The bad news, apparently, is that if you don’t have Speed TV or live somewhere outside the U.S., you won’t be able to tune in to Supercross Live! on your computer, as Feld Motor Sports made the surprising move of stopping the live webcast as a result of the economic downturn.And yes, I actually blinked when I first read that. I'm still blinking, but that's only because blinking is normal. But I blinked the first time because it struck me that for the first time in a loooooong time... I won't be able to listen to supercross races on my computer at home... and this is my best computer yet, dammit!
Seriously, this news fails to compare to the horrible situation in Gaza right now, but damn, it's not good news. And by that, I don't mean, "man, this sucks 'cause I love supercross and I live in Rhode Island and I can't afford cable, so the only way I get to follow the sport is on the web" not good news, but I mean this decision by FMS shows a troubling lack of either foresight, money or both.
And apparently the races WILL be available on the internet to people outside the U.S. So it looks like FMS pulled the plug on Supercross Live, the entity that pretty much invented the supercross webcast, as opposed to canceling ALL internet coverage of the sport. And I guess Supercross Live had the lock on U.S. internet coverage, which would explain why Davey Coombs also wrote:
I hope that the decision is only temporary and that a suitable replacement (emphasis mine) or sponsor for the shows can be found, because come next week in Phoenix, I will be a couple thousand miles away, sitting in front of my computer, hoping to hear what’s going on in my sport.I also hope that FMS reconsider and put the show, or any show, back on the internet. If this company has not yet figured out how critical the internet has become to building this sport, they better get their analysis going in a hurry. FMS might think all they're doing is chopping off some "low-hanging fruit" -type expenses, when they're really cutting off a vital lifeline.