Posts Tagged ‘ Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix ’

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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Speedway Grand Prix 2017 Rider Earnings Totals ($)

Speedway Grand Prix 2017 Rider Earnings Totals ($)

Speedway Grand Prix dollar prize earnings for the 2017 series again show most riders earning less than the Help – whether it is BSI’s Torben Olsen or headline sponsor Monster Joe Parsons. Surely this still isn’t right?   Once again, thanks to Mr. S. Bear of Windhill Manor, Shipley for compiling these SGP $ earnings…

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Speedway Grand Prix live tv viewing figures decline continues in 2017 (& is now lower than British Speedway live audience)

Speedway Grand Prix live tv viewing figures decline continues in 2017 (& is now lower than British Speedway live audience)

The ongoing decline in the popularity of the Speedway Grand Prix series for UK television viewers (the main way the British speedway fan experiences the SGP) has continued in the second year of the BT Sports coverage. After the massive fall in British TV viewers using BT Sports to watch the SGP series live in…

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Speedway Grand Prix 2016 Total Rider Earnings ($)

Speedway Grand Prix 2016 Total Rider Earnings ($)

Speedway Grand Prix earnings for the 2016 series again show most riders earning less than the Help – whether it is BSI’s Torben Olsen or headline sponsor Monster Joe Parsons. Surely this can’t be right? with thanks, as usual, to Charles McKay for compiling these figures. SGP rider earning for 2017 are here

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Stunning 2/3rds (ongoing) collapse in Speedway Grand prix UK television viewing figures

Stunning 2/3rds (ongoing) collapse in Speedway Grand prix UK television viewing figures

After the Speedway Grand Prix UK television viewing figures black hole of three years of Eurosports speedway grand prix broadcasts, for the first time since 2012 we have verified audience figures. Despite widespread acclaim for the knowledgeable and authoritative BT Sports Speedway studio team of Natalie Quirk and Scott Nicholls in combination with the established/experienced…

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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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Speedway Grand Prix strategy questioned by Monster Energy ahead of sponsorship negotiations

Ahead of the likely renewal (on very favourable terms they completely dictate) of their headline sponsorship of the Speedway World Championship, Monster Energy’s Joe Parsons opened his contract renewal negotiations over the contract that expires during 2016 with pointed criticism of rights holder BSI/IMG’s  SGP stadium venue strategy. With only compromised or embedded media outlets…

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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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Speedway Grand Prix series 2015 – final Rider $ earnings

Speedway Grand Prix series 2015 – final Rider $ earnings

The final rider prize money/earnings table for the Speedway Grand Prix again sees the talent (the riders) earning less money than the suits (aka the ‘senior executives’) at the rights holders cum (dis) organisers BSI/IMG (despite the Warsaw Grand Prix fiasco) All figures US Dollars (with thanks to Charles McKay)

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Speedway Grand Prix 2015 Total Rider Earnings (so far)

Speedway Grand Prix 2015 Total Rider Earnings (so far)

Riders must race in the Speedway Grand Prix series for the glory rather than the money if judged by their total earnings so far in 2015! Alternatively, it may be for the sponsorship opportunities competing provides?     (with thanks to Charles McKay)

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Paul Bellamy – the excitement & impact of his years at the helm of the Speedway Grand Prix recalled

Paul Bellamy – the excitement & impact of his years at the helm of the Speedway Grand Prix recalled

Not known for their philanthropy or diffident approach to business, the venture capital owners of global sports, events and talent management company IMG probably remain completely unaware of the Speedway Grand Prix, let alone BSI Speedway managing director Paul Bellamy. That said, a debacle on the scale of the recent Warsaw Speedway Grand Prix –…

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Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures 2015 (to date)

Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures 2015 (to date)

Like the speedway equivalent of Frazer from Dad’s Army, last week Philip Rising – Managing Editor of the Speedway Star – once again used an opinion column in the pages of his publication to warn about the “ills” and future of British Speedway in its current form/configuration (with especial emphasis upon the travails of the…

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Glasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Monarchs (Premier League) 14th September 2014

Glasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Monarchs (Premier League) 14th September 2014

Ashfield Stadium – home of the Glasgow Tigers – is bathed in bright sunshine ahead of the latest instalment of their derby meetings with Edinburgh. Though notionally bragging rights and regional pride are on the line, the reality is that both sets of supporters expect the Monarchs to gain more than the single away point…

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The strange case of Speedway Grand Prix programme shrinkage

