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Australian Supercross Fans Denied Live A1 Action

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Australian Supercross Fans have been denied the opportunity to watch LIVE the season opening round of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, that is set to take place at Anaheim in the United States this Saturday the 3rd of January.

Originally slated to be aired LIVE at 1.30pm on Sunday the 4th of January on ESPN via the Foxtel network in Australia, the biggest event in Supercross, that will include six Australian riders competing at the opening round, has been moved to 6pm on the 4th of January and will be shown on delay, with the main event now scheduled to be aired some four hours after it finishes live.

Below is the official statement from Foxtel regarding the situation, that can also be found on Foxtel website by clicking HERE

If you're looking forward to catching the upcoming AMA Supercross action in Anaheim and Phoenix, here's some more info for you...

AMA Supercross
- Catch AMA Supercross: Anaheim 1 on Sunday 4 January at 6pm on ESPN, channel 508.
- And AMA Supercross: Phoenix revs onto screens on Sunday 11 January at 10pm on ESPN, channel 508.

Why isn't it being shown LIVE?
The first two rounds of the AMA Supercross will be available to watch on short turnaround ('short turnaround' being a short delay from the live event) due to scheduling conflicts with NFL Playoffs and NBA.
Two time defending Australian Supercross and Motocross Champion Matt Moss, returns to the U.S for the second year straight to contest the opening six rounds this years series - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Up until yesterday, the 30th of December, ESPN.com.au was still showing via their online schedule that the Supercross would be airing at 1.30pm on Sunday the 4th of January, though they have now updated the schedule as of this morning, confirming Foxtel's statement, with LIVE NFL Playoffs airing from 12.15pm until 3.30pm.

Despite the NFL being scheduled to finish at 2.30pm, two hours after the original time slated for the AMA Supercross, Australian's Chad Reed, Brett Metcalfe, Matt Moss, Jake Moss and Adam Monea who are riding in the premier SX class along with Jackson Richardson in the 250 class, will not be seen on television sets across Australian until after ESPN's Sport Centre slated to start at 3.30pm and a telecast of the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, an American College Football Game, that is being aired from 4-6pm,
2014 Australian SX1 Championship runner up Adam Monea, will be in action along with Aussie team mate, Jake Moss and their entire Australian Kawasaki outfit at A1 - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Somewhat Ironically FELD, the promoters of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship yesterday released an official statement regarding the unprecedented coverage of the sport in 2015. The full press release can be read below.

2015 Monster Energy Supercross Championship Boasts Largest Television and Digital Footprint Ever

AURORA, Ill. (December 29, 2014) -This Saturday, the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season will kick off at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., with the largest media package in the sport's history. Over 100 hours of domestic programming across the FOX Sports channels leads the domestic television distribution. Beginning with this Saturday's live coverage from the season opener in Anaheim on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 p.m. PT/10:00 ET, the championship features several major media milestones in 2015, including the first-ever live network race on FOX Broadcast Channel on April 25.

"This is an exciting time for Monster Energy Supercross as we enter the 2015 season with the most robust media package in history, spanning across multiple platforms with new cutting edge content," said Ken Hudgens, COO, Feld Motor Sports. "The global television distribution has hit record numbers, and the first ever race on Fox Broadcast Channel elevates the sport to an entirely new level."

While FOX Sports 1 will air 12 races live beginning at 7:00 p.m. local race time, FOX Sports 2 will carry three live races and FOX Broadcast Channel will air the East Rutherford race live on Saturday, April 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT.

Once again, every race will be streamed live on FOX's Sports Go app.

Monster Energy Supercross Behind the Dream has expanded to an 8-episode series in 2015, exclusively on FOX Sports 1. Never before have viewers been given such a personal look into the lives of the sport's athletes who lay it all on the line over the course of 17 weekends. From training routines, to family dynamics, to triumphs and hurdles, viewers will be provided with an insider's perspective of what it takes to be successful in the world's premier off-road motorcycle championship --- on and off the track. The first episode will air on Sunday, January 18 and will focus on #WhosNext in the sport, in addition to a roundtable discussion with some of the legends of Monster Energy Supercross at the epicenter of pressure - Anaheim, California.

Monster Energy Supercross continues to grow its global television footprint as nearly 200 countries will televise the season, including live coverage in Australia (ESPN). Some of the additional key Monster Energy Supercross international distribution partners include FOX Sports LatAm (Latin America), OSN (Middle East), and AB Moteurs (France).

2014 was the inaugural year of Monster Energy Supercross on the American Forces Network (AFN), bringing each race to U.S. installations, U.S. embassies, and other U.S. consulates in 175 countries. Beginning with this weekend's Anaheim opener, U.S. military members will be treated to the highly anticipated three-hour live broadcast.

The revamped Race Day Live exclusive digital show featuring Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer, is back in 2015 at every race with over three hours of live streaming coverage every Saturday from 12:50 to 4:30 p.m. local time on www.SupercrossLIVE.com. The live stream will provide viewers an inside look at the sport, including interviews, practice, qualifying, and other exclusive content only viewable on SupercrossLIVE.com.

Other major announcements about the television and digital distribution to Monster Energy Supercross will be coming soon.
Jackson Richardson will lead the Aussie charge in the 250 West Championship starting this weekend in Anaheim - Credit: Aaryn Minerds
Since first finding out about the opening round of the AMA Supercross championship being moved from it's original LIVE time slot, we have attempted to contact both Foxtel and ESPN Australia/NZ to find out the reasoning behind the move, with the only response so far being a link back to the above official statement via the Foxtel Community page.

If you would like to send Foxtel a message regarding your thoughts on this weekends event not being aired live, comments on their FACEBOOK page and their COMMUNITY PAGE are being responded to.

ESPN Australia/NZ can be contacted via their website contact page HERE

A "We need FOXTEL to show the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Live" Facebook Support page has also been set up and can be found HERE

At this point in time round two from Phoenix is scheduled to be aired once again on Delay at 10pm on ESPN, after a host of repeated programming.

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