Eleven Sports and Sport1 snap up rights to remainder of Drone Champions League
Eleven Sports, the international pay-television broadcaster, has acquired rights to the remaining five rounds of the 2017 Drone Champions League, the drone racing series, in six of its markets, while Sport1 has secured coverage in Germany.
Eleven said it will show the action exclusively live in Belgium, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and USA, and on a non-exclusive basis in Luxembourg. The broadcaster is also active in Poland, but the deal does not include that market.
The remaining races on the 2017 DCL calendar are in: Liechtenstein on 2 and 3 September; Brussels, Belgium on 23 and 24 September; Salina Turda Caves, Romania on 13 and 14; in Asia in November (exact date and location to be confirmed); and in Berlin, Germany on 2 and 3 December.
Sport1 said it will live-stream the Liechtenstein event on its Sport1.de portal, while on the morning of 3 September it will show highlights of the previous day's action on its free-to-air channel.
Eleven will co-organise the Brussels event, employing several activations around the venue and across the city.
In addition to the live race coverage, the broadcaster will show a 26-minute magazine show linked to each round as well as exclusive clips, news footage and interviews from each participating team.
In May, Sascha Kojic, the media rights executive with experience at agencies MP & Silva and the Sportsman Media Group, invested in the DCL, having left Discovery Communications, the media giant that owns Eurosport, earlier in the year.
His main focus at DCL has been to improve the media distribution for the series, which launched last year when two rounds were held in Austria and Romania.
As well as linear TV coverage in more than 70 countries, events this year are being live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.