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Formula 1 Is Leaving NBC Sports, Moving to ESPN

Formula 1 Is Leaving NBC Sports, Moving to ESPN”

ESPN and Formula 1 have agreed to a multiyear agreement that brings the sport to ESPN and ABC TV.

ESPN began televising F1 races in 1984 with a 10-race deal, expanding to 14 races for the next four seasons and 15 from 1989-1993. All races will air live on ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC, and will include all practice sessions, qualifying and races, will be shown live and in replay across ESPN platforms.

A Formula One statement said all 21 races will be aired from March next year on ESPN and ABC, the network that first broadcast the sport in the United States in 1962.

ESPN will replace NBC as Formula One's USA broadcaster next season as part of a multi-year and multimedia deal, the sport announced on Wednesday. "There are passionate Formula 1 fans everywhere and we look forward to bring the pageantry, spectacle and excitement to our viewers".

Bailey Schweitzer, 20-year-old daughter of Bakersfield Speedway owner Scott Schweitzer and his wife, Crissy, was one of the 59 people killed in the Las Vegas shooting. (ABC will also rebroadcast the Monaco race immediately following the Indy 500.) The channel hopping was to be expected, and United States broadcast rights for the sport have usually insisted that several of the races be broadcast on free-to-air network TV rather than a cable channel. Throw in NBC over-the-air coverage, and that average for 2017 is 548,000 - up 13 percent from 2016. That race, broadcast live on NBC, drew an average of 1.444 million viewers - second only during the five-year run to the 2014 Canadian GP on NBC (1.488 million).

"The U.S. market is a very important growth opportunity for Formula 1 and we are looking forward to working with ESPN to ignite the growing fan interest". Formula 1 owner Liberty Media has significantly increased Formula 1's online presence and is now developing subscription apps that could directly compete with a TV network's own coverage.



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