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TV companies wishing to show the Nice Polska league(plus Div 2 possibly) for 2020-2024 have until January 2nd to request the tender documents. It is now suggested that Polsat are again interested in showing speedway- maybe TVP also will want some of the action again. A decision is expected by the end of January. The PZM have already discussed, in the event of the TV companies not coming up with enough cash, the possibility of pay-per-view internet streaming. 

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Rybnik are under investigation. A special meeting of the PZM has been arranged for today regarding concerns over their financial status. The local council have taken exception to ROW carrying over 1 million zloty's of 2018's sponsorship money to the 2019 season. They are now demanding that the money be returned to them.

Rybnik are one of the many teams only granted conditional licenses and this latest blow could see them forced to withdraw from racing in 2020.

Full story here. Google Translate will translate it for you if your browser doesn't automatically.

https://sportowefakty.wp.pl/zuzel/862152/zuzel-sadny-dzien-pgg-row-u-zespol-do-spraw-licencji-przeswietli-finanse-klubu-i

Ironically this all comes the day after ROW announced a ZL 500,000 sponsorship deal!

 

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Sportowe Fakty are also 'stirring' with this article. "The Biggest Scandals of The Decade".

https://sportowefakty.wp.pl/zuzel/861880/zuzel-najwieksze-skandale-ostatniej-dekady-ucieczka-z-zielonej-gory-hancock-poma

Torun refusing to race the second leg of the play-off final, financial dodginess, Hancock 'helping' Holder in Melbourne, Wardthrown out of the Latvian GP. It's not all champagne and roses over there.

And "Most Poles have never heard of Zmarzlik".

https://sportowefakty.wp.pl/zuzel/860991/gollobomania-kontra-malyszomania-skoki-bija-zuzel-na-glowe-przecietny-polak-zna-

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An Interesting article published in today's Polish daily sports newspaper "Przeglad Sportowy"

Bartosz Zmarzlik’s , individual speedway World Champion's, victory in Poland's  "Sports Personality" plebiscite made the Polish general public aware what the speedway fans had known for a long time. Interest in speedway in Poland breaks records and even football, due to its availability considered as No. 1 sport, cannot be equal in this respect. Polish LOTTO Football Ekstraklasa beats Poland’s PGE Speedway Ekstraliga only in one respect - the amount of money invested in it, but this gap can soon be heavily bridged.

Next year's tender for the right to show the "best speedway league in the world" promises to be exciting. Eurosport has already announced its participation in it, Canal + and Eleven Sports will certainly be interested, and there are many indications that TVP, the National Public Broadcaster under social pressure will also wake up in time. In 2018, Canal + and Eleven Sports shared the rights to broadcast PGE Ekstraliga. In total, they paid 60 million PLN (£12 million) for a three-year contract (until the end of the 2021 season). For speedway it was an astronomical amount, almost three times higher than the previous contract. In comparison with football, however, they are "pennies".The rights to the Polish football EkstraKlasa, positioned (in terms of sports level (!)) at 31st place in the world , were sold for a similar period for PLN 440 million! (£88 million). They paid this amount for a two-year contract for the seasons 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

The television money lined up for football have little to do with fans interest in Polish football from the stands or on TV. Poles do not watch it more eagerly than speedway. The average attendance at the Football LOTTO Ekstraklasa is 8,800 spectators, and at the Speedway PGE Ekstraliga over 10,800, and this is only because the stadiums in Lublin and Grudziądz are too small for the needs of the local fans. If more fans could be allowed in, then the average would increase even more.

Football matches shown on the coded Canal + channel in the 2018-2019 season were followed by 105,000 fans. Speedway matches in 2019 on the same channel had an audience of 165,450 spectators. Footballers were saved only by publicly available channels, which speedway can only dream of. 

Therefore, our speedway promotors should be focusing all their energy in the coming months to make the public broadcaster interested in speedway. Matches of PGE Ekstraliga in the most accessible channel in the country would certainly gather over one million viewers in front of TV sets. This would take speedway to a completely different level. Then, nobody would even try to compare our sport with camel races.

