NBC’s Jon Miller says that the NTT IndyCar Series will have a home in the UK, Ireland and other Sky Sports territories in 2022 and beyond but that they are not yet ready to announce their plans.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom conference call on Tuesday following the news that the NTT IndyCar Series has extended their broadcasting partnership with NBC, Miller said that the UK market is a very important one for the sport.
Sky Sports F1HD currently covers the NTT IndyCar Series live through the NBC live coverage owing to the fact that their parent company, Comcast is also the parent company of NBC Universial.
While NBC will show 13 of the 17 NTT IndyCar Series races in 2022 live they will also live stream all of the races on Peacock, their streaming service.
When asked by Paddock Eye during the same call about the UK and Ireland situation, President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corporation Mark Miles said that they are not in a position to announce anything yet.
Miles told Paddock Eye:
We’re distributing — we’re looking at those license arrangements around the world. Really, the SKY opportunity was developed in large part by our conversations with Jon and NBC in 2018. We think they have been a good partner, but we are not prepared to announce exactly what those — what may happen going forward, either in the U.K. or in other SKY-related countries.
Jon Miller from NBC added:
SKY has done a good job with it. Obviously SKY is the home of Formula One in the U.K. so it was nice having that combination.
But as INDYCAR has grown, so have the opportunities for INDYCAR in the U.K. So it’s still an ongoing discussion as to where INDYCAR is going to end up. But they will have a home, I guarantee you that.