|Looks like Brits will all have to pay to see this next year…
It seems the 2014 rumour mill has started early this year, not quite for rider signings but for TV rights. At the end of the 2013 season the contracts of rights for MotoGP between Dorna, BBC and Eurosport will come to an end. Throughout the last year there have been rumours circulating that the BBC had perhaps bought exclusive rights to MotoGP coverage, or that it may be heading back to Eurosport full time. After buying F1 rights from the BBC Sky were also thrown into the rumour mill..
More recently rumours have emerged that BT were in for the bid for rights to MotoGP. In fact it is starting to look more and more likely that BT have swooped in and bought out both the Beeb and Eurosport. Twitter lit up with debate early this morning as several tweeters claimed the deal was done.
PaddockChatter.com spoke to a BT employee this morning who said that its looking incredibly likely BT has secured the rights and whilst the company is “set” to have its own channels on Sky, Virgin etc. nothing as yet is being done about it. The deal could see far more indepth coverage of MotoGP, in similar fashion to that of MotoGP.com – with selectable onboard cameras, and different views of the racing, as BTs answer to SkyF1. They have been seen to invest a large amount of cash into their sporting coverage, just last year they bought rights to the Premier League and signed Jake Humphreys from BBC F1 as a presenter.
The main downside to the deal is that MotoGP will no longer be available ‘for free’ on British TV, meaning that fans will have to pay out somewhere, either to MotoGP for online video subscription, or for some extra channels on their telebox.
BTs PR team refused to comment, claiming they “don’t respond to rumour and speculation”.
The deal is still to be officially confirmed. More when we have it.