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May 6, 2002

Speed Channel Admits Cutting From Live Supersport Race At Sears Was a Mistake

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>A posting on www.speedtv.com quoted the TV channel's President as admitting that cutting away from live coverage of the AMA Supersport race at Sears Point was a mistake.<BR><BR>The post also stated that "it should never happen again."<BR><BR>The post, headline, "AMA Supersport Race Should Have Continued As Planned" appeared on the site Monday afternoon after the channel received a deluge of e-mail and phone complaints.<BR><BR>The post quoted Speed Channel President Jim Liberatore as saying, "LIVE programming is not supposed to be interrupted. It just shouldn't have happened but because of the rainout at Richmond we were put in a position we hadn't anticipated and we made a bad choice. I hope the coverage Speed supplies week in and week out for motorcycle enthusiasts would support the fact that in this instance, we simply screwed up."