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MotoGP's Move Toward Pay-TV Broadcasts Results In Decreasing Viewership Numbers

04 / 23 / 14

MotoGP's "shift toward pay-TV broadcasts has resulted in drastically decreased viewership numbers for the first several races of the season," according to Gerald Dirnbeck of MOTORSPORT-TOTAL. MotoGP promoter Dorna "signed several new broadcast deals for the '14 season." MotoGP races "are now broadca...

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08/29/13
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