With the highly anticipated SailGP Season opener less than a week away, the global championship has announced comprehensive broadcast coverage, with viewers in 175 territories globally able to watch the sports pinnacle league, which promises high-speeds, high-tech and high-drama in its second season.
Broadcasting of the event will feature the most immersive, multi-platform experience the sport has seen through its international broadcast feed with new innovative and data-driven enhancements to significantly expand on the exciting content. New features include improved LiveLine-Fx 3D boundaries and augmented graphics, explainers for those new to the sport and enhanced on-board audio and camera feeds. Real-time data analysis and team comparisons will be provided through SailGP Insights powered by Oracle. The broadcast will be coordinated through SailGP's innovative and award-winning remote production hub in Ealing, London, providing a remote production solution that reduces SailGP's carbon footprint, making a significant contribution towards SailGP being the first carbon positive sports and entertainment property and supporting the global league's #RaceforfheFuture goal to accelerate the transition to clean energy.
This season, fans will watch the ultimate line-up of the world's best sailors including Sir Ben Ainslie (GBR), Tom Slingsby (AUS), Jimmy Spithill (USA), Peter Burling and Blair Tuke (NZL) and Nathan Outteridge (JPN). They will battle it out on equal boats for the ultimate bragging rights and the sport's largest monetary prize of US$1 million. All the excitement and action will be brought to life with a new presenting line-up. Aly Vance, a former pentathlete, and versatile sports broadcaster, joins as an on-water reporter for Season 2, in the commentating booth is prominent US sports announcer Todd Harris along with World Champion sailor Steve Morrison, with data insights and analysis provided by America's Cup sailor David 'Freddie' Carr.
Alongside the broadcast, is the award-winning SailGP App with live feeds, fully customizable camera angles, the ability to switch focus onto the teams' fans want and all the data they could need at their fingertips. Fans can even switch off spoilers for when SailGP heads to different time zones.
In an effort to present the thrilling action of Season 2 to an expanded global audience, SailGP has announced broadcast partners in key territories, including:
CBS and CBS Sports (US and Canada): Has extended its deal following the inaugural first season and will showcase live coverage in the US and Canada on CBS Sports Network with highlights on CBS so fans can follow Jimmy Spithill at the helm of the new-look US team for the first time
SKY Sports (UK and Ireland): SKY Sports will remain the home of SailGP in the United Kingdom and Ireland and will broadcast live event coverage, in addition to regular highlights programming, over the next two seasons
FOX Sports and Kayo App (Australia): Home to the reigning champions the broadcaster will continue to showcase live coverage in Australia. New for Season 2, the Kayo OTT streaming service and App, which boasts over 1 million subscribers, will show all races live throughout the season on the new free-to-air service 'Kayo freebies'.
Bermuda Broadcasting will benefit from the feed as will feature live coverage of the two-day showdown and the full season.