NBC Sports adds MotoGP to its motorsport portfolio

NBC Sports will broadcast all MotoGP races across its platforms beginning in 2020, including four races on the main NBC network.

Terms of the multi-year deal with Dorna Sports, MotoGP’s commercial rights-holder, were not disclosed.

The 20-race season will open on March 8 with the Qatar Grand Prix. Five of the races will air live on NBCSN, including the Grand Prix of the Americas from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on April 5. Many races in the latter part of the 2020 season will air immediately following live Nascar coverage on NBCSN.

All race coverage that airs on NBC and NBCSN will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Live coverage of all 20 races will continue to stream on MotoGP VideoPass, and OnDemand, as will every session of MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3.

In addition, NBC Sports will air six races of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) on NBCSN in 2020.

MotoGP joins NBC Sports’ comprehensive motorsports portfolio, which features exclusive coverage of the second half of the Nascar Cup Series and Xfinity Series seasons, as well as the entire IndyCar season, including the Indianapolis 500; the International Motor Sports Association; the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship; Supercross and American Flat Track.

“Our agreement with MotoGP further cements NBC Sports as the home of motorsports and enhances our comprehensive racing portfolio,” said Jon Miller, president of programming on NBC Sports and NBCSN. “We’re excited to bring MotoGP to viewers across the country and showcase the world’s premier motorcycle road racing series.”

Last November, NBC Sports partnered with Nascar to debut TrackPass on subscription service NBC Sports Gold. It includes select Nascar Cup and Xfinity practices and qualifying sessions, as well as live races from the Arca East and West divisions, Nascar Whelen Modified Tour, Nascar Pinty’s Series, and select grassroots events. American Flat Track and International Motor Sports Association events are also included.

Elsewhere, CBS Sports Network has extended its FIM Motocross World Championship rights agreement in the US with the recently-rebranded Infront Moto Racing. The broadcaster’s new agreement runs from 2020 to 2022.