We got some good news this week in regard to the 2021 Monster Energy Supercros streaming package. I, Slaw, humble leader of #slawnation, broke it all down earlier this week. Read it doggies.
Yesterday, NBC and Feld Motor Sports announced the 2021 telecast package, which will once again air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and Peacock Premium.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the changes and things you need to know.
Season Preview Show
The 2021 season preview show will air this Saturday, January 9 on NBC at 3:30 p.m. ET. That’s huge! Having supercross mid-day on broadcast TV is a good way to start the season. Encore presentations will air on Sunday, January 10 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and Monday, January 11 at 5:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
New Broadcast Team (Kind Of)
This was pretty surprising. Ralph Sheheen will not return as the play-by-play announcer, a position he has held since 1972 (I think). Seriously, Ralph has been calling supercross since I can even remember. It will certainly be strange not hearing ole Ralphy on Saturdays…er…Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Leigh Diffey, who called a few rounds last year, returns to split play-by-play duties with Todd Harris. Harris has called everything from the Olympics to X Games to college football. If you watched MotoGP on NBCSN this year his name will ring a bell as he hosted their studio show.
Five-time Supercross champion and seven-time premiere class Pro Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael returns as color analyst while former racer Daniel Blair and reporter Will Christien return to their roles trackside.
Three Rounds on NBC
Also of note, three rounds will get coverage on NBC. Indianapolis 1 will re-air on NBC Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. The race will air LIVE on Saturday on NBCSN, so save the complaining for ya mammy.
Atlanta 1 will air LIVE on NBC on Saturday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The season finale in Salt Lake City will air next day on NBC on Sunday, May 2 at 1:30 p.m. The race will be broadcast live on NBCSN on Saturday, May 1.
This is big to get three rounds on broadcast TV.
While not all the races will air live on broadcast TV, you can watch all the qualifiers and races commercial free on Peacock Premium for just $4.99 per month.
Below is the complete 2021 Monster Energy Supercross telecast schedule:
|Sat., Jan. 16||Houston||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Tues., Jan. 19||Houston||NBCSN*||10:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Jan. 23||Houston||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sat., Jan. 30||Indianapolis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sun., Jan. 31||Indianapolis||NBC^||5 p.m.|
|Tues., Feb. 2||Indianapolis||NBCSN*||11 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 6||Indianapolis||NBCSN||8 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 13||Orlando||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|Sat., Feb. 20||Orlando||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Sat., March 6||Daytona||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Sat., March 13||Arlington||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Tues., March 16||Arlington||NBCSN*||10:30 p.m.|
|Sat., March 20||Arlington||NBCSN*||10:30 p.m.|
|Sat., April 10||Atlanta||NBC||3 p.m.|
|Tues., April 13||Atlanta||NBCSN*||10 p.m.|
|Sat., April 17||Atlanta||NBCSN*||8:30 p.m.|
|Sat., April 24||Salt Lake City||NBCSN||7 p.m.|
|Sat., May 1||Salt Lake City||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
|Sun., May 2||Salt Lake City||NBC^||1:30 p.m.|
^ Taped coverage
#All televised coverage streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
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