In a new multi-year deal with DRL, Drone Racing League, and ESPN/ESPN2 are set to air races starting this October 23rd. They will be broadcasting 10 one hour episodes covering “five races including a winner-take-all world championship to crown the best drone pilot.”
- ESPN – Covering telecast and digital distribution in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean, ESPN and DRL announced a multi-year agreement to bring the thrill of FPV racing to the masses. In the U.S., the 2016 season will air as ten, one-hour episodes covering five races on ESPN/ESPN2 beginning with an “Intro to DRL” episode tomorrow, Thursday, September 15 at 11 PM ET on ESPN2, and kicking off the full season on Sunday, October 23. ESPN will help connect a new audience to drone racing, committing to help innovate the space and leverage their expertise in growing emerging sports.
“Coverage of DRL lets us merge storytelling, technology and competition into compelling weekly content that we believe will appeal to a growing audience,” said Matthew Volk, ESPN Director, Programming & Acquisitions. “We look forward to delivering events and programming to passionate fans of this emerging sport.”
The ESPN/ESPN2 telecast schedule in the U.S.:
Date Time (ET) Episode Network Thu, Sep 15 11:00 p.m. Intro to Drone Racing ESPN2 Sun, Oct 23 9:00 p.m. Intro to Drone Racing ESPN2 10:00 p.m. Race 1: Miami Lights ESPN2 Thu, Oct 27 7:00 p.m. Race 2, Episode 1: L.A.Pocalypse ESPN2 Sun, Oct 30 10:00 p.m. Race 2, Episode 2: L.A.Pocalypse ESPN2 Thu, Nov 3 7:00 p.m. Race 3, Episode 1: Project Manhattan ESPN2 Sun, Nov 6 10:00 p.m. Race 3, Episode 2: Project Manhattan ESPN2 Thu, Nov 10 10:00 p.m. Race 4, Episode 1: The Ohio Crash Site ESPN2 Sun, Nov 13 10:00 p.m. Race 4, Episode 2: The Ohio Crash Site ESPN Sun, Nov 20 9:00 p.m. Race 5, Episode 1: DRL 2016 World Championship ESPN 10:00 p.m. Race 5, Episode 2: DRL 2016 World Championship ESPN