Sportsnet announced it has secured a five-year agreement for the exclusive Canadian multiplatform rights to the IZOD IndyCar Series as well as rights to the Firestone Indy Lights. The new agreement, which begins in 2013 and runs through to 2017, includes a minimum of 16 races each season, including the Indianapolis 500, which will be delivered to Canadians through a suite of multimedia platforms – television, online and mobile.
With coverage on five Sportsnet channels, six City channels and live streaming available for Rogers wireless and cable television customers via RogersAnyplaceTV.com and Rogers Anyplace TV Live mobile app, Sportsnet will deliver more than 100 hours of racing coverage in 2013 across television, online and mobile.
“The IZOD IndyCar Series is one of the premiere series in auto racing,” said Navaid Mansuri, Vice-President of Finance & Sports Programming, Rogers Broadcasting. “We are thrilled to partner with INDYCAR for the exclusive Canadian rights for this series and to deliver coverage of these events to Canadian auto racing fans like they’ve never seen. This agreement bolsters Sportsnet’s diverse portfolio of premium sports assets, content and championship events, as well as furthers Rogers’ and Sportsnet’s commitment to investing in sports to drive future growth.”
Sportsnet today also unveiled its 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series broadcast schedule and announced that Canadian and former Champ Car champion Paul Tracy will join the Sportsnet broadcast team as an IndyCar analyst. The Scarborough, ON native, who retired from the auto circuit in 2004, was the youngest Canadian Formula Ford champion in history at age 16 and won five races in his first full year of Champ Car competition in 1993. He has competed in CART, the Champ Car World Series and the IndyCar Series.
Sportsnet’s IndyCar panel will provide pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the Indianapolis 500 and the Honda Indy in Toronto. Tracy will work alongside seasoned analyst and Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer Bill Adam, pit reporter Todd Lewis and Sportsnet’s Rob Faulds who will host the three events. Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series begins with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 24 on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific.
The new five-year partnership marks the first multi-year, multiplatform agreement with Sportsnet for IZOD IndyCar Series rights, and also includes the broadcast rights to the Firestone Indy Lights. Additionally, through Sportsnet’s agreement with TVA Sports, the deal also includes expanded French-language coverage across television, online and mobile with a minimum of 16 races per season to be broadcast on TVA Sports.
Below are the key details of Sportsnet’s coverage across online and mobile:
Online and Mobile – RogersAnyPlaceTV.com and Rogers Live app
· Rogers Cable customers who subscribe to Sportsnet can live stream Sportsnet’s television coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series on their computer with RogersAnyplaceTV.com
· Rogers wireless customers will have access to live streaming of Sportsnet’s television coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series and additional sports content on their smartphones with the Rogers Anyplace TV Live mobile app, available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and BlackBerry App World
· Fans can read pre- and post-race blogs and monthly rankings from Todd Lewis on sportsnet.ca as well as columns form Bill Adam on three race weekends – including the Indy 500 and Honda Indy in Toronto.