ESPN to carry Sky Sports F1's coverage in 2018
ESPN will carry Sky Sports F1’s presentation of Formula 1 for viewers in the United States this year.
ESPN has replaced NBC in the United States after the latter decided not to renew its contract, having been unwilling to go head-to-head with Formula 1’s new-for-2018 OTT service.
On Wednesday, ESPN confirmed that it will carry commentary from Sky Sports F1 for all 21 Grands Prix through 2018, which will be broadcast on ESPN and ABC.
ESPN also revealed that the agreement to air Sky’s coverage “was arranged by Formula 1”, with the approval of both companies, while ESPN and Sky Sports production personnel will collaborate on special segments for US viewers.
“We are excited to work with the Sky Sports team,” said Kate Jackson, ESPN coordinating producer, motorsports.
“Their coverage of F1 is second to none and we look forward to bringing their expertise and authenticity to our audiences.”
Scott Young, Head of Formula 1 at Sky Sports, added “We are delighted to be working with ESPN and ABC, and with this partnership extend Sky Sports F1’s award-winning coverage overseas.
“Each season we look to find new ways to improve the broadcast and entertain our viewers and this year will be no different.”