Mike Joy, Fox Sports‘ lead NASCAR play-by-play announcer, says he intends to return to the booth next year as the network starts the sport‘s new media rights cycle.

Joy has been the voice of Fox‘s NASCAR efforts since the network began airing the sport in 2001. But Fox Sports, part of the publicly traded Fox Corp., is making several changes to its coverage for next year as the new seven-year media cycle through 2031 begins. That has raised questions about the future of the network‘s NASCAR talent.

Joy‘s deal with Fox is said to be up after this year, and it was unclear whether he had signed a contract extension, but his wishes would likely carry some weight with Fox executives given his tenure and prominence.

Sports Business Journal

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