 

 

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Is it a suspension for up to 4 years? Just for Poland or everywhere? When will punishment be decided? 

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2 hours ago, SPEEDY69 said:

Is it a suspension for up to 4 years? Just for Poland or everywhere? When will punishment be decided? 

 

Drabik has 14 days to explain his conduct. The first hearing will probably be held in mid-February. It remains an open question what consequences his Wrocław club, PGE Ekstraliga and FIM will have for him.

Drabik was tested on September 22, almost two weeks before the final of the individual junior world championship final in Pardubice, which ended in his triumph. It is quite probable that if he is disqualified, the 22-year-old will have to give up his gold medal from this event.

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STATEMENT by Maksym Drabik's club - Sparta WROCLAW

WTS Sparta Wrocław declares that it is aware of the explanatory proceedings conducted by POLADA against Maksym Drabik. 

However, we emphasize that no unauthorized substances have been detected in the rider’s body. POLADA did not suspend the competitor, it only asked for additional explanations in connection with the competitor's statement made during the doping control about taking substances hydrating the body a few days before the competition. This action was coordinated by a club doctor and was dictated by the state of health of the speedway rider. We declare full cooperation with POLADA in order to complete the proceedings as soon as possible. The club will not refer to media speculations or comment on matters until the investigation is completed.

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On 12/22/2019 at 8:45 AM, racers and royals said:

TV companies wishing to show the Nice Polska league(plus Div 2 possibly) for 2020-2024 have until January 2nd to request the tender documents. It is now suggested that Polsat are again interested in showing speedway- maybe TVP also will want some of the action again. A decision is expected by the end of January. The PZM have already discussed, in the event of the TV companies not coming up with enough cash, the possibility of pay-per-view internet streaming. 

Just been announced that N Sport have won the contract to show the Nice Polska league from 2020 to 2024. They will show a match on Saturday`s and one on Sunday`s( in addition to the 2 Extraleague matches they show that day.

Quote from Sportowefakty (Google translation)

Canal + on its website informs that it will produce all broadcasts of regular season matches in a minimum of eight cameras, including the use of a recording camera called beauty shot and replays in slow motion. The matches of the final round will be produced in addition to the standard of a minimum of ten cameras, and selected matches will feature racer drones following the players and the so-called camera taps. All this so that viewers in front of TVs can feel the emotions associated with speedway competitions even more strongly.

Planned first 2 weeks

1st round

Saturday 4th April Gniezno v Torun

Sunday 5th April  Bydgoszcz v Ostrow

2nd round

Saturday April 18th Torun v Lodz

Sunday April 19th Ostrow v Gdansk

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The following pre-season matches have just been announced by the official Unia Leszno website:

March 16th (Monday) Swindon Robins – Unia Leszno
March 23rd (Monday) PRACTICE Leszno: Swindon Robins & Unia Leszno
March 24th (Tuesday) Unia Leszno – Swindon Robins

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7 hours ago, racers and royals said:

Just been announced that N Sport have won the contract to show the Nice Polska league from 2020 to 2024. They will show a match on Saturday`s and one on Sunday`s( in addition to the 2 Extraleague matches they show that day.

Quote from Sportowefakty (Google translation)

Canal + on its website informs that it will produce all broadcasts of regular season matches in a minimum of eight cameras, including the use of a recording camera called beauty shot and replays in slow motion. The matches of the final round will be produced in addition to the standard of a minimum of ten cameras, and selected matches will feature racer drones following the players and the so-called camera taps. All this so that viewers in front of TVs can feel the emotions associated with speedway competitions even more strongly.

Planned first 2 weeks

1st round

Saturday 4th April Gniezno v Torun

Sunday 5th April  Bydgoszcz v Ostrow

2nd round

Saturday April 18th Torun v Lodz

Sunday April 19th Ostrow v Gdansk

this is good to read as we will have 6 live matches to watch Friday, Saturday and Sunday most weekends.   

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