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Foxtel inks multi-year MotoGP broadcast deal

The Foxtel Group has completed a multi-year broadcast deal to show MotoGP on Foxtel and Kayo from 2022.

Every MotoGP practice, qualifying and championship race will be shown live, while Foxtel has also renewed its agreement to show every race of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship live from 2023.

Foxtel also broadcasts World Superbike, Supercars and Formula 1, plus World Rally Championship, NASCAR, INDYCAR and Formula E.

Foxtel Group chief content and commercial officer, Amanda Laing, 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.”

“The 2021 season is up 28% on last year and featured the record-breaking MotoGP Spanish GP, won by Australian Jack Miller and watched by almost 180,000 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.”

Dorna Sports chief commercial officer, Manel Arroyo, 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.”

The latest deal comes off the back of an extended partnership with the National Basketball League (NBL), which will be shown on ESPN via Foxtel for the next three seasons.

Speaking with Mumbrella this week, Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany spoke of the network’s desire to “to invest in growth sports” as part of its ongoing strategy.

“Other sports that might have suited us 20, 15, even 10 years ago might not be what suits us in the future,” he said.

“Basketball is a good example of where we want to invest. Plus being able to have the NBA and NBL. That’s the type of stuff that will keep Foxtel and Kayo growing.”

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