“Despite recent reports to the contrary, nothing substantive has been presented to NASCAR regarding broadcast partners’ plans to alter our TV agreement in 2014,” said Herbst in a written statement today. “We’re very happy with our current broadcast partners and fully expect and are excited to be back with FOX, Turner and ESPN next year. These types of discussions happen regularly across the sports television landscape, very rarely resulting in changes to a media rights agreement.”
The sanctioning body recently announced a new 10-year broadcast contract with FOX and NBC that begins at Daytona in February of 2015. Sports Business Journal has reported that ESPN and Turner Sports have inquired about foregoing the final year of their respective contracts by selling the rights to FOX and NBC. While all four networks are reportedly interested in the deal, major road blocks remain concerning compensation.