HomeNewsMotorsportAustralia

Australian viewers lose live IndyCar coverage in Fox Sports deal

Fox Sports has acquired rights in Australia for the 2019 season of the IndyCar North American motor-racing series.

IndyCar is returning to Fox Sports after two years on rival pay-television broadcaster ESPN.

However, whereas most of the races were shown live on ESPN, Fox Sports is only planning on showing a one-hour highlights programme following races.

The deal was announced after IndyCar opted to establish its own in-house distribution arm. ESPN International had previously managed rights distribution for the series.

The 2019 IndyCar series begins this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida, with Fox Sports broadcasting its highlights on Tuesday.

Most recent

Pay-television broadcaster BT Sport took advantage of Sky’s long-running concerns over wrestling body WWE’s OTT service to grab WWE rights in the UK and Ireland from its rival at a steep discount, SportBusiness Media understands.

As TikTok has grown into one of the world's most popular social-media apps during the past year, the short-form video-sharing platform has become an important tool for sports rights-holders to expand and engage their fanbases. 

Turkish agency Saran has negotiated a price reduction for rights to the English Premier League for the 2019-22 cycle, SportBusiness Media understands, the first time it has achieved this since acquiring the property at the turn of the decade.

Mola TV, the new entrant to Indonesia’s sports broadcasting market, is employing a novel strategy straddling pay-television, free-to-air and digital distribution channels to exploit the Premier League rights it has acquired for the upcoming 2019-22 cycle.