Would MotoGP be bigger than F1 if it was on free TV?

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Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:05
bikeaddict1's picture
Would MotoGP be bigger than F1 if it was on free TV?

MotoGP is currently the most exciting sport on the planet going through its absolute golden era but because it's tucked away on BT sport and can only be watched by those that pay large amounts of cash a year for the privilege no one, outside the hardcore fans, knows about it! Pay TV is killing MotoGP.

If MotoGP was on normal TV and could be watched by everyone it would grow so quickly and would probably rival and overtake F1 and other supposed big sports in no time.

Make it free to watch for everyone!!

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:25
thesaladbox's picture
Yeh I reckon if it was put on

Yeh I reckon if it was put on free channels now and promoted well it would overtake F1's audience. MotoGP is so good right now it's just about showing that to a wider audience of sports fans to get them into it... and once they'd watched a few races I have no doubt they'd ditch F1 or whatever else they're watching and MotoGP would be #1 go to sport

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:35
Smokey123's picture
MotoGP is a way better watch

MotoGP is a way better watch than F1, dunno whether it'd get higher viewing figures but I'd love to see it on free channels

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:52
Wheels45's picture
Na no chance sorry. I don't

Na no chance sorry. I don't care where you show MotoGP, F1 will always have a bigger audience it's just a much bigger spectacle

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:05
Grant Walls
Grant Walls's picture
Free to air

It is on free-to-Air in Australia that’s how I first started watching so I’m glad it is. However, they stick at least two ad breaks in each race. I got very sick of that and now watch via motogp website subscription.

I’ve never been into motorsports but I absolutely love motogp more than any other sport ever. Without free-to-air I may have never discovered it.

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:48
Navelgazer's picture
Started watching the bike

Started watching the bike racing when it became available via Eurosport on my Sky package one day and never looked back.

I'd love to see it on free TV, so that a much bigger audience could actually apprecaite what these guys do every race weekend, but not if it was at the expense of less funding for the smaller teams - don't want to go back to the days of 17 bike grids or bloody CRT again.

I'm all in favour of bigger grids - if people can afford to bring a team, why not open up a couple more grid slots.

Side bar, but if anyone can explain to me why there is a closed limit on the number of GP bikes on the grid I'd be interested?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:52
WH's picture
I believe it is on free TV in

I believe it is on free TV in many countries (but it seems you are asking about the UK only). I was exposed to MotoGP because of free TV. But I only watch using the online pass because i can watch every session, videos, interviews, etc. and these are the things that make a MotoGP worthwhile, the race is just one part of it, IMO

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:53
WH's picture
That make a MotoGP *WEEKEND*

That make a MotoGP *WEEKEND* worthwhile

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:21
nealio's picture
MotoGP is the #1 motorsport

IMHO the more people who see MotoGP, the more they will love to watch it. The bravest sportsmen, the fastest bikes and a world stage, numero uno! I don't have the answers to how to solve the finances but there are people for that!

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 15:56
brianq103's picture
No free option in Canada

I subscribe to the website because there is no legitimate free option, and by free I mean spending 150 bucks a month on cable service and no channels that carry it are available here. IPTV is another story but that, strictly speaking, is not legal or free here! Soooo, obviously a legit, less expensive option would undoubtedly increase the fan base of MotoGP here.

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 03:05
MattShctick's picture
Emigrate to a country where

Emigrate to a country where it is on free to air (like here in Australia) and has sunshine, then time your visits back to see the relatives and drink some decent beer while Silverstone F1 is on. Works for me.

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:49
mrfill's picture
F1 currently has an FTA

F1 currently has an FTA outlet on Channel 4 (2.23m viewed the Abu Dhabi 2017 race live - slightly less than the Guy Martin v Robot Car programme) but from 2019 all live coverage will disappear to Sky.

If both F1 and motogp were shown live on FTA, I would hope motogp would win but I suspect the extra money in F1 would be used to push motogp away from the big channels. The F1 purse is considerably deeper...

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:12
mrfill's picture
Figures to consider

2017 BT sport averaged 120k viewers per race. C5 highlights an extra 450k.

These figures are shocking, especially when you consider that the 2015 Valencia race was viewed by over 6 million in Spain and over 9 million in Italy.

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 19:39
salieri's picture
If it's free to air then

If it's free to air then advertising has to pay for it and I suspect that many advertisers would see F1 as more mainstream than MotoGP and would attract more advertisers and therefore money......so it's possible more people could see it but the sport be less well financed.....something to consider?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 19:43
psychicwarrior's picture
in UK has it ever been 'free'

in UK has it ever been 'free'. licence fee was required when on BBC. I thought BBC did a great job and raised the profile + it was uninterrupted coverage...they did enough in that respect to keep it attractive that BT sport wanted it. I stopped watching as was not impressed to have to pay BT sports subscription - not just to see motogp ... their other stuff is of little/no interest to me.

having said that...perhaps a better offering...would be a true pay per view for the sport you want (per season or per race weekend or whatever). other sports could suffer however but that's professionalism and market forces.....sadly!

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 19:55
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mrfill's picture
Take out a motogp.com

Take out a motogp.com videopass then. You pay for only motogp and its jolly good.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:47
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Navelgazer's picture
Agree with the comment that

Agree with the comment that Pay Per View could be a way forward, I like the concept of per weekend or per season being an option.

I personally didn't like the BBC coverage because I couldn't tolerate the commentators but each to their own.  I think the BT coverage is pretty good, but I'm frustrated that the channel was initially sold as being bike friendly; they started off well by showing some MotoGP Classic races but this soon died off and the slots were filled with football etc.

In an ideal world speaking as a UK resident I'd like to be able to watch all my motorbike racing on one channel - GP, WSB & BSB - so it doesn't constantly get switched around for other important events like tennis (?!) but I appreciate that's never gonna happen...

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:43
PatrickD's picture
MotoGP coverage

There are three classes of racing, practice sessions, qualifying and morning warm up that precede the actual racing on Sunday afternoon. It's quite obvious that in depth coverage of that, which is what a great many fans like, is going to require a subscription of some sort. As someone else mentioned, an ad-break during a race is a catastrophe, so the deal we have in the UK is fine by me.

As good as the racing has been this year, bike racing does not have mainstream appeal in the UK. Pay TV is more democratic imho, so MotoGP+BTSport is doing just fine.

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 14:26
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psychicwarrior's picture
As unlikely as it may be, i

As unlikely as it may be, i often wonder what happens when the next great broadcaster wins the rights... do 'we' bounce on to that one and be happy! Perhaps I dont understand 'ownership' enough and other broadcasters/platforms buy sub-rights from the main one so it is available to other broadcasters.

I'd prefer sport be available to any broadcaster on an equal footing and cost and and it wasn't just the highest bidder, then maybe a lot more can get to see it.... a sort of income to the sport by quantity rather than monopoly. Eeee I live in a dream world :-)