British Eurosport signs three-year World Speedway deal

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British Eurosport has signed a three-year deal to show live coverage of FIM World Speedway events.

The new deal guarantees UK television coverage of the FIM Speedway World Championships, FIM Speedway Grand Prix series and Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup until the end of 2015, after previous rights holders Sky Sports dropped the events at the end of 2012.

The 2013 season starts with live coverage of the New Zealand leg of the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series on Saturday, March 23, at 3.00am GMT with repeats and highlights throughout the weekend.

British Eurosport will cover all rounds of the 12 race individual world championship, including the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix from the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, June 1.

The deal also includes the right to broadcast the team world championship – the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup – that takes place from 13-20 July across Europe.

British Eurosport’s coverage will take the world feed commentary team of Nigel Pearson and Kelvin Tatum.

Sky Sports previously held the rights to FIM world speedway events for over a decade, but decided against renewing its broadcast contract at the end of the 2012 season, reportedly due to poor viewing figures.

There were doubts about UK coverage of the events until Eurosport stepped in to secure a broadcast deal.

British Eurosport is available on Sky and Virgin Media in the UK and later in March will also be available on BT Vision in the UK.

David Kerr, managing director of British Eurosport, said, “We are really excited to add the FIM Speedway World Championships to our existing 45 round coverage of MotoGP, World and British Superbikes.

“Speedway will add a brand new discipline to our year round motorbike coverage and strengthens our position as the ‘Home of Bikes’.”

The new Eurosport deal was signed in conjunction with BSI Speedway, which is part of the motorsports division of IMG Worldwide.

Paul Bellamy, managing director of BSI Speedway, said, “We are entering exciting times for both the FIM Speedway Grand Prix and the Monster Energy FIM Speedway World Cup and we are thrilled they will sit alongside other world class motorcycling disciplines on British Eurosport.

“We look forward to working alongside the British Eurosport team and welcoming them into the speedway family.

He added: “I am sure the speedway fans, who have been waiting patiently for confirmation of the new UK broadcaster, will look forward to catching all the action on the channel that is now, undoubtedly, the home of bikes on TV.”

Viewers can also get access to the channel via the Eurosport Player, a subscription player service available on PC, iPhone, iPad and Android devices as well as some connected televisions.

British Eurosport’s full television schedule can be accessed via tv.eurosport.co.uk.

FIM Speedway Grand Prix – All LIVE on British Eurosport

Saturday 23rd March
Auckland, New Zealand – Round 1
 
Saturday 20th April
Bydgoszcz, Poland – Round 2
 
Saturday 4th May
Gothenburg, Sweden – Round 3
 
Saturday 18th May
Prague, Czech Republic – Round 4
 
Saturday 1st June
Cardiff, Great Britain – Round 5
 
Saturday 15th June
Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland – Round 6
 
Saturday 29th June
Copenhagen, Denmark – Round 7
 
Saturday 3rd August
Terenzano, Italy – Ronud 8
 
Saturday 17th August
Daugavpils, Latvia – Round 9
 
Saturday 7th September
Krško, Slovenia – Round 10
 
Saturday 21st September
Stockholm, Sweden – Round 11
 
Saturday 5th October
Toruń, Poland – Round 12
 
 

7 Comments

  1. Very glad we’ve not lost speedway altogether but would prefer it if Nigel and Kelvin were not so biased. They do make it very obvious which team they support and some of the comments made about the opposing teams are unnecessary.

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  2. Great news we do not have sky sports and have really missed the speedway coverage. Thank you Eurosport for televising this. Can’t wait for the next coverage – have just watched the opening round from New Zealand. Commentators excellent – so much better than ours when covering sport. Welsh Jenny

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  3. Great news I love speedway,I can not afford sky sports so have not seen any speedway for a long time. I hope you can get a deal for the Elite League as well.

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  4. Fantastic news ! Thank you so very much Eurosport for having the foresight and confidence to sign this deal….I am sure you will not be dissapointed. Signed a very releived Speedway fan

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