ESPN and Components One introduced a brand new broadcast deal Saturday that can maintain the worldwide motor-sports collection on the community by way of 2025.
The settlement will maintain the present commercial-free format for stay races on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC, that are all owned by
Walt Disney Co.
ESPN has broadcast F1 within the U.S. since 2018.
No less than 16 races will air on ABC and ESPN every season, the community stated in saying the renewal. ESPN Deportes will proceed because the Spanish-language dwelling of F1 within the U.S.
Race weekends will proceed to incorporate stay telecasts of apply classes and qualifying, in addition to prerace and postrace protection. The brand new settlement consists of an elevated give attention to qualifying, with extra classes airing on ESPN or ESPN2.
ESPN stated its F1 2021 season set a document for the most-viewed ever on U.S. tv, with a mean of 949,000 viewers per race. Reside F1 telecasts have averaged 1.2 million viewers in 2022, the community stated.
F1 has exploded in reputation within the U.S. because the 2019 Netflix documentary collection, “Drive to Survive,” first aired.
The phrases of the brand new deal, introduced forward of Sunday’s U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, weren’t disclosed.
The Could telecast of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix had a mean viewership of two.6 million, the most important U.S. viewers on document for a stay F1 race, ESPN stated.
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