Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show returns to NBCSN with motorsports flair

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The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which draws more than 1,000 exhibitors and an expected $750 million in sales, will return Sunday to NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET with a motorsports vibe.

IndyCar on NBCSN analysts Leigh Diffey and Townsend Bell, relying on their experience with boat owners from the IndyCar world such as Roger Penske, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Jimmy Vasser, will be hosting the show along with Supercross pit reporter Will Christien.

Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael, a Florida native, will be among the judges of the third annual Best in Show competition. The winner of the award for most innovative new boat model design will be revealed on NBCSN (the luxury superyacht Majesty 140, produced by Dubai-based Majesty Yachts will return after winning in 2019).

The 61st annual edition of the five-day show will bring a vast array of more than 1,300 boats to Fort Lauderdale, which is known as “the Yachting Capital of the World.”

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be the first major marine event to take place since April, and the 6 miles of floating docks have been widened up to 30 feet to allow for proper social distancing across 13 entrances to nearly 90 acres of exhibits.

Last year, Diffey, Bell and Christien toured a variety of superyachts, motoryachts, high performance fishing boats and other high technology products driving the industry.

Tune in at 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN to see this year’s parade of new offerings on the water.

Supercross: Haiden Deegan debuts in 250s at Houston, Justin Cooper graduates to 450 class for Star Yamaha


Rising star Haiden Deegan will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut in Houston, Texas with Yamaha Star Racing while the 2021 250 West champion Justin Cooper graduates to 450s.

Deegan, the son of motocross and off-road legend Brian Deegan and brother of NASCAR Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan, made two starts in the Pro Motocross outdoors season last year. He finished 31st overall at the Ironman Nationals in Crawfordsville, Indiana and was 13th at Fox Raceway in the season-ender at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, but the overall results did not necessarily reflect how well he ran. In both events, he challenged for top-10s during portions of the week and actually finished 10th in one of the Pala motos.

Last week, Haiden finished fifth in the Supercross 250 Futures in Anaheim 2.

“We’re really excited to get the season on the East Coast started,” said Monster Energy Team Manager Jensen Hendler in a press release. “It’s also exciting to have Haiden move up to join our pro program this season and to have Justin make his debut on the 450. The guys have been working hard and are looking forward to seeing what they can do this weekend in Houston.”

After scoring a 250SX Futures podium, Talon Hawkins gets 250 East ride.

Deegan will join Nate Thrasher and Jordon Smith in the 250 East division this week.

Cooper moves into the 450 class this weekend. According to Supercross rules, after winning the 2021 championship, he had one season to defend his title and then would be required to move up a class. Cooper missed all of last year to injury.

Cooper was healthy when the outdoor season started and he earned five podiums and nine top-fives in 12 rounds. Three of these races ended in runners-up finishes, at Hangtown, in Rancho Cordova, California, Washougal, Washington and Unadilla, New York.

Cooper joins Eli Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis in the 450 class and will race select events.

Justin Cooper learned to temper aggression with speed

Cooper’s Houston attempt will be the first of an undisclosed number of races he will compete in during the 2023 season.

“It’s been about two years since I’ve lined up for a supercross, and now it’s in a new class with the best guys, so I’m excited to just get out there,” Cooper said. “I’m looking to get back under the lights and learn what I can. Overall, I’m just really excited to be in the position to be out there, so I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it!”

Deegan and Cooper will be part of a seven-rider Supercross lineup for Yamaha Star Racing. Nick Romano will debut in the 250 East division later this year.