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February 5th, 2014, 05:35 AM   #1
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Right, saw this on Twitter:


@marcpotter: It appears BT Sport's wknd MotoGP team is: Ryder, Heuwen, Gavin Emmett, Toseland & Hodgson, with Iwan Thomas and Craig Doyle on Tues night.


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Just one. Thomas is a sprinter, no? Why is he ona MotoGP show?





Caveat: I know nothing about British television. Is he just a really good presenter? If not, I really don't get it.
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Anyone has got be better than the dumbass commentary from Charlie Cox (the annoying aussie from bbc's coverage from the last couple of years)....


Having said that Hodgson will drive me up a wall after a while....
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I watch all the races on motogp.com (I pay the subscription fee, it's worth it in the end if you live in the states), and Harris and Emmett are pretty good. Light years ahead of Bob Varsha and Scott Russell, anyhow. I watched the Laguna race live last year, and the commentary was so awful I almost turned it off so I could watch the replay later.
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I watch all the races on motogp.com (I pay the subscription fee, it's worth it in the end if you live in the states), and Harris and Emmett are pretty good. Light years ahead of Bob Varsha and Scott Russell, anyhow. I watched the Laguna race live last year, and the commentary was so awful I almost turned it off so I could watch the replay later.




I agree, but thats because our coverage and commentary team is so piss poor, we are in effect practically forced to pay. But looks like this is the world wide trend. Once free coverage in the UK and Spain is going toward pay-per-view. It all makes sense really, you see, if we just let the "job creators AKA as rich MF executives' continue to fleece the public, its a 'good thing'. That's exactly what Povol wants for the world. And lets expect the rich executives to 'do the right thing'.





Or as Krop put it:



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It is reminiscent of the deal struck in the UK with BT Sport.Both BT Sport and Movistar TV are broadcasting arms of large telecommunications companies, expanding their traditional services into the area of television. The telecoms giants can afford to pay much larger sums for TV rights for sports, as the sports are used to sell their broadband services and expand their customer base. Though the switch to pay-per-view platforms means losing a wider audience for MotoGP, the increased money on offer means that Dorna can invest more heavily in the championship... Krop




So you see, its a win win. We have to pay, the telecoms get richer and can price out free wider audiences from TV rights, give it to a narrow audience, Dorna pockets the money, or as Kropo puts it 'invests in the championship'. Canceling popular venues like Laguna for other markets like Brazil, oh wait, that was canceled.
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I too have subscribed to motogp.com for this season, BT Sport are playing at it in my opinion, no coverage at all of this weeks testing and close to bugger all pertaining to Motogp on the website. I object to paying for all the other sport (football) that I don't give a monkeys about too.





Movistar (Spain) have struck a deal with Dorna for a dedicated channel, all the races and off season stuff too, I'd be happier if we had that here.
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I agree, but thats because our coverage and commentary team is so piss poor, we are in effect practically forced to pay. But looks like this is the world wide trend. Once free coverage in the UK and Spain is going toward pay-per-view. It all makes sense really, you see, if we just let the "job creators AKA as rich MF executives continue to fleece the public, its a 'good thing'. That's exactly what Povol want for the world. And lets expect the rich executives to 'do the right thing'.





Or as Krop put it:








So you see, its a win win. We have to pay, the telecoms get richer and can price out free wider audiences from TV rights, give it to a narrow audience, Dorna pockets the money, or as Kropo puts it 'invests in the championship'. Canceling popular venues like Laguna for other markets like Brazil, oh wait, that was canceled.




Our commentary team is beyond awful. I couldn't understand half of what Russell was saying during the Laguna race, and Varsha is clueless about MotoGP. It's almost as if SpeedTV went to him and said, "you do F1, right? Well, MotoGP is almost exactly like that, just on two wheels. Can you do it?"





Brazil was such a farce that most teams didn't even make plans to go there. That's what gets me. Whatever the reasons for cancelling Laguna, Dorna went ahead and scheduled a race in a country that didn't have one single racetrack capable of holding a MotoGP race.





These moves by Dorna to make MotoGP a pay-per-view affair are troubling. Formula One draws nearly half a billion viewers worldwide every race. Last year, they lost 50M viewers after it became clear that Vettel had no intention of losing again, ever. Even with the loss in viewership, F1 was drawing more than 400M viewers, but they're still working to increase viewership-hence the "last rase counts double rule".





MotoGP will never draw F1-level numbers, but Dorna seems determined to shrink an already-small audience. It really is all about the money for them over the long-term health of the sport.
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Melanie fucking Sykes WTF!!!!!
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I'm disapointed. I really like the current motogp.com crew of Nick Harris and Gavin Emmet... but now it's Nick Harris and some yet to be announced new guy. Nick and Gavin were a great team. I bet they put Ben fucking Spies in as the commentator for this season.





"yeah well you know thats racing and well yeah they do a great job and yeah he's really fast for a rookie and yeah well"
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I'm disapointed. I really like the current motogp.com crew of Nick Harris and Gavin Emmet... but now it's Nick Harris and some yet to be announced new guy. Nick and Gavin were a great team. I bet they put Ben fucking Spies in as the commentator for this season.





"yeah well you know thats racing and well yeah they do a great job and yeah he's really fast for a rookie and yeah well"

Haha I agree, but I wouldn't mind him to much hopefully after a couple of rounds he might get a bit more out of towing the PC line, especially as he's not riding and needs not make friends.
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