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2016 U S National Drone Racing Championships


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We have horse races, car races, and even turtle races, but this is 2016 and it is time the competition caught up to the technological era. Drone racing is beginning to lift off, so the International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) and ESPN have announced drone racing is coming to the sports network in August.

“Drone racing gives anyone the ability to fly like a superhero,” said Scot Refsland, chairman of the IDRA. “Because everyone can experience the thrill of racing as if they were sitting in the drone cockpit, the sport is skyrocketing. To go from a first-ever, U.S. national drone race to partnering with ESPN for international distribution in eight months is truly a sign of great things ahead.” SEE IT HERE

The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA), the leading global organization in first-person-view drone racing, is proud to announce that it has signed a multi-year, international media distribution deal with ESPN, bringing the new sport of drone racing to the worldwide leader in sports.

The first IDRA event to be showcased by ESPN, the 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships, will crown the coveted title of fastest drone pilot in the United States. The race will be held on Governors Island, New York City, August 5th-7th, offering jaw-dropping views of both lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. The U.S. National Drone Racing Championships will have an enjoyable summer festival atmosphere that racing fans appreciate—family entertainment, a ‘makers’ style drone racing area for kids, state-of-the-art technology, food, drink, and drone vendors.

IDRA is represented by its partner Generate LA, which will be producing the content for ESPN. Peabody and Emmy award winner David Gavant has signed on as Executive Producer for the events. Most recently, Gavant served as Vice President, Executive In Charge of Production and Executive Producer for MLB Productions. Under his direction, MLB Productions has been honored with more than 30 Emmy Awards. David’s vast experience includes producing shows for ESPN, NBC Sports, and winning two National Emmy Awards as a live events Producer for both the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.

The 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships and the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships in October will be streamed live on ESPN3 and, following each event, will be televised as a one hour special on an ESPN network.

For more information on IDRA or qualifying for the 2016 U.S. National Drone Racing Championships, please visit the website at www.IDRA.co.

Special thanks to IDG.tv, David Urrutia, Ground Station TV, Ethan Gulanc and ReadyMadeRC for additional footage.

Are you excited about this new adventure in televised sports? I know We are.. Ha

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