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MotoGP moves behind the pay-wall after FOXTEL secures new exclusive broadcast deal

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The Foxtel Group has today announced a new multi-year broadcast deal which will lock in Fox Sports and Kayo as the home of every MotoGP practice, qualifying and championship race from 2022 onwards.

Under the terms of the new deal, Foxtel has secured both free-to-air and pay-tv rights to popular motorsport category.

The Australian round of the MotoGP is currently protected by the Federal Government sport anti-siphoning list. Under the legislation Foxtel will be required to offer simulcast rights to this event to a free-to-air partner.

Fox Sports MotoGP host Tara Rushton (image - Foxtel)
Fox Sports MotoGP host Tara Rushton (image – Foxtel)

TV Blackbox understands it is the current intention of Foxtel to keep all other rounds of the MotoGP exclusive to the Fox Sports and Kayo platforms from 2022.

Foxtel has previously shared MotoGP broadcast rights with the 10 Network in a deal that allowed for a mixture of live and delayed coverage on free-to-air.

Its not currently known if Foxtel will seek to make some of its MotoGP coverage available via its KAYO free-tier.

In addition, to the MotoGP rights, Foxtel has also renewed its agreement to show every race of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship live on Foxtel and Kayo from 2023.

The new deals ensure Foxtel maintains a strong motorsports line-up which also includes: Supercars, Formula 1, World Rally Championship, NASCAR, INDYCAR, and Formula E.

Amanda Laing, Foxtel Group Chief Content and Commercial Officer, said:

“With 2.4 million households now watching sport on Foxtel and Kayo, up 26% on last year, the Foxtel Group provides the largest audience of sports fans in the country.”

“MotoGP is fantastic entertainment and we have seen double-digit annual audience growth over the past six years. Kayo has turbo-charged this growth, attracting a new legion of fans.”

“This exclusive multi-year deal sees us secure the free and paid rights with MotoGP and the exclusive renewal of our rights with World Superbike, cementing our unrivalled motorsport offering and again highlighting Foxtel and Kayo as the go-to destinations for sports fans in Australia.”

Manel Arroyo, Chief Commercial Officer, Dorna Sports, added:

“For MotoGP it’s an honour. We are proud to extend, in a multi-year deal, our relationship and partnership with Fox Sports.

Clearly to be with the home of motorsport in Australia at this moment, when new stars are arriving to the Championship in the main category, with Jack Miller now joined by Remy Gardner, makes us sure we’re going to deliver what the Fox Sports family needs and is expecting from MotoGP.

We’re proud to be here because we have a challenge to develop new audiences together with Foxtel and Kayo. Thank you very much for your confidence in MotoGP.”

MotoGP audiences have grown rapidly as the thrilling feats of the best riders in the world are showcased, with Australia’s Jack Miller’s rise to challenge in the MotoGP World Championship, and Remy Gardner atop the Moto2 standings before he steps up to Moto GP in 2022.

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    • Most likely yes, it seems nearly all races will be Foxtel/kayo exclusive. Although, we’ll have to wait and see which FTA network will air the Australian GP.

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