Posts Tagged ‘ BSPA ’

FIM Speedway Grand Prix exclusive rights auction (2022-2031): part 1

THE Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) deadline to submit expressions of interest (tenders) to identify candidates interested in winning a £100+ million contract from them by becoming involved as a Promoter of “the Championship” – aka the “FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Championship, FIM Speedway World Cup & FIM Speedway of Nations And On an…

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Live broadcast British speedway definitely back on Sky Sports again in 2018?

Sky Sports and BT Sport have finally reached agreement to allow open access to all their satellite channels for all their subscribers. Whatever happens in the negotiations with BT Sport over broadcasting Premiership League racing, this definitely means that British Speedway will be broadcast live on Sky Sports next season….albeit that currently the only confirmed…

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Nigel ‘Noddy’ Fordham RIP

Nigel ‘Noddy’ Fordham RIP

Speedway attracts many different types of obsessives. We all bring our own particular flavour. There are many theories about why this is a rich tradition in speedway circles or, indeed, what drives this behaviour. Whether it is the numbers (team/individual scores, averages, race times), the form filling (scorecard), gender (usually male) or collectables (programmes, memorabilia,…

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Lost decade of speedway at Plough Lane as Wimbledon finally closes?

Lost decade of speedway at Plough Lane as Wimbledon finally closes?

The sound of speedway bikes will be heard for the first time since October 2005 at the Plough Lane Stadium, Wimbledon tonight (March 12th 2017), albeit at a farewell stock car meeting. It is good to mark the passing of one of the world famous British speedway clubs. With Merton Council approval given for the…

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Waiting for Burbo: the mysterious case of SPoY, Speedway Grand Prix sponsor Monster Energy & Monster Joe Parsons

Waiting for Burbo: the mysterious case of SPoY, Speedway Grand Prix sponsor Monster Energy & Monster Joe Parsons

In a trademark opinion piece penned for the Point of View column of the Speedway Star (12.12.15), their “Chief News Writer” Paul ‘Burbo’ Burbidge questioned the inclusion of Tyson Fury on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year (SPoY) 2015 shortlist. Known for a grasp of culture and politics that makes free commuter papers read…

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Tatum & Pearson live 2016 Tour – Poole event

The Kelvin Tatum & Nigel Pearson 2016 road show sees the renowned television speedway commentary duo return to Wimborne Road – the home of Poole Pirates Speedway and location of their inaugural speaking event – for the fourth of their six date Sports Talk Events Tour. With doors open at 7pm, thirty minutes before metaphorical…

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Burbo Speedway Reporting Revolution on Twitter continues, part 3

Drawing upon the further majesty of the 12 years of his speedway reporting career, Paul (Burbo) Burbidge’s digital social media profile continues to hollow out and/or infantalise the news content of the speedway reporting landscape. Ostensibly part of a ‘new’ breed of digitally savvy speedway journalists (“I write news for Speedway GP website and manage…

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Speedway search terms 2013 & 2014

The search terms that people use give a potentially revealing snapshot into what excites or makes them curious about speedway. Here are some of the more interesting and/or surreal terms that brought web users onto the Methanol Press site during 2013 & 2014. sky speedway contract reneal best flying haggis jokes cage used by cleaning…

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The trials & tribulations of running Newport Speedway: some quotes from Steve & Nick Mallett

The closure of Newport Speedway because of a dispute with the BSPA is the Valentine’s Day news that speedway fans didn’t want to hear and, given talk of potential interested parties, hope will soon prove to be only temporary. Over past years, club co-promoters Steve and Nick Mallett have spoken honestly to the media about…

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BSPA Competition to win a copy of #speedwaylife

To enter the BSPA website competition to win one of the two copies of #speedwaylife: Sideways Quotes, Tweets & Comments, click on the contact button above* and answer the following question: which speedway rider has tweeted the most? Please provide your name and full postal address along with your answer. * Note: please DON’T submit your…

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Speedway finally makes the lead letter in Dear Deidre

We’ve waited many years for the Sky Sports Speedway publicity department to stir themselves enough to explore synergies with other Rupert Murdoch owned News International sister companies and persuade them to properly cover speedway. It would also be lovely to find decent column inches on British speedway in the sports pages of the News of…

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“Better experience” Speedway Grand Prix website launches

“Better experience” Speedway Grand Prix website launches

With the 2011 Speedway Grand Prix series about to flare back into life this weekend in Leszno, BSI ramped up the excitement still further with a series of thrilling announcements. Hot on the heels of an email that contained such awesomely important SGP & SWC news that its subject header had to be typed out…

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Ian Thomas (speedway impressario)

Ian Thomas (speedway impressario)

The charming speedway showman and gentleman Ian Thomas has passed depriving us all of his wit, love of life, people, honest opinions and his skills as a close-up magician. Genuinely a privilege to have met Ian and briefly known him. A unique man. Rest in Peace! With a larger-than-life personality, quick wit, insight and enviable…

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Sky Sports British Speedway Viewing Figures 2010 – Second Season of Double Digit Audience Decline

Judged by the industry standard of the minute-by-minute statistical sampling method employed by Broadcasters Audience Research Board, Elite League speedway shown on Sky Sports during 2010 continued the decline in its popularity started the previous season. BARB counts the average number of people watching any television programme throughout its duration (excluding advertising breaks) – for…

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BSPA Website Competition

To enter the BSPA website competition to win one of the three signed copies of Shale Trek, click on the contact button above* and answer the following question: Name the riders who won the 2009 National League Best Pairs Championship? Please provide your name and address along with your answer. * Please DON’T submit your…

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"Speedway is broken" claims Matt Ford

Far more relevant to the future of the Elite League level of the sport and its overall reputation than the Internet debate over the post Heat 15 goings on at Arlington last night*, Matt Ford’s interval comments appear to have attracted little consideration or attention. In a wide-ranging chat with Kevin Coombes, Poole Promoter Matt…

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Lovely Review by Peter Oakes of ‘Quantum of Shale’ in the Speedway Star

If Jeff Scott wrote regularly about football, cricket, horseracing or rugby union, he would almost certainly be a household name. He might even grab a spot on Strictly Come Dancing and would certainly be a regular guest on the sofa of the proliferation of chat shows that litter the TV schedules. But Jeff’s chosen sport is…

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An apology: Steve Skerry (aka Skezza)

In a recent post, I may have given the impression that Steve Skerry saw his Speedway from Skezza blog as an online opportunity to blow smoke up the collective bottoms of the BSPA and BSI/IMG (whatever they’re called this week). While his research still remains heavily influenced by and/or dependent upon the Speedway Star, he’s…

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Mouse that roared like a tadpole

Tonight sees the sudden death stage of the Elite League season with the play off semi finals at Lakeside and Poole. Arguably the spectre of elimination makes this the most exciting part of the finale and, you’d have thought, that this would be a public relations gift for both the BSPA and the Sky Sports…

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‘Wahoo…LOOK NO BRAKES’ article riddled with inaccuracies

An almost immutable law of the Rupert Murdoch Empire is that one part of his media kingdom will invariably but spontaneously chose to promote the products of another, particularly if they hold exclusive rights. For example, it’s not unusual to find The Times, The Sun or the Sunday Times using the Sky Sports invented catchphrase…

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