  It’s a really tough job to learn anything of value or gain insights from Speedway Grand Prix reports on its website or in trade press reports, let alone any SGP programme. That said, though not an exact science, the ongoing declining popularity of the Speedway Grand Prix is, perhaps, further laid bare by recent…

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Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix 2013 track problems with added damp shale communication masterclass

Inside the Cardiff Speedway Fayre, it’s déjà vu all over again prior to the 2013 Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix that, nowadays, we’re instructed to by the organisers to call #BritishSGP on twitter. My rhetorical question to Johnny Barber (“are you looking forward to the meeting?”) – since I suspect he’s not going – elicits some…

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new speedway book available and launched at the Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix Collectors Fayre Saturday August 25th 2012

26 Shades of Shale – the new book from speedway author Jeff Scott – is launched this Saturday 25th August at Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix Collectors Fayre (at Cardiff Rugby Club – close to Fanzone) This seventh speedway travelogue by Jeff Scott covers the 2011 season in trademark fashion mixing reportage, opinion and behind the…

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Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix Fan Zone – what’s happening in 2011?

Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix Fan Zone – what’s happening in 2011?

In a wide ranging interview to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cardiff Speedway grand Prix, BSI Managing Director Paul Bellamy spoke enthusiastically about ensuring that the raceday experience of the fans got emulated that of important sports events elsewhere. Rarely prone to understatement, Bellamy lauded the innovation of Fan Zone as giving fans something…

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Speedway Grand Prix 2010 attendance figures: “could be better” according to Vice President of FIM

After (allegedly) the most exciting Speedway Grand Prix series since the dawn of time, the ‘high’ quality of the racing product appears to have little impact at the turnstiles. A quick glance at the official F.I.M. figures for each venue recently published in Polish magazine Tygodnik Zuzlowy reveals that overall attendances remain more or less…

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The new Jeremy Clarkson, Moley or British speedway’s voice of the people?

SHALE TREK Review by Paul Burbidge, Speedway Star 20th November 2010 WHEN it comes to writing about the shale sport, Jeff Scott has established himself as speedway’s literary equivalent to Sky Sports camera-come-mascot Moley. He is the man with a different angle on proceedings – an angle or viewpoint which is not always aired by…

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Shale Snapshots 2010 – A Sideways Glance at Speedway Britannia

Shale Snapshots 2010 – A Sideways Glance at Speedway Britannia

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Catastrophic further collapse in Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix viewing figures contributes to dramatic further decline in overall British SGP audience

The catastrophic 2009 loss of 104,000 Sky Sports Cardiff Speedway Grand Prix speedway viewers – or a reduction in the British television audience of 39% – should, surely, give even the most complacent ‘businessman’ pause for thought about the format and ongoing appeal of this event? Luckily, the Managing Director of BSI/IMG speedway franchise, Paul…

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Attendance Queries

Attendance figures for the 2008 and 2009 Speedway Grand Prix (SGP) series have finally been released from where they’d been held in a file marked ‘Top Secret’ inside the BSI/IMG bunker located on the outskirts of London. A quick first glance indicates that the SGP World Championship outlook remains cloudy and its popularity with fans…

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“We are all entitled to an opinion though, in some cases, it is better to defer to those who know best…the riders”

For those of us outside the charmed circle of speedway bigwigs and journalists who receive press releases from the BSI Press Office, we have to suffice with the thin informational pickings provided by the cleans whiter than white SGP website. Occasionally the SGP Press Officer, Philip Rising, selectively responds to real or imagined comments about…

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Unanswered questions & secrecy mar launch of 2009 Speedway Grand Prix series

The new series of the Speedway Grand Prix is about to get underway but, arguably, finds the glamour of its start marred by cost-cutting, secrecy and prevarication. Sadly, the fanfare over the arrival of a new website for the Speedway Grand Prix fails to paper over the vexatious issues and unanswered questions that still beset…

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Is the recent Cardiff GP 2009 Advert Misleading?

An incredible four days after the 2008 Cardiff GP ended, the organisers are so desperate to further swell their coffers that they’re already trying to put their grasping hands inside the British speedway fans less than bulging pockets with a so called ‘special offer’ for next years event! Not yet migrated to the seemingly endless…

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Behind the Scenes at the Cardiff GP with the Blunsdon blog

For a unique perspective you really can’t find anywhere else about what really goes into making the Cardiff GP the best attended event in British speedway – visit the Blunsdon blog here and read Graham Cooke insightful account. Comes complete with splendid photographs.

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