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MotoGP Inks FOX Sports TV Deal

Monday, March 25, 2013
Pedrosa  26  out front early on at Indy where he took his second win of the season.
FOX Sports has purchased the broadcast rights to MotoGP through 2015, with races to air on SPEED and FOX Sports 1.
FOX Sports has signed a multiyear deal with Dorna Sports for broadcast rights to the world’s most prestigious motorcycle racing series, the MotoGP World Championship, with races to air on SPEED and the newly announced, multisport FOX Sports 1 in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

MotoGP, with three events in the U.S. in 2013, is highlighted during the high-profile FOX Sports 1 August launch weekend, with the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix scheduled for August 18 as one of the first live events on the new network.

“With an international event lineup that includes three U.S. stops, MotoGP brings an immediate world class motor sports presence to the FOX Sports 1 lineup,” said Bill Wanger, EVP Programming & Research for FOX Sports. “Having the race from iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway fall on our FS1 launch weekend is a bonus, and one of which we plan to take full advantage.”

“We're very proud of this new agreement with Fox Sports and we are looking forward to being part of this huge project that is Fox Sports 1. Through this agreement, MotoGP will continue to be watched by our extensive American fan base, via the Speed channel until August and from then on, via the new Fox Sports 1 channel. Our 15 year partnership is arriving now to a very exciting MotoGP season with 3 GP’s on U.S. soil and the promise of some thrilling action on track. We will deliver the very highest standard of TV coverage of the Championship, using the latest production technologies, which is what our fans in the U.S. and around the world and also our Global media partners like the Fox Sports Group, deserve” declared Manel Arroyo, Managing Director of the Media Area at Dorna.

The season opens April 7 on SPEED with the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar. Other U.S. highlights include the second event of the season, the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas inaugural series event at newly built Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 21 and a return to Laguna Seca for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix on July 21.

Coverage from Austin includes qualifying on April 20 at 9 p.m. ET; race coverage, including pre-race activities begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on April 21. On-board camera access is available on SPEED.com for all U.S. rounds, with qualifying practice sessions on SPEED2.

The new deal, continuing a successful relationship that began on SPEED in 1997, when the series was known as the FIM World GP 500, also includes coverage of Moto2™ and Moto3™, as well as expanded digital rights.
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customaudiodesign   April 1, 2013 04:28 PM
What I want to know is how Speed/Fox got 3 more years of MotoGP broadcast rights. The disrespect they showed to both WSBK, MotoGP, and the enthusiasts of those series was so blatant last year, I'm shocked they got the rights again. Interrupting championship-deciding races for nascar talk is completely stupid. They couldn't wait 30 minutes? And more than once, for the same show! Speed/Fox showed all of us where their priorities are, and it's all-nascar. No AMA road racing this year and they lost WSBK. Fortunately, beIN Sports got the rights to WSBK. Too bad that some providers don't offer that channel, but DirecTV does. Channel 620, beIN Sports. Their coverage was stellar! No commercials during the races, pre-race and post-race coverage and the races in the right order: 1st race, Supersport, 2nd race. A few between-races breaks for soccer-game promos, but it was light years beyond what Speed has ever offered. If a nascar talk show is scheduled after any MotoGP race, expect a preempt over the top of the racing for nascar "news". Maybe with this new contract, we won't have to endure that amount of disrespect again this season...I'm not holding my breath.
moto-pat   March 26, 2013 06:44 AM
I want to know what channel the Managing Director was getting WSBK on. When he spoke of "thrilling action on track" he couldn't have been talking about Moto-GP. So now we are going to get Moto-Boring on 2 channels.
I want my WSBK back!!!!
MotoFreak   March 25, 2013 04:52 PM
Yesssssssssssss !!!!!!!!