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Jan 2, 2002

Clear Channel/DORNA World Supercross Deal Could Eliminate AMA Ability To Hold National Races On Conflicting Dates

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>The newly announced deal between DORNA and Clear Channel Entertainment to promote the Supercross World Championship Series under FIM sanction could force the AMA run its new National Supercross Series later in the season, in conflict with the AMA outdoor national motocross series.<BR><BR>FIM rules forbid its affiliates from holding National races that conflict with World Championship events. The AMA is the FIM affiliate in the United States.<BR><BR>If CCE/DORNA declare all 15 rounds of the 2003 CCE Supercross Series held in the U.S. to be part of the Supercross World Championship Series, AMA could not hold National races on the same weekend as those events.<BR><BR>That FIM regulation could force the AMA and its new Supercross promotion partner, JamSports, to hold Supercross Nationals either before or after the CCE Series starts in January and ends in May.<BR><BR>Another problem facing the AMA is that its much vaunted live coverage of 2003 Supercross races on Speedvision will be accessible to millions fewer viewers than tape-delayed coverage of CCE/DORNA races on ESPN2. Live television will also mean that a typical Supercross main event in the western part of the country will be shown very late at night in the eastern parts of the country, after midnight.