AURORA, Illinois -- The seventh Maxxis U.S. Open will be televised nationally on NBC Sunday, October 24, 2004 (4:30-6:00 PM EST) immediately following NBC’s coverage of the Subway 500 NASCAR race from Martinsville. The announcement was made by Charlie Mancuso, President, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports and Jon Miller, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports.
"This is obviously one of the most significant announcements in the history of the Maxxis U.S. Open. Now, along with the largest single-event purse in the motorcycle world, this event will be seen by more fans than any other motorcycle race in the U.S.," said Mancuso. "This is another step forward in Clear Channel’s expanding relationship with NBC. With our partnership with NBC Sports on the Dew Action Sports Tour, the U.S. Open on NBC will deliver a level of exposure to fans, riders, teams and sponsors like never before."
"The U.S. Open, The World’s Richest Motorcycle Race, is a natural fit for NBC Sports," said NBC’s Miller. "This race is a perfect compliment to our NASCAR coverage that precedes the U.S. Open and it marks another NBC/Clear Channel Motor Sports’ initiative following on our joint venture creating the Dew Action Sports Tour. NBC Sports looks forward to a great race, great ratings and a continued positive relationship with Charlie (Mancuso) and Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports."
Riders confirmed to compete in the 2004 Maxxis U.S. Open include defending and current THQ AMA Supercross Series champion Chad Reed, two-time U.S. Open champion and all-time AMA national championship holder Ricky Carmichael.
Other invited athletes include action sports superstar Travis Pastrana, up-and-coming superstar, reigning 125cc Eastern Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series champion James Stewart and veteran Mike LaRocco, who won the 2002 U.S. Open.
About Clear Channel Entertainment
Clear Channel Entertainment, a leading producer and marketer of live entertainment events is a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications (NYSE: CCU), a global leader in the away-from-home advertising industry. Clear Channel Entertainment currently owns, operates and/or exclusively books approximately 130 live entertainment venues, including nearly 100 in North America and more than 30 in Europe. In 2003, 69 million people attended approximately 32,000 events promoted and/or produced by the company, including live music events; Broadway, West End and touring theatrical shows; family entertainment shows; museum exhibitions, and specialized sports and motor sports events. In addition, the company’s independently operated athlete representation business, SFX, provides management, marketing and financial consulting services to many of the world’s top professional athletes. Clear Channel Entertainment also provides marketing services through LIVE Channel, a company dedicated to creating and executing live events for companies seeking brand promotion. Clear Channel Entertainment operates throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. More information may be found by visiting www.cc.com and www.clearchannel.com.
NBC Sports Ventures
NBC Sports Ventures, the business development arm of NBC Sports, produces 45 hours of programming annually for the NBC Television Network. NBC Sports Ventures owns and operates many of its properties, including the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship, The National Dog Show Presented by Purina, The ADT Golf Skills Challenge, Office Depot Father/Son Challenge & the Budweiser Boxing Series.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning body for motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMA Supercross Series, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship, the AMA Progressive Insurance U.S. Flat Track Championship and the AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship. For more information about AMA Pro Racing, visit www.amaproracing.com.