IMCA Coronavirus Response Broadcast Program

first_imgIf you are a video professional with experience in camera operation or video production, and are interested in working at an IMCA member track, please complete the following form: IMCA and SPEED SPORT have begun the process of securing equipment and creating planning timelines. We will provide ongoing guidance as more details become available. The preliminary launch date is scheduled for May 7th.  As a member track, please register you interest by completing the following form: Each track will determine pricing and purchasing options based on their unique considerations. Options for standalone pay-per-view or subscription-based live-streamed video will be available. We will connect you with our regional broadcast affiliates for production or provide training if an affiliate is unavailable. At a future date, tracks will have the opportunity to create their own white-labelled website, channels, and phone apps. With this program, IMCA will make every effort to provide member tracks with simple, turn-key options for video broadcasting equipment, execution guidance, and the platform for distribution and payment. Through our newly formed relationship with the SPEED SPORT Network, IMCA.TV will be launched to provide a single video platform destination for all IMCA member tracks. “We will go to whatever lengths necessary to ensure our tracks can continue operation,” said Brett Root, President of IMCA. The primary goal of IMCA has always been to ensure health and provide certainty to member tracks, and given the current environment, we feel our responsibility to explore all options for operation to our promoters. VINTON, Iowa – In response to the continued uncertainty surrounding the Coronavirus Pandemic, IMCA has developed guidance and planning for IMCA member tracks to execute the live-streamed broadcasting of events. “Broadcasting is an essential marketing and revenue tool for promoters. In these extremely challenging times, we want to make it as seamless as possible for member tracks to have access to broadcasting, and ultimately, to survive today and thrive over the long run,” said Joe Tripp, SPEED SPORT CEO.last_img read more

Clubs to mark fire anniversary

first_imgThe Barclays Premier League and Sky Bet Football League will hold a minute’s silence to mark the 30th anniversary of the Bradford fire disaster in April. The Football League’s chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “This period of silence will give fans across the country the opportunity to remember the terrible events that occurred at Valley Parade back in 1985 and, in particular, the supporters of Bradford City and Lincoln City that lost their lives.” Premier League chairman Peter McCormick added: “The Bradford fire was one of the most terrible tragedies ever to strike English football. It will be forever remembered by all football fans not only for the loss of life but also for the many acts of bravery by the emergency services and the fans themselves.” The Football Association, the Premier League and the Football League will also support efforts to help raise £300,000 for the Plastic Surgery and Burns Research Unit (PSBRU) at the University of Bradford. All games over the weekend of April 24 to 27 will be preceded by a minute’s silence in tribute to the 56 supporters who lost their lives and the hundreds who were injured. The date coincides with Bradford’s last home match of the season, against Barnsley in League One, when the club traditionally marks the anniversary of the disaster which occurred on May 11, 1985. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Confederate flag flown over Bristol prior to NASCAR All-Star Race

first_img A Confederate battle flag hangs next to a Donald Trump reelection banner in a vendor’s tent outside Bristol Motor Speedway. was criticized for decades for not taking action to stop displays of the Confederate flag, which has been derided as a racist symbol. The organization finally made the move after Bubba Wallace, the Cup Series’ lone Black driver, called this year for it to be banned from tracks. The decision was also made amid nationwide protests against the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis.The Talladega race weekend was also when a noose was seen attached to Wallace’s garage stall. The FBI was called in to investigate a possible hate crime; investigators determined the rope had been there since at least last October and that it was not used to target Wallace. Before that determination was announced, however, NASCAR drivers and teams organized a prerace demonstration in support of Wallace. NASCAR banned the display of the Confederate battle flag at its events in June. Twice now, a group has responded by having a plane tow the flag over a track.The latest incident took place Wednesday prior to the All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. A small plane was seen above the track grounds towing a flag; attached to the flag was a banner displaying the letters “,” which refers to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The organization’s headquarters are in Columbia, Tenn. MORE: Facts of the Bubba Wallace noose caseSCV was also behind a flag being flown over Talladega Superspeedway in June shortly after NASCAR announced the ban. That time, the flag was accompanied by a call to “Defund NASCAR,” a tweak of calls to “Defund the police.” That weekend, the flag was displayed outside track grounds as well.In both instances, NASCAR allowed fans in the stands for the race. NASCAR has raced in mostly empty venues since returning from its COVID-19 suspension.On Wednesday, the flag was on display under a vendor’s tent outside the track.center_img (Getty Images)last_img read more