR’s international media rights, has secured deals for NTT IndyCar Series action to be shown in approximately 100 nations.

The 17-race season begins this weekend with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. Qualifying will be held Saturday, with the race on Sunday.

Among the nations reaching agreements to broadcast INDYCAR content in 2019 are Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Spain, Sweden, France, New Zealand and Brazil. See the full list of countries and broadcast partners below.

Notably, in Canada, through INDYCAR’s partnership with Sportsnet, INDYCAR fans will be able to consume NTT IndyCar Series races and qualifying sessions on SN NOW+, Sportsnet’s direct-to-consumer platform. Additionally, all races except for the season opener (due to a scheduling conflict) will air in Canada on Sportsnet World, a Sportsnet linear television channel, with the Indianapolis 500 and the Honda Indy Toronto also airing on linear television via the Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE channels, respectively.
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2 weeks 5 days ago #2385 by Brian Dawe
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Please ignore my previous post, It looks to be that online viewing will be the only option at this point for most INDYCAR races to be watched in Canada. Please read the Norris McDonald story below for more clarification.

Written by Norris McDonald

Let’s cut to the chase. IndyCar, and IndyCar alone, is responsible for the mess that can laughingly be called a Canadian TV deal.

Yes, Rogers Sportsnet shares some of that blame but when all the dust settles, IndyCar has to carry the can.

Here’s what happened (and I know I’m talking in code but anybody coming to this late will just have to catch up). I pieced this timeline together after talking to multiple sources.

The contract between Sportsnet and IndyCar ran out following the 2018 season and would have to be renegotiated. This happened just as there was a change in senior management at Sportsnet and all programming and spending put under review. At or about the same time, IndyCar took its TV marketing “in-house.”

This IndyCar TV marketing department was – apparently – very blasé about a TV deal for Canada – assuming, presumably, that a new arrangement with Sportsnet was a no-brainer. As a result, they didn’t look at alternatives. I know, for instance, that nobody from IndyCar ever approached TSN.

When they did get around to calling Sportsnet – not that long ago – IndyCar was shocked to learn that Sportsnet wasn’t interested. The review I referenced several paragraphs ago had determined that IndyCar was on the chopping block. To make matters worse, none of the people IndyCar talked to at Sportsnet were auto racing fans, so the series didn’t have a champion.

IndyCar then did what it should have done months earlier. It contracted with a Canadian who knows his way around. It took some time, but this guy was finally able to make a deal but it was bare-bones bottom. Even then, Sportsnet would not agree to put the series on TV (except for the Indy 500 and the Honda Indy Toronto), assigning all other races to the online streaming service Sportsnet NOW+, which costs $200 a year plus tax (on top of whatever Rogers customers are paying for cable). They wanted any moneys gained to offset their costs with an eye to breaking even.

If IndyCar had contacted Sportsnet earlier to get the lay of the land, there might have been time to save the day by approaching TSN or CBC (if they had been aware of those alternatives), or by hiring my Canadian friend months before they finally did. If IndyCar wants to grow interest in the series in any country, they must have the races on “free” TV. Of course, if they really cared about Canadian fans, they would have been on this long ago.

Ironically, the Canadian TV “deal” was announced on the same day that Lewis Hamilton was complaining that a move away from “free” TV would prove detrimental to the growth of Formula One.

When I say Rogers Sportsnet bears some of the blame, it’s because of their insistence that the races be shown online only. With eight or nine channels, they have room to put the series on regular TV and they know it. This Sunday, for instance, when the St. Pete season opener gets the green flag, Sportsnet 360 will be showing taped professional wrestling that was originally seen live on Sportsnet on March 5.

Hopefully, IndyCar fans will raise enough of a fuss that Sportsnet will give in and agree to air the races. But that assumes IndyCar fans are sufficiently passionate to keep up the pressure. You can do your bit by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. requesting that the races be shown on TV.

Meantime, you have to wonder what Honda Canada thinks of all this. Honda, title sponsor of the Honda Indy, is heavily involved with Rogers and the Blue Jays. Do you think Rogers would continue to keep the races off regular television if Honda asked them to reconsider?

And what about Green Savoree Racing Promotions, owners of the Honda Indy Toronto? They need IndyCar on television to help sell tickets to their July event. And James Hinchcliffe? Hinchcliffe is paid by Honda Canada as well as other Canadian companies – Petro-Canada, for instance – and his income, in part, depends on exposure and his ability to represent his sponsors in person and on television.

In the end, I hope Sportsnet changes its mind. Meantime, IndyCar has to take a close look at itself to determine how this happened in the first place.

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2 days 20 hours ago - 2 days 20 hours ago #2388 by Mike Hodge
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It'll be tough to get excited about working the Toronto Indy this year. Right now I'm probably a "no" although I guess I could change my mind.
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Tuesday the 26th.