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Best & worst live British Speedway TV viewing figures by year from 2002 to 2017 (plus average viewing figures)

Best & worst live British Speedway TV viewing figures by year from 2002 to 2017 (plus average viewing figures)

The highest and lowest live British speedway viewing figures for the period 2002 to 2017 are below (extracted from the BARB figures kindly and diligently compiled by Charles McKay). These tables also include the average for the season from all live British speedway meetings for which BARB speedway viewing figures are available. These are the…

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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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Disappointing BT Sports live British Speedway viewing figures in 2017 raise doubts over contract renewal

Disappointing BT Sports live British Speedway viewing figures in 2017 raise doubts over contract renewal

BT Sports stepped into the breech when Sky Sports pulled out live domestic coverage of top level Premiership speedway in 2017. Though only on a one-year contract BT Sports didn’t bother with any live British Speedway coverage until mid-June. Compared to the increasingly tired Sky Sports Speedway format and relentless hyperbole, the BT Sports broadcasts…

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Monster Energy Speedway World Cup 2016 – horror UK television viewing figures

Monster Energy Speedway World Cup 2016 – horror UK television viewing figures

If judged via the television audience figures for BT Sports Speedway broadcasts in the UK, the Monster Energy sponsorship of the 2016 Speedway World Cup has massively shrunk the popularity and interest amongst British speedway fans. Without BARB information for the EuroSport broadcast years of 2013-2015, it is hard to establish if the unmitigated disaster…

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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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Top 40 Total Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2015

Top 40 Total Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2015

Top 40 Speedway Grand Prix riders from 2005 to 2015, judged by $ prize money earnings   (with thanks to Charles McKay)

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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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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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Speedway Grand Prix Attendances 2014

Speedway Grand Prix Attendances 2014

Fans who wish to savour the statistics of the Speedway World Championship continue to be very badly served by both the F.I.M and the Speedway Grand Prix series current commercial rights holders and organisers BSI Speedway (an IMG company). Both continue to choose not to publish official attendance figures for SGP series events. The F.I.M.…

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Elite League Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures up 22.4% in 2014 (but still second worst ever)

Elite League Sky Sports SPEEDWAY viewing figures up 22.4% in 2014 (but still second worst ever)

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 Speedway satellite television during 2014 improved in its popularity by 22.4% (up 12,563 viewers on average per meeting) to 68,563. There are quite a few possible factors behind this uplift: perhaps…

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Top 50 Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2014

Top 50 Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2014

The Top 50 Speedway Grand Prix Riders judged by their earnings from 2005 to 2014 are as follows:   Thanks to Charles McKay for help with these statistics

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Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2014 (& Top 10 SGP earners 2005-2014)

Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2014 (& Top 10 SGP earners 2005-2014)

The Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings table for 2014 makes interesting reading as Greg Hancock sneaks ahead of Nicki Pedersen in the overall 2005-2014 total earnings table by just $4,350.   The Top 10 Speedway Grand Prix Riders judged by their earnings from 2005 to 2014 are as follows: Greg Hancock             $657,150 Nicki Pedersen          $652,800…

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Speedway Grand Prix series average attendances: fall continues in 2012 & 2013

Speedway Grand Prix series average attendances: fall continues in 2012 & 2013

Latest figures reveal that the FIM Speedway Grand Prix series average attendances continued to fall in 2012 and 2013, despite the ‘blip’ poor results of 2011. Worse still, SGP series continues to decline in popularity at most series event venues and overall. This isn’t really a great surprise – since 2002 the trend remains one…

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Sky Sports British SPEEDWAY Audience Figures 2013: Worst Ever

Sky Sports British SPEEDWAY Audience Figures 2013: Worst Ever

There is no easy way to dress up that Sky Sports Elite League SPEEDWAY^ viewing figures for the 2013 season are the worst ever recorded. Where audience figures are available, the average audience fell by 9,194 (or -12.8%) to an all time low of 62,615. The full glory of the available figures is below:  …

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Speedway World Cup Viewing Figures 2012: slightly up but still second worst yet

Speedway World Cup Viewing Figures 2012: slightly up but still second worst yet

The good news is that the 2012 FIM Monster Energy Speedway World Cup finally halted the ongoing precipitous decline of the Speedway World Cup television audience on Sky Sports. The international big name sponsorship of Monster Energy was extensively trailed and hailed as the dynamic future by themselves, the speedway trade press and rights holders…

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Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix Viewing Figures: 2012 Worst Year Since Records Began

Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix Viewing Figures: 2012 Worst Year Since Records Began

Despite the extremely rare notional ‘drama’ of a Speedway Grand Prix series actually remaining undecided until almost the last race of the season, the “most exciting ever” 2012 series saw average UK viewer numbers reach an all time low of 67,454. Worse still, these awful figures exclude the likely deleterious impact of the inaugural New…

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Speedway World Cup viewing figures: ongoing decline of television audience on Sky Sports

Speedway World Cup viewing figures: ongoing decline of television audience on Sky Sports

The reverse Midas touch BSI repeatedly show via the ongoing decline of their Speedway Grand Prix television audience on Sky Sports looks like an outlandish success story in contrast to the rapid collapse of viewer interest in the Speedway World Cup. Looking at the publicly available figures for 2006-2011, popularity has gone from robust to…

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Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix 2011 viewing figures: up but second worst yet

Sky Sports Speedway Grand Prix 2011 viewing figures: up but second worst yet

Apparently the inaugural (will it be the only ever?) Speedway Grand Prix from Auckland New Zealand will be shown from 04.00 this morning on satellite television channel Sky Sports. Raced on a specially prepared (slick) track at Western Springs Stadium, the event will be shown in “High Definition” and, for once, – possibly because there’s…

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Total Speedway Grand Prix rider earnings 2005-2010 (excluding reserve appearances)

Rider 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Total Jason Crump $64,750 $81,400 $60,850 $73,400 $101,600 $67,700 $449,700 Andreas Jonsson $43,650 $55,000 $143,350 $51,960 $58,550 $55,350 $407,860 Nicki Pedersen $51,900 $59,950 $88,150 $83,100 $54,650 $53,300 $391,050 Tomasz Gollob $44,550 $48,900 $61,050 $75,000 $72,650 $84,800 $386,950 Greg Hancock $45,650 $61,750 $59,750 $69,400 $60,200 $54,750 $351,500 Hans Andersen…

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Speedway Grand Prix 2010 Rider Earnings – Top 39 (US dollars)

Tomasz Gollob $84,800 Jaroslaw  Hampel $67,700 Jason Crump $67,700 Rune Holta $59,500 Kenneth Bjerre $57,200 Chris Harris $57,150 Andreas Jonsson $55,350 Greg Hancock $54,750 Nicki Pedersen $53,300 Chris Holder $52,600 Hans Andersen $48,450 Fredrik Lindgren $48,000 Magnus Zetterstrom $44,500 Tai Woffinden $39,750 Emil Sayfutdinov $18,700 Davey Watt $14,100 Piotr Protasiewicz $10,150 Janusz Kolodzirej $6,900 Nicolai…

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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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Speedway Grand Prix Wildcards: Qualification versus Selection debate

Unusually, the permanent wildcards selected for the 2011 Speedway Grand Prix actually look surprisingly sensible choices. This hasn’t always been the case and the performance record of those permanent wildcards selected by the powers that be has often been spotty. Much more significantly, their performances have been historically worse than those riders who qualified for…

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Sky Sports British Speedway Viewing Figures 2002-2009

In Monty Python’s Life of Brian, there’s the wonderful moment where the question ‘what have the Romans ever done for us?’ gets asked (answer: quite a lot). Some speedway fans have had the temerity to wonder similarly – what exactly have Sky Sports done for British speedway (with their regular coverage of the sport)? On…

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Speedway Grand Prix 2009 – Rider earnings

The fastidious Charles McKay has now collated the cumulative Speedway Grand Prix prize money totals earned by each rider during the recently completed 2009 season. They make pitiful reading for many riders concerned and also their accountants (but do accord with the derisory levels set by the FIM rules and regulations). Based on these figures…

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British Sports Book of the Year 2009 Award Ceremony – News Update

In a glittering awards ceremony held at the swanky Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, the great and good of the sports and publishing worlds collided at the annual British Sports Book of the Year (2009) Awards. Gaby Logan along with a huge variety of sportsmen and sporting men provided additional glamour. These included Bob Willis, Graham…

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Bellamy, Postlethwaite & Olsen dominate SGP Earnings again in 2008

Once again, the end of the 2008 Speedway Grand Prix sees Paul Bellamy, John Postlethwaite and Ole Olsen comfortably ‘earn’ more money than anyone else with some connection to the series. Remember these are the ‘fat cats’ with the business acumen and marketing genius not to be able to manage anything as simple as a…

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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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