You cannot blame the BBC, they made a bid, Dorna weren't even interested as BT bid more, its as simple as that. Viewing figures and potential audience didnt come into it at all.
It is EXACTLY the same as the Sky F1 deal, they paid more so they got the deal, same as rugby union used to be, same as cricket after the Ashes Flintoff win, same as premier league footie, Lord only knows what BBC have to pay for same day rights to show Premier League highlights on BBC, it would run into hundreds of millions as BT paid 800 million for 30 odd live games a year for 3 years and 10 million for MotoGP. And a fair chunk to nick rugby off Sky and ESPN.
As someone says it is all about broadband and packages, nothing to do with BT wanting an interest in the sport, they are hoping a few thousand GP fans switch to BT thats all, football is where they are interested, not bikes.
What some of these idiots who are taking the mickey out of those of us that can't get BT don't realise, is that they will be PAYING EXTRA for MotoGP after a year, do you really think BT are going to offer free sport to all their customers? New customers yes, but if you are on it now, our deal will run out in about July! Mid season lol!! then you will be paying 15 quid a month for sport, they ahve to get that 800 mill back somehow, its not all going to come from new customers is it!
They are only doing it is a sweetener to get customers, then just watch the figures drop, just like F1's did on Sky when they started charging for it. The racing has been woeful in GP for years, the lower classes make up for it, but to drop two stations that have covered the sport for decades in favour of one who simply bid more, with no track record or knowledge is pure greed and I hope they get what they deserve.
Noone will be watching anyway when Marquez has won 4 on the trot, juts like F1.