Fox secures historic live rights in US to Epsom Derby
Fox Sports, the US national network, has for the first time secured live broadcast rights for the upcoming Epsom Derby, one of UK horse-racing's most prestigious events.
The Derby, which takes place tomorrow, will be shown on Fox Sports 1, as will the Oaks, another prestigious race which takes place on the same day.
The event has been previously broadcast in the US by rival NBC.
Fox is one of 30 broadcasters to have signed up to provide coverage of the 2020 Derby, with Racecourse Media Group, the umbrella organisation for 37 racecourses in the UK, distributing the international media rights, in partnership with Jockey Club Racecourses, the prominent UK venue owner.
ITV, the UK free-to-air commercial broadcaster, is the event’s host broadcast partner, and holds domestic rights alongside dedicated horse-racing pay-TV channel Racing TV.
Simon Durrant, Epsom Downs’ general manager, said: “The Investec Derby is a global event and we are looking forward to what is set to be a fantastic renewal this year. To attract over 30 broadcasters around the world, including major networks such as Fox Sports, is fantastic.”
Other major broadcast partners in the Americas include ESPN across various territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, TVG in the US, and CBC in Canada.
The Green Channel will provide coverage for 40 million homes across the Far East and Asia, while viewers in Hong Kong have a choice of how to watch - TVB, Cable TV, and Now TV are all showing the race, as is the Hong Kong Jockey Club on its various online platforms.
In Europe, the event will be shown by broadcasters including Virgin Media in Ireland, TVP in Poland, the horse-racing specific channel Equidia in France, Arena Sport in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, and Movistar, the Spanish pay-television operator owned by telecoms giant Telefónica.
Pay-TV's Supersport has rights in 47 territories throughout sub-Saharan Africa, has rights across 47 countries on that continent, while Tellytrack will have South Africa-specific rights.
The Dubai Racing Channel will provide coverage for racing fans in 17 countries across the Middle East and North Africa, while Yas TV will show the event in Abu Dhabi.
Oceania is covered by Trackside in New Zealand, and Sky Thoroughbred Central in Australia.
In May, it was reported that total prize money for the Derby would sink to £500,000 ($622,000), as opposed to £1.625 million in 2019, because of the financial crisis brought on by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year.
Investec, the international banking and asset management group, holds naming rights to the event until 2026.