Gone are the days when the practices, qualifying and races of the MotoGP World Championship were free to watch on national TV channels. An eyesore for many motorsport fans and still hard to accept. Although it is not always fun for the MotoGP fans, according to Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, it is the only way to keep the MotoGP world championship going.
MotoGP and TV rights
Many motorsport fans complain that they now have to take out a TV subscription and therefore pay to watch the MotoGP races via TV. The memories that the Grand Prix weekends could be followed via the freely accessible national TV channels are long behind us. With the arrival of commercial broadcasters such as SKY Sport, DAZN, BT Sports and closer to home Eurosport, Sport 1 and nowadays Ziggo Sport, a lot has changed for the fans at home.
Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, however, was clear in a conversation with the Spanish Motociclismo.es when he was asked about the new situation that has caused quite a bit, especially in Spain.
Carmelo Ezpeleta: “Pay the money I spend to organize this sport and you will see that everything will be back on the free net in no time. Pay-TV is needed for the economic balance of the championship, in the three categories but especially in the MotoGP class. It’s just that simple. And as long as the commercial television channels continue to try to conclude TV agreements with us, it is interesting for them because otherwise they would not do it.”
Television rights revenues are therefore vital to Dorna and the MotoGP World Championship.
Carmelo Ezpeleta: “Yes this income is essential to be able to do what we do with the teams, which in turn is essential to be able to organize a championship like we have at the moment.”
The 2020 and 2021 MotoGP season, marked by the Covid pandemic, has put pressure on the Spanish organizer. They have invested millions to keep the teams afloat.
Carmelo Ezpeleta: “That’s right, but I’ll never say how much this is. We invest what is necessary.”
In the Netherlands we can certainly not complain. During the period that Eurosport Benelux owned the MotoGP broadcasting rights, a lot of MotoGP action was broadcast on Eurosport 1. channel. In addition, the seasoned MotoGP fan who does not want to miss anything can always take out a paid motogp.com subscription. This is very different in countries such as Spain, where DAZN has the exclusive right and the MotoGP fan is obliged to take out a special TV subscription and has no other choice to follow their favorite sport.
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