If things do not improve for the NBC Sports group side, do you think they will try a contract buyout at some point in the next couple of years?? As you recall this was a Versus deal so I wonder what NBC is thinking. The sad part is their coverage of the races is so good but people are not watching.
To me the big catch 22 is the fact the NBC mother-ship does not have races (rival ABC does) so promoting/cross-promoting becomes very difficult. If NBC had the remaining races with the Indy 500 they could promote the hell of the month of May, especially since they have the Kentucky Derby already -- "May, a month of tradition on NBC" has a nice ring to it.
But what do I know? I am just a fan...