Mar 4, 2002
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Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>The official AMA Pro Racing website, ., no longer carries a special section touting the advantages of a proposed new deal with JamSports to promote the 2003 AMA Supercross Series.<BR><BR>Although the proposed deal to replace 28-year Supercross promoters Clear Channel Entertainment Motor Sports with motorsports unknowns JamSports was portrayed as being final in various public statements made by AMA Pro Racing officials, no announcement has been made confirming that a contract has been signed. A Letter of Intent was signed, but has apparently expired without a contract being executed.<BR><BR>Changes in the makeup of the AMA Board of Directors and of the AMA Pro Racing Board of Directors may have affected the proposed AMA Pro Racing/JamSports deal.<BR><BR>The proposed JamSports deal, which was apparently originally structured with the belief that CCE would quit the motocross business if it didn't have AMA sanction, ran into serious trouble when CCE announced it would continue to promote its existing Supercross Series without AMA sanction, in competition with the proposed new AMA/JamSports Series.<BR><BR>CCE then extended its exclusive motorsports event promotion deals with the stadiums current Supercross events are held in, released its 2003 schedule, and negotiated a deal with DORNA and FIM to make the CCE Series a new Supercross World Championship Series.<BR><BR>And despite the fact that AMA Pro Racing officials portrayed FIM sanction of the CCE Series as unlikely, the FIM last week confirmed the sanction and announced the 2003 Supercross World Championship schedule--which basically is the CCE schedule.<BR><BR>The schedule the FIM released includes two races outside the U.S. at To Be Announced locations, then continues with the usual CCE dates. The traditional Daytona Supercross date is listed with a location of TBA, perhaps in anticipation of the AMA/CCE rift being repaired and the Daytona event--the one Supercross race not promoted by CCE--becoming part of the CCE World Championship Series.<BR><BR>The AMA Supercross Series consisted of individual events put on by individual promoters before PACE and SFX started buying up rival promoters, consolidating series promotion. PACE was purchased by SFX, which in turn was purchased by CCE, with little or no change in the actual staffing and operations of the Motor Sports Division. Counting PACE and SFX operations, CCE's Motor Sports Division has a 28-year history of promoting AMA-sanctioned Supercross races.<BR><BR>The schedule follows:<BR><BR>12/7/2002, TBA<BR>12/14/2002, TBA<BR>1/4/2003, Edison Field, Anaheim, CA<BR>1/11/2003, Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix, AZ<BR>1/18/2003, Edison Field, Anaheim, CA<BR>1/25/2003, Pac Bell Stadium, San Francisco, CA<BR>2/1/2003, Edison Field, Anaheim, CA<BR>2/8/2003, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA<BR>2/15/2003, Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN<BR>2/22/2003, Georgia DOme, Atlanta, GA<BR>3/1/2003, RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IN<BR>3/8/2003, TBA<BR>3/22/2003, Dome @ America's Center, St. Louis, MO<BR>3/29/2003, Reliant Astrodome, Houston, TX<BR>4/5/2003, Silverdome, Pontiac, MI<BR>4/12/2003, Texas Stadium, Dallas, TX<BR>4/26/2003, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT<BR>5/3/2003, Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, NV<BR><BR>