ESPN INTERNATIONAL TELECASTS 20-RACE CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TO WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 10, 2000) - ESPN International's coverage of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series is expected to reach nearly 1 billion ...
ESPN INTERNATIONAL TELECASTS 20-RACE CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES TO WORLDWIDE AUDIENCE
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 10, 2000) - ESPN International's coverage of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series is expected to reach nearly 1 billion people around the world in 2000 and begins with a live broadcast of the season opener - the Grand Prix of Miami - from Homestead, Fla. on Sunday, March 26 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
As the exclusive worldwide television representative for the FedEx Championship Series for the past 10 years, ESPN International has placed this year's series in more than 180 countries and territories worldwide through its network affiliates and various syndication agreements. Terrestrial coverage will be available in Colombia (RTI), Japan (NTV), Mexico (TV Azteca), Sweden (SVT) and the United Kingdom (C5). Additional agreements are pending with channels in France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Spain.
In addition to its ESPN International agreements, CART has separate television arrangements in Canada, Brazil and Australia that further increase CART's worldwide television reach. In Canada, the FedEx Series is seen on both TSN and RDS (French language). Brazil's SBT carries FCS events in that country and, in Australia, Network 10 provides the coverage.
"With drivers representing 10 different countries from outside the USA, the global appeal of the FedEx Championship Series is growing each year," said Mark Reilly, vice president of International Sales, ESPN International. "Racing fans around the world want to cheer their national heroes and this series provides that opportunity."
In Europe, Eurosport has renewed its commitment to bring the CART racing series to viewers each Wednesday evening in the program "Start Your Engines." Each FedEx Championship Series race will be presented along with "behind-the-scenes" features and driver profiles. CART's Dayton Indy Lights Championship also will receive full-season coverage as part of the 2000 package. Viewers in the United Kingdom will receive bonus coverage as British Eurosport will transmit the series live or on a same-day delay basis, throughout the season.
"CART always strives to increase its worldwide presence," said CART Vice President of Broadcasting Keith Allo. " Having the ability to air our races in 180-plus markets helps build our audience and opens the door to new sponsors and fans. ESPN International is a terrific partner and does a great job spreading the CART message around the world."
CART FedEx CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
TERRITORY BROADCASTER PACKAGE
Pan Europe Eurosport 20 Races Delayed Highlight Transmission Wednesday 6- 8 PM
France Pending 20 races Live and Delayed
Germany Pending 20 Races
Greece SuperSport 20 Races Delayed Transmission
Italy Pending 20 Races
Portugal Sports TV 20 Races Delayed Transmission
Spain Pending 20 Races
Sweden SVT 20 Races Delayed Transmission
UK British Eurosport 20 Races Live and Short-turnaround plus Studio Program
UK Terrestrial coverage Pending 20 Races Delayed highlights
REGION: LATIN AMERICA
Colombia RTI 20 Races Live Transmission
Mexico TV Azteca 20 Races Live Transmission
Brazil SBT 20 Races TBD - Cable/Satellite
REGION: ASIA/PACIFIC RIM
TERRITORY BROADCASTER PACKAGE
Japan Nippon TV (NTV) Motegi Race Full Race Coverage Short Delay plus one hour Highlight Program
19 Races Delayed Transmissions 8 x 90 Minute Race Highlight Program
NHK - BS 20 Races 2 Hours Each/One Week Delay
REGION: NORTH AMERICA
Canada TSN 18 Races RDS (French language) 20 Races
Australia Network 10 20 Races Same-Day Delay
REGION: WORLDWIDE ANTHOLOGY PROGRAMS
Worldwide Transworld Sport 20 Races News/Highlights
Worldwide Gillette World Sport Special 20 Races News and Features
NORTHERN AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST ORBIT-ESPN Network Distribution (7A) Northern Africa Algeria Morocco Chad Somalia Djibouti Sudan Egypt Tunisia Libya Mauritania Middle East Bahrain Palestine Iran Qatar Iraq Saudi Arabia Jordan Syria Kuwait United Arab Emirates Lebanon Yemen Oman (23 Countries) SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA MULTICHOICE Network Distribution (7A) Angola Malawi Benin Mali Botswana Mauritius Burkina Faso Mozambique Burundi Namibia Cameroon Niger Central African Republic Nigeria Congo Senegal Equatorial Guniea Seychelles Ethiopia Sierra Leone Gabon South Africa Ghana Swaziland Guinea Tanzania Guinea Bissau Togo Ivory Coast Uganda Kenya Zaire Lesotho Zambia Liberia Zimbabwe Madagascar (37 Countries)