Tuesday, January 20, 2009

MotoGP: BBC Coverage – A Possible Solution

Those of you in the UK who follow MotoGP will no doubt be aware that British Eurosport has lost the rights to broadcast MotoGP, with the BBC now being the sole broadcaster of the event.

This means that we are no longer able to watch practice, qualifying, or the 125 and 250 races unless we use the BBC’s interactive service or have access to the Internet.

UK fans are outraged by what Dorna has done by limiting MotoGP coverage in the UK, yet I believe I have a possible solution.

Back in October 2008 it was announced:

The AB Groupe and Eurosport France have agreed a three-year deal with commercial rights holders, Dorna Sports, for the television rights for MotoGP across France, until 2011. 

Under the deal, digital-terrestrial channel NT1 will broadcast all 18 MotoGP races live throughout the season, including a pre-show for each race whilst cable-satellite channel Eurosport France will offer practice and qualifying sessions on Friday and Saturday, followed by all three races live on Sunday. Each channel will create its own individual programme for the events.

ref: http://www.sportbusiness.com/news/167955/french-motogp-rights-awarded

Therefore why don’t we petition BSkyB to get them to broadcast Eurosport France to UK Sky TV subscribers?  Ok the commentary will be in French but at least we will get back the coverage we were used to, and we might even learn a foreign language at the same time.

Go on e-mail Sky today.

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