MotoAmerica will make its national TV debut tonight when CBS Sports Network airs the season preview show of the inaugural racing series at 8 p.m. (Eastern).

You’re probably wondering why CBS would broadcast a season preview of a racing series that has already started. It’s a fair question, given the times that we live in today when live sporting events are broadcasted all over the world. That can be answered if you dive into the legal machinations of the TV contracts companies usually agree to with their partner broadcasters.

What’s important is that CBS Sports will showing the season preview and the first two rounds of the series on television, albeit on a delayed basis.

The season-opening race, which was held at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas from April 10 to 12, 2015, will be aired for the first time on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern), one week after the actual race happened. If by some miracle you missed out on the first airing of the race, CBS Sports will re-air the race twice, first on April 22 at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) and again on April 25 at 10 a.m. (Eastern).

The second round of the series at Road Atlanta in Georgia will also be aired in the same one-week delay basis. Since the actual race will be happening on April 19, 2015, CBS Sports will be airing it on April 26 at 5 p.m. (Eastern) with a replay scheduled on April 27 at 2 a.m. (Eastern).

It’s understandable to be confused at the inconsistent time slots for these replays, but rest assured, MotoAmerica is hard at work to put a live streaming platform in place so that fans of the series can watch the races in real time.

MotoAmerica CFO Richard Varner hinted that the platform is close to going live since the series has already made investments on the technology. All that’s left is actually putting the product up on the Internet, which he admits is taking longer than expected.

Continue reading to read more about MotoAmerica’s TV schedule with CBS Sports.

Why it matters

Here’s the good news: MotoAmerica gets a national TV schedule. That’s pretty big for a racing series that hasn’t even celebrated its first birthday.

Here’s the bad news: The two races scheduled to be on CBS Sports will run on a one-week delay basis. Would there even be people who would care enough to watch a race that they already know the results of, and then have to wait a week to see exactly what happened?

It’s two opposing sides that make equally valid points. But if you were to ask me, I don’t mind this current arrangement so as long as MotoAmerica is on national TV.

Racing organizers are working hard to get the situation fixed so its not like we’re going to go through a season’s worth of one-week delayed coverage of all the rounds in the series. I just hope that whatever issues remain preventing us from watching it on live streaming gets resolved as soon as possible.

The current set-up is not the most ideal of scenarios, but it’s the best one we got at this point. So if you’ve been waiting to catch a glimpse of MotoAmerica, you better have your calendars ready because the schedules for the first two rounds of the series will be pretty difficult to keep track of.

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Press Release

CBS Sports Network has announced the dates and times of the first three MotoAmerica shows - the season preview, the opening round of the series at Circuit of The Americas, and round two at Road Atlanta.

The season preview show, which sets the stage for the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series, is set to air for the first time on Wednesday, April 15 at 8 p.m.(Eastern) with a second airing that night at 11:30 p.m. (Eastern). The show will re-air for a third time on Saturday, April 18 at 11 p.m. (Eastern).

The opening round of the series from Texas will air on a one-week delayed basis on Sunday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. (Eastern) with replays on Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) and on Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. (Eastern).

Round two from Georgia will also air with a one-week delay on Sunday, April 26 at 5 p.m.(Eastern) with a replay set for on Sunday, April 27 at 2 a.m. (Eastern).

Check your local listings for more information.

Although this weekend’s MotoAmerica races at the Circuit of The Americas won’t be streamed live on the Internet, the issues preventing that from happening are being worked out, according to MotoAmerica CFO Richard Varner.

"We’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding live streaming," Varner said. "At this point I can say that we’ve made the investment, we’ve developed the capability to do the live streaming, and now we’re negotiating to get our product up on the Internet for our fans."

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