ESPN Inks New Broadcast Deal With F1

Courtesy: ESPN/ABC/Formula 1

Formula 1 racing is returning to the ESPN networks.

ESPN announced Wednesday the network has reached a broadcast rights deal with Formula 1 to broadcast the FIA Formula 1 Racing Championship series throughout 2018. The deal gives ESPN and ABC the broadcast rights for all 21 of the series’ races beginning with the season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix on March 25 and ending with the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Nov. 25.

Burke Magnus, ESPN executive vice president of programming & scheduling, was enthusiastic about the series’ return to the ESPN networks after being away for many years.

“ESPN has a long commitment to motorsports, and F1 is a crown jewel in the sport,” Magnus said.  “There are many passionate Formula 1 fans in the U.S. and we look forward to bringing the pageantry, spectacle and excitement of F1 to viewers across the ESPN platforms.”

Sean Bratches, Formula 1 managing director of commercial operations, was just as enthusiastic about the new deal as Magnus.

“We are excited about the return of the world’s foremost motor racing platform to the ABC and ESPN platforms,” Bratches said. “ABC’s Wide World of Sports first started airing live live grands prix in the early 1960s and this linear partnership with ESPN represents a significant step forward in achieving Formula 1’s aim of broadening the sport’s appeal.  The U.S. market is very important growth opportunity for Formula 1 and we are looking forward to working with ESPN to ignite the growing fan interest.”

Formula 1 made its Wide World of Sports debut on June 10, 1962 with the Monaco Grand Prix, a week after the race was actually run.  ABC ran a handful of Formula 1’s races up until 1988.  ESPN joined ABC in broadcasting Formula 1 in 1984 with a 10-race schedule.

Following the broadcast of that 10-race schedule, ESPN would continue to air Formula 1 races until 1997, its last year carrying the series.  The full schedule for Formula 1’s return to the ESPN networks in 2018 is noted below.

2018 FIA Formula One World Championship Schedule on ESPN and ABC

(all times Eastern)

Date

Time

Event

Network

March 25

12:55 a.m.

Australian Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 8

1:55 a.m.

Chinese Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 15

10:55 a.m.

Bahrain Grand Prix

ESPN2

April 29

8:55 a.m.

Azerbaijan Grand Prix

ESPN2

May 13

7:55 a.m.

Spanish Grand Prix

ESPN2

May 27

7:55 a.m.

Monaco Grand Prix

ESPN

3:30 p.m.

Monaco Grand Prix

ABC *

June 10

1:55 p.m.

Canadian Grand Prix

ESPN

June 24

7:55 a.m.

French Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 1

7:55 a.m.

Austrian Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 8

7:55 a.m.

British Grand Prix

ESPN

July 22

7:55 a.m.

German Grand Prix

ESPN2

July 29

7:55 a.m.

Hungarian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Aug. 26

7:55 a.m.

Belgian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 2

7:55 a.m.

Italian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 16

7:55 a.m.

Singapore Grand Prix

ESPN2

Sept. 30

7:55 a.m.

Russian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Oct. 7

12:55 a.m.

Japanese Grand Prix

ESPN2

Oct. 21

2:55 p.m.

United States Grand Prix

ABC

Oct. 28

2:55 p.m.

Mexican Grand Prix

ABC

Nov. 11

10:55 a.m.

Brazilian Grand Prix

ESPN2

Nov. 25

7:55 a.m.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

ESPN2

* re-air

More information on the network’s Formula 1 coverage is available online along with all of Formula 1’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.espn.com/racing, http://www.Formula1.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Formula1

Twitter: http://twitter.com/f1

 

 

 

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ABC Marking 50th Consecutive Year Broadcasting Indy 500

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

2014 is a big year for ABC. That’s because this year marks the 50th anniversary of the network broadcasting what has become the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

ABC started airing highlights of the annual race in 1965 on its then black-and-white Wide World Of Sports telecast. It has now become one of the longest running partnerships between a television network and sporting event. To put things into perspective, CBS has carried weekend coverage of the PGA’s Masters Tournament since 1965 as well. And ABC has carried the Little League World Series since 1963.

Allen Bestwick will make his debut anchoring the broadcast this year. He will join a very short list of individuals to ever call the race in its now ninety-eight year history. Only nine others have ever called the race in its rich history.  Bestwick said of being tapped to helm this year’s broadcast that hearing the broadcast of the Indy 500 was his inspiration for getting into broadcasting when he was younger and that he is rather excited to be helming it this year. “One of the things that sparked my fascination with broadcasting was that appointment viewing of the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 with Jim McKay behind the microphone,” he said. “It’s one of those things that attracted me and inspired me to get into the business and to think that I’m going to have the opportunity to sit in that chair – THAT chair – is mind-blowing.” Bestwick will be joined for this year’s broadcast by analysts Eddie Cheever and Scott Goodyear, both of whom competed in the Indy 500. SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the broadcast from IMS’ iconic Pagoda. Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Vince Welch, and Dr. Jerry Punch will all be in the pits.

This year’s festivities are expected to begin with pre-race coverage at 11am ET. The green flag is expected to wave at 12:12pm ET. Viewers can get a whole different angle on the race through ESPN’s in-car cameras. The view from those cameras will stream on ESPN3 through WatchESPN and the official Verizon Indycar Series website, http://www.indycar.com. More information on coverage of this year’s race is available online at http://espn.go.com/racing and http://www.indycar.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.