Reports: Monza closing in on new F1 contract

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The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is poised to sign a new contract to host the Italian Grand Prix according to recent reports.

Monza has hosted all but one Italian Grand Prix since 1950, and is widely regarded as one of the most iconic and legendary circuits on the Formula 1 calendar.

Its future as the host of the race been thrown into doubt recently due to dwindling attendances and a recent change in tax legislation that affected the funding of the grand prix.

Bernie Ecclestone said last year that the race had been “disastrous for us from a commercial point of view”, and with Imola reportedly bidding to become the next host, it appeared that Monza’s time in F1 would end upon the expiration of its contract in 2016.

However, according to recent reports, a breakthrough has been made in negotiations that could see a new contract be signed as early as next month.

According to a report from La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian government has approved a tax-free investment that will allow the race to remain at Monza.

“We can do it by early September,” governor Roberto Maroni said. “With this tax free investment we can close the deal with [Bernie] Ecclestone.

“The grand prix has to stay at Monza, because Monza is Monza.”

Maroni also appeared on Radio Monte Carlo earlier this week, and said that there was a 90% chance of the race remaining at Monza before explaining the change in legislation.

“90%, the grand prix is saved,” he said.

“The good news is that finally, after many attempts, the senate has approved a change of legislation, allowing the Lombardy Region to clear the Monza circuit from paying €10m of taxes.

“This money can be put towards saving the grand prix and renewing the agreement.”

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.