News 7 Apr 2022

World Supercross management team expands

COO and head of televsion and broadcast appointed.

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SX Global has announced the expansion of the FIM World Supercross Championship management team, appointing Stephen Rogers as chief operating officer and Nathan Prendergast as head of television and broadcast.

Both Rogers and Prendergast are motorsports and entertainment veterans, bringing over 30 years of experience in executing premier international events.

“In order to build a successful global world championship series, it’s imperative that we have the experience of those who have been there and done it before, and that’s exactly what we have with Steve and Nathan,” explained SX Global president Tony Cochrane.

“Steve brings incredible operational experience and legal expertise in the development, management and licensing of global sports and entertainment entities, and there’s no one on the planet that carries more experience in leading world-class motorsports broadcasts than Nathan.

“We could not be more thrilled to have them on board, as we push toward the first preeminent global championship for the sport of supercross.”

Notably, Rogers has worked with Nitro Circus in the past as head of operations and business affairs, where his legal and operation expertise was pivotal in its continued expansion and diversification.

“I’m delighted to join such an incredibly passionate and experienced team of sports and entertainment executives, each with their own proven track records and impressive backgrounds, but united by the common vision and drive to elevate supercross globally,” stated Rogers.

“I too share in this vision and I’m very much looking forward to working with the team to establish the FIM Supercross World Championship as a leading global motorsport and entertainment property.”

Prendergrast has led production across a range of sporting events, namely the V8 Supercars Championship, AUS-X Open and Formula 1 Grand Prix.

“I’ve lived and breathed motorsports my entire life and to have this opportunity to build a broadcast operation from the ground up, and shape and deliver the viewing experience for the first true global supercross championships series, is nothing short of thrilling for me,” explained Prendergast.

“Having worked with Ryan and Adam [Bailey] on the AUS-X Open for several years, and Tony on the V8 Supercar Championships, there’s a heightened level of comfort and confidence knowing how qualified this entire team is to deliver the successful series we’ve all envisioned and take this sport to the next level.”

The pair join V8 Supercars visionary Tony Cochrane, and supercross veterans Adam Bailey and Ryan Sanderson on the FIM World Supercross Championship senior leadership team.

The FIM Supercross World Championship will annually take place in the second half of the year, including five events in 2022, from September through November.

2022 will serve as a ‘pilot’ season, allowing the series to establish itself and build momentum. 2023, and subsequent years, will see the series expand annually between June and November.