MotoGP Indian rights scooped up by Viacom18

Global motorcycling championship to stream exclusively on JioCinema and Sports18.

Indian media conglomerate Viacom18 has secured exclusive rights in the country for MotoGP.

Contract:

  • MotoGP coverage to be exclusively live streamed on JioCinema and Sports18 in India
  • Deal begins with season-opening Grande Premio Tissot de Portugal on 26th March
  • Network to show practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, qualifying and the sprint on Saturday, and the Grand Prix race on Sunday

Context:

The deal means MotoGP fans in India will be able to watch all the action from the global motorcycle racing championship. The pact also sees Viacom18 take over from Eurosport, which was the previous rights holder for the Indian subcontinent.

Comment:

“We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, chief executive of MotoGP’s commercial rights holder Dorna Sports.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We are very excited that Viacom’s reach across India will bring MotoGP to all corners of the country and allow more fans to watch this incredible sport.”

Coming next:

The 2023 MotoGP campaign will see the championship head to India, after Dorna Sports signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last September to host a race in the country for seven years. This season’s Grand Prix of India will be held at the Buddh International Circuit, a former Formula One venue from 2011 and 2013, on 24th September.

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