MotoGP acquires United States broadcasting rights with TNT Sports

MotoGP acquires US broadcasting rights with TNT Sports

MotoGP revealed that it has acquired new television rights that will allow TNT Sports to air live coverage of the series in the United States.

MotoGP has secured a new broadcast platform in the United States after signing an extended media rights arrangement with TNT Sports, as the new deal replaces the broadcasting agreement with NBC Sports.

Every Sprint and Grand Prix event, including this weekend’s Grand Prix of Qatar, will be televised live on TNT Sports’ networks and platforms, including truTV and Max’s B/R Sports Add-On.

Max’s B/R Sports Add-On will also broadcast every session for every Grand Prix class throughout the three days of track action, including the MotoGP qualifying shootout and the Grand Prix races for Moto2 and Moto3.

The announcement which was made on Thursday afternoon comes as the series seeks to expand its presence in the US.

“truTV and Max’s B/R Sports Add-On will show every race of this record-breaking MotoGP season live, including top quality pre-race coverage,” MotoGP said in a statement.

“Max’s B/R Sports Add-On will also stream every session for every grand prix class across all three days of track activity, including the MotoGP qualifying shootout and the grand prix races for Moto2 and Moto3.”

The series promoter Dorna Sports made America its major market by hiring former NBA executive Dan Rossomondo as chief commercial officer last year. He branded the new deal a “major step for MotoGP in the US”

“MotoGP is the most exciting racing in the world,” he said. “We are thrilled that our riders and teams will be showcased by Warner Bros Discovery.

“This major step for MotoGP in the US will be embraced by our loyal fans and attract a new audience who will quickly fall in love with our sport.”

MotoGP will travel to the United States for the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on April 12–14. Since its inclusion to the calendar in 2013, it has been a fixture with the exception of 2020 when the COVID epidemic struck.

Indianapolis, Laguna Seca, Austin, and Santa Monica hosted three MotoGP races in the United States in 2013. After Laguna was dropped from the calendar in 2013, MotoGP continued to hold two rounds in the nation until 2015.

MotoGP will also have an American-owned team on the grid this season as Trackhouse Racing expands its NASCAR business to run as Aprilia’s satellite squad with Miguel Oliveira in 2024.

MotoGP’s commercial rights are held by Madrid-based Dorna Sports, which is owned by the publicly traded private equity firm Bridgepoint Capital. Sky News reported last week that Bridgepoint is seeking a $4.4B sale of MotoGP, possibly to Liberty Media.

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