Liberty scoffs at F1 TV deal in US

Mar.7 (GMM) Liberty Media chief executive Greg Maffei has scoffed at the amount paid for F1’s television rights by the American broadcaster NBC.

Headed by US media tycoon John Malone, Liberty has talked about expanding F1 within America and borrowing from the successes of popular US sports events like the Super Bowl.

But chief executive Maffei scoffed at the reported $3 million paid by NBC to televise the races.

“The US is, you know, it’s a popcorn fart,” Maffei is quoted in Forbes by F1 business journalist Christian Sylt.

“The opportunity is good, certainly in percentage terms, not in absolute dollar terms. It is very low.”

Sylt said NBC’s contract runs out at the end of 2017, with Maffei admitting there is scope to see the value of the deal increase.

“We are going to do far better on those renewals to the degree a couple of things happen. First, we have passion, viewership etc and two, the extent there’s competition,” he said.

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