Whoever said “the best things in life are free” probably never tried to watch their favorite niche motorsports!
The ISOC Amsoil Championship Series will once again live-stream its events online, providing unparalleled blow-by-blow coverage of snowmobiling’s highest profile form of racing. That, of course, is the good news.
The bad news is it will no longer be free to watch.
The race circuit has signed a contract with FloSports and its FloRacing portal to be the video production and distribution company for the circuit, and that means a fan will have to subscribe to the Flo system (live stream, Roku and more are available) if you want to see the live racing. It’s the same service that also broadcasts the Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby and the same facility’s Vintage World Championship, among other events.
An annual subscription to FloSports is $150 — figured at a rate of $12.50 per month. Here at the Snow Goer offices, we happen to enjoy many forms of motorsports racing, so getting a year’s worth of coverage of not just snocross and snowmobile oval racing but also a whole lot of dirt track racing for 150 bones doesn’t sound that ominous. If, however, the only motorsport you care about is snowmobile racing, the big question is whether you can cancel after 3-4 months and only be on the hook for the part you’ve used, and maybe get some of your money back (based on the average of $12.50 a month).
The answer is “No.” In an exchange with Flo’s customer service, the video company (no, not the lady from Progressive Insurance) said, “The subscription is an annual subscription, and the full payment of $150 is charged upon signing up. A user can cancel at any time and, if they do so any time in the following year, they will not be charged a renewal fee when their annual subscription expires.”
Bottom line: The free ride for snocross fans is done! We’re sorry to see it go, yet at the same time realize that there are substantial costs involved in putting together a professional livestream of events, and we will personally be subscribing. Plus, the Flo system allows a fan to go back and watch older races, view interesting video features throughout the season and more. There’s a fair amount of content planned, but it’s up to you if you want to open your wallet to see it.
Here’s the full press release (below) from ISOC and FloSports.
ACS expands live event coverage visibility by joining the FloSports network, continues televised programming agreement with the CBS Sports Network
Albertville, Minn – FloSports and Amsoil Championship Snocross have inked an agreement that establishes FloSports as the exclusive live streaming home of Snocross racing. The subscription service grants fans full access via its FloRacing platform to all eight stops (16 rounds) of the 2022 tour, including the Amsoil Dominator, highlighted by complete coverage of all ACS divisions
“We are excited about the new partnership with FloSports,” Amsoil Championship Snocross President Carl Schubitzke said. “They are doing great things with their platform and we are happy to be a part of it. FloSports has a large audience. They are going to help us expand our reach and grow our sport which is great for everyone.”
FloRacing offers a comprehensive one-stop-shop package for nearly 2,000 live racing events in 2022. ACS will be presented to FloRacing’s worldwide fanbase of motorsports enthusiasts alongside the likes of USAC, ARCA Menards Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Chili Bowl Nationals, All Star Circuit of Champions, Eldora Speedway, Bowman Gray, and much more. FloRacing is an industry leader in both motorsports streaming and original racing content including films, docu-series and more. FloRacing subscribers will have access to the FloSports platform in its entirety.
On demand archives of the events in their entirety will become available on the FloRacing platform immediately following each round of racing. Highlights packages will be available on FloRacing in addition to series Facebook and YouTube.
FloRacing will also serve as the exclusive live streaming home for ACS’s sister series, Amsoil Championship Off-Road.
“FloSports is thrilled to be expanding our motorsports coverage with Amsoil Championship Snocross and Amsoil Championship Off-Road,” said FloSports Vice President of Global Rights Acquisition , Mike Levy. “We have long admired the exciting racing that Carl and his team have showcased for years. Snocross and Off-Road racing aligns perfectly with our mission to deliver fans the most diverse portfolio of events and best overall value in motorsports.”
CBS Sports Network and Amsoil Championship Snocross are slated to continue their broadcast agreement for the 2022 season. The CBS Sports Network will present all eight stops (16 rounds) of the 2022 National tour, highlighted by coverage of all Pro, Pro-Lite, Pro Women, and Pro Snow Bike divisions. The tape-delayed programming schedule will be released the first week of January.
Sledhead 24/7 will continue it’s documentary-style coverage in 2022 with a focus on the full Pro class roster. Coverage will extend beyond ACS with product features, destinations, and profiles spanning the snowmobile industry. 10 episodes will be released January through March on the CBS Sports Network, FloRacing and YouTube.
The Dennis Kirk Season Preview show will air on FloRacing, Facebook and YouTube on Sunday, January 2 at 8pm Central. The in-studio special will feature appearances by top athletes, an off-season season recap, rundown of top storylines, and host commentary. The program will be guided by series announcer Haley Shanley and a celebrity guest host.
Amsoil Championship Snocross racing commences at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. on Friday, Jan. 7, marking the first visit to the fan-favorite venue in two years.
For the full schedule, event information, and more, visit snocross.com.
About Amsoil Championship Snocross:
Amsoil Championship Snocross is the world’s premier high-flying snowmobile racing series. The National tour features eight stops across Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and New York. Top snowmobile and snow bike athletes from across the United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Japan contend for prestigious national titles and bragging rights in their respective divisions. For more information, visit snocross.com.
Founded in 2006, FloSports is a subscription video streaming service dedicated to sports, offering live and on-demand access to hundreds of thousands of competition events across 25+ vertical sport categories in the US and abroad. FloSports’ vision is to give underserved sports the love they deserve. With a growing library of more than 300,000 hours of premium content including news, expert commentary, films, documentaries and more, FloSports has established itself as an innovator and leader in sports streaming. Finally, your sport has a home. For more information, please visit: flosports.tv.