I'd prefer if you weren't so negative in case powers at be are reading here. haha
I will keep hoping.
I want the best of both worlds. Experienced American crew in studio and people who live F1 for the race call.
Isn't it quite common for a sport to have commentators from where the sport is most loved? Doesn't European soccer normally have British play by play people when on air in US? Doesn't the World Cup coverage have the play by play with Brits and Americans analyzing before and after? I cannot be positive on this, but I seem to remember the coverage being this way?
Back when HBO had Wimbledon (last in 99 I think), didn't they use the BBC commentators sometimes?
Just to confirm, the World Cup was covered over in the States by Ian Darke & Steve McManaman (mostly).... so impressed were the yanks at the reaction/commentary from Darke when USA scored in injury time to top the group they slapped him with a full-time contract and he's generally regarded as "the voice of soccer" here.
Also on the Fox Soccer Channel, many of the "panel" are Brits/Irish... Warren Barton is often the number 1 pundit (not sure if that's good news or not!).
The vast majority of games over here have a lead English commentator with sometimes American co-comms depending on who is playing.
As soccer is a quickly growing sport it's worth noting that they seem to have grasped the additional knowledge and experience can add to the attraction.
FWIW, I dislike (and have said as much on other threads) the commitment by Speed to the crucial aspects of the race weekend, starting coverage 2-3 mins into Q is unacceptable, pointless 'arty' features at the expense of the racing, and frankly a resounding fail in their ability to understand & communicate what's actually occurring during the race/qualifying. However, so useless were NBC towards the Olympics (and it was even worse for the Paralympics) I actually fear what they may do.
If NBC understand what they have, then they can do a good job with it.... if it's just regarded as a marketing exercise, then all USA viewers will be in for a rough ride during this contract.
I can see myself in 12 months time lamenting the loss of Speed, but time will tell. Hell, there's always a stream!!!!