WRC » FIA, Eurosport fail to agree promoter terms

Talks between the FIA and Eurosport Events fail to reach a positive conclusion in the hunt for a WRC promoter

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Ryan - Unregistered

February 03, 2012 7:44 PM

Wow - the WRC's clock has just been wound back to the dark ages!

I bet management at Citroen, Ford and Mini/BMW are thrilled with the news - NOT!

cas - Unregistered

February 03, 2012 10:17 PM

its like they want to kill the wrc, personally I dont see why an manufacturer would sign up to now its not going to be on tv, whats the point? even though when it was on dave it was only on for an hour but at least it was on

I'm betting the wrc torrents will have a fair few downloading them, thats assuming theres ANY WRC coverage world wide

Sandro Fiorini - Unregistered

February 04, 2012 7:50 AM

These guys seem to be dumb. Rally is perfect for the internet. You have many different events happening at the same moment that cannot appear on the picture at the same time. So, TV is bad for this. They could, for instance, transmit the whole event through the internet for free, letting the some exclusive content behind the paywall. You can then advertise this on television. For that, they would have to revamp the website and the streaming technologies used, which are very bad as they are now.

Peter Starr - Unregistered

February 04, 2012 3:00 PM

The French round of wrc was great on the internet but at great cost. Who will pay for the minimum of a helicopter, 3/4 in car cameras for the top 15 runners, the interaction with the drivers at the end of the stages..the interviews in the service park...all this requires one company to organise, invest etc...it is NOT something that can be done at the last minute. Whoever does it, TV, Internet, the web site it has to be paid for AND GET THE AGREEMENT of the FIA who have their heads up.......!!

Fil - Unregistered

February 04, 2012 3:45 PM

This is the end of WRC.... no exposure means no more interest of constructors and sponsors. I'm more impressed with the coverage of the IRC than the WRC. As WRC is the top of rallying it should be the other way around. It should be broadcast on public networks, and not behind decoders of commercial networks to obtain a maximum of viewers. But for the FIA it is all about the money that flows towards them. The situation we are in right now would never occur in F1 as things are better managed. The success of rallying is and will always be a thorn in the eye of the FIA bonobo's. Again ll of us rally fans are the victim of mismanagement at the top of the FIA.

Odear - Unregistered

February 05, 2012 1:16 PM

As a sponsor to a private team in the WRC 2012 7rounds, I'm very concerned with the situation, we have additional funding on the back of TV coverage and Eurosport ticked the boxes.

It is so well known about French employment law so no shocker here ! and the french will deal themselves a double whammy as they have big investments in the sport.

The sport is becoming very unattractive so if I could bail out now I would and spend our hard earned money not in motorsport.

I really do question the key execs running the FIA as they have no proven commercial background other than a right foot or good at map reading in the past, and dare I say probally hanging out of the back of a certain F1 celebrity who sold his interest to a VC.

So it's official the WRC is a Circus with Bobby the clown running the show, at least clowns make you laugh and have nice teeth rather than crooked and stained through years of FI hospitality and expensive girls.

I'm not bitter just pxxxed off with supporting a s

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