AMA issues a press release.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Pursuant to amotion to enforce a settlement agreement filed by AMA Pro Racing against ClearChannel Motorsports, an order was issued by Federal Court Judge James L. Grahamdirecting Clear Channel to fulfill a series of specific obligations. The orderwas issued on Friday, January 24 in Columbus, Ohio.
"Once again, we’re glad that the court hasinterceded in this situation," said Scott Hollingsworth, CEO of AMA ProRacing. "At stake here is the elimination of the AMA brand from AMASupercross. We will not allow that to happen."
According to the agreed-to order, Clear Channelmust, among other things, re-insert AMA identity into a number of elementsincluding television coverage, on-track signage, announcer copy, advertisingmessages and event promotion.
AMA Pro Racing and Clear Channel Motorsportsreached a settlement agreement on December 17, stemming from a dispute over theterms of the Supercross Sanctioning Agreement between the companies. AMA ProRacing had filed a motion for a temporary restraining order but the partieswere able to reach an agreement to resolve the issue. However, in AMA ProRacing’s opinion, Clear Channel has not met its obligations. The judge’s orderin this latest proceeding supports that contention. Clear Channel mustimmediately take steps to resolve these deficiencies.
"As always, our goal is to deliver thebest possible racing experience to all our stakeholders including riders, teams,AMA members and every fan of American Supercross," said Hollingsworth. "We’re hopeful this order resolves the issue in federal court andthat Clear Channel Motorsports and AMA Pro Racing can work together to presentthe AMA Supercross Series in the best manner possible."
Judge Graham will retain authority to enforcethe order.
About AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the leading sanctioning bodyfor motorcycle sport in the United States. Its properties include the AMASupercross Championship, the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Motocross Championship, theAMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship and the AMA Progressive InsuranceU.S. Flat Track Championship. Nearly 2 million race fans attended AMA ProRacing events during the 2002 season. For more information about AMA ProRacing, visit www.amaproracing.com.