ESPN just made drone racing a mainstream sport

ESPN just made drone racing a mainstream sport

It’s been compared to pod racing from Star Wars. And millions of dollars are being spent turning drone racing into a mainstream sport. ESPN is part of the mainstreaming.

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50 Comments

  1. JP FPV on May 24, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    2:51 is that Mr Steele?

  2. Marcin Kiersnowski on May 24, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    This is not a sport, it has no physical activity component.

  3. Richard Bowman on May 24, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Why’ll doing the races they should do a tech fair. competition and give aways for new ideas and new inventions. do a build a work shop where everyone can join in and build drones with the best racers out there. bbq Bounce castles stalls where you can get advice and purchase drones that are within everyone’s budget and a small track for amateurs and beginners

  4. Court Reinland on May 24, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    His day job "head of animation at Dreamworks" *mic drop*

  5. Andy T on May 24, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    3:58 got my attention
    Yeah i’m a drone pilot!

  6. EverNewb on May 24, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    Well I think exposure needs to addressed. this video is 2 years old and I only found out about Drone racing a month ago. fell in love instantly. wish i could afford a rig to try this stuff out myself.

  7. Tbommy 88 on May 24, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    And the FAA rules are going to kill all of this.

  8. **** on May 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Fuck mainsteam

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  10. Mrmaca(DRONEWOLF) on May 24, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    need an update video with truth about the sports new face. not rotorroit

  11. PXL Studio on May 24, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Welcome to the headache of trying to make Esports a mainstream thing. Virtual sports are a thing and they aren’t going away.

  12. Karl Lauer on May 24, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Yes, and now the FAA kills it. Welcome to the planet of idiots.

  13. TheFalcore on May 24, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    it is the sport of the future and its for all ages literily i am 12 and i am already racing

  14. Tuur Dewaele on May 24, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    Leuk ik wil het ook doen nu

  15. Avalanche B.A.D.S on May 24, 2022 at 7:08 pm

    ESPN LIXO E ESSA HISTORIA DE DRONE KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  16. Conz on May 24, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    How do be a master

  17. Jim McCandless on May 24, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Make it a night sport! Led’s to identify pilot ! Lighted course

  18. blue280485 on May 24, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    What is this aerobatics for drones! They should call it Dronobatics!! 🙂

  19. Josh Withrow on May 24, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    WOW!!! To say I enjoyed this is an understatement.

  20. Beat Street News USA on May 24, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Exciting to watch this sport grow & grow & grow …

  21. Davo UpNYa on May 24, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    All I can say is "HELL YES" !!!

  22. Martian Dan on May 24, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Tell you what, spectators need goggles themselves, even if it’s the cheapo box goggles to begin with. BE THERE for the 3d experience, but also be able to be in each of the drones, select the channel, watch the racer you like. Also, have the audience be in the race track, cover the stands, so drones can zip right past you. Competitions should include stunts, free style and races, so everybody can place in what he or she is best at.

  23. Jim Unger on May 24, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    This is very cool to watch but i would not call it a sport. Its a video game. Put a weapon on it and then you have something to have fun with

  24. MarkiSS Scribe Gaming FPV Musik Video on May 24, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    cool

  25. iiiDartsiii on May 24, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    to make it a spectator friendly the drones need to be much bigger so that people can actually see them, it’s boring just watching a dot 100 -200 m away not being able to tell the critical details like how close that was making it through the loop, or how close was a drone to another without crashing etc.

  26. toomanyjds on May 24, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    5:44 why does she have eggs

  27. Game of Drones on May 24, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Those guys in the matching suits look ridiculous! And from what I understand Dubai didn’t give anyone a single penny of the winnings

  28. Mode 7 FPV on May 24, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Back when Steele didn’t look like an idiot.

  29. Prop Dusty on May 24, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    people need to plugin and watch who or what they want to watch like having 3D glasses at the movies. So look at the cost of shelling out 1000 pairs of fpv boxes or make an app for phones and shell out literally an fpv box you put your phone into. Just a thought. I know this post is old mabye this was touched on but 1$ for a paper box to put your phone into and make it somewhat a fpv viewer might be interesting …

  30. Modern Norseman on May 24, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Laziest sport in history

  31. bryce querin on May 24, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Aerial dog fights

  32. Plug on May 24, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Bigger than football? I don’t think so.

  33. Midnight Legends on May 24, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    haha 3:04 Tommy from Roto Riot, If you haven’t go check out the Youtube page

  34. Frost Visto on May 24, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    very inspiring ending 😀

  35. Reed Anthony on May 24, 2022 at 7:27 pm

    👀😲🤯✔💖💥💥😨🕶👌👍

  36. Din Djarin on May 24, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    To make something profitable you either have to sexualize it, or weaponize it.

  37. Kira on May 24, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    maybe stop maybe it illegal ? so we can fly easier? maybe sell us parts so we can buy them in stores, we still have to buy stuff from china and hide in the forests

  38. SocialDamage on May 24, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    The technological issues have to be fixed, longer battery life, better video transfer. And then pair all that drone racing stuff with argumented reality. And Boom. A Multibillion dollar business is born

  39. billybbob18 on May 24, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    The fpv video technology needs to get WAY better. I have some ideas. 😁

  40. Cary Fuller on May 24, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Freestyle and scenery are infinitely more interesting than watching a tiny object zoom around a set track. X class may for this reaon become somewhat better. Its fun to do but not so much fun to watch unless you have goggles to ride along with the pilot. Very few people are going to purchase goggles just to watch a race in FPV. Others can’t watch the fast turning manoeuvres as it can be visually disorienting and many hate the sound these make. So in the end it just lacks an overall general appeal to an audience. No.matter how cool you or i think something is the reality will always remain that its just not interesting for many people.

  41. Jack Johnston on May 24, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Drones 😛

  42. solen18 on May 24, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    If a company puts a RTF kit that puts you into drone racing without all of the parts and flight controller nonsense, will be huge and mainstream this sport more.

  43. Athneil John on May 24, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Want to get in the racing

  44. Eu, a Rainha e 3 princesas. on May 24, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    🙂

  45. Miso Monih on May 24, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    OMG 666K VIEW!!!!!!

  46. vincent on May 24, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    "From a visual point of view, it could be bigger than football." I don’t like football…but yeah, I don’t think so.

  47. Malte Laurids Brigge on May 24, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    In what other popular sport do the competitors sit stationary in a lawn chair?

  48. SpicyFPV on May 24, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    It is a sport for the participants, and the participants only. Even if you are at the field with your buddies, and your quad breaks or you run out of batteries, it doesn’t take long for your patience to wear thin. You can even relate to what your friends are doing, can talk about their quad and yours, etc. So if you, as a pilot, get bored semi-quickly if you aren’t able to fly something? How do you suppose you will capture the attention of non-pilots? You won’t. While drone racing is a highly skillful activity, their are enough variables that can cause even the best pilots to make mistakes or just flat out lose when they are otherwise proven masters.

    A great example would be World Series of Poker. It made a run in the early 2000’s and went mainstream for maybe a year or two and then dropped out about as fast as it came in. Why? No namers come in and take victories while the "masters" or known players catch a bad streak, bad luck, or whatever and drop out. People still play poker, and they always will. It will just remain a game, for the players, and only the players as nobody gives a damn about watching it except for a small select few.

  49. dipesh patidar on May 24, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Which is the best industrial grade flight controller board in terms of stability??

  50. Trif 55 on May 24, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Who are all the pilots at 8:!7? some I don’t recognise

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