Eurosport WRC deal in jeopardy?

Legal wrangling may yet cause Eurosport's bid to take over promotion of the World Rally Championship to stall.
Prospective World Rally Championship promoter and broadcaster Eurosport appears to have run into an unforeseen problem that may lead to this month's Swedish Rally losing its television coverage.

According to iRally, the deal which would have allowed Eurosport Events to formally take over from North One Sport as the official promoter of the WRC was put on hold last night (1 February), with European Employment Law thought to be at the heart of the issue.

At one point, it appeared that talks between the French-based broadcaster and WRC officials had broken down completely, but subsequent reports claimed that the situation wasn't quite as bleak as first thought, with both sides still keen to make something happen for the good of the sport. Speculation suggests that legislation governing the protection of employees in the event of a takeover may be causing an unforeseen headache for both parties, and forcing the negotiations to slow to a crawl as lawyers determine whether Eurosport Events taking over from NOS - and North One Television - requires the latter's employees, made redundant when the FIA cancelled its contract, to be found positions at the former.

While Rally Sweden works with the FIA on arranging potential alternatives to ensure the event receives some television coverage, the report suggests that it may still be possible for Eurosport to act as broadcaster until such time as the legal aspects regarding employees are sorted out.

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es - Unregistered

February 02, 2012 11:13 PM

when a bunch of suits from london think that they can run a world championship from an office and take the profits and can not get a proper package to run it they all deserve to lose their jobs they would come up with ideas for the sport that existed 20 years ago and would call it a new idea ,dr could not do it ,north one could not do it, Eurosport the company that stands in to put the sport first with there own employees which do an excelent job with the IRC why should they take on people who managed to try and destroy the sport.thumbs up for eurosport and dont take on the dead would from north one.

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