NBC Sports Attains Rights to Formula One Racing

The NBC Sports Group and Formula One Management have agreed to a four year deal where the network will have  exclusive U.S. media rights to all Formula One Grand Prix races, qualifying and practice sessions on all platforms and devices.

NBC Sports will televise 20 Formula One races — four on NBC and 16 on NBC Sports Network — as well as qualifying, practice sessions, studio shows and re-airs that amount to more than 100 hours of programming annually. The Grand Prix of Canada in June as well as the final three races of the 2013 season in November will air on NBC, while the remaining 16 races will air on NBC Sports Network.

All 20 Formula One races will be live streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra, the NBC Sports Group’s live-stream platform that is available online at NBCSports.com as well as on mobile and tablet apps.

“We are thrilled to add the top international open-wheel racing series to our already-strong motorsports portfolio,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “Formula 1 is a perfect fit for the NBC Sports Group as it provides content across three platforms – broadcast, cable and digital – for nine months a year with more than 100 hours of premier programming annually.”

“NBC and its various media assets have a huge profile throughout the United States and I am obviously delighted to have concluded this agreement. I feel that they will promote Formula One to a level not seen before in the United States,” said Bernie Ecclestone, Formula One Group™ CEO. “I very much look forward to working with NBC. Together, we will endeavour to broaden the scope of Formula One coverage available to U.S. viewers incorporating additional digital content in particular that has not been available before.”

Here is the proposed Formula One schedule on NBC for 2013:

2013 FORMULA 1™ SCHEDULE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE; TIMES TBA)

Date Grand Prix Network*
Sunday, March 17 Australia NBC Sports Network
Sunday, March 24 Malaysia NBC Sports Network
Sunday, April 14 China NBC Sports Network
Sunday, April 21 Bahrain NBC Sports Network
Sunday, May 12 Spain (Barcelona) NBC Sports Network
Sunday, May 26 Monaco NBC Sports Network
Sunday, June 9 Canada NBC
Sunday, June 16 TBD NBC Sports Network
Sunday, June 30 United Kingdom NBC Sports Network
Sunday, July 14 Germany NBC Sports Network
Sunday, July 28 Hungary NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Aug. 25 Belgium NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Sept. 8 Italy NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Sept. 22 Singapore NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Oct. 6 Korea NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Oct. 13 Japan NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Oct. 27 India NBC Sports Network
Sunday, Nov. 3 Abu Dhabi NBC
Sunday, Nov. 17 USA (Austin) NBC
Sunday, Nov. 24 Brazil NBC

 

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