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Method E has been a notoriously troublesome race collection to observe in America. It’s usually been relegated to obscure channels at obscure occasions, and attempting to stream it hasn’t even been easy. However beginning for the 2020-21 season, FE is transferring to CBS and CBS Sports activities alongside the promise of a barely extra accessible viewing expertise.

America has been excessive on FE’s radar since its inception, with two races going down within the nation in its first season (Lengthy Seashore and Miami) and persevering with with not less than one race per yr ever since. Whereas the stands haven’t at all times been packed, the racing has at all times been good, and folks have been turning as much as the occasions in steadier numbers.

Shifting to CBS Sports activities—with the New York ePrix and one different race airing on CBS correct—for the seventh season is a giant enchancment for FE’s picture within the US.

CBS Sports activities typically airs US-based sports activities like soccer, basketball, and golf, with the occasional NASCAR and IndyCar protection popping up. The channel isn’t actually often known as being large for racing, however FE isn’t actually a collection that cares about that—it’s been aiming to interrupt boundaries and enchantment to non-traditional audiences.

Race broadcasts will likely be 90 minutes every and can air dwell. There may also be an hour-long pre-race preview present. The one draw back is that each different session—observe, qualifying—and 12 of the 14 races will likely be completely aired on the CBS Sports activities Digital platforms, which seemingly means a subscription.

That in itself is a bit irritating. That was my important grievance about FE being tucked away within the nether areas of Fox Sports activities—I had to purchase particular entry to observe it. We’re most likely going to need to do the very same factor once more, however on the very least, it looks as if we’ll have a barely extra spectacular build-up to races than we’ve got prior to now.

The primary race of season seven would be the Santiago ePrix doubleheader on January 16-17, 2021.