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24 minutes ago, iainb said:

Unless there's a get out clause like when sky binned us off

Must admit, it did cross my mind to end my comment with something like that... :D

Five years is a long time and lots of decisions will be made by those who run the sport....

And we know how many 'strange decisions' five weeks can bring, let alone five years.. :rolleyes:

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3 hours ago, flagrag said:

As I have said previously I do think this is a backwards step for British Speedway especially being tied into a 5yr deal.

Eurosport are a minor tv channel and Speedway will not get the dedication it got from BT and the coverage will not be as comprehensive.

I just hope that the money was so much better than what’s BTs final offer was otherwise an even worse decision.

Dont think you can call them a minor tv channel

Eurosport owns a wide range of rights across many sports but generally does not bid for premium priced rights such as those to major football leagues. However, in 2015 it was awarded rights to broadcast the Olympic Games from 2018 for most of Europe and 2022 for the UK and France in a deal worth €1.3 billion (£922 million).[4] It transmits much of the same footage across many markets, using unseen commentators rather than on-screen presenters so that the same visual feed may be broadcast in multiple languages while holding down production costs.

Eurosport has also expanded its deal with The All England Club to show all the Wimbledon matches live in 16 additional countries. It is a 3-year deal that includes exclusive TV and digital rights. This expands their tennis portfolio to show all four Grand Slams.[5]

The network of channels are available in 54 countries, in 20 different languages, providing viewers with European and international sporting events. Eurosport first launched on European satellites on 5 February 1989. In the 1990s, Eurosport timeshared with The Quantum Channel.

In February 2017, Discovery launched the channel in India, branded as DSport. The channel was made available on various platforms in both SD and HD feeds.[6]

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Eurosport has been deemed good enough for snooker - that’s the sport overseen by Barry Hearn, often mentioned as the desired saviour of speedway

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This is the best news for British speedway.. Eurosport is a good channel.. Far more reach than BT... available to view on Sky Go if you can...and highlists on Free to air on Quest.. This is news the BSPA should really build on.. whether they will is debatable but they have a great opportunity. 

As mentioned they do a great job with snooker.. I will watch Eurosport snooker even when they broadcast the same pictures simultaneously as BBC as the commentary and studio punditry is much better... Plenty of other good coverage as well of sports... A big step forward this

 

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2 hours ago, mickthemuppet said:

One of the main reasons BT do not want British Speedway is they have paid a fantastic amount of money to show WWE Wrestling next year.They have lost the  tennis Grand Slams which they used to show and look like losing WTA tennis to Amazon who have also got the rights to mens tennis

BT did want to keep British Speedway but the BSPA decided to go with Eurosport offer as it was 5 rather than 3 years and Eurosport pushed about how they could show it free to air in UK along with possible European coverage. I really would like to know who advised the BSPA on the deals and hopefully it was not for a large fee.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both broadcasters

BT Advantages- Household name channel, Lots of promotion and advertising alongside prime sports, Flexible with scheduling to fit in with rain offs, UHD coverage, large social media presence and crucially committed.Happy for clubs to do own filming and post video online . Catch up service a good production budget 

Eurosport Advantages- 5 year deal, possibilities of Pan European coverage, free to air on Quest on limited occasions.

It does worry next year in particular that Speedway will get bumped due to over running more core sports to them and with the Olympics even more so. Also Eurosport do not have a good track record of being the host broadcaster and are better in just taking another broadcasters feed like they do with Snooker,Tennis,Cycling,Olympics 

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is this end for Tatum and Nigel ?

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23 minutes ago, flagrag said:

BT did want to keep British Speedway but the BSPA decided to go with Eurosport offer as it was 5 rather than 3 years and Eurosport pushed about how they could show it free to air in UK along with possible European coverage. I really would like to know who advised the BSPA on the deals and hopefully it was not for a large fee.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both broadcasters

BT Advantages- Household name channel, Lots of promotion and advertising alongside prime sports, Flexible with scheduling to fit in with rain offs, UHD coverage, large social media presence and crucially committed.Happy for clubs to do own filming and post video online . Catch up service a good production budget 

Eurosport Advantages- 5 year deal, possibilities of Pan European coverage, free to air on Quest on limited occasions.

It does worry next year in particular that Speedway will get bumped due to over running more core sports to them and with the Olympics even more so. Also Eurosport do not have a good track record of being the host broadcaster and are better in just taking another broadcasters feed like they do with Snooker,Tennis,Cycling,Olympics 

 Sadie Wigglesworth of Hatfits Limited?

https://www.hatfits.com/who-we-are

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At least one thing is certain, speedway fans have been brought up on a history of delayed starts and therefore Eurosport is the perfect channel.

Hope you like watching the back end of tennis events.

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8 minutes ago, moxey63 said:

At least one thing is certain, speedway fans have been brought up on a history of delayed starts and therefore Eurosport is the perfect channel.

Hope you like watching the back end of tennis events.

 

And then think of it from Eurosport’s point of view, and fans of other sports: speedway will ruin their schedules!

 

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3 hours ago, foamfence said:

In Sweden and Poland they use that term.

They may well do.....but we aren’t in Sweden or Poland, and it was a British press release.

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3 hours ago, Noodles said:

 Sadie Wigglesworth of Hatfits Limited?

https://www.hatfits.com/who-we-are

so links with F1, wonder if Robin Brundle gave Buster the heads up?

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13 hours ago, Richard Weston said:

Speedway is back on free-to-view TV. That has to be a massive plus.

I’m not so sure. Paying customers fell significantly at televised matches when the broadcast was on a pay channel (when only a proportion of fans had access to it). If a match is live on free-to-air TV I expect the crowd might suffer even more.

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